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Family extends hand to slain hooker’s kin

By DAN PALMER, EDMONTON SUN

Monday, June 28, 2004

Family of Georgina Papin - one of B.C. pig farmer Robert Pickton's 22 alleged victims - yesterday reached out to relatives of Edmonton's latest slain prostitute, Rachel Quinney. "To the Quinney family, our condolences from the Papin family in Enoch reserve," said Micheline Papin, 31, cousin of Georgina, whose family last heard from her in 1999.

Rachel Quinney

"We hope your tough times get better. We can relate to how you're feeling," said Micheline.

"We've been through somewhat of a similar tragedy."

In March 2002, cops told Georgina's family they had found a DNA match for the 34-year-old woman at Pickton's farm.

Police have since charged Pickton, 54, with 15 counts of first-degree murder in the cases of missing prostitutes from Vancouver's Downtown Eastside. He faces another seven charges.

If convicted, Pickton would be the worst serial killer in Canadian history.

The bodies of five murdered hookers have turned up east and south of Edmonton in just over two years, and Mounties have said a serial killer may be at work.

Quinney, 19, is one of the women found slain. Her remains were discovered June 11 near Range Road 224 and Township Road 540, northeast of Sherwood Park.

Micheline wants to tell the Quinneys coming to grips with the possibility of a loved one being murdered by a serial killer does get a little easier over time.

"It was pretty tough at first," said Micheline.

Arlene Quinney, Rachel's 26-year-old sister, said she welcomed the offer to talk.

"I would appreciate that. It would mean a great deal," said Arlene, adding it's difficult finding someone to speak with who has also been affected by something so tragic.

EDMONTON SUN

 

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