The Banting Enigma by William R. Callahan
The Assassination of Sir Frederick Banting

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1941. Wartime Newfoundland. Keeping vigil on the easternmost point of North America, and providing a strategic haven to battle-ready U.S. troops during World War II, the island colony of Newfoundland was an essential contributor to the Allied cause. And, when the war was at its fiercest, this Atlantic sentinel would receive devastating body blows from a hidden, elusive enemy. Two key players bore witness to the ensuing drama. Sir Frederick Banting: soldier, scientist, Nobel Prize winner. The enigmatic co-discoverer of insulin and his views on biological warfare would give rise to heated and long-lived controversy. Little did Major Banting know, word of his actions had reached the ears of the Führer himself, who determined the Canadian soldier-scientist would not live to see his goal of using biological weapons against Germany fulfilled. Karl Otto Stroesser: saboteur, spy, murderer. Receiving orders directly from the upper echelons of Adolf Hitler's Abwehr syndicate, he is the instrument of Nazi Germany's private war waged upon Newfoundland. It is through the actions of this cunning, relentless killer that the island colony would witness some of the greatest tragedies ever to unfold in its history. Steeped in political intrigue, power struggles, and espionage, The Banting Enigma looks behind the scenes at Newfoundland's role in World War II—and its deadly repercussions.

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William R. Callahan was born in St. John's on November 7, 1931 to William Bernard Callahan of Harbour Grace and Alice Marie Rogers of St. John's. He was educated at Holy Cross Schools in St. John's and Petries, and graduated from St. Bernard's Academy in Corner Brook in 1948. He attended St. Augustine's Seminary in Toronto, returned to Corner Brook to pursue a career in journalism with The Western Star and next joined the editorial staff of newly established CJON Radio (later Television) becoming in time News Director. He returned to the Star as Managing Editor in 1959, but in 1966 grasped the opportunity to experience elective politics. He served as MHA for Port au Port (1966-71) and Minister of Mines, Agriculture and Resources (1968-71).Successively, Publisher and Managing Editor of The Daily News and Managing Editor and Editorial Page Editor of The Evening Telegram, he also taught Journalism for five years at Lawrence College and was appointed to the Canadian Radio-Television and Telecommunications Commission. He is married to Daphne Marie Ryan of St. John's and they have three sons, three daughters, and twelve grandchildren.William Roger Callahan, born in St. John's November 7, 1931, is one of Newfoundland's and Canada's most senior journalists, having worked in print and broadcast media for nearly a half-century with a short time out for politics. He was natural resources minister in the final years of the last Smallwood administration of the Newfoundland government.Callahan's interest in the Banting story was piqued by his discovery that documents relating to the investigation of the Hudson bomber crash of February 1941 in the Bonavista Bay wilderness were not to be found in any major Canadian archive, thus compounding the mystery surrounding Sir Frederick's death. The Banting Enigma offers a possible explanation for what happened in the context of wartime intrigue.As editor of all three daily newspapers published in Newfoundland in the twentieth century--The Telegram, The Western Star, and the now defunct Daily News, Callahan set a record that will likely never be equalled. During those years he published literally thousands of commentaries on politics and public affairs.His other books include a detailed explanation of the Smallwood era, a centennial history (as editor) of the Christian Brothers in Newfoundland, and, currently in progress, an anthology on the Viking discoverers of Newfoundland. The Banting Enigma is his first novel.
Published October 31, 2005 by Flanker Press. 338 pages
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