Today was the opening day of the trial of Robert Pickton, the infamous pig farmer, accused of murdering 26 local women. Currently facing charges for the murder of the first six of twenty six. He is reported to have claimed he killed 49. These women were the sisters, daughters, neices, wives and grandchildren of families who loved them and miss them. Robert Pickton thought these women were disposable. It was revealed today that the heads of some of these women were found in his deep freeze, in his home just a few minutes drive from here in the town of Port Coquitlam. Some of their bones were found in his pig trough. Did this man feed these women to his pigs. Which he then sold to the unsuspecting public? The trial is expected to last at least a year. How can this many women go missing before something is done? Well you see, they were mostly prostitures and drug addicts, so it took a while for the police to take their dissappearances seriously. Their already sad lives, ended so brutally horrible. Their souls and their families are once again on my mind today.
It could be any of us who have a family member succumb to the streets. How many of us know someone who is addicted to substances or making very bad choices. Maybe some of them have undiagnosed mental illness and are coping the only way they can. Many of these families were broken hearted to start with, when these women ended up living the lives they did. For them to come to this end must be such a torment to their loved ones.
May they rest in peace.