"I never saw a pig like that, who would chase you and bite at you.It was running out with the dogs around the property." whose sometimes bizarre behaviour, despite no evidence of substance abuse, would draw attention.Its events included raves and wild parties featuring Vancouver sex workers and gatherings in a converted slaughterhouse on the farm. Members of the Hell's Angels were known to frequent the farm.On March 23, 1997, Pickton was charged with the attempted murder of sex worker Wendy Lynn Eistetter, whom he had stabbed several times during an altercation at the farm.He was later released and was kept under police surveillance.On February 22, Pickton was arrested and charged with two counts of first degree murder in the deaths of Sereena Abotsway and Mona Wilson.At the inquiry, the fact was revealed that Pickton had been charged with attempted murder in connection with the stabbing of sex worker Wendy Lynn Eistetter in 1997.
They registered a non-profit charity, the Piggy Palace Good Times Society, with the Canadian government in 1996, claiming to "organize, co-ordinate, manage and operate special events, functions, dances, shows and exhibitions on behalf of service organizations, sports organizations and other worthy groups".Eistetter had informed police that Pickton handcuffed her, but that she had escaped after suffering several lacerations.She told them she had disarmed him and stabbed him with his weapon. Months later, the Picktons were sued by Port Coquitlam officials for violating zoning ordinances – neglecting the agriculture for which it had been zoned, and having "altered a large farm building on the land for the purpose of holding dances, concerts and other recreations".On March 10, 2004, the government revealed that Pickton may have ground up human flesh and mixed it with pork that he sold to the public; the province's health authority later issued a warning.A preliminary inquiry was held in 2003, the testimony from which was covered by a publication ban until 2010.Personal items belonging to missing women were found at the farm, which was sealed off by members of the joint RCMP–Vancouver Police Department task force.The following day Pickton was charged with weapons offences.Excavations continued at the farm through November 2003; the cost of the investigation is estimated to have been million by the end of 2003, according to the provincial government.In the meantime, all the buildings on the property had been demolished.The attempted-murder charge against Pickton was stayed on January 27, 1998, because the woman had drug addiction issues and prosecutors believed her too unstable for her testimony to help secure a conviction.The clothes and rubber boots Pickton had been wearing that evening were seized by police and left in an RCMP storage locker for more than seven years.