Final Appeal: Anatomy of a Frame - ECW Press

Final Appeal: Anatomy of a Frame

Thatcher, Colin

  • The Canadian politician who was convicted of murder tells his story — and argues for his innocence

    In 1984, Colin Thatcher was convicted of killing his ex-wife and sentenced to life in prison. The murder and trial provoked a national media frenzy, casting the once-prominent Saskatchewan politician as the villain.

    After serving twenty-two years, Thatcher was released and finally able to offer his own account of what happened from the time of the murder up until he left prison. Though firmly proclaiming his innocence from the start, he is now able to go behind the bureaucratic red tape and provide full disclosure, including evidence not seen at the trial, legal documents, and personal correspondence, ultimately questioning the public’s faith in local law enforcement, mainstream media, and justice.

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  • 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

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“[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