Bloody Falls of the Coppermine

Madness and Murder in the Arctic Barren Lands

By McKay Jenkins
(Random House Trade, Paperback, 9780812975376, 278pp.)

Publication Date: January 10, 2006

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In the winter of 1913, high in the Canadian Arctic, two Catholic priests set out on a dangerous mission to reach a group of Eskimos and convert them. Upon reaching their destination, the priests were murdered. Over the next three years, one of the Arctic's most tragic stories became one of North America's strangest and most memorable police investigations and trials. A near-perfect parable of late colonialism, as well as a rich exploration of the differences between European Christianity and Eskimo mysticism, Bloody Falls of the Coppermine possesses the intensity of true crime and the romance of wilderness adventure.

About the Author
McKay Jenkins teaches journalism and American literature at the University of Delaware. He is editor of "The Peter Matthiessen Reader" and also has written a natural history of avalanches
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