Svekla refers to himself as 'the Pickton of Alberta'
Published Wednesday, February 27, 2008 6:05PM MST
Thomas Svekla talks about being called "the Pickton of Alberta" during a taped phone conversation with his sister in the Edmonton Remand Centre, a local courtroom heard Wednesday.
A judge heard wiretapped phone conversations between Thomas Svekla and his sister Donna Parkinson while he was prison in August 2006.
Svekla said the media attention to his case had brought a lot of attention to him while he was in prison.
"I become a target ... 'cause like that's the serial killer, let's get him you know?" he said. "I'm like the Pickton of Alberta."
Svekla, 39, is charged with two counts of second-degree murder and two counts of offering an indignity to a body in the deaths of prostitutes Theresa Innes, 36, and Rachel Quinney, 19.
On the tapes, Svekla tells his sister investigators can't link him to the killings of either Innes or Quinney.
Svekla also told his sister he is not mad at her for turning him in.
"Don't ever think you did wrong, okay? You did good. I love you. Okay? Alright," he said.
Parkinson discovered a Theresa Innes' body in her brother's hockey bag in May 2006.
During her visit to her brother three and a half months after his arrest, Svekla and Parkinson talk about how much she saw when she discovered Innes' remains.
"I stopped when I unzipped it," she said.
"Oh, that's it? That's okay, then," he replied. "'Cause it's kind of squishy. I didn't, I didn't open the f---ing thing, you know? That's why I was wondering if it made a mess on the floor."
He also goes on to say there is a positive angle to his arrest, stating he can sue the police for his wrongful arrest and get enough money to buy an acreage.
The trail continue for four months.
With files from David Ewasuk