Dying for Gold

Dying for Gold

The True Story of the Giant Mine Murders

Book - 1997
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On September 18, 1992, nine men died in the labyrinthine drifts of Yellowknife's Giant gold mine, after four months of a painful labor dispute. Six of the dead were Giant employees; three were "replacement workers". All were husbands, fathers, sons, lovers, friends, firefighters, draegermen. Their deaths brought squadrons of police, investigators and the eye of the national media to Yellowknife. Roger Warren, a longtime Giant employee, was convicted on nine counts of second-degree murder. A multi-million dollar civil suit is ongoing.

Those were the headlines reported in the nightly news, but as Yellowknife journalists Lee Selleck and Francis Thompson note, the real story of the Giant Mine tragedy was, up until now, untold. In a meticulously researched expose that unfolds like a compelling murder mystery, the two journalists peet back the complex layers of the events leading up to the unraveling of a close-knit community.

They reveal a large and fascinating cast of players: Peggy Witte, themine owner, whose belligerent strikebreaking tactics were unprecedented in the Canadian mining industry; an inexperienced and stubborn union whose members sometimes resorted to criminal acts; a paramilitary corporate security force; police who often seemed to act as agents of Giant Mine management; and an absentee federal government with close ties to the mining industry. They take you into the lives of miners and their families struggling to come to grips with issues tha

Publisher: Toronto : HarperCollins, c1997
Edition: 1st ed. --
ISBN: 9780002557542
Branch Call Number: 331.8928223422097193 Sel 3558ad 1
Characteristics: xxi, 344 p., [24] p. of plates :,ill., maps
Additional Contributors: Thompson, Francis 1967-


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