After 28 years with VPD, Dave Dickson continues to work with men and women in Vancouver’s DTES. Dubbed the poorest postal code in DTES, the Eastside has people living in extreme poverty, hunger, mental ill health, and isolation. Dave Dickson has been recognized for his work in this community. He has won receiving 9 awards including queens jubilee and an international safety award – for creating a safety program for survival sex workers. He brought a list of women who had not picked up their Welfare checks to the attention of the VPD. That act eventually led to the arrest of Robert Picton the serial killer who was charged with second-degree murder of 6 women. Welcome to the show.
Robert William “Willy” Pickton (born October 24, 1949) of Port Coquitlam, British Columbia, Canada, is a Canadian serial killer convicted in 2007 of the second-degree murders of six women. He was also charged with the deaths of an additional 20 women, many of them from Vancouver‘s Downtown Eastside; however, these charges were stayed by the Crown in 2010. In December 2007, he was sentenced to life in prison, with no possibility of parole for 25 years – the longest sentence then available for murder under Canadian law.
During the trial’s first day of jury evidence, January 22, 2007, the Crown stated that he confessed to 49 murders to an undercover agent from the Office of Inspector General, posing as a cellmate. The Crown reported that Pickton told the officer that he wanted to kill another woman to make it an even 50, and that he was caught because he was “sloppy.”