'Boyd, it's Payne. Give up!'
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.
Jack Webster is a retired Toronto police officer who once walked a beat with Boyd's father. He's at the Toronto Police Museum at the time of this 1994 interview, and tells the story of Boyd's capture to Midday's Kevin Newman. It's part of Midday's "Black & White Show," a whimsical recreation of the stories Midday would have covered had it been on the air in 1952.
. Boyd was kept in the apartment until Toronto mayor and police commissioner Alan Lamport could arrive with members of the media to pose for pictures.
. Midday taped the "Black & White Show" to celebrate the last show produced at CBC's Mutual St. facilities. It was there that CBC English Television first went on the air in 1952. Other stories looked at Perry Como, canned food and the first issue of MAD Magazine.
Broadcast Date: March 18, 1994
Guest(s): Jack Webster
Host: Kevin Newman, Tina Srebotnjak
Last updated: February 1, 2012
Page consulted on December 6, 2013
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