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Globe and Mail Update

Feb. 14, 1991

First annual women's day memorial march is organized to press for police investigation into missing women in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside.

1995

Sudden increase in number of women disappearing.

Aug. 30, 1997

Marnie Frey, 27, disappears.

1998

Another sudden increase in the number of missing women. Families and relatives raise alarm about a possible serial killer in the Downtown Eastside. Vancouver police review files of missing women going back to 1971; announce they do not believe a serial killer is behind the disappearances.

March, 1999

Georgina Papin and Brenda Wolfe disappear.

April 28, 1999

In response to public concern, Vancouver Police Board offers a $100,000-reward for information about 27 women who had gone missing since 1978.

2001

Another spike in the number of missing women. Andrea Joesbury, 22, last seen on June 5, 2001; Sereena Abotsway, 29, last seen in July, 2001; Mona Wilson, 26, last seen on Dec. 1, 2001.

February, 2002

Feb 5: Police begin search of Pickton property for unregistered firearms, abruptly stop the search and return the following day with a search warrant for items related to the missing women.

Feb 7: Pickton charged with possession of unregistered firearms.

Feb 23: Pickton is charged with the murders of Mona Wilson and Sereena Abotsway.

April 9, 2002

Pickton is charged with the murder of Andrea Joesbury.

May 22, 2002

Pickton is charged with the murder of Brenda Wolfe.

Sept. 19, 2002

Pickton is charged with the murder of Georgina Papin.

May 25, 2005

Police announce more murder charges, including the murder of Marnie Frey. Pickton now faces 27 murder charges

Jan. 30, 2006

Pickton pleads not guilty to 26 charges of murder.

March 2, 2006

Judge rules that vague wording about the timing of death of an unidentified woman called Jane Doe does not allow Pickton to defend himself properly; Murder charge is dismissed, reducing the number of murder charges to 26.

Aug. 9, 2006

Judge splits the case into a group of six charges and a group of 20 charges.

Sept. 8, 2006

Prosecution says it will go ahead in a first trial with six charges of murder in the deaths of Marnie Frey, Georgina Papin, Brenda Wolfe, Andrea Joesbury, Sereena Abotsway and Mona Wilson.

Dec. 9, 2006

Potential jury members called to courthouse for selection process.

Jan. 22, 2007

Trial before jury begins.

COMPILED BY ROBERT MATAS

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