Boyd tries to go straight
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.
. Boyd was 48 when he was first released from Kingston Penitentiary. In prison he worked in the canvas shop and became a welder. He says he read the Bible and tried not to think about his activities with the Boyd Gang. Boyd made two unsuccessful attempts to saw through the bars, but otherwise he had a perfect record.
. Despite the parole board's pleas for media restraint, there was a huge surge of publicity when Boyd was released. Reporters were relentless and made Boyd's return to the community very difficult. He was already estranged from his wife and kids, and was constantly followed by police.
. After violating his parole, Boyd spent four more years in Kingston before being released again, this time to British Columbia under an assumed identity. He was under strict orders not to communicate with the press. A Toronto Star reporter tracked him down a year later, but in general Boyd managed to live anonymously from the time he was paroled until his death.
Program: CBC Television News
Broadcast Date: Oct. 3, 1962
Guest(s): Edwin Boyd
Reporter: Paddy Gregg
Last updated: June 26, 2012
Page consulted on March 22, 2013
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