On The Farm

by Stevie Cameron

“When the police gave up, Pemberton and Hall continued to write about the dead prostitutes. ‘We were trying to show they were human,’ said Pemberton. ‘We found their families and we tried to paint pictures of these women. They were somebody’s mom, somebody’s daughter… but the cops we were dealing with were racist and sexist and they all had grade twelve educations.”

Score: 8/10

One Million Page Princess

September 17th, 2015

One Million Page Princess

September 17th, 2015

Robert Pickton… who doesn’t know that name? Hearing it honestly sends shivers down my spine.

On The Farm was actually the first book I started reading in 2015, and did so because it looked extremely likely that I would be booking a large role in the film that was being made based on the events leading up to the arrest of one of the most notorious serial killers ever. Alas, things didn’t go my way, (however a good friend of mine booked the part so YAY you go BW!) but I finished the 768 page book anyway. While we all heard whispers and comments about the gross police negligence during the investigation and his trial, I had no idea how bad the situation really was. Stevie Cameron is a fantastic investigative journalist. Her work is incredibly well researched, well written, and entirely engaging.

If true crime is a genre you enjoy, then this book is everything you wanted to know about the Pickton murders, and more, all the while remaining tasteful and giving a strong voice to many of the women whose lives were so brutally stolen from them. It’s heartbreaking that so many of us know the name Willie Pickton, and that is he the one that will go down in history. Not the FORTY NINE women whose lives he ended. Each and every one of them was important. All forty-nine victims mattered, regardless of their lifestyle or circumstances. This book gives names, faces, and histories for almost all of the women who had the bad luck to climb into that red pick up truck, and it is these names that should be the ones that are remembered.

 

Until next time,

OMPP

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