Serial killer Clifford Olson dead, victim’s family says
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Josh TapperStaff Reporter
After years of anguish and weeks of uncertainty for his victims’ families, Clifford Olson, one of Canada’s worst serial killers, died Friday of cancer in a Quebec prison.
Around 4 p.m. Friday, the Toronto Star received the following message from Terry Bizeau, mother of Terri Lyn Carson, who was murdered by Olson at 15:
“OLSON IS DEAD.........FINALLY. Corrections Canada called me a few mins ago,” the email said. “. . . I yelled out Olson is dead. . . and started crying. 30 years of tension finally lifted and gone away.”
Dee Johnston, stepmother of Colleen Daignault, who was killed when she was 13, also received the call.
“It's been 31 years of going through hell and now it's time to let it go,” she said in an interview.
Olson, the self-proclaimed “beast of British Columbia” had served nearly 30 years in jail for torturing, sexually assaulting and murdering eight girls and three boys around B.C.’s Lower Mainland in the early 1980s.
Victims’ families were informed by Corrections Canada last week that the 71-year-old killer had just days to live.
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