Award-winning investigative journalist and Irving Chair in Journalism Stevie Cameron will speak on Canada’s most prolific serial killer in “Picktonworld: Robert Pickton and the Missing Women of Vancouver.” The free public lecture takes place Thursday, Oct. 23 at 7 pm in the McCain Hall Auditorium, St. Thomas University. For the last six-and-a-half years, Cameron has been investigating the case of Vancouver’s missing women and the British Columbia farmer convicted of killing individuals and who is ordered to stand trial on a further twenty counts of first-degree murder. “This is a rich story, a story on a vast canvas of human experience, a story that has pulled together an extraordinary cast of characters, and a story that turned a group of strangers – lawyers, family members, victims services workers, police and media – into an odd kind of family,” said Cameron. Last year Cameron published The Pickton File, a memoir of her years on this case and a guide to the case; now she is completing The Pig Farm, the full account of what happened – and how it happened. Taking nearly seven years and costing more than $200 million, the Pickton case has been the most expensive murder case in Canada’s history and the longest. Although Pickton has said he killed forty-nine women, making him the most prolific serial killer in North American history, he was charged only with twenty-seven. Because the investigation continues, it is quite possible he could be charged with more. Eighteen lawyers and thirteen paralegals worked on his defence, while seven Crown prosecutors presented the government’s case. Hundreds of scientists and police officers also worked on this case. Even the crime scene, the fourteen acres of his property, is the largest in Canadian history. The Irving Chair in Journalism, a $1-million endowment of the Irving family, brings a distinguished journalist to St. Thomas University annually. In the past, St. Thomas has welcomed Jane Purves, Patrick Martin and Neil Reynolds. During her career, Cameron has written for many magazines and newspapers, including the Ottawa Citizen and the Globe and Mail, and was contributing editor of Maclean’s and founder and editor of Elm Street, a national magazine. She was also host of the Fifth Estate. She is best known for her 1994 book, On the Take: Crime, Corruption and Greed in the Mulroney Years, and for The Last Amigo: Karlheinz Schreiber and the Anatomy of a Scandal, which lays out the details of Brian Mulroney’s relationship with the dealmaker on the Airbus/Air Canada contracts. She won the Crime Writer's of Canada award for The Last Amigo as best true crime book in 2001. She was awarded an honorary Doctorate of Divinity from the Vancouver School of Theology for her journalism and work with the homeless in Toronto. - 30 - Media Contact - Jeffrey Carleton, St. Thomas University, (506) 452-0522 or carleton@stu.ca