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Monday, May 11, 2015

Crime Seen by Kate Lines

Crime Seen: From Patrol Cop to Profiler, My Stories from Behind the Yellow Tape
by Kate Lines
Random House Canada
ISBN: 978-0-307-36315-2
Buy from Indigo

Description:      How does a farm girl from Ennismore enter a male-dominated field and become a top criminal profiler and groundbreaking leader? For Kate Lines, it started humbly, patrolling highways. She learned quickly that the best way to thrive was to keep calm, carry on and never lose her sense of humour. In what would be the first of many dramatic turns in her career, Kate traded in her uniform for a tight miniskirt and a leather jacket, becoming one of the OPP''s first female undercover officers.
     In 1990 came the opportunity of a lifetime: to be chosen as the 2nd-ever Canadian in an elite program at Quantico, Virginia in what was then the emerging field of criminal profiling. After 10 months of an intensive education in the intricacies of violent crime, Kate''s new skills made her much in demand back home. Over the years she was involved in a number of high-profile cases, such as the abduction and murder of Kristen French and of Tori Stafford and the disappearance of Michael Dunahee.
     Kate was an early proponent of ViCLAS--the Violent Crime Linkage Analysis System, and when she took charge of the new and massive Behavioural Sciences division in Orillia, she took over ViCLAS and turned the department into a hub of innovation. Kate was awarded a Governor General''s medal for being in the top 1/10th of 1% of the members of police forces that year. The following year the Canadian Police Leadership Foundation named her Police Leader of the Year.
     Always taking care not to aggrandize in any way the criminals whose names we may know all too well, Kate feels it''s much more important to focus on the courage of victims and their families. Kate is an unsung, groundbreaking Canadian woman, one of a kind in this country, with a unique, inspiring and fascinating story to share.

The Good Stuff
  • This incredible women has led a fascinating life. So strong and intelligent and worked her ass off in a good old boys field
  • Learned so much about profiling and so much more
  • As a Canadian it was interesting to read about cases I thought I knew so much about.  Really shows you how much we learn is biased and from the media's perspective
  • Hard to read about the victims and their families but respected her decision to deal less with the crime but more with the families and how how their lives were impacted
  • Once again brought forth the absurdity of the "Deal with the Devil" for Karla Homolka.. Still cannot believe that demon is living a life after what she did to those poor girls - oh and we all know she is just as guilty as Bernardo. Also was starting to forgive Lena Dunham for her insensitive comments on Twitter and to give her show a chance but - yup not going to happen, still cannot believe she could find humour in that situation (ok, off my soap box now)
  • Never knew about the case in Kirkland Lake, which is where my Mom was from
  • Impressed with all of the developments in profiling Lines and her colleagues had
  • Story about the kittens was hilarious
  • Wow had no idea that J. Edgar hoover was such a sexist pig
  • The creation of the "Christophers Law" still rips my heart out and sickens me

The Not so Good Stuff
  • Written very manner of factly and unfortunately you can tell she has no training as a writer. Comes across very choppy.
  • Not a lot of emotional draw - you admired her for her intelligence and her career, but at the end I felt like I knew nothing about her
  • Not very detailed and way too matter of fact
  • So much promise -- but it fizzles which is such a shame because it had the potential to be empowering

Favorite Quotes/Passages

"I had to be prepared to steel myself for it and manage the stress, to stay detached from the emotion of the open cases being presented, sometimes two or three a day.  I learned for my my mind and heart to survive and not to be haunted by the knowledge and wisdom my teachers imparted."

" Any spare time after our classes or consultations was spent letting off steam playing basketball or baseball -- pretty much always Canada against the U.S., with a few stray country ringers."

"Sheldon revealed what he regretted more than anything else his abuser had done to him. "He stole my love of hockey and I was never able to get that back."

"Christopher wasn't given a chance to be a lawyer, but the law that bears his name has gone a long way to save others from harm."

3.25 Dewey's

I received this from Penguin Random House in Exchange for an honest review

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