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Who killed Tom Thomson? : the truth about the murder of one of the 20th century's most famous artists
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Tom Thomson was Canada's Vincent van Gogh. He painted for a period of five years before meeting his untimely death in a remote wilderness lake in July 1917. He was buried in an unofficial grave close to the lake where his body was found. About eight hours after he was buried, the coroner arrived but never examined the body and ruled his death accidental due to drowning. A day and a half later, Thomson's family hired an undertaker to exhume the body and move it to the family plot about 100 miles away. This undertaker refused all help, and only worked at night.

In 1956, John Little's father and three other men, influenced by the story of an old park ranger who never believed Thomson's body was moved by the undertaker, dug up what was supposed to be the original, empty grave. To their surprise, the grave still contained a body, and the skull revealed a head wound that matched the same location noted by the men who pulled his corpse from the water in 1917. The finding sent shockwaves across the nation and began a mystery that continues to this day.

In Who Killed Tom Thomson? John Little continues the sixty-year relationship his family has had with Tom Thomson and his fate by teaming up with two high-ranking Ontario provincial police homicide detectives. For the first time, they provide a forensic scientific opinion as to how Thomson met his death, and where his body is buried. Little draws upon his father's research, plus recently released archival material, as well as his own thirty-year investigation. He and his colleagues prove that Thomson was murdered, and set forth two persons of interest who may have killed Tom Thomson.
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Table of Contents
Prefacep. xi
Dramatis Personaep. xxiii
Time Line of the Thomson Storyp. xxix
Prologuep. xxxiii
Chapter 1A Body Risesp. 1
Chapter 2The Body is Examined and Buriedp. 21
Chapter 3The Inquestp. 35
Chapter 4Thomson's Last Dayp. 53
Chapter 5Problems Beginp. 67
Chapter 6The Searchp. 85
Chapter 7"Considerable Adverse Comment"p. 93
Chapter 8The Body is Exhumedp. 107
Chapter 9The Specter of Suicidep. 125
Chapter 10A Feud with a Cottagerp. 149
Chapter 11A Wife's Confessionp. 179
Chapter 12The Hootchie Kootchie Manp. 199
Chapter 13Blood Moneyp. 211
Chapter 14The Skeleton in Thomson's Casketp. 229
Chapter 15Word Gets Outp. 251
Chapter 16The Crime Lab Decisionp. 263
Chapter 17Aftermathp. 279
Chapter 18Damage Controlp. 289
Chapter 19A New Theory Emergesp. 303
Chapter 20The Detectives Weigh Inp. 309
Epiloguep. 327
Acknowledgementsp. 339
About the Authorp. 341
Notesp. 343
Indexp. 403
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