Pig Farmer Guilty of Butchering Women

Murderer fed up to 49 victims to his animals
By Peter Fearon,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 10, 2007 2:14 AM CST
Brittany Frey, daughter of murder victim Marnie Frey, talks to media outside British Columbia Supreme Court in New Westminster, British Columbia, Canada, Monday, Nov. 19, 2007. Accused serial killer...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – A Canadian pig farmer has been convicted of murdering six women, chopping up the corpses in his slaughterhouse and feeding parts to his pigs. Robert "Willie" Pickton, 58, may face trial for up to 20 other murders—and police believe he's responsible for even more. Pickton told an undercover cop that he killed 49 women, reports Reuters.

Investigators spent 20 months carefully digging up Pickton's farm outside Vancouver, British Columbia. Authorities have been sharply criticized because scores of women—many of them sex workers—disappeared before investigators treated the cases as serial murders. Nearly 70 women vanished in a poverty-stricken area in a 20-year period. Pickton will be sentenced to life in prison tomorrow but will be eligible for parole.