Under the Bridge: The True Story of the Murder of Reena Virk

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It has been a long road to justice for Reena Virk, beaten andmurdered at the hands of her teenage peers. Th  murder of this girl is oneof the most notorious and heartbreaking cases in Canadian history. Here, for thefirst time, acclaimed author Rebecca Godfrey reveals the stunning truth about aCanadian tragedy that captured international headlines.

Who were the seemingly ordinary suburban teenagers who foundthemselves under the bridge in Victoria, BC, on the night of November 14, 1997?Why would a girl who longed to be their friend be beaten and killed? And how didso many teenagers keep terrible secrets from parents, teachers and police foreight days? These are the questions all of us have been asking, and in

Under the Bridge the answers are revealed in a stunningnarrative. Godfrey spent six years researching the case, conducting exclusiveinterviews with parents, classmates, police, prosecutors and, perhaps mostimportantly, several of the youths, including Warren Glowatski, one of the twoteenagers convicted of murdering Virk. Godfrey also witnessed firsthand the manytrials of Kelly Ellard, also found guilty of killing a girl who just wanted tofit in.

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Rebecca Godfrey is an award-winning novelist and journalist. Her first novel, The Torn Skirt, was a national bestseller and a finalist for the Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize. Her second book, Under The Bridge, an investigation into the Reena Virk case, was a Globe and MailBook of the Year, and received the B.C. Award for Canadian Nonfictionand The Arthur Ellis Award for Nonfiction. Born in Toronto, and raisedin Victoria, she currently lives in Brooklyn, New York.

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With a gripping journalistic style, novelist Godfrey (The Torn Skirt) recounts the story behind a horrific murder in a small British Columbia town. One November night in 1997, 14-year-old Reena Virk was savagely beaten and drowned under a waterway bridge. From a small East Indian community, Reena was alienated from her family and spent her time desperately trying to find a place with a tough crowd of teenagers, several of whom had been in trouble with the law. But one of the girls held a grudge against her, and Reena apparently was lured to her violent end by a promise of friendship. Seven girls and one boy initially were charged with assault. Two were convicted of murder: Warren Glowatski, now serving a life sentence, and Kelly Ellard, who was found guilty in 2005 after three trials. Godfrey is careful not to make judgments, but her informed writing reveals a remorseful Warren, an unrepentant Kelly (who denies her guilt) and other psychologically damaged members of the group, sharply etched, whose casual brutality, enabled by drug use, led to a brutal and senseless death. Godfrey's account contains some recreated dialogue but overall is meticulously researched and harrowing to read. B&W photos.
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