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Former RCMP Charles Scheideman Signs Books in Edmonton

Posted: July 20, 2010

Charles Sheideman, former RCMP officer and author of Policing the Fringe: The Curious Life of a Small- Town Mountie, will be signing copies of his book in Chapters Strathcona (10504 82nd Avenue, Edmonton) on Friday, August 6th from 1-4pm.

From 1961 to 1989, RCMP Sergeant Charlie Scheideman patrolled the much of the Interior of British Columbia, including Prince George and Hixon. This collection of stories includes events that range from the ridiculous to the horrific to the tragic, including the grisly story of the two highway robbers from Hixon, one of whom meets an untimely end.

Once Scheideman stopped a car in the Fraser Canyon driven by three normally responsible American fishermen, who on this occasion were careening wildly from one guardrail to another. Their defence? They had failed to allow for the added kick of Canadian beer. His most searing memory was of waiting for the embers of a burned house to cool enough so he could retrieve the bodies of two small victims while in a nearby house, party-goers kept right on partying.

One of the most revealing accounts ever written about policing in small-town Canada, this book bristles with unforgettable stories about the author’s 27 years working on the RCMP’s front lines. It will give readers new respect for the men and women who patrol Canada’s backroads—both because of the extremely taxing work they do and the good spirit with which they do it.

Charles Scheideman grew up on a farm near Stony Plain, Alberta and joined the RCMP when he was 21, serving in seven different communities in rural British Columbia. After leaving the force in 1989, he worked for the British Columbia government in Victoria, BC, where he still lives with his wife, Patricia. This is his first book.