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Jesus of Vancouver is not a religious book. The characters in it do exhibit the social characteristics of messiahs, but show how these behaviours are just normal people reacting to extraordinary circumstances. This is a real-life account of growing up on the streets, beaches and woods of the west coast of North America. This is a shared narrative many will recognize, as the story moves from small-towns on Vancouver Island, to the streets of Vancouver, the environmental protests in Tofino, the shadow of the mountains in the Winlaw valley to the beaches of the southern Baja.

This book also exposes the hidden story of Robert Pickton, who was well known on Vancouver's streets in the early 90s, an era Michael Goodliffe bravely discusses in detail. This new narrative, told by a man that lived on Vancouver's streets at this time, contradicts the findings of the Missing Women Commission of Inquiry that recently publicised the Vancouver City Police's statement that Pickton was not considered a suspect until February, 2002. If he was well known in the street community, the police must have known who he was and what he was doing. Furthermore, this memoir discusses a rumour that was circulating around Vancouver's notorious East Side about Pickton that has never been revealed in any public format. This is a secret that changes everything the public thinks they know about Canada's most prolific mass murderer.

Jesus of Vancouver: the Left Coast Memoirs tells the real story of what life was like as one of the prime organizers inside the protest camp at Clayoquot Sound in 1993. This camp inspired the largest number of arrests from any demonstration in all of Canadian history or the history of British law.

This historical narrative also reveals the reality of the drug culture all over the west coast, as it was experienced personally by the author. In the final chapter, the long-sought truth of where Brother Twelve's gold is hidden on Decourcy Island is revealed. Brother Twelve is a messiah figure from the turn of the century that tricked wealthy socialites out of their money to run his cult, located on a small cluster of islands between Vancouver Island and the mainland of British Columbia. The author offers an insight into the whereabouts of the wealth that was turned into gold and then abandoned by Brother Twelve as he escaped the islands to avoid capture by the newly-formed Royal Canadian Mounted Police. The possible location of the gold is given as a gift for those who make it to the end of the author's story, a wild tale of true-life, epic adventures around the left half of the continent over the span of a ten-year period.

From the cactus forests of the southern Baja to the majestic mountains surrounding the Winlaw Valley, Jesus of Vancouver tells true stories of the west coast's greatest urban legends and its nefarious devils. It is a genuine story meant to invoke shared memories of this period amongst its readers. The goal of telling the story from a fresh perspective is to change the common beliefs about how someone can get caught up in the lifestyle of the west-coast drug culture, change how we see Robert Pickton and the violent, black market culture that helped to create such a monster. It is meant to bring the reader back in time to locations and predicaments very few people had complete access to at the time it was written.
Jesus of Vancouver: the Left Coast Memoirs will scare, amuse and enlighten its readers in completely unexpected ways unique to every person that takes the time to engage the story on the personal level it offers. Prepare to finish the story feeling like you were a part of the dark world it explores.

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