Thugs, Thieves & OutlawsRyan Cormier, court reporter for the Edmonton Journal authors Thugs, Thieves and Outlaws: Alberta Crime Stories for the University of Regina Press. Book launch to take place on November 2 at 1:30pm at Audreys Books.  The crime stories collected here detail the most disturbing chapters of Alberta history. Chronicled in these pages are many of the province’s most notorious killers and outlaws from the past century: train robbers, a homicidal hired hand, prisoners of war, cannibals, kidnappers, and more.

Witness the moment when Peter Pocklington has a .357 magnum held to his head. Be there when Wiebo Ludwig “terrorizes” northwestern Alberta… when a Lethbridge city councillor fabricates a story of being stalked, drugged, abducted and sexually assaulted… when four RCMP officers are gunned down at Mayerthorpe. From back alleys to bedrooms to the gallows, these accounts cover everything from Alberta’s largest mass execution to recent headline-making cases. Shocking, appalling… and true.

Check out his 5 minute interview on CBC.

You’re invited to the book launch and reception for Thugs, Thieves and Outlaws: Alberta Crime Stories by Ryan Cormier on November 2 at Audreys Books in Edmonton.  Reading, book sales and signings. Refreshments will be served
Admission is free and all are welcome

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About the Author

Ryan Cormier is a reporter with the Edmonton Journal and spent five years on the crime desk before going on field assignment in Afghanistan. He currently reports on court and legal affairs.