After 25 years behind bars, Canadian convicted rapist and serial killer Paul Bernardo is expected to plead for release on Wednesday at a parole hearing.
Bernardo, now 54, is expected to claim in front of a parole board at the Bath Institution, located in Bath, Ontario, that he has improved himself during his decades in jail. Earlier this month, his lawyer Fergus O'Connor said that Bernardo is “as horrified as you and I are at what he did. I expect that he will take full responsibility, express remorse, and he appears to be sincere in that,” according to CBC News in Toronto, Canada.
Arrested in 1993, Bernardo was convicted in 1995 of the murders of two teenage girls and numerous rapes, previously attributed to the “Scarborough Rapist.” He has admitted to raping 14 other women, in addition to the two teen girls, according to the Canadian Press. He was given life without parole eligibility until he had served 25 years.
He committed many of his crimes with his wife, Karla Homolka. Together the couple kidnapped, tortured and killed Leslie Mahaffy, 14, in 1991 before dismembering her body, according to the Canadian Press. Together the couple also tortured and killed Kristen French, 15, in 1992. Bernardo was also convicted of manslaughter in the 1990 death of Homolka’s 15-year-old sister, Tammy, who died after the husband and wife drugged and sexually assaulted her, according to the Press. Homolka claimed she was giving her younger sister’s virginity to Bernardo as a Christmas present, according to that report.
Tim Danson, the lawyer for the two girls’ families, told the Canadian Press that he and the families of the victims will be making comments at the hearing. Bernardo’s own family is expected to come into play during the same hearing. O’Connor told the Press that his client has “loving parents” who visit him often.
Homolka served 12 years for her crimes until 2005 after pleading guilty to manslaughter. Just last year, it was revealed that she was volunteering at a Canadian elementary school.
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