The media circus is moving back in town

I saw on the CBC [cbc] website today that the Robert Pickton trial is set to start on Monday after four years. We all remember the images of heavy machinery digging through Pickton’s pig farm and the CSI like forensic team from the VPD/RCMP digging through it. Pickton’s crimes seem to be so widespread throughout the lower mainland, and since there’s still no official word on who was buried at the farm they’re almost infinite.

He’s currently up against 27 counts of murder, though like everything in the case that number is somewhat nebulus, and may continue to rise as it did in May 2005. While Canadian media laws are far more constrictive than American ones there is still the potential for this to turn into a media circus. There’s nothing for headlines and newspaper sales like a trial, save perhaps a tornado, and about the only thing the Province and Sun are cursing right now is that Pickton isn’t some sort of attractive jet setting millionaire ala American Pyshco.

3 Comments so far

  1. Rob Cottingham (unregistered) on January 29th, 2006 @ 7:00 pm

    Not to be pedantic, Jeffery, but unless and until he’s convicted, those are Pickton’s alleged crimes… or the crimes he’s been charged with.

  2. Jeffery Simpson (unregistered) on January 29th, 2006 @ 11:25 pm

    True, until he’s had his day in court or more likely until he pleads guilty then he’s presumed innocent.

  3. Rod Templeton (unregistered) on January 30th, 2006 @ 7:13 am

    I can remember the day that the whole thing broke. My wife and I were watching the news, and at about six in the morning the reporter was standing in front of the farm and you could see nothing behind her as it was February and still dark. But just after listening to the description, my wife said, “Oh my God, that’s the Pickton’s place!” – she had grown up just down the road from the farm. A small, creepy world indeed.

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