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Husband's sick history shocks wife
« on: October 13, 2007, 10:21:42 AM »
October 13, 2007

Husband's sick history shocks wife
DNA-aided Nevada arrest ends cop's quest to find child rapist

CARSON CITY, Nev. -- The wife of a monster suspected of raping children in Calgary and Vernon says her heart aches for his victims.

"This is real hard," Pamela Ventling said yesterday outside the well-kept home she shared with her husband until this past Tuesday, when U.S. Marshals led him away to face the justice he's been evading on a Canada case for almost 30 years.

"The real victims are my daughter and the people in Canada," she said, her red-rimmed eyes starting to fill with tears.

"I know you probably hear this all the time, but I didn't know about this."

Wilbur James Ventling was arrested this week by U.S. authorities with Const. Kevin Cyr, the Vernon Mountie who helped orchestrate the plan, here at their side in this city of more than 50,000 near Reno.

Cyr said putting the 62-year-old in handcuffs was a long and complicated road in a never-ending quest to hold someone accountable for a sex attack on a nine-year-old girl in Vernon in May 1979.

"This thing has never been on the shelf," Cyr said yesterday.

Several years ago, the advent of DNA technology not available at the time of the crime resurrected hope the case might be solved.

The big break came in 2003 when DNA from the crime scene pointed to a suspect cops already had profiled in the case which went unsolved for so many years.

Using Interpol, RCMP queried with Nevada's DNA databank and a match was made.

Ventling, who was on the state sex-offender registry, was a match for the man Mounties had suspected as the attacker on the young girl in Vernon.

"It is the first time in B.C. an international match was made," Cyr said.

"At that point and up until now, we never had enough evidence to proceed with extradition.

"It was 100 percent solved by DNA."

This week, a state magistrate denied Ventling bail and he will remain in a county jail until his extradition hearing in December.

Despite the successful arrest, Cyr said it was a stressful waiting game between getting the case prepared and jumping the necessary hurdles to make it happen.

"Our big concern is public safety," he said.

"We wanted to proceed with the investigation as quickly as possible.

"The worst-case scenario is the offender offends again while we are trying to get the paperwork done."

As the case continues to unfold, authorities on both sides of the border are delving into whether Ventling, who also goes by the alias John James Stewart, is behind other sex attacks on young girls.

Calgary cops have evidence to proceed with charges in two cases dating back to the late 1970s.

Court documents filed in Nevada show Stewart was a suspect in a series of seven similar assaults in the Calgary area.

In total, Canadian cops, according to the documents, suspect there were 10 offences believed to be committed by the same man between July 1, 1978 and July 16, 1979 involving girls between the ages of 5 and 13.

Cops arrested a man named John Stewart in Taber in September 1979 in relation to the Calgary investigation, court documents said.

He was remanded in an Alberta psychiatric facility but fled on Sept. 18, 1979.

About one month later, fingerprints taken at the time of his Alberta arrest confirmed Stewart was actually Wilbur Ventling, according to U.S. documents.

In late 1979, he was convicted in Nevada and sentenced to 40 years for kidnapping, lewdness with a minor under 14 and attempted sexual assault.

But Ventling was released on appeal in 1997 and he's been living with a wife in Carson City for several years, registered with the state sex-offender registry.

Despite the arrest, Cyr said the case is far from over.

"We are working with the Calgary Police Service and K Division RCMP to further investigate any other offences," he said.

"Right now, the priority is to put this file to bed.

"This is significant progress but is not the end -- he is not convicted yet."


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Re: Husband's sick history shocks wife
« Reply #1 on: October 16, 2007, 01:00:54 PM »

She would have to be really dumb, for not cluing in. If anything, she should be charged with stupidity. Same as Dennis Rader's wife. >:( >:( >:(

Some women just don't want their world destroyed, and OMG, what would the neighbours think???? bla, bla, bla

No see, no hear, no talk, no do!!!!!