Running With Dillinger


This book picks up where The Desperate Ones: Canada’s Forgotten Outlaws left off. Here are more remarkable true stories about Canadian crimes and criminals — most of them tales that have been buried for years. The stories begin in colonial Newfoundland, with robbery and murder committed by the notorious Power Gang. As readers travel across the country and through time, they will meet the last two men to be hanged in Prince Edward Island, smugglers who made lake Champlain a battleground, a counterfeiter whose bills were so good they fooled even bank managers, and teenage girls who committed murder in their escape from jail. They will meet the bandits who plundered banks and trains in Eastern Canada and the West, and even the United States. Among them were Same Behan, a robber whose harrowing testimony about the brutal conditions in the Kingston Penitentiary may have brought about his untimely death in "The Hole"; and John "Red" Hamilton, the Canadian-born member of the legendary Dillinger gang.


Butts’ approach of combining examinations of the crimes with the subsequent police investigations and trials gives some excellent context to the various robberies and murders without glorifying the crimes themselves. This carefully researched work will appeal to fans of Canadian true crime who have enjoyed such books as Adrian Humphreys’ The Enforcer and Antonio Nicasco’s Rocco Perrie: The Story of Canada’s Most Notorious Bootlegger.

Quill & Quire

... this interesting collection of stories about criminals of Canada's past is one book you won't want to miss.

Murder and Mayhem Book Club

Running with Dillinger ... is a must for any Canadian history collection who wants a look at Canada's famous lawbreakers and hoodlums - and for anyone who wants to see a Maple Leaf in a different light.

The Midwest Book Review

About the Author

Edward Butts

Posted by Kendra on December 6, 2014

Edward Butts

Edward Butts is the author of numerous books, including Murder, Line of Fire, Running With Dillinger, True Canadian Unsolved Mysteries, and The Desperate Ones, which was nominated for the Arthur Ellis Award. He lives in Guelph, Ontario.