Canadian authorities sued for failure to nab serial killer earlier

VANCOUVER, British Columbia, May 14 (UPI) -- The families of missing women who may have been slain by Canadian serial killer Robert Pickton have filed complaints in British Columbia's Supreme Court.

Report on killer's case blames police

VANCOUVER, British Columbia, Dec. 18 (UPI) -- A Canadian official says police mishandled the hunt for a serial killer in the Greater Vancouver area and advised creating one police force for the region.

Canada serial killer case cost $102M

VANCOUVER, British Columbia, Nov. 16 (UPI) -- It cost $102 million to put Canadian serial killer Robert Pickton -- convicted of killing six women and charged in 20 other deaths -- behind bars, records show.

Mounties seek copycat serial killer

VANCOUVER, British Columbia, Nov. 3 (UPI) -- A second serial killer in Vancouver, Canada, is being sought by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police in what's believed to be copycat killings.

Convict wins stay on 20 other killings

VANCOUVER, British Columbia, Aug. 6 (UPI) -- A Canadian judge ruled a man already serving a life sentence for six murders will not stand trial for 20 additional slayings, court records showed.
Dropped charges result in more deaths

Dropped charges result in more deaths

VANCOUVER, British Columbia, Aug. 5 (UPI) -- A Canadian man who escaped prosecution in a 1997 attempted murder case went on to kill at least six women before he was arrested and convicted, a report said.

Cops push 6 new charges for serial killer

VANCOUVER, British Columbia, Oct. 29 (UPI) -- Six additional murder charges against convicted serial killer Robert Pickton are being pursued by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police in British Columbia.

Pig farmer serial killer appeals 6 counts

VANCOUVER, British Columbia, June 26 (UPI) -- A Canadian appeals court ruling upholding a British Columbia pig farmer's six murder convictions will be appealed to the Supreme Court, his lawyer said Friday.

Pig farmer's 6-murder appeal set for 2009

VANCOUVER, British Columbia, March 3 (UPI) -- Canadian prosecutors and defense attorneys for the British Columbia pig farmer convicted of killing six women agreed Monday his appeal will begin in March 2009.

Serial killer faces sentencing hearing

NEW WESTMINSTER, British Columbia, Dec. 11 (UPI) -- Serial killer Robert Pickton was sentenced Tuesday to life in prison with no parole for at least 25 years for killing six Vancouver women.

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Grisly testimony in serial killing trial

NEW WESTMINSTER, British Columbia, July 17 (UPI) -- A witness at the British Columbia trial of a pig farmer accused of killing six prostitutes said Robert Pickton fed the women's body parts to his animals.

Witness: Brother a suspect in abductions

VANCOUVER, British Columbia, March 2 (UPI) -- A police officer testified at the trial of a man charged with abducting and killing women from Vancouver's skid row that the defendant's brother is a suspect.

Serial suspect denies knowing 26 victims

NEW WESTMINSTER, British Columbia, Jan. 24 (UPI) -- A British Columbia jury watched video of a pig farmer charged with 26 murders tell police he didn't recognize any of the missing women's photographs.

Canada horrified at serial killing details

NEW WESTMINSTER, British Columbia, Jan. 23 (UPI) -- Canadian media was full of cautions Tuesday in reporting the grisly details in the trial of a British Columbia pig farmer charged with killing six women.
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Robert Pickton
Vancouver residents Ailish Mackinnon (L) and James Shultz protest costs to taxpayers incurred by Robert Pickton, outside the New Westminster Supreme Court during day one of the Pickton mass murder trial, January 22, 2007 in Vancouver, BC. Pickton faces allegations he killed six women. Pickton is also charged with the deaths of another twenty women which may result in a second trial at a later date. (UPI Photo/Heinz Ruckemann)

Robert William "Willie" Pickton (born October 26, 1949) of Port Coquitlam, British Columbia, Canada is a former pig farmer and serial killer convicted of the second-degree murders of six women. He is also charged in the deaths of an additional twenty women, many of them prostitutes and drug users from Vancouver's Downtown Eastside. In December 2007 he was sentenced to life in prison, with no possibility of parole for 25 years – the longest sentence available under Canadian law for murder.

During the trial's first day of jury evidence, January 22, 2007, the Crown stated he confessed to forty-nine murders to an undercover police officer posing as a cellmate. The Crown reported that Pickton told the officer that he wanted to kill another woman to make it an even 50, and that he was caught because he was "sloppy".

On February 5, 2002, police executed a search warrant for illegal firearms at the property owned by Pickton and his three siblings. He was taken into custody and police then obtained a second court order to search the farm as part of the BC Missing Women Investigation, when personal items (including a prescription asthma inhaler) belonging to one of the missing women were found. The farm was sealed off by members of the joint RCMP–Vancouver Police Department task force. The following day Pickton was charged with storing a firearm contrary to regulations, possession of a firearm while not being holder of a licence and possession of a loaded restricted firearm without a licence. He was later released and was kept under police surveillance.

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