On The Farm

On The Farm

Robert William Pickton And The Tragic Story Of Vancouver's Missing Women

Book - 2010
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Now that the publication bans are lifted, you need Stevie Cameron to get the whole story, which includes accounts of Pickton's notoriety that police never uncovered. You need On the Farm .

Covering the case of one of North America's most prolific serial killer gave Stevie Cameron access not only to the story as it unfolded over many years in two British Columbia courthouses, but also to information unknown to the police - and not in the transcripts of their interviews with Pickton - such as from Pickton's long-time best friend, Lisa Yelds, and from several women who survived terrifying encounters with him. You will now learn what was behind law enforcement's refusal to believe that a serial killer was at work.

Stevie Cameron first began following the story of missing women in 1998, when the odd newspaper piece appeared chronicling the disappearances of drug-addicted sex trade workers from Vancouver's notorious Downtown Eastside. It was February 2002 before Robert William Pickton was arrested, and 2008 before he was found guilty, on six counts of second-degree murder. These counts were appealed and in 2010, the Supreme Court of Canada rendered its conclusion. The guilty verdict was upheld, and finally this unprecedented tale of true crime can be told.


From the Hardcover edition.
Publisher: Toronto : A.A. Knopf Canada, c2010.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780676975857
0676975852
9780676975840
0676975844
Characteristics: 726 p., [16] p. of plates : ill., maps, ports. ; 24 cm.

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VcrRocker
Nov 09, 2015

Cameron put a lot of writing into this book; history and backstory paint a picture that tells a more complete story.

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MARIA J MOORE
Jan 23, 2014

Very well written book. Such compassion for the women of Vancouver's downtown eastside. Very interesting read.

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MichaelStraker
Jan 06, 2013

I'm a bit puzzled by the complaints that this book doesn't explain the "why". Only Willie knows why, and (even if he could articulate it) he's not telling!

It was a good read. A fascinating view into the Picktons, their friends and their victims. Plus details as to how and why the VPD and RCMP messed up so completely.

A native British Columbian will notice that the author gets some little things wrong though: for example she confuses Comox with Courtenay and thinks the Hotel Vancouver is called the Vancouver Hotel. The editor was dozing too, as there are plenty of typos and other mistakes.

A bit sloppy, but compelling nonetheless.

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barryrueger
Sep 25, 2012

It's a couple of years old, but still worth reading. What impressed me, and what kept me reading, was Cameron's presentation of the people involved in this story - the Picktons and their friends, the women who were the victims, the families, the police.

I expected gratuitous descriptions of violence, but instead found myself drawn into the stories of a group of people, each with their own demons, and each with their own roles.

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mudflapflossy
Jun 14, 2012

I’ll admit to putting off reading this story of Willy Pickton. I knew how disturbing it would be. I knew it would fuel my anger & frustration at how the VPD & politicians in this city ignored the problem for years, treating the victims & their families like throwaway’s. As a Canadian I’m ashamed at how we marginalized these people. Yes, this read was tough going, but it’s extremely well researched. I’m really glad I read it, you should read it too…”

debwalker Jan 26, 2011

Finalist in the Charles Taylor 2011 award shortlist.

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pattib25
Jan 03, 2011

This book is a real eyeopener as to what went wrong prior to the arrest of Willie Picton. THe VPD 'old boys' have a lot to answer for. It is a very interesting read in that everything takes place in familiar territory, Vancouver and other parts of the Lower Mainland.
These women were real people and should not have been forgotten. A must read book!

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Dec 07, 2010

Easy read, much detail (with simple bios on many of the victims), but does not answer the questions on why Pickton killed all those women and whether he acted alone

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