Duane Edward Taylor has spent most of the past 32 and a half years in prison.
Loose on the streets of Kingston for 11 days in 1981, he raped and murdered a two-year-old girl.
Now 49, he wants out of prison again.
“I don’t have any skills but I like animals,” Taylor told two National Parole Board members at a hearing last week in Saskatoon, Sask., as he appealed for freedom.
Taylor said he should be released to a group home.
He confessed he has no employment plans, no family support and no offer of a placement at any group home.
In prison, he works as a cleaner and gofer, delivering mop heads to different areas of the penitentiary.
He showed no emotion as he acknowledged the murder would have hurt the victim’s family.
He expressed no regret.
(UPDATE: August 2014, See this post for news of Taylor’s murder inside a federal prison in Manitoba)
Pedophile John Gallienne (seen above in a photo of a choir at St. John the Evangelist Anglican Church in Ottawa – he’s back row left in the red robe) will automatically be stripped of his pardon if he is convicted of a new sex charge laid this week by Kingston Police. Gallienne, 65, is charged with indecent assault on a young boy in Kingston in the early 1980s, when he was the beloved organist and choirmaster at St. George’s Anglican Cathedral.
Pedophile and former Anglican choirmaster and organist John Gallienne, in 2004 in Ottawa with his wife Lannie – photo by Ian MacAlpine
This is certain to open old wounds, to spark anger, resentment, fear and fury. A virtual boogeyman from Kingston’s past has reappeared to once again cast a frightening shadow over an entire community. Two decades ago, a revered figure in this historic eastern Ontario city’s music and church community was exposed as a ferocious sexual predator. John Gallienne preyed on choirboys, some as young as eight, to feed his relentless pedophilic sexual appetite. He cut a swath through the progeny of some of Kingston’s most notable and most literate citizens, parishioners of St. George’s Anglican Cathedral, the city’s biggest Anglican congregation. Gallienne, who was organist and choirmaster at St. George’s for more than a decade and a half, sexually assaulted and exploited the choirboys he led for his entire tenure. Church leaders knew of complaints about his behaviour within a year of his taking the position in 1975. He was not exposed and prosecuted until 1990. And now, Gallienne has been arrested and hauled back to Kingston from Ottawa (my full story from The Whig after the jump), where he fashioned a new life after his release from prison. Kingston Police did not reveal the arrest until I learned of it through sources and pressed them for comment. Police will not confirm my discovery that Gallienne, like former junior hockey coach and sexual predator Graham James, received a pardon. The James case touched off a national outcry.
The first ever Amber Alert by police in Kingston, Ontario, quickly accomplished its goal. Within hours, two young boys, aged 5 and 3, were rescued after they had been abducted from a Children’s Aid Society office in Kingston on March 22. Police say a citizen recognized the car that was the subject of the alert and called 911. York Regional Police pulled over the car early yesterday afternoon and found the boys. My complete story from today’s Whig-Standard (after the jump) explains that the kids were snatched during a supervised visit at the society’s main office site. The father of the boys, Richard Armstrong, 45, (inset), is facing charges. Amber Alert is a warning system that quickly spreads word about a child or children in danger through abduction.