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.”
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.
(Olson died behind bars on September 30, 2011)
Serial child killer Clifford Olson’s claim – if you can believe it – that he won’t seek parole again, is a relief to the families of his victims. On her Facebook page dedicated to her murdered sister, Brigitte Kozma wrote that she prays he’ll be true to his word – her sister, Judy Kozma (inset) was 14 when she was slain by Olson. “It kills us every time,” he appears for parole, Brigitte wrote, summing up the feelings of the small army of shattered families who have never really recovered from Olson’s lethal, eight-month rampage in British Columbia that began in 1980. Olson was denied parole for the second time (full document after the jump) at a hearing inside a Quebec prison on November 30.
The moment that many families across Canada dread has a date – November 30. That day has been set for a parole hearing for infamous serial child killer Clifford Olson, who is serving 11 concurrent life sentences in a federal penitentiary in Quebec. This will be Olson’s second parole hearing, if it goes ahead, since he was arrested in 1981. I received a notice from the Parole Board of Canada, explaining that so many reporters and others have applied to attend Olson’s hearing, that some will have to watch it on closed-circuit television in a room separate from the hearing room where Olson faces the board members.
Twenty years ago, the nine-day search for a missing six-year-old Toronto girl, Andrea Atkinson (inset), came to a horrible end. Her decomposing body was found in the boiler room of her east-end apartment building. She had been savagely raped and likely asphyxiated. Her killer, who is behind bars at a medium-security federal prison in Ontario, has been looking for female pen pals, with a come-on that touts his trustworthiness. John Carlos Terceira says he’s “very honest, sometimes a little too honest,” in a posting on a chat forum for inmates, families and supporters. He’s looking for a single white female who’d be interested in a “typical male rocker type” who likes horror movies the best.
There are as many reasons for fellow convicts at Kingston Penitentiary to want to befriend sex slayer Russell Williams as there are to kill him. While that sounds remarkably contradictory, you have to consider that his world is now ruled by the bizarre, nearly incomprehensible culture of a maximum-security penitentiary teeming with miscreants, misfits, and mentally deranged predators. Williams is a predator – now infused with the bright glow of infamy – and if he wants to stay alive in prison, he has plenty of skills that might even endear him to some fellow cons.
Foul play is not suspected in the death of an imprisoned child killer who was convicted nearly half a century ago. Robert Harold Billyard, 63, died Thursday night at 7:45 p.m. after collapsing, Corrections Canada says. He was rushed to Kingston General Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.