In 1998, Lorimer Shenher had been working just two days heading Vancouver’s Missing Persons Unit. His job was to investigate the growing number of women missing from the Downtown Eastside. An anonymous tip suggested Robert Pickton could be responsible for the disappearances. But missed opportunities, lack of resources and jurisdictional challenges nearly prevented the capture of the serial killer who is now serving a life sentence for the murders of six women between 1997 and 2001.
“That was really my world for almost two years,” said Shenher, the author of That Lonely Section of Hell: The Botched Investigation of a Serial Killer Who Almost Got Away. He is the guest at North Island College’s Write Here Series Friday, Nov. 3.