A Champlain College student threatens a Columbine style massacre and the English papers don’t find this newsworthy?


Champlain Lennoxville Admin building

Champlain Lennoxville Admin building

Un étudiant de 23 ans du Collège Champlain de l’arrondissement Lennoxville, à Sherbrooke, est accusé d’avoir proféré des menaces de mort à des collègues de classe.

Christos Conidas, qui a plaidé non coupable, aurait tenu des propos menaçants jeudi matin dans une salle de cours. Pour une raison encore inconnue, il aurait affirmé vouloir tuer tout le monde présent dans la pièce et qu’il avait des armes chez lui.

« Avec toutes les affaires qui se sont passées dans l’histoire récente, il faut prendre ça au sérieux. On a nos procédures et on les suit de près », a affirmé la directrice adjointe du campus au service aux étudiants, Nancy Beattie.

La direction de l’établissement a aussitôt informé les autorités policières des événements. « Les policiers sont arrivés rapidement sur les lieux, ont localisé l’individu et l’ont arrêté. Il était dans une salle de travail. Par la suite, les enquêteurs ont poursuivi l’enquête. Ils ont perquisitionné à la résidence de l’individu. Ils ont saisi des armes de chasse et des balles », explique la porte-parole du Service de police de Sherbrooke, Maryse Boulanger.

Pour le moment, il est difficile de savoir les motivations du jeune étudiant à proférer de telles menaces. Selon des informations obtenues par Radio-Canada, Christos Conidas était victime d’intimation à l’école.

L’accusé demeure détenu en attendant son enquête sur remise en liberté prévue lundi. L’avocat de Christos Conidas affirme que son client n’a pas d’antécédents judiciaires.

La police a ouvert une enquête pour tenter de comprendre ce qui s’est passé.


Missing Women Rocky Mount – Serial Killer

Well this is interesting:

“Smallwood’s brother in prison for serial killingsBy MIke Hixenbaugh
Rocky Mount Telegram


Friday, October 30, 2009

The brother of one of seven Rocky Mount women found dead since 2003 is a convicted serial killer two states away, officials in Lexington, Ky., confirmed Friday.

Robert Franklin Smallwood Jr. was sentenced in November 2007 to three life sentences after pleading guilty in the slayings of three women from December 1999 to April 2006.

Robert Smallwood, the 35-year-old brother of Elizabeth Jane Smallwood, is considered Lexington’s first-ever serial killer.

The revelation comes a day after dozens of Rocky Mount residents gathered to remember Elizabeth Smallwood, one of seven Rocky Mount women found dead under similar circumstances since 2003.

Robert Smallwood, 33, pleaded guilty in 2007 to nine separate counts connected to the deaths of Doris Roberts in 1999, Sonora Allen in 2002 and Erica Butler in 2006, as well as the rape of Viola Greene, a retired school teacher, in 2003, all in Kentucky.

Each of the murder victims in Kentucky was known to have traded sex to feed drug addictions, according to criminal records and 2007 media reports.

Roberts was found dead in her apartment, apparently from strangulation and suffocation, according to the Fayette County coroner’s office. Allen also died of strangulation and was found dumped in a parking lot. Butler appeared to die of injuries caused by blunt trauma; she was found inside her home.

Robert Smallwood is being held at a high-security prison in Sandy Hook, Ky., according to Kentucky Department of Corrections officials.

It wasn’t immediately clear how long Robert Smallwood has been incarcerated on the charges. Rocky Mount police found his sister, Elizabeth Smallwood, dead in a thicket earlier this year off Melton Drive. Elizabeth Smallwood, known by friends as a drifter, wasn’t close with family, and it is unclear how she arrived in Rocky Mount a decade ago.

Rocky Mount police were not immediately available to comment.”

Check back at www.rockymounttelegram.com or read Saturday’s print edition for more on this story.


The DNA of 32 women has been seized from Pickton’s Port Coquitlam farm.

Twenty years ago, Sharon Abraham was a “confident, outgoing” woman and the doting mother of two beautiful daughters, her former friend says.

But the RCMP has now confirmed that ongoing testing of evidence seized from serial killer Robert (Willie) Pickton’s farm has found the DNA of Abraham and another missing woman, Stephanie Lane.

The development means the DNA of 32 women has been seized from Pickton’s farm — half the names on a police poster of 64 women who vanished from Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside from 1978 to 2001.

Pickton was convicted of killing six of those women, and is charged with killing another 20 — but any second trial is on hold pending the appeal of his first trial.

Abraham and Lane join four other women, Yvonne Boen, Jackie Murdock, Dawn Crey and Nancy Clark, whose DNA police previously said was found on the farm.

RCMP Const. Annie Linteau said the Missing Women Task Force is preparing a report to Crown counsel recommending charges against Pickton for those six women, even though police have been told verbally by the Crown that the charges will likely never be laid.

Linteau said police are still sending the report to conclude their investigation, and to be prepared in case a new trial against Pickton is ordered by the Supreme Court of Canada, which will hear his appeal in March.

“We are sending all the findings of our investigation to the Crown for their consideration, even though we have been told by Crown and the public has been told by Crown they would not proceed with additional charges,” Linteau said.

Crown spokesman Neil Mackenzie said prosecutors will look at the police report when it arrives, but reiterated if Pickton loses his appeal then no additional charges will be taken to trial against the former Port Coquitlam pig farmer, who is serving a life sentence.

The Crown’s decision has disappointed many families.

Very little has ever been published about Abraham, but her friend Teresa Hardy contacted The Vancouver Sun to share memories of her former roommate in happier times.

The two women lived together in 1989, after meeting in a Lower Mainland transition house. Abraham, who had a toddler and a baby, was starting her life over after leaving an abusive relationship.

“She never drank when she was with me, never did drugs. We didn’t go to bars. We did things with the kids,” Hardy said. “She always made sure the kids had diapers. She wasn’t out buying cigarettes and beer. She always made sure the rent was paid and there was food in the house.”

Hardy last saw her friend in 1990, when Abraham and her girls had their own apartment, and was shocked to learn her friend disappeared in 2000.

“The three of them were such a happy family unit,” Hardy said. … I’d like to tell her kids some day that their mom was pretty cool. It breaks my heart because she loved them so much.”


No new charges in Pickton case

Police wanted to law more charges against Robert ‘Willie’ Pickton (seen during his 2007 murder trial) but prosecutors have said no.
Crown prosecutors have decided against laying new charges against Robert (Willie) Pickton.
RCMP investigators asked the Crown to charge Canada’s most notorious serial killer with six more murders, including the deaths of two missing Surrey women.
However, RCMP Cpl. Annie Linteau said the police were told by prosecutors that they do not intend to lay additional charges at this time.
“We’ve been verbally advised by the Crown that they will not be proceeding [with new criminal charges against Pickton]” Linteau told The Leader Thursday morning.
The RCMP spokesperson said investigators informed prosecutors they believed there was enough evidence to charge Pickton with the deaths of Yvonne Marie Boen, Jacqueline Murdock, Dawn Crey, Sharon Abraham, Stephanie Lane and Nancy Clark.
Boen and Murdock were Surrey residents who ended up in the slums of Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside before they disappeared.
Boen went missing in March of 2001.
Her DNA was found at the site of the Pickton farm in Port Coquitlam.
Boen was last seen at Surrey’s infamous “house of horrors” crack shack. She was a regular visitor to the since-demolished 600-sq.ft. wood frame building in North Surrey, where police found evidence of murders and brutal tortures.
Jackie Murdock went missing in 1997.
In 2004, the police told Murdock’s sister Daphne that Jackie’s DNA had been found on Robert Pickton’s farm in Coquitlam.
Pickton was already facing trial for the murders of 26 women at the time.
Police asked her to keep the news a secret until Pickton’s first trial ended.
After Pickton was sentenced to life in prison on six charges of second-degree murder, Pierre broke her silence.

Yvonne Marie Boen (L) and Jackie Murdock are among six women police have now named as likely Pickton victims, but Crown prosecutors have decided against laying charges
Linteau said police did not contact the families about the recommendation, because the decision to lay charges lies with the Crown.
Pickton was originally charged with murdering 26 women but the trial judge split the massive case into two sets of charges – an initial six that went to trial first and the remaining 20 that would await a later trial if necessary.
Pickton was found guilty in December of 2007 of second-degree murder in the deaths of Sereena Abotsway, Mona Wilson, Andrea Joesbury, Brenda Wolfe, Georgina Papin and Marnie Frey.
The second group of victims Pickton is charged with killing are Tiffany Drew, Sherry Irving, Diana Melnick, Wendy Crawford, Inga Hall, Tanya Holyk, Angela Jardine, Heather Bottomley, Jennifer Furminger, Patricia Johnson, Debra Jones, Diane Rock, Sarah de Vries, Cara Ellis, Kerry Koski, Jacqueline McDonell, Andrea Borhaven, Cynthia Feliks, Helen Hallmark and Heather Chinnock.
In June, the B.C. Court of Appeal upheld Pickton’s conviction.


Forensic samples analyzed from serial killer’s Port Coquitlam farm

The joint RCMP-Vancouver police Missing Women Task Force revealed at the start of Robert Pickton’s 2006 trial that it still had hundreds of thousands of forensic samples to analyze from his Port Coquitlam property.
RCMP Cpl. Annie Linteau won’t reveal the nature of the evidence that has led police to recommend at this late date an additional six charges against Pickton, saying only that police are acting “out of an abundance of caution.”
These are the six women who RCMP recommending should be named in six new homicide charges:
Nancy Clark, who would now be 44, is the only one of the six women to have been last seen in Victoria, on Aug. 22, 1991. Also known as Nancy Greek, Clark was described by Victoria police, who investigated her disappearance, as a “home-body” and a good mother to her two daughters, who were aged eight and less than one.
It was her daughter’s birthday the day she disappeared, and although Clark was known to supplement welfare by working the streets, she would never not return to her family. Her brother, Doug Greek, said in a 1991 media interview that he believed his sister to be dead, because she would never choose to abandon her daughters.
Stephanie Lane, 20, was the youngest woman to go missing from the Downtown Eastside, early in 1997.
That would turn out to be a year when increasing numbers of women vanished from the drug-infested mean streets. Lane was a stripper and table dancer at Number 5 Orange, a skid-row bar where her stage name was Coco.
A beautiful woman with long, curly, dark hair who was once a straight-A student in east Vancouver high schools, Lane met a man while she was in her midteens who led her astray. She danced to support herself and became addicted to drugs.
Her mother, Michele, was left to mourn Stephanie and raise her daughter’s infant son.
Jacqueline Murdock, last seen in August 1997 on the Downtown Eastside, came from a large Carrier family from Fort St. James in northern B.C., where she is still fondly remembered and grieved.
Her mother, Evelyn, who helped raise two of Murdock’s children in Prince George, still grieves for her daughter, said Elizabeth Murdock, a relative who lives in Fort St. James.
Elizabeth said Jackie was an adorable little girl who grew into “a really pretty woman. I sure loved her. We all do.”
Murdock was known to have had a troubled life as a young teen, running away from foster care to Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside. She began using drugs and working the streets.
Dawn Crey, who would have celebrated her 51st birthday last Monday, earned a living on the Downtown Eastside for many years and stayed in close contact with her beloved sister Lorraine.
Dawn suddenly vanished in November, 2000. Ernie Crey, the first high-profile aboriginal leader to speak out when women began disappearing from the Downtown Eastside in the early 1990s, was told by RCMP before Pickton’s 2006 trial began that Dawn’s DNA had been found on the farm on a “garment,” but that it was not sufficient to lay charges.
Dawn was a “vibrant, attractive” woman who grew up in a Chilliwack foster home, where she eventually agreed in turn to place her son Jonathan, born when Dawn was 16.
Sharon Abraham, who would have celebrated her 44th birthday on Sept. 15 this year, went missing in December 2000 from the Downtown Eastside, soon after Dawn Crey was last seen. Little is known about Abraham, an attractive young aboriginal woman when she vanished, and RCMP have not said what evidence connects her to the Pickton farm.
Yvonne Boen, born on Nov. 30, 1967, was expected to show up for a visit with her sons in March 2001, but never appeared. Boen’s good friend, Debbie Benning, recalls Yvonne as a “smart, really together person.” The two worked the carnival circuit, but Yvonne confessed to her friend that she began experimenting with cocaine during the long winter months of inactivity. Yvonne had three sons, whom she adored and would not have voluntarily abandoned, says Benning, who adds that “when Yvonne started crying and told me she was totally addicted to cocaine, I was dumbfounded.”
Benning knew Yvonne began working as a prostitute. Boen’s family was told Yvonne’s DNA was also found on the Pickton farm.


Pickton faces 6 more charges


From Wayne Leng:

Serial killer Robert Pickton should be charged with killing six more women who disappeared from B.C., RCMP said yesterday.
“We’re in the process of sending a report to Crown counsel for their consideration,” said RCMP Cpl. Annie Linteau. “We’re recommending six more charges related to Robert Pickton and the Port Coquitlam property.”
Linteau said that all six victims appear on police’s official list of 63 missing women.
Pickton, 60, has never been charged in connection with the death of these six women, who went missing between January 1997 and March 2001.
The women are: Yvonne Boen, 33, who went missing in 2001; Dawn Crey, 42, who went missing in 2000; Sharon Abraham, 35, who went missing in 2000; Stephanie Lane, 20, who went missing in 1997; Jacqueline Murdock, 26, who went missing in 1997; and Nancy Clark, 25, who went missing in 1991.
Clark was last seen in Victoria. The other five, who were all mothers, went missing from Vancouver’s drug-infested Downtown Eastside.
In December 2007, the B.C. pig farmer was convicted of six counts of second-degree murder in the deaths of Marnie Frey, Georgina Papin, Sereena Abotsway, Brenda Wolfe and Mona Wilson. He was sentenced to life without the possibility of parole for 25 years.
© Copyright (c) The Victoria Times Colonist


Natasha Cournoyer – Police release profile


Les journaux Quebecois rapportent que la Sûreté du Québec a publié un profil psychologique et criminel de l’assassin de Natasha Cournoyer. Les avis sont dans les éditions de ce matin de Journal de Montréal, Courrier Laval et articles en ligne sur LCN et Canoe (encore rien dans les médias anglaise).

Police sont des bandes hors de toute déclaration qui pourraient suggérer un criminel en série est à l’œuvre, au lieu légèrement suggestion que Cournoyer a été assassiné par «quelqu’un qui a perdu le contrôle”, selon le chef de la police de Laval Jean-Pierre Gariépy. Les policiers sont en précisant Cournoyer était très probablement assassiné dans le parc de stationnement à Laval puis transporté à l’emplacement dans l’est de Montréal.

Un changement de tactique? Dans mon expérience, il est rare que des policiers du Québec pour manifester leur part – ils sont habituellement très surveillé par l’information. Que cela représente un changement dans la procédure, ou simplement leur façon de dire: “Allo, le profilage criminel? We get it. “, Qui peut dire.


The French papers are reporting that the Surete du Quebec has released a psychological and criminal profile of Natasha Cournoyer’s killer. Notices are in this morning’s editions of Journal de Montreal, Courier Laval and online postings to LCN and Canoe (nothing yet in the English language media).

Police are backing off from any statements that would suggest a serial offender is at work, instead mildly suggestion that Cournoyer was murdered by “someone who lost control”, according to Laval chief of police Jean-Pierre Gariépy.  Police are also stating Cournoyer was most likely murdered in the parking lot in Laval then transported to the location in Montreal’s East end.

A change of tactic?  In my experience it is unusual for Quebec police to show their hand – they are usually very guarded with information. Whether this represents a change in procedure, or simply their way of saying, “Hey, criminal profiling? We get it.”, who can say.


Multiple murderers / serial killers ineligible for parole under proposed Canadian bill

‘Life will mean life’ under proposed murder law: Justice minister

October 28, 2009 8:02 PM

Multiple murderers and serial killers could be ineligible for parole for their entire lives if a bill introduced on Wednesday Oct. 28, 2009, becomes law.

Multiple murderers and serial killers could be ineligible for parole for their entire lives if a bill introduced on Wednesday Oct. 28, 2009, becomes law.

OTTAWA — Multiple murderers and serial killers could be ineligible for parole for their entire lives if a bill introduced on Wednesday becomes law.

Judges will be empowered to impose consecutive periods of parole ineligibility on murderers who kill more than one person, putting an end to “sentence discounts” which treat single and multiple killers the same, said Justice Minister Rob Nicholson.

A killer who murders three victims, for instance, could receive a life sentence with no parole eligibility for up to 75 years, rather than the current Criminal Code provision permitting first-degree murderers to apply after 25 years, regardless of the number of people they killed.

Nicholson said that “life will mean life” if his new bill passes Parliament.

“Once this bill becomes law, multiple murderers will no longer get volume discounts,” Nicholson told a news conference. “The value of each life taken will be acknowledged.”

He said that his motivation, in part, is to protect family members of victims from having to endure parole hearings every two years.

First-degree murderers are automatically sentenced to life in prison, with little chance of parole for 25 years. After that, they are entitled to regular hearings before the National Parole Board.

Second-degree murderers also receive life sentences, but they are eligible for parole within 10 to 25 years, at a judge’s discretion when sentencing.

That means serial killers such as Clifford Olson and Robert Pickton are entitled to regular parole hearings.

Nicholson said that 28 per cent of 457 multiple murderers who have served time in Canadian prisons have been released and the average term of incarceration is 28 years.

Sharon Rosenfeldt, whose 16-year-old son Daryn was one of Olson’s 11 victims, said that the bill, if adopted, comes too late to make a difference for her and that she will be attending parole hearings indefinitely.

She said that her husband Gary’s wish, before he died of cancer earlier this year, was that victims would not have to endure similar traumas. “I vowed that I would never give up,” said Rosenfeldt, a founder of the group Victims of Violence.

She noted that there are only a small number of serial killers — those who kill separately rather than in one multiple act — who are serving time in Canadian prisons and most will never be released regardless. Olson was denied parole in 2006.

The bill does not require judges to impose consecutive terms of parole ineligibility, but leaves it to their discretion so that not all multiple killers would be subject to the proposed rules. For instance, a drunk driver who killed five people might be sentenced to the same parole ineligibility as a killer of one person, said a spokeswoman for Nicholson.

The justice minister said that he decided against imposing consecutive rather than concurrent terms because “we have to be very careful about charter challenges and to make sure legislation complies.”

Debate over imposing consecutive periods of parole ineligibility on lifers was on the parliamentary radar screen a decade ago, when Liberal backbencher Albina Guarnieri, motivated by serial killer Paul Bernardo, introduced a private member’s bill that would have disqualified multiple killers from parole eligibility for at least 50 years.

© Copyright (c) Canwest News Service