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On the Farm: Robert William Pickton and the Tragic Story of Vancouver’s Missing Women

Written on March 15, 2011 at 5:46 pm, by

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.

The Pickton File

Written on March 15, 2011 at 5:45 pm, by

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.

The Last Amigo: Karlheinz Schreiber and the Anatomy of a Scandal

Written on March 15, 2011 at 5:44 pm, by

In the mid-70s, Karlheinz Schreiber, a self-made German businessman with a keen eye for a deal and high ambitions for lucrative business enterprises, came to Ottawa to seek his fortune. And what a fortune he eventually found. By the time of his arrest on tax evasion and bribery charges in August 1999, Schreiber had brokered a series of deals that yielded millions in secret commissions shared between himself and a cadre of Canadian and German middlemen.

Outgoing and charming, persistent and opportunistic, Schreiber’s talent lay in cultivating Canadian men of influence–lawyers, politicians, lobbyists, fellow businessmen–and using those connections to benefit his European clients.

Blue Trust: The Author, the Lawyer, His Wife and Her Money

Written on March 15, 2011 at 5:39 pm, by

Blue Trust has all the ingredients of a gripping thriller — except it’s all true. In the late 1980s Bruce and Lynne Verchere had it all. He was a successful tax lawyer whose clients included Brian Mulroney, and bestselling novelist Arthur Hailey. She was a computer software entrepreneur whose innovative systems revolutionized office management throughout North America.

When Lynne’s company was sold Bruce could finally afford the extravagances he had long coveted: a plane, a yacht, a summer home in Maine, and a condo in Telluride. Through intricate manipulation, he was able to secrete his family’s wealth beyond the reach of the taxman and even his wife.

On The Take: Crime, Corruption and Greed in the Mulroney Years

Written on March 15, 2011 at 5:38 pm, by

When On the Take came out in 1994, it made author Stevie Cameron a household name in Canada. Her book’s revelations about the rampant corruption and petty greed of Brian Mulroney’s decade in the prime minister’s office reverberated for many years in the Canadian political landscape and helped destroy his Progressive Conservative Party. (The party, one of Canada’s most venerable, never recovered from Mulroney’s stewardship and eventually merged with the Canadian Alliance Party.)

Cameron, one of the country’s leading investigative reporters, was one of the few reporters to consistently question and probe the corruption of the Mulroney years. She has a wonderful ear for storytelling, which helps make On the Take a page-turner.

Ottawa Inside Out

Written on March 15, 2011 at 5:03 pm, by

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