The Pickton File by Stevie Cameron

The Pickton File

byStevie Cameron

Kobo ebook | July 23, 2010

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Stevie Cameron turns her renowned analytical eye from the "crooks in suits" of her previous books to the case of Vancouver's missing women and the man who has been charged with killing 27 of them, who if convicted will have the horrific distinction of being the worst serial killer in Canadian history.

It's a shocking story that may not be over anytime soon. When the police moved in on Pickton's famous residence, the "pig farm" of Port Coquitlam, in February 2002, the entire 14-acre area was declared a crime scene -- the largest one in Canadian history. Well over 150 investigators and forensics experts were required, including 102 anthropology students from across the country called in to sift through the entire farm, one shovelful of dirt at a time.

A woman who is considered by many to be this country's best investigative journalist, Cameron has been thinking about the missing women of Vancouver's Downtown Eastside since 1998, when the occasional newspaper story ran about families and friends of some of the 63 missing women agitating for action -- and being ignored by police and politicians. Robert William "Willie" Pickton has been on her mind since his arrest, that February five years ago, for the murders of two of the women, Mona Wilson and Sereena Abotsway, both drug-addicted prostitutes from the impoverished neighbourhood where all the missing women had connections.

Living half-time in Vancouver for the last five years, Stevie Cameron has come to know many of the people involved in this case, from families of the missing women to the lawyers involved on both sides. She writes not only with tireless investigative curiosity, but also with enormous compassion for the women who are gone and the ones who still struggle to ply their trade on the Downtown Eastside.

"We had no idea [in 2002] how massive the investigation would be. We had no notion that the police would sift every inch of dirt on the Pickton farm, a process that lasted from the spring of 2002 to late 2004. We did not foresee the broad publication ban that would prevent any word printed or broadcast of what was being said in court in case it influenced a potential juror. We couldn't know that there would be, by 2006, 27 charges of first-degree murder against Pickton and that the police would continue to investigate him on suspicion of many other deaths. And we didn't know that the police and other personnel involved in the case, under threat of ruined careers, were forbidden to talk to reporters. In blissful ignorance, all I could do was begin…"
--Excerpt from The Pickton File

From the Trade Paperback edition.

Title:The Pickton FileFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:July 23, 2010Publisher:Knopf CanadaLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0307368610

ISBN - 13:9780307368614


Rated 4 out of 5 by from Well written account This is a well written account of ONE journalist's impact of dealing with the trial of Canada's most prolific serial killer. Ms. Cameron was unable to write about the preliminary hearing due to publication bans. She id a very good job of humanizing the women who were often looked at as drug addicted prostitutes. Well done!
Date published: 2010-09-07
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Self-serving Crime Drama that misses the point As an activist and academic devoted to drawing attention to violence against Aboriginal women, I was looking forward to this text. However, though Cameron is one of the first journalists to mention the Aboriginality of the Missing women, she readliy maligns this by claiming that it is a misnomer that the Missing Women were all Aboriginal, and that only one third are Aboriginal. What she ignores is that though Aboriginal women may compose only 1/3 of the Missing Women, they compose less than 1% of the population of Vancouver - which makes clear that they are overrepresented amongst the missing women. She makes no connection to the Native Women's Association or the Amnesty International Report that makes clear that over 500 Aboriginal Women have gone missing or been murdered across Canada in the last 20 years. And this connection is essential to understanding the Pickton case. Overall, I find this text self-serving, spending the majority of the several hundred pages recounting Cameron's own experiences with this trial. This text is truly "the Stevie Cameron show" with guest appearances from others. Who cares? When are we going to hear the uncensored stories of women from the DTES, or family members? When is the focus of a book (with the excpetion of Maggie DeVries "Missing Sarah") going to be on the Missing Women, and not someone else's ouside experience to this violence? And why would this publishing company privilege the voice of an outsider over having an Aboriginal women or a former resident of the DTES conduct this research? Why is it accpetable to have a white woman with an established priniting history tell a story that doesn't belong to her? I hate to be harsh - but Ms. Cameron, go home. Those of us invovled in this violence and protesting this violence, don't care about your experiences in relation to the Pickton case. We don't care about your housing situations or your missing cars or your privileged life experiences (like the wedding of your daughter) that coincide with the Pickton case....all we care about is justice for these women! When will you conceed your privilege and really do something to chance the lives of the women of Vancouver's Downtown Eastside?
Date published: 2007-06-18