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Butcher [Kindle Edition]

Gary C. King
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His Goal: To Kill An "Even Fifty"

They called him "Uncle Willie." At night, Robert "Willie" Pickton visited the streets of Vancouver's Downtown Eastside. The women he picked up never came back...

His Methods: Rape And Torture

For years, police built a long list of missing prostitutes, women at the edge of society. Some people claimed there was a serial killer. One detective lost his job for saying so. But investigators didn't have a single body...until someone found a skull sawed in half...

The Pig Farm Murders

On land that had made his family millions, on a squalid pig farm near a school, a condo development and a Starbucks, Robert Pickton ran a house of horrors for decades. Friends, neighbors and community leaders came and went, while Pickton committed debauchery, torture, and bloodletting rivaling the worst on record. What he did to his victims was unspeakable. What he did to the bodies was unimaginable. How he got away with it is the most shocking crime of all...

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 524 KB
  • Print Length: 351 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0786019344
  • Publisher: Pinnacle Books; Original edition (1 April 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0041OT8X6
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #134,496 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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True crime author Gary C. King has been writing bizarre, compelling and authentic true stories of murder and mayhem for the past 33 years. In the pages of his books you will find stories about serial murderers and cannibal killers, celebrity murders, torture murders, crimes of passion, among many others--chilling crimes that could only be perpetrated by the twisted minds and gruesome obsessions of coldblooded killers, the stuff of which horror movies and novels are made. Much of his freelancing has been for True Detective magazine between day jobs that included technical writer for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and specialized work for the Department of Defense. In 1980 he took over crime writer Ann Rule's job as Pacific Northwest stringer for the detective magazines based out of New York, and wrote for those so-called "dick" books until they ceased publication in 1995 and hasn't looked back since.

In addition to writing 17 traditionally-published books for Penguin USA, St. Martin's Press, Pinnacle Books, and John Blake Publishing in the U.K. and 500 or so stories for the aforementioned detective magazines, King has also written extensively for Investigation Discovery's website and continues to provide occasional online content for Turner Broadcasting's Crime Library. A couple of years ago he made the choice to go "indie," a decision that he's been very pleased about making, and now publishes under his own imprint, Bleak House Publishing, Inc.

King's television appearances have included Entertainment Tonight, Larry King Live, Inside Edition, Court TV, MSNBC's Headliners and Legends, E!, British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC), Extra TV, and several other national and local programs. He also frequently provides radio interviews. King was recently featured in an episode of Biography about serial killer Robert "Willie" Pickton, the subject of his book, Butcher, and in an episode of Dominick Dunne's Power, Privilege, and Justice called "Strange Bedfellows," about the murder of Nevada State Controller Kathy Augustine and the subject of King's An Almost Perfect Murder.

King is an active member of the Association of Independent Authors, and is also president of that organization's Las Vegas chapter. He also holds active memberships in the Authors Guild, Mystery Writers of America, The Crime Writers' Association (U.K.), International Thriller Writers, and the International Association of Crime Writers.

King is also active in social media online. You can connect with him on Twitter and Facebook, and can also reach him via his website.

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3.0 out of 5 stars Writing style in factual accounts 2 April 2014
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I find Gary C Kings writing style hard to read-the story is compelling but I skip chunks
that seem to me to be repetitive-like hang on I read this a few pages ago!
Others I am sure may disagree
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5.0 out of 5 stars Mrs McMahon 18 Oct 2013
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What a terrible account given factually and with tragic detail. I just like Gary Kings ability to stand outside the truth and present it objectively.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great Suspense 17 July 2013
By anne
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Enjoyed reading this book very much, it never became boring and was full of good innovative interesting reading. the author had a fantastic style of writing that I really enjoyed.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Scrag End. 14 Nov 2009
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I usually like the true crime work s by Gary C King. Blood Lust was especially good.
This account was in my opinion exceptionally plodding however, and not very interesting. The same facts were repeated over and over and i got the impression that Mr King was desperate to flesh out the story somehow. Not the best by a country mile.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Inside the Mind of a Monster 29 Aug 2009
By Lauri Crumley Coates - Published on
Count me among the many fans of Gary C. King. As an author, he meticulously researches the crimes he covers. I know that when I pick up one of his books, I will read more details than I will get anywhere else about the story. If you are a true crime junkie like me, you want to understand what the killer was thinking, and what makes him or her behave the way they do. Not that knowing the background of the killer gives him any excuse, of course; but as a student of psychology, I find it truly fascinating.

At any given time in the country, it is believed that there are numerous serial killers at work, many unknown, their crimes yet connected or possibly discovered. The tale of "Butcher" illustrates this point well. The crimes had been occuring for years, and while police felt sure that they were connected, it took quite a while for it all to come together.

King makes a point of including much information about the actual court case, photos, transcripts, etc. I feel that I have personally been in court for the cases he covers, and I can always count on one of his books to be the most thorough and detailed for information on the crime. I heartily recommend you add him to your must read list if you appreciate detail and in depth study of the criminal mind, law enforcement techniques, and victimology.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A Serial Killer Lurked Behind the Facade of a Simple Pig Farmer 15 Sep 2009
By Joana Rodriguez - Published on
by Gary C. King
ISBN-13: 978-0-7860-1934-2
ISBN-10: 0-7860-1934-4

King's accounts were clear and left no room for hiding facts or twisting the truth. Instead he presented the facts of the story, and a great deal of information as well, and let the readers come to their conclusions. As a result I could finally understand just how a killer like Pickton could hunt in the same grounds for over and decade and continue on with seeming impunity. I found myself becoming disgusted with the obvious disregard that law enforcement viewed the continued disappearances of Pickton's victims and their bumbling attempts at investigation. Their interrogation was truly laughable and the way he was eventually caught was purely luck. Very saddening.

Despite enjoying the book there were enough flaws present that kept me from awarding it a four-star rating. The biggest detracting factor was the way the book started off. While I thought it was wonderful that King fleshed out the stories of Pickton's victims, thus making them real and human for readers, the way in which their stories was strung together and presented was initially jarring and confusing. The time line that the author attempts to build during the first ten or so chapters comes off choppy and can make it difficult for the reader to keep everything in focus. Especially since there is some chronological jumping around. While discussing the victims, specifically the older ones that have not yet had charges brought against Pickton for, King makes comments and references facts and later events that those not entirely familiar with the case will find confusing.

Given the fact that the Canadian authorities did a spectacularly awful job interviewing and interrogating Pickton, I'm not entirely sure why the author felt the need to dedicate so many chapters to the interrogation. I felt it would have been much better for King to give the readers brief glimpses of the interrogations, for the sole purpose of viewing the authorities poor abilities, and then conveying the information discovered in the author's own words. The authorities' methods and attempts read like a badly written B-movie and there was just no saving that section. As a result it dragged the novel down and detracted from King's otherwise wonderful writing.

I must confess that I was also disappointed with the photos included in this book. The book is billed as having "16 pages of disturbing photos" and yet there wasn't anything truly disturbing about the photos provided. The courtroom sketches of Pickton were haunting, yes, and the photos of some of the victims was saddening, but there was nothing out and out disturbing about them. In fact, they were all photos that could have been safely used on the front cover of a newspaper and probably have been. Not what I would expect to see in a true crime novel that purports to have "disturbing" photos.

For the most part, I found King's Butcher to be a well-written account of serial killer Robert "Willie" Pickton that not only chronicled his crimes, the events around and leading up to his capture, the actions of the blundering authorities, but also explained and answered just how and why Pickton was able to continue his heinous acts unchecked for so long. I will likely be adding King's other true crime novels to my reading list.
8 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars BUTCHER by Gary C. King 24 April 2009
By Jade Montrose - Published on

Since 1992 I have read books written by a premier True Crime writer, Gary C. King. From his first book BLOOD LUST, Portrait of a Serial Sex Killer, to his latest, BUTCHER, about the heinous murders of 49 women by a Canadian pig farmer, King does his homework. In-depth research from every possible angle: hundreds of hours researching court documents and testimony, talking with police personnel involved with every case, speaking with relatives and friends of the victim(s) as well as the murderer's and with any surviving victim willing to relive her personal horror so that others may know, these perverted men live everywhere, and no woman is safe if he selects her for his sexual and murderous gratification.
King never writes anything but true facts; never needing to fictionalize those he writes about, as these crimes are horrific enough just as they happened.
After reading BUTCHER, you might also enjoy reading King's:
Love, Lies & Murder
An Almost Perfect Murder
Neither of these books are about serial killers, but are True Crime and just as riveting.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great true crime book 30 Jun 2013
By idontdobacon - Published on
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This is the first book of kings I have read and so far it's great. A little grotesque but other than that, well written. Could have done better with the dialogue rather than asterisking out the F word. Definitely wouldn't let a kid read it so what's the harm?
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Easy to read 1 Feb 2013
By ronk1969 - Published on
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The book was riveting. Kept wanting to read chapter after chapter
Was well written, not a dull moment in the book
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