Bruce Curtis and Scott Franz case

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Bruce Curtis and Scott Franz case

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    Accession number 1999.1; Box 52

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    • 1982-1990 (Creation)
      Curtis, Bruce, ca. 1964-

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    • 15 cm of textual records
    • 18 photographs (b&w and col.)

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    Bruce Curtis, the son of Jim and Alice Curtis, was a student at King's-Edgehill School who graduated in 1982. As a graduation present he went to visit a friend, Scott Franz, in Loch Arbour, New Jersey. On the morning of 5 July 1982 Franz murdered his stepfather, Alf Podgis, and Curtis shot and killed Franz' mother, Rosemary. Curtis was sentenced to 20 years in prison for aggravated manslaughter. Curtis was transferred from a prison in Bordentown, New Jersey, to Springhill, Nova Scotia in 1988, and later moved to a prison in Kingston, Ontario. In 1989 Curtis was able to get day parole and enrolled as a first-year physics student at Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario. The Bruce Curtis story was turned into a made-for-TV movie in 1990 entitled Journey into Darkness.

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    Series forms part of King's-Edgehill School fonds and consists of correspondence, bulletins, newsletters, magazine articles and newspaper clippings about the Bruce Curtis case; selected writings by Bruce Curtis (1986-1988); notes taken by someone at King's-Edgehill of activities on the part of the school concerning the Bruce Curtis and Scott Franz case; bumper sticker; photographs of Bruce Curtis and Scott Franz at King's-Edgehill School.

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        Correspondence, testimony and notes are restricted. Permission to see this material must be obtained from the Board of Governors.

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