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Lee Mellor
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Book Description

March 3 2012

There are more than 60 serial murderers in Canadian history. For too long awareness of serial murder in Canada has been confined toWest Coastbutcher Clifford Olson and the "Schoolgirl Murderers" Paul Bernardo and Karla Homolka, along with the horrific acts of pig farmer Robert Pickton. Unlike our American neighbours, Canada has been viewed as a nation untouched by the shadow of multiple murder. Then came Colonel Russell Williams and his bizarre homicides and serial home invasions, which were sensational news worldwide on the Internet and television and in scores of newspapers and magazines.

The reason for Canada's serial killer blackout is clear: until now such information has never been compiled and presented in a single concise work. ColdNorth Killers is a wake-up call. This detailed and haunting account of Canada's worst monsters analyzes their crimes, childhoods, and inevitable downfalls. It is an indispensablecompendium for any true crime lover, criminologist, or law-enforcement officer.

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Mellor has just begun to scratch at the surface of a story that has far too long remained in the shadows. (The Chronicle-Journal 2012-03-25)

About the Author

Lee Mellor was born in Chester, England, and immigrated to Canada as a child. He is a noted singer/songwriter and has a B.A. in history from Concordia University, where his studies focused on symbolic corpse desecration in the Middle Ages, Victorian penny dreadfuls, and ritualistic murder in India. Mellor contributes regularly to, the most popular Internet forum for crime in Canada. He lives in Brighton, Ontario.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good read. Ready for the next one! July 23 2012
If Lee Mellor had as much fun writing this book as I did reading it I am worried for the both of us. Delving into all aspects of serial murdering from criteria to pathology to politics, this book kept my attention loaded me up with facts bits of information that
fascinated me throughout. What grabbed me the most were facts about the murders that were close to home and in fairly recent memory. At the time, the information was vague, underplayed and the term 'serial killer' rarely (if every) used. Opened my eyes to the role of both politics and the media when dealing with dangerous serial killers who are sometimes walking around freely while back room transactions and negotiations are taking place. Frightening stuff. I highly recommend this book for anyone who enjoys trying to understand the mindset and profile of those who commit multiple murders. The only drawback that I found is that because the book provides so much great reference material, the digital version is less than ideal. In fact, I plan to pick up the hard copy as well. I don't know what's next for Lee Mellor but perhaps a peek into those who commit random acts of open shootings in public places. Since this seems to be on the increase there would be no lack of material to draw on.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars interesting look at Canadian cases July 17 2013
By Reed
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This author provides ample details and sources to support his contention that Canadian serial killers are not only active, but (unfortunately) numerous. The book also takes a brief look at the successes and failures of the criminal justice system and thus would be useful to students and professionals alike. For the average reader or true crime reader, this book is both interesting and informative. One curious note, however - the author refers to Dr. Charles Smith as "renowned" whereas a better description might be "disgraced." Residents of Ontario may recall his notoriety after convictions in as many as 13 of 20 cases were questioned by the province in 2007 because the "expert" opinion of the pathologist was more based on assumption than scientific fact.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars At Long Last... April 10 2012
Mellor's "Cold North Killers" is a startling yet revealing analysis of an area that appeared to have escaped Canada... serial killers. However, Mellor's in-depth coverage of 60 cases reveals Canadians are sadly mistaken. Mellor handles the material with integrity and honesty, leaving little to the imagination but plenty to think about. This book can be read cover to cover or picked at case by case. I truly enjoyed learning from his research and research from esteemed criminologists that Mellor references, as well as learning about the triumphs and flaws of the Canadian Judicial System. I eagerly await more of his works. Well done!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good book! March 25 2012
By Mcayen
Very well written! Its great to have a one stop shop for this lesser known subject in Canada! Nice to see someone has the balls to do so too!
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2.0 out of 5 stars Worthwhile but could be better written July 28 2014
This is a badly written book desperately in need of a proof reader. There are numerous spelling errors.

While the author has done considerable research, the presentation of his material could be improved. Birth and death dates of each of his subjects in the heading would tell us the era in which the killer operated, for example. It is necessary to read the full section on the subject to figure out when things happened.

The book is educational even if not all that well organized. If you buy it you will learn something about a unique group of Canadian murderers, but I suspect you will conclude that the book could be better done.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars interesting Oct. 14 2013
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I like this sort of genre so this was a fun read... made camping up north a bit scary too!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Here Be Monsters March 29 2012
Serial murder in Canada has been an amorphous subject in terms of existing literature, until now focusing largely on the handful of high-profile and sensational cases that have become commonplace household names. The primary thing that Lee Mellor has done in his undertaking of this study is to dispel the notion that these are isolated instances of such barbarity, his work including 60+ murders occurring from the late 19th century to the present.

Mellor's extensive knowledge of the case histories is fortified by his keen understanding of the accepted FBI criminal classifications and the principles of offender profiling as they pertain to these types of serial cases. The sub-categories, (based on this branch of criminology) in which the offenders gruesome deeds are presented serve not only to detail and analyze the murders and their perpetrators, but also to introduce and exemplify the tenets of serial killer profiling and classification as it has come to be today.

In the final chapters, Cold North Killers outlines a number of unsolved murders, as well as instances where law enforcement has 'dropped the ball' in terms of the apprehension and confinement of these killers. Whether it is because of the Canadian propensity to avoid or deny the homegrown instances of such atrocities or simply a case of ignorance, Mellor ultimately draws to light the fundamental need for a persistent recognition of and attention to just what this compendium proves: here be monsters.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Intense Read! March 21 2012
"Cold North Killers" is a must read for anyone who loves intense, thrilling and detailed peeks into the minds and actions of serial killers. The format of the book is great for people who like to curl up with a book for a while or for those who like to read a bit at a time. Lee Mellor delivers detailed accounts of the heinous crimes with no details spared. Hard to put down!
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1.0 out of 5 stars Boring
Poorly written .It reads like a dry listing .Did not ho;d my interest.I did not finish reading it.Save your money-don't buy ir.
Published 2 months ago by jean murphy
3.0 out of 5 stars good collaboration of past and present Canadian Serial Killers
this is a good book for people who want to learn the names of Canadian serial killers and read a brief description of them and their crimes, however, this book does not go into a... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Matthew Grace
5.0 out of 5 stars Incredible book, I am blown away and shaking..
This book starts at "interesting" and ends with "stomach lurching." I love how it covers so much of a history, diversity, and the detailing of serial murder in Canada and the... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars Gruesome
Gives one an insight as to how twisted some people can get over time if not rehabilitated early on in their formitive years.
Published 3 months ago by ggalam
1.0 out of 5 stars Really?
I didn't know Canada claimed no crime. Silly to do so. Crime is everywhere. Just some retard wanting to put down Canada because it makes their country look ok or better. Whatever. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Mrs.T
1.0 out of 5 stars It's awful!
Poorly written, apparently not edited AT ALL. Even books that are fairly inexpensive on Amazon deserve a decent editor. Pick me!
Published 7 months ago by Sue Carson
4.0 out of 5 stars cold north
Published 9 months ago by blues bro#9
5.0 out of 5 stars So, Canadians claim they have scant Serial Killers?
Thank you, author, for the truth.

The RCMP denies the obvious, and this book makes that clear. Read more
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