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Missing woman belonged to a loving family

Vancouver Sun
February 9, 2004

Re: Nine more women linked to Pickton case, total 31, Jan. 28

Before my sister, Wendy Crawford, became a prostitute and drug user, as The Sun keeps calling her, she was a mother of two beautiful children. She was a sister and an aunt, as well as a great aunt and a friend. She was not on the streets every day selling her body and she did not take drugs all the time.

My sister did not have a history of disappearing. She had a family to raise, but as the kids grew and Wendy was more free to roam, she would go off and do her thing. But someone, be it her children or other family members, would usually have a basic idea of her whereabouts. Yes, she did travel the streets of Vancouver. She did suffer from diabetes and Crohn's disease as well as other health issues that required daily medication.

It was wrong to report that she lived in a rented trailer in Chilliwack. She owned a mobile home and paid pad rental.

The most important issue in this case is the two beautiful children she did her best to raise with what cards life dealt her. Reporters never walked a mile in the shoes of any of these women who suffered tragic deaths, but you quickly label them prostitutes and drug addicts.

My sister raised her children on a welfare budget and anyone who has experienced that can understand that such a minimal amount of money does not always pay the bills and put enough food into their mouths every mouth.

Yes, my sister sold her body on the streets. However, something is drastically wrong when you can call my sister a prostitute for trying to feed her children while other participants in this act are men who keep their good standing in society. Are they not prostitutes as well?

In 1982, I lost a brother. In 1985, a grandfather died; in 1990, another brother; and, in 1994, my grandmother and my father plus the grandmother of my children.

In 1999, my sister went missing. Four months later, my mother passed away and, later that year, another grandmother. The year 2002 brought the death of a cousin and December 2003 my last remaining grandparent.

One month later, the RCMP arrived at my door with the news that my sister's DNA had been found at Robert Pickton's farm.

There are four nieces and nephews in this family who do not have their mother or father or both, plus five of my own children. Over the past few years, I have been a mother, a father, an auntie and a grandmother (Bubba) to all these children. I have one sibling left and the road often feels long and lonely. But I pray to the Lord and ask for His strength, not only for this family, but also for the families of all the missing women who were much more than prostitutes and drug addicts.

Susie Kinshella

Chilliwack

 The Vancouver Sun 2004

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Nine more women linked to Pickton case, total 31-Jan 28, 2004

 

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