VANCOUVER EASTSIDE MISSING WOMEN
'Pickton planned his murders'
'How are [the jury] going to feel when they find out everything?'
Tuesday, December 11, 2007
A Mountie who interrogated Robert Pickton says that, after looking into the serial killer's eyes, he felt "a real sense of malignant evil."
The now-retired RCMP Insp. Don Adam -- former head of the Missing Women's Task Force -- said yesterday he feels justice was not served when Pickton was convicted of six counts of second-degree, not first-degree, murder.
"If there is a person here who doesn't know that he planned those murders, then I'm on the wrong planet," he said outside B.C. Supreme Court in New Westminster.
"I just had the smallest sense, as he was playing with me, of what it must have been like for those women when they were in his control -- and it didn't make me happy."
Pickton was convicted of six counts of second-degree murder in the deaths of "missing women" Marnie Frey, Georgina Papin, Brenda Wolfe, Andrea Joesbury, Sereena Abotsway and Mona Wilson.
The DNA of the six Downtown Eastside prostitutes was found on Pickton's Port Coquitlam pig farm.
Adam said he felt that the Pickton trial jury "did their duty" when reaching their verdict, but added: "To me, full justice wasn't done."
But he said they should have had all the information available.
"I believe that we've let them down," said Adam. "We took a year out of their lives, we didn't give them everything and then they did what they could. I don't know how they're feeling right now.
"How are they going to feel when they find out everything, and haven't we betrayed them?"
He said he's convinced that Pickton was guilty of premeditation in the six murders.
"Willie Pickton is a chameleon," he said. "Don't get confused about his capabilities. He got every break in the world because people underestimated him."
Adam would not comment on the question of whether Pickton acted alone, saying he didn't want to risk prejudicing his upcoming trial for murdering a further 20 women.
He said he believes that when trial judge Justice James Williams hands down his sentence he will "make things as right as he can."
Williams will decide whether Pickton will eligible for parole from his life sentence in anything ranging from 10 to 25 years.
He said VPD investigators put their hearts and souls into the case.
"Can you imagine having the weight of that on your shoulders and not winning?" he said. "As you go through police work, you leave little pieces behind. You miss a file like that and you're not able to bring it home. There are chunks of you left behind."
Adam said although police are now better at handling missing cases, the basic problems of the Downtown Eastside live on.
"Unless we drive some real changes and make something happen down there, this has all been for nothing," he said. "Look at the drug addiction and squalor that goes on down there. Do you think that Willie Pickton just entered this picture out of the blue?
"We created a pool that no one cared about and he went to it."
© The Vancouver Province 2007
Updated: August 21, 2016