Where Shadows Linger: The Untold Story of the RCMP's Olson Murders Investigation

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Heritage House Pub., 2000 - True Crime - 256 pages
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Les Holmes was determined to bring closure to Canada's most horrifying serial killer case to date, but shadows still lingered. To his surprise, he found an ex-RCMP member who had fingered Olson weeks before his arrest. Five more teenagers died in the mean-time. RCMP Superintendent Bruce Northorp was in charge of the Olson hunt at the time of the arrest in 1981. He kept quiet both during and after the horrific affair out of respect for the mourning parents. He knew that one day he would have to set the record straight, and in this book he finally speaks out. His full review of the case clearly shows that the RCMP investigation of the Olson affair was plagued by its own internal problems and personalities. Clifford Olson was the most hated man in Canada when he confessed his crimes. Much conjecture surrounded his arrest. The agreement to pay $100,000 for him to reveal the locations of his victims led to tension and mistrust within the RCMP. Now, through his exclusive access to Bruce Northorp, Les Holmes' story uncovers the inner thoughts of one of the RCMP's most respected officers.

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About the author (2000)

W. Leslie Holmes grew up in Midland, Ontario, and joined the Toronto RCMP in 1956. After training in Regina he was posted to various locations in BC. Les was the first full-time polygraph examiner for the RCMP in 1969. As the only polygraphist in the RCMP, he travelled extensively throughout Canada administering polygraphs, pursuing further training and lecturing on interrogation techniques. He was promoted to inspector in 1973. His career has involved dealing with prison riots, hostage incidents, organized crime investigations, regional drug enforcement and international terrorism. In 1993 Assistant Commissioner Holmes was inducted into the Kainai Chieftainship and made an honorary member of the Metis Nation of Alberta. A proud father and grandfather, Les now lives near Vancouver, BC, with wife Violet and their Shih Tzu, Dr. Watson. He is currently vice-president of the RCMP Veterans' Association.

Northorp, a RCMP officer, was with intelligence, internal investigations & was recipient of the RCMP's most prestigious award for bravery.

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