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Accused serial killer calls allegations ‘hogwash’

January 24, 2007


— A Canadian pig farmer whom prosecutors said confessed to killing 49 women told police in a videotaped interview shown to jurors Tuesday that the allegations against him were "hogwash," yet concedes he's "a bad dude."

Robert Pickton, 56, is charged with killing 26 women, mostly prostitutes and drug addicts who vanished from a drug-ridden Vancouver neighborhood in the 1990s. He has pleaded not guilty to the first six counts. A separate trial will be held for the other 20 murder charges.

If convicted, Pickton faces life in prison. Canada abolished the death penalty in 1976.

The jurors in the most sensational murder trial Canada has ever faced began watching 11 hours of videotaped interviews Tuesday.

In the interview with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police detachment in Surrey, British Columbia, on Feb. 23, 2002, a disheveled Pickton laughs when Staff Sgt. Bill Fordy tells him he's being investigated for "upwards of 50 other disappearances and or murders."

"In your own words, Rob, can you explain to me what that means to you?" Fordy asks Pickton.

"What it means to me. Hogwash," Pickton answered. "I'm just a working guy, a plain working guy is all I am," he says. "I'm just a pig man."


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