Real Justice: A Police Mr. Big Sting Goes Wrong: The Story of Kyle Unger

Real Justice: A Police Mr. Big Sting Goes Wrong: The Story of Kyle Unger

by Richard Brignall

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Overview

On the night of June 23, 1990, teenage friends Kyle Unger and John Beckett made a last-minute decision to attend a music festival near Roseisle, Manitoba. They were loners, not the popular kids at school. But on this night they seemed to finally fit in. They had fun, played games, drank, and hung around bonfires with other people. The next morning, a sixteen-year-old girl was dead. By the next week, Kyle was charged with her murder. Due to insufficient evidence he was let go, but the Mounties were convinced he was the killer.

They laid a trap, called the Mr. Big operation, for Kyle. With offers of money, friends, and a new criminal lifestyle, the RCMP got Kyle to confess to the murder. But the confession was false -- he had not been the killer. He was convicted and sent to prison.

For the next twenty years Kyle fought for his freedom. He was finally acquitted in 2009.

This book tells the story of an impressionable but innocent teenager who was wrongfully convicted based on the controversial Mr. Big police tactic.

[Fry reading level - 4.9

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781459408647
Publisher: James Lorimer & Company Ltd., Publishers
Publication date: 02/07/2015
Series: Lorimer Real Justice Series
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 136
Sales rank: 890,595
File size: 2 MB
Age Range: 13 - 18 Years

About the Author

RICHARD BRIGNALL has written ten non-fiction books for young readers and adults, and contributed hundreds of articles to magazines across Canada, including Cottage Life and Outdoor Canada. His books have been shortlisted for the Carol Shields Award, the Red Cedar Award, and the Golden Oak Award. He lives in Kenora, Ontario.
RICHARD BRIGNALL has written ten non-fiction books for young readers and adults. He has also contributed hundreds of articles to magazines across Canada, including Cottage Life and Outdoor Canada and was previously the sports reporter for the Kenora Daily Miner and News. His books have been shortlisted for the Carol Shields Award, the Red Cedar Award, and the Golden Oak Award. He lives in Kenora, Ontario.

Table of Contents

Contents

Prologue
1 Festival Weekend
2 The Loners
3 Young Love
4 Grisly Find
5 To Catch a Killer
6 Pointing Fingers
7 Prime Suspect
8 Public Enemy
9 Free Man
10 Kyle's New Friends
11 Operation Drifter
12 Going to Trial
13 Stacked Evidence
14 Proving His Innocence
15 Closing Statement: Pinx
16 Closing Statement: Keyser
17 Closing Statement: Dangerfield
18 No Chance for Parole
19 Last Chance for Freedom
20 Life Behind Bars
21 DNA under Review
22 Wrongfully Convicted
23 Starting from Scratch
24 True Freedom
Afterword
Epilogue: New Rules for the Mr. Big Sting
Timeline
Glossary
Further Reading
Acknowledgements
Index

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Real Justice: A Police Mr. Big Sting Goes Wrong: The Story of Kyle Unger 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
GratefulGrandma More than 1 year ago
This is a high interest, low vocabulary book for teens and youth. It tells the story of Kyle Unger, a young man who was wrongfully convicted of rape and murder during a outdoor concert event. The conviction was made based on the Mr. Big Sting, that is legal in Canada, but not in most other countries, including the United States. Kyle Unger was a loner. He had dropped out of high school, had social problems with people his own age, especially exaggerating events in his life. People who knew Kyle, knew about his penchant for exaggeration, but unfortunately, this caused the Mr. Big Sting to come up with a "confession" to killing the young woman. While attending the Woodstick Music Festival in 1990 he, along with many others, drank, danced and tried to hook up with someone. Sixteen year old Brigette Grenier was successful in picking up a handsome stranger and stayed at the concert after her friends left. A couple of days later, her body was found in a creek, showing that she had been raped and brutally assaulted. Based on the testimony of the lead suspect, Kyle quickly became the second suspect as the police felt that two people had perpetrated the crime. When there was not enough evidence to try Kyle, the RCMP set up the Mr. Big Sting to get a confession out of Kyle. As was usual, Kyle exaggerated the events of the night and he was again charged with the crime. This book explores the series of events that led to this 19 year old to be wrongfully convicted of murder and then spend 17 years in jail. There are many things to be learned from this book, such as: girls not to go off with strangers, telling the truth not exaggerating, sticking with your friends, not to drink to excess or use drugs, and more. A must for high school students, high school libraries, as well as public libraries.
MargieS1 More than 1 year ago
Given To Me For An Honest Review Real Justice: A Police Mr. Big Sting Goes Wrong: The Story of Kyle Unger by Richard Brignall is a real page turner with a few twists and turns. Make sure that you have your seatbelt on because you are going on a real justice ride of your life. Once you open the book it will grab you, hold you down and you'll watch those pages turn and turn and turn some more until you reach the end. Then, you'll go back and re-read it all over again. Kyle and his friend John attend a music festival. In the morning a 16 year old girl is found dead. This book explores what series of events happened to convict a young man (Kyle) of a crime he didn't commit and spent 17 years in jail for it. He then spent 20 years to fight for his freedom -------- he finally got it in 2009. I gave this book 5 stars, although it's worth many more. It is a fascinating story and teens and YA would really like reading it. It is a true story. I highly recommend this book to everyone. I look for more by Richard Brignall.
Sandy5 More than 1 year ago
The novel presented the case from all the angles: the victim, the bystanders and the accused, their stories were all laid out, presented in their true form. As I read, I could see how the story was swaying, the character’s histories were coming into play and my emotions were getting the best of me. Frequent breaks were needed if I were to finish this book because to me what was occurring was unjust, horrific and this book was making me furious. I used to work for attorneys here in the U.S. and since this book takes in Canada it allows for the use of the Mr. Big Sting which was part of the reason of my irritation but from the beginning of the novel, I saw that there was going to be issues with this court case. This is a true story unfortunately and this novel affects many individuals, including the ones who were now reading it. It’s a two-day music festival which most of the teenagers in the surrounding area will attend. There will be many bands, lots of drinking and other activities young teens like to participate in. Kyle attends with John. Kyle has some issues with anger, he dropped out of school last year but he’s working in a nearby town. This is Brigitte’s first concert which she attends with her best friend. They meet up with classmates at the concert, many already drunk, and Kyle and John meet up with them too. Some issues occur between the students during the night but as the last band performs, Kyle tries to dance with Brigitte but she is already in the arms of Tim. What happens next is yours to decide as you read through the novel or as you listen to the jury/judge decide the fate of the accused as Brigitte’s scarred body is pulled out of the muddy creek bed. Everything points to Tim but sometimes it isn’t always black-n-white when you are working within the legal system. I was busting at the seams, screaming and pounding on the arms of my chair as I read, my frustration building page-by-page. It was an amazing read; it really got under my skin. It made me think about the Mr. Big Sting practice in Canada, is this a good practice or not? Does it sway the participants? Is there any other way to get results? And in this particular case, who got the closure they were looking for? I wish the cover was different on this book, I think more people would be more inclined to read it. I received a copy of this book from NetGalley and James Lorimer & Company in exchange for an honest review.