Eight true crimes stories written by anonymous newsmen from early to mid 20th century in Canadian daily newspapers, historically retold (and in parts imagined) in this book.
The first story is about the murder of a young university student during the Christmas season in Montreal. His half-brother, a Catholic Priest, is the accused.
A Saskatchewan farmer is afflicted by periods of dark moods. He murders his stepson during one of these. Whilst in prison, serving a life sentence, he strikes out at the Deputy Warden, killing him.
A man and his wife immigrate to Canada from Germany. His wife dies mysteriously. The man remarries, and his supposed second wife suffers the same fate. However, another German woman presents herself to the police and declares herself as his second wife. The man goes on for many years remarrying without divorcing previous wives. One more goes missing, never to be found.
The fourth story occurs on an army base in Saskatchewan. A young trooper puts a knife into the back of a fellow mate. The killing is over a young school teacher.
The young French student crosses the Atlantic Ocean to journey from Montreal to the Yukon to retrace his grandfather’s travels during the Klondike gold rush. He is murdered near Whitehorse.
Two cars speed by another on the Trans-Canada Highway just outside Ottawa while the car being passed was beginning to swing left. The driver of the passed car explodes into rage and chases the other two cars. The incident results in the death of two men and the near murder of their wives.
A serial killer is found innocent for his first murder. He goes on to kill four more children before he is removed from society.
The final story is about the killing of a very elderly woman in Manitoba for she and husbands pension savings.