Strange Things Done: Murder In Yukon History (McGill-Queen's Native And Northern Series)

Strange Things Done: Murder In Yukon History (McGill-Queen's Native And Northern Series)

Strange Things Done: Murder in Yukon History (McGill-Queen's Native and Northern Series)

Yukon History has its fair share of unique characters and fascinating events. Contemporary Yukoners talk about the colourful 5 per cent, quirky individuals who have come to Canadas North to find or reinvent themselves. Northern literature is full of accounts of mad trappers, jilted lovers, miners driven mad by cabin fever, sub-Arctic desperados and victims of racial tensions. In reality, the passions and angers that drove people to murder in the Yukon were more basic and common than popular culture suggests. Strange Things Done explores the inner dynamics of Yukon society through the exploration of these extraordinary events. Klondike lore is full of accounts of the exploits of Dangerous Dan McGrew, Sergeant Preston of the Mounted, and the Mad Trapper of Rat River. The stories vary from outright fabrications to northern fantasies and, on occasion, real-life accounts. Strange Things Done investigates a series of murders in the pre-World War II Yukon, exploring the boundaries between myths and historical events. reconstructed from court evidence and police records, and the broader social and cultural context within which these violent deaths occurred. The murder case studies provide a unique and penetrating...

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