Pig producer on trial in large murder case
Jurors in Canada will today begin hearing evidence against a pig producer
accused of serial killings at his 7-hectare farm near
The man, 56, is charged with the murders of 26 women, most of whom were
prostitutes and drug addicts who disappeared from the city's impoverished
Eastside neighbourhood in the 1990s.
The pig farmer has pleaded not
guilty to six first-degree murder charges in his first trial, which is expected
to last at least one year.
Only few of the details of the evidence have been made
public in Canada, due to a strict publication ban. What has come to light is
grim: body parts discovered in a freezer; a woodchipper, where the womenâ€™s
bodies were believed to have been disposed of; and the public health warning
that the pigs believed to have been fed on human remains were then slaughtered
and put into the human food chain â€” along with, perhaps, human meat
If convicted on more than 14 charges, the man would become
the worst serial killer in Canadian history.
The trial will be Canada's largest-ever murder
trial by jury. Over 240 witnesses are expected to be heard and more than 300
reporters are accredited to cover the case.
The man was arrested in
February 2002 and has been in custody since then.
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