The publishing company behind a book reportedly written by serial killer Robert Pickton has apologized.
Outskirts Press issued a statement yesterday saying it has asked Amazon to remove the book titled “Pickton: In His Own Words” from the online retailer’s website.
The statement says Outskirts Press has a long-standing policy of not working with or publishing work by incarcerated individuals, and the company apologized to the families of Pickton’s victims for any heartache the publication caused.
There is no confirmation that Pickton actually wrote the book, but BC Solicitor General Mike Morris has said in a statement that the province is investigating every means possible to ensure the 66-year-old killer doesn’t profit from the publication.
Ernie Crey is the Chief Counsellor of the Cheam First Nation in the Fraser Valley, and his sister’s DNA was found on the Pickton farm.
Crey says all Pickton has done is to force the families to relive their painful memories.
He adds he’s not for censoring Pickton.
He says Pickton already had his day in court and was found guilty, and his book doesn’t reveal any new details other than giving him a platform to re-open wounds.
Crey says he’s also concerned about how Pickton managed to smuggle his manuscript out of prison, as well as reports that he had a cellmate.
He says he’ll be writing a letter to officials asking for an explanation and investigation.