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Profile: Robert Pickton

While he was suspected of involvement in the death of 49 women, he was only convicted of 6 counts of second-degree murder.
  • Full Name - Robert William Pickton
  • Nickname - The Pig Farmer Killer
  • Born - Oct 24, 1949
  • Location of Activity - Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
  • Years of Activity - 1983 - 2002
  • Number of Kills - 6 convicted (up to 49 suspected)

Robert Pickton seemed to have lived a fairly normal life, if a bit decadent.  He grew up on his family farm in Port Coquitlam, British Columbia and eventually became a pig farmer (which is how he got his nickname).  Pickton’s activities were fairly unremarkable until connections between him and the disappearances of several women finally came to light.

Most of his victims consisted of prostitutes and drug addicts – people he knew would not be missed.  He would lure them to his property under the pretense of providing entertainment at one of the many parties he threw in the name of his charity, the Piggy Palace Good Times Society.  They were supposedly there for his guests, though this also provided Pickton with the perfect opportunity to take his victims and dispose of them all in one private location.

His unsavory acts were almost discovered when he was charged with stabbing a prostitute.  Unfortunately, the woman’s drug addiction became an issue and those charges were dropped, leaving Pickton to continue his killing spree.  Law enforcement in Vancouver was not interested in pursuing most disappearances due to their negative predisposition against prostitutes and drug addicts, and with no bodies showing up there was even less of a reason for them to take the crimes seriously.

Eventually, police would find remains of these women at Pickton’s farm.  They were looking into an unrelated issue of illegal firearms when they found the personal items of one of the missing women.  Upon further investigation they came across the remains of several other women, including the skulls, hands and feet of some and the remains of one stuffed into a garbage bag.

The lack of remains suggests that Pickton either ground up his victims and fed them to his pigs or that he mixed the human meat with pig meat before giving it away or selling it.  Many of the remains were found near the slaughterhouse and Pickton himself admitted to adding human flesh to his pork.

While he was suspected (and admitted to an undercover officer) of involvement in the death of 49 women, he was only convicted of 6 counts of second-degree murder.  He was sentenced to 25 years in prison with no chance for parole.