Without Honour

Without Honour

The True Story of the Shafia Family and the Kingston Canal Murders

Book - 2012
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On the morning of June 30, 2009, police in Kingston, Ontario, made a ghastly discovery: four females dead in a car submerged in a shallow canal. Sisters Zainab Shafia, 19, Sahar Shafia, 17, Geeti Shafia, 13, along with Rona Mohammad Amir, 50, floated almost serenely inside the car, seemingly the victims of a terrible accident. That morning, Mohammad Shafia, his wife Tooba and their son, Hamed, arrived at the Kingston police station to report the four missing. In a sweeping covert investigation that spanned three continents, police uncovered layers of lies in the Shafias' story and developed a horrifying theory: Zainab, Sahar, Geeti and Rona had been the victims of a meticulously plotted family murder--Canada's first mass honour killing.

In Without Honour, award-winning journalist Rob Tripp draws on three years of exhaustive research and exclusive interviews to make sense of a senseless crime in a way no other writer could. Tripp was the first journalist on the scene as the news broke and the only reporter to attend every day of court sessions, through to the convictions of Shafia, Tooba and Hamed on four counts each of first-degree murder. The Shafias are appealing.

In this gripping and compassionate account, Tripp reveals the heartbreaking and stunning truth about these crimes fuelled by what Ontario Superior Court Judge Robert Maranger called a "twisted notion of honour," and about the desperate lives of four women who died in the pursuit of freedom.

Publisher: Toronto : HarperCollins, c2012
ISBN: 9781443410618
Branch Call Number: 364.1523 SHA TRI
Characteristics: xiv, 354 p


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CatherineG_1 Apr 30, 2016

Tripp, a Toronto Star writer who covered the trials of the Shafia family writes a detailed account of the honour killings of the Shafia women. His insights into the horrific murders helped to answer the questions of a shocked community.

K_ROK Apr 25, 2016

This was very well written and gives great perspective about the Shafia family prior to the killings of the 4 lovely women in this family. Rob Tripp is well researched and the interviews and other details are percise. Best book that covers all aspects surrounding these horrific killings.

Sep 29, 2015

Without Honour sheds light on the deaths of four women who were murdered by their parents and older sibling in a truly despicable act. By providing detailed insight into the 2009 Kingston Canal murders, we learn that not only were these three individuals very sick in the head, but they were also some of the dumbest criminals on the planet, leaving key pieces of evidence basically gift wrapped at the scene of the crime while their own incriminating cell phone records came back to haunt them. And through clever police work, an airtight case was built in a matter of weeks against this deranged family. Sadly, what I couldn't help but think as I read this book was that we as a country have done nothing to prevent something like this from happening again. With insane immigration policies that allow people like Mohammad Shafia to step foot on Canadian soil combined with spineless politicians that treat these acts with kid gloves, you can be guaranteed that "honour" killings like this one will happen again. When Shahrzad Mojab, an expert on the culture that tacitly approves these killings was asked if these acts are a problem in Canadian society, she replied "I can't stress the urgency of this matter enough. It is a very serious problem."

Jun 21, 2015

Sad to read about those lives ended for the simple reason of a sick and distorted honor code.

Aug 24, 2014

An interesting read, was in depth about the family background and their countries values against women.

Jan 19, 2014

A very intriguing read.
I had a hard time putting it down.
If you like true crime you have to read this!

Jan 25, 2013

I liked the background info on the boyfriends and the other siblings that weren't mentioned much/at all in the press. Boy, the Shafias were a bunch of creeps. We should not let such hillbillies into the country.

Jan 14, 2013

A very horrifying but fasinating read into Canada's first mass honor killing.

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