Inouye, Kanao (Kamloops Kid)

 Inouye, Kanao (Kamloops Kid)

Kanao Inouye (born 1916, died 1947). At his family’s urging, Inouye left Kamloops to attend Vancouver Technical College and in 1938 traveled to Japan to further his education. However, it was not the kind of education his family would not have hoped for. Inouye was conscripted into the Imperial Japanese Army in 1942 and, due to his flawless English, became an interpreter. As a sergeant, he was posted at a Hong Kong prison that housed Canadian soldiers. It was there that Inouye gained notoriety as the Kamloops Kid; a reputation for brutality against his fellow countrymen. Prisoners feared his unusual cruelty. He randomly beat them, claiming it was in retaliation for abuse in Kamloops.

After the war, the Kamloops Kid was charged with war crimes and sentenced to death. His dying words were the unrepentant military cheer “banzai.” (Canada’s History magazine)

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Miner, Billy

Miner, Billy

Miner was a outlaw (b 1846, Bowling Green, KY; d 2 Sept 1913, Millidgeville, GA). He left home at age 16, went west and began robbing stagecoaches. Before he was 20 he was doing time in the notorious San Quentin Penitentiary. He spent most of the next 30 years in prison, where he worked at hard labour and suffered abusive maltreatment in the penal system. His final term was for 20 years; undaunted, he turned to robbing trains after his release. Once again on the run, he crossed into Canada in 1904 and settled in the Nicola Valley south of Kamloops. On 13 Sept 1904 he held up a CPR train at Mission. A massive search followed and Miner and his gang were captured near Douglas Lake. Miner became a folk hero in BC for his gentlemanly ways and the fact that he targeted the unpopular CPR. An award-winning 1982 film, The Grey Fox, dramatized his career. (from B.C. Encyclopedia)