Edwin Alonzo Boyd

Edwin Alonzo Boyd

The Story of the Notorious Boyd Gang

Book - 1997
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A Second World War veteran and the son of a policmen, Edwin Alonzo Boyd seemed an unlikely condidate for the role of master criminal.  But before his career as a bandit was ended in 1952, the glamorously handsome Boyd cut a swath through 11 Toronto-area banks, stealing thousands of dollars and igniting two manhunts of unprecedented scope.  When he and his confederates escaped not once but twice from Toronto's Don Jail, the Boyd Gang created headlines across North America and became an enduring Canadian legend. Eventually recaptured and sentenced to life imprisonment, Edwin Alonzo Boyd was paroled in 1966.  Since then he has lived under as assumed identity, but he willingly shared his memories with best selling author Brian Vallee, resulting in this gripping account of Boyd's dubious career.  Numerous others--including Boyd's former wife and various police officers involved with the Boyd Gang--also spoke candidly to the author. Edwin Alonzo Boyd: The Story of the Notorious Boyd Gang sheds light on a unique fragment of our history, rich with details of Depression-era and postwar Canada and alive with the insights and memories of those who lived this true-life cops-and-robbers drama.
Publisher: Toronto : Doubleday Canada, c1997
ISBN: 9780385256575
Branch Call Number: 364.1552092 Boyd-V 3558ad 1
Characteristics: 373 p. :,ill


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rb3221 Jan 02, 2016

This is a captivating story of Edwin Alonzo Boyd, who became a Canadian legend and folk hero. Vallee carefully sets the scene with Boyd's background with his loving mother, his disciplinarian cop father, with the fierce Toronto Star/Toronto Telegram newspaper wars, and the publicity seeking mayor, Alan Lamport .
His first bank heist was well planned, his escape was sheer luck but he felt good that he had succeeded and so he continued. Boyd had established a reputation for jumping over counters, moving quickly, being in disguise and carrying a gun. Valee takes the reader through detailed accounts of his next seven robberies before being caught by Sergeant of Detectives "Eddie' Tong. It was somewhat unusual to escape from the Don Jail once but Boyd managed to do it TWICE. Valee gives the reader a detailed account of these two escapes and the manhunt that subsequently occurred.
Overall a very enjoyable and well written book especially interesting for someone who grew up during those times.

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