Friday, April 25, 2008
Paul Bernardo Says He's Rehabilitated
The recent revelation by Toronto Police of an interview with PAul Bernardo two years ago is chilling. The sadistic rapist and serial killer suggests that he is rehabilitated and plans to apply for parole under the "faint hope" provisions of the Criminal Code that permit convicted murderers to ask for earlier parole eligibility than the mandatory 25 years they must serve in prison before seeking release.
The Criminal Code was amended in 1997, partly as a result of Bernardo's crimes, to prohibit multiple killers from applying under the faint hope provisions. The amendments are not retroactive and Bernardo can apply because he has been in prison for more than 15 years, since his arrest in February 1993.
"If I decide to step away from the hatred of it all I'm going to spend the rest of my life in prison and die even though I am rehabilitated," said Bernardo. "I'm going to throw it to a jury of my peers, throw it to the Canadian people. You know I can't change the past, you know all I can do is change myself and I tried to do that, I tried to do the right thing before Karla [Homolka, his former wife] was let go."
The thought of Bernardo walking free is shocking and revolting, It can never happen.