Quote: Originally Posted by JLM
A victim in the early days who managed to get away after being brutally attacked, was written off as not credible. Why? Because she was a hooker or on drugs? Do people who would make such a connection have any business in the legal/justice system? Did that mistake cost 50 or 60 lives? Should the public demand the name of the offending idiot?
There's a little more to the story then it being a "mistake". No mistake was made. It's a very long article. It's true she was brutally attacked. It's also true she made some claims that were not true regarding herself and the amount of drugs she had managed that night. I'm not trying to take anything from her at all. I believe horrible things happened to her and that she is lucky to be alive. I don't think her story would have saved any lives. Pickton was charged with hurting her. The murders that came before and that followed her incident didn't come to light for some time. You will recall that they had to go through literally mounds of all things horrible to prove what he did. He ground those women up and fed them to his pigs. This is a small part of the story you read:
Because there had been no litigation in the courts to prove what happened between Pickton and the woman in 1997, Pickton's defence lawyer persuasively argued that it would be inappropriate for the woman to testify at the high-profile missing-women trial.
The trial judge, B.C. Supreme Court Justice James Williams, ultimately agreed, ruling the jury would never hear from the only Crown witness prepared to testify that she had been attacked by Pickton.
In a written ruling following the heated pretrial arguments, Williams decided the knife-attack incident could not be considered similar to what happened to the other women because there was no proof she was to be killed and dismembered following the knife attack. (All six of the women Pickton was convicted of killing were dismembered, and at least three of them were killed by gunshot wounds.)
"I find that there is simply not anywhere near the required degree of similarity to permit the conclusion that it is likely that the same individual committed both the 1997 incident and the murders of the six women," Williams wrote.
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I personally know two former members who were recalled to work on that case and it certainly wasn't as simple as you make it sound. It's not like the movies where someone steps up to the plate, suddenly remembering one particular incident that brings the whole thing together. She had more drugs in her system then she said she had. The attack on her was somewhat different. To me it sounds like she got lucky, even though she was brutally beaten and the best part is that she managed to hurt him. We are depending on what one reporter has to say in one article. They were ready to put her on the stand if necessary. I disagree that a mistake was made or that anything could have been done to stop that which for the most part it seems, had already happened. I guess I would have to go back through the time line of events but I think the story reads that by the time her story was put together with the murders, nothing would have changed. She was simply being kept as someone they may have needed to prove their case (IMO).
Quote: Originally Posted by Nuggler
They seized Picton's clothes, put them in a locker and forgot about them. (after one of the first arrests). Several and many years later, when they checked them for DNA, they showed DNA of two missing women hitherto unaccounted for.
SOMEONE fukked up. big time.
.............bones in the yard.........DNA in the freezer...........ground meat in the freezer with missing women DNA in it.........
Sheesh!! The cops certainly left no tern unstoned.
Why do you assume someone erred big time? Perhaps the person who seized that clothing retired. Any number of things could have happened. As I pointed out to JLM, it's not like someone suddenly has this great moment of remembering that one particular "person of interest" clothing is locked up somewhere and that maybe, just maybe it may contain some evidence. The cops left no stone unturned. They took more than 2 years on that farm investigating every "stone". Can you imagine having to work under such conditons. Finding parts of humans in such a state. We nearly gag at the thought of a human being turned into ground meat or fed to pigs. They had to be there sifting through that personally. All this information being fed to the public where family and friends have to relive it. Picton is where he should be. He'll never leave.