Serial killer Robert Pickton dead

Pickton succumbed to his injuries after an attack in prison

A spokesperson for the Sureté du Québec says serial killer Robert ‘Willie’ Pickton has died in hospital.

On May 19, Pickton was attacked by another prisoner at the Port-Cartier Institution where he was being held.

“The 74 year old who got hurt on May 19 has succumbed to his injuries,” said Hugues Beaulieu, spokesperson for the Quebec Provincial police.

The news was confirmed by Correctional Service of Canada.

Pickton was in critical condition in hospital after the attack.

The B.C. serial killer was serving time in a federal penitentiary in Quebec and was involved in a “major assault” over the weekend of May 19. According to the Sûreté du Québec, the attack happened at 5:15 p.m. on May 19 and the inmate was airlifted to the hospital.

Pickton was convicted of killing six women, Sereena Abotsway, Andrea Joesbury, Mona Wilson, Marnie Frey, Georgina Papin and Brenda Ann Wolfe.

As reported by APTN, Pickton was also charged with killing 21 more women at his Port Coquitlam, B.C. farm, 25 km east of downtown Vancouver, but those charges were stayed by the Crown in 2010.

Pickton was taken to Hospital of the Child Jesus in Quebec City.

When he died, Pickton had been serving an undetermined sentence, which commenced on Dec. 11, 2007, for six counts of second-degree murder.

Port-Cartier Institution is a maximum-security prison that holds 237 men and is just north of the St. Lawrence River and about 600 km from Québec City.

At the time of his death, Pickton was now eligible to apply for day parole.

Federal law would have allowed Pickton to apply for day parole three years before his full parole eligibility. He would have been eligible for full parole until 2027.


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