Michael Rafferty joining killers Russell Williams and Paul Bernardo in Quebec prison
Michael Rafferty. (QMI Agency)
LONDON, Ont. -- The trio of killers is together again.
Michael Rafferty is joining fellow murderers ex-colonel Russell Williams and Paul Bernardo in a Quebec prison.
The man who kidnapped, raped and killed eight-year-old Victoria “Tori” Stafford was recently moved from maximum-security Kingston Penitentiary to the maximum-security Port-Cartier Institution about 800 km northeast of Montreal, relatives of the girl said.
“I don’t care where he is, as long he’s behind bars and not receiving any privileges,” Tori’s mother, Tara McDonald, said Friday.
Williams and Bernardo were moved from Kingston to Port-Cartier in the winter, sources told QMI Agency in February.
A spokesperson for Correctional Services Canada said the department cannot confirm transfers of prisoners, due to privacy concerns.
The idea of notorious killers sharing space together inspired a riveting and eventually much publicized exchange between investigators and Rafferty during a police interrogation after his arrest in May 2009.
“The nice thing about the place you’re going to be spending a good chunk of your life is they actually have glass cells so you and Bernardo can make googly eyes at each other all day, whatever you guys do in there,” an angry Det. Sgt. Jim Smyth told Rafferty in a videotaped session played during Rafferty’s trial.
In Kingston, Williams and Bernardo complained about a third cellblock mate, former Toronto cop Richard Wills, who murdered his mistress.
Wills sang all night and regularly defecated on himself, forcing guards to spray him down, sources told QMI Agency. Wills was transferred to B.C. and Rafferty ended up in his cell.
It’s not known if the three killers are sharing cells in the same area of Port-Cartier.
Several of English Canada’s most notorious killers have been housed in Quebec prisons, where they’re less known among the French-speaking population. Bernardo’s ex-wife and accomplice, Karla Homolka, served the last nine years of her sentence in Quebec prisons.
Now-deceased child murderer Clifford Olson spent his final years at Sainte-Anne-des-Plaines prison north of Montreal.
The three killers
--Michael Rafferty was convicted in 2012 of the April 2009 murder of Tori Stafford, who was snatched off the street while walking home from school in Woodstock, Ont.
--Paul Bernardo was convicted in 1995 of the kidnapping and sex slayings of teenagers Kristen French and Leslie Mahaffy.
--Russell Williams, a former air force colonel, was sentenced in October 2010 to two life sentences for first-degree murder, two 10-year sentences for other sexual assaults, two 10-year sentences for forcible confinement and 82 one-year sentences for burglary.