Tuesday, December 12, 2006

Canada Preparing For First Huge Serial Murder Trial

Jury selection has begun for Robert William Pickton, a British Columbia pig farmer, who has been charged in the deaths of over 20 women, and will be tried first on 6 counts of first degree murder for the deaths of Sereena Abotsway, Mona Wilson, Andrea Joesbury, Brenda Wolfe, Georgina Papin and Marnie Frey.

This sounds like it will be a very long trial. I can't imagine what it would be like if of the indictments were included in one trial.
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posted by Marcella Chester @ 4:43 PM   2 comments links to this post


At December 13, 2006 6:51 PM, Blogger Holly Desimone said...

Dear Marcella,
I truly hope this case will end with a conviction, my thoughts are with the loved ones left behind to deal with our justice system. The women murdered deserve justice. I hope justice will be served by the jury.
Sincerely Holly Desimone

At December 13, 2006 8:02 PM, Anonymous Enyonam said...

I feel kind of stupid posting such a nitpicky correction, especially since I'm new to your blog, but oh well:

This case, although it is a huge story nationally, isn't Canada's first huge serial murder trial. I don't know for sure who would be the first, but the Paul Bernardo trial was certainly the biggest recent case. As far as we know, he committed far fewer murders than Pickton, but only because he was caught and convicted far earlier in his career. In addition to the two murders he was convicted of, he is suspected of another, is responsible for the death of his teenage sister-in-law, and has admitted to at least 25 rapes.

The case was so huge partly because of the involvement of his wife, Karla Homolka, in the abductions and murders of his victims.


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