Families to watch Pickton demolition

Suzanne Fournier
The Province

Friday, July 25, 2003

Families of the missing women have been invited by police to watch as the last standing structure on the Pickton pig farm -- David Pickton's farmhouse -- is demolished tomorrow morning.

Robert Pickton

The demolition feels like a "cleansing" of what may have been a scene of tremendous wrongdoing, said Ernie Crey, whose sister Dawn disappeared in late 2000 and still has not been found.

"We can't help but wonder if the farmhouse is coming down because they've found evidence or fear that there's evidence underneath the house," Crey said.

Sandra Gagnon, whose sister Janet Henry disappeared in 1997 and has not been found, said she will attend the demolition.

"It feels good to get rid of it, of everything on that place and what it means to us," said Gagnon.

David Pickton, 52, who has not been charged with any crime, lived in the farmhouse at 953 Dominion Rd. in Port Coquitlam during the time his brother is alleged to have killed 15 women.

Robert Pickton, now 53, has been committed for trial on 15 charges of first-degree murder, but the judge noted this week that if the preliminary hearing had started a month later, he would have sent Pickton to trial on 22 counts.

The additional charges would relate to Marnie Frey, Tiffany Drew, Sarah deVries, Cynthia Dawn Feliks, Angela Jardine, Diana Melnick and a woman referred to Jane Doe.

- Canada's murder rate increased 4.2 per cent last year, but the figures were skewed by the remains discovered at Pickton's pig farm.

Those women did not all die in 2002, and without them the homicide rate would have risen by 1.2 per cent, said Maggie Charmant of the Canadian Centre for Justice Statistics. There were 582 homicides reported in Canada last year, about 1.8 per 100,000 people. 

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