The Case of Robert Pickton
Born in Port Coquitlam British Columbia, a suburb of Vancouver in 1949. Robert Pickton grew up on a pig farm with his family including his brother and sister. “The Canadian pig farmer turned serial killer, preyed on prostitutes and drug addicts from Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside luring them to his farm under the cover of a register charity ‘Piggy Palace Good Times Society’.” (New York Times 23 November 2003) Robert Pickton faced 15 murder charges in Vancouver’s missing women case in 2002, and in May of 2005 the Crown added 12 more first-degree murder charges against him adding up to a total of 27 charges.
On the anthropological aspect of this case, many different aspects of Robert’s case fit into the category. In brief he grew up on a farm where violence became second nature as they would slaughter pigs as a way of making a living. Robert was a slower learner then the rest of the kids and this allowed him to attend the special-ed school instead of staying with the other kids. Also when this case first started prostitution was accepted as a social norm and a way of making a living for women and sometimes men.
Since the Pickton family had a pig farm, and that was the families way of earning a living Robert was clearly exposed to violence at a young age and continuously throughout his childhood. The pig slaughtering being one example and it’s said to say that the family pet calf was also slaughtered when Robert was 12. Reports say that Pickton fed his victims to the pigs, and traces of evidence from a missing woman were found on the pig farm in January 9, 2003 after four more women went missing.
It was quite obvious to the people’s eye that Robert wasn’t like the other kids at school. He was slow to deve...
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...; his families pet calf was slaughtered. Also having a strong sense of male dominance he obviously looks at his older brother has a role model, as he didn’t have the greatest father figure. His brother having a past record of violence, he killed a 14 year old in a hit and run. In the decision making aspect, Robert didn’t seem to have control over the urge to kill the women, this could have been in result to the neglect his faced from the mother figure in his life.
“The superego incorporates the values and morals of society which are learned from one 's parents and others.” Roberts’s failure of advancement can be due to his incapability to identify with parental figures. Alike his ego, as a murderer judgment he must have been conscious of the actions he had put forth although he may have not thought about how they were morally wrong and not acceptable within the law.
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