Debra Komar is the author of The Ballad of Jacob Peck, The Lynching of Peter Wheeler, and The Bastard of Fort Stikine: The Hudson’s Bay Company and the Murder of John McLoughlin, Jr., for which she was awarded the Canadian Authors Award for Canadian History. A Fellow of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences and a practicing forensic anthropologist for over twenty years, she has investigated human rights violations for the United Nations and Physicians for Human Rights and has testified as an expert witness in The Hague and across North America. She is also the author of many scholarly articles and a textbook, Forensic Anthropology: Contemporary Theory and Practice. Komar’s latest book, Black River Road: An Unthinkable Crime, an Unlikely Suspect, and the Question of Character, explores the infamous Saint John murder of Maggie Vail and her infant daughter. Black River Road was published by Goose Lane Editions in September.
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