While Robert William Pickton jurors heard horrifying tales during his year-long trial, they did not hear the full story.
After the publication bans on evidence from his preliminary hearing were lifted yesterday, media can report on the woman who said she got away.
In 1997, a woman got into Pickton’s car and went out with him to the farm in Port Coquitlam in exchange for $100.
She testified at the preliminary hearing that after they had sex, Pickton came up behind her and slipped a handcuff onto one of her wrists.
She grabbed a knife and slashed him across the neck and arm before bolting out of the house.
The woman, whose name is banned from publication, was taken to hospital with life-threatening stab wounds by a couple driving down a nearby road.
She was still holding the knife and the handcuff was still on her wrist.
Pickton arrived later at the same hospital and a key was found in his clothes.
The key matched the woman’s handcuff.
Pickton was later charged with attempted murder, but the charges were stayed.
The woman’s story was never told at trial in part because the defence argued she was completely unbelievable.
Women’s DNA was on meat
Jurors in the Pickton murder trial were told the bones and blood of all six women he killed were found scattered around the farm.
But they didn’t hear that in the freezer was packaged meat with traces of human DNA. The meat had been processed for human consumption.
“It’s very disturbing to think about, but (there is) the possibility of some cross-contamination,” B.C.’s Provincial Health Officer Dr. Perry Kendall testified during the preliminary hearings.
The DNA matched two of the women Pickton was charged with killing, Cindy Feliks and Inga Hall.