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Dead Ends: B.C. Crime Stories by Paul…

Dead Ends: B.C. Crime Stories

by Paul Willcocks

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Dead Ends: B.C. Crime Stories, by Paul Willcocks, is just as the title suggests: a compendium of true crime stories that took place in British Columbia between the 19th Century and the 21st. Some are extremely well-known (Clifford Olson and Robert Pickton, for example) and some are not. The author, a journalist himself, has used newspaper archives, contemporary articles in magazines and, sometimes, books about each crime in order to document the story. He has a solid writing style that conveys the information clearly and crisply, too, giving the reader a good grounding in the social conditions at play at the time of each crime and noting how those social factors at times resulted in tragedy. My only real quibble with the book is that there are no photographs - Willcocks describes his characters quite thoroughly, but I would have liked to have seen some photos too. If true crime and/or British Columbia interests you, then you’ll enjoy this book; recommended. ( )
  thefirstalicat | Oct 18, 2015 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0889773483, Paperback)

Forty crimes. Forty crimes of betrayal, greed, and desperation. Forty crimes that shed light on our shared past, and our lives today. Award-winning writer Paul Willcocks takes a sharp, fresh look at legendary crimes and criminals and the way they reflect our history.

Murderers and scam artists. Masterminds and bunglers. The infamous and the forgotten. Dead Ends looks at them all. Leo Mantha, the last man hanged in B.C. Wong Foon Sing, the Chinese houseboy kidnapped and tortured by police. Pickton and the Pattison kidnappers. Olson and the McLean Boys.

Our crimes define us. Dead Ends shows us how.

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