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Police reviewing TV show to determine if Pickton publication ban breached

CANOE-CNEWS
By JEREMY HAINSWORTH

October 30, 2004

VANCOUVER (CP) - Police will be examining a tape of a U.S. television program broadcast Friday to determine whether court-banned details from the preliminary hearing of accused serial killer Robert William Pickton were broadcast.

NBC's Dateline may have crossed the legal line Friday by broadcasting details of the murder cases. The show also reportedly accused police of pushing the case aside to solve less serious crimes.

RCMP Cpl. Catherine Galliford said criminal investigators will be getting a copy of the show and reviewing it.

"We will continue to investigate to see if there has been any breach of the publication ban," she said. "We have had two or three potential breaches of the publication ban and they have been investigated and it was determined that there was no breach."

Author Stevie Cameron, who is writing a book on the case, was interviewed for the show. She said she was concerned about a potential breach of the ban before participating in the show hosted by former Canadian journalist Keith Morrison.

Cameron watched it twice on Friday.

"I felt quite comfortable they were very careful," she said. "They certainly knew a lot of the story."

Vancouver resident Sandor Gyarmati saw the show. He said it interviewed various missing women's family members, prostitutes and former Vancouver Police Department officer Kim Rossmo who had predicted the city had a serial killer on the loose several years before Pickton's arrest.

"I don't know why it's being investigated," Gyarmati said. "The . . . host was saying there is a publication ban so 'we can't say anything.' "'

Pickton is accused of 15 counts of first-degree murder with the possibility of another seven charges being added when he goes to trial.

The number of women on the missing list was raised to 69 in early October.

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Updated: August 21, 2016