Serial rapist Rene Bourdon may die behind bars, because of a court decision this week in Kingston, Ontario. Bourdon – who incapacitates women with drugs, then rapes them while they are unconscious – was declared a dangerous offender and sentenced to an indeterminate period in custody. It means he can be held in prison until he is considered no longer a danger. Dangerous offenders comprise a tiny percentage of convicted criminals. Few are ever released. Most die in custody.
An Ontario man charged with violently assaulting two people in southwestern B.C. is a paroled killer responsible for five deaths in a 25-year criminal career that includes a dramatic prison break, the kidnapping and rape of a woman and a shootout at a police roadblock. Documents acquired by Cancrime reveal that Thomas Brydges, 73, who is serving a life sentence, was granted full parole – the most permissive freedom for a lifer – in 2014, despite a psychological assessment that concluded his risk for reoffending was “moderate-high level” and despite a previous failure on full parole. Brydges was notorious in Ontario, in part, for drowning four friends when he drove a stolen car into a canal to elude pursuing police and for his role in a breakout from medium-security Collins Bay penitentiary in Kingston that led to a three-day crime spree.
Thomas Robichaud, a pedophile who has raped and molested boys as young as four dating back nearly three decades, had no intention of obeying conditions imposed on his freedom. Robichaud was released from prison in January 2018 but he was back behind bars just eight weeks later. Authorities feared Robichaud wouldn’t obey the rules. A document acquired by Cancrime (read it after the jump) describes him, before release, as “a high risk to re-offend against children” with low “reintegration potential and accountability” and demonstrating “a disregard for court ordered conditions.” Doctors believe he is so dangerous that he should take sex-drive reducing drugs to prevent him from attacking children.
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.
It took more than three years, but Corrections Canada has succeeded in firing an Alberta correctional officer with ties to violent gangsters. The staffer was discovered in a bar hanging out with gangsters; he revealed that he has been friends with the Bacon Brothers – a notorious family-led gang in the Vancouver area; and he was seen snorting cocaine at a party. A labour tribunal concluded that the officer’s explanations and denials were “not believable.” Testimony he gave at a hearing was “hesitant and evasive.” He was fired from his job at Bowden Institution.
A paroled murderer who killed a 16-year-old girl while he was free on parole three decades ago has been sent back to prison after his latest parole was revoked. Patrice Mailloux was released from penitentiary in 2016 to complete his life sentence under community supervision in the Montreal area. He was permitted to leave prison and live at a halfway house but was caught gambling, racking up debts and lying to supervisors – part of a pattern of chronic failure on community release. In a recent decision, the parole board concluded that supervision in the community was impossible because of Mailloux’s erratic behaviour. (UPDATE MARCH 7: The parole board restored Mailloux’s freedom. Read the new decision in the Parole Records Library.)
It’s hard to imagine that anyone would believe outlaw biker Carl Bursey when he claims that he has renounced gang life. At age 43, Bursey has amassed more than 70 convictions for drug dealing, violence, possession of weapons and making death threats. A member of the Bandidos biker gang, Bursey has been in and out of prison repeatedly for more than 20 years. He has been caught violating release rules, consorting with gangsters and committing new crimes every time he’s been turned loose. His statutory release from his latest federal term was finally revoked after four suspensions including a head-buttting confrontation with a rival biker gang member.
You might expect that a self-confessed hitman who carried out at least three mob-ordered executions, many beatings and robberies might spend the rest of his life locked up. But Kenneth Murdock served just 11 years of his third penitentiary sentence behind bars, after confessing to three murders and cutting a sweet plea bargain in which he agreed to testify against former mob bosses. He was sentenced to life in prison, with parole eligibility after a mercifully short 13 years. Murdock has been turned loose, again, after convincing authorities that threats he made online did not portend more violence by a man with a long history of it (read the latest decision by the parole board, after the jump, and read 12 other decisions in his case, 61 pages spanning eight years).