It was an ordeal that shocked our community and the world, leaving an indelible scar as Canada’s largest serial killer investigation in history. Last December, Robert “Willie” Pickton was convicted of six counts of second-degree murder and he still faces a possible trial for 20 more counts of first-degree murder for crimes committed at his Port Coquitlam farm.
Dozens of women from the Downtown Eastside went missing and were murdered at the site of the Pickton family pig farm, now some groups are calling for a memorial while others say the site should be left alone.
Supporters of Vancouver’s missing women say the Port Coquitlam, B.C., pig farm where serial killer Robert Pickton murdered his victims should become a memorial park.
Sex-trade rights activist Jamie Lee Hamilton said the land is a cemetery and should be treated with dignity.
About two dozen people gathered Saturday to discuss the park concept at the gates of the land where cows now graze, about 40 kilometres east of Vancouver.
They’re calling for the property to be turned into a public cemetery with a memorial wall and garden to honour the 69 missing and murdered women from Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside. [CBC]
The surrounding area is being built up with box stores and shiny new subdivisions although in my mind nothing really seems to suit as a possible plan for the property. I can’t even fathom building a house on top of all of that horror.
Most of the property is classified as Class 1 residential, with small portions classified for light industry and farm use. The current assessed value is $6.3 million. A court document filed last year in a relation to the property suggested the current land classification would allow 4.16 hectares (10.3 acres) of the property to be subdivided as 40 single-family residential lots with another 1.9 hectares (4.7 acres) designated for 186 townhomes. [Vancouver Sun]
It’s a terrible, tragic, and sordid situation… what would you like to see happen to the land where all of this happened and where the remains of missing (and a few unidentified) women still haunt the earth?