Jesus of Vancouver: The Left Coast Memoirs
“Jesus of Vancouver: the Left Coast Memoirs” is the fictionalized memoir of a ubiquitous, unnamed drifter the author refers to as “Jesus.” His life, and the life of Mary, a young runaway that crosses Jesus' path, are followed to gain insight into their personal experiences, trials and tribulations, while growing up on the west coast of North America. This is a shared narrative many will recognize. The story moves from small towns on Vancouver Island to the streets of Vancouver, the environmental protests in Tofino, the mountains of the Slocan valley, and, finally, to the beaches of the southern Baja.
This book exposes the chilling hidden story behind Robert Pickton, a serial killer who was only too well known on Vancouver's streets in the early 90s, an era and culture Michael Goodliffe discusses in detail. The narrative contradicts the findings of the Missing Women Commission of Inquiry that claimed Pickton was not considered a suspect until February, 2002. If he was well known in the street community in 1993, as this book infers, the police must have known what he was doing back then as well. Furthermore, this memoir discusses a rumor 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, if true, changes everything the public thinks they know about Canada's most prolific mass murderer.
Jesus of Vancouver: the Left Coast Memoirs also 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, and it changed the lives of thousands of protesters that took part in the protest camp near Tofino. It was a time and a place that mattered, and this book will explain why.
In the final chapters, the long-sought truth of where Brother Twelve's gold is hidden on Decourcy Island is even shown to the readers. 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 a serious clue as to 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 the readers of this wild, epic tale.
“Jesus of Vancouver: the Left Coast Memoirs” tells true stories of the west coast's greatest urban legends and its most nefarious devils. It is a genuine story meant to invoke shared memories of our past. It 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 became part of the dark world it explores.
- Michael Goodliffe, Jr, May 2012
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