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Life After Life


The Story of Wayne Ford, Rehabilitated Teenage Murderer

He was the perpetrator of the most ghastly murder in Toronto during the 1960s. At 16, Wayne Ford killed his mother with a baseball bat and then hid her body in Lake Couchiching. It remained there for more than three years while police tried to solve the mystery of Minnie Ford’s disappearance and a teenaged Ford went on a reckless crime spree. Fifty years later, journalist Paul Hunter finds Ford - a colourful, outspoken man who became a central figure in the Kingston Penitentiary riot – living in a mobile home park in British Columbia. Out of prison for almost 38 years, Ford shows there is life after a life sentence. 


Paul Hunter has been a reporter at the Toronto Star for 26 years. For most of that time, he worked in Sports, where he covered five Olympics and enjoyed two or three years of good hockey during two decades as the Maple Leafs beat writer. Hunter has been nominated for a National Newspaper Award in sports writing and was named to the Maple Leafs media wall of fame. He joined the Star’s features team in 2011 and is nominated for a 2012 NNA for Project of the Year. Hunter previously wrote a Star Dispatches eRead entitled I Remember: Stories From the Conflict Zones.

Star Dispatches ebooks provide readers with exceptional long-form journalism from the Toronto Star newsroom.