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Old 12-22-2011, 09:28 AM
 
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In 1959, a 14 year old Steven Truscott gave a ride to 12 year old Lynne Harper on the crossbar of his bicycle. He was the last known person to have been seen with her alive.

She was found a few days later, raped and murdered and left in the nearby woods.

He was charged with her murder.

To those who are familiar with the case, do you think he was guilty or innocent?
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Old 12-22-2011, 10:09 AM
 
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I am not familiar with the case. But that is the difficulty of being in the wrong place, at the wrong time. It reminds me of a case in Montana, a little boy "disapearred" on the way to school, cops assumed it was the Mother or BF. They really did not look beyond them...and lo...years later, a serial killer is found in Great Falls...preying on young boys.
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Old 12-22-2011, 04:10 PM
 
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I have started reading a book that supports his innocence. But it's really difficult to know at this point. I am still suspicious and think that he is guilty.

1. He said that a car with an unknown driver picked her up on the highway right after he dropped her off on the edge of the road. Doesn't seem likely.

2. They found scars on his body including private area.

There also seems to be some possible circumstantial evidence supporting his innocence. So I'm not sure what to think. I'll have to read more about it.
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Old 12-26-2011, 08:29 PM
 
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I think that I have been a little too quick to judge in this case. It seems now that there was a lot of evidence supporting another killer. And it appears that much of the evidence from the prosecution's side may have been weak.

I'm reading a different book now.
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Old 12-27-2011, 11:47 AM
 
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I think his guilt is very, very questionable. There was no serious attempt to check into his story when the trail was fresh, which handicapped anyone's ability to get to the bottom of it, so only Lynne, Steve and Lynne's killer -- who may or may not be Steve -- will really know.
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Old 12-27-2011, 08:05 PM
 
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I think his guilt is very, very questionable. There was no serious attempt to check into his story when the trail was fresh, which handicapped anyone's ability to get to the bottom of it, so only Lynne, Steve and Lynne's killer -- who may or may not be Steve -- will really know.
Yes, I feel like I have reacted the way the townspeople and police department reacted. Without getting the facts first. But I'm still not sure what to think.
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Old 01-01-2012, 10:15 PM
 
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I believe he was innocent. Although I'm no bleeding heart, it is cases like this that would make me think twice about voting "Yes" if there was ever a referendum in Canada to bring back the death penalty. It was last used in Canada in 1962 (hanging), and was on the books until 1976.
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Old 05-14-2012, 04:51 PM
 
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As of this year, he's been proven to be innocent. Just to throw out my two cents - I have no idea why they never checked out his brother. According to Steven, he'd traded bikes with his brother before heading home. At the time proven to be the time of death, Steven has a solid alibi (babysitting his sister.) So if the tire tracks at the scene of the murder match the tire tracks of Steven's bike, which he'd traded with his brother and couldn't possibly be using at the time, then it was probably his brother. Granted, a bike tire's a bike tire. Still, it bugs me that no one thought of that.
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Old 05-17-2012, 06:16 PM
 
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As of this year, he's been proven to be innocent. Just to throw out my two cents - I have no idea why they never checked out his brother. According to Steven, he'd traded bikes with his brother before heading home. At the time proven to be the time of death, Steven has a solid alibi (babysitting his sister.) So if the tire tracks at the scene of the murder match the tire tracks of Steven's bike, which he'd traded with his brother and couldn't possibly be using at the time, then it was probably his brother. Granted, a bike tire's a bike tire. Still, it bugs me that no one thought of that.
Wait, proven how? By who?
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Old 05-17-2012, 10:39 PM
 
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CBC News In Depth: Steven Truscott
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