When they make the horror movie about this case they aren't going to have to embellish anything. Pretty fuct up!
The Crown will present taped evidence that Robert Pickton confessed to an undercover police officer that he killed 49 women and wanted to commit one more murder to make it an even 50, a B.C. court heard on Monday.
Jurors were told that the interview will be played before court.
Pickton also allegedly told the undercover officer who posed as a cell mate in Surrey, B.C., that he made his own grave by being "sloppy."
Crown counsel Derrill Prevett told jurors in his opening statement on Monday that police found the skulls of Sereena Abotsway and Andrea Joesbury stuffed inside plastic pails when they searched Pickton's pig farm.
The prosecutor also told the jury that police, using a search warrant for firearms, found two freezers, and inside were two five-gallon pails with human heads inside.
Police had to call in the missing women's task force and get another search warrant before they could launch an extensive search of the property.
In laying out its case, the Crown also said:
Authorities also found running shoes and a cross that belonged to Wilson in Pickton's trailer, the prosecutor said.
A number of bones mixed with debris and manure were found in the farm's slaughter house in July 2002, court heard. A total of 14 human hand bones were found in the area, including a left hand and wrist that belonged to Georgina Papin.
Prevett said three teeth found during the excavation of the ground matched the DNA of Marnie Frey.
Additional human bones found near the slaughterhouse matched no one identified as missing in the women's task force, he said.
"These murders of these six women were the work of one man, the accused, Robert William Pickton,'' Prevett said in his statement.
"He had the expertise and equipment for the task. He had the means of transportation available and the means for the disposal of their remains.''
In its opening statement, the defence team told the jury they will be vigorously refuting the Crown's case.
Pickton did not kill nor participate in the murders of the six women, the defence team told the jury.
The defence will be contesting what the Crown suggests are the facts in this case, court heard on Monday.
Lead lawyer for the defence team, Peter Ritchie, instructed jurors to pay close attention to Pickton's intellectual competence and his level of understanding.
Ritchie also told jurors they were not given the full picture of the conversation Pickton had with the undercover officer.
Families turn up for trial
Earlier on Monday, Justice James Williams' ruled the family members of the six women alleged to have been killed by Pickton won't be excluded from the opening arguments.
Williams' first order of business was to ask both Crown and defence counsel to weigh in on the fact that the family members summoned as witnesses are technically to be excluded from trial until their testimony.
The subpoenas prevent them from sitting in the courtroom until they have testified, lest they hear testimony that could influence their own.
Williams said that while witnesses will be asked to leave court when evidence is controversial, it will not be necessary to exclude families "for purely formulaic reasons."
He intends to decide later whether the witnesses will be excluded from the entire trial.
The judge also warned jurors that evidence in the trial will likely be distressing but that they must be careful to stay impartial.
"Some of the evidence to which you will be exposed to during the trial will be shocking and is likely to be upsetting. I must ask each of you to deal with that the best you can," Williams said as the jury trial began.
"It may arouse feelings of revulsion and hostility that can overwhelm the objective and impartial approach that jurors are expected to bring to their task.
"You should be aware of that possibility and ensure it does not happen to you," he told the seven men and five women.
Williams also told the jury panel they may consider only evidence they hear and see in the courtroom.
He told the jurors to avoid all media coverage of the case and not to discuss the case with anyone.
The judge also issued a warning to the media and read out the publication bans issued during the Pickton legal process.
"It is not my intention to stand by and simply see the court orders flouted. I believe that members of the media will approach this matter responsibly," said Williams.
In his opening address to the jurors, the judge also outlined court procedure and explained terms that will come up during the trial.
On Monday morning, Pickton arrived at the New Westminster, B.C. courthouse where a jury will begin hearing arguments in his murder trial today.
He faces first-degree murder charges in the slayings of six women, who are Marnie Frey, Sereena Abotsway, Georgina Papin, Andrea Joesbury, Brenda Wolfe and Mona Wilson.
Pickton also stands accused in the murders of 20 other women but no trial date has been set on those charges.
He has pleaded not guilty to all of the charges. None of the allegations has been proven in court.
The trial, which is on course to be one of the largest, longest, and most expensive trial in Canadian history, has drawn unprecedented international attention.
Watching from the wings will be about 350 reporters, photographers and technical media representatives -- including correspondents from the British Press Association, Court TV, The Economist, Germany-based ARD television, BBC radio and TV, The Washington Post and The New York Times -- who have been accredited to report on the trial.