The Constructive Scrutineer
Lorimer (aka Lori) Shenher was born and raised in Calgary, living there with his parents, older brother and younger sister, until moving to Vancouver in 1991. Lorimer holds a BA in English from the University of Calgary, a degree miraculously achieved while pursuing a double major in basketball and beer.
Lorimer joined the Vancouver Police Department as a constable in 1991, completing assignments in Patrol, Communications, the Prostitution Task Force, the Strike Force, Homicide/Missing Persons, Diversity Relations, Financial Crime, and the Threat Assessment Unit. Lorimer undertook numerous undercover assignments in drug, sex work, and homicide files over the course of his career.
In 2013, Lorimer took medical leave to receive treatment for a Post Traumatic Stress Injury and continues to work toward recovery.
In 2015, Greystone Books published That Lonely Section of Hell: the botched investigation of a serial killer who almost got away, a memoir of working on Vancouver’s Missing and Murdered Women file. It was named a 2015 Globe & Mail Top 100 Book, a finalist for the 2016 BC Book Prizes Hubert Evans Award for non-fiction, and a nominee for both the Ontario Library Association’s 2016 Evergreen Award and the 2016 Kobo Emerging Writer Prize for non-fiction.
Lorimer continues to write and is currently pursuing an MA in Professional Communications at Royal Roads University. His thesis project will be an audio documentary exploring the rise of the missing and murdered indigenous women as a major issue in the 2015 Canadian Federal Election
In 2015, Lorimer began a gender transition to male. He lives with his partner, their three children and their dog in Burnaby