There may be 3,500 psychopaths behind bars in Canada’s prisons, roughly one quarter the male penitentiary population, according to researchers. They are conscienceless predators and manipulators driven only by a desire for self-gratification. Until recently, Don Gazley (inset) was among them. Gazley (listen to him, after the jump, in manipulation mode, in Episode 4 of the Cancrime podcast) has a two-decade history of sex crimes and involvement in a murder. He’s been diagnosed a “classic psychopath” who poses a high risk to commit new sex crimes. Yet Gazley was released in early January from a penitentiary in British Columbia, in part, because the top legal official in Ontario, where he was last sentenced, chose not to seek to keep him locked up forever through a dangerous offender designation. Gazley’s treatment by the criminal justice system isn’t unusual. A Canadian expert on psychopaths, forensic psychologist Stephen Porter, says the system must take psychopathy “much more seriously.” His research reveals that, although psychopathy is one of the most powerful predictors of criminal recidivism, psychopaths win conditional release 2.5 times more often than non psychopaths.
Axe murderer Francis Clancy threw “temper tantrums” and was resistant to a drug treatment program in the community, but the National Parole Board has decided to extend his parole (doc after the jump) anyway. He’s now living at a halfway house on Victoria Island, in British Columbia, far from Ottawa, Ontario, where he savagely murdered 29-year-old Iain Irvine in 1983. The board says Clancy is “highly motivated” to succeed on release, although when he’s been confronted about the murder that put him in prison for life, he can’t really explain why he did it.