Sunday 16 October 2022

Book ~ "The Ghosts That Haunt Me: Memories of a Homicide Detective" (2022) Steve Ryan

From Goodreads ~ After years working in homicide, retired Toronto detective Steve Ryan reflects on six cases he will never forget.

Retired detective Steve Ryan worked in Toronto’s homicide squad for over a decade. For Ryan, the stories of Toronto’s most infamous crimes were more than just a headline read over morning coffee - they were his everyday life.

After investigating over one hundred homicides, Ryan can never forget the tragedies and the victims, even after his retirement from the police force. In "The Ghosts That Haunt Me", he reflects on six of the many cases that greatly impacted him - seven people whose lives were senselessly taken - and that he still thinks about nearly every day. While the stories are hard to tell for Ryan, they were harder to live through. Yet somewhere between the crimes and the heartache is a glimmer of hope that good eventually does prevail and that healing can come after grief.

Steve Ryan is a former Toronto police officer.  He retired after 30 years a couple years ago and became the crime analyst for CP24.

In his book, he provides the insight on six cases that happened during career he never forgot:
  • Holly Jones
  • Wyrsch, Aschwanden and Kaufmann (Delta Chelsea Hotel)
  • Stefanie Rengel
  • Katelynn Sampson
  • Melonie Biddersingh
  • Dr. Elana Fric-Shamji

I remember these sad and shocking cases so it was interesting to get the background on them.  Some were hard to read because of the brutality.  I liked the writing style.  He writes as he speaks.

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