Canada denies family mass murderer parole

BOWDEN, Alberta, Oct. 23 (UPI) -- The National Parole Board of Canada has denied any form of parole for a man convicted of killing six members of a British Columbia family in 1982.

David Shearing, 49, appeared Wednesday before the board in Bowden, Alberta, with petitions for either full or day parole, the Calgary Herald reported.


The board denied both with no reasons given.

Shearing was convicted of stalking a family campsite in a British Columbia provincial park in August 1982. He shot and killed a couple in their 60s along with their daughter and her husband. He abducted the younger couple's two daughters, ages 11 and 13, from their tent.

Shearing said he was driven by "sadistic" sexual urges for the 13-year-old. He kept the two girls at a small cabin for almost a week before shooting them in the head.

About a month after the slayings, police found the family's burned-out Chrysler on a dirt road, with six charred bodies in the car and trunk.

Shearing is eligible to reapply for parole in two years, the report said.

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