Several years ago, I read The Convict Lover by local writer Merilyn Simonds. It is based on a pile of letters that the author found in the attic of her new house, letters written by a convict to a girl who lived next to the quarry where the convict labourers toiled, taking place in 1919. 284 more words
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KINGSTON, Ont. — Canada’s most notorious prison will once again open its doors to the public this summer, almost three years after it formally closed. 389 more words
MONTREAL – Fifteen people face charges in an alleged Montreal-based cocaine ring.
The RCMP said American and Canadian authorities seized 220 kilograms of cocaine as well as $2 million that was to be used to help import the drugs from the United States. 58 more words
There is an interesting collection of pages from old Kingston Penitentiary inmate description ledgers available on the Library and Archives Canada website. Ranging from the early 1900s to about 1919, these pages provide information such as the convict’s name, age, birthplace, crime committed, distinctive marks, and for men only, two mugshots. 659 more words
KINGSTON, Ont. – An inquest will be held into the death of an inmate at a former maximum security prison in Kingston, Ont.
Twenty-seven-year-old Andrew Townsend died on December 17, 2012 while in custody at Kingston Penitentiary, which closed the following year. 72 more words