The Bastard of Fort Stikine: The Hudson's Bay Company and the Murder of John McLoughlin Jr. by Debra KomarThe Bastard of Fort Stikine: The Hudson's Bay Company and the Murder of John McLoughlin Jr. by Debra Komar

The Bastard of Fort Stikine: The Hudson's Bay Company and the Murder of John McLoughlin Jr.

byDebra Komar

Paperback | May 5, 2015

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Winner, Canadian Authors Award for Canadian History, Jeanne Clarke Memorial Local History Award, and Prince Edward Island Book Award for Non-Fiction

Is it possible to reach back in time and solve an unsolved murder, more than 170 years after it was committed?

Just after midnight on April 21, 1842, John McLoughlin, Jr. — the chief trader for the Hudson's Bay Company at Fort Stikine, in the northwest corner of the territory that would later become British Columbia — was shot to death by his own men. They claimed it was an act of self-defence, their only means of stopping the violent rampage of their drunk and abusive leader. Sir George Simpson, the HBC's Overseas Governor, took the men of Stikine at their word, and the Company closed the book on the matter. The case never saw the inside of a courtroom, and no one was ever charged or punished for the crime. To this day, the killing remains the Honourable Company's dirtiest unaired laundry and one of the darkest pages in the annals of our nation's history. Now, exhaustive archival research and modern forensic science — including ballistics, virtual autopsy, and crime scene reconstruction — unlock the mystery of what really happened the night McLoughlin died.

Using her formidable talents as a writer, researcher, and forensic scientist, Debra Komar weaves a tale that could almost be fiction, with larger-than-life characters and dramatic tension. In telling the story of John McLoughlin, Jr., Komar also tells the story of Canada's north and its connection to the Hudson's Bay Company.

Debra Komar is the author of The Ballad of Jacob Peck, The Lynching of Peter Wheeler, and, most recently, The Bastard of Fort Stikine, which won the 2016 Canadian Authors Award for Canadian History. A Fellow of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences and a practicing forensic anthropologist for over twenty years, she investigated hum...
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Title:The Bastard of Fort Stikine: The Hudson's Bay Company and the Murder of John McLoughlin Jr.Format:PaperbackProduct dimensions:288 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.8 inShipping dimensions:9 × 6 × 0.8 inPublished:May 5, 2015Publisher:Goose Lane EditionsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0864928718

ISBN - 13:9780864928719

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Is it possible to reach back in time and solve an unsolved murder, more than 170 years after it was committed?Just after midnight on April 21, 1842, John McLoughlin, Jr. — the chief trader for the Hudson's Bay Company at Fort Stikine, in the northwest corner of the territory that would later become British Columbia — was shot to death by his own men. They claimed it was an act of self-defence, their only means of stopping the violent rampage of their drunk and abusive leader. Sir George Simpson, the HBC's Overseas Governor, took the men of Stikine at their word, and the Company closed the book on the matter. The case never saw the inside of a courtroom, and no one was ever charged or punished for the crime. To this day, the killing remains the Honourable Company's dirtiest unaired laundry and one of the darkest pages in the annals of our nation's history. Now, exhaustive archival research and modern forensic science — including ballistics, virtual autopsy, and crime scene reconstruction — unlock the mystery of what really happened the night McLoughlin died.Using her formidable talents as a writer, researcher, and forensic scientist, Debra Komar weaves a tale that could almsot be fiction, with larger-than-life characters and dramatic tension. In telling the story of John McLoughlin, Jr., Komar also tells the story of Canada's north and its connection to the Hudson's Bay Company. - 20150402"A fascinating biohistorical investigation by forensic anthropologist Debra Komar into one of Canada's coldest cases, the mysterious killing of a Hudson's Bay Company chief trader in 1842." — Peter Vronsky, author of Ridgeway: The American Fenian Invasion and the 1866 Battle That Made Canada - 20150402