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Her span of killing six men from November 1989 to November 1990.
The first victim Richard Mallory was murdered at the age of 52, on November 30, 1989. He was a convicted rapist that she claimed she killed him in self-defence. On December 13 Mallory’s body was found in a wooded area, he had been shot several times. The second victim David Spears was murdered at the age of 43, on June 1, 1990. His nude body was found shot six times along highway 19. The third victim Charles Carskaddon was murdered at the age 40, on May 31, 1990. On June 6, 1990 his body was found. He had been shot nine times with a small-caliber weapon. The fourth victim Peter Siems was murdered at the age of 65, on approximately July 4th. His body was never found. The fifth victim Troy Burress was murdered at the age 50, on approximately July 31st. On August 4th his body was found in a wooded area. He had been shot twice. The sixth victim Walter Jeno Antonio was murdered at the age of 62. His body was found in the nude on November 19th, he had been shot four times. Wuornos method of killing was through multiple gunshots. She disposed of the bodies by dumping them in different places.
Wuornos can be classified into more than one group such as a pyschopath, non-social offender, disorganized asocial offender, and a hedonistic killer. She inherited psychotic ways from her father. She is self-centered and a very good liar. She is classified as a disorganized asocial offender because of her low IQ. Her home life as a child was not very good and her parents were never around to raise her, she ended up dropping out of school. Every crime that she committed she showed premeditation because she sought out her victim’s and brought a weapon with her. She is a comfort killer where she gains something from killing.
On July 4th, 1990 Wuornos abandoned Peter Siems ‘ car after being involved in an accident. Witnesses that saw the woman driving provided police with their names and descriptions. This resulted in a media campaign to locate them. Police found some of the victims belongings in a near- by pawn shop. The police were able to retrieve fingerprints matching the ones found in the car. Wuornos fingerprints were on file. On January 9, 1991 Wuornos was arrested on an outstanding warrant. Wuornos former lover Tyria Moore agreed to elicit a confession from Wuornos in exchange for immunity. On January 16th, 1991 Wuornos’ confesses to the murders. She claimed that the men had tried to rape her and she killed them in self-defence.
On January 14, 1992 Wuornos went to trial for the murder of Richard Mallory. She was convicted on January 27th with the help of Moore’s testimony. Psychiatrists testified that Wuornos was mentally unstable and was borderline personality disorder and antisocial personality disorder. Four days later she was sentenced to death. On March 31, 1992 she pleaded no contest to the murders of another three victims. She was then sentenced to three more death sentences. Then in June 1992 Wuornos pleaded guilty to the murder of Charles Carskaddon in November she got her fifth death sentence. In February 1993 she pleaded guilty to the murder of Walter Jeno Antonio and was sentenced to death again. In total she received six death sentences. Her story of why she committed the murders changed very often. It went from being self-defence to robbery to desire to leave no witnesses.
Wuornos was incarcerated at the Florida Department of Corrections Broward Correctional Institution on death row for women. She was transferred to Florida State Prison for execution. In 2001 she stated she was going to dismiss her legal counsel and terminate all pending appeals. She said “There’s no chance in keeping me alive or anything, because I’d kill again.”. In 2002 Wuornos’ began accusing prison matrons of putting dirt, salvia, and urine in her food. She said she overheard prison personnel saying that they were trying to push me to the brink of committing suicide before the execution. Wuornos execution occurred on October 9, 2002, she died at 9:47 AM. She requested KFC and fries as her last meal. She was the tenth woman in the United States and the second in Florida to be executed.
In the early years of her life many things happened to her. Her father committed suicide while in person serving a child molesting sentence. Her mother abandoned her forcing her to live with her grandparents. Her grandmother was an alcoholic while her grandfather was very violent. Wuornos later stated that her grandfather sexually abused her. In her teens she was forced out of the house and had to live in the woods.
His killing spree of 11 children and young adults, starting in November 1980 and continued to July 1981.
First victim is Christine Weller was abducted at the age of 12, on November 17, 1980. Her body was found a month later and she had been strangled with a belt and stabbed repeatedly. The second victim is Colleen Marian Daignault at the age of 13, on April 16, 1981. Five months later her body was found the same as the first victim. On April 22, 1981, the third victim Daryn was abducted at the age of 16. His body was found two weeks later. On May 19, 1981, Sandra Wolfsteiner at the age of 16 was murdered. She was attacked by Olsen and strikes in the head till death. In June 1981 13-year-old Ada Anita Court was murdered. On July 2nd nine year old Simon Partington was abducted, raped, and strangled to death. The next week Judy Kozma, at the age of 14 was raped and strangled to death. The next victim Raymond King II, the age of 15, abducted on July 23, raped and bludgeoned to death. The next victim Sigrun Arnd, at the age of 18 was raped and bludgeoned to death. Fifteen year old Terri Lyn Carson was raped and strangled on July 27th. Louise Chartrand was the last victim identified at the age of 17, o July 30th. Throughout the 11 victims he stayed to a common. He would abduct the victim possibly rape them, and then either beat them to death or strangle them.
Clifford Olsen scored a 38/40 on his psychopathy checklist. Psychological assessments revealed that Olson was homicidal psychopath with narcissistic delusions, sexual obsession, a pedophile and possibly a necrophiliac. He knew right from wrong but he simply didn’t care.
Even though this was true; police were in fact watching Olson’s movements, he managed to kill again only 2 days later. Olson was finally arrested on August 12, 1981, when officers who had been followed his car trailed him to a deserted area. Olson had two young women in the vehicle with him. When he ordered one of them out of the car, and to leave the area, police, who had been listening from bushes nearby had seen enough. They arrested Clifford Olson for drunk driving and took him to jail. started out with little physical evidence against him. Police had his address book, with Judy Kozma’s address written by her own hand. A witness, who had spent time socializing with Olson, put him with Judy on the night of her murder. Police charged Olson with her killing. Soon after, bodies began to appear. Olson was charged with ten counts of murder. He confessed to all murders and gave their locations as well.
Olson was arrested August 12, 1981 on suspicion of abducting two young girls. On August 25th Olson was charged with the murder of Judy Kozma. Olson then reached a controversial deal and confessed to the 11 murders. He also showed the police the location of the bodies they had not yet found. In exchange the authorities gave 10,000 for each victim in trust to his wife and infant son. In January 1982 Olson pleaded guilty to all eleven counts of murder. He was then sentenced to a life sentence for each victim in a super maximum security prison. On August 19, 1997 Olson applies for parole and is rejected in minutes. On July 18, 2006 after 25 years in prison Olson appears in front of a parole board. This time he is rejected within a half hour. On November 30, 2010 he applies a third time for parole and is denied again.
In September 2011 Olson was diagnosed with terminal cancer. He died on September 30th, 2011 at the age of 71.
Olsen was sent halfway across the country to Kingston Penitentiary where he spent 23 hours a day in a cell. He was housed in a special area where the inmates need protection from other inmates.
Olson complained of stomach pain and was taken for x-rays at a kingston hospital. They found a key from handcuffs stuck up his rectum. They had been stolen from a guard at an attempt to escape.
He started in 1978 and went to 1991 and was convicted 1992.
First victim was a hitchhiker named Steven Hicks. He picked him up and took him to his parents’ house. He proceeded to get the man drunk and when he tried to leave he killed him with a blow to the head with a barbell. Dahmer dismembered the body and packed the body parts in plastic bags, continued to bury the bags in his parent’s backyards. Second victim was in September 1987 named Steven Toumi, met him at a gay bar. They checked into a hotel room together and drank heavily. In the morning Toumi was dead, Dahmer claims that he was dead when he woke up. He then took him in a suitcase to his grandmother’s house where he had intercourse with the corpse before dismembering. He then disposing of it in the garbage, they were never found. The third victim was named James Doxtator, age 14. He was drugged then strangled and then his flesh was removed by putting bones in acid. This occurred January 16, 1988 then bones were then scattered throughout his grandmother’s property. On March 24, 1988 the fourth victim is named Richard Guerrero at the age of 23 years old. After having oral sex, he laced a drink with sleeping pills and strangled Richard to death. Dahmer then dismembered Guerrero’s body disposed of them in the garbage. On March 25th, 1989 the fifth victim named Anthony Sears, age 26. Dahmer strangled Anthony and before dismembering him he took his genitals and head as trophies. He was disposed of the same as other victims. On May 20th, 1990 the sixth victim Raymond Smith was killed, age 33. His method of killing was strangling him and engaging in oral sex with the corpse before dismembering the body and keeping the skull in his fridge. The rest of the body was put into to a tank of acid to de-flesh and then the bones were then kept as ornament in his apartments. On May 24th, 1990 the eighth victim Eddie Smith, age 27. Dahmer lured Smith in and Smith was enticed with his lair. Smith was then drugged and strangled and dismembered. Disposal of the body was consistent with other victims. Dahmer’s ninth victim was named Ernest Miller, age 22. Miller was lured into Dahmer’s apartment and was suppose to be paid $50 for posing for nude photos. Instead he was drugged and Dahmer slit Millers throat. The flesh was then removed with acid and the skeleton was kept in his closet. He also cut off Millers biceps and froze them to eat later. On September 24th, 1990 the tenth victim David Thompson was murdered at the age of 23. He was given a laced drink containing sleeping pills. His disposal was the same as the previous victim. On February 18th, 1991 the eleventh victim Curtis Straughter murdered at the age of 19. His body was dismembered and the bones were crushed, the remains were thrown in the garbage. Straughters skull was kept as a trophy. The twelfth victim was named Errol Linsey was murdered on April 7th, 1991 at the age of 19. He was offered money to pose naked for Dahmer, he then was strangled. Dahmer then engaged in oral sex with the corpse before dismembering him. Errol’s skull was kept as a trophy. On May 24th 1991 the thirteenth victim Tony Hughs was murdered at the age of 31. Tony was deaf and mute and was lured into Dahmer’s apartment threw a written note to pose nude. He was then drugged and later strangled to death. His body was then dismembered and later dissolved in acid, Dahmer kept the skull. On May 27th 1991 the fourteenth victim Konerak Sinthasomphone was murdered at the age 14. Konerak was drugged and then experimented on. This was done by drilling a hole in the back of his head and injecting hydrochloric acid into the brain while he was still alive. He was later strangled to death and dismembered and stored in acid. On June 30th 1991 the fifteenth victim Matt Turner was murdered at the age of 20. As well as many others Matt was lured in and drugged in Dahmer’s apartment. He was then strangled and dismembered. His body was spread around Dahmer’s apartment. On July 7th 1991 the sixteenth victim Jeremiah Weinberger was murdered at the age of 23. The method was very similar to Konerak but boiling water was injected into the brain and was left like this for two days. He was later strangled and dismembered being stored in acid. On July 15th 1991 the seventeenth victim Oliver Lacy was murdered at the age of 23. As many of the previous victims he was drugged and strangled. Lacy’s corpse was dismembered and stored in acid. His heart was kept in the fridge. On July 19th 1991 the final victim Joseph Bradehoft was murdered at the age of 25. Joseph was lured and offered money to pose nude in Dahmer’s apartment. He was drugged and strangled. Later he was dismembered but not completely. Dahmer kept the head and torso in his apartment.
Jeffrey Dahmer developed a disorder called antisocial personality disorder. Dahmer also suffers from Necrophilia. There are certain things for developing antisocial personality disorder was taking animals and beating their dead carcasses. Also, the lack of self confidence that he had could also be an aspect of the development of this disorder. People who have antisocial personality disorder tend to not have any regard for right and wrong, and their ways of thinking, perceiving situations, and dealing with people are destructive and abnormal. Antisocial personality disorder is also sometimes know as sociopathic personality disorder. Dahmer’s alcoholism throughout his life most likely compounded this personality disorder and made his perception of right and wrong to become skewed.
On July 20th, 1991 Tracy Edwards was spotted running down the street in handcuffs. Edwards told police that Dahmer had threatened to kill him. They took him back to Dahmer’s apartment where Dahmer told them it was all a big misunderstanding and police believed him until they saw a suspicious photo. The photo looked to be pictures of dismembered bodies. Dahmer was then arrested and taken into custody. His apartment was fully searched and revealed a house of horrors. There were many photo albums full of pictures of body parts, but also the apartment was littered with human remains. Dahmer had several heads in the freezer, 2 skulls on top of the computer, and 57 gallon drum containing multiple bodies decomposing in chemicals. There was also evidence that he had been eating some of his victims. Dahmer’s neighbours had noticed an awful smell coming from his apartment but he explained it away that it was expired meat. Forensic examinations of the apartment led to find 11 victims the first being from March 1989. Dahmer confessed to 17 murders dating back to his first in 1978. On September 14, 1991 investigators found hundreds of bone fragments wher Dahmer had confessed he buried his first victims.
On July 25, 1991 Jeffery Dahmer was charged with four counts of murder. By August 22, he would be added another 11 murder charges. Dahmer was not charged with attempted murder of Tracy Edwards. On January 13, 1992 at a preliminary trial Dahmer pleaded guilty but insane to 15 counts of murder. Dahmer’s trial started on January 30, 1992 in Milwaukee before Judge Laurence Gram. By pleading guilty in the preliminary trial waved his right to have a trial to establish guilt. The issue that needed to be debated was if he suffered was a mental or personality disorder. The prosecution rejected the defences argument that Dahmer was insane. A forensic psychiatrist testified that Dahmer did not suffer from primary necrophilia. Also Dr. Fred Fosdel testified that Dahmer was without mental disease while he committed the murders. The trial lasted two weeks. On February 14, both counsels gave their closing arguments. They were allowed to talk for 2 hours. On February 15, the court came back to hear the verdict. Dahmer was ruled sane at the time of the 15 murders. For two counts he was sentenced to life in prison plus 10 years. For the other 13 counts life in prison plus 70 years. The death penalty was not an option.
In July 1994 a fellow inmate, Osvaldo Durruthy, attempted to slash Dahmer’s throat with a razor blade embedded in a toothbrush. On the morning of November 28, 1994, left his cell to go to his work detail accompanied with two other inmates, Jesse Anderson and Christopher Scarver. They were left unsupervised for about 20 minutes. At approximately 8:10 a.m. Dahmer was found on the floor of the gym bathroom suffering from extreme head and facial wounds. He had been beaten with a 20-inch metal bar. Dahmer was still alive when they found him and he was rushed to a nearby hospital. He was pronounced dead about an hour later. Anderson had also been beaten with the same thing and died two days later from his wounds.
Paul Bernardo and Karla Homolka are also known as the “The Ken and Barbie Killers”. They started their crimes in 1990 before they got married and were arrested February 1st, 1993. The Ken and Barbe killers is notorious because of the media attention it attracted across the nation. They are also a part of a select few that killed as a couple.
The couple started with Karla’s sister, Tammy Homolka. They invited her over for dinner but put valium in her supper and then Bernardo raped her before she woke up, this is in July 1990. Later Dec.23, 1990 they drugged Tammy with animal tranquilizers and the two raped her while she was unconscious. She later choke on her own vomit and died, her death was ruled an accident. The second victim was 2 weeks before their wedding, 14 year-old Leslie Mahhafy. She was blindfolded and was raped for hours. The couple again videotaped the crime to relive their fantasies. Bernardo then snapped and strangled Leslie to death. Later they dismembered her body and dumped in Lake Gibson. The third victim is 15 year-old Kristen French, whom they met on the side of the road. Karla got out and asked her for directions and then she threatened her with a knife to get into the car. She was tortured and raped for three days, and was also shown the video of Leslie’s rape. The couple then strangled Kristen with the same cord as Leslie. The couple also raped at least two unnamed girls who survived.
Following a severe attack from Bernardo in January 1993, Homolka realized they were going to be caught so she confessed that Bernardo was a serial rapist and murderer. She got herself a lawyer and started making plea bargains in exchange for her testimony. Bernardo was then arrested on February 17, 1993. During the investigation, Homolka told investigators that Bernardo had abused her and she had been an unwilling accomplice. Homolka had confessed to her uncle and aunt about the rapes and murders and that they were recorded. They obtained search warrants with many limitations after Bernardo was arrested but they did not find the videotapes. The search of their apartment lasted 71 days. On May 5th, 1993 the government offered Homolka a 12 year sentence plea bargain, in exchange for her testimony against Bernardo. She claimed to be the abused wife that was forced to help him. Once the videotapes were discovered they found that this was not and Homolka had true involvement in the crimes. By this time it was too late to retry Homolka so she was left with her 12 year sentence. After the trials the six videotapes of torture and rape was destroyed.
Homolka was tried on June 28, 1993 but limited details were released because of the publication ban. Bernardo’s trial started on May 18th, 1995 and on June 29th, 1995 Homolka testified against Bernardo. The videotapes were brought to the trial but they weren’t shown due to the graphic and violent nature but the judge, jury, prosecution, and defense did get to view the tapes. On September 1, 1995 the jury decided that Bernardo was guilty of nine counts. On September 15, 1995 Bernardo was sentences to life in prison without parole. In November 1995 Bernardo is declared a dangerous offender. In July 1996 Bernardo has a six month long inquiry into the police investigation. He concludes that the investigation is hampered and has many mistakes. In March 2000 the Ontario Court of Appeal dismisses Bernardo’s request for a new trial. On October 9th, 2000 Homolka is transferred from Quebec to Saskatoon maximum security prison for psychiatric examination. In January 2001 Homolka is transferred to Montreal psychiatric hospital to undergo treatment. On December 16, 2004 the national parole board rules that Homolka must serve her full term. On June 2nd, 2005 Homolka appears in court to discuss any restrictions that should be placed on her after her release. The next day she has several restrictions placed on her including:
- She is to tell police her home address, work address and who she lives with.
- She has to notify police as soon as any of the above changes.
- She will also have to notify police of any change to her name.
- If she wants to be away from her home for more than 48 hours, she will have to give 72 hours notice.
- She cannot contact Paul Bernardo, the families of Leslie Mahaffy and Kristen French or Jane Doe. She also may not contact any violent criminals.
- She also will be forbidden from being with people under the age of 16 and from consuming drugs other than prescription medicine.
- Continue therapy and counselling.
- Provide police with a DNA sample.
Bernardo and Homolka were the type of serial killers that were driven by power and control along with lust. There signature varied each time but was usually between drugging and luring them in.
Karla Homolka left Canada for the Caribbean after being released from prison. She has resurfaced in a suburb in Montreal. She know goes by the name Leanne Teale and two of her children are attending a local public school.
The pair left a chilling photo in Tammy’s casket. The photo was found in the coffin by police during the exhumation.This is a photo of Tammy Homolka at the hospital after Bernardo and Homolka murdered her.
Three girls were kidnapped from 2002 to 2004 and were held until escaping in 2013. Each woman was kidnapped after accepting a ride from Castro. Castro drove each to his home, lured her inside, took her to the basement and restrained her. The Seymour Avenue house where they were held was approximately 3 miles (5 km) from where they had disappeared, in Cleveland’s residential Tremont neighborhood. The first victim Michelle Knight was disappeared on August 23, 2002 at the age of 21. The second victim Amanda Berry disappeared on April 21, 2003 the day before her 17th birthday. Berry was considered to be a runaway until her mother received a phone call from an unknown male voice off of Berry’s cell phone. “I have Amanda. She’s fine and will be coming home in a couple of days”. On December 25, 2006, Berry gave birth to a daughter inside the house where the girls were imprisoned.
The third victim Georgina “Gina” Lynn Dejesus disappeared on April 2, 2004 at the age of 14. She was friends with Castro’s daughter. No one witnessed her abduction so there was no amber alert issued. The women were kept in locked upstairs bedrooms, where they were forced to use plastic toilets that were “emptied infrequently”. They were fed one meal a day, and allowed to shower at most twice a week. Knight was impregnated at least five times which Castro induced miscarriages through beatings with: hitting her with dumbells, punching’s and throwing her against the wall. He also used starvation.
The Cleveland abduction is notorious because it had huge media coverage worldwide. There was also a documentary made about it. The survivors have spoken out about their experiences during their 11 years in captivity.
On May 6th, 2013 Castro left the house without locking the “big inside door” and only bolting the storm door. Berry noticed and started screaming through the screen to get someone’s attention. One of the neighbours came and found Berry’s daughter and herself they kicked a hole in the screen to get out. Amanda Berry went to a house and dialed 911 she was reported saying “Help me, I’m Amanda Berry … I’ve been kidnapped, and I’ve been missing for 10 years. And I’m here. I’m free now”. Police responding and they found the other two girls in the upstairs. The girls were then all taken to a hospital. Ariel Castro was arrested and charged later that day with four counts of kidnapping and three counts of rape. All three women gave a statement during the trial stating what Castro had done to them. DNA evidence also confirmed that Castro was the biological father of Berry’s child.
Ariel Castro has a theme of wanting power and control over his victims. By the victims being adolescents when they were kidnapped and then enslaved by Castro. This shows signs of pedophilia but more so of power and control. He also said he felt he needed to commit these acts because of his addiction to sex and pornography.
On May 9th Castro made his first court appearance in Cleveland Municipal court where his bail was set at 2 million per kidnapping charge. On May 14th Castro’s attorneys pled not guilty to all charges. On June 7th a grand jury returned a bill from August 2002 to February 2007 containing 329 counts against Castro. On July 12 the grand jury returned a bill for the remainder after February 2007. This made the total 977 counts: 512 counts of kidnapping, 446 of rape, seven of gross sexual imposition, six of felonious assault, three of child endangerment, two of aggravated murder, and one of possession of criminal tools. Castro continued to plead not guilty on July 17. But later on July 26, 2013 Castro pleaded guilty to 937 of the 977 charges against him, including charges of kidnapping, rape, and aggravated murder, as part of a plea bargain which called for consecutive sentences of life in prison plus 1,000 years, both without parole. On August 1st, 2013 Castro was sentenced to life in prison, plus 1,000 years. The court forfeited his property and assets to Cuyahoga County government. Knight told Castro, “You took 11 years of my life away. I spent 11 years in hell, now your hell is just beginning. I will overcome all this that has happened, but you will face hell for eternity. I will live on, you will die a little every day as you think of the 11 years of atrocities that you inflicted on us…I can forgive you, but I will never forget”.
On September 3rd, 2013 Ariel Castro committed suicide one month into his life sentence in prison. Castro was found hanging by bedsheets in his cell. The prison staff tried to revive him but he was later pronounced dead.
Some facts about their time spent in captivity. Knight was forced to deliver Berry’s baby in a plastic kiddie pool. Castro threatened Knight that if the baby died so would she. In the police report she said that the baby did stop breathing for a few minutes and gave the baby mouth to mouth and “breathed for her” to save both their lives. People wonder how he kept them hidden for 11 years. When he first kidnapped them he chained them up downstairs. But as time went on he let them live free on the second floor they were kept in separate rooms. The women only remember leaving the house twice in the 11 years they were there. The woman told police that they only left to the garage and even still he made them where hats, wigs, and keep their head down. Castro also celebrated “Abduction Day” every year on the day they were kidnapped. He would make them a special supper and serve them cake. He used this as their birthdays. He also allowed them to watch tv especially when their families held vigils in their honour.
JoAnn Wilson, Thatcher’s former wife, was shot and beaten to death on January 21, 1983 in her garage of her Regina home. Colin Thatcher was convicted of murdering his ex-wife in 1984. This crime was reported by CBC’s The National as being the most notorious crime in Saskatchewan History. Thatcher’s trial was a national sensation.
There were many things used as key evidence in Thatcher’s conviction. During their investigation after the killing the police found a Shell Oil credit card receipt laying in the snow after eight feet from the garage. The signature appeared to be Colin Thatcher. The owner of the Shell was able to confirm Thatcher purchased gas in Caron, Saskatchewan on January 18, 1983. According to expert police testimony, which JoAnn Wilson was probably struck in the head with a .38 special plus P, aluminum jacketed, 95 grain bullet manufactured by Winchester. The murder weapon was never found. The proprietor of a gun shop in Palm Springs, California, Ronald Williams, testified that on January 29, 1982 he sold Colin Thatcher a .357 calibre Ruger revolver. Thatcher picked up the gun, holster, and ammunition on February 20, 1982. The witness also identified the holster found by the witness, Guillaum, as being consistent with the holster he sold to Colin Thatcher. The crown also called Lynn Mendell, of Palm Springs, California, a former girlfriend of Thatcher. She described the bitterness Thatcher expressed about Wilson, and how he maintained many times that he wanted to kill her or arrange someone to do it for him. Mendell testified that this was on his mind all the time. She also stated that Thatcher told her he had met with someone in Saskatchewan who he wanted to hire to kill JoAnn Wilson. He eventually told her that the plan fell through but he would have to go about it one way or another. These conversations occurred in late 1980 and early 1981. Mendell told the court in May of 1981 that after Wilson was shot Thatcher came down to Palm Springs. He told her he got someone to rent him a car, he wore a disguise and that he staked out an area but didn’t gauge the thickness of the glass. This left the bullet deflecting and striking JoAnn Wilson in the shoulder. Lynn Mendell also testified that she knew Thatcher had a handgun in Palm Springs that he packed in a Barbie Doll shower box with newspaper. A box matching this description was found by the Regina City Police in a Thatcher’s home in Moose Jaw. On the day of the killing, Ms. Mendell said she received two calls from Thatcher, one early and another later in the evening.
During the first call Colin Thatcher told her:
Well, I’m going out now. This might be the night, stick around.
During the later call he said:
Oh, my God, I’ve just been called…Apparently JoAnn has been shot in her home and has been killed.
Thatcher, according to Ms. Mendell, came to Palm Springs a few days after the fatal shooting. She said to him:
Well, you really did it, didn’t you.
She said he scowled, nodded, pointed to the walls, and told her not to talk there. Later, when they were outside the condominium, he was alleged to have said:
I have to admit it is a strange feeling to have blown your wife away.
Next witness called to testify was Gary Anderson who was under an agreement of immunity from prosecution. He testified he had met Thatcher in the fall of 1980 and Thatcher asked him if he would be interested in killing JoAnn Wilson for a fee of $50,000. Anderson said he knew of someone else who might be interested in the job, Charlie Wilde. Wilde and Thatcher met but Thatcher told him he would handle it after he got back from the states. Anderson also testified that Thatcher got him to purchase a .303 Lee Enfield rifle and ammunition. On May 16 or 17, 1981 he also rented a car at Thatcher’s request. Under Thatcher’s given instructions Anderson left it a prearranged location and waited to here if she had been shot. After hearing he retrieved the car, cleaned it out and returned it to the rental dealer. They met again in the fall of 1982 and Anderson asked Thatcher how he could of missed. Thatcher purchased another gun a .357 Magnum Special and asked Anderson to put a silencer on it. The gun was returned to Thatcher on the afternoon of January 21, 1983. Earlier that morning Thatcher asked Anderson to get him a car. He followed directions again and when he read in the newspaper that JoAnn Wilson had been killed he went to retrieve the car. He again cleaned out the car and noticed that the clothing he removed Thatcher had been wearing the day before. On May 1, 1984 they met again but this time Anderson had been provided a body pack tape recorder. Here’s a brief extract from the conversation:
Anderson: Umm, I got rid of the ah stuff outta’ the car.
Anderson: You kinda’ give me a scare there with, I found the stuff laying and then I wondered what the hell, I didn’t know where the hell you, what the hell you’d done with the gun. (Sighs).
Thatcher: Listen, don’t even talk…
Thatcher: …like that. Don’t. Don’t, don’t even…Walk out this way a little (unintelligible).
Thatcher: No. There are, there are no loose ends at all. And ah…
Thatcher: …y’know, they’ve gone at every which direction. Umm, is there any way a loose end from a couple years ago can ever resurface?
Thatcher: From some of ahh, some of the guys tha, th, that ah, discussing some business with. Is there any way can ever be a problem surface from them?
Anderson: Mmm, y’mean the, from Vancouver and Winnipeg? Ahh. I ah located one of ’em.
Thatcher: The one that I met or the other one?
Anderson: Ahh, the other one.
Anderson: Well. It’s up to you.
Thatcher: Is he in, or, he’s not in jail now is he, or in any trouble?
Anderson: Not to my knowledge.
Thatcher: Okay an’ just remember there are no er, no problems an’ there won’t be unless they trip over something an’ I got no intention of giving them anything to trip on.
Thatcher: There’s no loose ends like, y’know, there’s nothin’ for them t’ find. Y’know.
Anderson: It’s all been…
Anderson: …taken care of.
Thatcher: Sure. Heavens yes. Heavens yes. I’m ahh, but still don’t trust the bastards for bugs. Me, I don’t know whether there’s any possibility that that, ‘ts why when we talk ah, just assume the bastards are listening.
In November 1984 Thatcher was convicted of first-degree murder and was sentenced to life in prison. Five years later Thatcher asks federal justice minister to review his case. His request was turned down in April 1994. In August 1999 a judge rules that a jury will hear Thatcher’s bid for early parole eligibility under the so called faint hope clause. The jury in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan rejected Thatcher’s bid for early parole in November 2000. He again applies for a faint-hope hearing in January 2003. Thatcher gets approved by a judge for a second faint-hope hearing in March 14, 2003. On October 8th, 2003 the moose Jaw jury grants Thatcher the right to apply for early parole. On December 5th, 2003 the Saskatchewan Crown seeks leave to appeal the jury verdict to the Supreme Court of Canada. But a parole board in Mission, B.C. denies Thatcher’s bid for an early release on March 31, 2004 saying he’s still a risk to the community. The supreme court rejects Saskatchewan’s bid to have Thatcher’s early parole eligibility overturned on April 1, 2004. Thatcher is granted a 72 hour unescorted pass from the prison to spend Christmas with his three children and their spouses and grandchildren. On March 17, 2006 a parole board grants Thatcher a series of 72 hour passes from the Rockwood Institution near Winnipeg saying that he doesn’t pose any danger to the community. In November 2006 Thatcher was granted full parole with the condition that he must report all romantic relationships to authorities. As well as undergo psychological counselling as another condition of his early release.
He is the son of W. Ross Thatcher, premier of Saskatchewan from 1964 to 1971. Colin began studying agriculture at the University of Saskatchewan. After one year, he transferred to Iowa State University where he met JoAnn Geiger. In 1962, Thatcher and Geiger married. Thatcher graduated from Iowa State with B.S. and M.S. degrees in Agriculture; he then went to work on his father’s ranch in Moose Jaw. After his father’s death in 1971, Thatcher cultivated his own interest in politics. In 1975 he won the provincial riding of Thunder Creek as a Liberal, but defected to the Progressive Conservatives two years later when voter popularity shifted from the Liberals to the Conservatives. The move was denounced by the Liberals, and also privately by his wife JoAnn.
Colin Thatcher is 77 years old now. He remarried while in prison and has been divorced since being released.