“Pig Farm Killer” Picton

“Pig farm killer” Picton was suspected of killing more than 90 people between 1983 and 2002, and claimed to have killed 49 people, all of whom were low-level women.

The serial killer “world record” holder on file is Pedro Alonso Lopez of Colombia, who claimed to have killed more than 300 people from 1969 to 1980, and was confirmed to have killed 110 people, all of which were Young girls aged 8-12. By comparison, Canada’s No. 1 serial killer, “Pig Farm Killer” Robert Pickton, pales in numbers: He is suspected of killing more than 90 people from 1983 to 2002, and he claims to have killed 49. , both of which are less than half that of Lopez.

urban fringe farmer
Vancouver is probably the Canadian city most familiar to Chinese people, but many people don’t know that Vancouver has two concepts: “Little Vancouver” is Vancouver with an area of ​​115 square kilometers and a population of 631,000, while “Greater Vancouver” includes 21 municipalities, towns, districts and other administrative units including the City of Vancouver, the Vancouver metropolitan area with an area of ​​2,883 square kilometers and a population of 2.463 million.

According to the concept of Chinese people, places within Greater Vancouver and outside of “Little Vancouver” can be regarded as “suburbs”, but they are both “suburbs”, but their appearance is very different. Some communities closer to Vancouver, such as the highest proportion of Chinese Richmond, the urban density and downtown prosperity, is not much worse than Vancouver, while the farther communities, such as Port Moody (Port Moody), dubbed the “broken cemetery”, and the birth of the “pig farm killer”, Port Coquitlam, where he lived and committed the crime, is like a “big rural” scene.

Port Coquitlam is 27 kilometers away from Vancouver, with an area of ​​only 29.17 square kilometers and a population of 58,600. Although the locals like to call themselves “Canada’s 88th largest city” (which is true), it is actually a desolate, deserted, and often desolate city. Confused by many with its “neighbor” Coquitlam (which has a population of nearly 130,000 and “looks” more like a city). Originally a paradise for aboriginal people, it was not until 1859 that the first group of European immigrants came to settle here, and it was not until March 7, 1913 that it became an urban community for the first time (the “first” is said because it was later repositioned several times as a rural communities), which is still a “rural in the city” with many farms and sparse populations.

The proportion of Europeans in this small city is as high as 63.7%, and most of them are from the United Kingdom, which is an absolute alternative in the famous “Palette City” – Greater Vancouver. The simplicity of the population structure often means a lower crime rate, and Port Coquitlam is no exception. Statistics Canada data in 2009 showed that the murder rate of Port Coquitlam ranked only 85th among cities and towns with a population of 50,000 or more in Canada. bit.

“Pig Farm Killer” Picton was born on October 24, 1949, on a farm in such a small community like a paradise. The farm is the ancestral property of his father, who was run by him and his younger brother David Pickton after his death.

Picton was a plain-looking, taciturn-looking man who, like many of his neighbors, ran his own farm. Said to be a “farm”, in fact, it is mainly engaged in pig farming, which is slightly different from its neighbors. In the early 1990s, Picton remodeled the farm and built a pig slaughtering farm, while eliminating some farm functions that were not related to the pig industry, so that his farm could realize the transition from raising pigs to slaughtering pigs.” One-stop”, and also makes meat products such as sausages, with more distinctive features. Sometimes he would distribute his homemade sausages to his neighbors. This is a common habit in rural Canadian communities. Neighbors will accept him as usual and give back the specialties of his own farm.

Tania Hollick’s cousin, who was confirmed to have been killed by serial killer Picton, broke down in tears after hearing reports of the investigation.

She was lucky – former sex worker CeeJai Julian escaped from her farm in Picton and survived.

After the transformation of production, the farm has employed many workers. Except for not allowing easy access to the slaughterhouse, Picton’s boss is not much different from other farmers. Workers are in charge of a lunch, and Picton often asks them to share the meat they make. After the incident, former worker Bill Hiscox (Bill Hiscox) said he “wants to spit out everything he eats” because “it was disgusting and creepy”.

In 1996, the usually quiet Picton farm suddenly became lively: the Picton brothers registered a non-profit organization, the “Piggy Palace Good Times Society” (Piggy Palace Good Times Society), to provide their farm to some visitors. Let them hold all kinds of wild events, performances and exhibitions. Sometimes this kind of wild party is held in the original slaughterhouse. It is gradually discovered that many sex workers will be attracted to parties and performances here in order to find more customers, and gang members such as “Hell’s Angels” are also frequented here. .

The police began to pay attention to this former pig farm, and Picton, who seemed to have “changed his temperament” overnight – but at this moment they would never have dreamed of what a terrifying place it was.

On March 23, 1997, Picton, who had never had a police record before, was called to the police by Wendy Lynn Eistetter, a sex worker who came to a pig farm party, saying that he had cut himself with a knife several times. When the police arrived, they found that the two were fighting, and that Estette had grabbed the knife and stabbed each other. As a result of the injury examination, Picton was actually slightly injured. He was quickly granted bail of 2,000 Canadian dollars, and the charge of “intentional injury” by Estette was also dismissed by the court.

RCMP investigators carried out an investigation at a pig farm in Picton, bringing in drilling crews and heavy machinery.

However, this turmoil made the “pig farm party” noticed by the municipal authorities. They soon ordered the “pig farm party” to be closed on the grounds of “violating land use”. Although the New Year’s party in 1998 was held by the two brothers in the same way, the municipal authorities have since And the police strengthened supervision, and all public activities of the “Piggy Palace Good Times Association” were stopped.

Estette once scolded “what an unlucky person I am” outside the court at the time to vent her dissatisfaction with her failure to prosecute – in a few years she will know that she is actually the luckiest “pig farm girl” .

In a lengthy routine, a smart police detective found that many sex workers who had attended the “pig farm party” disappeared mysteriously without knowing when, and they began to suspect that this pig farm, A real use for a slaughterhouse and rave party venue.

On February 6, 2002, the police arrested the Picton brothers on the grounds of “checking black and checking guns”, and began to search the farm. As a result, they found some suspected human bones, not pig bones, under the soil layer of the pig farm. Police then began a more careful search under the terms of the British Columbia Missing Women Investigation.

This time, police found some of the women’s belongings on the farm, some of which were quickly identified as belonging to two sex workers, Serena Abotsway and Mona Wilson. On February 22, Robert Pickton was formally arrested and charged with two counts of first-degree murder.

The police mobilized a number of excavators and began to dig the pig farm three feet into the ground. At first, many social groups and opposition parties expressed strong dissatisfaction, believing that there was “insufficient evidence” and “wasting people and money and doing useless efforts”. The excavation that lasted for nearly 20 months cost nearly 70 million yuan. Canadian dollars, but by the end of the excavations in November 2003, almost no one in Metro Vancouver had complained that “the money shouldn’t be spent.”

Because of these 70 million public funds and 20 months, one of the most terrifying serial killers has been dug up.

“Pig Farm Killer”
The police found a large number of human remains and the remains of many women, and some forensic reports, which were released as late as February 20, 2007, showed that the DNA of 80-90 different human beings could be detected in these remains and other objects, including men and women. half.

After Picton’s arrest, he boasted to his “inmates” of his “great achievements”: subduing the victim with handcuffs, anesthesia or windshield washer fluid with narcotic effects, then strangling or using a muffler fitted with a phallus The pistol killed them (police found a .22 caliber revolver in the Picton car, and that particular silencer). He said he was “cleaning up garbage” for the society, because the people who were killed were “vile bitches and addicts” who “died without anyone noticing”, and he bled many of his victims and corpses Crushed, then stuffed with blood and minced meat into sausages, some are distributed to neighbors and workers, and most are sold to the market. He originally planned to “kill enough 50 to stop”, but “only killed 49 and it happened, it’s all my fault.”

He was really careless – this “cellmate” was an undercover police officer. Police found that some of the victims’ skulls had been cut open, with hands and feet cut and stuffed into the cranial cavity; they also found traces of human DNA on meat-processing equipment.

How many people did Picton kill? He mentions only 49 women in his bragging about “cellmates,” but how many did the men kill? He didn’t say it, and maybe he didn’t remember it either.

Weird Trial
No one thought that such a serial killer did not receive the harshest punishment he deserved in the end.

It wasn’t until January 30, 2006, that the British Columbia Supreme Court belatedly began the trial of the “pig farm killer,” with police filing 27 counts of first-degree murder, and less than a month later by Judge James Williams. Williams) dismissed one item on the grounds of “insufficient evidence”. On Aug. 9, the judge split the remaining 26 counts in two, 20 counts of first-degree murder and six counts of second-degree murder.

People get restless and angry – but they don’t know it, it’s just the beginning.

In the trials that followed, some jurors kept questioning “how could a man be so bad” and “he couldn’t kill so many people,” and endlessly offered strange accusations of every aspect of the police investigation and evidence, so much so that the judge at one point Had to suspend jury work – but then resumed as it was.

On December 9, 2007, the jury acquitted all 20 counts of first-degree murder, but 6 counts of second-degree murder.

Because the federal government of Canada and British Columbia prohibit the media and publications from reporting criminal investigation evidence, and the court forgets to inform the victim’s family of the case in a timely manner, neither the family nor the public can understand the content and details of the court trial. , lawyers and jury tossed behind closed doors.

On December 9, 2008, the second-instance verdict was finally released. Picton was sentenced to life in prison with no possibility of parole for 25 years – this is already the highest sentence for second-degree murder.

But it didn’t end there: both the prosecution and the defense continued to seek appeals and blocked the other’s appeals, while the Supreme Court of Canada investigated both whether juries committed “errors of law” and whether judges, prosecutors and courts “would disproportionately severe sentences” and “inappropriate application of the law”.

In 2010, provincial government spokesman Neil MacKenzie said in frustration that he would no longer seek to continue to appeal, because “No matter how much appeal is made, it is unlikely that Picton’s punishment will be increased, and the provincial government’s finances will be dragged down.”

On July 30, 2010, it was all over: the Supreme Court of Canada announced that it had dismissed all appeals by both the prosecution and the defense, upholding the original verdict.

unfinished period
It has been eight years since the case was revealed, and the result has caused uproar among many victims, the media and the public.

Many people are very dissatisfied with the lengthy and private trial and the details of the testimony. It wasn’t until August 2010, when the lengthy court trial finally “irreversibly ended,” that the Vancouver Police Department belatedly published the Missing Women Investigative Review Report and announced the lifting of its publication ban on the Picton case, of course, They didn’t forget to defend themselves, saying that “detailed and conscientious work has been done on the missing women investigation” – but then it was revealed from the published material that this was not the case: Picton had been confiscated and sealed by the police at the time of the Estette case. The clothes and rubber work boots he wore that night, but no DNA tests were carried out on these clothes. Both police and prosecutors believed that Estette had taken drugs that night and “may have hallucinations”, so Picton was released lightly, and the The confiscated clothing was thrown into the locker of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) branch – the police finally remembered the clothing in 2004 and carried out a test, and the DNA of two missing women was found on these items, only this one. Once found, it constitutes one-third of the only six successful charges.

In 2015, Vancouver Police Department Detective Lorimer Shenher disclosed that he had received anonymous calls as early as 1998, prompting “to find the whereabouts of those missing women, just search Picton Farms”, he did so. There was a lot of effort, but it wasn’t until 2002 that something finally happened.

Another anonymous clue pointed out that someone anonymously called the police in 1999, saying that there was frozen human meat in the refrigerator of the Picton pig farm. The police applied for a search warrant for this and went to the door to search. I went home without doing it – and afterwards, a lot of human flesh and bones was found in the refrigerator.

Dissatisfied with the progress and results of the “Missing Women’s Investigation Committee”‘s investigation of missing women and murdered women over the years, every year marchers leave flowers to pay their respects in downtown Vancouver.

The crimes of Robert Picton are described in detail in the book On the Farm.

The Vancouver Police Department also felt disgraced. Deputy Chief Police Officer Doug LePard apologized to the families of the victims at a news conference and admitted that “we could have done better.” Thanks to the police department’s efforts, the British Columbia Legislature in 2010 rescinded the rule that “the media must not report details of a criminal case until it is closed,” a change known as the “Picton Amendment.”

That same year, British Columbia announced the creation of the Missing Women’s Investigation Commission (MWCI), chaired by Wally Oppal, to investigate whether the Vancouver City Police and the RCMP have solved the cases of missing and murdered women on Vancouver’s Eastside. dereliction of duty. MWCI delivered its conclusive report “no gross negligence by the police” to the provincial attorney general on November 9, 2012, and released it publicly on December 7. Many family members of the victims and the media expressed dissatisfaction with this committee. Shin Hel revealed that he still has a 289-page case investigation manuscript that has not been released, but only a few summaries were extracted from the investigation records, and refused to The person responsible for the full disclosure of this manuscript is none other than Opal, the convener of the MWCI.

The provincial court judges didn’t mean to condone—they just couldn’t afford to waste time and money: Not only did they deliver “top sentencing,” as some legal experts have noted, denying many of the demands of Picton and his defense team, but also It was clearly stated that “Picton should be strictly monitored”. In June 2018, he was transferred from Kent Prison in British Columbia to Puerto Cartier Prison in Quebec, thousands of kilometers away, to serve his sentence – the latter is known as “the highest security prison still in use in North America”.