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This is one ugly story. When you think about how, in the US, the mothers of missing daughters have commanded the media to draw attention to their missing children along with the millions of dollars in police funds spent on those singular cases and then we read this:
"Constable Catherine Galliford of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police Joint Task Force told a news conference in March 2002, just after Pickton was arrested and public criticism had peaked, that police resources were limited
and the magnitude of the case overwhelming.
Pickton and his brother, Dave
, used to throw parties at the hog farm in a barn they had dubbed the "Piggy Palace," telling neighbors they were raising money for charity. Investigators, however, have said the parties were drunken raves
with prostitutes and plenty of drugs and booze
The article certainly strikes a chord, but is Dave really completely outside of this? didn't know anything about it? probably organized the parties with his friends and political neighbours (remember the connections to politicians on the invitation list) yet he didn't notice when his brother disappeared into his trailer with somewhere between 26 and 62 guests or prostitutes that were never seen again? He didn't notice a smell, didn't notice their personal effects in the trailer, didn't hear about the girl that ran down the driveway onto the road and was picked up by an innocent bystander that drove her back to town? He saw nothing? He knew nothing? He had nothing to do with it? Really? I'm not convinced that the smart guy, party organizer had no clue what his brothr was up to and I'm not convinced that the smart guy didn't participate a little.
Why did Robert Pickton pick up the girls from the prostitute district and take them to the piggy party? Was he perhaps trying to please his brother and friends? He's supposed to be the dumb one, the shy one, the misfit, the guy that didn't seem normal ... yet his brother noticed nothing ... knowing that Robert was a 'bit off' all his life?