(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.
UPDATED OCT. 15: This post has sparked a national letter-writing campaign – and media attention – spearheaded by a British Columbia woman, Sandra Martins-Toner, whose 16-year-old son Matthew was murdered. Martins-Toner, who started a victims’ rights group to press for changes to the justice system, says it’s an outrage that convicts get ice cream. She’s appealing through Facebook for help.
Corrections Canada is scrambling to build more prison cells to house thousands more inmates who’ll be imprisoned because of the Tory tough-on-crime agenda, but they’re mindful of appeasing those convicts with frozen treats. It’s all there on the government’s contracting website, MERX, where Corrections has hastily issued an appeal for bidders to plan and supervise the construction of spaces for 192 more inmates at Bath Institution, a medium-security prison near Kingston, Ontario. On the same website, you can find a Corrections call for proposals to deliver ice cream to several federal pens in Quebec, including the prison where serial child killer Clifford Olson is housed. The ice cream deal is worth a cool $43,000.
Fifteen years after notorious sex slayer Paul Bernardo arrived at the country’s oldest federal prison, another infamous killer could be on his way to Kingston Penitentiary. Russell Williams, the former air force colonel who has admitted murdering two women and sexually assaulting two others, will soon be a federal inmate. Corrections Canada will not discuss his case specifically, but 175-year-old Kingston Pen still operates a super secure isolation unit where notorious offenders are segregated from fellow convicts.
The Supreme Court decision to deny Robert Pickton a new trial means the pig-farmer murderer, at least officially, earns an unremarkable position as just another run-of-the-mill serial killer. Pickton was convicted of six counts of second-degree murder. Other Canadian serial killers have murdered more. Of course, Pickton was originally charged with slaying 27 women, and at least 65 women disappeared from a poor Vancouver neighbourhood where Pickton hunted victims. But history will show, officially, that he killed half a dozen.
Columnist Peter Worthington elicited anger with this column that documented the pension payments that imprisoned serial child killer Clifford Olson (above) receives.
What is it like to live for nearly three decades with the knowledge that you were nearly murdered by a serial sex killer? It is harrowing, at least according to this blogger.
I knew something wasn’t right. I can still feel it now when I remember looking at his face as he opened that door. It was all wrong. He was all wrong. But then his eyes were on me and somehow I couldn’t move.
The full post appears after the jump.
Child killer Clifford Olson is eligible to apply at any time for another parole hearing. Yet the publicity seeking, narcissistic psychopath has refused to exercise his legal right to beg for release from prison, as he did in 2006 (record of that hearing appears after the jump). According to the National Parole Board, he waived his right to a hearing June 2008. Although killers serving life sentences are eligible for parole hearings every two years once they pass their eligibility date – 25 years in Olson’s case – he can seek another hearing at any time because he voluntarily skipped the hearing in 2008. Another hearing will be scheduled for mid 2010.