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Canada Stephen Reid, bank robber and author, dead at age 68

23:56  13 june  2018
23:56  13 june  2018 Source:   thestar.com

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Reid died at the age of 68 . (The Canadian Press/Dirk Meissner). He was a literary outlaw in every sense of the term. Author and bank robber Stephen Reid has died at the age of 68 .

Stephen Reid — Stopwatch Gang bank robber , author of Jackrabbit Parole and husband of poet Susan Musgrave — has died. Reid , 68 , first met Musgrave while he was in prison in the mid-1980s. He began writing and sent his manuscript to Musgrave, while she was the writer-in-residence at the


Stephen Reid, who wrote an award-winning novel about his past as a bank robber, is shown in this 1998 file photo portraying a security guard during production of the film Four Days.© RYAN REMIORZ Stephen Reid, who wrote an award-winning novel about his past as a bank robber, is shown in this 1998 file photo portraying a security guard during production of the film Four Days. Stephen Reid — Stopwatch Gang bank robber, author of Jackrabbit Parole and husband of poet Susan Musgrave — has died.

His death, at the age of 68, was confirmed on Facebook by Denise Bukowski, his agent as well as that of his wife.

Reid first met Musgrave while he was in prison in the mid-1980s. He began writing and sent his manuscript to Musgrave, while she was the writer-in-residence at the University of Waterloo. They began a correspondence, fell in love and married in 1986, while he was still in prison.

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Author and bank robber Stephen Reid has died at the age of 68 . In a statement, his wife, the poet Susan Musgrave, said Reid died Tuesday afternoon in Masset hospital in Haida Gwaii. "The day he was admitted to the hospital, seven killer whales came in to the inlet," Musgrave's statement.

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Reid had been a member of the Stopwatch Gang, who robbed 140 banks across the U.S. and Canada during the 1970s and 1980s of up to $15 million, including stealing $785,000 worth of gold bullion from the Ottawa airport in 1974. For that offence, he was serving time in the Kent Institution in B.C. before being paroled in 1987. Jackrabbit Parole, published in 1986, a semi-autobiographical account about life in the Stopwatch Gang won literary praise when it came out.

Despite living a happy life with Musgrave and two daughters, Charlotte and Sophie, and remaining crime-free for years, he relapsed into heroin use and, in 1999 he was again sentenced to prison, this time for the attempted murder of Victoria police Corporal Bill Trudeau after a bank robbery and shootout with police.

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OTTAWA — Stephen Reid , who helped carry out a long series of meticulously executed bank robberies in Canada and the United States and then became a well-regarded author before returning to his original trade, died on Tuesday in British Columbia. He was 68 .

Stephen Reid (March 13, 1950 – June 12, 2018) was a Canadian criminal and writer, who was a member of the notorious Stopwatch Gang and was also convicted twice of bank robbery . Reid served time in over 20 prisons in Canada and the United States.

Before that, he was a member of the board of PEN Canada and often counselled other prisoners about drug use.

In an interview with the Star at the time he said: “I had glimpses of grace ... I have two wonderful children. I’m married to one of the most interesting people in the world. I lived in a vine-covered cottage by the sea ... I’m not a stupid person. How could I end up in this catastrophe?

“I’m as confounded as anyone.”

He was rejected for full parole in February 2015, instead remaining on day parole and in a halfway house near Victoria, B.C., although he hoped to spend more time with Musgrave at their home on Haida Gwaii. He was eligible for statutory release in August of that year.

Reid again received literary accolades in Oct., 2013, winning the Butler Book Prize for his collection of essays A Crowbar in the Buddhist Garden: Writing from Prison.

With files from Star wire services

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