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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In this searing personal account, ex-police detective Lori Shenher (who transitioned to male in 2015, and is now known as Lorimer) describes his role in Vancouver's infamous Missing Women Investigation and unflinchingly reveals his years-long struggle with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder as a result of working on the case. From his first assignment, in 1998, to investigate an increase in the number of missing women to the harrowing 2002 interrogation of convicted serial killer Robert Pickton, 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.

That Lonely Section of Hell passionately pursues the deeper truths behind the causes of this tragedy and the myriad ways the system failed to protect vulnerable people.

Publisher: Vancouver ; Berkeley : Greystone Books, ©2015
ISBN: 9781771640930
Characteristics: xviii, 348 pages ;,23 cm


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Mar 19, 2018

This is a really fantastic read about the trials of being a police officer in an under supported role in regards to one of the most prolific serial killers in Canadian history. Definitely worth the read, and very emotional throughout.

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.

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.

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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Dec 14, 2017

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