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No Claim To Mercy [Paperback]

Derek Finkle


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March 12 2004
When Elizabeth Bain disappeared on June 19, 1990, it wasn't long before her boyfriend, Robert Baltovich, became the Toronto homicide squad's prime suspect. Although there was evidence that pointed to the then-unknown Scarborough rapist (Paul Bernardo), the police were relentless in their pursuit of Baltovich. They secretly taped hundreds of Baltovich's conversations, but, in them, Baltovich confessed to nothing but his innocence. Elizabeth's body was never found and still, despite only circumstantial evidence, he was convicted of second-degree murder, and sentenced to life in jail.

On March 31, 2000, eight years to the day after his conviction, and eighteen months following the publication of Derek Finkle's book, Baltovich, with an enormous number of national and local media in attendance, was released on bail pending his appeal hearing. Finkle's update recounts what Baltovich has done with his life since then and what has happened with his case.

When it was first released, No Claim to Mercy was chosen as one of the Top 100 Books of 1998 by the Globe and Mail and was winner of the 1999 Crime Writer's Arthur Ellis Award for Best Non-Fiction. Baltovich's appeal in April 2004 is sure to spark renewed interest in this high-profile case.


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Derek Finkle was a contributing editor at the weekly Saturday Night and is now the editor of Toro magazine in Toronto.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars THANKS TO THIS BOOK Oct. 11 2002
By "apostledbm" - Published on Amazon.com
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Robert Baltovich is now out of jail and working at a somewhat prestigious job in downtown Toronto. I know this from a mutual childhood friend that Rob and I know. Robert is out of jail, long in advance of his seventeen year sentence, in large part, due to the uncovering of Metro Toronto police malfeasance and their outright obstruction of justice. Repentance must be forthcoming from the police, the judiciary. These tax-paid liars that are responsible for such skulduggery should be put away for more than the seventeen years they wished upon poor Robert. (The real murderer has yet to be charged with Bain's murder.) As well, restitution to Robert and his family must be made and that publicly. Read this book to know just what goes on in the name of 'justice'. It is certainly not pretty.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Detective Sgt's Steve Reesor and Brian Raybould should be charged with obstruction of justice April 8 2009
By B. Murphy-Bridge - Published on Amazon.com
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A harrowing book to read, my blood pressure went so high I had to stop reading for awhile . The narrow, almost obessive focus that Reesor and Raybould exhibited in this investigation on the death of Elizabeth Bain is frightening!! That they are still in law enforcement is scarier still.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An amazing recap of a tragic experience Nov. 27 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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As a family member of Robert Baltovich, I will say that No Claim to Mercy does an excellent job of recapping the devastating experience during the last almost ten years. It describes in amazingly accurate detail the occurences before the trial, during and after. What has gone on since is also in detail and is assurance for me just reading it that we, very soon, will come to the bottom of this, and an innocent man will have his freedom once again.
5.0 out of 5 stars A Story of Courage in the Pursuit of Justice Nov. 19 2001
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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This novel recounted the harrowing tale of young love which ended too soon. The author does a fantastic job in re-telling the tragic events that led to the arrest and conviction of Robert Baltovich. Fortunate enough for the readers, the author also allows for us to see how unfair the legal system is, and how cunning officers can be to find justice. I hope that Mr. Baltovich finds justice, and the Bain family finds the closure that they need.
5.0 out of 5 stars Can't put it down. And it is a true story. Feb. 17 2013
By W. Keen Butcher - Published on Amazon.com
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Unbelievable. If it were fiction, it would not be believable. The author has done an outstanding job doing research and an outstanding job writing a very readable book.

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