Paul Bernardo Was Just Denied Parole After Saying He Cried Everyday For 25 Years Over His Crimes
The empathy act didn't fly with the parole board.
The day that the Scarborough rapist was eligible for parole has been long feared by Canadians. Thankfully, we can all breathe a sigh of relief because Paul Bernardo has officially been denied parole after 25 years in prison.
A National Parole Board panel made the decision just a short time ago. During his hearing that took place today, he spoke to the board, saying he cries every day when he thinks about the terrible crimes of kidnapping, torturing and murders he committed in the late 1980s and early 1990s.
He said, at the time, he felt justified in his behaviour. He also said he no longer feels that way. The 54-year-old made his argument to the board that he was a new man who had changed his ways.
“What I did was so dreadful. I hurt a lot of people,” he told board member, Suzanne Poirier according to CP24.
Poirier and other members of the board didn't fall for it. She said Bernardo's apparent empathy for the crimes only came about recently. Parole officers also stated he made very little gains during his quarter-century behind bars.
The empathetic act wasn't enough to convince them that he deserved freedom. It certainly wasn't enough for them to forget about the savage things he had done with former wife, Karla Homolka.
The pair participated in the kidnapping, sexual assault, torture and murder of 14-year-old, Leslie Mahaffy and 15-year-old Kristen French. They also sexually assaulted and murdered Karla's own sister, 15-year-old Tammy Homolka.
The mothers of both Mahaffy and French were present at the hearing. "This is an emotional hell for us," Debbie Mahaffy said to the media as she choked back tears.
Donna French argued that Bernardo should never see freedom again, a view most all Canadians can agree with.
Bernardo can look forward to continuing his life sentence behind bars.