I was put on Earth to rid people of their ' evil ways'
Pickton Guilty of Killing six Women
I was put on Earth to rid people of their 'evil ways'
Monday, December 10, 2007
Thomas Loudamy, of Fremont, California, has corresponded with many convicted killers including Robert (Willie) Pickton. He said he hopes the letters will help the public to learn more about Pickton.
EXCLUSIVE letters: Last year, The Sun published excerpts from letters
Robert (Willie) Pickton sent from prison. We couldn't print everything for fear of influencing the jury. Now we can. His shocking words provide a glimpse into what may have motivated the serial killer.
Convicted serial killer Robert (Willie) Pickton said he was put on Earth to rid people of their "evil ways" in a letter to a prison pen pal in 2006.
Pickton, 58, was convicted Sunday of six counts of second-degree murder, but no motive for his crimes ever emerged at his year-long trial.
Two letters The Sun obtained from a pen pal Pickton wrote to while in the North Fraser Pre-Trial Centre, may provide the public with the first real insight into what motivated the mass murderer. The spelling errors are Pickton's.
"I know I was brought into this world to be hear today to change this world of there evil ways. They even want to dis-re-guard the ten command-ments from the time that Moses in his day brought in power which still is in existence today," wrote Pickton, who is facing another 20 counts of murder which are to be dealt with at a second trial.
The letter was written Feb. 26, 2006, at the beginning of Pickton's voir dire, to California resident Thomas Loudamy who has a hobby of corresponding with prisoners and collecting their return letters.
The second letter, written Aug. 22, 2006, is also replete with biblical references and Pickton provided his own interpretation of Ephesians 5:5.
"You can be sure that no immoral, impure or greedy person will in-herit the kingdom of God .... Don't be fooled by those who try to excuse these sins, for the terrible anger of God comes upon all those who disobey him," Pickton wrote.
The Sun looked up Ephesians 5:5 in The Jerusalem Bible and found a chilling interpretation, given the fact Pickton has been convicted of killing sex-trade workers: "For you can be quite certain that nobody who actually indulges in fornication or impurity or promiscuity -- which is worshiping a false god -- can inherit anything of the kingdom of God."
Some sex-trade workers testified at the trial that Pickton brought them to the farm, let them sleep in his bed without demanding sex and still paid them money. However, the jury also heard Pickton did engage in sex acts with at least two women he brought to his trailer: Wendy Eistetter and Maria Isidoro.
Crown witness Lynn Ellingsen testified she saw Pickton butchering a sex-trade worker in his slaughterhouse, although her credibility was challenged at the trial.
However, the Crown argued Pickton picked up prostitutes in the Downtown Eastside, lured them to his farm with money and drugs and then killed and dismembered them.
The defence portrayed Pickton as someone who merely helped out needy people by giving them money, sometimes a place to stay or a job.
Loudamy, who estimated in 2006 that he had at least 300 letters from about 150 inmates, said Pickton's notes are similar to others he's received from convicted killers -- they appear to suggest using religion to justify their actions.
"They kind of justify horrific things because these groups of people [victims] have evil ways, or have bad ways," Loudamy said.
The Sun published portions of the two pen pal letters in 2006 but withheld any incriminating portions until after a verdict was delivered, to avoid influencing jurors.
The letters have some spelling and grammatical errors, but are mainly coherent and comprehensible. The defence argued at the trial that Pickton had poor verbal skills and was too stupid to communicate properly with police when he was interviewed following his arrest in February 2002.
However, there are some odd passages that are difficult to understand, such as the one Pickton used to end his August 2006 letter: "I am not a phony or a bluff or a smooth-talker. I am only one person, born into this world of ours of which I am not from this world, I am from the past life of which will all be in my book."
In the religious portions, Pickton refers to himself as a "condemned man of no wrong doing" just like his "father."
Pickton also referred to Acts 14:22, which he interpreted as: "In each city they helped Christians to be strong and true to the faith. They told them that we must suffer many hard things to get into the holy nation of God."
Pickton insists in the letter that he is just the "fall guy" and that police arrested the wrong man.
"They are only interested in to charge any-one to get the heat off of their back and not for the truth at all," he wrote.
"The police got so much money invested in this case, there will be many, many lies through-out as many things all come to surface. The police have paid many for them what to say when they are on the stand."
That sentence appeared to foreshadow part of the defence's case: that police spent thousands on "benefits" -- rent, drug rehab, clothes, etc. -- for three key Crown witnesses whose credibility was severely attacked by Pickton's lawyers.
"But I am not worried for everything on Earth will be judged including angles (sic). I myself is not from this world, but I am born into this world through my earthly mother and if I had to change anything I would not, for I have done no wrong," he wrote.
Pickton also praised Justice James Williams' decision to sever the charges he is facing, which meant this trial only dealt with six murder counts and a second trial would focus on the other 20.
"They had to, they have no choice but to, if not there will be a whole lot of coart time waisted all for nothing in which there will be in need a whole lot of answers to many questions by the police and the R.C.M.P. when this coart case is over by the way of the public of when they find out that I am not in-volved at all," he wrote.
"If the coart did not drop all these charges I could be in coart for at least two or more years and it really will be hard to keep a jury to-gether for so long... It could end in a mis-trial half way through coart."
The judge's decision to split Pickton's charges in two has upset families of the 20 women who have to wait until a second trial -- assuming it is held -- to seek justice for their loved ones.
Pickton estimated in August 2006 that his trial would be done by August 2007 -- but his estimation was off by four months.
Pickton also bragged in the letters about how important he had become, talking about the millions spent on his case, the number of police and lawyers involved, the hundreds of thousands of pages of evidence disclosed to his defence team, and the large number of sheriffs who escort him to court and provide security when he is there.
"When I go to coart, there are three vehicles 'my own convoy of protective excort (sic),' one vehicle is in front and one vehicle behind me of which I am in the middle vehicle. There are two sheriffs in each vehicle," he wrote.
"And when I reach the coart house, there are a-nother four more sheriffs at the gates of the coart house also for my protection."
Pickton's escorts will cease now that his trial is over -- until the next one begins.
In an interview with The Sun in 2006, Loudamy explained that he wrote three times to Pickton using the pen name "Mya Barnett," a woman down on her luck but determined to survive.
Loudamy said he received three replies from Pickton, one in late 2005, and two in 2006. He provided The Sun with the originals of the last two letters; he was not able to locate the first note he says he received from Pickton.
He said in the first letter, in late 2005, Pickton indicated he was reading a novel by Dan Brown, author of the bestselling book The Da Vinci Code, about Jesus being married.
"I know in the first one, there was kind of other sort of biblical references, sort of like along the lines of he's convinced that that relationship that he has [with God] is what is going to help him with the trial," Loudamy said.
Pickton wrote that he spent his free time in 2005 talking with his legal counsel and his "family," but didn't elaborate, Loudamy said.
The letters are written as if the author is an old friend of Mya's, and tenderly wishes her well.
Loudamy, who maintains he has no sympathy for Pickton, said he hopes that by releasing these letters publicly they'll provide a window for the public to learn more about this multiple killer.
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