"The Highway of Tears" is a lonely seven hundred kilometer stretch of road that winds through the Coast Mountains wilderness of British Columbia. Over the last four decades nine young women have been
"The Highway of Tears" is a lonely seven hundred kilometer stretch of road that winds through the Coast Mountains wilderness of British Columbia. Over the last four decades nine young women have been murdered or gone missing from this remote highway. All but one were Aboriginal. To date not one case has been solved.
Fueled by frustration with the police's inability to solve any of these crimes, inspired by the belief that someone somewhere knew something, and driven by his inexplicable personal commitment, ex-RCMP turned private eye Ray Michalko embarked on a life altering journey to unlock the secrets of these cases and, in the process, discovered as much about the crimes as he did the reasons they've gone unsolved.
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is an ex-member of the RCMP who now works as a licensed Private Investigator in British Columbia. Ray has spent over nine years working pro bono on the Highway of Tears cases all the while gaining the trust and respect of victims' families and the scattered communities that have been impacted by these crimes. He lives in Surrey, BC.
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"Michalko's dedication and research are strongly apparently in this 250+ page book. He shows the struggles that he has encountered during his quest to bring the murderer to justice. However, his mission is to no avail as he has difficulty getting help at every step of the way.
The book will leave you questioning what you know about police forces and what is done to solve murder cases — especially ones that are up to 40 years old. Hopefully, this powerful novel will help to bring awareness to these unsolved murders and motivate both the RCMP, British Columbia police forces, and the general public to dedicate more time and resources to finding the murderer of the nine women who have lost their lives along the "Highway of Tears"."
— Sleep Less, Read More
"This is an important book about justice, race, and gender in Canada, themes that surface throughout the narrative. The book's relevance has only increased since it was published in 2016, particularly given recent controversies surrounding the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and national conversations about Indigenous rights and the commemoration of Sir John A. McDonald."
— BC BookLook