VANCOUVER EASTSIDE MISSING WOMEN
Pickton brother says he’s sorry
Victims' relatives get unexpected tour of pig farm
Thursday, April 29, 2004
Dave Pickton, the brother of accused serial killer Robert (Willy) Pickton, offered condolences to two of the missing women's relatives during a visit to the Port Coquitlam, B.C., pig farm where 22 women are alleged to have died.
In the first direct contact between the missing women's families and the Pickton family, Dave Pickton gave the two surprised relatives the first tour of the property, and repeatedly apologized, for the first time, for the families' losses. He also expressed his own "devastation" and disbelief at the charges his brother faces.
Dave regained access last November to the farm, site of Canada's largest serial killer investigation, and was building a fence.
Police vacated the site last November after a 21-month forensic search and built a fence. Dave is now building his own.
"I don't want anyone else to get hurt," said Dave, who told The Vancouver Province recently he has "no plans for the site. I don't want kids or anyone else coming in here."
It was an emotional meeting for Ernie Crey, whose sister Dawn's DNA was confirmed at the farm in January after she had been missing since 2000, and for Sandra Gagnon, whose sister Janet Henry has been missing since 1997.
"Dave pulled up in his pickup as we stood outside the farm and stuck out his hand saying, 'You must be Ernie Crey,' " said Crey, the first prominent native leader to speak out about the 63 women missing from Vancouver's Downtown Eastside.
"So when I got over my shock I did shake his hand and then he was extremely talkative.
"It was difficult for me, standing on the site where my sister appears to have met her death, talking to a man who is not only the brother of Canada's worst accused serial killer but also lived at the farm throughout the time of the disappearances."
Gagnon said she was shaken by her encounter with Dave Pickton.
"It just felt very emotional for me," said Gagnon. "I woke up at 4 a.m. the next morning replaying what he said."
Dave Pickton chatted openly about his feelings for his "cranky" and "different" older brother.
Dave, 54, said he moved Willy to a trailer at the back of the farm "because he was so grumpy" and smelled bad, due to his work slaughtering pigs and tinkering with wrecked cars.
In the conversation, Dave Pickton says: "I'm at a loss for words. It's just totally devastating, a nightmare.
"Like I said, it's a nightmare for all you guys . . . for losing your loved ones."
Robert Pickton, 57, is charged with 22 counts of first-degree murder. Police also have linked DNA from another six women to the farm.
© The Calgary Herald 2004
Updated: August 21, 2016