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Policing the Fringe Comes to Edmonton


July 23, 2009

Meet author Charles Scheideman at a special event for his new book Policing the Fringe: The Curious Life of a Small-Town Mountie in Edmonton at Audreys Books (10702 Jasper Avenue NW) on Tuesday, August 11th at 7:30pm. Charles will talk about his time as a member of the RCMP in the interior of BC, and sign copies of his book.

Scheideman was born and raised on a farm bought by his Grandfather in 1899, located on the North Saskatchewan River 18 miles South-West of Stony Plain, Alberta, and about 15 miles West of Edmonton.

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 grizzly 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.