Amazon has removed a self published book by B.C.’s most notorious serial killer titled Pickton: In His Own Words. It follows an outcry from family of women victimized by the serial killer.
CKNW has reached out to Amazon on the subject, but has yet to receive a reply.
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“Outskirts Press has ceased publication of the book and we are asking Amazon to remove the book from there website.”
The publishing company behind a book by serial killer Robert Pickton is pulling the book and saying sorry.
Outskirts Press spokesperson Bridget Horstmann says the company had no idea the book titled ‘Robert Pickton In his own words’ was actually written by the serial killer.
“We have a long standing policy of not working with nor publishing work by incarcerated individuals. Mr. Pickton was apparently aware of our no tolerance policy when he devised a plan to publish through an unaffiliated third party, Mr. Childress, who claimed to Outskirts Press that he was the sole owner and author.”
Horstmann says the company is offering an apology to the families of Pickton’s victims for any heartache this might have caused.
A Maple Ridge woman who believes her sister was one of Robert Pickton’s victims says she accepts an apology.
Sandra Gagnon, whose sister Janet Henry vanished in 1997, says the fact the book is no longer available online is a small victory.
“I really appreciate it. I’m really happy that they took it down and I want to thank them and I’m glad that our voices were heard and we spoke up. I never thought I’d ever hear his name again. I don’t want to even mention his name.”
The same day it was discovered the convicted serial killer had written and self-published his own book from behind bars, a petition was created to stop selling it.
The change.org petition pleaded with Amazon “to consider the implications” of the book’s sale.
Laurel Windover says her sister was a victim of Robert Pickton’s, and the idea of this book existing and Pickton making money literally turns her stomach, adding the last thing they need to hear is what this psychopath has to say.
Calgary’s Elaine Belanger delivered a victim-impact statement at Pickton’s murder trial in 2007 when her daughter Brenda Wolfe disappeared and, 9 years after the ordeal, adds that family members are continuing to be victimized.
Premier Clark takes a firm stand against the book
Count the provincial government among those who want to see Pickton’s book pulled off of Amazon.
Premier Christy Clark says her government will move quickly to prevent criminals from profiting from their crimes.
She was reacting to the news that Robert Pickton has written a book, claiming his innocence.
Clark says the Solicitor General has written Amazon, asking the online retailer to stop selling the book.
And she wonders who would ever buy it.
“I don’t know, I have trouble understanding it. And I think people will want to know that their government’s doing everything that we can to try and stop him from profiting from this, at the very least.”
Attorney-General asks Amazon to cease sales of the book
Public Safety and Solicitor General Mike Morris has called the sale of Robert Pickton’s book “disturbing”.
He says the province is taking the matter seriously and investigating every means available to ensure the families of Pickton’s victims are protected from further harm, and that the serial killer doesn’t profit in any way from the book’s sale.
For now, Pickton’s book is still for sale on Amazon.com.
Not the first time Amazon has come under fire in Canada
This is a story that’s played out in Canada before, and there is precedent for Amazon to remove the book from its online catalogue.
Last November, a self-published fictional e-book written by notorious killer Paul Bernardo was removed by the online retailer after a massive public outcry.
Bernardo is serving a life sentence for the murders of two Ontario teens back in the early 1990s.
Many have already written to Amazon demanding Pickton’s book be taken down from online shelves, with one person even pledging never to buy another item from the company.
Another reviewer asks Amazon if they can imagine the unnecessary trauma it’s inflicting on the families of Pickton’s victims.
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– With files from Shelby Thom