Nov 6, 2002
Tipped by a sister of one of the women, Kines dug into the story and his repeated questioning of police officials prompted them to step up their investigation that year.
Some of his earliest stories are linked below:
July 3, 1998Police target big increase in missing women: Serial killer not behind missing-women cases, police official says. Investigators will look into each incident to determine if there are any similarities http://www.missingpeople.net/police.htm
September 18, 1998Cases Probed: Vancouver police will review 40 unsolved cases dating from 1971, but they doubt a serial killer was involved in any disappearances http://www.missingpeople.net/casesprobed.htm
March 3, 199920 women missing: Action demanded http://www.missingpeople.net/twenty_women_missing.htm
Missing on the Mean Streets-Part 1: Privilege, despair and death http://www.missingpeople.net/missing1.htm
Missing on the Mean Streets-Part 2: Who we will not see tomorrow
Kines dogged the story through the turn of the century, developing sources in the police who spoke of incomprehensible sloppiness and ineptitude in the police investigations of the missing sex-trade workers.
By 2001, frustrated with a lack of closure to the case, Kines and reporters Kim Bolan and Lori Culbert embarked on what would become a four-month joint investigation, taking a total of one year of journalistic man- and women-power. When they began their work, the reporters knew what police had revealed -- that 27 young women caught in the sex-and-drug culture of Vancouver's dismal downtown eastside had, during a number of years, vanished from the face of the earth.
When the reporters finished, they had themselves identified not 27 but 45.
The police had presented to the public an illusion of an aggressive, concerned investigation. The Sun's series of reports showed that, in fact, the investigative work had been flawed by lack of resources, petty conflicts among police officers, confused leadership and inexperience.
Their 11-part periodic series began in September, 2001 and ended in November.
The detective work The Sun team did set off other shock waves, which produced significant changes in the methods and attitudes of police to these unsolved crimes. In the aftermath of the series, the police established a joint RCMP-Vancouver Police Task Force and energized it with competent staff and financial resources. They gave a public commitment to the quick release of information on women who vanish. For the first time, they arranged meetings with the families of missing women, and set up a tip line.
Perhaps most importantly, the stories made a large number of murdered and missing prostitutes too important for either police or politicians to ignore.
11 PART PERIODIC SERIES:
Investigation turns up startling new numbers
How the police investigation was flawed, too few officers, police infighting and lack of experience undermined first probe into disappearances http://www.missingpeople.net/how_the_investigation_was_flawed-sept_22,_2001.htm
DNA samples are taken but not used: Coroner, police want data bank but B.C. has put it on hold http://www.missingpeople.net/dna_samples_not_used-sept_24,_2001.htm
Police didn’t pick up suspect who later murdered this woman: Family wants answers: ‘If they had arrested him earlier, maybe my sister wouldn’t be dead right now’ http://www.missingpeople.net/policedidntpickup.htm
B.C. slow to adopt lessons of Bernardo: Police face obstacles tracking down serial predators http://www.missingpeople.net/bcslowtoadoptlessons.htm
The lesson is: Every human life really matters: The case of the missing women means changes are needed http://www.missingpeople.net/everylifematters.htm
A killer’s slip-up gave police a break: Unlike other missing women on the East Side, police found April Reoch’s body http://www.missingpeople.net/akillersslipup.htm
Sexual-predator case prompts police review http://www.missingpeople.net/sexualpredatorcase.htm
Police build a ‘bridge’ to victims’ families: Relatives of women missing from the Downtown Eastside invited to discuss case
600 suspects in missing women case: Families encouraged after meeting with investigators http://www.missingpeople.net/600suspectsinmissingwomen.htm
DNA clears key suspects in murders http://www.missingpeople.net/dnaclearssuspectinmurders.htm
Missing women story
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