Select language, opens an overlay
On the Farm

On the Farm

Robert William Pickton and the Tragic Story of Vancouver's Missing Women

Book - 2010
Average Rating:
Rate this:
Verteran investigative journalist Stevie Cameron first began following the story of missing women in 1998, when the odd newspaper piece appeared chronicling the disappearances of drug-addicted sex trade workers from Vancouver's notorious Downtown Eastside. It was not until February 2002 that pig farmer Robert William Pickton would be 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 could be told.

Covering the case of one of North America's most prolific serial killers gave Stevie Cameron access not only to the story as it unfolded over many years in two British Columbia courthouses, but also to information unknown to the police - and not in the transcripts of their interviews with Pickton - such as from Pickton's long-time best friend, Lisa Yelds, and from several women who survived terrifying encounters with him. Cameron uncovers what was behind law enforcement's refusal to believe that a serial killer was at work.
Publisher: Toronto : A.A. Knopf Canada, c2010.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780676975840
Characteristics: 726 p., [16] p. of plates : ill., maps, ports. ; 24 cm.


From the critics

Community Activity


Add a Comment
Nov 09, 2015

Cameron put a lot of writing into this book; history and backstory paint a picture that tells a more complete story.

Jan 23, 2014

Very well written book. Such compassion for the women of Vancouver's downtown eastside. Very interesting read.

Jan 06, 2013

I'm a bit puzzled by the complaints that this book doesn't explain the "why". Only Willie knows why, and (even if he could articulate it) he's not telling!

It was a good read. A fascinating view into the Picktons, their friends and their victims. Plus details as to how and why the VPD and RCMP messed up so completely.

A native British Columbian will notice that the author gets some little things wrong though: for example she confuses Comox with Courtenay and thinks the Hotel Vancouver is called the Vancouver Hotel. The editor was dozing too, as there are plenty of typos and other mistakes.

A bit sloppy, but compelling nonetheless.

Sep 25, 2012

It's a couple of years old, but still worth reading. What impressed me, and what kept me reading, was Cameron's presentation of the people involved in this story - the Picktons and their friends, the women who were the victims, the families, the police.

I expected gratuitous descriptions of violence, but instead found myself drawn into the stories of a group of people, each with their own demons, and each with their own roles.

Jun 14, 2012

I’ll admit to putting off reading this story of Willy Pickton. I knew how disturbing it would be. I knew it would fuel my anger & frustration at how the VPD & politicians in this city ignored the problem for years, treating the victims & their families like throwaway’s. As a Canadian I’m ashamed at how we marginalized these people. Yes, this read was tough going, but it’s extremely well researched. I’m really glad I read it, you should read it too…”

debwalker Jan 26, 2011

Finalist in the Charles Taylor 2011 award shortlist.

Jan 03, 2011

This book is a real eyeopener as to what went wrong prior to the arrest of Willie Picton. THe VPD 'old boys' have a lot to answer for. It is a very interesting read in that everything takes place in familiar territory, Vancouver and other parts of the Lower Mainland.
These women were real people and should not have been forgotten. A must read book!

Dec 07, 2010

Easy read, much detail (with simple bios on many of the victims), but does not answer the questions on why Pickton killed all those women and whether he acted alone


Add Age Suitability

There are no ages for this title yet.


Add a Summary

There are no summaries for this title yet.


Add Notices

There are no notices for this title yet.


Add a Quote

There are no quotes for this title yet.

Explore Further

Browse by Call Number


Subject Headings


Find it at WCLS

To Top