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ACCUSED OF KILLING 60 WOMEN.. AND FEEDING THEIR BODIES TO PIGS; Farmer 'murdered vice girls & minced remains'.

Byline: By RYAN PARRY, US Correspondent

PIG farmer Robert "Willy" Pickton, accused of slaughtering 60 prostitutes in Canada's worst killing spree, faced the first day of his trial yesterday.

Pickton is suspected of butchering the women and feeding their minced bodies to his pigs.

Police believe he put the victims through an industrial woodchipper and let the pigs gorge on their remains.

Some animals which ate the women were later sold to be made into sausages.

Jurors in New Westminster, British Columbia, have already been warned the evidence will be "like a horror movie".

Pickton will face two trials, the first of which is over six of the deaths and is expected to last a year.

He is charged with murdering 26 women but 36 others are still missing.

Much of the testimony in the case will centre around DNA said to be from some of Pickton's alleged victims found on his farm. It is thought the 57-year-old bachelor's alleged murder campaign started in 1983 when heroin addict Rebecca Guno vanished from the streets of Vancouver.

Pickton is accused of stalking the city's red light district before taking the women to his remote farm in nearby Port Coquitlam.

He and his brother Dave ran an underground drinking club called Piggy's Palace in an outhouse.

He often invited prostitutes back to the club for wild, drug-fuelled parties.

Dave Pickton, who lives just a few hundred yards from the farm, denies knowing anything about the missing women.

He told the Mirror: "I was out of town all the time, I don't know anything about what went on."

Amazingly it took police 20 years before they finally took notice that women in the vice trade were going missing at a rapid rate.

Detectives got the breakthrough they needed in February 2002 and Pickton was charged with first-degree murder. Human body parts were found in his freezer and remains discovered in pig feed.

However, concerned parents Lynn and Rick Frey had known about the pig farm since 1997 when they started their own investigation into the disappearance of daughter Marnie, 24.

When she alerted police about what she'd heard, her pleas fell on deaf ears.

Lynn, 53, said: "The police kept saying that the missing women had probably gone to live in another town, and that their lifestyles had made them so chaotic they would forget to call home.

"We refused to believe that. Marnie always called home at least a couple of times a week."

A section of Marnie's jaw bone was later found at the Pickton farm.

r.parry@mirror.co.uk

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HIS FARM Heaps of dirt and equipment litter locked property near Vancouver' SUSPECT Robert 'Willy' Pickton was in court yesterday' VICTIMS Just some of the women Canadian pig farmer Robert Pickton is accused of killing since 1983
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Date:Jan 23, 2007
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