Final Appeal by Colin Thatcher, ECW Press

Final Appeal: Anatomy of a Frame

Thatcher, W. Colin

  • On May 7, 1984, Colin Thatcher was convicted of killing his ex-wife JoAnn Wilson the previous year, and was sentenced to life in prison. The murder and the trial provoked a national media frenzy, and the once-prominent Saskatchewan politician was cast nationwide as a villain, the subject of numerous books and a CBC movie. Though Thatcher claimed innocence and his children agreed, few believed him.

    Now having served his 22-year sentence, Colin Thatcher offers his own account of what happened from the time of the murder up until his release from prison. Denied full disclosure during his trial, Thatcher now offers it to the public with evidence not seen in the trial, legal documents and personal correspondence. Part memoir, part crime exposé, Final Appeal goes behind the bureaucratic red tape, ultimately questioning the public’s faith in local law enforcement, the mainstream media, and the administration of justice in Canada.

  • Colin Thatcher served in the Saskatchewan legislature from 1975 to 1984. He is the son of former Saskatchewan premier Ross Thatcher, who served as premier from 1964 to 1971. Colin Thatcher was convicted of murdering his wife and served 22 years of a 25-year prison sentence. He was paroled in 2006 and lives in Saskatchewan.

  • Published: September 2009

    ISBN: 9781550228793

    Dimensions: 6 x 9 in.

    Pages: 390


“[Thatcher] weaves together a masterful tale of how virtually everything about his trial was a set-up . . . This book expresses Thatcher's thought that he was framed. It's not a lurid retelling of the crime. It is more memoir and an often excruciatingly detailed analysis of how he believes he was set up. Reading Thatcher's book, it's easy to remember the other books by Saskatchewan authors, the made-for-TV movie and the considerable profits made by journalists and writers who have chronicled this case.” — Saskatoon Star Phoenix