Prison holds power trio of perverts in Magnotta, Bernardo, Rafferty

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Michael Rafferty will never get the headlines or airtime of Paul Bernardo or Luka Magnotta.

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But there he is, centre stage in the Macaza Institution in Quebec with all the other perverts, predators and pedophiles.

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On April 8, 2009, Rafferty got his girlfriend Terri-Lynne McClintic to lure Tori Stafford, just 8, into their car and off the streets of Woodstock with the promise of seeing a puppy. The twisted twosome took the terrified little girl to a farmer’s field near Mount Forest where Tori begged for her life.

No mercy was shown. The child was raped and beaten to death with a hammer. Her tiny body was found three months later.

Never mind all that, Corrections Canada said. In 2018, Rafferty was moved from maximum security to the “open campus” medium-security Macaza, in the lovely Laurentians north of Montreal.

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Now, he has two new playmates in Magnotta and Bernardo, along with a slew of hyper-violent criminals who should never again see the light of day. Nor should their lives be made any easier.

It is Magnotta who triggered the most recent rage against the dumb, cinder-block wall that is the Correctional Service of Canada (CSC), a story first reported exclusively by the Toronto Sun. He too is now a resident of Macaza.

The Toronto Sun broke the Magnotta story. THE TORONTO SUN
The Toronto Sun broke the Magnotta story. THE TORONTO SUN

The aspiring porn star who gained international notoriety with the Netflix documentary Don’t F*** With Cats was convicted in 2014 of murdering and dismembering international student Jun Lin.

Magnotta copped to the murder and dismemberment. As a macabre touch, he mailed the dead man’s body parts to various political parties and schools. The killer is serving an indeterminate life sentence.

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Who makes these decisions? Step forward, please. Was it not in then Public Safety Minister Marco Mendicino’s purview to hit the brakes?

According to Global News, a year before Bernardo’s transfer, Mendicino’s office was told by CSC they wanted to move Magnotta to Macaza.

Jun Lin, 33, shown in this undated Facebook photo, was an undergraduate student at Montreal's Concordia University who was brutally killed and dismembered by Luka Magnotta in 2012.
Jun Lin, 33, shown in this undated Facebook photo, was an undergraduate student at Montreal’s Concordia University who was brutally killed and dismembered by Luka Magnotta in 2012.

“Advanced notification was provided to the Minister of Public Safety’s office once the offender had been approved for the transfer and again when the transfer date had been determined,” CSC spokesperson Esther Mailhot said in a statement to Global News.

Magnotta was reportedly transferred to the lap of the Laurentians in August 2022. But until the Sun broke the story, the move was kept on the down low.

Back in 2018, an incredulous Rodney Stafford expressed his shock, hurt and anger at his daughter’s murderer, Rafferty, moving from maximum to medium security.

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“Our children and lost loved ones deserve justice and security within our country. I am so ashamed to be Canadian right now,” Stafford wrote on Facebook.

“Corrections Service Canada needs an immediate overhaul if this is what they consider justice.”

Tori Stafford
Tori Stafford was murdered at the age of eight in Woodstock, Ontario.

Since that outrage, the situation has become significantly worse. A fanatical pursuit of some social experiment cooked up in the faculty lounge.

For a medium-security prison, Macaza oddly holds some of the most reviled sex killers in the country. While the facility specializes in dealing with violent sex offenders, I suspect there’s another reason for the moves of the three boldface murderers.

Bernardo, Magnotta and Rafferty are national rock stars of homicide, and their comings and goings are of particular interest to the media and public in English Canada. But in Quebec?

Not so much, and hey, not a bad way to relaunch them into the public sphere. Just ask Karla Homolka.

It’s done quietly. Of course.

But what am I talking about? No sane country would let these monsters back on the street.

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