Cannot secure delete items from trash: 180 items (pictures, files, folders) remain even if I check "remove all items"

I cannot secure delete items from trash: 180 items (pictures, files, folders) remain even if I check "remove all items".  Macbook Pro, 10.6.8

Maybe the items are locked.
Mac OS X 10.6 Help: Shortcuts for working with items in the Finder
Shortcuts for working with items in the Finder Command (⌘)-Shift-DeleteEmpty the Trash without any warning or when it contains locked filesCommand (⌘)-Shift-Option-Delete
http://docs.info.apple.com/article.html?path=Mac/10.6/en/cdb_cpmvfky.html

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