The 'Boyd Gang' becomes infamous
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.
• Sergeant of Detectives Edmund Tong was working the Boyd case and had put Lennie Jackson in jail before Jackson met Boyd.
• The car Tong pulled over fit the description of a vehicle used in a recent bank heist. It is unlikely Tong suspected Suchan and Jackson were inside, or he would have drawn his revolver.
• Edmund Tong died in hospital three days after the shooting, but he identified Suchan as the shooter. The charges against Suchan and Jackson were upgraded to capital murder, a hanging offence. Tong was given a hero's funeral.
• Detective Sergeant Roy Perry was driving the police cruiser Tong rode in. Perry was shot in the arm.
Program: Life & Times
Broadcast Date: Oct. 14, 1998
Guest(s): Edwin Boyd, Mike Filey, Jocko Thomas, Jack Webster
Narrator: Gordon Pinsent
Last updated: May 14, 2012
Page consulted on October 16, 2014
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