A book allegedly penned by British Columbia’s most notorious serial killer has appeared on online bookseller Amazon.com.
Robert Pickton has allegedly written a 144-page book from behind bars, titled “Pickton: In His Own Words”.
The book is offering a potential glimpse into the mind of the man who was convicted of killing six women between 1997 and 2001, but bragged to an undercover officer of killing as many as 49.
The book was published January 29th by Outskirts Press, and on the back cover paints Pickton as “the fall guy,” claiming to allow Pickton a chance to “finally tell his story of what happened on his family farm”.
The brother of a woman whose DNA was found on Pickton’s farm says he’s outraged the convicted killer could profit off of his misery.
“He’s left my family and many many other families in a prison ourselves, a prison of grief and loss and anger. We’ll live with this until the last of our days… and so when a publication like this makes it into the market place…”
Ernie Crey, the elected chief of the Cheam First Nation, is demanding answers on how the book was written and published from behind bars.
“How what it is that he wrote, I think, needs to be the subject of an investigation.”
He says it’s unbelievable Pickton is on the front of the news again, particularly considering the timing.
“His publication comes out very close to a time when the national inquiry on missing murdered indigenous women and girls is about to get underway, and I know there will be outrage once it’s common knowledge across the country that this publication is out there.”
Crey says writing to Federal Attorney General he’s going to be asking Amazon to take down the book.
Pickton was sentenced to life in prison and is being held in a maximum security institution in Agassiz.
LISTEN: CKNW’s Estefania Duran speaks with Ernie Crey about Pickton’s alleged book
Public reaction to the book has been near universally of disgust.
— Sue Stroud (@suestroud) February 22, 2016
Canadian prison like a sieve if Pickton can get a book published prison officials should be fired for this whats next parole, sickening
— SG (@CrystalSeahorse) February 22, 2016
Amazon called on to pull book
Reaction has been similar on Amazon, with the book quickly being deluged by one-star reviews and calls for Amazon to pull it from the catalog.