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Pig farm serial killer Robert Pickton murdered 26 women

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Convicted Canadian serial killer Robert Pickton, who brought female victims to his pig farm during a crime spree near Vancouver in the late 1990s and early 2000s, has died in prison after an attack, authorities said Wednesday. He was 74.

Pickton, an inmate at the Port-Cartier prison in Quebec, died in hospital on May 19 from injuries sustained in an attack on another inmate, the Canadian Correctional Service said.

A 51-year-old inmate is being held in a Quebec prison for allegedly attacking Pickton on Sunday, police spokesman Hugues Beaulieu said earlier this month.

Robert “Willie” Pickton was found guilty of six counts of first-degree murder in 2007 and sentenced to life in prison with a maximum parole period of 25 years after being accused of killing 26 women.

More than 22 years ago, police began searching Pickton Farm in the Vancouver suburb of Port Coquitlam. The investigation into the disappearance of dozens of women would last several years.

The remains or DNA of 33 women, many from downtown Vancouver, were found on Picton's pig farm in Port Coquitlam, British Columbia. He once boasted to an undercover agent that he had killed 49 women in total.

Families of some of the victims have protested against a police motion calling for the destruction of evidence related to the proceedings against Pickton. Vancouver Sun The report said it might one day be useful if DNA technology could be used to link him to the murders of other women.

Pickton self-published his memoirs in 2016, but they were quickly removed from Amazon.

AP contributed to this report.