A gripping true tale of a man?s spiral into murderous rage and a woman?s vulnerability ? but it also explores the power of oral history and asks how childhood traumas can ever be alleviated.
– Charlotte Gray, historian and bestselling author
The Castleton Massacre is a compelling, and meticulously researched, examination of an appalling Ontario tragedy. It is also a fascinating social history of settler families in the first half of the 20th century, and, most important, an urgent call for action regarding the many Canadian women and children who are still living with violent domestic abuse.
– Jane Urquhart, award-winning author
Living with this story for sixty years, Cook and Carson have restored a voice to those silenced through horrendous violence. The authors separate fact from fiction and rumour from reality as they narrate the chilling descent of a killer from jealousy and rage to madness and murder. The Castleton Massacre will resonate in contemporary Canada where still too many women are killed by their partners. This is a story you will not soon forget.
– Tim Cook, author of The Fight for History: 75 Years of Forgetting, Remembering, and Remaking Canada?s Second World War
Cook and Carson?s account of the massacre committed by Robert Killins…illuminates the lack of supports for abused rural women and the social beliefs about men?s entitlements and women?s duties that bind women to abusers.
– Elizabeth Sheehy, Professor Emerita, University of Ottawa
This book makes an important and timely contribution. Detailed and sustained historical research combined with a willingness to consider the larger Canadian context in all its complexity, makes this horrifying account a must-read. Following a pandemic that led to a distressing increase in domestic violence cases, this story from many decades ago allows the reader to consider both this singular family drama and the sadly perennial aspect of domestic abuse.
– Marie-H?l?ne Brunet, Associate Professor, University of Ottawa
The Castleton Massacre is a compelling memoir that delves deeply into the family dynamics that preceded and followed an unthinkable tragedy: the slaughter of three women, a young child and two unborn babies in one dreadful evening of mayhem and murder in a small Ontario town.
– Adele Matsalla