Just before Christmas, 2001, when no one was paying attention, the infamous videotapes depicting sex killer Paul Bernardo and Karla Homolka's vicious rape and torture of schoolgirls Kristen French and Leslie Mahaffy were incinerated by court order. Future historians will have to speculate about just how demented Paul Bernardo and Karla Homolka really were. An exercise kind of like speculating on how awful Auschwitz was. Except to holocaust deniers like Ernst Zundel, we can point to the evidence. Bernardo dad: Karla got away with murder
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MORE NATIVE STORIES: This is an aggregate of a theme on this site centred around the injustices towards the indigenous people of Canada such as shootings, beatings, killings, rapes, and of course the famous "Midnight Tours". These individual stories rarely make it to the top 20 but as an aggregate theme they rank here. This is Canada's equivalent to Black Lives Matter.
Karla Homolka "got away" with the crimes she committed with his son says Ken Bernardo. Paul Bernardo's father has spoken to media about staying in touch with his son and rehashed his anger that Paul's former wife and accomplice, Karla, is no longer in prison and is now living in a residential neighbourhood of Montreal where her children attend classes in a private school. Her appearance has some parents concerned who state she not only drops off and picks up her children but occasionally volunteers at the school.
David Milgaard: The partly clad body of nursing aide Gail Miller, 20, is found in a Saskatoon snowbank. 1970: Milgaard is sentenced to life in prison for murder. 1992: The Supreme Court of Canada recommends a new trial after hearing evidence of a series of rapes committed in Saskatoon by RCMP snitch Larry Fisher who had already been convicted of four rapes and one attempted rape. Fisher was convicted in 1999 and sentenced to life in prison. David Milgaard was set free in 1992 and exonerated in 1997 following DNA tests. Gets $10M
Rick Tabish - Sandy Murphy: Acquitted of murder. Allegations of corruption by Sheriff Lieseke who was left an estate of $250,000. A former deputy gave a television interview saying the sheriff was lying on the stand and also that after Sheriff Lieseke met with the Estate lawyers he told the two deputies what to write in their reports.
Clayton Johnson: Janice Johnson, 36, is found with fatal head injuries at the bottom of the basement stairs in her Shelburne, N.S. home. 1993-2001: Clayton Johnson, her husband, is convicted of bludgeoning her to death. A Texas pathologist who reviewed the original findings determined the woman died accidentally when she fell down the stairs backwards and struck her head. The federal justice minister refered this case to the Nova Scotia Court of Appeal which ordered a new murder trial for Clayton Johnson. Gets $2.5M
Marty Tankleff, a Long Island boy, was convicted of killing his parents in Sept. 1988 and was sentenced to 50 years to life in prison. Lawyers and a private investigator claim a career burglar with a guilty conscience told them he served as the getaway driver for what he thought was a run-of-the-mill house burglary. The defense says the inmate's claim that his two accomplices emerged from the burglary with blood on their clothes corroborates another witness's statement, provided to the prosecution and defense as long ago as 1991, that one of the men bragged about the murders. Marty served 17 years from a coerced confession. The charges were dropped in 2008.
Shannon Murrin: Mindy Tran disappeared on August 17, 1994. A lead RCMP investigator had Shannon Murrin brutally beaten up by thugs in 1995. He was charged with her rape and murder in January 1997 and acquitted by a jury in January 2000. A juror, later Murrin's girlfriend, wrote a story of what "really happened" and accused the media and RCMP of having him convicted before the trial began. The Mindy Tran website writes: "Her's is a well crafted tale transforming Murrin from a monstrous child killer into the lovable falsely accused rogue".
Jaime Wheeler, 20, was murdered in her basement suite on March 12, 2000, stabbed and slashed 56 times. Dominic McCullock, 23, was convicted in 2004 of second-degree murder and sentenced to life in prison with no eligibility for parole for 15 years. He has maintained his innocence and is appealing his conviction. The trial heard that DNA found in blood on Wheeler's jacket and apartment door handles matched McCullock's, and a pubic hair stuck in dried blood on Wheeler's arm matched his.
Brenton Butler: "Murder on a Sunday Morning", the winner for Best Documentary at the 2002 Academy Award ceremony, premiered on HBO. It recounts the trial of a 15-year-old Jacksonville resident who had been falsely accused of murdering a white tourist during a robbery. He had no gunshot residue on his hands. His fingerprints were not on the woman's purse which was stolen during the shooting. The $91 he had on him was from honest work at Burger King. Butler testified that police detectives beat a confession out of him. Settled for $775K.
Peter Reilly found his mother's severely battered body on the floor of their cottage. Police immediately found his demeanor odd and whisked him away. A failed polygraph examination solidified investigators' belief that he attacked his mother, and used the findings as a hammer during an 8-hour interrogation. A jury convicted him of first-degree manslaughter in 1974. He was exonerated after it was disclosed prosecutors improperly withheld an auxiliary trooper's statement which placed him far from the crime scene at about the time of the murder. A judge concluded "a grave injustice" had been committed and vacated the conviction with prejudice, meaning Reilly could never be retried for the still unsolved crime.
Stephen Williams, the author of two controversial books about Paul Bernardo and Karla Homolka faced 94 counts of disobeying a court order and violating a publication ban. "This is obviously an attempt to demonize me and to influence public opinion and any judge or jury who might become involved in it" said Williams in an interview. He won a grant from Human Rights Watch, an international organization that supports victims of political persecution, to help him defray the legal cost of defending himself against criminal and civil litigation
A Winnipeg woman, Monique Turenne, was found guilty of second-degree murder for helping her alleged former lover, convicted murderer Ralph Crompton, fatally bludgeon her husband, a Canadian air force officer serving in Florida. Much controversy with alleged perjured/forged affidavits by Winnipeg Police and an alleged frame-up surround this case. The most thorough investigation is A Soldier's Murder.
Guy-Paul Morin: The body of Christine Jessop, 9, is found in a farmer's field. 1985-92: Morin is arrested, tried, acquitted, tried again and convicted of murder by a prosecutor now a judge. 1995: He is cleared and offered $1.25M compensation after DNA testing excludes him as the source of semen found on the child's underwear. An inquiry slams the investigation. The final report says mistakes by forensic scientists, police, and prosecutors all combined to send an innocent man to jail. He is the best known wrongly convicted exonerated person in Canada.
Darrell Night: of the Cree Nation, recalls thinking the cops were going to throw him in the drunk tank, but they drove straight out to an isolated spot 3 miles outside Saskatoon. It was January 2000 and temperatures can drop to -40 degrees. "Get the fuck out of here, you fuckin Indian" he recalled one cop saying. They slammed his face on the hood of the trunk, took off his handcuffs and left him standing alone on a riverbank. "I'll freeze out here. What's wrong with you guys?" A voice echoed in the cold: "That's your fuckin problem." Night watched the car drive off, its lights trailing out of sight. He was wearing a T-shirt, jeans, a jean jacket, and running shoes. It was the "Midnight Ride" or "Starlight Tour".
William Mullins-Johnson was condemned for having sodomised and strangled his 4-year old niece. No scientific evidence tied him to the crime. He was condemned by the testimony of now discredited "expert" pathologist Charles Smith who had also testified in the deaths of 41 other children and led to the convictions of 13 other people. In 2005 he was freed on bail while Ottawa debated whether this was a miscarriage of justice. The chief pathologist of Ontario declared his neice died of natural causes. The autopsy showed no traces of injuries to the neck or anus. There had never been a crime. Gets 4.25M in 2010.
Ron and Linda Sterling were the key figures in the Martensville case, the most infamous sexual abuse trial ever held in Saskatchewan. They were found not guilty of 32 crimes against children. "We're going to be tainted as the most vile child molesters for the rest of our lives" says Ron. "No matter that I've been found not guilty. Our life can never be normal. We've lost two years of our lives. I used to have great faith in the justice system."
Gerald Amirault:behind bars for 18 years after his 1986 conviction on charges of child sex abuse based on fantastical testimony dragged from pre-schoolers. The rules of evidence were changed to accommodate the prosecution; the burden of proof was put on the accused. Four and five-year-olds were coached to say what adults wanted to hear. All this was done in the name of virtue. The Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts upheld the prosecutors despite voluminous evidence that the Amiraults had been convicted on the basis of bogus testimony.
Sir Roy Meadow: is a dangerous UK quack. This paediatrician whose discredited scientific evidence resulted in the wrongful jailing of Angela Cannings for killing her two babies. Medical experts fear doctors have been too ready to diagnose on the basis of his theory about Munchausen syndrome by proxy which suggests parents harm their children to draw attention to themselves resulting in parents being accused when the injuries have been due to other factors.
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