Six more charges likely for Pickton


Recommendations going to prosecutors to pursue cases of missing women



october 29, 2009

The RCMP are recommending that six new first-degree murder charges be filed against convicted serial killer Robert Pickton.

"We're in the process of sending a report to Crown counsel for their consideration. We're recommending six more charges related to Robert Pickton and the Port Coquitlam property," RCMP spokeswoman Cpl. Annie Linteau told The Province Wednesday.

Linteau noted that all six women appear on the police task force's official list of 63 missing women. Pickton, now 60, was not charged in connection with the death of these six, who went missing between January 1997 and March 2001.

Linteau listed the women as: Yvonne Boen, born on Nov. 30, 1967, who was last seen March 2001; Dawn Crey, whose birthday was Oct. 26, 1958, and was last seen in November 2000; Sharon Abraham, whose date of birth was Sept. 15, 1965, and went missing in December 2000; Stephanie Lane, born on May 28, 1976, who went missing Jan. 10, 1997; and Jacqueline Murdock, born Jan. 28, 1971, and was last seen in August 1997.

Those five women, all of whom were mothers, went missing from Vancouver's drug-infested Downtown Eastside The sixth woman, Nancy Clark, who was born July 29, 1966, was last seen Aug. 22, 1991, in Victoria.

The news that the RCMP will finally recommend charges was cathartic to some of the women's family members.

Yvonne Boen's son, Troy Boen, 23, exploded in anger and relief when told of the RCMP's decision.

"About f---ing time, but why did it take them so long?" demanded Troy, who was the last member of his family to see his mother alive.

"My mum deserves her day in court . . . I'm glad the RCMP are finally saying Pickton should be charged with my mum's death." Troy, the eldest of Boen's three sons, attended many gruelling days of Pickton's long trial in B.C. Supreme Court.

In December 2007, Pickton was convicted of counts of second-degree murder in the deaths of Marnie Frey, Georgina Papin, Sereena Abotsway, Brenda Wolfe and Mona Wilson. He was sentenced to life without the possibility of parole for 25 years.

Troy Boen was also present when three B.C. Appeal Court judge's upheld Pickton's conviction last June 25 in a 2-1 split decision that also gave Pickton the automatic right to appeal the ruling to the Supreme Court of Canada.

That appeal is expected to be heard this spring. If the appeal is dismissed, B.C.'s Criminal Justice Branch has made it clear that it will not proceed with an additional 20 murder charges, which were severed in August 2006 from the first trial.

Linteau said that the RCMP is recommending another six new charges be laid now "out of an abundance of caution." "We are carrying on with the assumption there could be further judicial proceedings and we are putting everything that could be done back on the table, rather than being unprepared if further trials are required." Should Pickton's appeal be upheld by Canada's top court, prosecutors would move quickly to ask for a new trial on all 32 murder charges.

Linteau said families of all six women have been told in the past that their loved one's DNA was "tied to the Pickton farm," but they won't be officially notified yet of possible charges "because it is up to the Crown to decide whether to proceed." A massive RCMP-Vancouver Police Department task force began searching the ramshackle Pickton pig farm in Port Coquitlam in February 2002.

On Feb. 22, 2002, Pickton was charged with the first two murders of what would become a lengthy list of 26 homicides.

The vehicle-strewn farm, full of human and animal burial sites, was examined by experts down to bedrock, and Pickton soon gained the notorious reputation of being Canada's worst accused serial killer.

Debra Benning was a longtime friend of Boen who believes Pickton should be "held accountable" for Yvonne's death.

"In my heart, I know she's gone, but I think everyone should know if Pickton was responsible," said Benning.

Ernie Crey, a Sto:lo Nation leader, has fought tirelessly for justice for his troubled sister Dawn, whose DNA was confirmed on the Pickton farm in 2004 but whose name was left off the list of those who Pickton would be charged with murdering.

"There's never emotional, psychological or spiritual closure for any of the family members of the missing women, we're always left with the history and the loss of our loved ones, but I am still seeking legal closure," said Crey.

Jacqueline Murdock, a Carrier First Nation mother of four, is still mourned by her large family, said her aunt Elizabeth Murdock, 68, in an interview from Fort St. James.

"It's good if they charge that man finally with Jackie's death. We all want answers."

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