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Boyd Gang: Bodies in the Chevy

It's the early 1950s, and banks are popping up all over "Toronto the Good." So too is a daring group of villains (or heroes, depending on who you ask): the bank-robbing, jail-busting "Boyd Gang." Warring newspapers and budding television stations race to break any news of Toronto's most infamous gangsters, and capture the imagination of the public.

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Edwin Boyd passed away this year after more than two decades of peaceful anonymity in British Columbia. He was 88 years old. But Boyd leaves behind another mystery, and suspicions that he may have escaped justice yet again. Journalist Brian Vallée, who interviewed Boyd many times, has uncovered what may be a confession of guilt in a shocking double murder case that has been unsolved for more than 50 years.
• After his final release from prison, Edwin Boyd moved to British Colombia and started working with people with disabilities. It was there he met Marjorie, who became his second wife in May 1970. In 1976, Boyd, Marjorie and her friend Pearl moved into a house designed to accommodate the women's wheelchairs, where they lived a quiet domestic life until Boyd's death on May 17, 2002.

• Edwin Boyd always kept himself in good physical condition. In 1996, at age 81, he told the fifth estate's Linden MacIntyre that if he were back in jail, he could still go over the wall - perhaps more easily than before. "Now I'd know what I was doing," Boyd said.
Medium: Television
Program: The National
Broadcast Date: Nov. 29, 2002
Guest(s): Bill Broadridge, Evelyn Broadridge, Julian Fantino, Brian Vallée
Host: Alison Smith
Reporter: Dan Bjarnason
Duration: 11:09

Last updated: February 1, 2012

Page consulted on September 10, 2014

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