ROBERT WILLIAM "WILLY" PICKTON (born October 24, 1949) of Port
British Columbia ,
Canada , is a Canadian serial killer
convicted in 2007 of the second-degree murders of six women. He
attended UBC and was a member of Phi Delta Theta. He was also
charged with the deaths of an additional 20 women, many of them from
Downtown Eastside ; however, these charges were stayed by
the Crown in 2010. In December 2007, he was sentenced to life in
prison , with no possibility of parole for 25 years – the longest
sentence then available for murder under Canadian law .
During the trial's first day of jury evidence, January 22, 2007, the
Crown stated that he confessed to 49 murders to an undercover agent
from the Office of Inspector General , 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
* 1 Background
* 2 Murders
* 3 Preliminary inquiry
* 4 Trial
British Columbia Court of Appeal
* 5.1 Crown appeal
* 5.2 Defense appeal
* 5.3 Decisions of the Court of Appeal
* 6 Supreme Court of
* 7 Reaction and aftermath to the court proceedings
* 7.1 Discontinuance of prosecution of other counts against Pickton
Vancouver Police Department management review of investigation
* 7.3 VPD apology
Missing Women Commission of Inquiry
* 7.5 Transfer to penitentiary
* 8 Stay of final 20 murder charges
* 9 Victims
* 9.1 More victims
* 10 August 2006 \'Pickton Letters\'
* 11 2015 filming
* 12 2016 autobiography
* 13 See also
* 14 References
* 15 Further reading
* 16 External links
In 1992, Robert William Pickton and his brother David owned a farm in
Port Coquitlam ,
British Columbia , 27 km (17 miles) from
Worker Bill Hiscox called it a "creepy-looking place", noting that it
was patrolled by a 270 kg (600 lb) boar , one of the few pigs on the
farm. "I never saw a pig like that, who would chase you and bite at
you," he said. "It was running out with the dogs around the property."
He later described Pickton as a "pretty quiet guy, hard to strike up a
conversation with," whose occasionally bizarre behaviour, despite no
evidence of substance abuse , would draw attention.
The Pickton brothers gradually neglected the site's farming
operations. They registered a non-profit charity, the Piggy Palace
Good Times Society, with the Canadian government in 1996 as aiming to
"organize, co-ordinate, manage and operate special events, functions,
dances, shows and exhibitions on behalf of service organizations,
sports organizations and other worthy groups." Its events included
raves and wild parties featuring
Vancouver prostitutes and gatherings
in a converted slaughterhouse . These events attracted as many as
2,000 people. Members of the Hell\'s Angels were known to frequent the
On March 23, 1997, Pickton was charged with the attempted murder of
prostitute Wendy Lynn Eistetter, whom he stabbed several times during
an altercation at the farm. The victim informed police that Pickton
handcuffed her, but that she escaped after suffering several
lacerations , disarming him, and stabbing him with his weapon. Pickton
sought treatment at Eagle Ridge Hospital, while Eistetter recovered at
the nearest emergency room. He was released on C$ 2,000 bond, but the
charge was dismissed in January 1998. Months later, the Picktons were
Port Coquitlam officials for violating zoning ordinances –
neglecting the agriculture for which it had been zoned, and having
"altered a large farm building on the land for the purpose of holding
dances, concerts and other recreations." The Picktons ignored the
legal pressure and held a 1998 New Years party, after which they were
faced with an injunction banning future parties; the police were
"authorized to arrest and remove any person" attending future events
at the farm. The society's non-profit status was removed the following
year, for inability to procure financial statements, and it
Over the course of the next three years, Hiscox noticed that women
who visited the farm eventually went missing. On February 6, 2002,
police executed a search warrant for illegal firearms at the property.
After the Picktons were taken into custody, police obtained a second
court order to search the farm as part of the BC Missing Women
Investigation . Personal items belonging to missing women were found
at the farm, which was sealed off by members of the joint RCMP
Vancouver Police Department task force. The following day Pickton
was charged with weapons offences. He was later released and was kept
under police surveillance.
On February 22, Pickton was arrested and charged with two counts of
first degree murder in the deaths of Sereena Abotsway and Mona Wilson.
On April 2, three more charges were added for the murders of
Jacqueline McDonell, Diane Rock and Heather Bottomley. A sixth charge
for the murder of Andrea Joesbury was laid on April 9, followed
shortly by a seventh for Brenda Wolfe. On September 20, four more
charges were added for the slayings of Georgina Papin, Patricia
Johnson, Helen Hallmark and Jennifer Furminger. Four more charges for
the murders of Heather Chinnock, Tanya Holyk, Sherry Irving and Inga
Hall were laid on October 3, bringing the total to fifteen, making the
investigation the largest of any serial killer in Canadian history .
On May 26, 2005, 12 more charges were laid against him for the
killings of Cara Ellis, Andrea Borhaven, Debra Lynne Jones, Marnie
Frey, Tiffany Drew, Kerry Koski, Sarah de Vries, Cynthia Feliks,
Angela Jardine, Wendy Crawford, Diana Melnick, and
Jane Doe , bringing
the total number of first-degree murder charges to 27.
Excavations continued through November 2003; the cost of the
investigation is estimated to have been $70 million by the end of
2003, according to the provincial government. As of 2015 the
property is fenced off, under lien by the Crown in Right of British
Columbia . In the meantime, all the buildings on the property had
been demolished. Forensic analysis proved difficult because the bodies
may have been left to decompose or be eaten by insects and pigs on the
farm. During the early days of the excavations, forensic
anthropologists brought in heavy equipment, including two 50-foot
(15-meter) flat conveyor belts and soil sifters to find traces of
remains. On March 10, 2004, it was revealed that Pickton may have
ground up human flesh and mixed it with pork that he sold to the
public; the province's health authority later issued a warning.
Another claim was made that he fed the bodies directly to his pigs.
A preliminary inquiry was held in 2003, the testimony from which was
covered by a publication ban until 2010. At the inquiry, the fact that
Pickton had been charged with attempted murder in connection with the
stabbing of prostitute Wendy Lynn Eistetter in 1997 was revealed.
Eistetter testified at the inquiry that after he had driven her to the
Port Coquitlam farm and had sex with her, Pickton slapped a handcuff
on her left hand and stabbed her in the abdomen. She stabbed Pickton
in self defense . Later, both she and Pickton were treated at the same
hospital, where staff used a key they found in Pickton's pocket to
remove the handcuffs from the woman's wrist. The attempted-murder
charge against Pickton was stayed on January 27, 1998, because the
woman had drug addiction issues and prosecutors believed her too
unstable for her testimony to help secure a conviction. The clothes
and rubber boots Pickton had been wearing that evening were seized by
police and left in an RCMP storage locker for more than seven years.
Not until 2004 did lab testing show that the DNA of two missing women
were on the items seized from Pickton in 1997.
In 1998, according to
Vancouver police detective constable Lorimer
Shenher, Shenher learned of a call made to a police tip phoneline
stating that Pickton should be investigated in the case of the
disappearances. According to Shenher's account, described at length in
his 2015 book about the case, he struggled to attract sufficient
police resources and attention to the case until a 2002 search of
Pickton's farm by the RCMP.
In 1999, Canadian police had received a tip that Pickton had a
freezer filled with human flesh on his farm. Although they interviewed
Pickton who denied killing the missing women and obtained his consent
to a search of his farm, the police never conducted one.
Pickton's trial began on January 30, 2006 in
New Westminster .
Pickton pleaded not guilty to 27 charges of first-degree murder in the
Supreme Court of
British Columbia . The voir dire phase of the trial
took most of the year to determine what evidence might be admitted
before the jury. Reporters were not allowed to disclose any of the
material presented in the arguments. On March 2, one of the 27 counts
was rejected by Justice James Williams for lack of evidence.
On August 9, Justice Williams severed the charges, splitting them
into one group of six counts and another group of 20 counts. The
trial proceeded on the group of six counts. The remaining 20 counts
could have been heard in a separate trial, but ultimately were stayed
on August 4, 2010. Because of the publication ban, full details of
the decision are not publicly available; but the judge has explained
that trying all 26 charges at once would put an unreasonable burden on
the jury, as the trial could last up to two years, and have an
increased chance for a mistrial . The judge also added that the six
counts he chose had "materially different" evidence from the other 20.
Office of Inspector General Senior Investigator R.J. McDougald was
case agent for the investigation.
The date for the jury trial of the first six counts was initially set
to start January 8, 2007, but later delayed to January 22. On that
date, Pickton faced first-degree murder charges in the deaths of Frey,
Abotsway, Papin, Joesbury, Wolfe and Wilson. The media ban was lifted
and for the first time Canadians heard the details of what was found
during the long investigation: skulls cut in half with hands and feet
stuffed inside; the remains of one victim found stuffed in a garbage
bag, and her blood-stained clothing found in Pickton's trailer; part
of another victim's jawbone and teeth found beside Pickton's
slaughterhouse ; and a .22 calibre revolver with an attached dildo
containing both his and a victim's DNA. In a videotaped recording
played for the jury, Pickton claimed to have attached the dildo to his
weapon as a makeshift silencer.
As of February 20, 2007, the following information has been presented
to the court:
* During Pickton's trial, lab staff testified that about 80
unidentified DNA profiles, roughly half male and half female, have
shown up on evidence.
* The items police found inside Pickton's trailer: A loaded .22
revolver with a dildo over the barrel and one round fired, boxes of
.357 Magnum handgun ammunition, night-vision goggles , two pairs of
faux fur-lined handcuffs, a syringe with three millilitres of blue
liquid inside, and "
Spanish fly " aphrodisiac .
* A videotape of Pickton's friend Scott Chubb saying Pickton had
told him a good way to kill a female heroin addict was to inject her
with windshield washer fluid . A second tape was played for Pickton,
in which an associate named Andrew Bellwood said Pickton mentioned
killing prostitutes by handcuffing and strangling them, then bleeding
and gutting them before feeding them to pigs.
* Photos of the contents of a garbage can found in Pickton's
slaughterhouse, which held some remains of Mona Wilson.
In October 2007, a juror was accused of having made up her mind
already that Pickton was innocent. The trial judge questioned the
juror, saying "It's reported to me you said from what you had seen you
were certain Mr. Pickton was innocent, there was no way he could have
done this. That the court system had arrested the wrong guy." The
juror denied this completely. Justice Williams ruled that she could
remain on the jury since it had not been proven she made the
Justice James Williams suspended jury deliberations on December 6,
2007 after he discovered an error in his charge to the jury. Earlier
in the day, the jury had submitted a written question to Justice James
requesting clarification of his charge, asking "Are we able to say
'yes' if we infer the accused acted indirectly?"
On December 9, 2007, the jury returned a verdict that Pickton is not
guilty on six counts of first-degree murder, but is guilty on six
counts of second-degree murder. A second-degree murder conviction
carries a punishment of a life sentence , with no possibility of
parole for a period between 10 and 25 years, to be set by the trial
judge. On December 11, 2007, after reading 18 victim impact statements
British Columbia Supreme Court Judge Justice James Williams
sentenced Pickton to life with no possibility of parole for 25 years
– the maximum punishment for second-degree murder – and equal to
the sentence which would have been imposed for a first-degree murder
conviction. "Mr. Pickton's conduct was murderous and repeatedly so. I
cannot know the details but I know this: What happened to them was
senseless and despicable," said Justice Williams in passing the
BRITISH COLUMBIA COURT OF APPEAL
The B.C. Court of Appeal rendered judgment in June 2009 on two
appeals, one brought by the Crown (prosecution) and the other brought
by the defense.
On January 7, 2008, the Attorney General filed an appeal in the
British Columbia Court of Appeal , against Pickton's acquittals on the
first-degree murder charges. The grounds of appeal relate to a number
of evidentiary rulings made by the trial judge, certain aspects of the
trial judge’s jury instructions , and the ruling to sever the six
charges Pickton was tried on from the remaining twenty.
Some relatives of the victims in the case were taken aback by the
announcement of a Crown appeal, especially because Attorney-General
Wally Oppal had said a few days earlier that the prosecution would
likely not appeal. Although Pickton had been acquitted on the
first-degree murder charges, he was convicted of second-degree murder
and received the same sentence as he would have on first-degree murder
convictions. The relatives of the victims expressed concern that the
convictions would be jeopardized if the Crown argued that the trial
judge had made errors. Opposition critic
Leonard Krog criticized the
Attorney-General for not having briefed the victims’ families in
Oppal apologized to the victims’ families for not informing them of
the appeal before it was announced to the general public. Oppal also
said that the appeal was filed largely for “strategic” reasons, in
anticipation of an appeal by the defence. The prosecution’s
rationale was that if Pickton appeals his convictions, and if that
appeal is allowed, resulting in a new trial, the prosecution will want
to hold that new trial on the original 26 charges of first-degree
murder. But the Crown would be precluded from doing so unless it had
successfully appealed the original acquittals on the first-degree
murder charges, and the severance of the 26 counts into one group of
six and one group of twenty.
Under the applicable rules of court, the time period for the Crown
to appeal expired 30 days after December 9, when the verdicts were
rendered, while the time period for the defense to appeal expired 30
days after December 11, when Pickton was sentenced. That is why the
Crown announced its appeal first, even though the Crown appeal is
intended to be conditional on an appeal by the defence. If the defence
had not filed an appeal, then the Crown could have withdrawn its
On January 9, 2008, lawyers for Pickton filed a notice of appeal in
British Columbia Court of Appeal, seeking a new trial on six
counts of second-degree murder. The lawyer representing Pickton on
the appeal was Gil McKinnon, who had been a Crown prosecutor in the
The notice of appeal enumerated various areas in which the defense
alleged that the trial judge erred: the main charge to the jury, the
response to the jurors’ question, amending the jury charge, similar
fact evidence, and Pickton’s statements to the police.
DECISIONS OF THE COURT OF APPEAL
British Columbia Court of Appeal issued its decisions on June 25,
2009, but some parts of the decisions were not publicly released
because of publication bans still in place.
The Court of Appeal dismissed the defence appeal by a 2:1 majority.
Because there was a dissent on a point of law, Pickton was entitled to
appeal to the Supreme Court of Canada, without first seeking leave to
appeal. His notice of appeal was filed in the Supreme Court of Canada
on August 24, 2009.
The Court of Appeal allowed the crown appeal, finding that the trial
judge erred in excluding some evidence and in severing the 26 counts
into one group of 20 counts and one group of six. The order resulting
from this finding was stayed, so that the conviction on the six counts
of second degree murder would not be set aside.
SUPREME COURT OF CANADA
On June 26, 2009, Pickton's lawyers confirmed that they would
exercise his right to appeal to the Supreme Court of
Canada . The
appeal was based on the dissent in the
British Columbia Court of
While Pickton had an automatic right to appeal to the Supreme Court
Canada based on the legal issues on which Justice Donald had
dissented, Pickton's lawyers applied to the Supreme Court of Canada
for leave to appeal on other issues as well. On November 26, 2009, the
Supreme Court of
Canada granted this application for leave to appeal.
The effect of this was to broaden the scope of Pickton's appeal,
allowing him to raise arguments that had been rejected unanimously in
the B.C. Court of Appeal (not just arguments that had been rejected by
the 2-1 majority).
On July 30, 2010, the Supreme Court of
Canada rendered its decision
dismissing Pickton's appeal and affirming his convictions. The
argument that Pickton should be granted a new trial was unanimously
rejected by the Justices of the Supreme Court of Canada.
Although unanimous in its result, the Supreme Court split six to
three in its legal analysis of the case. The issue was whether the
trial judge made a legal error in his instructions to the jury, and in
particular in his "re-instruction" responding to the jury's question
about Pickton's liability if he was not the only person involved.
Writing for the majority, Madam Justice Charron found that "the trial
judge's response to the question posed by the jury did not adversely
impact on the fairness of the trial". She further found that the trial
judge's overall instructions with respect to other suspects
"compendiously captured the alternative routes to liability that were
realistically in issue in this trial. The jury was also correctly
instructed that it could convict Mr. Pickton if the Crown proved this
level of participation coupled with the requisite intent."
Mr. Justice LeBel , writing for the minority, found that the jury was
not properly informed "of the legal principles which would have
allowed them as triers of fact to consider evidence of Mr. Pickton’s
aid and encouragement to an unknown shooter, as an alternative means
of imposing liability for the murders." However, LeBel J. would have
applied the so-called curative proviso so as not to overturn
REACTION AND AFTERMATH TO THE COURT PROCEEDINGS
DISCONTINUANCE OF PROSECUTION OF OTHER COUNTS AGAINST PICKTON
B.C. Crown spokesman Neil MacKenzie announced that the prosecution of
Pickton on the 20 other murder charges would likely be discontinued.
"In reaching this position," he said, "the branch has taken into
account the fact that any additional convictions could not result in
any increase to the sentence that Mr. Pickton has already received."
Families of the victims had varied reactions to this announcement.
Some were disappointed that Pickton would never be convicted of the 20
other murders, while others were relieved that the gruesome details of
the murders would not be aired in court.
VANCOUVER POLICE DEPARTMENT MANAGEMENT REVIEW OF INVESTIGATION
In 2010, the
Vancouver Police Department issued a statement that an
"exhaustive management review of the Missing Women Investigation" had
been conducted, and the VPD would make the Review available to the
public once the criminal matters are concluded and the publication
bans are removed. In addition, the VPD disclosed that for several
years it has "communicated privately to the Provincial Government that
it believed a Public Inquiry would be necessary for an impartial
examination of why it took so long for
Robert Pickton to be arrested."
In August of that year, the VPD released the Missing Women:
At a press conference, Deputy Chief Constable Doug LePard of the VPD
apologized to the victims' families, saying "I wish from the bottom of
my heart that we would have caught him sooner. I wish that, the
several agencies involved, that we could have done better in so many
ways. I wish that all the mistakes that were made, we could undo. And
I wish that more lives would have been saved. So on my behalf and
behalf of the
Vancouver Police Department and all the men and women
that worked on this investigation, I would say to the families how
sorry we all are for your losses and because we did not catch this
MISSING WOMEN COMMISSION OF INQUIRY
Robert Pickton lost his final appeal at the Supreme Court of
Missing Women Commission of Inquiry chaired by Wally Oppal
was called to examine the role of the
Vancouver police and the RCMP in
the disappearances and murders of women in the Downtown Eastside.
Families of the missing and murdered women have been calling for
public hearings since before Pickton was arrested and eventually
convicted of six murders. The Commission's final report submission to
the Attorney General was dated November 19, 2012 and was released to
the public on December 17. During the inquiry, lawyers for some of
the victims' families sought to have an unpublished 289-page
manuscript authored by former police investigator Lori Shenher entered
as evidence and made entirely public. Several passages were read into
the inquiry's record but Commissioner Oppal declined to publicize the
TRANSFER TO PENITENTIARY
During a court hearing on August 4, 2010, Judge Williams stated that
Pickton should be committed to a federal penitentiary; up to that
point he had been held at a provincial pretrial institution.
STAY OF FINAL 20 MURDER CHARGES
Pickton had faced a further 20 first degree murder charges involving
other female victims from Vancouver\'s
Downtown Eastside . On
February 26, 2008, a family member of one of the 20 women named as
alleged victims told the media that the Crown had told her a trial on
the further 20 counts might not proceed.
On August 4, 2010, Crown prosecutors stayed the balance of the
pending murder charges against Pickton, ending the prospect of any
The 20 charges were formally stayed by crown counsel Melissa
Gillespie shortly after 4 p.m. during a
British Columbia Supreme Court
New Westminster .
Most (but not all) of the publication bans in the case were lifted by
the trial judge, James Williams of the
British Columbia Supreme Court,
after lawyers spent hours in court going through the various
On August 6, 2010, various media outlets released a transcript of
conversations between an RCMP undercover operator and Pickton in his
holding cell. While the RCMP censored the undercover officer's name
throughout most of the document, his name was left uncensored in
several portions of the document that the RCMP released to the public.
This uncensored version was available to the public, through Global
CTV News , and the
Vancouver Sun, for about an hour before
being pulled and re-edited. It is not known the extent of the damage
this mistake caused the undercover officer.
On December 9, 2007, Pickton was convicted of second-degree murder in
the deaths of six women:
* Count 1, Sereena Abotsway (born August 20, 1971), age 29 when she
disappeared in August 2001; her foster mother reported her missing on
Aug. 22, 2001.
* Count 2, Mona Lee Wilson (born January 13, 1975), age 26 when she
went to her doctor on Nov. 30, 2001, and was reported missing that
* Count 6, Andrea Joesbury, age 22 when last seen in June 2001 and
was reported missing June 8, 2001.
* Count 7, Brenda Ann Wolfe, age 32 when last seen in February 1999
and was reported missing on April 25, 2000.
* Count 16, Marnie Lee Frey, last seen August 1997 and reported
missing on Dec. 29, 1997.
Vancouver Police Missing Persons Case
* Count 11, Georgina Faith Papin, last seen in January 1999 and
reported missing in March 2001.
Pickton also stood accused of first-degree murder in the deaths of 20
other women until these charges were stayed on August 4, 2010.
* Count 3, Jacqueline Michelle McDonell, 23 when she was last seen
in January 1999.
Vancouver Police Missing Persons Case # 99-039699.
* Count 4, Dianne Rosemary Rock (born September 2, 1967), 34 when
last seen on October 19, 2001. Reported missing December 13, 2001.
* Count 5, Heather Kathleen Bottomley (born August 17, 1976), 25
when she was last seen (and reported missing) on April 17, 2001.
* Count 8, Jennifer Lynn Furminger, last seen in 1999.
* Count 9, Helen Mae Hallmark, last seen August 1997. Vancouver
Police Missing Persons Case #98-226384.
* Count 10, Patricia Rose Johnson, last seen in March 2001.
* Count 12, Heather Chinnook, 30 when last seen in April 2001.
* Count 13, Tanya Holyk, 23 when last seen in October 1996.
* Count 14, Sherry Irving, 24 when last seen in 1997.
* Count 15, Inga Monique Hall, 46 when last seen in February 1998.
Vancouver Police Missing Persons Case # 98-047919.
* Count 17, Tiffany Drew, last seen December 1999.
* Count 18, Sarah de Vries, last seen April 1998.
* Count 19, Cynthia Feliks, last seen in December 1997.
* Count 20, Angela Rebecca Jardine, last seen November 20, 1998
between 3:30- 4p.m. at Oppenheimer Park at a rally in the downtown
Eastside of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.
Missing Persons Case # 98.286097.
* Count 21, Diana Melnick, last seen in December 1995.
* Count 22,
Jane Doe – charge lifted; see below.
* Count 23, Debra Lynne Jones, last seen in December 2000.
* Count 24, Wendy Crawford, last seen in December 1999.
* Count 25, Kerry Koski, last seen in January 1998.
* Count 26, Andrea Fay Borhaven, last seen in March 1997. Vancouver
Police Missing Persons Case # 99.105703.
* Count 27, Cara Louise Ellis aka Nicky Trimble (born April 13,
1971), 25 when last seen in 1996. Reported missing October 2002.
As of March 2, 2006, the murder charge involving the unidentified
victim has been lifted. Pickton refused to enter a plea on the charge
involving this victim, known in the proceedings as Jane Doe, so the
court registered a not-guilty plea on his behalf. "The count as drawn
fails to meet the minimal requirement set out in Section 581 of the
Criminal Code. Accordingly, it must be quashed," wrote Justice James
Williams. The detailed reasons for the judge's ruling cannot be
Canada because of the publication ban covering this stage
of the trial.
Pickton is implicated in the murders of the following women, but
charges have not yet been laid (incomplete list):
* Mary Ann Clark aka Nancy Greek, 25, disappeared in August 1991
from downtown Victoria.
* Yvonne Marie Boen (sometimes used the surname England) (born
November 30, 1967), 34 when last seen on March 16, 2001 and reported
missing on March 21, 2001.
* Dawn Teresa Crey, reported missing in December 2000. Crey is the
main subject of a 2006 documentary film about murdered and missing
Aboriginal women in Canada, entitled
Finding Dawn .
* Two unidentified women.
After Pickton was arrested many people started coming forward and
talking to police about what was going on at the farm. One of these
witnesses that came forward was Lynn Ellingsen. Ellingsen claimed to
have seen Pickton skinning a woman hanging from a meat hook years
earlier; she did not tell anyone about this out of fear for her life.
Additionally, Ellingsen admitted that she blackmailed Pickton about
the incident on more than one occasion.
The victims' children filed a civil lawsuit in May 2013 against the
Vancouver Police Department, the
Royal Canadian Mounted Police
Royal Canadian Mounted Police and the
Crown for failing to protect the victims. They reached a settlement
in March 2014, where each of the children was to be compensated
$50,000, without an admission of liability.
AUGUST 2006 \'PICKTON LETTERS\'
In August 2006, Thomas Loudamy , a 27-year-old Fremont, California
resident, claimed that he had received three letters from Robert
Pickton in response to letters Loudamy sent under an assumed identity.
In the letters, Pickton allegedly speaks with concern about the
expense of the investigation, asserts his innocence, quotes and refers
Bible , praises the trial judge, and responds in detail to
(fictional) information in Loudamy's letters, which were written in
the guise of Mya Barnett, a 'down on her luck' woman.
The news of the letters' existence was broken by The
Vancouver Sun ,
in an exclusive published on Saturday, September 2, 2006, and as of
that date, neither law enforcement nor any representative of Pickton
has verified the authenticity of the letters. The Sun, however, has
undertaken several actions to confirm the documents' authenticity,
* Confirming that the outgoing stamps are consistent with those of
the North Fraser Pretrial Centre (NFPC), where Pickton is being held;
* Confirming through a representative of
Canada Post that the
outgoing stamps are not forgeries; and
* Confirming that the machine (identifiable with a serial number
included in the stamp) used to stamp the envelopes is the machine used
by the NFPC.
Loudamy claims not to have kept copies of his outgoing letters to
Pickton, and as of September 4, 2006, no information on their
existence has been forthcoming from Pickton or his representatives.
Loudamy has a history of writing to accused and convicted criminals,
in some instances under his own identity (as with his correspondence
Clifford Olson ), and in others in the guise of a character he
believes will be more readily accepted by the targets of the letters.
Loudamy, an aspiring journalist, claims that his motivation in
releasing the letters is to help the public gain insights into
In 2015, a film with the working title of Full Flood began production
CBC-TV . Based on
Stevie Cameron 's book On The Farm
it was to use the life experiences of Pickton's victims for a
fictional story about women in the
Downtown Eastside who became
victims of a serial killer. Pickton was portrayed by
Ben Cotton in
In 2016, a book claimed to have been written by Pickton and titled
Pickton: In his Own Words went up for sale and initiated controversy,
critical petitions and actions by government to prevent Pickton from
profiting from the work.
Pickton was described as getting his manuscript out of prison by
passing it to a former cellmate who then sent it to a retired
construction worker from California named Michael Chilldres — who
typed it up and is credited as the author of the 144-page book.
Provincial Solicitor General Mike Morris and an online petition on
Change.org each sought to remove the book from sale on
Christy Clark expressed interest in introducing new
legislation similar to laws in Alberta, Saskatchewan, Nova Scotia and
Ontario to prevent criminal profits from such books. Colorado
Outskirts Press ceased publication of the book and asked
Amazon to remove it from their site after finding out that although
Chilldres had his name on the book cover, the author was actually an
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