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Transcript of ROBERT PICKTON
Physical Evidence: Any object that can establish that a crime has or has not been committed or can link a crime and its victim or its perpetrator.
How was Pickton caught ?
According to the scenario, strip/line search is another method that would be appropriate to search the large farm
The farm was a large area to cover but there was so much evidence that it would be appropriate for the investigators to travel from one end of the boundary to the other repeatedly until the entire farm was covered in order to find beneficial evidence
The crime scene was not limited to one area therefore the more search patterns used the greater the possibility of finding keen evidence that could be used to determine other victims
Tuesday, September 22, 2015
Vol XCIII, No. 311
Who Is Robert Pickton ?
Robert William “Willie” Pickton?
Pig farmer and Serial killer
65 years old
Lived with his mother and two siblings
Committed murders from 1983-2002
Confessed 49 murders to an undercover officer. His goal was to have murdered 50
Convicted in 2007, six second- degree murders and an additional twenty women from Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside
Pickton was put under surveillance
The undercover operation was blown
A joint city-RCMP task force called “Project Even-handed”.
At the beginning of 2002 in February, the police got a tip from a former farm employee Scot Chubb who told the police there were illegal guns on Pickton’s property
They found an asthma inhaler belonging to one of the many missing, but the police could only charge Pickton with minor firearm contraventions.
Later he was released and once again under police surveillance.
They now had the grounds to search the farm.
The task force was called in and began a massive search of the property.
They arrested three people who were on the farm at some point in time; Lynn Ellingsen
She became a key eye witness in the Pickton case
Pickton was finally arrested in February 2002 and charged with two counts of second-degree murder
On April 2, three more charges were added
A sixth charge for the murder of Andrea Josebury was laid on April 9, 2002
He was found guilty of second degree murder because they weren’t convinced that he planned the murders.
Scientist that specializes in studying plants such fungi, algae, mosses, fern, flowering plants etc. (Botany, n.d)
This scientist was called in to help determine the identity of human remains that were used to render plants (The Pig Farm Documentary, 2013)
Modus Operandi (Method)
Restrained the females with faux fur handcuffs and proceeded to engage in un-consensual sex
Prostitutes/Drug Addicts were brought back to the estate (the farm)
Killed the victims usually by asphyxiation but possibly shot some of them
Bled and gutted the victims
The remains were then filtered through a wood-chipper
Fed the remains to the pigs and possibly even used to remains to make minced meats which were sold to friends of the Pickton family
(Robert Pickton, n.d)
Processing and Securing the Crime Scene
Forensic science begins at the scene: Physical evidence must first be recognized
First priority: Arresting perpetrator and calling for medical assistance to victims, if needed
Special attention should be given to any vehicles or people leaving the scene
Isolate the area: Boundaries should encompass where the crime has been committed, any paths of entry or exit, and any areas where evidence could be discarded
Identify all individuals at the scene: Suspects, Witnesses, Unauthorized Personnel
Recording the Crime Scene
Limited time to work a crime site in its untouched state
Three methods for crime scene recording: Notes, photography, and sketches
In the Pickton trial the use of photographs took an even more prominent place than in a typical case
Photos of physical evidence were used, as opposed to producing actual exhibits in court
Crown must show that the item offered to the jury in court is the same original item from the crime scene
Objects must not be moved until photographed
At a minimum, four photographs are required at a crime scene:
An overview photograph, a medium-range photograph, a close-up photograph, and a close-up photograph with a scale
Collecting and Handling Evidence
In order to preserve the objects in the condition they were found and avoid contamination, they are packaged separately in transparent glass or plastic containers, labeled and sealed.
Critical sweepings from different areas should be vacuumed and/or swept and sent to lab
The officers wear gloves and hair nets to avoid leaving DNA traces at the crime scene
All of the accused’s rights must be honoured in the conduct of the search
Chain of Custody
A list of all people who came into possession of an item of evidence
Recording location of evidence, marking it for identification, and completing evidence submission forms for lab analysis
Every person who handled or examined the evidence must be accounted for
Failure to do so, may lead to questions regarding the authenticity and integrity of the evidence
Women started going missing from the Vancouver East Side in the mid- 1990s
Wendy Lynn Eistetter
On March 23 1997, Pickton was charged with the attempted murder of prostitute, Wendy Lynn
He was released on a $2000 bond. The charges were dismissed in January 1998
In that same year, 1998, another women Sara De Vries went missing
Wayne Leng started a poster campaign and a call tip line
Months after he got a call from a man named Bill Hiscox
After that in 1999, Pickton was on the police radar
Detective Rossmo, raised the possibility of a serial killer in connection to the missing women
There were no bodies; therefore, there was no crime scene.
In the summer of 1999, Vancouver police received another tip from an informant, Ross Caldwell
“Its gross, its yellow and its gross”
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