Serial child killer David Threinen’s reign of terror

Terror took root in central Saskatchewan on this day 40 years ago. On June 15, 1975, two children, 12-year-old Dahrlyne Cranfield and Robert Grubesic (inset), 9, disappeared while riding their bicycles along the South Saskatchewan River in Saskatoon. Roughly a month later, Samantha Turner, 8, and Cathy Scott, 7, disappeared. Parents kept their children home behind locked doors. Finally, a tip led police to David Threinen, a truck driver with a history of sex attacks against children. He confessed and led officers to the bodies of his victims. He had strangled them and dumped them in two remote locations outside Saskatoon. A psychiatric report revealed in parole records (read document after the jump) would later describe Threinen as “a cold, amoral individual who felt compelled to offend sexually against children and who experienced no remorse for his victims even when he killed them.”

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Robert Pickton’s place in serial killer history

Robert PicktonThe Supreme Court decision to deny Robert Pickton a new trial means the pig-farmer murderer, at least officially, earns an unremarkable position as just another run-of-the-mill serial killer. Pickton was convicted of six counts of second-degree murder. Other Canadian serial killers have murdered more. Of course, Pickton was originally charged with slaying 27 women, and at least 65 women disappeared from a poor Vancouver neighbourhood where Pickton hunted victims. But history will show, officially, that he killed half a dozen.

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