NEW WESTMINSTER, British Columbia (AP) – An accused serial killer allegedly confessed to killing 49 women and intended to murder one more to make it an even 50, a prosecutor told jurors Monday during opening argments of his trial.
Robert William Pickton has been charged with 26 counts of first-degree murder. He has pleaded not guilty to the first six counts in what is expected to be the most macabre and lengthy murder trial in Canadian history.
The 56-year-old pig farmer is charged with murdering the women, most of whom vanished from Vancouver’s impoverished Downtown Eastside neighborhood in the 1990s.
The first trial covers the murders of Sereena Abotsway, Mona Wilson, Andrea Joesbury, Brenda Wolfe, Georgina Papin and Marnie Frey, and is expected to last a year.