In 1934, fifty-three-year-old beer tycoon John Sackville Labatt was kidnapped from his Lake Huron summer home and held ransom for three days. His captors, a group of ex-rum runners, desperate in the days following prohibition and the Great Depression, were hoping for a big pay day. This bizarre true crime story traces the abduction through to the trials of the abductors. From a heavily populated hideout to a case of mistaken identity, follow the story of Labatt, the first person in Canada to be kidnapped for high ransom.
Susan Goldenberg is the author of eight non-fiction books and has won the Canadian Author's Award and Canadian Business Press Editors' Award. She was Canadian bureau chief for the Dallas Morning News and has written for the Sunday New York Times, the Financial Post, the Financial Times of Canada and The Beaver.