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Lawsuit becomes sixth to target police, Pickton over murders

Artist's sketch shows accused serial killer Robert Pickton as he listens to closing arguments at B.C. Supreme Court in New Westminster, B.C., on November 19, 2007.

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The children of yet another woman whose DNA was found on Robert Pickton's farm are suing the serial killer, the Vancouver police and the RCMP, bringing to six the number of families who have launched lawsuits this year.

Shari Murdock and Ryan Murdock filed a notice of civil claim in mid-July over the death of their mother, Jacqueline Murdock, who disappeared in August 1997 and whose DNA was later found on Pickton's property.

Murdock is among six women whose DNA was found on the farm, but no charges were ever laid in her murder.

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Like the earlier statements of claim, the Murdock children's lawsuit alleges the Vancouver police and the RCMP put their mother at risk by failing to properly investigate reports of missing sex workers or warn the public of a potential serial killer.

The lawyer for the families has previously said the lawsuits, if they go to trial, would allow him to call Pickton as a witness, forcing the serial killer to answer for his crimes for the first time.

The other women whose families have launched lawsuits include Stephanie Lane, Dianne Rock, Sarah de Vries, Cynthia Feliks and Yvonne Boen.

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