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Week 1: Case set out before jury

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Staff-Sgt. Fordy then compliments the prisoner, telling Mr. Pickton: "I know you're smart. But you've made mistakes."

"I didn't kill anyone," Mr. Pickton says.

Staff-Sgt. Fordy tries a different tack.

"You got a freight train of evidence coming down the track. It's a super freight train and it's only been going for two weeks," he says. "In a year, it's going to be unbelievable how much evidence there is going to be. The only question now is what kind of person is Robert Pickton." The approach has no impact.

After 10 hours of intensive interrogation, Mr. Pickton looks exhausted. For long periods during the questioning, he was crumpled up in his chair with his eyes closed, yawning, listening in silence as police officer after police officer accuses him of horrendous crimes. He repeatedly asserts his innocence.

Then suddenly, Mr. Pickton's demeanour changes. He laughs heartily as he talks about police digging up his farm looking for bodies. He speaks without remorse about the death of the missing women. "Shit happens," he tells police when asked to think about the families of the missing women.

In its final 90 minutes, Mr. Pickton speaks and court see how he acts as if he has the upper hand. As he leans back and rests his foot on a nearby table, he tries to negotiate a deal with the police.

In a startling reversal after hours of denial, Mr. Pickton offers to plead guilty to two or more murders if police would immediately stop the massive investigation at his farm property in Port Coquitlam. "I'm talking about going to court or whatever," he says.

Insp. Adam, the third interrogator to press Mr. Pickton for a confession, asks if he will plead guilty. "Um hum," Mr. Pickton responds, sounding alert despite the lengthy interrogation. To how many, the officer asks.

"Whatever charged with," Mr., Pickton says, adding, "I'll finally admit to everything if you pull fences down." The police had fenced off the farm for their investigation.

Mr. Pickton said he wanted the police to clear out so his brother Dave could continue working on the farm. Police at that time had found evidence linking Mr. Pickton to Ms. Abotsway and Ms. Wilson but had not yet found any human remains on the property.

Police found bloodstains all over a motorhome on his property because he was "sloppy," he said.

But when Insp. Adam presses for details, the cagey prisoner retreats.

"No comment," Mr. Pickton repeats over and over. "You make me out a murderer more than I am," he says during another exchange.

At one point in the videotape court hears Insp. Adam attempt to narrow the conversation to the death of Ms. Wilson. He tells Mr. Pickton Ms. Wilson's blood is all over a trailer and suggests Mr. Pickton beat her.

"Hitting her?" Mr. Pickton asks in surprise. "What do you mean? No, no, no. You're, you guys are way off the deep end."

Later, Mr. Pickton hints that he killed two to three women but, again, won't provide details.

"So my question is; "How many?" Insp. Adam asks.

Mr. Pickton replies: "I'd say two, probably two. Maybe three.

Insp. Adam asks: So, we got Mona obvious, right?"

"No, we got noboby yet," Mr. Pickton responds quickly.

The banter between the two men on the videotape continued for hours. Insp. Adam would extract a nugget of information. Mr. Pickton would tease back with hints of "sloppiness" and suggestions that he planned more.

But each time Insp. Adam pressed for details, the prisoner backed off. More than once, he burst out laughing.

"Did you shoot her (Mona Wilson)?" Insp. Adam asked.

"Shoot her?" Mr. Pickton replied sounding surprised that a woman was dead.

"Whatever you did caused a lot of blood right?" Staff Sgt. Adam said.

"Um hum. You did some of your homework," Mr. Pickton shot back.

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