At least one member of slain ex-Edmontonian Georgina Papin's family will
attend a B.C. preliminary hearing that begins tomorrow. It's a prelude to what
may be one of the most sensational murder trials in Canadian history.
brother, Randall Knight, is attending the preliminary hearing before Judge David
Stone on behalf of the family, her aunt Pauline Papin told The Sun yesterday.
Knight, 35, moved from New York to Edmonton in the fall so he could learn more
about Georgina from family here and by attending court proceedings. Knight, who
was adopted and spent most of his life in the U.S., only met Papin for about an
hour in Edmonton in 1986.
"It's important that we be there for each part of this," said Pauline Papin, who
is from the Enoch Cree Nation.
"We will be there for her."
Of Georgina's seven siblings, her three brothers have made several trips to B.C.
since DNA evidence proved her remains were found on the Port Coquitlam farm
owned by the accused - Robert Pickton.
The former Edmonton woman, a prostitute and drug addict, was last seen in March
1999, days before her 35th birthday. Her remains were found earlier this year on
the farm where up to 63 other missing women may be buried.
The Papin family plans to join a lawsuit against Vancouver police for being
negligent in their duties by not actively searching sooner for the missing
Pickton, accused of 15 murders at his suburban Vancouver pig farm dating back to
1996, may be Canada's worst serial killer. The 53-year-old Pickton has been in
custody since late February, when he was charged with the murders of two missing
The murder counts against Pickton so far are four more than the number admitted
to by Canada's most notorious serial killer, Clifford Olson.