Cancrime is award-winning investigative journalist/author Rob Tripp’s blog/website about Canadian crime, punishment and the justice system and a repository of documents – parole records, investigation reports, confidential memos and other material. The site was created in the fall of 2008. I’m a pack-rat journalist with more than 25 years experience writing about bad guys, prisons and courts and an urge to share. Cancrime took root while I was living in Kingston, Ontario, Canada’s prison capital. Seven federal penitentiaries are located within a 20-minute drive of Kingston City Hall.
I was the crime writer at The Kingston Whig-Standard, Canada’s oldest daily newspaper, until early January 2011, when I left the paper to work as a freelance writer. I’m now based in Calgary, Alberta with my family. I also have written for the Toronto Star, National Post, Montreal Gazette and a host of other papers and magazines.
My first true-crime book, Without Honour: The True Story of the Shafia Family and the Kingston Canal Murders, was published by HarperCollins Canada on October 30, 2012 and is still available in most bookstores and online. If you have read the book, I encourage you to post a review at any or all of the online sites that include Indigo, Amazon, and Goodreads. Without Honour was long-listed for the Taylor Prize for literary non-fiction.
If you have a tip, story idea, question, a comment about Without Honour, or just want to share, feel free to email me. I try to answer every personal message.
While Cancrime is a labour of love, I always imagined that at some point, it would pay for itself or, at least, break even. It has never generated any profit. As a freelance writer for the past six years (a starving artist supported by my family, really), I can’t afford to keep pouring resources into the site, although I’d like to keep it open, free and publicly accessible. To do this, I need your support. Please consider making a small contribution($1, $2, $5?) The link below takes you to Cancrime’s secure Paypal donation page. You can contribute easily, in a matter of minutes, with a credit card, even if you don’t have a Paypal account. Cancrime isn’t privy to any of your financial info – I just see the cash roll in (OK, so, trickle in).
How is this site organized?
Cancrime includes hundreds of posts about notorious criminals and cases and hundreds of documents, including many available exclusively here (what does the confidential criminal record of a serial child molester look like? Read one here). Cancrime contains the largest online archive of internal records from the Parole Board of Canada (formerly the National Parole Board of Canada), including files on some of the country’s most notorious criminals. The website also is homebase for the Cancrime podcast, launched in 2016. You can subscribe to the podcast on iTunes. Every new episode features a complementary story published on cancrime.com. Many include documents, photos and other supplementary material.
If you’re looking for information on a particular case based on the name of a perpetrator, try the Crimefinder. It’s the dropdown tool you’ll find in the top right corner of the home page. It will take you directly to any information on cancrime about a case, based on the name of a criminal.