Seven years ago, one of Canada’s most notorious imprisoned child killers, Saul Betesh (inset), began pursuing penpals on a U.S.-based website for lonely inmates. Betesh is now into his fourth decade behind bars and he’s still hunting friendship by letter. The reviled sex murderer has posted another online ad soliciting penpals, this time on a Canadian-based site. Betesh’s ad (screenshot after the jump) reveals that he’s no longer in Ontario – he was at medium-security Warkworth Institution near Campbellford, Ontario when he posted his 2010 ad – but he’s now at Pacific Institution, about 80 kilometres east of Vancouver. Six years ago, Betesh slyly concealed the horror of his crime. His ad described his offence only as “assault.” Now, he’s shown the temerity to confess he’s serving time for first-degree murder and acknowledges that “my crime was bad.”
This 60 year old man is six feet tall, with blue eyes. He’s passionate about gardening, computer programming and cooking. He’s a wee bit paunchy but active. He’s lonely and looking for friends, his online ad announces. He sounds like he could be someone’s Mr. McDreamy. Except, he’s left out a significant bit of background. Saul Betesh (inset) is one of Canada’s most infamous child sex killers, an imprisoned predator whose depraved crime shocked a generation.
Imprisoned child sex killer Saul Betesh says he’s prepared to bring on kidney failure by refusing to take insulin if federal prison authorities don’t acede to his demands, Cancrime has learned. Betesh has been in prison for more than 30 years, since he and two other men abducted, tortured, raped and murdered Toronto shoeshine boy Emanuel Jaques (inset) in 1977. The crime sparked national outrage and led to a massive cleanup of the sex trade in Canada’s biggest city.
In the three decades since 12-year-old Emanuel Jaques (inset) was sexually abused, tortured and murdered in a seedy body rub parlour on Toronto’s Yonge Street, the jailed killers have taken only one small step toward freedom. Robert Wayne Kribs (read his parole record after the jump) and Saul David Betesh are now confined at a medium-security federal prison just west of Kingston, Ontario.
Notorious child killer Josef Woods lived 25 years inside Canadian penitentiaries “in a fantasy-related occult mindset” until his death in 2003. Cancrime gives you this exclusive look inside the mind of the madman with the reproduction of 13 pages of National Parole Board records on Woods, one of three men convicted in 1978 of the sex killing of 12-year-old Toronto shoeshine boy Emanuel Jaques (inset) – Saul Betesh and Robert Kribs also were convicted of raping and drowning the young boy in a sink above a seedy Yonge Street body rub parlour in 1977. Woods was convicted of second-degree murder while Betesh and Kribs were convicted of first-degree murder. These documents are the the official record of four hearings at which Woods pleaded for release, in 1995, 1996, 1998 and 2000. He was denied freedom each time. The hearing records appear in chronological order.
Reading the records: Each one of the four separate hearing records begins when you see “Page 2″ in the top right corner.
The former warden of Kingston Penitentiary once told me: “We have an obligation in law to keep people, however odious their crime and their background, alive because there is no other alternative. The life sentence of the court is not a sentence of execution by bad luck or by chance or by negligence.” Tom Epp’s eloquent prison-boss wisdom, offered in 1995, was an explanation of how Canada’s federal prison system deals with the most despicable characters entrusted to its care. He wasn’t talking specifically about Saul David Betesh, but his words are perfectly applicable to the sexual sadist, one of Canada’s most notorious child killers and a notorious complainer in prison (read one of his complaints, after the jump).