Title: Robert Pickton: The Pig Farmer Killer
Genre: True Crime
Yes this books is as gruesome as it sounds. This depraved psychopath actually killed women, put their bodies in a wood chipper and fed their remains to his pigs. Then proceeded to supply nearby establishments and people with meat from his farm. OH.MY.GAWD!!
BUT, as horrifying as that is, this book is a must read. The account of events leading up to and during the capture of Pickton is given by an actual police detective. No holds barred. The author tells it like it was in a refreshingly objective way (i.e. when the police dropped the ball and when they did well). He also provides some background on how Pickton was raised and certain events that give a little insight into the extent of this serial killer's depravity. And of course, most importantly, like with all true crime books, there's the victims that deserve to be remembered and read about.
Being from Canada, I heard about all this as it was happening. However, what I didn't realize was how deeply the socioeconomic conditions in certain parts of Vancouver actually enabled this horrible business to happen and continue for so long. I imagine most large urban centres are plagued with similar issues, but I appreciate the way it was explained in this account.
This is a great read and highly recommended to all you true crime fans. Really looking forward to the next Crimes Canada to be released next month.
*In the spirit of full disclosure, I will let you know that I designed the coverart for this book.