• By: Keith Whittier

Debra Komar Turns Back Clock to Uncover One of Canada’s Notorious Murder Mysteries

How far would you go to crack one of Canada’s greatest mysteries?

Centering in on a mystery that dating back over 170 years ago, internationally renowned forensic anthropologist, Debra Komar, breaks down the murder of John McLoughlin Jr., chief trader for The Hudson’s Bay Company, in her latest novel The Bastard of Fort Stikine: The Hudson’s Bay Company and the Murder of John McLoughlin, Jr..

In 1842, The Hudson’s Bay Company was just a fur trading business and the murder of one of the company’s most relevant members was concealed. With no record of an autopsy, police investigation or court case, Komar uses modern forensic research like ballistics, a virtual autopsy and crime scene reconstruction to re-investigate a Canadian mystery in her third historic crime novel.

“History buffs and armchair detectives are sure to enjoy this absorbing time-machine tale of murder, mayhem, intrigue, and justice denied,” says David A. Gibb, author of Camouflaged Killer: The Shocking Double Life of Colonel Russell Williams.

As an expert in forensics science, Komar has investigated human rights violations around the world, is a fellow of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences and has testified as an expert witness in The Hague and across North America.

Uncover the truth of this riveting tale about Canadian history, a devastating misruling and murder, in this hooking summer read.

Want to know more about how Komar unravelled the mystery of The Hudson’s Bay Company and the McLoughlin murder? Join her this June as she travels across Canada to present, “Murder at Fort Stikine: Solving a Centuries-Old Crime in the Hudson’s Bay Company.” See event dates below.

Halifax Central Library
Thursday, June 18, 7:00 pm
5440 Spring Garden Road, Halifax, NS

Ottawa Public Library
Wednesday, June 24, 7:00 pm
120 Metcalfe Street, Ottawa, ON

Prince George Public Library
Thursday, June 25, 7:00 pm
888 Canada Games Way, Prince George, BC

Terrace Public Library
Friday, June 26, 7:00 pm
4610 Park Avenue, Terrace, BC

Prince Rupert Library
Saturday, June 27
101 6th Avenue West, Prince Rupert, BC

Vancouver Public Library
Sunday, June 28
Central Library, Alice Mackay Room, Lower Level
350 West Georgia Street, Vancouver BC BC

McNally Robinson, Winnipeg
Monday June 29, 7:00 pm
Grant Park in the Travel Alcove, Winnipeg, MB