Everyone agreed that Evelyn Dick was beautiful. They also agreed that she was a cold-blooded killer, who earned her infamy as the "Torso Killer." Dick’s crime came to light when some children hiking through the woods outside Hamilton, Ontario found a limbless, headless torso in the woods. The torso belonged to 39-year-old John Dick, a streetcar and bus driver who had been married to Evelyn for less than six months, thought the two were already estranged. Suspicions quickly turned to his spouse, who told police a string of strange tales about mafia hits and boyfriends. She was eventually charged with murder, along with her father and one of her boyfriends.
Her trial became a media circus, dominating headlines across Canada as tales of her dalliances with many powerful, rich, married men came out. Despite her connections in high society, she was convicted of murder in 1946 and sentenced to the gallows. Though she was acquitted on a technicality, her father was convicted of being an accessory after the fact in the murder of John Dick, specifically for dismembering his corpse in the basement of his home and burning the body parts in the furnace. When police searched her home and found the mummified body of an infant boy encased in cement in a suitcase and stored in her attic. It was Dick’s own son. On trial for her the infant's murder, it turned out she had slept with over 150 men, including the judge’s own son. She was sentenced to life in prison, but was released in 1958 after serving only 11 years.
After her arrest, Dick disappeared, and has been out of the public eye ever since. Her story lives on in the form of two books, films and a musical, How Could You, Mrs. Dick? named after a maudlin playground song inspired by the gruesome event and sensational trial.