House of Mystery Radio/Inside Writing
NATE HENDLEY - THE BOY ON THE BICYCLE
On the night of September 15, 1956, seven-year-old Wayne Mallette, was brutally murdered on the grounds of the Canadian National Exhibition in Toronto. The chief suspect was a “boy on a bicycle” seen pedalling away from the CNE.
Investigators zeroed on 14-year-old Ronald Moffatt, a former CNE employee who had the poor timing to run away from home shortly after the murder.
Moffatt was located, arrested and interrogated. He eventually confessed and was convicted.
The problem was, Moffatt couldn’t ride a bike and didn’t commit the crime. The real killer abused and murdered two more children, using his bike as a lure.
A shocking true story, about a coerced confession, fumbled police investigation, a miscarriage of justice, and the star lawyer who fought to free Moffatt from custody.
The Boy on the Bicycle is based on police files, interviews, original newspaper coverage, reports, books and documentaries.