A psychopathic sex predator is outwitting the criminal justice system and its clumsy efforts to control him. Don Gazley, who has changed his name to Greyson, has a 30-year history of preying on children and vulnerable adults. He’s free from prison, living in Vancouver on supervised release but parole and Corrections authorities have concluded, now that he’s been free for 26 months, that he has “little interest in complying” with rules. Gazley “poses a substantial risk to society” if he continues to live in the city, authorities conclude. It’s feared Gazley is scheming to find new victims. Recently, he was caught with a duffel bag of items – an apparent “rape kit” and tools to groom child victims. And yet, prosecutors refuse to take action – despite three recommendations from the parole board that Gazley should be charged criminally – action that should permit authorities to put him in prison again.
The parole board made its third recommendation in early March 2018 that criminal charges should be laid against Gazley for breaching the conditions of his long term supervision order (LTSO). It’s a sort of legal leash that permits authorities to impose strict conditions and monitor Gazley closely because he is considered a high risk to commit new, violent crimes. Ontario’s attorney general chose not to seek to have Gazley declared a dangerous offender the last time he was convicted, in 2008. The designation would have permitted authorities to keep Gazley locked up forever.
The long term supervision order is in force for 10 years, beginning when he was released from prison in December 2015, after serving an eight-year sentence for sex crimes in Ontario involving a 14-year-old girl and a 13-year-old boy with a learning disability. Gazley is living at a halfway-house style facility in Vancouver. He can only be held in custody for short periods if he’s not caught committing a new crime or is convicted of the crime of breaching the conditions of his supervision order. Twice previously, in August 2016 and October 2017, provincial Crown prosecutors ignored parole board entreaties to charge Gazley, which means that parole and Corrections authorities must re-release him to the street, despite his repeated suspensions for infractions. The Crown has final authority on whether charges are filed. Because Gazley is not on parole – he served every day of his last sentence, the parole board cannot permanently revoke his release. The board has suspended his release five times in the 26 months since he was freed from penitentiary.
The third recommendation for charges was made after Gazley’s release was suspended January 2, 2018. Authorities cited concern about Gazley’s fixation on female staff, his attempt to manipulate workers, his failure to report relationships and aggressive behaviour; they are just the latest events in a long line of misbehaviour, defiance and deception. After the suspension, authorities made an alarming discovery, a duffel bag in Gazley’s halfway house room that contained several pairs of gloves, a bungee cord, coaxial cable, a baseball glove, a church booklet containing pictures of children, a letter from a person inside a provincial jail, cigarettes and a lighter (Gazley has told authorities he does not smoke).
According to a written record of the parole board decision, the staff supervising Gazley concluded that the items constituted a “rape kit” and “many of the items that were found in the duffle bag are highly concerning as they are consistent with grooming and committing offences.” Gazley’s past crimes include sex assaults of young boys and girls, sometimes after he enticed them with cigarettes, alcohol and drugs.
Authorities say that Gazley shows a “strong resistance and unwillingness to be managed in the community.” His handlers warn, “you continue to be engaged in your crime cycle.”
Conditions imposed on Gazley’s supervision order have failed to rein him in. When he was first set free, he was subject to six special conditions. Gazley has repeatedly found means to bend the rules, prompting authorities to expand the list to 13 special conditions, some bordering on the absurd. When Gazley was caught with a large collection of female undergarments, including what appeared to be children’s underwear, a new condition was imposed that ordered him not to “own, purchase handle or possess any child-centred items … this includes but is not limited to children’s clothing and undergarments.”
When Gazley was confronted about his cache of underwear, he claimed he has a medical condition that requires him to wear tight fitting undergarments so he was trying out various sizes and styles.
Diagnosed early in his criminal career as a “classic psychopath,” Gazley relentlessly manipulates and deceives everyone around him in a bid to feed his perversions. In the past, he exploited his son, who is now in his 20s, to help procure young victims.
Research has shown that the violent reoffence rate for psychopaths is triple the rate for other criminals. Psychopaths are emotional chameleons, expert at faking feelings but they lack empathy and remorse, are selfish, callous, impulsive and ceaselessly manipulative.
A Psychopath’s Freedom
» Gazley, 57, (now legally changed to Greyson, an attempt to evade scrutiny) has been convicted of dozens of crimes, beginning in 1977, including sexual assault, accessory to murder, criminal harassment, choking, robbery; his victims include a 20-year-old woman with a developmental handicap, a 13-year-old boy with a learning disability, and other young victims, aged 11 to 18» December 2015: Released from prison after serving an eight-year sentence for sex crimes involving a 14-year-old girl and 13-year-old boy; he was freed on a 10-year long term supervision order which imposes restrictions and requires him to submit to close supervision
» February 2016: Release suspended after he communicated with a “vulnerable female resident” of the Vancouver halfway house where he was staying; the suspension was later lifted
» July 2016: Release suspended for failure to abstain from drug use; suspension later lifted
» August 2016: Release suspended because of concerns over behaviour; parole board recommended laying of a criminal charge for breach of long term supervision order conditions, but local prosecutors refused to bring charges; set free with two new conditions
» April 2017: Release suspended over numerous concerns including: “information … that you have been communicating via your son with another offender which is concerning given the fact you have a history of manipulating your son.” Gazley was spotted on a surveillance video in the halfway house tossing a plastic bag into a hallway trash can. Staff found the bag, which contained torn pieces of paper with Gazley’s name on them and female undergarments in child sizes 8 and 10; a search of Gazley’s halfway house room the next day turned up 25 pairs of “what appeared to be adult women’s underwear, multiple pairs of children’s underwear, numerous meal tickets and earrings.” All of the items appeared unused. Authorities concluded that Gazley was “re-engaging in [his] crime cycle.”
» June 2017: Released from prison
» August 2017: Release suspended after Gazley caught with female undergarments and associating with a vulnerable woman
» October 2017: Parole Board recommends laying of a criminal charge but prosecutors decline to act
» November 2017: Released from prison
» January 2018: Release suspended after discovery in a duffle bag of items that authorities believe comprise a “rape kit,” including several pairs of gloves, bungee cord, coaxial cable, a church booklet with photos of children, a baseball glove, cigarettes and a lighter (Gazley has told authorities he does not smoke).
» March 2018: Parole Board recommends laying of a criminal charge (the third such recommendation in a two-year span)
The written record of the latest decision by the Parole Board of Canada in Gazley’s case, dated March 7, 2018:
Written record of the Parole Board of Canada decision June 2017:
Written record of the Parole Board of Canada decision October 2017: