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
ISBN: 9781771640930
Branch Call Number: 364.1523 P587s
Characteristics: 348 pages

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truestitches
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.

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bdecock
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.

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stewstealth
Jan 07, 2016

A look at the early failures of the investigation of Robert Pickton and the psychological toll on the author. Though there were obvious failures on the part of the police I find it hard to see them as a wholesale disregard of these women Unfortunately with no bodies turning up these women were considered missing and not murdered and a full scale investigation only begun when a small piece of evidence was found at Pickton's farm during another investigation. Though interesting, this is not an holistic view of the investigation and does not review all the realities and nuances of senior police with respect to budgets etc. The author's personal mental health decline from after the investigation as well as the Oppal inquiry make up the last third of the book. I would have liked to know if in her opinion the new IHIT that came out of this problematic jurisdictional squabbling has likely improved the chances that such an overlook would be reduced. A very interesting look at the Pickton murders that is respectful of the victims and not salacious. This book is definitely worth reading.

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bronteside
Oct 29, 2015

Riveting.
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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