Letter: A horrendous fiction

Willy Pickton's smuggled paperback will end up as a curiosity to many people, even though it is fast and loose with the truth

Re: Pickton pens a book, March 2

Way back in the mid-1940s and mid-1950s, there was also a forbidden paper-back, written by D.H, Lawrence, called Lady Chatterly’s Lover. It was a clash of values of an aristocratic lover and her working class game-keeper. Even more scandalous, Lady Chatterly was a love-starved, married woman, with a lover-challenged husband. They had a love affair.

Even though it did not include many typical and naughty Anglo-Saxon epithets, it was very graphic. Being a very curious teenager at this time, I read this book behind my strict, parent’s back.

I am sure that this Robert (Willy) Pickton paperback will end up as a curiosity to many people, even though it is fast and loose with the truth.

For example, Willy Pickton writes that he was the “fall guy” in this crime, the exact opposite of a video taken in his jail cell, in which he told an undercover police officer that he had murdered 49 women, and wanted to make it a big 5-0, or fifty. The undercover police officer was posing as a fellow jail-cell inmate.

Even though the Amazon publisher has stopped the sale of this 144-page paperback, many sales were made prior to this book being removed from the Amazon website. That is, this book is still out there, and could fall into the hands of curious teenagers, like me, at the time.

I can fully understand why the public is outraged, and shocked by this book getting out of Pickton’s jail cell, and into the public domain, through Amazon. I am fully aware why the victims of this horrendous crime would be hurt by this book. Like the D.H. Lawrence book, it is fiction, posing as fact.

 

Fred Perry

Surrey