Murder on the Inside: The True Story of the Deadly 1971 Riot at Kingston Penitentiary

Category: Book
By (author): Fogarty, Catherine
Subject:  HISTORY / Canada / Post-Confederation (1867-)
  TRUE CRIME / General
Audience: general/trade
Publisher: Biblioasis
Published: April 2021
Format: Book-paperback
Pages: 320
Size: 8.50in x 5.50in
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From The Publisher*

"You have taken our civil rights-we want our human rights."

On April 14, 1971, a handful of prisoners attacked the guards at Kingston Penitentiary and seized control. The inmates held the guards hostage for four intense days, making headlines around the world and drawing international attention to the dehumanizing realities of incarceration when several inmates appeared on camera and described the overcrowding, inadequate rehabilitation programs, harsh punishment, and extreme isolation they endured. As negotiations between the leaders of the inmates and a citizens' committee of journalists and lawyers entered the a third day, tensions inside the prison erupted when gangs of angry, disenfranchised convicts turned their rage towards the weakest prisoners. As heavily armed soldiers prepared to regain control of the prison through a full military assault, the inmates finally gave up the fight.

Murder on the Inside tells the story of a prison in crisis set against the backdrop of a pivotal time in history when the disenfranchised began rebelling against institutional discrimination. Like the uprising at the Attica Correctional Facility in upstate New York that occurred later the same year, leaving twenty-nine inmates and ten guards dead and marking a watershed moment for civil rights in America, the Kingston rebellion was a pivotal moment in Canadian thinking about human rights. Until now, few have known the story-yet the tense prison drama chronicled in this book is more relevant today than ever, as Canada's correctional system remains mired in crisis almost fifty years later.

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Praise for Murder on the Inside

"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

Biographical Note

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.