Cancrime is award-winning investigative journalist/author Rob Tripp’s blog/website about Canadian crime, criminals 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 and now boasts a substantial library of documents, including many that you won’t find online anywhere else, including the internal parole records of some of the country’s most notorious criminals. 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, including the country’s oldest prison, 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 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 not ever returned a cent to me. 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. Consider making a small contribution.
Cancrime was redesigned and relaunched in June 2010, for several reasons. Most importantly, Google cancelled the service that allowed me to use Blogger as the content management and blogging platform for a site hosted on my custom domain. So, I had to move to a new platform. Cancrime is now built on WordPress – thanks to the work of the experts at The Blog Studio. In addition to the Google-forced transformation, it was time for a restructuring of this site, which has grown to hold hundreds of posts about notorious criminals and cases and dozens of documents – including loads of information about cases and issues that are below the radar of most mainstream media crime coverage – for example, Cancrime has the largest online archive of internal records from the National Parole Board of Canada, including files on some of the country’s most notorious criminals. This makeover was needed to make it easier to navigate the archives and to search for cases, even if you have only a tidbit of information. Be sure to try out the Crimefinder, the tool you’ll find in the top right corner of the home page, if you’re looking for information about a particular case or crook.
Cancrime also was redesigned because, like a reliable but aging car, it needed a new paint job to pretty it up a bit and, it needed some more horsepower under the hood. Hope you like the result. If you find broken links, or discover other problems that flow from the makeover, please send me a note. And be sure to subscribe to the RSS feed so you won’t miss another post.