Dick, Evelyn (1922–)

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Dick, Evelyn (1922–)

Canadian murderer. Born Evelyn MacLean, 1922, in Canada; m. 2nd husband John Dick (bus conductor); children: Peter.

Infamous figure in Canadian history, suffered abusive childhood; charged with murder after torso of husband was discovered by children near Hamilton, Ontario (Mar 16, 1946) and police found the body of her infant son encased in cement; found guilty, was sentenced to hang; represented by attorney J.J. Robinette on appeal, saw the verdict overturned with an acquittal (1947); tried separately for murder of her infant, was found guilty of manslaughter; sentenced to life imprisonment, served 11 years; given new identity after release from prison, effectively disappeared.

See also Marjorie Freeman Campbell, Torso: The Evelyn Dick Case (MacMillan of Canada, 1974); Brian Vallée, Torso: The Untold Story of Evelyn Dick (Key Porter, 2001); (tv documentary) "The Notorious Mrs. Dick" (2001); (tv film) "Torso" (2001).

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