Book in the works on Rideau Canal honour killings

HarperCollinsI’m thrilled to reveal that HarperCollins Canada will publish my first true crime book, Dead in the Water. It’s the shocking story of the Rideau Canal honour killings. The book is tentatively scheduled for publication in early 2013. The case against Mohammad Shafia, his wife Tooba and son Hamed, goes to trial October 11 in Kingston, Ontario, and is expected to last three months. The trio are accused of killing four family members, including three teenaged sisters. Virtually all of the key evidence in the case remains hidden from public view because of broad publication bans imposed by the courts. The bans are designed to protect the fair trial rights of the accused. But I can tell you, it’s a fascinating and remarkable story. Stay tuned.

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4 thoughts on “Book in the works on Rideau Canal honour killings

  1. I would love to read this book. Coincidentally I just happened to be vacationing there the week after this happened and had my boat on the water right near the bodies were found. It was creepy to be there.

    Based on the layout of the area where it happened, it just appeared to be impossible that someone could accidentally drive off the edge.

  2. Herman: The trial will be fully open to the public and media, so that what transpires in the courtroom every day will be reported. You’ll be able to read my daily trial reports in the Montreal Gazette.

    The preliminary inquiry and pre-trial hearings that were held also were fully open to the public to attend, but the discussions during those proceedings were barred from publication – standard practice in Canadian murder cases – to protect the fair trial rights of the accused. The thinking is: if all of the details discussed at the pre-trial stages are given widespread publicity, it would not be possible to pick jurors who are not biased.

  3. Hi Rob:

    Thanks for the good news of your planned book. I was hoping that the case would be open when it resumes this October. How can the court hide this case when it is so important to show the real threat of Islamism? Canadians should be informed of the threat to our country. Keep up the good work, Rob!

    Regards, Herman

  4. If found guilty have a plane on standby and let them serve their time in an Afghan Jail, but then again they would probably be treated as heroes back there

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