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Missing From The Village - Justin Ling (40)


 

  • Publisher: ‎ McClelland & Stewart (September 29, 2020)
  • Hardcover: ‎ 304 pages
  • ISBN: ‎ 978-0771048647




In 2013, the Toronto Police Service announced that the disappearances of three men--Skandaraj Navaratnam, Abdulbasir Faizi, and Majeed Kayhan--from Toronto's gay village were, perhaps, linked. When the leads ran dry, the investigation was shut down, on paper classified as "open but suspended." By 2015, investigative journalist Justin Ling had begun to retrace investigators' steps, convinced there was evidence of a serial killer. Meanwhile, more men would go missing, and police would continue to deny that there was a threat to the community. On January 18, 2018, Bruce McArthur, a landscaper, would be arrested on suspicion of first-degree murder. In February 2019, he was sentenced to life in prison for the murders of eight men.
     This extraordinary book tells the complete story of the McArthur murders. Based on more than five years of in-depth reporting, this is also a story of police failure, of how the queer community responded, and the story of the eight men who went missing and the lives they left behind. In telling that story, Justin Ling uncovers the latent homophobia and racism that kept this case unsolved and unseen. This gripping book reveals how police agencies across the country fail to treat missing persons cases seriously, and how policies and laws, written at every level of government, pushed McArthur's victims out of the light and into the shadows.



JUSTIN LING is an investigative journalist whose reporting has focused on stories and issues undercovered and misunderstood. His writing has appeared in Vice News, BuzzFeed, Foreign Policy, Motherboard, the Globe and Mail, the National Post, and the Guardian. In 2019 he hosted "The Village," the third season of the CBC podcast Uncover, which examined cold cases from the 1970s that were reopened as a result of the McArthur investigation.


REVIEW:
A friend lent me this book knowing I like to read true crime, and this one was sort of local to me. I live 40 minutes from Toronto, so when this happened it was all over the news. I was definitely curious to learn more about this case and the killer.
Wow!
I thought I knew about the cases against Bruce McArthur, but after reading this book and learning the gruesome details I am floored and shocked. I will never understand how someone can do such indignities to another human.
Let's discuss the writing though.... Easy to read because the author knows how to put the story out there for the reader. However, I felt like the ending had stuff in it that not only wasn't relevant to the story but highly unneccesary to be included. If it has nothing to do with the crime at hand or connected in any way, why include it in the book? 
Other than that it was a good read. True Crime fans will devour this book.


3.5/5



**Compensation may be earned from the link within. This copy was a loaner. Opinions are owned by Freda's Voice.

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