The Class Project: How to Kill a Mother
In The Class Project Toronto Star crime reporter Bob Mitchell tells the story of Mississauga’s infamous “bathtub girls,” the pair of teenage sisters who drowned their alcoholic mother in her bath in 2003. Both were convicted of first degree murder and sentenced as youths. Unable to reveal the identities of the girls, Mitchell nevertheless manages to fully document the case by lifting wholesale from transcripts of online chats, police surveillance tapes, and sentencing reports. In fact, there is a bit too much of this and the book could have used more editing. Such a use of sources does, however, occasionally provide the unmediated directness of an oral history.