“Anyone familiar with the case of the Abbotsford killer will no doubt recall it as one of the strangest and most frightening murder cases imaginable.” [Rod Gehl]
As a relative of the murder victim I can tell you that’s an understatement. It’s also the first line of the only book I’ve ever ordered based on the title alone: THROUGH THE VALLEY OF THE SHADOW: THE SEARCH FOR THE ABBOTSFORD KILLER.
I’m just beginning to read it but already can tell it’s going to be difficult. This isn’t a story meant to entertain. It’s the unembellished account of what happened to my second cousin, Tanya Selina Smith, written by Rod Gehl, the team commander of the Homicide Task Force that investigated and solved the mystery of her 1995 murder. Eventually Terry Driver was arrested and convicted, but for seven months his taunts terrorized the people of the Fraser Valley, especially Tanya’s friend, Misty Cockerill, who was with her at the time but survived the attack.
I haven’t read far enough to tell whether this is a well written book. I know it’s an ugly story and I won’t “enjoy” it, but I will read it for the truth it contains and because of why it was written: “On behalf of the police officers who worked on this investigation, this book is dedicated to the victims of crime – in particular to the memory of Tanya Smith, whose young life was senselessly taken, and to the courage of her friend, Misty Cockerill, who fought back against incredible injuries to survive and help the police and prosecutors to capture and convict the killer.” “The author’s profits from this book will be donated to victims of crime.”
Having read only the first page, I recommend it to you.