Murderer Kelly Ellard is one of the lucky ones – a killer permitted freedom despite her refusal to tell the truth about the central role she played in a savage murder. In 1997, 14-year-old Reena Virk was beaten by a group of teens and drowned near Victoria, B.C. Ellard was convicted of murder after a trial heard that she held Reena’s head under water until the badly injured, struggling girl fell limp. Ellard has come timidly to the precipice of a full confession, too cowardly to plunge fully forward. Despite this, she is free from prison on parole, clinging to denials and rationalizations.
Imprisoned murderer Paul Bernardo claims that he has “cured” himself of the aberrant thinking that drove him to rape and murder young women and girls, and that’s why he should be set free. Bernardo also claimed, in an October 17 parole hearing that, although he may have once been considered a psychopath, sexual sadist and narcissist, now, he’s a “nice and compassionate guy.” The outlandish claims are documented in the written record of the hearing (read the full doc after the jump). The Parole Board rejected Bernardo’s assertions and denied him any form of release.
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.”
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a 16-year-old girl while he was free on parole three decades ago has been sent back to prison after his latest parole was revoked.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.)
You 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).
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).
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.)
To the naïve or gullible, prisoner Derek Wood might seem an intriguing Renaissance man, based on a new, aggrandizing self-portrait. Twenty-five years ago, he shot three McDonald’s restaurant workers in the head in a bungled robbery-turned-multiple-murder in Nova Scotia. Wood is 44 and still behind bars in Quebec and now says he loves great Baroque composers of the 17th century. He invokes famed physicist Erwin Schrodinger. Wood insists he’s “funny” and a “bibliophile” with a “fondness for recondite words.” Really, he may simply be a remorseless killer who concocted a more likeable – and less threatening – persona, given his eligibility in September to seek full parole.