Sask government argues in court for profits from murderer Colin Thatcher’s book

Convicted killer Colin Thatcher says the Saskatchewan government doesn’t have the right to money from a book he wrote about his ex-wife’s murder.

Colin Thatcher arrives to Court of Queen's Bench on Thursday

Colin Thatcher arrives to Court of Queen's Bench on Thursday

REGINA — Convicted killer Colin Thatcher says the Saskatchewan government doesn’t have the right to money from a book he wrote about his ex-wife’s murder.

He told a court in Regina that a law the province rushed in earlier this year doesn’t apply to him.

That law says criminals can’t profit from the recounting of their crimes.

But Thatcher says his book isn’t about the murder of JoAnn Wilson — which he has always denied — but instead focuses on his dealings with the justice system.

Wilson was beaten and shot in the garage of her Regina home, just steps away from the Saskatchewan legislature, in 1983.

Thatcher spent 22 years in prison before he was released on parole in 2006.