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Title: David Shearing aka David Ennis - Murderer - Wells Gray Park - Clearwater, BC
Post by: Chris on August 16, 2008, 02:36:31 AM
In the summer of 1982, David Shearing of Clearwater, B.C., pleaded guilty to six counts of second-degree murder. He will be eligible for parole in October after serving 25 years of a life sentence.

Bob and Jackie Johnson, their daughters Janet, 13, and Karen, 11, and Jackie's parents, George and Edith Bentley, were found dead after they failed to return from a camping trip near Clearwater. They had been shot and then burned in the family car.

The Johnson girls were kidnapped and sexually assaulted for 2 week before being killed.

http://www.cbc.ca/canada/british-columbia/story/2008/06/23/bc-petition-against-shearing-parole.html
Title: Re: David Shearing aka David Ennis - Murderer - Wells Gray Park - Clearwater, BC
Post by: Chris on August 16, 2008, 02:40:03 AM
This guy is up for parole this October, and I guess since he is at the max 25 years they have to let him out.

If you look at the timeline Des created of murders in the area before his arrest, it is possible this guy is a serial killer. He knows the backroads very well, he is some kind of outdoorsman and when arrested, he was living in Tumbler Ridge, about a 2 hour drive out of Dawson Creek.

I hope the police have tested every bit of DNA possible against his to make sure there is not another murder they can pin on him now.

Crime Stories put on a really stunning show about this crime. He stalked then shot all 4 adults so he could molest the girls for 3 weeks and then burned the vehicles, belongings and bodies in the backwoods and it took a year to find the truck finally.

Oh yeah, he was also busted for a fatal hit and run.
Title: Re: David Shearing aka David Ennis - Murderer - Wells Gray Park - Clearwater, BC
Post by: debbiec on August 16, 2008, 10:41:46 AM
Chris I recently mentioned this case in the Cristine Calayaca thread simply because I was trying to point out how hard it would be to find one body in a large provincial park. As you know, in this case people searched for the truck and camper for sometime,while in fact,it and the car were in the park the entire time. Sitings came in from all across Canada and one in particular that caught the attention of authorities where someone said they had seen the truck and camper and knew that it was being driven by two french speaking individuals. That fact prompted one of the biggest manhunts in Canadian history (maybe even the biggest). They decked out a truck and camper to appear identical to the one they were looking for and drove it across Canada in hopes that it would jog people's memories. This guy's motivation for these horrendous murders were those two little girls. He told of how he watched the family around their campfire, I believe it was the night before and made his plan. The next night he stepped out of the shadows and was able to kill all the adults and take the two girls hostage. What surprised me was how sloppy the whole crime was, even to where he put the car,and yet it took so long to find it and solve the murders. He kept those two girls alive for his sexual pleasure and even moved around the park with them. The fact that he could have been a serial murderer has crossed my mind many times over the years. He actually lived with his family just outside the park and really knew the area well. The fatal hit and run also occured very close to his family home. He killed a young man that was on foot. In 1973 Gale Weys went missing while hitchiking. Could she have taken a ride from this guy? Not likely as he would not have been old enough to drive.He would only have been 13 or fourteen years old at the time. There is a book about this that I have read that was written by an investigator from Kamloops that was on this case. It is called "The Seventh Shadow" and it goes into pretty good detail about the whole thing including the manhunt for David Shearing and his arrest. I lived in Clearwater at the time so this has always stuck with me. I just read that David Shearing now goes by his new name which is David Ennis. Also found out that the residents of Kelowna's Westside, where the Johnsons lived have circulated a petition against his upcoming release from prison in Red Deer, AB.  They are doing the same in Clearwater and want the signatures to be considered in his parole. However, as far as I know he was never decared a dangerous offender. (Can't figure out why) so I don't think they can detain him after twenty five years. Does anyone know when they have to declare someone as a dangerous offender. Can it be done at any time or only at the original sentencing?
Title: Re: David Shearing aka David Ennis - Murderer - Wells Gray Park - Clearwater, BC
Post by: Chris on August 16, 2008, 03:16:35 PM
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However, as far as I know he was never decared a dangerous offender. (Can't figure out why) so I don't think they can detain him after twenty five years. Does anyone know when they have to declare someone as a dangerous offender. Can it be done at any time or only at the original sentencing?

I think it can be done at any time, but not to people after that law was passed. It is such a shame Canada does not have a life in prison with no parole option at least. This guy is about the worst kind of killer there is. Those poor girls.

Crime Stories did show that 1 year wasted with tips about the french guys. But it was still a stroke of luck they got him. There was no evidence except that he had asked someone how to register a truck with a bullel hole in the door, and it turns out the burned truck did have a bullet hole.

The whole case would only be solved if the guy confessed and fortunetly, in 1983, before all those criminal rights people were so dominant, the police took the guy in and he confessed.

I wonder if it would have been possible to solve this otherwise. Circumstantial cases need more then one piece of evidence to prove guilt so it would have taken a lot of work.
Title: Re: David Shearing aka David Ennis - Murderer - Wells Gray Park - Clearwater, BC
Post by: debbiec on August 16, 2008, 03:36:27 PM
I guess he really did get life in prison without the possibility of parole as life in Canada is twenty five years. I would like to see them change that to natural life, which to me is what life should be anyway. I actually found the crime story episode that you are referring to on You Tube so I will take the time to watch that some time. Also when I picked up my copy of "Until You Are Dead" I tried to pick up a copy of "The Seventh Shadow", as I had borrowed the one I read originally. It appears that it may not be in print anymore. Anyone wishing to read it may find it at their local library which is where I will check next.
Title: Re: David Shearing aka David Ennis - Murderer - Wells Gray Park - Clearwater, BC
Post by: Chris on August 16, 2008, 03:39:29 PM
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I would like to see them change that to natural life

Yes that is what i meant too. I don't have a problem with the dangerous offender status, but I would much prefer to see a jury give this sentence after conviction. Plus a natural life sentence could be used a leverage to get a confession from someone in exchange for life with parole after 25 years.

Just the chance of being free one day could change some of these peoples minds before rolling the dice with a jury.
Title: Re: David Shearing aka David Ennis - Murderer - Wells Gray Park - Clearwater, BC
Post by: debbiec on August 16, 2008, 03:53:52 PM
I agree Chris. I wonder if this guy changed his name so he can go about living a normal existence hidden from the wrath of society when he gets out. It makes me wonder if he had to go through the normal procedure for a name change seeing as he was in prison. In BC when you change you're name you are required to run the application for name change in three different newspapers (don't know about AB where he is incarcerated). In the ad it will state what you're name is and what you are changing it to. I can't really see him being able to return to Clearwater if that is even still where his family is. It's a small town and everyone seems to know the family.
Title: Re: David Shearing aka David Ennis - Murderer - Wells Gray Park - Clearwater, BC
Post by: debbiec on August 16, 2008, 10:28:16 PM
Even though life in Canada is life without the possibility of parole for twenty five years I was not thinking of the fact that he could still be denied, maybe he can. I was sure this had been discussed on another topic, maybe Clifford Olsen? The difference between David Shearing and Clifford Olsen is that I think Olsen was declared a dangerous offender, was he not? I was also wondering if he is considered to be a serial killer or a mass murderer. Maybe if he has only committed these murders all at once (which seems unlikely to me) he is classified as a mass murderer. Do you have to commit separate murders to be a serial killer? Anyone know?
Title: Re: David Shearing aka David Ennis - Murderer - Wells Gray Park - Clearwater, BC
Post by: SeeOtter on August 20, 2008, 01:29:35 PM
This is my first post here, and I would first like to thank those who have posted, especially the regulars and those who have set up this website.  It is important to remember the tragedies of those murders, especially the missing, and those families who struggle everyday with not knowing what happened, where is their loved one.  To those who participated on this website with kind helpful words, blessings.

About those Wells Gray park murders, I remember those like yesterday.  I also read the book, and I have a question.  The book alludes to the possibility that David Shearing had accomplices.  For example, someone else from the community knew about the truck with a bullet hole in it.  Also, someone in Ontario knew so many accurate details about the truck in question, it could not have been made up.  Does anyone know about this?  Could it be that some gang or cult was involved?  The crime was so heinous, it defies imagination that only one man was involved, and one so young at that.

Hope the RCMP have thoroughly investigated those possibilities.

I don't readily have access to a computer, but will try to keep in touch.

See Otter
Title: Re: David Shearing aka David Ennis - Murderer - Wells Gray Park - Clearwater, BC
Post by: debbiec on August 20, 2008, 03:04:08 PM
Hi SeeOtter, I was happy to see someone else here that knows about this case. Did you live in Clearwater at the time? I don't know if you have read all the info on this topic, but I lived in Clearwater at the time of these murders and I know it's something I will never forget. I think from everything I have seen or read on this case, the reason other people knew about the truck was because he talked too much. He had asked someone how you could go about registering a vehicle that had a bullet hole in it. He made a full confession. He told of how he had watched this family as they were around the campfire the night before and planned how he would execute the murders. I don't agree that it would have been hard for him to have acted alone as he used the element of surprise. As you know from reading the book he had a gun, so it is pretty easy to overpower people with that. He used the mother's love for her children to take her down, as he waited until she was coming down the path from the tent they were in to go after her. Her first instinct would have been to protect those two little girls and he shot her in the back as she turned to run back to the tent. I have absolutely no reason to believe that it was a cult or gang and that comes from his own confession. Clearwater was a tiny community at the time, and it isn't too much bigger today. The population is higher and yet there has really been no apparent growth such as new businesses.To this day I don't think there is any gang activity and I've been going back there every year since I left and have never heard of a cult either. The biggest problem they have there is grow ops. The other thing you bought up was the possibility of an accomplice and that is something people have speculated about over the years. The rumour around town is that the person who helped him, drown in Clearwater Lake some time ago. I don't know how much I would believe that though as he himself says he acted alone and describes the way he committed the entire crime. I really see no reason why he would have quietly taken the blame if someone else helped him. He has sat in jail at this time for longer than he was a free man because he was so young at the time.
Title: Re: David Shearing aka David Ennis - Murderer - Wells Gray Park - Clearwater, BC
Post by: Chris on August 20, 2008, 04:28:43 PM
I think the people in Ontario who had good knowledge of the truck, were people who were still under the assumption those 2 french guys were the ones police looking for.

I did wonder at first if the guy had any help only because I wondered how he would get home after burning those vehicles. But I guess walking home is not out of the question for this guy, I do not know the distance he would have travelled.

If he did have help, I would think it was after the fact and not part of the actual killing and molesting.
Title: Re: David Shearing aka David Ennis - Murderer - Wells Gray Park - Clearwater, BC
Post by: debbiec on August 20, 2008, 05:28:51 PM
He could easily have walked home from the crime scene Chris. I'm even saying that based on how far it would be if he stayed on the main road, and because his family lived in the park I would bet that he probably knew about a shortcut through the bush that may have been even faster. It's all downhill from the campsite to the area where the family home was so that would make it even faster. I doubt he would have seen much (if any) traffic at night on that road so he may not have been seen even if he did stay on the road. If he did have any help it would probably have been someone that he cared enough about not to implicate, otherwise I don't think he would have been so quiet all these years as it was him talking that got him caught in the first place. Funny thing is Clearwater was and is a small town where people know each other and everyone that I've ever talked to about this that lived there was surprised to find out that the killer was this quiet man. Maybe still waters do run deep. If I'm not mistaken he returned to the scene (can't remember if it was the next day now) and lit the vehicles on fire. Like I said before, it seemed like the whole thing was very sloppy and I don't know how he wasn't caught a lot sooner.
Title: Re: David Shearing aka David Ennis - Murderer - Wells Gray Park - Clearwater, BC
Post by: SeeOtter on August 24, 2008, 04:38:48 PM
Sorry for the delay in responding.  No, I'm not from Clearwater.  We were just on a camping vacation about one hour's drive from Wells Gray when the news came out about the bodies found in the burned car in September 1982.  Most campers then packed up and went home.

I did not mean that there were gangs or cults in Clearwater itself, but perhaps in the surrounding area, Kamloops, etc.  Just read the book recently and it struck me that there are many things that don't add up in Shearing's confession.  Even the author/investigator mentions by the end of the book that Shearing has likely not told all the truth.  And for that, he should never get out of jail.

I did not get the sense from the book that Shearing was a bigmouth.  They only figured out about him once they found the camper truck stuck in an extremely remote backroad known only to locals.  That's when investigators figured it had to be a local man.  In the fall of 1983, investigators following a few tips and found Shearing in Tumbler Ridge living and participating with other thieves.  Not exactly a quiet lifestyle.

But there had been someone in Clearwater according to the book, who was not willing to talk about the truck with a bullet hole in it.

As for the burned car, which had been left a long distance away in a remote location, Shearing said in his initial confession that he walked the 20 km back to his home in pouring rain at night and went to work the next day as usual.  I just find too hard to believe, that he did not have someone else in another vehicle to drive him back.

As for the tip from Ontario about the camper truck, this was from someone with a criminal past who mentioned details about that truck that were known only to police or the owner/user of the truck.  This individual was indicating that the camper truck had been on its way to the United States.  Could not have been getting further away than its actual location in Wells Gray Park.  Sure hope the RCMP looked further into this "tipster".

I could imagine that cults or organized crime gangs (in the end they're the same thing) have connections that reach far and probably over the US border.  One way they entrap prospective new members is to initiate them by forcing the "choice" of either kill/torture a victim, or having the same thing done to them.  Once the crime is done, the new member feels hopelessly implicated.

Shearing's confession came only in progressive layers and he probably still has not told the whole truth yet.  I sure hope the RCMP are still investigating the whole set of circumstances, especially his thieving partners.

I'm thinking of the 200 victims of the "highway murders" in that part of the country, of which I just recently heard about.  It seems like way too many to be just random killers.   Just my thoughts.

Would like to know what you think if you get a chance to read the book.
Title: Re: David Shearing aka David Ennis - Murderer - Wells Gray Park - Clearwater, BC
Post by: debbiec on August 24, 2008, 05:12:48 PM
Hi SeeOtter,  just read you're post and I am unclear on what you mean when you are talking about the truck and camper being on it's way to the states. As far as any gang connection to this crime, I really find it highly unlikely. Clearwater is a very small community and in a way it seems like it's a place that time has kind of forgotten. I really can't imagine anyone driving all the way from Kamloops to carry out there crime in Wells Gray Park and I'm not even sure that there was gang activity in Kamloops in 1982. It would be a good two hour drive into the park. I lived in Clearwater from the early seventies until the mid eighties and certainly never saw or heard anything about gangs. Honestly in some ways it reminded me back then more of the movie 'Deliverence'. If you ever get a chance to see the episode of 'Crime Story' that featured this crime I think it is probably pretty well done. In that show they talk about how he told people that he had a vehicle that had a bullet hole in it and they are the ones that told RCMP about that when they were questioned. I have read the book and do think it is a pretty accurate account based on anything I have ever heard about the case.
Title: Re: David Shearing aka David Ennis - Murderer - Wells Gray Park - Clearwater, BC
Post by: peterg on November 06, 2008, 10:24:39 PM
   i too lived in clearwater at the time, and actually knew david.  everyone was shocked when he was charged and for years i just didnt believe it myself.  not until i read the book.  but i do agree, that the book left a lot to think about.  i know of no one in clearwater who ever thought david worked alone.  it was almost impossible.  even if he knew the backroads etc.  the time frame of doing the crime and cleaning up the scene walking all that way through the bush at night, etc...just doesnt add up.  i always wondered why they didnt look further.  knowing who david was...i do think he would cover up for his buddys.  i dont think they'd do the same for him.  but the common thought in clearwater is that he wasnt alone. 
Title: Re: David Shearing aka David Ennis - Murderer - Wells Gray Park - Clearwater, BC
Post by: debbiec on November 06, 2008, 10:34:49 PM
As I said in an earlier post peterg, there was some speculation by the people in town that he had an accomplice that drown some time ago up at Clearwater Lake. That has never been substantiated. The truth will probably never be known, seeing as that person is deceased and David Shearing has steadfastly maintained for more than twenty five years now that he acted alone.
Title: Re: David Shearing aka David Ennis - Murderer - Wells Gray Park - Clearwater, BC
Post by: Chris on November 07, 2008, 04:18:53 AM
I doubt they will ever know either. So it makes you wonder about the other deaths since and even during.
Title: Re: David Shearing aka David Ennis - Murderer - Wells Gray Park - Clearwater, BC
Post by: Adrian on November 08, 2008, 06:55:50 AM
Strange but true: Women who fall for inmates:::and marry them!


'Til death do us part -- women who marry jailed men
Fatal attraction or a shot at redemption?
 
Larissa Liepins
Canwest News Service

Saturday, November 08, 2008

David Shearing in custody in 1982. Shearing pleaded guilty to the murder of six members of the Bentley and Johnson families in 1982.
CREDIT: Debra Brash, Kamloops Daily News, File
David Shearing in custody in 1982. Shearing pleaded guilty to the murder of six members of the Bentley and Johnson families in 1982.

When Heather Ennis started writing letters to David Shearing, she knew he was a killer.

She knew he had shot and killed six members of the same extended family who were camping near Wells Gray Park in the B.C. Interior in August 1982.

It's unclear whether, when Ennis married him -- 10 years into his life sentence -- she also knew her husband had held two of his six victims captive for nearly a week: 13-year-old Janet Johnson and her 11-year-old sister, Karen -- and that he'd tried four times to rape Janet.

Still, Ennis has stood by her man for the past 14 years.

"He's an ordinary human being," Ennis said after Shearing's unsuccessful bid for parole last month. "I know the man's heart is in the right place."

What's not so ordinary, perhaps, is that Ennis is far from alone. Her willingness to forgive her husband's horrific acts is common among women with boyfriends or husbands doing time for violent crime.

On online discussion boards such as prison-online.com, women chat anonymously about their longing and frustration with having a man "down for life."

On a thread titled, How did you meet your lifer? (a lifer being someone serving a life sentence), a typical entry reads, "I met my lifer while he was inside ... We just corresponded as friends for quite some time. He tried not to fall in love with me but couldn't help himself. We have been together for over 3 yrs. now and recently got married. It's WONDERFUL!!!!"

Inmates in Canadian prisons -- and most inmates in the U.S. -- have no access to the Internet. But a plethora of mostly U.S.-based pen-pal sites make such correspondence -- and relationships -- possible. They charge inmates a fee to post their ads, then print and forward the responses.

WriteAPrisoner.com, for instance, has 4,923 inmate profiles, searchable by age, ethnicity, astrological sign, and whether the prisoner is serving life or on death row.

Prisonpenpals.com has a Canada section, where a good-looking young man from Quebec writes, "I'm locked up for 25 years because I killed a police officer while acting in self-defence. I'm working on an appeal and hopefully I'll be successful. Age, race and appearance don't matter, I just want to find someone to share my secrets with."

INMATES ENCOURAGED

Corrections Canada encourages inmates to form romantic relationships with people on the outside, says Neil Boyd, author of The Last Dance: Murder in Canada.

"They know that men who are released into stable relationships have a much better chance of success than men who have no contacts of this kind," says Boyd, a professor at Simon Fraser University's School of Criminology.

"It seems, on the face of it, a risky proposition, but again, most violent criminals aren't walking time-bombs; they're not like Paul Bernardo or Clifford Olson."

In fact, 95 per cent of murderers in Canada won't return to jail after they're released, Boyd says.

(There were 594 homicides committed across Canada in 2007, the latest numbers available.)

"They may go back for violating their terms of parole, but to be convicted of a violent offence after release from a homicide conviction is extremely rare."

Shearing -- who's eligible for a review for full parole every two years -- is a "moderate" risk to reoffend, according to his parole officer.

But many critics say romancing a violent criminal can stem from a very unhealthy impulse that can ultimately turn fatal.

Justin Ciale, a retired penitentiary psychologist, says he knows of at least two women who didn't survive their correspondence with men behind bars.

"I was always intrigued by the fact that women who would fall for inmates who were sexual predators," Ciale said, stressing he hasn't systematically studied the phenomenon of hybristophilia (the syndrome of being sexually aroused by those who commit particularly cruel and violent crimes), which he observed when he worked at Saint-Vincent-de-Paul penitentiary before it closed in 1989.

"A couple of the women were victims: The men killed them after they were released."

In another case, described by Jacquelynne Willcox-Bailey in her book Dream Lovers: Women Who Marry Men Behind Bars, two middle-aged and devoutly Christian sisters in Australia, Avril and Rose, left long-term "boring" marriages for men in prison.

One man had been convicted of minor property offences. The other had killed his previous wife, and promised to convert to Christianity for his new wife, Rose.

Both relationships ended tragically: A week after his release, the thief bludgeoned Avril to death with a hammer. The other husband ended up back in prison after trying to cut Rose's ear off and pull out her teeth with pliers.

But a more mundane reason so many women seek relationships with notorious killers, says Sheila Isenberg, the New York-based author of Women Who Love Men Who Kill, is the desire for vicarious celebrity.

Because Shearing's case was so widely reported and sensational, "his wife would fall into the category of women who get involved with serial or mass murderers, or sensational killers, rather than women who get involved with garden-variety murderers -- someone who's committed one crime, who doesn't have a high profile, who isn't in the media," says Isenberg, who interviewed three dozen "serial-killer groupies" for her book.

Bernardo has received marriage proposals, and Carol Ann Boone married Ted Bundy -- after he was convicted of killing about 30 women across the U.S. Serial killer Richard Ramirez, who murdered and dismembered 13 people in the 1980s, had no trouble finding a bride in Doreen Lioy.

Female killers, though far fewer, are no different. Convicted rapist and killer Karla Homolka attracted fan mail and marriage proposals, and websites such as ladiesofthepen.com feature hundreds of ads for female inmates -- some racier than others.

Isenberg argues the impulse to contact violent criminals is even more common since she wrote her book in 1991.

"There were no reality TV shows, there were no makeover shows; we did not have the kind of celebrity worship that we have today. Back then, there were women who got involved with serial killers, but now, people want to be famous, they want to be on television.

"And then, we have the Internet, and you can be on the Internet in a million different ways."

Katherine Ramsland, who teaches forensic psychology at DeSales University in Pennsylvania, agrees.

"If you're dating someone notorious, you put it on your Facebook or myspace page, and you know a lot of people are going to look at that and say, 'Ooh, aah, how'd you get that guy?' "

PEN PALS BARTERED

A common practice, which Ramsland says many offenders have described to her, is the sale or barter of women's addresses and phone numbers: An inmate will sell his pen pal's address to an offender being released. "That guy will go to the woman's house and try to get money from her or something, while others are so successful in their manipulation, women give up jobs and sell their homes to be close to the offender."

Several of the nearly 900 postings on prisontalk.com's "Met while incarcerated" discussion thread bear this out.

One woman writes: "I met my fiance through a pen-pal ad. ... We haven't met yet, but I plan on going out there this summer, and moving to be closer to him so we can start our life together when he gets out."

Boyd, however, says even killers can eventually lead normal lives -- especially if they have stable relationships to keep them grounded.

"This is often about men who have made tragic mistakes, but who don't represent significant risks in relationships. We shouldn't make the assumption that, just because a woman gets involved with a man behind bars, there's something pathological about her or their relationship.

"It may very well be a healthy relationship, and it may well last a lifetime."

That's rare, says Willcox-Bailey.

"I haven't yet met one couple whose relationship lasted long-term after the offender was released."

With files from Jamie Komarnicki, Calgary Herald, and Elise Stolte, Edmonton Journal
? The Edmonton Journal 2008


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Title: Re: David Shearing aka David Ennis - Murderer - Wells Gray Park - Clearwater, BC
Post by: mauvelilac on November 08, 2008, 12:37:17 PM
Whatever floats your boat. I mean really it must have something to do with that fifteen minutes of fame scenario. What will these people have to offer when they are released? If they were to have children, what kind of life would those children have? I can see the topic of conversation in the school playground, "My daddy's a doctor...my daddy's a lawyer, what does your daddy do?" "Mine was a serial killer who has been rehabilitated." I'm shaking my head right now. I knew it happened because of Karla Homolka, but really what are these people thinking or are they even thinking?
Title: Re: David Shearing aka David Ennis - Murderer - Wells Gray Park - Clearwater, BC
Post by: Chris on November 09, 2008, 12:53:31 AM
I see this often. In fact, that is how Steven Truscott met his wife, she wrote him in prison and waited for him to get out. For some reason, some women are attracted to really twisted evil perverted sickos;
Title: Re: David Shearing aka David Ennis - Murderer - Wells Gray Park - Clearwater, BC
Post by: mauvelilac on November 09, 2008, 10:50:14 AM
I know Chris but Steven Truscott is not your run of the mill killer. He was sentenced to hang at a young age, then the sentence was commuted then he was paroled and went on to lead a productive life. There's still no definative proof he actually killed Lynne Harper. His prospective wife I read was somehow related to his parole officer which didn't put him at a high risk to reoffend, if indeed he offended the first time around. Which I don't believe he did, but I think remember reading you do.
This Shearing guy killed an entire family and is at high risk to kill again. That's comparing bananas with ice cream.
Title: Re: David Shearing aka David Ennis - Murderer - Wells Gray Park - Clearwater, BC
Post by: Adrian on November 09, 2008, 11:11:22 AM


Shearing does  not need to be out wandering around. He has to stay in prison. That totally f**Ked up PED, killed a family to get at the kids. Then he kills them. This peice of maggot turd, should never be allowed in public again.

Title: Re: David Shearing aka David Ennis - Murderer - Wells Gray Park - Clearwater, BC
Post by: lostlinganer on November 09, 2008, 11:54:26 AM
you know adrian; the more and more I read of these animals being set free again - the more I lean toward the Satanic theory.
Officials are given position in high power - licenses to practice - etc. based on superior ability and education, which, in theory got them where they are.
That being said, you wouldn't need much intelligence to know you don't catch a fox in the hen house, take him out of there, bury the dead hens, and then put him back to kill the rest.
And that being said, we know these justice officials (backed by government officials) and I'll include the brainless ones who got in with drag and/or the lawyers who paid other brains to take their bar exam - and eventually worked their way up the ladder to positions of power .... all have above average intelligence.  This can only mean they are deliberately accomodating the lawless, murdering insanities occurring after they have set these animals free again.
The only thing that can explain this is an underlying hate for the general public and/or truth to the many times talked of and written about, satanic beliefs of power from the devil and rewards beyond belief.  imo
Title: Re: David Shearing aka David Ennis - Murderer - Wells Gray Park - Clearwater, BC
Post by: Sleuth on June 03, 2009, 09:52:11 PM
He will be fully eligible for parole in 2010.

Killer denied parole says he hates 'own skin'
Driven by sadistic fantasies, Shearing shot family, kept girls alive for six days
Elise Stolte, The Edmonton Journal
Published: Thursday, October 23, 2008

BOWDEN - With the four adults dead around the campfire, David Shearing crawled into the tent to find the object of his violent, sexual fantasies -- blond-haired, 13-year-old Janet Johnson.

But she started to cry when he hit her.

"At that point, I lost the excitement that I had felt. I wasn't able to continue any further in the sadistic part of it," Shearing told his first parole hearing Wednesday, 26 years after the crime.
Shelley Boden and Kelly Nielsen speak to the media as they arrive at the Bowden Insitution for the parole hearing of David Ennis, also known as David Shearing, who killed their relatives in 1982.View Larger Image View Larger Image
Shelley Boden and Kelly Nielsen speak to the media as they arrive at the Bowden Insitution for the parole hearing of David Ennis, also known as David Shearing, who killed their relatives in 1982.
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With their parents and grandparents dead, Shearing said he kept the girls alive for six days and molested Janet.

Then, because he was scared he would be found, he shot them both in the back of their heads, loaded their bodies into their family vehicle and burned them.

He had never met the family before he slaughtered them.

On Wednesday, three members of the National Parole Board heard his first application for parole at Bowden Institution south of Red Deer.

Shearing's apologies and explanations weren't enough.

"The board's decision today is to deny both day and full parole," member Dave Scott said after three hours of questioning.

Shearing, now 49 and going by his mother's maiden name, Ennis, can again apply for full parole in two years.

In August 1982, George and Edith Bentley went camping near B.C.'s Wells Gray Provincial Park with their daughter Jackie Johnson, her husband Bob, and their granddaughters, Janet and 11-year-old Karen.

When they didn't turn up three weeks later, Bob Johnson's boss called police and their families started a search.

"That was a start of a never-ending nightmare," Kelly Nielsen, the girls' cousin, told the parole hearing.

It was nearly a month before Neilsen's mother phoned phone to say the Johnsons' car had been found. "They're all dead, all six of them," Nielsen remembered her aunt repeating in horror over the phone.

The family held a memorial service the day before Nielsen's 18th birthday. The charred remains of all six victims fit inside one baby-sized casket, she said.

"If I focused on it too long, I would scream until my vocal cords would no longer allow it."

Other cousins, themselves now mothers and fathers of young families, talked about growing up nearly in prison themselves, their parents afraid to let them out of their sight.

Michelle Botelho said she grew up without any family photographs because, years later, her father's emotions kept him from looking at pictures of the victims.

"You have ruined my life," she told Shearing. "I will never know the man my father was (before) his heart was ripped out of his chest."

Shearing sat with his back to the two dozen relatives in the gallery and dabbed his eyes with a tissue during the victim-impact statements.

Balding and heavy-set, he has served more than half his life in prison. Shearing told the hearing he started having violent sexual fantasies at the age of 15 and would sometimes be so preoccupied with them that he would be on "autopilot" throughout the day.

It was a product of his anger at not fitting in, he said. "I thought it was normal for a man to think that way."

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Title: Re: David Shearing aka David Ennis - Murderer - Wells Gray Park - Clearwater, BC
Post by: Sleuth on June 03, 2009, 10:01:24 PM
I forgot to mention that he has been married for 15 years, Heather Ennis. Met his wife while in prison. But he does get day parole for group therapy and job interviews.
Title: Re: David Shearing aka David Ennis - Murderer - Wells Gray Park - Clearwater, BC
Post by: Sleuth on June 07, 2009, 02:01:11 AM
The sad part is that Shearing/Ennis did not tell the Police that he had kept the two little girls for six days until about/after a year later. He said and I quote, "they kill people like me". (meaning in prison), so he kept quite about it. That is how the family found out what happened to the two little ones.
Title: Re: David Shearing aka David Ennis - Murderer - Wells Gray Park - Clearwater, BC
Post by: Chris on June 07, 2009, 10:47:11 PM
I forgot to mention that he has been married for 15 years, Heather Ennis. Met his wife while in prison. But he does get day parole for group therapy and job interviews.

huh? Why do murders and other sickos get married in prison? The night stalker, steve truscott, this guy and so many others I have read getting love letters in prison? some people must have an attraction to these kind of monsters for some reason. It is just sick.
Title: Re: David Shearing aka David Ennis - Murderer - Wells Gray Park - Clearwater, BC
Post by: Red Fox on June 13, 2009, 08:03:36 AM
Can someone post an accurate time line as to when David Shearing was for sure in police custody back in 1982 - 1983? Some articles have me confused as to how much time had passed from the incident, to the time he was arrested for the murders. I specifically want to know if he was free for most of 1983. Can anyone that knew him back then tell me what color or kind of vehicle he drove back then? I think this guy may be good for more murders than we know.
Title: Re: David Shearing aka David Ennis - Murderer - Wells Gray Park - Clearwater, BC
Post by: SeeOtter on June 14, 2009, 12:56:06 AM
Good question Red Fox.  There is information about this in the book "The Seventh Shadow" written by Michael Eastham who was a RCMP investigator in this case.  According to that book:

- August 1982: the Bentley & Johnson families are murdered in Wells Gray Park.  A few weeks later, these two families are declared missing by coworkers and relatives, ongoing search in the area for these 6 people and their 2 vehicles (car and camper truck).
- September 1982:  Their burned car is found in Wells Gray Park with 6 bodies inside.  The camper truck is missing.
- May 1983:  Still no suspect(s) caught.  The Bentley’s camper truck still not located.  The RCMP drove a similar camper truck across Canada hoping for the right tips.
- July 1983:  Former Clearwater resident David Shearing (Ennis) arrived in Tumbler Ridge, apparently to live and work there.
- October 1983:  Two forestry workers found the burned camper truck in Wells Gray Park.  The RCMP are now convinced the killer is a local person.  Then, some tips from Clearwater folks pointed to David Shearing (Ennis).
- November 1983:  the RCMP apprehended David Shearing (Ennis) in Tumbler Ridge.  During the interrogation, David confessed to murdering the Bentley & Johnson families.  So, he was finally apprehended over a year after the Bentley/Johnson murders.
- Mid-April 1984 trial:  David Shearing (Ennis) remained incarcerated from the time of his November 1983 apprehension until the murder trial in mid-April 1984 in Kamloops.  Found guilty, sentenced to life.

During the November 1983 interrogation, David Shearing described the vehicles he’s owned:
- 1972 4x4 Ford
- 1975 Ford (yellow color pick-up truck, if the one he used while in Tumbler Ridge?)
- 1965 Chevy Belair
- 1968 Chev
- GMC pickup

Shearing’s old Clearwater friends described him as a quiet loner and good worker.  (Worked mostly in construction???)  However, while in Tumbler Ridge, David lived and associated with a rowdy crowd of gun-toting thieves.

Although David Shearing (Ennis) lived and worked in Clearwater at the time of the Bentley & Johnson murders, he said he worked in several different locations during the 5 previous years (from 1978 to 1983???), including on a farm in Alberta.

Sure would be interesting to know exactly where and when he was during those years and what he did.

Title: Re: David Shearing aka David Ennis - Murderer - Wells Gray Park - Clearwater, BC
Post by: SeeOtter on June 14, 2009, 01:24:06 AM
Another thing:

Right after the April 2004 murder trial, where David Shearing (Ennis) was found guilty of second degree murder in the case of the Bentley/Johnson families and sentenced to life, RCMP investigator Eastham questioned Shearing privately about the 2 murdered little girls, Janet and Karen Johnson.  Shearing then admitted to Eastham that he murdered the 4 adults because he wanted to get the 2 girls, and that he molested the girls for several days before killing them.  (According to the book.)

That particular additional info made the national news at the time.  I remember clearly having specifically heard about that back in 1984 from a news report over the radio, where I lived outside of B.C.

I'm just mentioning this because there seems to be some confusion these days as to when exactly the true 'motive' was revealed and made public.  I also wonder how Shearing survived all these years in prison, apparently among the general population...  I thought GP did not deal kindly with child molesters/murderers.
Title: Re: David Shearing aka David Ennis - Murderer - Wells Gray Park - Clearwater, BC
Post by: Red Fox on June 14, 2009, 08:17:28 AM
Thank -you SeaOtter for the time-line. It really does show how much time before and after his arrest that he had the freedom to roam about. Do you know did he ever spend any time in jail for the hit & run that he was involved in? When you mentioned him having worked on a farm in Alberta at one point I immediately thought of Kelly Cook. Her murder too was committed by someone so Brazen in their actions. Shelly Ann Bacsu's disappearance from Hinton in May of 1983 also comes to mind. Hinton is not too far down the road from Clearwater, and it is on the route likely travelled if a person was visiting farms in the province.  I noticed a picture of Shearing on a link in the first post of this thread. I have to think that he had a haircut before his day in court.
Title: Re: David Shearing aka David Ennis - Murderer - Wells Gray Park - Clearwater, BC
Post by: Red Fox on June 14, 2009, 10:49:05 AM
While searching the net for more info. on David Shearing I came across another photo of him. It was in an article called "First chance for parole for a killer. It is a side profile view of him. His nose profile is much more noticable in this photo. I think he looks much older than his years. The article says the photo was taken while in custody in 1982. Was he even in custody in 1982?
Title: Re: David Shearing aka David Ennis - Murderer - Wells Gray Park - Clearwater, BC
Post by: D1 on June 14, 2009, 11:48:16 AM
Could you post a link to that picture or article Red Fox? The comments from some of the people who knew Shearing as a kid are very interesting. He exhibited very strange behaviour right from the start.
see comments folowing article- http://www.cbc.ca/canada/british-columbia/story/2008/06/23/bc-petition-against-shearing-parole.html (http://www.cbc.ca/canada/british-columbia/story/2008/06/23/bc-petition-against-shearing-parole.html)
Title: Re: David Shearing aka David Ennis - Murderer - Wells Gray Park - Clearwater, BC
Post by: Red Fox on June 14, 2009, 01:50:04 PM
Here is the link with the photo.

 http://www2.canada.com/vancouversun/news/westcoastnews/story.html?id=d902dfe5-f7dd-49cf-8f07-f5552cabd261

 
Title: Re: David Shearing aka David Ennis - Murderer - Wells Gray Park - Clearwater, BC
Post by: haunted on June 16, 2009, 04:11:16 PM
not much resemblance, I guess. Always difficult to interpret a sketch though. It is interesting that he was in Alberta working on a farm. Do the timelines line up with Kelly's crime or any other Alberta unsolved?

Des are you able to post a copy of this post on Kelly's thread?
Title: Re: David Shearing aka David Ennis - Murderer - Wells Gray Park - Clearwater, BC
Post by: Red Fox on June 16, 2009, 05:49:01 PM
Many people have speculated that David Shearing may not have acted alone in the Clearwater Murders. I know the same things have been said about Kelly Cook's murder. The artist sketch in Kelly Cook's case in my opinion does not resemble David Shearing. Is it at all possible that these two guys knew each other and acted together, and the sketch is of Terry Arnold? It was mentioned that David Shearing owned a 1975 Ford as one of his vehicles. Does anyone know if we are talking a car here or a truck? If it was a car was it perhaps a light colored full size car?
Title: Re: David Shearing aka David Ennis - Murderer - Wells Gray Park - Clearwater, BC
Post by: SeeOtter on June 17, 2009, 02:41:51 AM
In Eastham's book, the description of type (car vs. truck) of vehicles owned by Shearing is not all that clear, but if I interpret the context correctly, the 1975 Ford would be a pick-up truck, yellow color.  In the book, Shearing is described a couple of times driving a yellow colored pick-up truck around Tumbler Ridge in 1983, and during the November 1983 interrogation Shearing is quoted as saying "I've got another Ford, a '75, that I drive right now."  So I'm assuming that is the same vehicle.

I've done a few corrections to my post of a couple days ago, typos and all, and added a few details.

The newspaper article mentioned above mistakenly stated that Shearing was arrested in 1982.  Eastham said clearly in his book that the apprehension occurred in November 1983.  The trial took place in mid-April 1984 in Kamloops, according to Eastham's book.

In the book, there is a very clear 1983 picture of Shearing, and in my opinion, there is not much resemblance with the sketch shown above.

Eastham described Shearing as big and broad shouldered, but with a soft voice, a heavy chain-smoker.  He was trained as a heavy mechanic.  While in Tumbler Ridge, he and his buddies specialized in stealing construction tools and equipment.
Title: Re: David Shearing aka David Ennis - Murderer - Wells Gray Park - Clearwater, BC
Post by: SeeOtter on June 17, 2009, 02:57:30 AM
Could you post a link to that picture or article Red Fox? The comments from some of the people who knew Shearing as a kid are very interesting. He exhibited very strange behaviour right from the start.
see comments folowing article- http://www.cbc.ca/canada/british-columbia/story/2008/06/23/bc-petition-against-shearing-parole.html (http://www.cbc.ca/canada/british-columbia/story/2008/06/23/bc-petition-against-shearing-parole.html)

D1, when I open the above link, the comments don't show unfortunately.  Can you copy and paste them here please?  (If that's allowed.)  Thanks
Title: Re: David Shearing aka David Ennis - Murderer - Wells Gray Park - Clearwater, BC
Post by: D1 on June 18, 2009, 01:12:15 PM
re: http://www.cbc.ca/canada/british-columbia/story/2008/06/23/bc-petition-against-shearing-parole.html

 (http://www.cbc.ca/canada/british-columbia/story/2008/06/23/bc-petition-against-shearing-parole.html)
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D1, when I open the above link, the comments don't show unfortunately.

The comments section opens after the rest of the story, it is sometimes quite slow to load. It still works though, (patience required)
Title: Re: David Shearing aka David Ennis - Murderer - Wells Gray Park - Clearwater, BC
Post by: Chris on June 19, 2009, 03:49:14 AM
Wow this is quite facinating. But since he confessed to his crimes, I ownder why he would not admit to these? Unless of cause he just wanted to take the fall and let whoever else was invovved go free.

remember too, just 2 weeks before Kelly Cook was murdered, some guy from Lousiana was arrested for abducting a girl in carstairs or Olds alberta. Back in 1983, no one knew pedophiles did develop relationships and I have always wondered if that guy had anything to do with any other case? afterall, who decides to abduct a girl for his first time in a different country in a small town?
Title: Re: David Shearing aka David Ennis - Murderer - Wells Gray Park - Clearwater, BC
Post by: debbiec on October 26, 2010, 01:34:19 PM
Killer of B.C. family denied first request for parole
6 members of family shot, car torched in 1982
Last Updated: Wednesday, October 22, 2008 | 8:05 PM ET Comments547Recommend258CBC News
A man who admitted killing six members of a British Columbia family has been denied his first request for parole since he was jailed more than 25 years ago.

David Ennis is shown in a 1983 file photo. The National Parole Board denied his request for parole on Wednesday. (The Canadian Press)The ruling comes after a hearing at Bowden Institution, a medium-security prison in central Alberta where David Ennis has been serving his sentence.

After about an hour of deliberations, the National Parole Board denied him both day and full parole, but did not immediately give any reasons for the decisions.

Day parolees are in the community during the day, but are required to return to a community facility like a halfway house overnight.

Those who have been granted full parole can spend the rest of their sentence at home under supervision.

Ennis told the board he was sorry for the damage he caused and asked to be granted parole because he wanted to make a positive contribution to society.

Ennis slumped and bowed his head when the decision was announced. His wife, whom he married while in prison about 15 years ago, was at his side, and they appeared to be holding hands.

He is eligible to re-apply for parole in two years.

Ennis should never be let out of jail: RCMP investigator
Ennis, who previously went by the name David Shearing, was convicted of second-degree murder in the shooting deaths of two girls, their parents and grandparents.

British Columbia residents George and Edith Bentley, their daughter Jackie Johnson, son-in-law Bob and grandchildren Janet, 13, and Karen, 11, were last known to be camping in Wells Gray Park in the B.C. Interior in August 1982 before police launched a massive search for the family when they did not return home.

Police found the charred remains of the family's car on the side of a mountain about a month later. The family's bodies were inside.

"That has stuck with me all these years," said Michael Eastham, a now retired RCMP sergeant who was on the scene when the bodies were found. "I still have nightmares over that. We opened up the car and the back seat was full of bodies and the corpses in the trunk of the two little girls."

He said he believed Ennis should never be let out of jail.

The 18-month investigation garnered thousands of tips from the public. The break finally came when someone told police that a local man named David Shearing had asked about how to re-register a truck that had a bullet hole in its side.

Shearing, who has since adopted his mother's maiden name of Ennis, was arrested in Tumbler Ridge, B.C., in November 1983 and after hours of interrogation admitted to shooting the family, putting their bodies in the car and setting it ablaze.

He was sentenced in April 1984 to life with no chance of parole for 25 years.

At the time he told the judge he didn't know why he committed the murders. But after being sentenced he told Eastham that he had killed the adults with a .22-calibre rifle to get to the young girls.

In the conversation, which Eastham later documented in the 1999 book Seventh Shadow, Ennis said he kept the girls alive for several days and sexually assaulted them before separately shooting each of them in the back of the head. Those allegations have never been proven in court.

Seeking day parole
Officials were legally required to review the possibility of releasing Ennis on full parole but he had also separately requested day parole.

Investigators found the burnt remains of the victims' vehicle north of Clearwater, B.C. (Gerry Kahrmann/Canadian Press)Wednesday's hearing reviewed both options at the medium-security Bowden Institution in Innisfail, Alta., where Ennis is incarcerated. It is the first time he is eligible for parole, having now been behind bars almost 25 years since his November 1983 arrest.

At the hearing, Ennis had the opportunity to present his case on why he should be given parole.

Many people who knew the Johnsons and the Bentleys planned to attend the hearing, according to the Canadian Press. They had the opportunity to read victim-impact statements, while others sent in statements ahead of the hearing.

Before the hearing, Bob Johnson's older brother Art Johnson said he hopes Ennis is not granted parole.

"It's very, very tense waiting to see what's happening," Johnson said. "I just hope he don't get out. Twenty-five years is not enough for what he did — not anywhere near enough."

Johnson had said he won't be attending the parole hearing because he can't stand to relive the deaths of his family members or to see Ennis in person.

Almost 9,500 signatures have been collected on a petition urging the National Parole Board to keep Ennis behind bars.

Among those who have signed is Tamara Arishenkoff, who was in Janet Johnson's Grade 7 class in Westbank, B.C. The deaths rattled the close-knit community, she said.

"To have classmates that you knew and just saw and had your class picture taken with … It's just something that a 13-year-old mind … [finds] difficult to comprehend," Arishenkoff said.

With files from the Canadian Press

Read more: http://www.cbc.ca/canada/story/2008/10/22/ennis-parole.html#ixzz13Uk00H9n (http://www.cbc.ca/canada/story/2008/10/22/ennis-parole.html#ixzz13Uk00H9n)http://www.cbc.ca/canada/story/2008/10/22/ennis-parole.html (http://www.cbc.ca/canada/story/2008/10/22/ennis-parole.html)
Title: Re: David Shearing aka David Ennis - Murderer - Wells Gray Park - Clearwater, BC
Post by: debbiec on October 26, 2010, 03:07:57 PM
there is a facebook page i came across called "Keep David Shearing Ennis in Prison", for those interested.

Chet, people in the communities of Clearwater and Kelowna's Westside, signed petitions to keep him in prison as well.

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Almost 9,500 signatures have been collected on a petition urging the National Parole Board to keep Ennis behind bars.

Title: Re: David Shearing aka David Ennis - Murderer - Wells Gray Park - Clearwater, BC
Post by: solvy on October 26, 2010, 09:33:34 PM
I believe this is one sick dude!  He should not be let out period!
Title: Re: David Shearing aka David Ennis - Murderer - Wells Gray Park - Clearwater, BC
Post by: Alder on May 19, 2012, 11:47:06 PM
David Shearing / Ennis is again applying for parole.  The hearing has been scheduled for September 18, 2012 in central Alberta.

http://www.kamloopsnews.ca/article/20120514/KAMLOOPS0101/120519881/-1/kamloops0101/wells-gray-murderer-again-applies-for-parole
Title: Re: David Shearing aka David Ennis - Murderer - Wells Gray Park - Clearwater, BC
Post by: D1 on May 20, 2012, 06:38:38 PM
Thanks Alder, I have trouble believing he is even applying again but I had a little trouble with the story of his four day pass too. The comments and details posted after the story are echoing what people everywhere are saying about the risks to the public.

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/story/2008/11/11/bc-david-shearing-granted-leave.html (http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/story/2008/11/11/bc-david-shearing-granted-leave.html)
Title: Re: David Shearing aka David Ennis - Murderer - Wells Gray Park - Clearwater, BC
Post by: debbiec on August 29, 2012, 11:30:21 PM
1982 mass murders in B.C. still sicken family, friends

Published Friday, Aug. 24, 2012 9:04AM PDT


KELOWNA, B.C. -- Tammy Arishenkoff is a bundle of emotions when she speaks about the mass murder of the Johnson and Bentley families in British Columbia's Cariboo region 30 years ago.

The resident of West Kelowna, B.C., is still sickened by the tragic events of August 1982.

She's disappointed a candlelight vigil to mark the tragedy had to be cancelled Thursday night so friends and family of the victims could prepare for the convicted killer's upcoming parole hearing.

She's frustrated and emotionally exhausted by the merry-go-round to keep the convicted killer, David Ennis, formerly named Shearing, behind bars.

But ultimately she's hopeful there will be positive change.

"From all this ugliness, we're hoping that parole rules change so this guy will be stopped from applying for parole every two years," said Arishenkoff, a friend and classmate of Janet Johnson, who was 13 when she was sexually assaulted and shot.

In fact, family and friends of the Johnsons and Bentleys have found a supporter in Senator Pierre-Hughes Boisvenu.

Boisvenu's daughter was raped and killed by a repeat offender a decade ago and he too wants to see the parole system toughened up.

Shearing pleaded guilty to six counts of murder on April 16, 1984 and was sentenced to six concurrent life terms with no possibility of parole for 25 years.

That 25 years came up in 2008, and Ennis unsuccessfully applied for parole.

He's now able to apply every two years.

He didn't apply in 2010, but is applying this year and the date of the hearing is set for Sept. 18 at Bowden Institution outside of Calgary, Alta., where he is jailed.

The crimes took place between Aug. 6 and Aug. 13, 1982, when six members of the Johnson and Bentley families were murdered near Wells Gray Provincial Park.

"We don't know the exact dates," said Arishenkoff.

The families went on vacation Aug. 2, 1982, but a search didn't start until Bob Johnson failed to turn up for work at Gorman Brothers Lumber in West Kelowna, two weeks later, she said.

It was later learned from Ennis that he stalked George and Edith Bentley and their daughter Jackie, 41, her husband Bob Johnson, 44, and their daughters Janet, 13, and Karen, 11, while they were camping.

Ennis shot the four adults immediately and then kept the girls alive a few days to sexually assault them before killing them, too.

All six bodies were stuffed in the Johnsons' car, rolled down a hill and torched.

The scene was discovered by a mushroom picker Sept. 13, 1982.

It wasn't until October 1983 that the truck camper owned by the Bentleys was found burned on a mountain.

One of 13,000 tips led the police to David Shearing, as he was known then, a 23-year-old who has a record of assault, drinking and driving, drug possession and possession of stolen property.

The police caught up with him in Tumbler Ridge, B.C.,

He was taken into custody, questioned and the story started to come out.

Ennis is now 53.

The Johnson-Bentley Memorial Aquatic Centre, located in West Kelowna, commemorates the family.

"Every time he applies, we have to give impact statements and submit petitions and attend the hearing," said Arishenkoff.

"It's ridiculous. It's why we cancelled the candlelight vigil. We have too much to do before the hearing."


http://bc.ctvnews.ca/1982-mass-murders-in-b-c-still-sicken-family-friends-1.928466 (http://bc.ctvnews.ca/1982-mass-murders-in-b-c-still-sicken-family-friends-1.928466)
Title: Re: David Shearing aka David Ennis - Murderer - Wells Gray Park - Clearwater, BC
Post by: debbiec on September 19, 2012, 12:55:02 AM
Mass killer David Shearing again denied parole for sex-motivated murders

By Steve Mertl
September 18, 2012


Really, did anyone believe they'd let David Shearing out of prison?

The mass murderer, who wiped out three generations of a B.C. family in 1982 so he could have sex with two young daughters, was denied parole on Tuesday, The Canadian Press reports.

It's the second time Shearing, who now likes to use his mother's maiden name of Ennis, made his second unsuccessful bid for release from his life sentence for second-degree murder.

The National Parole Board, which held its hearing at the Bowden federal prison north of Calgary, said in its decision that it's hard to imagine crimes more serious or reprehensible than the ones Shearing committed.

"There still is present a large number of risk concerns," the board said in that strangely clinical language it uses in its rulings.

Despite Shearing's professed remorse, the board found Shearing had not completed sex-offender treatment and still had violent sexual fantasies, CP reported.

I suspect Shearing will never see the outside of a prison.

More can be read at the link.

http://ca.news.yahoo.com/blogs/dailybrew/mass-killer-david-shearing-again-denied-parole-sex-235305961.html (http://ca.news.yahoo.com/blogs/dailybrew/mass-killer-david-shearing-again-denied-parole-sex-235305961.html)

David Shearing (a.k.a David Ennis) is shown in a 1983 file photo.

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Title: Re: David Shearing aka David Ennis - Murderer - Wells Gray Park - Clearwater, BC
Post by: eyeswideopen on September 19, 2012, 06:09:40 AM
wow and I sure hope he never gets out.  Obviously if he refuses to complete sex offender treatment he still has an attitude, and could still be dangerous, wonder how his wife feels about him not completing sex offender treatment.  Saying I won't do it again is not enough, not completing treatment to me says , I will do as I please.  Keep him in.
Title: Re: David Shearing aka David Ennis - Murderer - Wells Gray Park - Clearwater, BC
Post by: jobo on September 19, 2012, 07:08:36 AM
This animal doesn't even deserve ANY consideration for parole.  Too bad our Justice system allows for this waste of time and money, not to mention the stress on the Victims' families. 
This guy murdered 3 generations of one family...too bad we couldn't have put him to death.
Title: Re: David Shearing aka David Ennis - Murderer - Wells Gray Park - Clearwater, BC
Post by: gumpslou on April 25, 2014, 06:33:56 PM
http://globalnews.ca/news/1292616/petition-started-to-keep-b-c-murderer-behind-bars-for-1982-killings/ (http://globalnews.ca/news/1292616/petition-started-to-keep-b-c-murderer-behind-bars-for-1982-killings/)

WEST KELOWNA, B.C. – A British Columbia woman whose friend was killed by a mass murderer has begun an online petition to keep the man behind bars.

David Shearing killed six members of the Johnson-Bentley family in August 1982 as they camped in Wells Grey Provincial Park, near Clearwater, about 475 kilometres northeast of Vancouver.
 

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Shearing is expected before a National Parole Board hearing in September, but West Kelowna resident Tammy Arishenkoff is fighting against that by supporting legislative changes that would end such reviews from being held every two years.

“I would like to see that in a case of multiple murders such as this that (prisoners) don’t get an opportunity to apply,” she said. “I think they need to stay behind bars.”

Arishenkoff’s petition, which had collected 2,400 signatures as of Thursday, is in support of a bill put forward by local MP Colin Mayes to increase parole ineligibility to 40 years from 25 years.

Her childhood friend Janet Johnson was among those killed by Shearing.

The man shot and killed George and Edith Bentley, their daughter Jackie and her husband, Bob Johnson, while the family was camping in central B.C. He kept the Johnsons’ daughters, Janet, 13, and 11-year-old Karen, alive for almost a week and sexually assaulted them before taking them into the woods, one at a time, and killing them, too.

About 25 friends and relatives of the Johnson and Bentley families attended Shearing’s last parole hearing in September 2012. Arishenkoff said they all had to relive the horror of the crime and travel to Bowden, Alta., where the man is in prison.

“It’s constant revictimization,” she said. “You don’t ever get away from it and you don’t ever get a chance to even enjoy the fact that you were successful in your last bid. Someone pokes the balloon and totally deflates you.”

Arishenkoff said it’s expensive and emotionally difficult to attend the hearings and that many people eventually stop going.

“They have to travel to the prison, they have to relive everything. You have to listen to him tell it in his own words. And you hear things that you never unhear.”

Shearing, who now goes by his mother’s maiden name, Ennis, apologized at the last hearing, saying he’s aware of the devastation he caused.

“My actions will always cause me to feel an overwhelming sense of shame and a lifetime of pain and regret,” he told the hearing in the chapel at the Bowden Institution, north of Calgary.

His words didn’t convince the families or the parole board that he was actually remorseful for what he’d done.

Shelley Boden, who was the Johnsons’ niece, said it was the first time Shearing apologized.

“I never heard that before,” she said. “It took him 30 years to say it? Stay there another 30 years to actually feel how sorry you really are.”

The board ruled that Shearing still has violent sexual fantasies, hasn’t completed sex offender treatment and is not ready for freedom.

© The Canadian Press, 2014



 
Title: Re: David Shearing aka David Ennis - Murderer - Wells Gray Park - Clearwater, BC
Post by: debbiec on September 30, 2014, 10:42:13 AM
Mass murderer forgoes parole hearing

July 24, 2014 7:29 pm
By Blaine Gaffney and Lauren Pullen  Global News


The mass murder who mercilessly wiped out a West Kelowna family more than 30 years ago will remain behind bars for at least the next two years.

David Ennis, formerly known as David Shearing, shot to death six members of the Bentley-Johnson family in an ambush attack in August 1982. He was set to go before the parole board in September, but has now waived his right to a full parole hearing, which automatically happens every two years. Ennis had also applied for day parole, but according to Gary Sears at the Parole Board of Canada, Ennis also withdrew that application.

Previous parole applications by Ennis have been fiercely opposed by relatives and friends of the Bentley-Johnson family, and all have been rejected by the parole board.

Tammy Arishenkoff spearheaded a petition protesting Shearing’s bid for parole and started a facebook page called “Justice for Johnson-Bentley families.”

She posted this on the page after hearing the news:

“Got the call this morning and David Ennis (Shearing) has waived his right to a full parole review as well as withdrawn his application for day parole! Considering he hasn’t even seen our impact statements yet, this is a testament to the power of the people. THANK YOU to everyone who signed a petition, got signatures, sent in a letter and supported us. With hope, our legislation will change and we will not have to do this for another 5 – 7 years.”

http://globalnews.ca/news/1472816/mass-murderer-forgoes-parole-hearing/ (http://globalnews.ca/news/1472816/mass-murderer-forgoes-parole-hearing/)
Title: Re: David Shearing aka David Ennis - Murderer - Wells Gray Park - Clearwater, BC
Post by: jellybean on September 30, 2014, 11:42:42 AM
Excellent!! Now to get the laws changed.......

Did you know that Cody could get paroled in 15 years?

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/cody-legebokoff-sentenced-to-life-on-4-counts-of-1st-degree-murder-1.2768118

quote"During sentencing, B.C. Supreme Court Justice Glen Parrett pointed out the "faint hope clause" to  Legebokoff, which could allow him to apply for parole after serving 15 years in prison.

The provision was repealed in 2011 for multiple murders, but the murders in this case were committed before the law was changed.

"I just bit my lip, as you can see," was the reaction to the comments about parole from Doug Leslie, the father of 15-year-old Loren Leslie.

"I'm sure he's not ever going to see daylight, but just the way everything was put, the system still seems to lean to the criminal, you know?" said Leslie, who was seen with a bruised lip while standing outside the court." unquote


JB >:(