These are some of the women victims of a Canadian pig farmer called Pickton who claims to have murdered and dismembered forty-nine women and was trying to make it a neat fifty. The women were prostitutes and drug users who the man lured to his farm. Some of them it seems were indigenous Canadians.
The purpose of this post is not to highlight the horror of what this sick man did over a period of years but to contemplate how any man could reach such a low point that he was prompted to act in such a brutal, socially-destructive way. And why had the women he killed reached such a low point that they sold their bodies for sex and/or were destroying themselves with drugs and were therefore vulnerable.
Obviously these women's lives were already spiralling downwards but what pushed them over the edge, past the point of caring about what they did or what might happen to them? And what caused them to be at risk in the first place? Perhaps they came from poor quality families where violence and drink was the norm? Perhaps they had been sexually molested as children? Perhaps they got hooked on drugs and sold themselves to feed the habit? Perhaps nature hadn't been kind to them and sex became a way to get attention from men?
And the man, what kinds of dark forces swirl inside him? Where did they come from? How much did easy access to pornography and sex play a part in his disintegration? Was he also a victim of molestation or was he an alcoholic? Did he get involved with bad company or was he soured by a bad relationship with a woman? Or another man?
The sad point is that everyone involved was, at one stage, a tiny, innocent baby. No one had stamped serial killer, prostitute or drug addict on each one. Somehow they moved from complete innocence and ended up as societal bottom feeders.
How? Why? Are we born with flaws or are some of us simply corrupted more by life's journey than others? And if we are born with flaws then it surely reflects badly on our 'Maker' should there be such a thing. And if we are corrupted by society then it has a lot to answer for.