Crime Library: Criminal Minds and Methods

Robert Pickton: The Vancouver Missing Women

Worst Canadian Serial Killer

Four more charges of murder were laid against Robert William Pickton in Port Coquitlam court Wednesday, October 2, 2002.

Pickton has now been charged with first degree murder in the deaths of Heather Gabrielle Chinnock, Tanya Marlo Holyk, Sherry Irving, and Inga Monique Hall.

Tanya Holyk and Inga Hall appeared on the earliest Missing Women list.  Holyk was 21 when she was last seen in October 29 of 1996, Hall was 46 when she disappeared February 26, 1998.

Sherry Irving was 23 when she disappeared two months after Holyk, in December of 1996.  Heather Chinnock was 31 when she vanished just 18 months ago, on April 15, 2001.

This brings the total number of murder charges laid against Pickton to 15, all women from Vancouver's Downtown Eastside.

The Missing Women's Task Force began searching the Pickton farm in Port Coquitlam in February of this year.

The number of women on the Missing Women list is currently 63. At a Task Force media briefing, RCMP Constable Cate Galliford said, "This case is now the largest serial killer investigation in Canadian history."

In the fall of 1989 Marc Lepine shot 14 female students and a secretary at Montreal University's L'Ecole Polytechniqe, and then shot himself. In 1982 Clifford Robert Olson pled guilty to killing 11 children in Greater Vancouver.


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