On May 18, 1995, the Crown Attorney gave his opening statement at the Paul Bernardo murder trial. The public and media finally heard the Crown's theory of what actually happened to 14-year-old Leslie Mahaffy and 15-year-old Kristen French. This is a replay of a previously aired episode on the Crown's opening statement. It was part 2 of a 7 part series on the trial. Scroll back in your feed to hear the other parts if you missed it the first time around.
On January 23, 1995, Guy Paul Morin was exonerated by DNA evidence in connection with the murder of his 9-year-old neighbour Christine Jessop. After he was convicted of murder in 1992, a grass roots movement sprung up to help free Morin and prove his innocence. Lawyer James Lockyer won an appeal for Morin, but before it was heard, advances in DNA technology proved once and for all that Morin did not kill Christine.
On Part 2 of this series on the exoneration of Guy Paul Morin, I look back at Morin's two trials. At the first trial in 1986, Morin was found not guilty in the murder of his 9-year-old neighbour Christine Jessop. The Crown appealed and a new trial was granted which took place beginning in November 1991. This trial included tons of new evidence including the shocking revelation that Christine had been abused for years by two young neighbors and her older brother Kenny. The trial dragged on for 9 months and everyone was stunned when the jury came back this time with a verdict of guilty. Thanks again to author Kirk Makin for his contribution to this episode.
On January 23, 1995, Guy Paul Morin was acquitted in the murder of his 9 year old neighbor Christine Jessop. His 10 year legal battle finally came to an end when new DNA technology proved that he wasn't responsible for the brutal killing and sexual assault of Christine.
Christine disappeared from her home on October 3, 1984, shortly after she was dropped off by a school bus in front of her house in Queensville, Ontario. Queensville is a small farming town about one hour north of Toronto and the disappearance shocked the community.
Part one of this series looks back at the disappearance of Christine and the arrest of Guy Paul Morin.
I am taking a short break from 1995 to air a podcast series over the next several weeks about an unprecedented legal case that has been making news in Toronto since July 2013. That's when 18-year-old Sammy Yatim was shot and killed by a Toronto Police Officer. Yatim was armed with a small knife and was standing just inside an empty streetcar when Toronto Constable James Forcillo shot him 8 times. Forcillo was eventually convicted in the teen's death but this fall the police officer will appeal the conviction. His lawyers say the judge caused a miscarriage of justice when he excluded evidence that Yatim may have been on a mission to commit suicide by cop.
In this bonus episode two interviews I did in 1995 about the Paul Bernardo Murder trial.
When Paul Bernardo was found guilty of first degree murder in the deaths of Leslie Mahaffy and Kristen French the case was far from over. The Crown wanted Bernardo to be declared a Dangerous Offender so he could be sent to jail indefinitely. And there were several more emotional hurdles for the families. Including victim impact statements at Bernardo's Dangerous Offender hearing, the demolition of the house where the girls were killed and the destruction of the horrific video-taped evidence from the case. In this final episode of Season One host Kathy Kenzora also brings you up to date on the status of Bernardo today. All music in this episode written and performed by Lee Rosevere.
After four months of testimony it's time for closing arguments from the Defence and the Crown at the Paul Bernardo murder trial. The Defence continues to advance it's position that Bernardo wasn't present when 14 year old Leslie Mahaffy and 15 year old Kristen French died. The Crown says that is a complete fantasy. The jury takes less then eight hours to decide who is telling the truth. All music in this episode written and performed by Lee Rosevere.
On August 15th, 1995, Paul Bernardo took the stand to defend himself against two first degree murder charges. It was the first time he would explain publically what happened to 14 year old Leslie Mahaffy and 15 year old Kristen French. His ex-wife had testified earlier that Bernardo strangled both girls with an electrical cord after kidnapping, confining and sexually assaulting them. Bernardo turned up his charm when he took the stand and had a quick answer for everything. But after several days of grueling questioning by the Crown his confidence appeared to disappear. All music in this episode written and performed by Lee Rosevere.
On June 15th, 1995, the Crown's star witness took the stand to testify against Paul Bernardo at his murder trial. His ex-wife Karla Homolka would spend 17 days on the stand. She testified about her abusive relationship with Bernardo and described how Bernardo alone killed both Leslie Mahaffy and Kristen French. But things got heated when Defence Lawyer John Rosen cross-examined Homolka. Host Kathy Kenzora covered the trial from start to finish and provides her first hand account of the verbal sparring between Rosen and Homolka. All music in this episode written and performed by Lee Rosevere.
On May 31st 1995, jurors at the Paul Bernardo murder trial began watching video taped evidence that showed the horrific sexual assaults on Leslie Mahaffy and Kristen French. An earlier ruling by the judge meant that the public and the media in court were only allowed to listen to the videos. Host Kathy Kenzora was in court while the videos played and sat just a few rows ahead of Leslie's mother who broke down when she heard Bernardo viciously assaulting her daughter moments before the crown says he killed her. A warning this episode contains content not suitable for all. Music in this episode was written and performed by Lee Rosevere.
On May 18, 1995 the Crown Attorney in the Paul Bernardo murder trial stood up and began a four hour opening statement. The statement ended 2 years of secrecy and rumors about what really happened to Leslie Mahaffy and Kristen French. Family members of the victims were in court as the gruesome details were finally revealed. The crown described in detail what was on 6 video tapes made by Bernardo and his ex-wife Karla Homolka. Two weeks later the judge in the case ruled that the public and media could not view those tapes but they could listen to them. All music in this episode was written and performed by Lee Rosevere.
Episode 1of 1995 dives into the trial of Canada's most notorious killer - Paul Bernardo. In this episode, host Kathy Kenzora takes a look back at jury selection. The intense media coverage of the case turned even the normally mundane process of selecting jurors into a media circus. All music in this episode was written and performed by Lee Rosevere.