Do killers locked in Canadian prisons marry, get conjugal visits with their new wives and father children, while they remain behind bars? Yes, yes, and yes. In fact, it happens regularly. But what about a sadistic serial rapist and killer like Paul Bernardo (inset), who has been in prison since November 1995, after he was convicted of murdering two teenage girls in Ontario, Kristen French and Leslie Mahaffy? Well, maybe. The questions are relevant, given news (broken in a story by Sunmedia) that Bernardo has struck up a romantic relationship with a 30-year-old woman from London, Ontario, who wants to marry the man considered one of the most depraved serial killers caught in Canada in the last half century. I think Bernardo may be working a scheme with this relationship.
The new political boss of Canada’s prison system appears to have ignored privacy laws, interfered politically in a system governed strictly by the law and intentionally sought to mislead the public. At least, this is what we can infer from the public statement of rookie Public Safety Minister Steven Blaney, issued with lightning speed soon after media across Canada matched the story reported first at Cancrime that serial sex killer Paul Bernardo asked for a transfer to a lower security prison. Blaney was quick to announce that he had been assured by Corrections Canada that there there are “no plans” to move Bernardo to a medium-security penitentiary. Blaney’s terse statement was confirmation that Corrections had refused to provide about Bernardo’s intentions and an indication that the minister stuck his nose in where he had no business.
Sex slayer and serial rapist Paul Bernardo believes he deserves to live in the more comfortable and less restrictive confines of a medium-security prison. After 18 lonely years in the mind-numbing isolation of a super-secure segregation unit inside maximum-security Kingston Penitentiary, Bernardo has asked for a transfer to a lower-security prison, sources tell me. Soon, he will have to be moved to a new home because Kingston Pen is slated to close. Bernardo covets a spot at medium-security Bath Institution, a complex of cottage-style dormitories on a sprawling 640-acre lakefront property just west of Kingston, according to my sources. Bernardo wants to stay in Ontario to remain close to family. He does not want to be shipped to a penitentiary in another province. Bernardo has been visited in prison by his mother, according to sources.
Fifteen years after notorious sex slayer Paul Bernardo arrived at the country’s oldest federal prison, another infamous killer could be on his way to Kingston Penitentiary. Russell Williams, the former air force colonel who has admitted murdering two women and sexually assaulting two others, will soon be a federal inmate. Corrections Canada will not discuss his case specifically, but 175-year-old Kingston Pen still operates a super secure isolation unit where notorious offenders are segregated from fellow convicts.
Michael Briere raped and murdered 10-year-old Holly Jones because he was consumed with desire after looking at child pornography. Paul Bernardo was driven by deviant fantasies of torturing women. He murdered teenagers Kristen French and Leslie Mahaffy and raped dozens of other women. Selva Subbiah drugged and raped hundreds of women to feed his sexual perversions. Now these predators have something in common. They’re together in the same miserable cellblock of maximum-security Kingston Penitentiary that houses the lowest of the low, the sex offenders, child molesters and killers who can’t survive among their own kind.
The 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.