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Who is Robert Pickton? Canadian serial killer who murdered 49 women and fed their bodies to his pigs

A NEW documentary has been released about Robert Pickton, the world’s most savage serial killer.

The pig farmer from British Columbia, Canada, was jailed in 2007 after butchering at least 49 women on his property and grounding their remains into mince.

Canadian serial killer Robert Pickton was a pig farmer based in Port Coquitlam, in British Columbia.

Despite appearing to live a quiet life, Pickton had savagely butchered 49 women on his property before grounding their remains into mince at a meat rendering plant.

While most of the meat was fed to his pigs, the rest was sold for human consumption to unsuspecting customers, some of whom were police officers.

He was arrested in 2002 and jailed in 2007 for the savage crimes.

A recently aired-episode of Voice of A Serial Killer examined the killings and included footage of Pickton unwittingly confessing to his crimes while sitting in his jail cell.

The serial killer was unaware the man he was speaking to was an undercover officer with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.

He disclosed his goal of wanting to murder 50 people, and expressed his disappointment when he became “sloppy” and missed his target number by just one.

The depraved killer was arrested in 2002 after items belonging to a number of missing women were found on his farm.

The discovery was made when officers made a chance visit to the farm to search for any illegal weapons.

Following his arrest, DNA of at least 26 women reported missing was found at the property.

Many of these women were believed to be prostitutes who Pickton had picked in Vancouver’s Red Light District.

He allegedly brought them back to his farm to have sex before brutally murdering them.

He unwittingly confessed to the crimes after he was placed in a cell with an undercover police officer following his arrest in 2002.

Irritated at being caught, he complained to his cellmate: “I made my own grave by being sloppy. Doesn’t that just kick you in the a** now.

“I was just gonna do one more, make it even, I wanted one more to make the big 5-0.”

The confession was described by criminal analysis experts as “sinister and remorseless”.

Speaking to his cellmate, Pickton said: “They got me on this one…they've got DNA.”

When the undercover officer suggested that the best way to dispose a body was in the ocean, Pickton replied: “I did better than that… a rendering plant.”

The serial killer was described by criminal experts as ‘ordinary’, and as having poor personal hygiene.

He was known locally for using prostitutes, but managed to slip under the radar even when a large number of them began disappearing.

It is believed he killed 49 women between 1991 and 2002.

However, he has only ever been charged with six murders, with an additional 20 charged stayed.

Those 26 charges related to the DNA of 26 women found on his property, which was nicknamed “Piggy Palace” due to his reputation for booze and drug-fuelled parties.

Pickton – whose nickname was ‘The Butcher’ – is one of the world’s worst serial killers.

He allegedly picked the women up from Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside – which consists of several square blocks of squalid hotels, drug dealers and street-level, survival prostitution.

The killer lured women back to his farm with promises of money, alcohol and drugs before torturing, murdering and dismembering them.

His methods varied from victim to victim, with some injected with anti-freeze and others stabbed to death.

After he killed the women, he took their remains to a meat rendering plant where they were ground down into mince.

He then packaged the meat and sold it to locals, some of whom were police officers.

Men who saw him at the rendering plant described him as “dirty” and described how he often handled the barrels of flesh with his bare hands.

It later emerged he also fed the ground bodies of his victims to his pigs.

Crime analysts say his crimes were so shocking, they made the Texas Chainsaw Massacre look tame.

Despite receiving numerous tip-offs over many years, Canadian police claim there was never enough evidence to charge him with any crime.

In 1997, one woman managed to escape the killer and ran, naked and bleeding, after stabbing Pickton with his own knife in 1997.

But the drug addict was considered unreliable by police and Pickton was not prosecuted.

Most of Pickton’s victims were women of Native American or Indigenous heritage, with many victims’ families fearing their cases would not be taken seriously because of their race.

His heinous crimes shocked the world as the details of his brutality emerged.

It led to Canada decriminalising prostitution in 2010 as part of efforts to make the industry safer.

A total of 200,000 DNA samples and 600,000 exhibits were seized and forensic experts were forced to use heavy equipment to sift through nearly 300,000 cubic metres of soil.

The cost of the investigation was estimated at more than £40million and the pig farm became the largest crime scene in Canadian history.

The serial killer, who is now 68, remains in prison in British Columbia.

He was convicted of six counts of second-degree murder while 20 other charges of first-degree murder were stayed.

He was sentenced to life in prison.

Pickton sparked national outrage after writing a book from his prison cell in 2016, in which he claimed he had been set up.

In the book, he claimed he was a scapegoat for the Canadian police who were under pressure to pin the murders on anyone they could find.

The book was briefly sold on Amazon, but withdrawn following outrage from the victims’ families.


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