Cover

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Title page, Editorial series, Copyright

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pp. i-vi

Contents

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pp. vii-viii

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Preface

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pp. ix-xii

should not surprise me, I suppose, that writing a preface to this book is a kind of reckoning. Most prefaces, introductions, or addresses to the reader are written when the project is finished. I think of the times, reviewing books, when I have held...

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Acknowledgments

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pp. xiii-xvi

could not have written this book without the many people who were willing to talk with me about themselves, and to encourage me. There are more women than men in this group...

Part One: Before the Trial

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Dear Dorothy

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pp. 3-10

Do you remember a late winter afternoon after school when you and Ann and I sat at your kitchen table eating graham wafers? You urged us to spread them liberally with...

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Waiting

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pp. 11-20

Today, June 16, 1995, there was a brief public announcement that Dorothy Joudrie's preliminary hearing, which was scheduled for this month, has been postponed until...

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Preliminary Hearing

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pp. 21-26

Although Dorothy's preliminary hearing is over, I am frustrated by the fact that the publication ban is still in place. It means that I still m...

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Polished Brass Doors

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pp. 27-28

At Dorothy Joudrie's arraignment today we learned that her trial will begin on April 22, 1996. Her jury will be selected on April 18. This was a bitterly cold November day—windy, and the snow after rain last night made walking...

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Memories

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pp. 29-40

Once a week I meet with four friends in a small coffee shop where we draw our chairs close around a table just large enough to hold our mugs and bowls of coffee or tea and the occasional muffin or cookie. In the winter we arrange our...

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The Jury

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pp. 41-46

As I looked at the 135 potential jurors who were summoned by a court order to appear on this sunny April afternoon, I saw few grey heads. The average age was about thirty-five to forty. Perhaps a third of the group were in their twenties. About 90 percent seemed to be middle-class...

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Women's Voices

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pp. 47-54

The winter of 1995-96 in Calgary was unusually cold and long. Many days in March seemed as bitter and dreary and uncomfortable as those in December. I had begun to realize for the first time in my life how...

Part Two: At the Trial

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911

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pp. 57-70

As Dorothy Joudrie stood in the prisoners dock on the first day of her trial, listening to the charges against her—attempted murder, aggravated assault, illegal use of a handgun—and pleading not guilty to...

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Earl

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pp. 71-96

Earl Joudrie is well known in Canada's corporate world, but until Dorothy was charged with attempting to murder him, the Joudries had never attracted public attention. After the shooting, Earl's business...

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Guy and Carolyn

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pp. 97-112

During the trial I wished that I knew more about Dorothys childhood, about her relationships with her brother and her parents as she grew up, about the effects on her family of her father's absence...

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The Nanny

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pp. 113-116

At the preliminary hearing when O'Brien asked Earl to tell about the number of incidents when he had physically assaulted Dorothy, Earl was gripping the front edge of the witness box. His hands were together. As Earl said...

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Dorothy

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pp. 117-118

And that's what it was like at the trial, I was there in the box of the dock but I might as well have been made of cloth, and stuffed, with a china head; and...

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Dorothy I

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pp. 119-132

On the wall above my work table, where I hung it almost fifteen years ago, is a large framed poster, a notice of a show of Milton Avery's work at the Whitney Museum of American...

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Dorothy II

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pp. 133-168

Noel O'Brien's presentation of his defence of Dorothy was quiet, confident, pithy. He spoke directly to the jury, explaining that in all criminal cases there must be criminal intention and a criminal act. He said that it is a fundamental principle of...

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Dorothy III

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pp. 169-172

Noel O'Brien's examination of Dorothy ended the first week of her trial. During the weekend she could only wait, nervously anticipating Jerry Selinger's cross-examination on Monday. I wondered if Selinger s weekend, for different reasons, was also fraught...

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Dorothy IV

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pp. 173-194

On Monday morning I noticed a few men and several women I had not seen at the trial before, including the society columnist for the Calgary Herald. Why had these people waited until this moment...

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The Experts

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pp. 195-206

Earl Joudrie, who was present in court only when he testified, claimed, in a prescient and contradictory statement to the press before the jury had reached a verdict, that he was not troubled about the outcome of the trial: "I'm not looking for vengeance at...

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The Verdict

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pp. 207-216

On the third Monday of Dorothy Joudrie's trial, May 6, 1996, defence counsel Noel O'Brien and Crown prosecutor Jerry Selinger presented their closing arguments. Long before ten o'clock, the waiting area outside the courtroom was crowded...

Part Three: After the Trial

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Aftermath

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pp. 219-230

In Alberta, and in some other parts of Canada, the uproar about the jury's verdict in Dorothy Joudrie s trial was deafening. Dorothy was scarcely aware of this because she was preoccupied. But in headlines across the country, she was the Calgary socialite...

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Meeting

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pp. 231-236

In September 1997 I invited Dorothy to have lunch with me at a restaurant in downtown Calgary, a pleasant and comfortable place where I thought that we...

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Unit 3-1

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pp. 237-248

As I sit here at my work table, I have a vista, across the upstairs hall, through the master bedroom, and out its window into the back garden. This extraordinary late fall, brilliant with sun and colours, has been more beautiful than any...

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As the Earth Tips Slowly toward the Sun

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pp. 249-258

I woke up just after five o'clock this morning. I was glad to be awake early, and I got out of bed quietly, shutting the bedroom door, hoping that my husband would not wake up and that I could sit...

Notes

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pp. 259-264

Bibliography

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pp. 265-270

Index

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pp. 271-279