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Cold North Killers: Canadian Serial Murder Paperback – Mar 3 2012
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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 www.unsolvedcanada.ca, the most popular Internet forum for crime in Canada. He lives in Brighton, Ontario.
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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.
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.
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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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 on June 16 2014 by jean murphy
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 morePublished on May 30 2014 by Matthew Grace
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 morePublished on May 2 2014 by Amazon Customer
Gives one an insight as to how twisted some people can get over time if not rehabilitated early on in their formitive years.Published on April 30 2014 by ggalam
Poorly written, apparently not edited AT ALL. Even books that are fairly inexpensive on Amazon deserve a decent editor. Pick me!Published on Jan. 19 2014 by Sue Carson
PERUSED A FEW CHAPTERS IN THE BOOK AS IKNEW OF MOST OF THE CASES BEING IN THE NEWSPAPER BUSINESS FOR MOST OF THE LAST 58 YRS SHOULD BE SOME INTERESTING READING WHEN IGET AROUND TO... Read morePublished on Nov. 20 2013 by blues bro#9
I like this sort of genre so this was a fun read... made camping up north a bit scary too!Published on Oct. 14 2013 by Lynda Gernon
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