Didn't See That Coming - Part 2

In the Field

In Part Two of our show on shock and surprise, few incidents were more shocking in Canada in the early 1970s than the Kingston Prison riot. More than 500 inmates took charge of the prison, grabbed several guards as hostages and started to tear their building apart. The authorities reacted by calling in the army and by preparing themselves for the worst possible outcome. Cool heads on both sides gradually brought this crisis under control, but not without deaths and injuries. Survivors look back more than 40 years after one of the most searing events in the history of Canadian penitentiaries.

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