‘Emotional hell’ looms as Paul Bernardo to attempt second parole bid
Photo by Files /TORONTO SUN Article content When at first you don’t succeed, try, try, try again. Every couple of years, ad infinitum if you’d like. Even if you are a heinous serial rapist and murderer.
Even if every futile attempt at parole sends yet another dagger into the hearts of the families you’ve devastated.
So, of course, the narcissist that is schoolgirl killer Paul Bernardo will appear again before the parole board on June 22 just more than two years since he first applied and miserably failed to win release from his life sentence.
Bernardo, 56, has been serving a life sentence at Millhaven Penitentiary since his 1995 convictions for the kidnapping, rape and murder of Leslie Mahaffy, 14, and Kristen French, 15, with the able assistance of his then wife, Karla Homolka.
For the victims’ families, another parole bid so soon is gut wrenching, said their lawyer Tim Danson.
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the view to them that it’s actually cruel to families,” Danson said. “These last minute adjournments are not fair and should not be allowed.”
He’s also calling for these hearings to be spaced every five years and not every two. “It’s very, very tough,” he said.
Debbie Mahaffy has called it “emotional hell.”
“The effect of this parole hearing allows Bernardo to abduct ourbeautiful memories of Leslie as he has inserted himself, and the ugliness of her death, into our lives yet again,” Leslie’s mother told the board on Oct. 17, 2018.
This hearing will be even more difficult, their lawyer said, because it will be held over Zoom. Last time, the families could deliver their victim impact statements by physically sitting behind Bernardo, so they wouldn’t have to see him. Now it will be hard to avoid staring into the face of the man who tortured and killed their daughters.
Despite the pain, they are determined to be there this time virtually for their girls.
The prevailing wisdom is that the multiple murderer doesn’t stand a chance at release, that he’ll remain in maximum security for the rest of his pitiful life, especially as Bernardo was also designated a dangerousoffender for sexually assaulting 14 women as the Scarborough Rapist before escalating to murder.
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Article content Justice Patrick LeSage said it best when he sentenced the monster, telling him he has no right to ever be released and should remain behind bars “for the rest of your natural life.”.