Article taken from Newspaper in 1901On June 4th of that year the vicious gang known to the Press as the "Chicago Bank Robbers" were being conveyed to the gaol by three officers, two of whom were old and only one of whom was armed. They had been on trial in the Assize Court for Robbery of the Ross Bank at Aurora, after being brought from Chicago under heavy guard, in irons. An accomplice stepped off the curb and tossed a hat containing three revolvers into the carriage and Rice and Rutledge had gained possession of two of them and turned them on Constables Boyd and Stewart, who were riding backward in the carriage, facing the prisoners. On the box of the carriage were the driver and Cst. Lyman Bogart. For some reason Boyd, who was unarmed, made a threatening movement and was shot down, probably by Rutledge. Stewart, with more wisdom and with Boyd's body as a stern warning, shouted "I give up. Get out of the rig".
The three jumped and turned. The outside men, Rice and Rutledge, fired several shots into the body of the carriage while the driver and Cst. Bogart watched helplessly. As the robbers turned to flee Stewart opened fire and Jones moaned as the bullet broke his arm. They ran and boarded a street car which had pulled up behind the carriage on Gerrard Street East, in Toronto. As they climbed on Stewart fired again, hitting Jones in the groin. With quick courage a street car employee grappled with them and while they were struggling the trolley was pulled off and the car came to a standstill. Bogart, Stewart and the motorznan closed in on the three, as did Richard Dodde, and James Spanton, two jail guards who had heard the shots. Rice and Rutledge were quickly subdued and Jones was in no position to do more than beg for mercy. With Boyd dying in the carriage the others were not inclined to take further chances and Jones remained handcuffed while the street car moved off and deposited its unusual passengers before the Toronto Gaol.
In the meantime the carriage moved off and conveyed Boyd to the General Hospital, where it was soon seen that there was no hope. The bullet had entered his skull above his right ear and had penetrated his brain, portions of which were oozing from the wound. He remained unconscious until his death about one hour after his arrival at the hospital.
He had been with the County Force about fifteen years and his death left a woman and her family widowed and fatherless.
On examination at the gaol, Jones was found to have a comminuted fracture of the right forearm, from which bone splinters were taken, as well as a bullet wound in the left pelvic region. Rice and Rutledge bad scalp wounds and the latter was weak from loss off blood.
The next day Rice and Rutledge were convicted on the bank robbery charge and a charge of horse theft. While they were in court Jones' arm `was being amputated and in the evening an inquest was started in the operating room of the General Hospital, into the death of Constable Boyd. On June 6th Thomas Jones died and at an inquest into his death, that night, the jury found that his death was not due to Constable Stewart's shots; but to rough treatment in being dragged by his conrederates, who were therefore indirectly responsible for his death. The next day, June 7th, Frank Rutledge, the only Canadian member of the trio, leaped to his death from the upper corridor of the gaol, upon has return there after being sentenced to 21 years imprisonment.
On Saturday June 8th Constable Boyd was laid to rest. His funeral was attended by a dozen County Constables, High Constable Ramsden and many others. Floral tributes represented the final sentiment and tribute or the Boyd family, the County Constables, the Toronto Police Department, the Ontario Provincial Police, Sheriff Widdifield, et cetera. Boyd's wife, two sons and two daughters accompanied his body to its final resting place.
On June 11th a coroner's jury charged Frederick Lee Rice with the murder of Constable Boyd and stated that the deceased Rutledge and the unknown man who threw the guns into the carriage were parties to the crime. They also recommended that the County provide all Constables engaged in transportation of prisoners with uniforms and fire-arms and a suitable conveyance.
Rice was tried for murder in October and convicted. His case was brought to the attention of the Ontario Court of Appeal and to the Supreme Court of Canada; but his efforts to obtain a new trial were vain. He was hanged at Toronto in July 1902.
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