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HUNTER: Pig farm killer Robert Pickton was sentenced to death

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Even the most staunch opponent of the death penalty would reluctantly admit that pig farm serial killer Robert Pickton should have been dangling at the end of a rope.

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Instead, 74-year-old Pickton received a big adios from a fellow inmate in a Quebec prison.

He was eliminated on Friday and got his one-way ticket to hell.

Pickton was the notorious Port Coquitlam pig farmer who police believe murdered dozens of women he lured from Vancouver's barren east side with promises of drugs, money and fun on the farm.

Georgina Papin, a victim of convicted Edmonton-area serial killer Robert Pickton. Photos provided
Georgina Papin, a victim of convicted Edmonton-area serial killer Robert Pickton. Photos provided Photo provided by /edm

Instead, the evil farm was a place of death, torture and deprivation. After Pickton was done with them, the women – most of them prostitutes and junkies – were fed to his pigs.

Pickton was charged with six counts of murder in 2007, but homicide detectives suspect the number of murders may be more than 50. Last fall, it was announced that the vile monster was eligible for parole.

Although it was almost certain he would never get it, the very idea was an insult to the dead, their families, and civilized society as a whole. Fortunately, Pickton was never to have the opportunity.

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An aerial view of the Pickton farm in Port Coquitlam, BC, taken by police during their investigation in 2002. Lawyers for the alleged victims of BC serial killer Robert Pickton say they remain focused on getting justice for the women while Pickton remains in a coma in a Quebec hospital following an attack in prison.THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO
An aerial photograph of the Pickton Farm in Port Coquitlam, BC, taken by police during their investigation in 2002. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO Photo by HO /The Canadian Press

On May 19, Pickton was stabbed in the neck with a toothbrush in Quebec's maximum security prison. The suspected killer then broke off a broom handle and stabbed the pig farm killer in the nose and skull.

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But Pickton's death raises a lot of questions for the victims' families. The killer himself boasted that he had murdered 49 women (he was charged with 26) – one short of his target of 50 – and that he had an accomplice.

These and countless other questions will never be answered, but if Pickton didn't talk now after two decades in prison, he would take his disgusting secrets to the grave.

Chad Daybell sits at the defense table after the jury verdict is read in his murder trial on Thursday, May 30, 2024, at the Ada County Courthouse in Boise, Idaho.
Chad Daybell sits at the defense table after the jury verdict is read in his murder trial on Thursday, May 30, 2024, at the Ada County Courthouse in Boise, Idaho. Photo by Kyle Green /THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

“Not a day goes by that we don't think about her,” Lynn Frey, stepmother of victim Marnie Frey, told CTV News. “And you know, I have some of her remains. Hopefully it's her. I'm not 100 percent sure.”

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She added: “At least we got some accountability from Marnie, but all the other families got nothing. You know, there are a lot of families who have never been to court and never will. And how can they? I can't imagine how they feel about it.”

On Saturday, would-be cult leader Chad Daybell was sentenced to death in Idaho for murdering his wife's two children – a satisfying end to the heinous murders.

Cop killer Craig Munro.
Cop killer Craig Munro. Photo from Handout

But Craig Munro is more typical. No jagged broomstick in his head. No state-ordered execution.

Munro, now 72, spent 44 years in prison for the cold-blooded murder of police officer Michael Sweet during a botched robbery at a Toronto bar in 1980. He has now been released on six months' probation.

The Parole Board of Canada was pleased to announce that Munro “has made significant progress over the course of her sentence, her assessed needs have diminished and she has committed to living a prosocial and law-abiding lifestyle.”

Sweet was the father of three young daughters and was slowly bleeding to death. Munro taunted the dead policeman as he took his last breaths.

Munro's release is depressing, but as Meatloaf sang, “Two out of three is not bad.”

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