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I Got a Name

The Murder of Krystal Senyk

by (author) Eliza Robertson & Myles Dolphin

Penguin Group Canada
Initial publish date
May 2023
General, Law Enforcement, Women
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    Publish Date
    May 2023
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A vivid and meticulous true-crime story that exposes the deep fractures in a system that repeatedly fails to protect women, while tracking the once-cold trail of a murderer still at large.

Krystal Senyk was the kind of friend everybody wants: a reliable confidant, a handywoman of all trades, and an infectious creative with an adventurous spirit. Most importantly, she was tough as nails. So when her best friend needed support to leave her abusive husband, Ronald Bax, Krystal leapt into action.

But soon Krystal became the new outlet for Bax’s rage. He terrorized and intimidated her for months on end, and finally issued a chilling warning to her and his ex-wife: the hunt is on. Krystal was scared but she was smart: she reached out to the RCMP for a police escort home. The officer brushed her off.

Bax’s threat had been all too real. At 29 years old, the woman who seemed invincible—who was a beloved sister, daughter, and friend—was shot and killed at her home in the Yukon. Ronald Bax disappeared without a trace.

Three decades later, Eliza Robertson has re-opened the case. In compelling, vibrant prose, she works tirelessly to piece together Krystal’s story, retracing the dire failings of Canadian law enforcement and Bax’s last steps. I Got a Name uses one woman’s tragic story to boldly interrogate themes of gender-based violence and the pervasive issues that plague our society. In this riveting true-crime story about victimhood, power, and control, Robertson examines the broken system in place, and asks: if it isn’t looking out for the vulnerable, the threatened, the hunted—who among us is it protecting?

About the authors

Eliza Robertson was born in Vancouver and grew up on Vancouver Island. She studied creative writing and political science at the University of Victoria, then pursued her M.A. in prose fiction at the University of East Anglia, where she received a Man Booker Scholarship and the Curtis Brown Prize for best writer. In Canada, she has won three national fiction contests. Most recently, she was a finalist for the 2013 CBC Short Story Prize, won the 2013 Commonwealth Regional Prize for her piece “We Walked on Water,” and was shortlisted for the 2013 Journey Prize. She lives in Victoria.

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Editorial Reviews

Praise for I Got a Name:

I Got a Name is a chilling story that transcends the true crime procedural it might have been to offer a heartfelt and sobering contemplation on the horrors of intimate partner violence and misogyny. Robertson takes us on a journey from the far north to the deep south to show how the dismissal of gender-based violence by those tasked with public protection has continued to put lives at risk, and exact a terrible price.”
—Pauline Dakin, author of Run, Hide, Repeat
“Beyond its investigation of a murder and a disappearance, I Got a Name gives readers a flickering evocation of who Krystal Senyk was: her wit, kindness, frankness, independence, her existence. A profound and valuable look at the endless impacts of violence.”
—Nathan Ripley, author of Find You in the Dark

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