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Murder on the Inside


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Table of Contents

Introduction 1 Ticking Time Bomb 2 A New Approach to Incarceration 3 Canada’s Toughest Ten Acres 4 Bingo! 5 The Embers of Discontent 6 Shake Off the Shackles 7 Into the Night 8 In the Light of Dawn 9 Take a Look Inside 10 The Citizens’ Committee 11 Rumours and Rumblings 12 Under New Management 13 A Long Day Ahead 14 Circle of Terror 15 The Execution List 16 The Best Show in Town 17 Heroes and Villains 18 Retribution 19 Running the Gauntlet 20 Innocent until Proven Guilty 21 Bound in Darkness 22 Hiding in Plain Sight 23 The Kingston Thirteen 24 The Cost of Killing 25 A Secret Deal 26 Cool Heads After Kingston Witnesses to a Riot Acknowledgements Notes

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  • Print run: 5000
  • Co-op available
  • Advance reader copies
  • North American TV & radio campaign
  • National print campaign
  • Outreach to social justice and civil rights advocacy groups and media
  • Online and social media campaign
  • Excerpts in Lit Hub, Electric Lit
  • About the Author

    Catherine Fogarty is a storyteller. She is the founder and president of Big Coat Media, with offices in Toronto, Los Angeles, Vancouver, and North Carolina. An accomplished television producer, writer and director, Catherine has produced award-winning lifestyle, reality and documentary series for both Canadian and American networks.

    Catherine is the executive producer of the Gemini nominated series Love It or List It. In addition to that franchise, Catherine has produced several other lifestyle and documentary series including Animal Magnetism (W Network), My Parents' House (HGTV), and Paranormal Home Inspectors (Investigative Discovery Canada). Catherine also produced and directed I Don’t Have Time for This, an intimate documentary about young women with breast cancer.

    Originally trained as a social worker, Catherine studied deviance and criminology. She worked with numerous at-risk populations including street youth, people with AIDS, abused women, and social services.

    Catherine holds an MA in Social Work, an MBA in Human Resource Management, and an MFA in Creative Non-Fiction from the University of Kings College. She was recently awarded the Marina Nemet Award in Creative Writing through the University of Toronto.


    Praise for Murder on the Inside “The uprising is cast in part as a prisoners-rights movement, but it is complicated by internal struggles among inmates ... [Fogarty] delivers them in three-dimensions, complicated, inconsistent, incomplete, flawed, but human beings who wanted and deserved better treatment ... A detailed and balanced record ... The book serves as a study of a moment and of its participants, who both reflect the time and transform it as the events of the 1971 riot would contribute to long-overdue penal reform in Canada. Where the book is at its best, the reader gets to know the inmates who struggle for power among one another and against the political system that forgot them.”
    —Globe & Mail “Fogarty’s approach makes for a compelling narrative and an extremely readable book ... Fogarty’s most significant contribution is in a number of original interviews with guards, including one who had been held hostage, and prisoners who had lived through the riot. These interviews allow for a rich chronicling of events ... Murder on the Inside successfully weaves a concise history of Canada’s most notorious prison into a compelling story of the 1971 riot and its aftermath and is a valuable contribution to the history of Canada’s prisons and the Canadian prison justice movement.”
    —Ontario History "Catherine Fogarty's page-turner is a story of social and political failure. She's worked very hard to flesh out the complex men on both sides of the 1971 Kingston Pen riot and make them into compelling characters. She's found fascinating heroes and moral cowards in places you won't expect. And, when you think you've reached the end of the story, Fogarty will show you injustice upon injustice. Almost no one comes out of this story looking good, including Canadians who think human beings should be locked in cages and left without hope."
    —Mark Bourrie, lawyer and author of Bush Runner: The Adventures of Pierre-Esprit Radisson "Catherine Fogarty's moment-by-moment recreation of the bloody 1971 riot at the notorious Kingston Penitentiary is a compelling must-read. The depth of research is remarkable. The narrative crackles with tension and foreboding. Those caught up in the standoff—inmates, guards, prison officials and journalists alike—come alive. This searing portrait of the still-too-secret world of Canada's prisons truly is impossible to put down."
    —Dean Jobb, author of The Case of the Murderous Dr. Cream and Empire of Deception “The most important observation author Catherine Fogarty makes in this her first book (and a good one) is not about the notorious riot in 1971 in Kingston Penitentiary (KP) that she examines, but her conclusion that Canada’s prisons are still much better at housing and hurting people than helping them ... Fogarty’s chronicle of the KP riot is a comprehensive and action-packed explanation of what went right and wrong when 500 prisoners in the worn-out and under-staffed pen went rogue ... Murder on the Inside is a shocking tale of sickening savagery and unrewarded heroics, and Fogarty details with growing confidence the unhealthy, sadistic straight-jacket life inside Kingston’s notorious maximum security prison 50 years ago.”
    —Winnipeg Free Press

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