February 19, 2015

Review: Robert Pickton ~ The True Story of the Pig Farmer Killer by Chris Swinney

Title: Robert Pickton: The Pig Farmer Killer
Author: Chris Swinney (with RJ Parker & Peter Vronsky)
Series: Crimes Canada: True Crimes That Shocked the Nation, Volume #1
Genre: True Crime 
Publisher: Vronsky Parker Publications
Release Date: February 18, 2015 (paperback); March 1st (ebook)
Source: ARC provided by publisher
Reviewed by: Kat

Book Summary

Robert Pickton, inherited a pig farm worth a million dollars and used his wealth to lure skid row hookers to his farm where he confessed to murdering 49 female victims; dismembering and feeding their body parts to his pigs which he supplied to Vancouver area restaurants. 

This is the 1st book in a 24 volume series collection, edited by crime historian Dr. Peter Vronsky and true crime author and publisher RJ Parker. Each month we will publish a book of some of Canada's most notorious shocking criminals, written by various authors, and published under VP Publications. WITH PHOTOS

My Thoughts

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. 

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