Category: Murder

40 years unsolved: “As if the Earth had opened up and swallowed her”

The middle child of working class, immigrant parents, Christine Ziomkiewicz built a comfortable and promising life by the time she reached her mid 20s. She had a bachelor of science degree, a good job at a lab at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario and a loving and close family. On Father’s Day weekend in 1978, she baked a cake for her dad, Stefan. The following Friday, June 23, Christine bought groceries after work, chatted with a neighbour as she arrived home at her apartment and went inside. No one has seen her since. Police say she was murdered, though they have not found her body or a crime scene. 

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Strangling woman was “regrettable mistake,” Calgary killer says

Kristopher Guenther slapped a strip of industrial strength tape across the mouth of former fiancé Lacey Jones McKnight – because she was struggling and begging for her life, pleading that she still loved him. He tied her arms and legs with rope. He yanked a plastic bag over her head. He choked the life from her with his bare hands, telling her he was sorry “it had to be this way.” Six years later, Guenther proclaims, with stunning impudence and shamelessness, that it was a “regrettable mistake” because, really, he’s a “respectful, caring, open-minded guy.”

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Serial rapist declared dangerous offender, can be held indefinitely

Rene BourdonSerial 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.

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Killer Mailloux, who shot teen girl on previous parole, sent back to prison

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a 16-year-old girl while he was free on parole three decades ago has been sent back to prison after his latest parole was revoked.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.)

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Serial killing mob hitman freed from prison, again

Ken MurdockYou 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).

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Killer who wooed prison psychologist makes startling admission

Andrew WoodAn incarcerated murderer who escaped prison eight years ago, aided by his pretty prison psychologist-lover, has made a startling admission to authorities. The revelation raised alarm about the risk posed by killer Andrew Wood, who fled penitentiary after Erin Danto, his secret sweetheart, smuggled him a cellphone, equipped a campsite hideout for him and schemed to conceal his whereabouts.

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Double cop killer complains staff are liars, he deserves freedom

Richard Ambrose, who was convicted of murdering two Moncton police officers more than 40 years ago, complains that a parole officer at a B.C. penitentiary where he’s confined lied to the parole board, his prison files are rife with errors and it’s unreasonable that he’s being kept in prison. Ambrose (who changed his name to Bergeron) was denied parole during a hearing in February 2017. He appealed the decision and a judgment on the appeal has been released (read it in full after the jump).

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Cop killing mass murderer loses pass privileges, blames victims

The parole board has revoked passes that permitted a cop killing mass murderer to leave prison. The decision came after a prison outburst in which Steven Lee LeClair revealed that he has little empathy for his victims and blames them for his problems (read document, after the jump, that details the outburst), despite his repeated claims that he’s remorseful.  Authorities fear LeClair has fallen into an old pattern that puts him at an elevated risk for “extreme violence.” In the recent incident, the imprisoned killer also was “belligerent,” “rude,” and “disrespectful” toward corrections staff. LeClair, now 70, was thrown out of a Vancouver bar on September 19, 1980. He returned with a handgun and shot three people to death, comandeered a car and drove to an RCMP detachment where he shot two officers, injuring one and killing constable Tom Agar. (UPDATE: LeClair lost an appeal against the parole decision. Read the written record of his appeal in the Parole Records Library.)

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