Families of Robert Pickton were quick to react when Amazon.com briefly offered a book penned by the B.C. serial killer.
“I was shocked and surprised,” Chief Ernie Crey said of when he found out about the book titled “Pickton: In His Own Words”.
Crey is chief of the Cheam First Nation in B.C., is an activist for First Nations’ children, and his younger sister was one of Pickton’s victims. Crey said he took care of his sister when she was younger, doing things like changing her diapers and comforting her.
“But I couldn’t keep her safe for her entire life,” Crey told MainStreet on Monday.
They ended up being separated and grew up in different foster homes, not reconnecting until they were adults. She was living in Vancouver’s east side when she went missing.
Crey said he immediately wondered how Pickton was able to write the book in prison.
“Of course, he’s not forbidden to write down his thoughts and the like, but somehow that book made it out of the prison, and down into the United States.”
According to Crey, Pickton had his day in court.
“He’s going to be in jail, really, for the rest of his life … but his killings (have) put these families, including mine, in a prison of our own.”
Crey said after hearing about the book from another victim’s family, he contacted Amazon and began trying to get them to take the listing down. Later on Monday, the listing was reportedly removed.