Thursday, 24 February 2011

Crime sells

Cal Millar
Crime sells, whether true crime or fiction, a fact Toronto Sun editors have lost sight of along the way.

But not Cal Millar, who was the Sun's veteran cop desk reporter before he was lost to the Toronto Star's cop desk.

After retiring from the Star, he began researching unsolved murders across North America and in late 2009 saw his first book, Find My Killer, published. He is now working on a second book on missing persons cases, due this spring.

Find My Killer profiles 38 unsolved Canadian murders and more than 225 American cold cases and remains on Amazon.ca's best sellers list - 39th to be exact.  

"There was a bit of a publicity push and I assume that had a bearing on increased sales," Cal says in an email to TSF. "Nice to see."

Cal, who has a new website, says the book has been experiencing steady sales on both sides of the border.

One case that Cal will profile in his next book is the 1975 daylight abduction of four-year-old Cameron March from outside his rural Burlington, Ontario, home.

Cameron, born March 31, 1971, vanished May 7, 1975, without a trace. He would be 39 today if the blond and curly-haired youngster was abducted and raised by another family.  

Veteran cop desk staffers will tell you there are certain stories that haunt them long after they have been published. Cameron's vanishing is one of those for this blogger.

One of Cal's is the Marianne Schuett case from his Telegram years.

Marianne, another Burlington missing persons cold case, was 10 when she vanished  April 27, 1967, while walking home from school.

"Marianne Schuett was one of the first missing person cases I ever worked on as a reporter," says Cal. "Definitely learned a lot since that time."

Cal is now one of 47 current and former Toronto Sun staffers listed on our TSF authors page, a reflection of the talent that has inhabited the newsroom since Nov. 1, 1971.

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