Bob Stair has been on several human rights investigations

Speaker presents ‘Some Summers in Hell’

The Inspired Ideas Speaker Series at the Cafe Langham is presenting an engaging talk with Bob Stair.

The second talk in the newly initiated speaker series, The Café Langham – Inspired Ideas, features Bob Stair of Kaslo.

Stair is an ex-cop, ex-coroner and ex-war crimes/human rights investigator and his presentation, titled Some Summers in Hell,  takes place on Thursday, July 10 at 7 p.m.

Stair will speak about his experiences from his professional life, trying to resolve mysteries using a wide range of scientific techniques. Domestically, these include such things as the recovery, processing and identification of human skeletal remains, clandestine forensic burials and the planning and execution of the Robert William Picton (the now infamous pig farm) crime scene excavation.

Internationally, it will look at the 9/11 World Trade Centre ground zero excavations in New York City as well as human rights investigations involving mass grave examinations in far flung places such as the Balkans and Sri Lanka.

Please note — This is a mature topic and although not numerous, a few images will be shared which some may find disturbing.

The Langham has invited six Columbia Basin folk to give a talk each month from June to November; people who have something to share with the community. Celebrating the Langham Cultural Centre’s  40th anniversary this year, these talks are designed to inform, engage and entertain with a fine line of baked goods too.

Suggested donation at the door is $10 and all Thursday talks begin at 7 p.m.

Next month’s talk will take place on August 7 with Corky Evans speaking on food security. For more info visit

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