To earn the title of a ‘serial killer’ a person has killed three or more people during a month or more and committed the killings as separate events. There is generally a ‘cooling off’ period between the events and the murders are attempted or completed in a similar fashion. These acts are generally committed by one offender, but not always. Psychological gratification is normally the motive behind a serial killing and often involve sexual contact. Motives behind these heinous acts include anger, financial gain, thrill seeking, and many times just for attention. These are the top ten most evil Canadian serial killers who have a gained a place in history for being ruthless human beings.
List of Top 10 Most Evil Canadian Serial Killers of All Time until in 2017
10. Wayne Boden
Wayne Clifford Boden was born in 1948 and raised in Dundas, Ontario. He earned the nickname of, The Vampire Rapist as he often bit the breasts of his victims. This habit is what led to his conviction when a forensic odonatological confirmed his bite marks. This was the first such conviction and was conducted several years before Ted Bundy’s case used similar testing.
Boden went to high school in Hamilton Ontario at the Glendale Secondary School in the 1960’s. He is said to have been a quiet student that was muscular and played on the football team. He had dated several girls during his time at the school and is remembered for having one bloody encounter with another student where he came out the victor.
Boden victims included Shirley Audette, Marielle Archambault, Jean Way, and Elizabeth Anne Porteous all whom he had raped, strangled, and left bite marks on. These bite marks sealed the evidence against him and he was sentenced to life in prison with three additional life terms which he started serving in February 1972.
9. John Martin Crawford
John Martin Crawford was born in 1962 in Canada. His brutal crimes put him in the same class as David Berkowitz, Ted Bundy, and Clifford Olson. His first recorded kill was in 1981 when he was 19 years old and was convicted of killing Mary Jane Serloin. When he agreed to plead guilty to manslaughter for her death, Crawford received a 10-year sentence and was paroled after five.
Crawford lived with his mother after his release where he was known to sniff solvents, go on drinking binges, and regularly used intravenous drugs. In 1990 he was fined for trying to hire a prostitute, and in 1992 he killed two more women, Shirley Lonethunder and Cynthia Baldhead and is also suspected of killing Janet Sylvestre. His lawyers did not present any evidence on Crawford’s behalf during his triple murder trial in 1996 and he did not say a single word prior to his sentencing. While he was convicted of three murders, authorities suspect he committed many more.
8. William Patrick Fyfe
William Patrick Fyfe was born in 1955 in Toronto, Ontario. It is said he killed his first victim when he was 24 years old and was convicted of killing five women in the Montreal area of Quebec. He claimed there had been four others. He is said to have lived a normal childhood while he was raised by his aunt, although friends do state they had their suspicions of him. When he was an adult, he found a job as a handyman.
Fyfe’s known victims were Hazel Scattolon, Anna Yarnold, Monique Gaudreau, Teresa Shanahan, and Mary Glen. He killed these women by beating and stabbing them to death and the DNA evidence he left on Mary Glen’s door frame is what led to his arrest. He is serving a life sentence in a psychiatric hospital in Saskatchewan. It was only after he began serving his sentence that he admitted there were four other women he had killed.
7. Allan Legere
Allan Legere was born in 1948 in Chatham, New Brunswick. His crimes led him to earn the nickname, Monster of Miramichi. He is a serial killer and arsonist and inflicted a reign of terror upon residents of the Miramichi River valley in 1989. He was convicted of his first murder in 1986 where he and two others brutally beat to death John Glendenning. While he was serving a life sentence at the Atlantic Institution in Renous-Quarryville, it was requested he be transported to Dr. Georges-L-Dumont University Hospital Centre in Moncton, New Brunswick for the treatment of an ear infection. Legere managed to escape while at the hospital using a home-made key and antenna wire.
Legere was able to avoid capture for seven months during which time he killed an additional four people. He was captured in November of 1989 after a failed carjacking. He is currently serving his life sentence at a super-maximum security penitentiary in Sainte-Anne-des-Plaines, Quebec.
6. Robert ‘Willie’ Pickton
Robert William ‘Willie’ Pickton was born in 1949 in Port Coquitlam, British Columbia. Pickton was a multi-millionaire pig-farmer who became a serial killer convicted of killing six women in 2007. He had also been charged with the murder of an additional twenty women; however, those charges were stayed by the Crown in 2010. During Pickton’s trial, the Crown reported he had confessed to 49 murders and was caught only because he became sloppy on attempting to make it an even 50.
In 1997 Pickton was charged with attempted murder when a prostitute reported he had stabbed her while she was at his farm. She reported he had handcuffed her and then stabbed her several times, but she was able to free herself and escaped after stabbing him with his own weapon. The charges were dismissed against him in this case. Within the next three years; however, it was noticed that women who visited the farm eventually went missing.
When a search warrant was finally issued to search his farm for illegal firearms, authorities discovered the horror that had actually been occurring on this farm. Excavations performed on the site of his pig farm showed multiple bodies had been buried there. It was difficult to prove how many as the bodies had been left to decompose or be eaten by insects and pigs. It was even discovered he had ground up bodies to be fed to his pigs.
In December of 2007, the jury returned a guilty verdict on second-degree murder which carries a life sentence with no possibility of parole. During the next several years, Pickton and his lawyers would spend endless court time trying to appeal the conviction. He is one amongst the Top 10 Most Evil Canadian Serial Killers of All Time until 2017.
5. Paul Kenneth Bernardo
Paul Kenneth Bernardo was born in 1964 and is a known Canadian serial killer and serial rapist. Many of his crimes were performed with the help of his wife, Karla Homolka. As a young boy, Paul is described as a happy boy who smiled a lot and was very cute with his dimpled smile that had mothers wanting to pinch his cheeks and cuddle him. He was said to be the perfect child, polite, well mannered, good grades, and looked very nice in his boy scouts uniform.
After graduation, Paul went to work with Amway where sales culture took a deep root in him. He practiced his sales techniques on women in bars, and by the time he left the University of Toronto Scarborough had developed dark sexual fantasies and enjoyed beating up women and humiliating them in public. In 1987 he met and married Karla Homolka who encouraged his sadistic sexual behavior. He moved on to committing multiple sexual assaults with escalating violence on young women whom he stalked after they exited buses in the evening.
In 1995 Bernardo was convicted of a number of offenses, including two first-degree murders and two aggravated sexual assaults and received a life sentence without parole for at least 25 years. He has been declared a ‘dangerous offender’ so it is unlikely he will ever get released.
4. Russell Maurice Johnson
Russell Maurice Johnson was born in 1947 and earned the name as the ‘Bedroom Strangler’. He was both a rapist and serial killer who murdered several women and sexually assaulted several others during the late 70’s in London, Ontario and Guelph, and Ontario, Canada. Johnson is one of the most shocking cases in Canada as he literally got away with murder four times. The four murders took place over a ten month period and in each case the victim appeared to have died peacefully while they slept.
Johnson’s method was to watch his victim sleep for hours before he would attack them. His victims were stalked by him and he would climb as high as 13 stories on the sides of buildings to gain access to them. Johnson was found not guilty for the murders of three women in 1978 by reason of insanity and is now incarcerated at the Oak Ridge maximum-security facility of the Mental Health Centre. He confessed to seven other murders and 17 attacks.
3. Gilbert Paul Jordan
Gilbert Paul Jordan was born in 1931 and gained the name, ‘Boozing Barber’ and is a serial killer from the Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada area. He was a former barber who has been linked to the deaths of eight to ten women and is the first Canadian to use alcohol as a murder weapon. His killing spree was said to have started in 1965. He would find women in bars, buy them drinks, and then encourage them to drink with him as he often paid them for sex. When the women passed out, he would pour liquid down their throats causing their death by alcohol poisoning. Police paid little attention as most of the women were known alcoholics.
Court records on Jordan’s trial show he sought out almost 200 women per year for binge drinking over a period from 1980 to 1988. There were several arrests and one conviction for manslaughter on Gilbert Jordan which he was released on probation for. At one point of his release, the police issued a public warning regarding his release and the fact that he was dangerous and to be avoided. He died in 2006 without ever having served any serious prison time.
2. Clifford Robert Olson Jr.
Clifford Robert Olson Jr. was born in 1940 and was a convicted Canadian serial killer who admitted to killing 11 children and young adults in the early 1980’s. He had an extensive criminal history and was finally arrested in August of 1981. He confessed to 11 murders after a controversial deal with authorities where he agreed to show them the location of the bodies of those they had not yet discovered. The authorities paid Olsen’s wife and his infant son $10,000 for each victim he showed them. In total, they were paid $100,000 as Olson gave them the 11th victim ‘as a freebie’.
Olsen pleaded guilty after this agreement was carried out and was given 11 concurrent life sentences to be served in Canada’s super-maximum security Special Handling Unit where some of the most dangerous criminals are held. He has been labeled as a ‘dangerous criminal’.
1. Peter Woodcock
Peter Woodcock was born in 1939 and often went by the name of David Michael Krueger. He was a Canadian serial killer and child rapist who murdered three children in the late 1950’s. He grew up being shuttled around several foster homes and showed signs of emotional trauma as a toddler. He was unable to adjust to most social situations and was often bullied and isolated by his peers. He often left home and just wandered by foot, bicycle, or train and molested dozens and ultimately murdered three children.
He was found not guilty of these charges by reason of insanity and was placed in a psychiatric facility where it was found he was psychopathic. They tried experimental treatments with Woodcock for his psychopathy but they were ineffective which he proved by killing a fellow patient in 1991. Woodcock died in 2010 and is deemed the ‘serial killer they could not cure’.
These above are the Top 10 Most Evil Canadian Serial Killers of All Time until 2017. Canada does not have a death penalty for any person convicted of murder, no matter how heinous the crime is or the number of victims involved. The maximum sentence that can be given is 25 years, but thankfully serial killers can receive more than one life sentence. These are the top ten most evil Canadian serial killers and the sentences they received.