Format: Trade Paperback
Dimensions: 768 pages, 9 × 5.98 × 1.6 in
Published: October 25, 2011
Publisher: Knopf Canada
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 0676975852
ISBN - 13: 9780676975857
Read from the Book
Chapter One THE FAMILY FARM Calling the Pickton place a farm back in 1995 is probably a nice way of putting it. The property, at 963 Dominion Road, across the road from a new shopping centre, was nothing more than a junkyard of old cars, trucks and machinery and enormous mounds of dirt, many of which were covered with black plastic tarps. The Pickton brothers, among their many interests, were in the dirt-moving business. Their shabby white clapboard farmhouse needed painting and repair; the wooden outbuildings—a rickety mess of garages, workshops and sheds—always seemed on the verge of collapse. A shanty that had housed a pigpen had fallen down completely and no one had bothered to tidy up the mess. With no place to keep the pigs, Robert was now stuffing the live weanlings he bought every week at animal auctions into a small horse trailer until he got around to slaughtering them. Only an unpainted hip-roofed Dutch barn looked as if it could last a few more years. Even though Port Coquitlam was a working-class town of fifty thousand people where few had money to spend fixing up their places, the Pickton farm was infamous, and not just because it was a mess. People knew that the Picktons, who were making a fortune selling off chunks of the land to real estate developers, could easily afford to keep the farm in good repair; it just never occurred to them. That was just how they’d been brought up, not to mind a little mess. This prope
Table of Contents
Maps Author’s note Part One: The Family Prologue: Jane Doe 1. The Family Farm 2. Dominion Avenue 3. A Mother’s Will 4. The Pickton Brothers 5. Geography Speaks 6. Cops under Fire 7. A Motley Crew 8. Prime Suspect 9. The Trials of Kim Rossmo and the Growing List of Missing Women 10. Lisa Yelds 11. Piggy’s Palace 12. Maggy Gisle, Cara Ellis and Sandra Gail Ringwald 13. Gina and Willie and More Missing Women 14. Sherry Irving and Marnie Frey 15. The Worst Year 16. Sarah de Vries and Sheila Egan 17. A Doomed Investigation 18. Project Amelia: A Bad Start 19. Roommates Part Two: The Missing Women 20. What They Saw 21. What Did the Police Do? 22. Closing In on Willie 23. Another Close Call 24. Deadly Girlfriends 25. Rossmo Out 26. Panic on Skid Row 27. The File Review 28. Do Something 29. A Newsroom Leads the Way 30. Police on Trial 31. The Last Woman 32. The Rookie Cop 33. Twenty-Four Hours 34. The Largest Crime Scene in Canadian History 35. Scott Chubb Part Three: On the Farm 36. Getting Ready for Willie 37. Mike Petrie Wants the Job 38. The Cell Plant 39. The Fordy Interview 40. Don Adam Takes Over 41. Back in the Cell 42. Taking Willie to the Judge 43. In the Workshop 44. The Forensic Team 45. Talking to the Families 46. What the Dead Reveal 47. Willie Goes to Court 48. Telling Tales: Andy Bellwood, Sandra Gail Ringwald and Gina Houston 49. The Last Witnesses 50. The Aristocracy of Victimhood 51. From Twenty-Six to Six 52. The Jury 53. Guil
From the Publisher
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.
About the Author
A woman of many talents, Stevie Cameron is a successful author, investigative journalist, commentator and humanitarian. Her investigative reports have been published by the Globe and Mail and Maclean''s, among others, and her award-winning books have brought scandals to the public eye. They include the #1 national bestseller On the Take: Crime, Corruption and Greed in the Mulroney Years and The Last Amigo: Karlheinz Schreiber and the Anatomy of a Scandal, winner of the Crime Writers of Canada Arthur Ellis Award. Cameron''s passions for writing, uncovering and dissecting stories of the day have earned her acclaim as one of Canada''s foremost investigative journalists. She lives in Toronto.
From the Hardcover edition.
“Rich with detail. . . . Should you buy this book and read it? Definitely.”
— Neil Boyd, The Globe and Mail
"Stevie Cameron, who brought the art of political investigative journalism in Canada to new heights over the last three decades, has distinguished herself and her profession once again… [On the Farm] will surely remain a classic for generations of crime readers to come."
— Winnipeg Free Press
"On the Farm is the book you were hoping for… A hard-hitting look at the botched police investigations of Pickton."
— The Vancouver Sun
"No writer knows this story better than Cameron… [On the Farm] will go down as the definitive resource on the Pickton affair."
"Stevie Cameron has written yet another great book exposing, as is her wont, the ''comfortable establishment'' in our country of indifference to societal ills that might be expensive nuisances to deal with."
— The Tyee
From the Hardcover edition.