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The novel Conspiracy of Silence written by Lisa Priest takes place in November 1971 in the Pas ManitobaThe main character in this book is Helen Betty Osborne She was the nineteen-year-old victim who was murdered on the night of November 12 1971 She was an intelligent Cree high school student from the Norway houseFour secondary characteristics in this novel are Lee Colgan Jim Houghton Dwayne Johnstone and Norm Manger All four of these people played a part in the Osborne murderThe conflict of this novel starts when a young Cree woman got murdered in The Pas on a cold dark night The RCMP tried to get all the evidence they could find but it was still very hard for them to find the murderers of the horrid killingThis novel describes the murder and the outcome of the whole case It was the night of November 12 1971 when four drunken guys were driving the streets of The Pas They find a Cree woman walking the streets by herself returning to her home They drive up to her and ask her if she wanted to go to a party She said no but the guys didnt care They threw her in the car and Helen started screaming at the top of her lungs Dwayne one of the men in the car and started to slap and punch her so she would keep quiet but it didnt work The four drunken men then drove out of the town so no one would hear all the noise Helen was making When they reached the woods they stopped and two of the men took her outside They continued beating her face The men couldnt leave her alive or else they would be in great danger of her going to the police and telling them what had happened to her One of the men went back to the car and found and took a screwdriver Two of the men then
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