Peter Edwards, writing in the Toronto Star recounts how their deaths led to major changes in Canada’s justice system »

Lucas and Turpin obediently stepped up to chalk markings where they were told to stand, on the second-floor gallows of the century-old jail near Broadview Avenue and Gerrard Street East in Riverdale.

Since Confederation in 1867, there had been more than 700 prisoners executed in Canada, and they were the last before capital punishment was abolished in 1976.

The Lucas and Turpin hangings resonate today with basic questions of racism and fairness still festering, 60 years after that oddly quiet night in Riverdale.