Thursday, March 11, 2004

Keeping kosher has its advantages 

The case of David Pickton, who is turning out to be the worst serial killer in Canadian history, just took a troubling, sickening turn:

VANCOUVER—Meat for public consumption from the pig farm of accused serial killer Robert William Pickton may have contained human remains, police and health officials say.

"There is the potential that some meat that was produced and perhaps packaged on the farm may have been cross-contaminated with human DNA," RCMP Corporal Cate Galliford of the missing women's task force told reporters last night.

Pickton, who is facing 15 counts of first-degree murder in connection with women missing from Vancouver's drug-laden downtown eastside, raised and slaughtered pigs as part of his work at the farm in Port Coquitlam, about 35 kilometres east of the city.

FWIW, DNA testing has linked 31 missing women to Pickton's farm, and the number's just going to climb. Should there ever be a book--that is, a detailed, highly analytical one--about the mismanaged investigation and the eventual outcome, I'll be first in line to buy it.

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