Robert Pickton Essay

3764 WordsOct 16, 201416 Pages
The Canadian city Vancouver, the centre of British Columbia, has got a specific dismal reputation in 1981 when there was exposed a pedophile and murderer Clifford Olson (Gunn 2007). And it had to happen that after two decades, this city was again in the spotlight of world media, and because of very similar dramatic circumstances. However, that time the scale of criminal phenomena encountered by the city authorities and law enforcement protection services, was incomparably greater, and details of solved crimes were worse. Canadian pig farmers appeared in court on a charge of twenty-six murders of women prostitutes. The trial of Pickton began in January 2007. The total number of women who have disappeared since the early 1980's, and presumably killed by Pickton, is more than 60 people. Robert William Pickton was born October 24, 1949 in Canada (Levitz 2007). Together with his brother and sister, he owned a pig farm, which was located on 10 acres of land in a secluded area near Port Kokitlem, east of Vancouver (Levitz 2007). Together with his brother Dave Pickton he also owned a saloon called Piggy's Palace. It was located near the farm and became a hangout of bikers and prostitutes (BBC News 2002). With the growth of the suburbs of Vancouver, the agriculture on the Pickton`s farm fell into decay, so part of the land was sold for residential and commercial building. Since the 1980's in the “red light district”, which is located in Vancouver East Side, the addict female prostitutes began to disappear (Gunn 2007). As it is reported in the press, the first of them was Rebecca Guno in June 1983 (BBC News 2002). Total by 2002 the number of disappeared was about sixty women (Gunn 2007). Trevor Greene, the author of the book about disappeared prostitutes, admitted that he had heard about some "Farmer Willy", who invited Vancouver prostitutes to parties at his farm.

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