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Cold North Killers: Canadian Serial Murder

3.58 of 5 stars 3.58  ·  rating details  ·  38 ratings  ·  7 reviews
There are more than 60 serial murderers in Canadian history. For too long awareness of serial murder in Canada has been confined toWest Coastbutcher Clifford Olson and the "Schoolgirl Murderers" Paul Bernardo and Karla Homolka, along with the horrific acts of pig farmer Robert Pickton. Unlike our American neighbours, Canada has been viewed as a nation untouched by the shad ...more
Paperback, 472 pages
Published March 27th 2012 by Dundurn (first published March 3rd 2012)
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This book is infinitely researched and written not simply as an informational text, but factual book about Canadian serial killers with interwoven bits of narrative to set the scene and place you there. He includes quite a lot about the psychology of serial killers, which is quite scary and fascinating at the same time.
He includes some Americans that killed in Canada (which I still don't know if I would have included in a book subtitled 'Canadian Serial Murder'), but explains why he does this.
Wendy Arnott
This book starts at "interesting" and ends with "stomach lurching." I love how it covers so much of a history, diversity, and the detailing of serial murder in Canada and the recent media stories in BC.. From Robert Pickton, which I thought I had heard so much about but not really, to the last pages mention of Cory Legebokoff, now going to trial, this book had my stomach lurching on a few occasions. Names I remember in the media both from my hometown and in other provinces,from growing up and my ...more
Although the blurb on the back of the book describes it as "indispensable" for readers ranging from lovers of true crime to criminologists, I can't imagine anyone who would find it very useful. The veneer of scholarly seriousness (some graphs and tables) is incredibly thin (only a few pages of notes at the back of a 400-plus page book), the analysis is superficial, the research is inadequate (too many sources are non-academic) and the writing is turgid. "For too long, awareness of serial murder ...more
An interesting look at serial killers, some famous and others not so famous. The author sometimes seemed to rush through some chapters. It would have been better if there were better pictures of the killers and more info on the crimes. Still a good read if this type of book interests you.
Aimee Holland
This book is a well written compilation of horrific crimes committed by Canadians or on Canadian soil. It shows both the great police work that quickly put an end to some serial murder cases but also sheds light on some of the blunders that have either released dangerous offenders into the public to offend again or allowed some murderer's to continue their crimes. All together it is an interesting read. I would recommend this book to people who are interested in either true crime or observing th ...more
Maybe true crime just isn't my genre, so I can't hold anything against the book for its journalistic style, but the editing errors and messed up endnotes in the e-reader version are inexcusable.
Tom K
Did not follow many of the tales.
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