That Lonely Section of Hell

That Lonely Section of Hell

The Botched Investigation of A Serial Killer Who Almost Got Away

Book - 2015
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From her first assignment in 1998 to explore an increase in the number of missing women to the harrowing 2002 interrogation of convicted serial killer Robert Pickton, Lori Shenher tells a story of massive police failure--failure of the police to use the information about Pickton available to them, failure to understand the dark world of drug addiction and sex work, and failure to save more women from their killer. Shenher explains how police unwillingness to believe the women were missing or murdered, jurisdictional squabbles, and a fear of tunnel vision conspired to leave women unprotected and vulnerable to a serial killer nearly three years after she first received a tip that Pickton could be responsible. She unflinchingly reveals her own pain and psychological distress as a result of these events, which left her unable to work with or trust the police and the criminal justice system. That Lonely Section of Hell reveals the deeper truths behind the causes of this tragedy and the myriad ways the system--and society--failed to protect vulnerable people.
Publisher: Vancouver ;, Berkeley :, Greystone Books,, [2015]
Copyright Date: ©2015
ISBN: 9781771640930
Branch Call Number: 364.15232 SH
Characteristics: xviii, 348 pages ; 23 cm


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Jan 18, 2018

Too bad KIM ROSSMO wasnt taken seriously in the initial meeting

from the report;

This report sets out how discrimination against sex workers, drug users and Aboriginal women within the Vancouver Police Department and the Provincial Police Service of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police enabled the horrific activities of a serial killer during the period of reference from January 23, 1997 to February 5, 2002.This report is divided into five chapters, addressing in turn:

(1) discriminatory failure to deploy resources to protect sex workers from known risks to their lives and safety;
(2) police investigations were undermined by discriminatory attitudes, bias and stereotyping of victims;
(3) police suppression of recognition of a risk of a serial killer of sex workers by means of deception and smear campaigns;
(4) factual analysis of the decision of Crown counsel to stay the attempt murder charge against Robert William Pickton in January of 1997; and
(5) recommendations for reform.

what Indians know: Certain members of the RCMP & VPD & the Bikers attended parties at Piggys Palace.. the street cleaning is depicted in the stuff films.

Mar 02, 2016

I read it almost all in one sitting, which is unusual for me. It reawakened thoughts on some of my own experience with the police after being raped, and gave me insight into police culture so that finally, 45 years later, I am able to forgive myself. Lori is a very conscientious, compassionate, brave, strong person and I believe gives an accurate account of how PTSD affects one's life. Well worth reading.

Feb 03, 2016

If you are looking for insight into the missing women's investigation and Willie Pickton this is not the book for you. This book concentrates more on Det. Shenher's involvement in the first part of the investigation and her personal struggles including PTSD as well as her difficulties with VPD.

Oct 29, 2015

Just riveting.
Thanks to Lori Shenher for writing about the incompetence, indifference and reckless disregard for the early investigation into missing and murdered aboriginal women.
The way she was treated should be thrown into this terrible mix.
While everyone above and around her runs for cover after failing to seriously support suspicions into pig farmer Pickton,I am so glad she wrote the book.
A terrible cost to her health, her career ,and her reputation .


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