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On the Farm

Stevie Cameron's investigation of serial killer Robert Pickton earned her the 2011 Arthur Ellis Award for best nonfiction crime book.

Stevie Cameron

Journalist Stevie Cameron first began following the story of missing women in 1998, when an 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. 

Cameron draws on her experience with the case as it unfolded over many years in two British Columbia courthouses, as well as information from people such as Pickton's long-time best friend Lisa Yelds, and several women who survived terrifying encounters with him, to learn what was behind law enforcement's refusal to believe that a serial killer was at work. (From Vintage Canada)

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From the book

Forensic anthropologist Tracy Rogers believed the person had been a young adult woman of European and Native American descent. But no one knew who she was. No one was reported missing who might be this victim. Even though a police dog and divers searched the swamp they found nothing. The woman remained "Jane Doe" and her skull would rest in a box in a police evidence locker for seven more years.


From On the Farm by Stevie Cameron ©2011. Published by Vintage Canada.

Author interviews

Killer's instincts

11 years ago
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Investigative journalist Stevie Cameron talks about the case of serial killer Robert Pickton 10:31

Colossal police failure?

11 years ago
10:41
Investigative journalist Stevie Cameron discusses the Vancouver police and the quality of their investigation into serial killer Robert Pickton 10:41

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