The Bastard of Fort Stikine: The Hudson's Bay Company and by Debra Komar

By Debra Komar

Is it attainable to arrive again in time and clear up an unsolved homicide, greater than a hundred and seventy years after it used to be committed?

Just after nighttime on April 21, 1842, John McLoughlin, Jr. - the executive dealer for the Hudson's Bay corporation at citadel Stikine, within the northwest nook of the territory that may later turn into British Columbia - used to be shot to dying by means of his personal males. They claimed it used to be an act of self-defence, their purely technique of preventing the violent rampage in their inebriated and abusive chief. Sir George Simpson, the HBC's abroad Governor, took the boys of Stikine at their note, and the corporate closed the publication at the topic. The case by no means observed the interior of a court docket, and not anyone used to be ever charged or punished for the crime. To today, the killing is still the Honourable Company's dirtiest unaired laundry and one of many darkest pages within the annals of our nation's historical past. Now, exhaustive archival study and smooth forensic technology - together with ballistics, digital post-mortem, and crime scene reconstruction - liberate the secret of what fairly occurred the evening McLoughlin died.

Using her bold abilities as a author, researcher, and forensic scientist, Debra Komar weaves a story which can almsot be fiction, with larger-than-life characters and dramatic rigidity. In telling the tale of John McLoughlin, Jr., Komar additionally tells the tale of Canada's north and its connection to the Hudson's Bay corporation.

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Arvaarluk was running so fast over there the man could barely see his legs move. When this man went back and told this story, the people in the camp started teasing Arvaarluk, my father. They told him that he looked so old and weak. They said that every time he walked, he walked very slowly and carefully, yet he was so strong and fast. They said they knew about him now. They knew how fast he was. Because his secret was found out by the people in the camp, he started losing his energy and his speed.

I grew up going caribou-hunting with my father, Arv^arluk. He wasn't too old to go. He stopped going up to the inlets b)| the time I was twelve years old. That is when he became old. I got married after that and started going with my husband. In August we would walk inland from the shore. We would walk for days, looking for caribou. We woulcj take our dogs. We would leave our sleds in the elders' camp, and w^ would carry everything on our backs. Even the dogs would be carrying supplies on their backs.

These were his parents who I know, but I don't know his distant relatives or his ancestors. As for Suula, my real mother, her father was Nutarariaq and her mother was Kaukjak. Those were her parents, and again I don't know who her ancestors were. I am the eldest in my real family, then a second, a younger brother, Maktaaq, then a third one who died young, Pikuk, no, Quliik, then a fourth one, Thomas Nutarariaq, and then a fifth after Thomas, Quliik - Paul A P P H I A A G A L A K T I AWA Quliik - also deceased, after that Bernadette Koobloo, then my youngest brother, Leeno Koobloo.

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