Criminal defence lawyers Michael Edelson and his partner Vince Clifford took extraordinary precautions in the handling of the sensational sex-murder case of Russell Williams. I had a chance to interview the veteran Ottawa lawyers who defended Williams, the former airbase commander who pleaded guilty to raping and murdering two women. The revelations from the lawyers form the core of a feature story that I wrote for Canadian Lawyer magazine.
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.
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)