• On the Farm

  • Robert William Pickton and the Tragic Story of Vancouver's Missing Women
  • By: Stevie Cameron
  • Narrated by: Erin Moon
  • Length: 25 hrs and 58 mins
  • 4.4 out of 5 stars (99 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Verteran investigative journalist Stevie Cameron first began following the story of missing women in 1998, when the odd newspaper piece appeared chronicling the disappearances of drug-addicted sex trade workers from Vancouver's notorious Downtown Eastside. It was not until February 2002 that pig farmer Robert William Pickton would be arrested, and 2008 before he was found guilty, on six counts of second-degree murder. These counts were appealed and in 2010, the Supreme Court of Canada rendered its conclusion. The guilty verdict was upheld, and finally this unprecedented tale of true crime could be told.

Covering the case of one of North America's most prolific serial killers gave Stevie Cameron access not only to the story as it unfolded over many years in two British Columbia courthouses, but also to information unknown to the police—and not in the transcripts of their interviews with Pickton—such as from Pickton's long-time best friend, Lisa Yelds, and from several women who survived terrifying encounters with him. Cameron uncovers what was behind law enforcement's refusal to believe that a serial killer was at work.

©2010 Stevie Cameron (P)2022 Vintage Canada

Critic Reviews

National Bestseller

2011, Arthur Ellis Award for Best Non-Fiction

2011, British Columbia's National Award for Canadian Non-Fiction

2011, Charles Taylor Prize for Literary Non-Fiction

“Rich with detail. . . . Should you buy this book and read it? Definitely.”—Neil Boyd, The Globe and Mail 

"Stevie Cameron, who brought the art of political investigative journalism in Canada to new heights over the last three decades, has distinguished herself and her profession once again… [On the Farm] will surely remain a classic for generations of crime readers to come."—Winnipeg Free Press 

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The book chapter after chapter about the individual victims, not what most listeners are expecting when purchasing a book about a serial killer.

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Excellent work on Canadian crime

You really feel sad for the women who were lost. The justice system let all but six souls down. Erin Moon is excellent! The book prompted me to research more on the events and learn where the survivors and LEOS are now.

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NOT WORTH IT!

Waaaaaaay to drawn out. I got it to hear about the life and crimes of the murderer etc. This book is more about everything else, but the murders. I don't need to know every stupid detail about every officer in the area, the relatives of random people. This book could prob have been 5-7 hours long, instead it's 25. No Way. Waste of a credit. Don't bother unless you want to be put to sleep.

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Endless

This book is far too long. It repeats itself countless times. I would recommend reading an article on the Internet before listening to this book. Very disappointing.

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Incredibly boring.

Desperately needs editing.
I had never heard about these crimes and was intrigued to learn more, but this really isn’t the right book for someone interested in the investigation. It’s more of a social commentary about drug addiction and prostitution in Vancouver. Save yourself the credit.

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Too Much Detail In the Wrong Places

I'll start by saying that Erin Moon did a great job narrating this book and I would love to listen to her again. The book, however, was a bit boring at times. There was a ton of detail in certain areas where it didn't seem to belong and it was lacking of detail in other places. I've listened to a lot of true crime books, but had never heard anything about this story so I hung in there. Overall though, I would give the book itself 3 stars.

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  • claire adams
  • 09-13-22

A great listen

Overall, this was a great listen. The story was jaw dropping and fascinating at times and it kept me hooked.
However, it was very long and could have been shortened considerably as the author went into detail about literally everything.
Not only the lives of the victims ( quite rightly) but also going back 2 or 3 generations in their families. Not necessary for the listener. I can see it was an attempt to give a fully rounded human face to the victims. It was a bit overdone though.
In the trial section, full biographies were provided for the defence and prosecution counsel, which again, was unnecessary. It really began to grate when I had to listen to the colour and style of all the outfits worn in court!
However, all that being said, the strength of the story overcame this, and it will remain with me for a long time.
Patience needed, but worth it I think.

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  • Wendy Ferrari
  • 06-16-22

Disturbing content, engrossing story

It’s horrible when you think about what humans do to each other and this book is all about that. Not just horrendous ends but apathy and indifference, disfunction and callousness towards all be they friend, family or stranger

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  • GTB
  • 05-22-22

Couldn't be more thoroughly researched and written

The author has spared no detail in the relating of this true horror account. The narrator does a great job telling it with sensitivity. The petty jealousies of some VPD members and the fallout from that is beyond belief.