The Castleton Massacre: Survivors' Stories of the Killins Femicides

Category: Book
By (author): Carson, Margaret
By (author): Cook, Sharon Anne
Subject:  FAMILY & RELATIONSHIPS / Abuse / Domestic Partner Abuse
  TRUE CRIME / General
Audience: general/trade
Publisher: Dundurn Press
Published: July 2022
Format: Book-paperback
Pages: 296
Size: 9.00in x 6.00in x 1.00in
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From The Publisher*A former United Church minister massacres his family. What led to this act of femicide and why were his victims forgotten?On May 2, 1963, Robert Killins, a former United Church minister, slaughtered every woman in his family but one. Two child survivors lived to tell the story of what motivated a talented man who had been widely admired, a scholar and graduate from Queen's University, to stalk and terrorize the women in his family for almost twenty years and then murder them.Through extensive oral histories, Cook and Carson painstakingly trace the causes of a femicide in which four women and two unborn babies were murdered over the course of one blood-spattered evening. While they situate this murderous rampage in the literature on domestic abuse and mass murders, they also explore the perspective and journey of the two traumatized children. Told through vivid first-person accounts, this memoir recounts the story of one family's resilience after enduring years of relentless cruelty.
From The Publisher*

Two survivors of a family massacre share the horrific true story of how a former church minister slaughtered every woman in his family save one over the course of one blood-spattered evening in 1963.

Biographical NoteSharon Anne Cook is Distinguished University Professor Emerita at the University of Ottawa. She is the author and editor of twelve books in Canadian women's history. The recipient of many teaching awards, she teaches graduate courses in the history of education. She lives in Ottawa.Margaret Carson is the eldest of two children who survived the Castleton massacre. A retired college instructor, she was accomplished in creating and adapting workplace programs as well as classroom delivery. She lives in the municipality of Mississippi Mills, Ontario.