Sunday, January 28, 2007



This Friday, I had a gathering of folks who come together just to unwind after what was truly a difficult week, especially with the Pickton news that we were served up on a daily basis.

So on January 26, in a beautiful downtown Penthouse (not mine), for the first 5 hours there wasn't much talk about Pickton at all. However, as the crowd got smaller and became more intimate, there was plenty of discussion around the trial.

It was interesting to hear others opinions about Pickton and this trial. I hope people have informal gatherings from time to time during the course of the trial and engage in discussions around the Pickton farm carnage. I think this will assist people in examining, coping and debriefing in what will surely amount to be the most grisly crime, in our lifetime.

So who made up the smaller discussion group at the Penthouse? Well there was seven of us. Breaking down into genders there were five females and two males. In terms of work, three are involved in the fashion industry and social service fields. One participant is a Courier driver and another is a small business owner. And myself, I'd define myself as a writer.

Consensus was reached that the majority of missing women, in fact, were murdered. The discussion was however, inconclusive as to whether the women were killed on the farm or another place. All of us agreed that we believed more than one person was responsible for the serial killings. Six of us articulated that we believed Mr. Pickton must have known something. Six of us also stronly articulated that he was being made a scapegoat for the horrific killings. One individual was so exhausted that she didn't chat much.

What was really interesting was how the seven of us agreed that others had to have been involved and that we are deeply concerned that others are not being charged.

We also expressed that we planned on continuing to read and examine the news on this serious matter as we hope others do.

Oh and it was helpful being with friends and chatting about the women whose remains and DNA were found. It is vitally important to humanize them and talk about their lives while they were still living.

Jamie Lee Hamilton