Wednesday, October 24, 2012

British Columbia: Cobweb covered RCMP Reports kept safe and sound by the Legislative Library for 33 Years

The saddest part about British Columbia is that neither the Legislative Library nor the RCMP , have a clue as to what's in their respective "collections" of tales and Reports and even more Reports......, the public included.

The BC Legislature Library can't even put a number on just how many documents they have, no matter which medium they are created on.  The Legislative Librarians see their collection as a still expanding universe, especially with the advent of higher and larger quality photo copying machines.  .......keeping Librarian personal documents from being mixed in with government scanned documents would help keep the numbers down. ....   There is a downside for the Library, their Budget.

Although the BC Liberal's cut the Libraries budget by $420,000 this year, there is a silver lining for the shelving department.   A fellow employee has promised to add a Codicil to his Will in ten months time, donating $500,000, less taxes paid... upon his demise.  Let's pray shall we, ...............Oh God, may he live long enough for the Codicil to be written, signed, sealed and delivered, eventually.   But really, the destination for the donation should be received by the Treasury of BC, not the Legislative Library..... for it was the Treasury that the money came out of, not the Budget for the Legislative Library.

The RCMP appears to have turned a blind eye on past Reports ordered by the Attorney General of British Columbia, specifically the one published in March of 1979.

Is there any Commanding Officer in Division E of the RCMP in British Columbia who can remember reading the Report from March of 1979?   Probably not, otherwise changes would have been made, the public educated on the Do's and Don'ts of hitchhiking, lives would have been saved, cases closed, instead, the RCMP waited for someone to die in prison, in the USA.  While other serial killers are still walking Free.

The Report was made available to all Officers in 1979, even the most impressionable younger ones like the officer who has become the focal point for CBC's: what an Officer should wear, WITH his boots, on.

Another RCMP officer has been relegated to a rural part of BC, somewhere, anywhere, to keep him out of the limelight, because he crossed the line in another Province when it came to not respecting another officer's personal space.   No guarantee that there won't be a second encounter in either instance, or new cases added for other infractions.

.... 33 years ago, ten years after the Highway of Tears started to happen in 1969, The Report was published, centering on RAPE in British Columbia, involving mostly young women, some men.

The BC Legislative Library recently scanned their copy of the original Report for a "Patron" of the Library.   Was it for the Press, the Police, or the Public to peruse?   Was it only requested because of a death of that inmate in a prison in the United States of America?  The prisoner's DNA matched the DNA found on victims, but why did it take so long?

The "Report" that the Attorney General of BC          (Garde Gardom 22 Dec. 1975 - 24 Nov. 1979) received in March of 1979, is titled, "Rape in British Columbia", written by Nancy Goldsberry.  The document is available in the BC Legislative Library.


Gone are the days of books like Tropic of Cancer (1934) to keep officials awake who partake in stonewalling debates and/or interrogations, necessary evils, to accommodate long hours of work that when the times comes offenders will be held accountable to our Courts, Laws of the Land enacted by Legislatures, enforced by Police officers and prosecutors alike, all done in the best interest of the Public, supposedly.

In today's world it's necessary for some people, RCMP officers included, to carry pocket size knife devices, flash drives, which contain graphic images of crime scenes and as it turns out, more importantly, personal scenes as well.  How's one to tell which is which?  Trust an RCMP officer's Judgement to be discreet, and not mix his fantasies of being a dominant role player  ...... while interrogating a person who has just been Raped?  Trust their life saving decision calls to their Judgement, their professional Training?


"Sado-masochism,"   ....... a word gleaned from the CBC story above, was used to search the Legislative Library.  There is one result, one copy, one source.  Why?

Why have this novel kept under lock and key of the Legislative Library and restricted for Assembly Users ONLY?

Endless knot [electronic resource] : a spiritual odyssey through sado-masochism / by Mathew Styranka.
by Styranka, Mathew, 1964-
Toronto [Ont.] : Insomniac Press, c2001.

  • Canadian electronic library. Books collection.
  • URL: 
    An electronic book accessible through the World Wide Web; click to view
    159 p. ; 22 cm.
    Electronic document. Saint-Lazare, Quebec : Gibson Library Connections, 2008. Canadian electronic library. Books collection.
    Local Notes: 
    Licensed resource. Access for Assembly users only.
    1894663101 (pbk.) :

    So too, another novel using the word "sadist" called Free Form Jazz   with the same restrictions   Access for Assembly users only.   How many more are stored in the Legislative Library, and Why?


    As to the Report to the Ministry of the Attorney General of BC (1979) "Rape in British Columbia":

    Pages 45

    " .... Rapists tend to fall along a continuum. At one end of the continuum is the man who makes no attempt to disguise his behaviour, and who does not see it as wrong because he does not believe that his victim's wishes are of any relevance whatsoever. Rape is a meaningless concept to him, because he does not see women as self-determining individuals. 
    At the other end of the continuum is the rapist who will try to avoid seeing his actions as rape. He recognizes that his victim has (at least theoretically) the right to refuse intercourse, and will therefore attempt to deny the coerciveness of the act and to characterize it, instead, as a "date" or a "seduction".

    Nicholas Groth defines rape as the sensual expression of needs that are not primarily sexual. Groth has identified three types of rape from cases assessed at a psychiatric clinic: anger rape, sadistic rape and power rape. Anger, power and sadism operated in all rapes according to this theory, to different degrees. ......"

    Page 48:   ......hitchhikers....    1979

    "....The theory behind victim-precipitation is often used to explain why women should not hitchhike. Women who get into the cars of strange men:

    1. should know better, and

    2. are "asking for it".

    So it is that "The morals of the female hitchhiker are viewed by certain elements of society as similar to those of a tramp".

    The authors of this study on hitchhike rape comment further, "the offenders are not responding to any abnormal pathology, but view their victims as persons to be sexually exploited in the same manner as prostitutes. ....."

    Page 50

     In reality, it is clear that some men who pick up hitchhikers may have very different motives than the rider who wants to get from point A to point B.

    43 years after the killings started, the Province newspaper published another article, as recent as September 12,  2012, on the Highway(s) of Tears.   Thirty-Three years after the Report in 1979, the RCMP admitted that they were unaware of hitchhiking problems in Northern British Columbia! 

     Some cases date to 1969, all remain unsolved with the victims linked to hitchhiking near Highways 16, 97 or 5.

    "We were really unaware of just how prevalent the hitchhiking problems are within these communities," said RCMP North District Staff-Sgt. Gord Flewelling.

    North District RCMP have decided to work with the University of Northern B.C. to put together a study to better understand hitch-hiking, based on data collected from officers' conversations with hitchhikers and an online survey from the university. ...... SNIP

    Obviously the RCMP, the current bunch, have NEVER seen the Report from 1979!   Now they might!

    Coincidentally, or specifically, the reason that Willie Pickton rained down so much grief on those who lived in Vancouver's downtown eastside, was because of RCMP and the Vancouver Police Department failed to read historical documents that would have stopped the killings a long time ago.

    1 comment:

    e.a.f. said...

    In the 70s if you were still hitch hiking it was a hippie thing & who cared about them? That was the attitude. In many communites public transportation was not available. People only had hitch hiking, if they didnt' own a car. that left people at the bottom of the economic scale & nobody cared about them.

    The people involved were not from the west side of Vancouver or similar areas. Nobody cared much.

    rescources were not allocated back then because these murders "just happened" & the victims were not considered "important". Not much has changed except Women's groups have become more media savey. Had resources been allocated when all these murders started the perpetrators of these crimes might have been caught.