Rapist/killer given most permissive parole

James GiffKiller James Giff convinced the parole board he’s not a threat to reoffend if given the least restrictive form of freedom from prison but, in an unusual step, the board barred the murderer from accessing social media such as Facebook and Instagram. Giff, who raped and stabbed a 16-year-old girl, then left her to die in a snowbank, was granted full parole, a form of early release from penitentiary that permits him to live on his own, without direct daily supervision. It’s a big step for a criminal once classified as a sadist, and who spent most of the past 30 years behind bars. The parole board decided, after a hearing July 7, that Giff won’t present an “undue risk to society” but it imposed several special conditions on his full parole (read them all in the parole document, after the jump). Giff has been living and working in Montreal.

Giff was sentenced to life in prison with no chance of parole for 25 years, after he raped and stabbed to death Heather Fraser, 16, in Smiths Falls, a small town in eastern Ontario, in 1985. Giff told me, in the only interview he’s ever granted, that Heather was a random target, a victim of his uncontrollable rage to kill and his furious hatred of women. He had intended to kill his girlfriend at the time, Annette Rogers. Giff committed the murder when he was 17 and he insists that he has changed.

A recent edition of the Cancrime podcast features an interview with Rogers. The accompanying story features a detailed account of the murder of Heather Fraser and the investigation that led to Giff’s arrrest and conviction. The story includes crime scene photos and other key documents available exclusively on Cancrime.

All of the decisions made by the parole board in Giff’s case are available in the PAROLE RECORDS library.

Here’s the written record of the decision made July 7, 2016, granting Giff full parole:



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  1. Does anyone remember a dual murder in Smiths Falls during the 1950’s … the couple worked at (maybe owned) a convenient store and their name was Giff. as well.

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