The RCMP are recommending that six new first-degree murder charges be filed
against convicted serial killer Robert Pickton.
"We're in the process of sending a report to Crown counsel for their
consideration. We're recommending six more charges related to Robert Pickton and
the Port Coquitlam property," RCMP spokeswoman Cpl. Annie Linteau told The
Linteau noted that all six women appear on the police task force's official list
of 63 missing women. Pickton, now 60, was not charged in connection with the
death of these six, who went missing between January 1997 and March 2001.
Linteau listed the women as: Yvonne Boen, born on Nov. 30, 1967, who was last
seen March 2001; Dawn Crey, whose birthday was Oct. 26, 1958, and was last seen
in November 2000; Sharon Abraham, whose date of birth was Sept. 15, 1965, and
went missing in December 2000; Stephanie Lane, born on May 28, 1976, who went
missing Jan. 10, 1997; and Jacqueline Murdock, born Jan. 28, 1971, and was last
seen in August 1997.
Those five women, all of whom were mothers, went missing from Vancouver's
drug-infested Downtown Eastside The sixth woman, Nancy Clark, who was born July
29, 1966, was last seen Aug. 22, 1991, in Victoria.
The news that the RCMP will finally recommend charges was cathartic to some of
the women's family members.
Yvonne Boen's son, Troy Boen, 23, exploded in anger and relief when told of the
"About f---ing time, but why did it take them so long?" demanded Troy, who was
the last member of his family to see his mother alive.
"My mum deserves her day in court . . . I'm glad the RCMP are finally saying
Pickton should be charged with my mum's death." Troy, the eldest of Boen's three
sons, attended many gruelling days of Pickton's long trial in B.C. Supreme
In December 2007, Pickton was convicted of counts of second-degree murder in the
deaths of Marnie Frey, Georgina Papin, Sereena Abotsway, Brenda Wolfe and Mona
Wilson. He was sentenced to life without the possibility of parole for 25 years.
Troy Boen was also present when three B.C. Appeal Court judge's upheld Pickton's
conviction last June 25 in a 2-1 split decision that also gave Pickton the
automatic right to appeal the ruling to the Supreme Court of Canada.
That appeal is expected to be heard this spring. If the appeal is dismissed,
B.C.'s Criminal Justice Branch has made it clear that it will not proceed with
an additional 20 murder charges, which were severed in August 2006 from the
Linteau said that the RCMP is recommending another six new charges be laid now
"out of an abundance of caution." "We are carrying on with the assumption there
could be further judicial proceedings and we are putting everything that could
be done back on the table, rather than being unprepared if further trials are
required." Should Pickton's appeal be upheld by Canada's top court, prosecutors
would move quickly to ask for a new trial on all 32 murder charges.
Linteau said families of all six women have been told in the past that their
loved one's DNA was "tied to the Pickton farm," but they won't be officially
notified yet of possible charges "because it is up to the Crown to decide
whether to proceed." A massive RCMP-Vancouver Police Department task force began
searching the ramshackle Pickton pig farm in Port Coquitlam in February 2002.
On Feb. 22, 2002, Pickton was charged with the first two murders of what would
become a lengthy list of 26 homicides.
The vehicle-strewn farm, full of human and animal burial sites, was examined by
experts down to bedrock, and Pickton soon gained the notorious reputation of
being Canada's worst accused serial killer.
Debra Benning was a longtime friend of Boen who believes Pickton should be "held
accountable" for Yvonne's death.
"In my heart, I know she's gone, but I think everyone should know if Pickton was
responsible," said Benning.
Ernie Crey, a Sto:lo Nation leader, has fought tirelessly for justice for his
troubled sister Dawn, whose DNA was confirmed on the Pickton farm in 2004 but
whose name was left off the list of those who Pickton would be charged with
"There's never emotional, psychological or spiritual closure for any of the
family members of the missing women, we're always left with the history and the
loss of our loved ones, but I am still seeking legal closure," said Crey.
Jacqueline Murdock, a Carrier First Nation mother of four, is still mourned by
her large family, said her aunt Elizabeth Murdock, 68, in an interview from Fort
"It's good if they charge that man finally with Jackie's death. We all want
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