Deny, deny, deny: The rise and fall of Colin Thatcher

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A detailed account of Canada's Trial of the Century - the murder case of millionaire politician Colin Thatcher. This second edition thoroughly updates the case to Thatcher's latest attempts to pass himself off as another wrongly convicted - another David Milgaard.

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A senior Regina lawyer, Garrett Wilson, QC, was a key Liberal during the administration of Premier Ross Thatcher, Colin's father. His background made him familiar with the principal players in the Thatcher case long before it came to national attention. His long association with the Regina police as counsel gives him insight to the long and difficult - and continuing - investigation. Garrett has continued to follow the Thatcher case during the more than fifteen years since the original trial ended. Garrett has also written Diefenbaker for the Defence (Lorimer, 1988), an account of the legal career of the former prime minister, and Guilty Addictions (NeWest, 1999), a fictional account of corruption in the government of Saskatchewan that was short-listed for two awards.

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from Chapter 22 Maurice "Moe" Laberge, was one of the most evil, brilliant, charming, manipulative and generally all-around-cunning criminals ever to work Western Canada. Not one victim, cop, prosecutor or defence counsel who ever met Maurice Laberge ever forgot him. And a lot of victims, cops, prosecutors and defence counsel came to know Moe Laberge in Saskatchewan and Alberta in the 1970s and 1980s. Laberge originated in Gravelbourg, in southern Saskatchewan, but soon gravitated to the brighter lights of Moose Jaw, Regina and Saskatoon before moving on to Alberta. His criminal career had the usual beginnings, petty larceny increasing to serious theft and then on and upwards to small-time stick-ups quickly graduating to serious armed robbery and worse. Moe was such a busy crook that in spite of his brilliance he was a frequent loser. He built up a career total of forty-six convictions, but his skill around courtrooms saved him from serious jail time, until 1982 when the roof fell in on him. One of his defence counsel remembers Moe as "brilliant, articulate and well-spoken in the courtroom. Also, an interesting and generous dinner companion whose pockets were always full of money. A man of great talent and much charm who was fully committed to a career of crime." Moe liked that lawyer and for years kept in touch with Christmas cards. Early in his career Moe learned the value of good information. The police were always interested in reliable dope and Laberge willingly worked both sides of the street, always when there was something in it for him. He became well known to the Regina police as a dependable source. On one occasion Moe passed the word that a burglary was planned for the residence of a prominent citizen who was away from home. Two cops in plain clothes secreted in the house watched while Laberge himself drove up and delivered the inside man to the address, three times, in fact. Because the burglar had difficulty gaining entry, twice he went back to Laberge for more instructions. Finally inside the house, he was promptly collared. Taking advantage of a Saskatchewan winter, Laberge, operating by snowmobile, carried out a series of armed robberies of small town credit unions and banks in the countryside around Moose Jaw. Escaping across country he was never caught for these crimes. The unknown robber became known as "The Snowmobile Bandit." Laberge finally hit the wall in 1982 when he was convicted for armed robbery and kidnapping in Lethbridge. Associated with the offence were some serious acts of brutal sexual assault and Moe found himself looking at a twenty-five year sentence in Edmonton Max. It was hard time, and, in spite of his serious record, Moe Laberge had never before done hard time, never had served more than a year. Maximum security prisons are not country clubs, but with his intelligence, personality and skills with the judicial system, Moe Laberge was not long in establishing a position well to the top of the pecking order in the inmate population of Edmonton Max. There he was on December 6, 1984 when Colin Thatcher arrived as a lifer. The next year another famous prisoner arrived. Charles Ng was a fugitive from California where he was wanted on multiple counts of murder, rape, kidnapping and other unspeakable crimes. Ng had videotaped his victims being tortured and sexually assaulted, a feature that Canada would later associate with Paul Bernardo. A former United States Marine, the Hong Kong-born Ng was no pussycat. In July, 1985 when he was caught shoplifting in Calgary he shot a finger off a security guard. At the time he was carrying a rucksack containing a mask, a knife, a rope, cyanide capsules, a gun and extra ammunition. The United States badly wanted Ng back and extradition proceedings were commenced, complicated by the fact that capital punishment is prohibited in Canada and execution awaited Ng in California. While the litigation wound through the system, Ng was parked in Edmonton Max, in a cell next to Maurice Laberge.

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