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PROFILE OF A SERIAL KILLER
THE CLIFFORD ROBERT OLSON STORY
by Clifford Olson
It was top of the line for Clifford Robert Olson when it came to
office stationery and business cards. When he ordered, he ordered nothing but
the best; trouble is, he never paid for them. New Westminster printer Victor
Goodmurphy was left with hundreds of costly souvenirs and the memory of a man
who looked more like a Kingsway car-lot dealer than a multiple murderer.
Goodmurphy remembers Olson as a fast-talker who could be both charming and
smooth tongued when trying to impress people. he would dress in loud custom
suits set off with blue and pink silk shirts and would smoke only top of the
line cigars. Olson, claiming he owned a construction firm ordered envelopes and
letter heads on the best quality watermark paper that goodmurphy had in stock.
He also bought $156.00 worth of plastic laminated three-dimensional goldleaf
business cards touting two construction firms, Hale and Olson Construction and
Hale and Olson Enterprise Ltd. As $45.00 per hundered the total charge was
$635.00. Olson offered to put a deposit on the order and brought out his wallet
which was stuffed with hundred dollar bills. "I never took a deposit from
him," said Goodmurphy, "he said he was going to Richmond and would
pick the order up later." Goodmurphy's shop was only a few doors away from
the New Westmiinster Manpower office where fifteen year old Raymond King Jr. was
last seen the previous week. Two days later on July 30, 1981 Olson coerced 17
year old Louise Chartrand from Maple Ridge, British Columbia into accompanying
him to Whistler Mountain. On August 27, 1981 the R.C.M.P. with the help of
Olson, unearthed Chartrand's decomposed body which had evidence of massive skull
Olson was a braggart, a liar and a thief. He was not a violent man nor had he a
temper. He would never back down from a challenge and he would always stick up
for the underdog in just about any situation. Clifford Olson some say had a
Jekyll and Hyde personality who posed as a happy family man and a devout church
goer, but in reality no one could see the monster ready to be let loose once he
In his fourty-two years of misspent life, Olson compiled a long list of crimes
which kept him behind bars for the best part of nearly thirty years. To cap off
his long record he exploded in one of the most shocking string of murders ever
witnessed in Canadian history. Looking over his record one wonders why he was
let out of jail so often for good behavior only to go straight back to crime.
Why was his potential for murder not spotted during the many times he was
interviewed by social workers, classification officers, medical officials and
prison staff? Olson started as a petty thief and graduated from the Canadian
prison system as a prolific killer.
One characteristic mentioned most by people who knew Olson was his compulsion to
talk. He definitely had the gift to gab. His constant talking which he used most
effectively usually got him his own way in most matters. One of the R.C.M.P.
officers, Constable Jim Hunter of the Squamish detachment stated "I can
well understand wy those kids got into a car with him, he really had the gift of
Olson received his first publicity the day he was born which was January the
first 1940 at 10:10pm in St. Paul's Hospital to Clifford and Leona Olson. Young
Clifford was not born early enough in the day to win the big prizes which
consisted of a silver spoon and a case of canned milk but his parents were
presented with a baby book and a dainty gift from Cunningham Drug Stores. At a
later date Olson would rob from Cunningham's, the very store that presented him
with the New Year's gifts. Olson was the first-born of a family which soon
increased to give Clifford two brothers, Denis and Richard and a sister Sharon.
In 1945 the family moved from Edmonton, Alberta to Richmond, British Columbia
where Olson started elementary school. Olson senior with his growing family
bought a small one-story house on 1029 Gilmore Crescent, in a 80 home community
built by the government for its servicemen after World War II.
Growing up near the north arm of the Fraser River Olson quickly eared a
repuation as a bit of a con artist, a trait that would stick with him for the
rest of his life. According to the Cambie Junior High School, Olson left his
studies in 1956 for six months to work at the Old Landsdown race track which
today is a large shopping mall. While growing up in Richmond Olson boxed in his
spare time and had some success at it. Olson quit school and at the young age of
17 entered another school for nine months, New Haven Borstal Correctional Cenre
in Burnaby, for breaking and entering. Olson soon escaped from New Haven and
stole a power boat from Richmond but he was soon recaptured and sent to Haney
Correctional Centre. If someone at this point in Olson's life could have sent
him down the right path and not to follow the path to prisonmaybe Olson could
have ended up leading a different life. And maybe those eleven victims might not
have ended up as Olson's victims.
While serving time at the Old B.C. Penitentiary for breaking and entering, Olson
pulled a fast scam while working in the hospital. Olson put a little blood in
his urinal which got him a trip to the hospital where he soon escaped custody.
When he escaped this time his family were already giving up on him. During an
interview with the local paper when Olson had escaped from Shaughnessy Hospital,
they had appealed to him to give himself up. "He knows what he's facing, he
might have to serve 10 years," said Olson Sr. who had just moved his family
to a new home in Richmond. "If he doesn't give himself up, I hope they get
him before he does somethign really bad. He's done bad enough now."
Looking back on Olson's long years spent in prison one notices that he was one
inmate who was constantly brewing up a way to escape. In total Olson would
escape 7 times, only to have more time tacked on his sentence. Olson's many
years in prison were not all easy time, one time in particular he had to be put
in protective custody for testifying against one Gary marcoux. Marcoux was a two
time loser serving time on two rape charges when Olson testified against him on
what he knew about the rape and murder of a nine year old girl named Jeanny
Dove. Olson's testimony resulted in Marcoux receiving a lifew sentence for the
murder of Jeanny Dove.
Olson, in spite of his many years in prison paid a sentimental visit to the Old
B.C. Penitentiary when it was opened to the public for a last look before
closing down in 1981. Unfortunately for Olson this one last look at one of his
old homes cost him his freedom. Olson trooped into the 102 year old building
with thousands of other sightseers for a prison tour, unaware there was a
Canada-wide warrant out for his arrest. So when he peeked into the cell which
had been his home for several years, he was recognized by one of his former
guards and was quickly arrested by the New Westminster city police. Olson had
last been in the B.C. Pen serving four years and nine months for a variety of
offenses including theft, forgery and false pretences. His nostalgic return to
the Old B.C. Pen cost Olson another month in the Matsqui before his sentence
When Olson was once again free to walk the streets he headed immediately to his
old stomping grounds, the outer municipalities of Richmond-Surrey. He rented an
apartment at the New Surrey Village Apartments at 9835 King George Highway, only
seven blocks from where one of his first victims, Christine Weller lived.
According to Gwen Meister, manager of the Surrey Village, Olson was then living
with Joan Hale the woman he later married. Meister said Olson rented at the
Surrey Village from August 1980 until the latter part of January 1981. Meister
said he gave no notice when he vacated the suite and she later heard he was in
jail, she was right. Olson was in custody from January 8th to May on a charge of
rape that was brought against him by a Surrey prostitute. The charge was later
stayed because the girl was not a reliable witness and she failed to appear in
court. This was the first time Olson has ever been charged with a sex crime.
When Olson was let out he immediately went looking for the girl who had brought
the phoney rape charge against him; and if he had found her she would surely be
Olson married Joan Hale at the People's Gospel in Surrey on May 15, 1981 and
shortly after Joan gave birth to their son. Olson often attended church and he
was more than an erudite scholar, being extremely learned of the Bible. After
Olson was released from Oakalla prison the couple left Surrey and moved to 675
Whiting Way in Coquitlam. This two storey building is also where Olson's lived
and managed. 675 Whiting Way being an adult only apartment was soon without
Clifford and Joan when the baby was born. They moved around the corner into a
modest apartment at 521 Foster Ave to set up household. Debbie Campbell who
lived with her two youngsters in the apartment under the Olson's said, "He
was good with all the little kids in the complex, giving them candy and things,
some of the kids had not many toys but Olson would bring all new toys to the
kids she said." One time a girl from the area was missing and he offered to
drive around looking for her. Olson was constantly hustling the girls in the
neighbourhood but he didn't appear to do anything.
On August 12, 1981 Olson's murderous escapades were uncovered. Olson was
arrested while driving a rented car near Port Alberni on Vancouver Island by the
R.C.M.P. for an alleged driving offenses. He was taken to the mainland on August
14 and appeared in Burnaby provincial court on two counts of breaking and
entering. The R.C.M.P. started intense interrogation of Olson about a string of
unsolved murders in the area with which they suspected he was in some way
involved. It culminated in the most shocking murder spree in Canadian history.
During nine months Olson killed at least 11 youngsters of both sexes ranging in
age from 9 to 18. His killing spree not only stands as the most shocking in
Canadian history but also as the most sorrowful one because of the number of
victims involved and their ages. In one month alone, July 1981, six children
were abducted, drugged and believed sexually used and then murdered in the most
brutal way. Scores of interviews and hours of research have shown that the
R.C.M.P. had Olson marked down as a suspect as a very early stage. According to
one R.C.M.P. officer they had Olson as a murder suspect in the abduction of his
first victim, twelve year old Christine Weller well before her body was even
Olson with his average intelligence was able to outwit the best brains of the
famed Royal Canadian Mounted Police for the better part of nine months. He never
received any Psychiatric treatment of any kind behind bars during his many stays
in various prisons and the drastic deterioration of his personality never seemed
to disturb any of the staff. This was because the hardened criminal became
extremely adept at manipulating the prison system, and also because the prison
system wasn't set up to change people like Olson. Prison was simply a place to
house him until his sentence expired, whereupon he could be released onto the
unsuspecting public. One just has to read what the honourable David Daubney M.P.
chairman of The Standing Committee on justice with regards to the prisons in
Canada. He found them a disgusting depressing school for crime instead of places
of rehabilitation; our prisons are regarded as warehouses. A psychiatric
assessment of Olson in prison would likely have saved the eleven lives he
snuffed out between 1980 to 1981. The following is a list of Olson's victims
including their profiles and causes of death.
Christine Weller - Twelve year old Christine was found murdered in
Richmond on December 25, 1980. She was stabbed to death on November 19, 1980.
Weller was driven to an area of Richmond where she was murdered by multiple stab
wounds to the chest and abdomen. She suffered 10 stab wounds to the chest and
abdomen and two superficial slashes in the neck. She had a double perforation of
the right ventricle of the heart, and four penetrating wounds in the liver.
Colleen Daignault - Thirteen year old Daignault was murdered on April 15,
1981 in South Surrey near 144th Street and 26th Avenue. The deceased was picked
up in Surrey and driven to a remote area of South Surrey where she was attacked
and murdered by repeated hammer blows to the head. Actual cause of death was two
depressed fractures of the occipital region of the skull.
Daryn Johnsrude - Johnsrude was sixteen when he was murdered on April 21,
1981 in Deroche. The deceased waspicked up in New Westminster and driven to the
Deroche where he was murdered by repeated hammer blows to the head. Cause of
death was comminuted skull fracture with right subdural haemorrhage left
Sandra Lynn Wolfsteiner - Sixteen year old Wolfsteiner was murdered May
19, 1981 in the Chilliwack Lake area. The deceased was picked up at the bos stop
in Surrey and driven to a remote area on the Chilliwack Lake Road where she was
murdered by repeated hammer blows to the head. Few skeletal remains were found
and cause of death was determined to be head injuries.
Ada Anita Court - Ada was thirteen years old when she was murdered on
June 21, 1981 at Weaver Lake Road. The deceased was picked up while walking on
North Road in Coquitlam and driven to a remote area near Weaver Lake where she
was murdered by repeated hammer blows to the head. Skeletal remains with several
depressed skull fractures were found.
Simon Patrick James Partington - Partington was nine years old when he
was murdered on July 2nd, 1981 on River Road-Nelson Avenue in Richmond. The
deceased was picked up two blocks fromhis home in Surrey and given a ride.
During the course of the ride he was taken to a remote area of Richmond, given a
couple bottles of beer and then strangled.
July Kozma - Kozma was fourteen when she was murdered on July 9th, 1981
near Weaver Lake. The deceased was picked up in New Westminster and driven to a
remote area near Weaver Lake where she was murdered by multiple stab wounds.
Raymond Lawrence King Jr. - King was fifteen when he was murdered on July
23, 1981 near Weaver Lake. The deceased was picked up at the bus depot after
leaving the manpower office in New Westminster and driven to a remote area near
Weaver Lake. He was thrown down an embankment and murdered while unconscious by
rock blows to the head.
Sigrun Charlotte Elisabeth Arnd - Arnd was eighteen when she was murdered
on July 24, 1981 at a remote area North of River Road in Richmond. The deceased
was picked up in Coquitlam and driven to a remote area of Richmond where she was
murdered by repeated hammer blows to the head and then thrown into a ditch with
water to be buried. The cause of death was massive head injuries.
Terry Lyn Carson - Carson was fifteen when she was murdered on July 27,
1981 in a remote area east of Chilliwack. The deceased was picked up on 108th
Avenue bus stop and driven to a remote area past Chilliwack where she was
murdered by strangulation.
Louise Simonne Marie Evelyn Chartrand - Chartrand was seventeen when she
was murdered on July 30, 1981 near Whistler B.C. The deceased was picked up
walking to work in Maple Ridge B.C. and driven to the Whistler area where she
was murdered by repeated hammer blows to the head. Her decomposed body was found
with evidence of massive skull fractures.
The above facts show Olson preyed on the very young by gaining their friendship
and then taking them to a remote part of B.C. where he murdered them by either
strangulation, stabbing or bashing their heads open with a hammer.
Olson's crime sprees lasted from November 1980 to August 1981 until he was
arrested in Ucluelet in the Vancouver Island area with two female hitch-hikers
in his car. He was at the time under surveillance and arrested when it was
thought the two female hitchhikers were in danger. In Olson's car at the time of
his arrest was found a notebook with Judy Kozmas' name in it. He was held
without bail in Burnaby on two charges of burglary, which he had committed while
under surveillance by the R.C.M.P. between August 6th and the 12th, 1981. Later
Olson was charged with eleven counts of first degree murder to which he pled
guilty. The recovery of the bodies from such remote and isolated areas would
have been virtually impossible without the active free cooperation of Olson. The
means used by the R.C.M.P. to gain the cooperation of Olson in recovering the
eleven bodies was a cash for corpse deal whereby $100,000.00 was paid to a trust
fund for the benefit of Olson's wife and son. Olson's Modus Operandi in all
eleven murders was to entice the victims into his car with the spurious offer of
work at ten dollars an hour, and included the use of alcohol and a drug called
chloral hydrate which when mixed confused and overcame his victims.
Submitted with this profile is an affidavit of Robert D. Shantz, Olson's lawyer
of what took place on or about the 16th day of August, 1981 in a telephone
conversation with Inspector Larry Proke, O/C of the Serious Crime Section of the
R.C.M.P. with regards to a deal whereby the R.C.M.P. was prepared to pay
$100,000.00 for the recovery of the childrens bodies. The copies of the original
trust deed for the $100,000.00 is also attached with letters dated February 5th,
1982 addressed to the then Honourable Robert Kaplan, M.P. Solicitor General of
Canada and also the same letter dated February 5th, 1982 to the then Honourable
Alan William, M.L.A. The Attorney General of British Columbia.
Locked up with Olson in that great limestone prison in Kingston are a whole
series of unanswered questions. How many other children had Olson drugged and
murdered? Is Olson keeping quiet about these other murders to use at a later
date as a bargaining tool? Would Olson have shown the R.C.M.P. where more bodies
were buried if they had been allowed to offer him more money? Both the Mounties
and B.C. Attorney-General Williams admitted that Olson came up with another cash
for bidies deal in the fall of 1981. The Mounties said the offer was rejected
because they were acting under a policy directive from the attorney general, not
to have any further cash talks with Olson. When assistant R.C.M.P. Commissioner
Don Wilson was asked by the Vancouver Sun whether he believed Olson could
provide them with more bodies, "the short answer is yes." said Wilson.
They, the R.C.M.P., had factual evidence upon which such a matter could be
considered. Did Olson kill more kids? The R.C.M.P. believe that Olson is
responsible or has information on several of the Highway Murders, a gruesome
series of unsolved sex slayings in British Columbia's Interior and and Alberta
A young woman named Pamela in fact was listed amongst the victims of the Highway
Murders. Her full name was Pamela Lorraine Darlington and her stripped, raped
and sexually mutilated body was found floating face down November 1973 in the
Thompson River at Kamloops, British Columbia. At least 14 young women were
murdered between 1972 and 1981 on the Trans-Canada Yellowhead or roads feeding
into these main highways over the beautiful Canadian Rockies. The body of a 15th
victim, Monica Jack, a twelve year old Indian girl who was bicycling home on a
country road when she went missing, was never found. All these women were
fresh-faced, innocent looking girls with young petite bodies that appealed to
Olson. Many were sexually used and all were hitch-hiking.
The R.C.M.P. believe that Olson has the knowledge of 17 women and 6 young girls
who were murdered in between the highway of Kamloops and Banff. The R.C.M.P.
believe they were all murdered while hitch-hiking. There were other murders, not
included inthe Highway Murders which the R.C.m.P. believe bore the clear imprint
of an Olson killing. The body of one of these girls, 17 year old Verna Bjerky
from the tiny Fraser Canyon community of Yale, B.C. was never found. Verna was
working the night-shift as a waitress at the Godfater, a steak and pizza
restaurant in Hope, B.C. when she went missing. Yale is about 15 miles from Hope
and Verna, who didn't have a car, often got off work very late. So instead of
waking up her family when she came home she frequently stayed at a friends
house. Verna disappeared on May 2, 1981 while hitch-hiking from Hope. Yale,
being a close-knit community, Verna's mother and father were able to mount a
massive community search.
On October 9, 1981 more than five months after Verna went missing, soem personal
articles of Verna's were found in what police call an area of mountain, bust and
river beside Highway 7, just three miles weast of Hope B.C. where Clifford liked
to take many of his victims along this same highway before turning off into the
bush and murdering them. Superintendent Larry Poke of R.C.M.P. believed the
killing of Verna had all the trademarks of an Olson murder - a young attractive
girl, hitch-hiking in one of Olson's favorite stopping off points, and it was
just Olson's style to scatter his victim's personal effects in remote bush to
Another slaying which the R.C.M.P. said had the stamp of Olson was that of Mary
Ellen Jamieson who disappeared on August 7th, 1980 on the beautiful Sunshine
Coast just north of Vancouver city. The pretty, blue eyed, blonde was last seen
hitch-hiking on Highway 101 at Davis Bay on Vancouver Island. Mary was on her
way home after having dinner with her boyfriend, 18 year old Adrian Dixon in
Sechelt. She was hitch-hiking because there was no bus service and her only
alternative would be a $15.00 cab fare or ride with family or friends. Her
family knew something was terribly wrong when she did not return home by 11p.m.
Her body was found nine days later by three family friends off a logging road
near the bay, about 12 miles from her home. R.C.M.P. and searchers had been down
the road before and there was nothing that could be seen from a car. But a 17
year old named Todd Redman had a feeling this was the spot. They stopped the car
and he grabbed a shovel and started digging in the gravel alongside the road.
Even though there were no signs that the ground had been disturbed, the youth
was convinced that Marney was there. She was lying fully clothed with bruise
marks around her neck where she had been strangled. Clifford Olson knew the
Vancouver area like the back of his hand and threeof his known victims had been
strangled. He also liked to leave his victims like Marney on backroads.
The horror never really ended for the parents of the eleven kids Olson murdered.
They suffered through the anguish of waiting for their children to return and
living with the truth that they never would. Most of the victims came from
broken families where the parents had already been through ugly divorce
proceedings or painful separations. The parents called for a full public inquiry
and voiced their concerns to both the ex-Attorney General Allan Williams and to
the British Columbia Chief Coroner Robert Galbraith. The parents said the
R.C.M.P. was covering up and the facts as presently known raise so many
questions, yet unanswered, that the parents feel can only be ascertained through
a public inquest. Only through a public inquiry into the circumstances
surrounding the nororious childrens deaths can recommendations be made to the
police and others to try and prevent a similar even from ever happening in
British Columbia. On June 4th, 1982 Coroner Alan Askey released his report on
the murder of the eleven children. Despite a probe of more than three months,
Askey appeared to do little more than simply reproduce the official R.C.M.P.
version of events.
At first the families seemed stunned. But when they read more carefully the
greater was their sense of betrayal. The families felt that everyone from the
Federal Solicitor General Robert Kaplan to the then Attorney General Allan
Williams to Coroner Askey himself was engaged in a coverup. Askey was billed as
a tough and very outspoken veteran of the coroners service for the province of
British Columbia. But his eight page Olson report was far from hard hitting. The
parents called it whitewash. The parents charged that Askey gave the famed
R.C.M.P. only a token slap on the wrist. Marguerite Partington, the mother of
Olson's youngest victim said "There is no justice." For Brigitte Kozma,
elder sister of murder victim Judy Kozma, she said "The only real justice
would be the eye-for-an-eye of the Old Testament.
The families believe that the R.C.M.P. acted in a totally incompetent fashion
throughout the whole investigation. As for the Askey investigation it was clear
that it started out as on thing and ended up as quite another. Both Chief
Coroner Galbraith and Askey promised that there would be an examination on
whether any of the murders could have been prevented. It turned out the report
virtually ignored what went wrong. It only talked about how to prevent furture
murders and how to set things right in the future. The report said the cash for
corpses deal was justified, but it failed to say why, other than, "The
recovery of the bodies from such isolated and hidden locations would have been
virtually impossible without the active cooperation of Clifford Olson, and the
means used to gain cooperation were justified."
ive days before the release of the Askey report the victims families embarked on
a press offensive. They realized they were not going to get satisfaction from
the authorities without marshalling public support. They announced they would
soon be starting legal action to retrieve the $100,000.00 bloodmoney from the
trust fund set up as part of the R.C.M.P. cash for corpses deal with Olson. They
demanded the resignation of Allan Williams and they planned to sue him along
with Olson, his wife Joan and Jim McNeney, trustee of the fund and also Robert
Shantz. They charged that Williams had offered but failed to provide free legal
advice and had ignored their letters about their childrens deaths. The eight
families also took legal action against Olson in the British Columbia Supreme
In a writ filed April 19th, 1982 they sued Olson for damages in a seldom used
provision of B.C.'s Family Compensation Act. The applications were heard on
Thursday the 24th of March, 1983 before the Honourable Mr. Justice Paris of the
B.C. Supreme Court. The court ordered the judgement be entered in default of the
defence by Olson with damages to be assessed and also cost to be taxed. Too
late, the families won but could not obtain any money because Olson had no money
and didn't have any control over the trust fun, it existed completely
independent of Olson. "Olson has never had, does not have, and will never
have any direction over the trust fund" said Jim McNeney acting as trustee
for the fund.
In the writ filed against Olson it turned out that Olson was prevented by the
then Warden Andrew Graham of the Kingston Penitentiary from allowing Olson to
use his personal money to file and mail documents to the B.C. Supreme Court in
defence of the eight writs filed April 19th, 1982 against Olson by the eight
families. After nine years Olson has now filed a federal court action in the
city of Ottawa on February 20th, 1989 against the Correctional Service of Canada
under the Canadian Charter of Freedoms, claiming they infringed or denied him
his rights under a number of sections of the charter. Olson is claiming that the
Correctional Service of Canada be ordered to pay the full amount of money that
was ordered to be paid by Olson for the default judgements handed down by
Justice Paris. This money would then be paid into the court to pay the parents
that brought the legal action against Olson in the B.C. Supreme Court filed
April 19th, 1982.
There were six families that were awarded the default judgement as two families
withdrew their actions. The victims' parents awarded are Mr. and Mrs. Court
damages of $20,685.45; Mr. and Mrs. Wolfsteiner damages of $13,944.45; Mr. and
Mrs. Kozma damages of $13,537.46; Mr. and Mrs. Rosenfeldt damages of $14,
074.94; Mr. King damages of $24,293.13; and Mr. and Mrs. Partington damages of
$13,738.87. The total amount of money claimed by Olson against the Correctional
Service of Canada is $100,274.30. It should be pointed out that the six parents
of Olsons victims that were awarded this money soon found out they could not
collect from Olson because he had no money. They then filed another civil law
suit against E.J. McNeney, Robert Shantz, and Joan and Clifford Olson. Mr.
Justice Trainor of the B.C. Supreme Court pronounced judgement on December 7,
1984 in favor of the victims families. The judgement was as follows; "The
fund (which came into existence on the 26th day of August, 1981) must be
surrendered or delivered up to this court. By operation of law, it was, that
day, impressed with a constructive trust to remove it from the wrongdoer and
those collaborating with him. The defendants are accountable for the entire sum
of $100,000.00 paid to McNeney by the R.C.M.P. and are liable for it.
If equitable tracing is necessary it would be an appropriate tool to assist in
the collection process. I would not think Morrison would hesitate to return the
money under his control to McNeney so that the latter could comply with this
order. The reasons underlying the establishment of the fund were that it would
likely result in the conviction of a mass murder, Olson, that it would bring to
a conclusion a lengthy and expensive investigation, that there would be a
lessening of public anxiety and that the finality would bring some solace to the
parents of the murdered children. That describes the character of this fund and
directs its future use. In equity, the parents of the children murdered by
Clifford Olson must have a right to claim". The parents were happy that
they won the case against Olson, but there were further unforseen court actions
being taken to the local B.C. Court of Appeal by the defendants Joan Olson, E.J.
McNeney, Robert Shantz and Clifford Olson. They appealed the Supreme Court of
B.C.'s Justice Trainor. The B.C. Court of Appeal heard the case on March 11,
1986 and the court was fast in their reasons for judgement, the Honourable
Justice Hinkson speaking for the Court of Appeal. In an eight page judgement the
final outcome was that the judge fell in error in the way he dealt with the
number of requirements to be satisfied before the principle of unjust enrichment
would apply. In meeting that requirement, the families must show that they were
deprived when the funds were paid to McNeney. The appeal Court went on to say on
page 8, it is clear on the face of this case that the payment by the R.C.M.P. to
McNeney was not made as compensation for the deaths of the children. As I have
indicated it was authorized by the Attorney General primarily to obtain evidence
to convict Olson of the murders of the children. The payment to McNeney did not
result in any corresponding deprivation of the plaintiffs. Understood in this
way it is clear that the plaintiffs have no claim to have the $100,000.00
restored to them. They had no right to claim the money from the R.C.M.P. and
when that sum was paid to McNeney in trust they did not thereby become entitled
to claim it upon the basis of unjust enrichment. For these reasons I would allow
the appeal and dismiss the claims of the plaintiffs (families).
The money was returned from the court to McNeney but a further devastating
judgement was yet coming to the parents of Olson's victims. They filed a motion
for leave of appeal from the judgement of the Court of Appeal of B.C. dated
March 12, 1986, this appeal motion was before the Supreme Court of Canada, the
highest court in Canada. On June 23, 1986 the judgment was upheld. The court was
quick to act, they delivered the final say on the $100,000.00 trust fund
agreement. They dismissed the appeal of the families for leave to appeal the
B.C. Court of Appeal Judgment. It may be asked of Olson what he thought of the
court decision not to hear the parents appeal. Clifford Olson agrees with them
Other murder Olson has knowledge of include the Green River Murders in the U.S.
Olson has been given immunity from prosecution in Washington State in return for
him offering to reveal the whereabouts of five bodies that were sexually raped
then murdered. The U.S. authorities and the R.C.M.P. also know Olson can provide
them with details of 23 more bodies in six U.S. states (Flordia, Louisiana,
Oregon, California, Illinois, and New York). Olson claims he was on vacation in
each of these states while on parole from the B.C. Penitentiary. This
unprecedented immunity deal with Washington State Justice authorites was
confirmed by Olson's trial lawyer Robert Shantz and the letter dated April 18,
1984 from lawyer Roonald Kessler attorney at law in Seattle, Washington. That
letter is attached to this profile.
Olson didn't confess to the murders his lawyer stated, all he said was that he
had information on the whereabouts of five murdered bodies in return for
transactional immunity. Robert Shantz said Olson felt that such immnity was
necessary because if he was ever extradited to face trial in the U.S. the
convicted Olson could face possible execution. "Murderers can be hanged in
Washington State and they have the sizzle chair down in Florida" Olson
notes. Can Olson produce these bodies like he claims? Very high ranking
officials believe he can, as seen by the letter of Robert Keppel, Chief Criminal
Investigator of the Attorney Generals Office of the Seattle Criminal Division
regarding to the Seattle Green River Murders.
An affidavit sworn and dated the 15th day of November 1988 is evidence of
Olson's knowledge of murders in the U.S. and above all his knowledge of the
identity of the Green River Murderer. A letter dated April 21, 1988 addressed to
the Honourable Victor Atiyeh, Governor of Oregon with the attached affidavit
dated April 10, 1984 seems to prove Olson does have the information he claims.
Olson will not discuss the U.S. Green River killer or the murders unless he gets
the deal he had tried to put together with different ambassadors evidenced by
the enclosed letters to ambassadors to Switzerland and the Federal Republic of
Germany. Special attention must be given to the report dated July 25, 1986 with
regards to other murders Olson has knowledge of here in Canada. Unfortunately
Canadian Prime Minister Brian Mulroney is backing away from any deal with Olson
for political reasons. The Prime Minister thinks with regards to Olson that it
is better to let people be killed or raped than make a deal with him.
Then Attorney General of Alberta the Honourable Neil Crawford received a
letterdated March 25, 1983 from Olson claiming he had information pertaining to
three young girls that were raped and murdered and that one of their bodies had
already been recovered. Olson also sent letters to Peter Lougheed the Premier of
the province of Alberta dated April 5th, 1983 concerning the three murder
victims. Olson also swore an affidavit on June 29, 1983 stating that he had
knowledge of the three murder victims. On instruction from the Attorney Generals
office of Alberta, Corporal G.A. Gary Forbes, R.C.M.P. officer of the general
investigation section of Edmonton visited Kingston Penitentiary to see Olson.
Statements were written on April 14th, 1983and signed by Olson and G.A. Forbes
of the R.C.M.P. pertaining to the three murdered girls. These statements cannont
be made public by Olson because of the R.C.M.P.'s ongoing investigation in this
matter. It can be noted, however, that one of the victims was Oahn Ngoc Ha a 19
years old Vietnamese who was then employed at the Baniff Hotel where Olson
Olson was to appear in the Vancouver City Court on a couple of charges in 1977
but as he was on parole he skipped court and left the night before for Alberta,
leaving from the Vancouver Greyhound bus station with his girlfriend Evelyn. On
February 28th the body of 19 year old Oahn Ngoc Ha was found on the Trans Canada
Highway about 53 kilometres west of Golden B.C.
In the summer of 1978 on August 12th, 21 year old Deborah Silverman who lived in
the apartment block building on Bathhurst Street in Toronto went missing. Her
car was parked in the northwest corner of the lot behind the apartment block and
her purse, lace trimmed panties and a broken gold necklace were found inside the
back door. On Sunday Novermber 12th, 1978 her body was found in a lot on a farm
at an intersection of Highway 7 at Durham Regional Road 13 in the Brock Township
about 42 miles east of York. Her hands were tied behind her back with the
sleeves of her blue and white shirt and her black halter top was around her
neck. Her brassiere was still on but she had no shoes or underpanties on. Olson
informed various people on his knowledge of Silverman's murder. He notified then
Premier William Davis of Ontario by letter, Robert Rae, MPP of the N.D.P. Party
of Ontario by letter dated May 9th, 1983 and David Peterson M.P.P. Liberal
Leader of Ontario by letter dated May 4th, 1983. ON August 9th, 1982 Olson swore
an affidavit with photos taken at the murder farm grave along with photos of
Silverman being buried. In the following years up to 1988 a number of police
officers interviewed Olson in Kingston Penitentiary on the Silverman case. On
January 9th, 1987 in a letter to the Honourable Ian Scott, Attorney General of
Ontario, Olson requested immunity from prosecution for the murder of Silverman.
Olson says he was present and can name the killer and give photos. On December
9th, 1987 two detectives interviewed Olson regarding the letter he sent to Ian
Scott and informed him there would be no deal. Olson now refuses to talk to any
In 1988 Olson requested access to personal information under the Ontario Freedom
of Information and Protection of Privacy Act 1987. Olson accessed four seperate
departmens obtaining all the information held on him. Access was also granted to
alld epartments with regards to all information held on Deborah Silverman. Olson
will not identify the killer of Deborah Silverman because there is no deal which
will benefit him.
A profile of a serial killer can only be written by the serial killer himself.
He must be truthful with himself first, and then with the facts he writes about.
In my own case, I will only try to make a short profile, a profile of myself. I
have not gone into the reasons why I had pleaded guilty to the murder of the
eleven children in British Columbia in 1980 and 1981 and I don't feel I have to;
I will save that for a mroe trained individualin those particular fields. The
purpose of this profile is to be no more than a short introduction ofmyself. I
have taken the reader step by step through each and ever case as to what
happened in each murder. I used what took place during the murders and what was
said between the children and myself. I tried to tell the facts as I recall them
and have added nothing of fiction to enhance them. I also had the foresight to
tape all the interviews in 1981 and 1982 with the three top psychiatrists of
Vancouver, Calgary and Toronto. These tapes are for my personal use and are only
avialable to myself and my lawyer Robert Shantz for my own writing and for study
purposes for Criminology students.
I have been currently conducting research and analyzing the lives and crimes of
over 150 serial killers. I believe that there has never been an academic,
university lever text book that analyzes the lives and crimes of serial killers
in the United States, Canada or any other country. In my own personal study I
hope people will be able to get a clear understanding on violent behaviour. Each
serial killer has their own reasons as to why they murdered, but the reasons
that led to the killing are not to be compared with each other as would be done
in other fields of study. Once the facts are seen and provided by the killer
himself, will we then be able to fully understand why they kill.
I can only speak as to why I murdered as I did. I can only put my thoughts and
reasons as to the whole matter to be looked at by the professional psychiatrist
and by criminologists and other trained people. In my case I hope that I may be
able to shed light on the workings of a serial killer. One must remember and ask
themselves, like I did, why is there no material written by the serial killer
himself. The reason is simple, no serial killer wants to give up that much of
himself and in most cases they have appeals proceeding though th court system
which they don't want to jeopardize. Even when they are given a death sentence
they will not talk about the murders because of a future chance of parole. I
have never in my life read a book written by a serial killer on his own
exploits. All kinds of people write about various serial killers but they can
never write what the serial killer knows.
In reading this short profile on myself I wish to inform the reader that not
even our famed Royal Canadian Mounted Police know what happened to those eleven
children in terms of how they were murdered. Only my lawyer and I know. Only one
important aspect must be brought out and that is to do with the $100,000.00
trust fund I agreed to have set up. There was no deal that made me exchange the
childrens bodies for the money that was agreed on. I would never have made the
deal that I did had it not been for Joan. Joan had received 28 thousand dollars
from her divorce settlement and I took it and spent it. I was just taking her
for a ride, as we say. Also I would not have told about the bodies and pleaded
guilty if I had not fallen in love with Joan and stole her money like I did. I
would be free today as is said by the Crown John Hall, my lawyer Allan Williams,
former Attorney General of British Columbia.
The reasons I'm serving a life sentence is because I pleaded guilty to the
charges. Had the R.C.M.P. not known I stole the money from Joan as I did, I
wouldn't have mentioned the deal to get Joan's money back. Joan never knew or
had any idea of the trust fund that had been put together. had she known of the
deal she would have never agreed to it. In closing my profile I stand by my
letter of Friday, February 5th, 1982 which I wrote to Genevieve Westcott a CBC
television reporter in Vancouver as to why I pleaded guilty. This letter ran on
national television and the text ran full in both the Vancouver Sun and Province
newspapers as follows.
Friday, February 5th, 1982
Lower Mainland Correctional Institution,
Dear Ms. Westcott:
CBC Reporter T.V. News.
Thanks you for your letter of February 2nd, 1982 that was brought in by my wife
Joan on Wednesday on her visit with me. I don't give any interviews nor make any
statements Genevieve, because the so-called professinal journalism reports can't
put true facts together and print them as they should. I have such a volume of
letters from all over the States and Canada wanting me to answer questions. I
would expect of the media unequivocal, clear, chronological and unbiased
reporting of true facts. Not the extreme degree of shallow, sensational,
confused and biased reporting sadly typical of the new media, T.V., radio and
newspapers that have been doing in my case. I am sure you Genevieve and all the
true facts and trying to receive satisfactory explanations from all those
involved. "I did not cause the unlawful deaths of eleven children by
planned and deliberate killings." I had instructed my counsel, Robert
Shantz, to ask special prosecutor John Hall if he would sign a letter starting
that for my exchange of a plea of guilty, that he John Hall would not submit any
evidence but the statement of facts, this Mr. Hall did, for the following
(1) I did not wish to put the parents of all the children to have to go through
such emotional and physical strain and having to look at the photos of the
remains and the state of their children's bodies were found.
(2) The mental and physical strain on my family and the families of the children
would be extremely unbearable had I let the trial continue.
(3) The personal statements given to the R.C.M.P. by the parents of their lives
would have been brought out and would have cause sor some embarrassment and
disconcertion among some of the parents.
(4) The Justice McKay had the jury locked up so that they would not be able to
communicate physically or by phone with their loved ones, wives, husbands, and
children. This would have been for well over eight weeks.
(5) The complete exploration of the news media on all the victims families and
my family and on the courts evidence would be exploited by the media for
(6) The whole cost of the trials and the enw trials that would be ordered by the
various courts of appeal are unbelievable.
There are no words in the English language nor any other language that can
express to the parents of my victims my deep emotional and sorrowful feelings of
remorse I have for taking what are more precious to them, theif chilren. I know
it is hard to do but I ask for forgiveness, I am terribly sorry for what I have
done. What is not known is that the day before I was charged with the death of
Judy Kozma, I had a two hour visit with my beloved wife Joan and my infant son
Stephen. I could not stop crying during those two hours. I told my wife that I
was responsible for the deaths of the children and that I could not live with
myself nor have any peace of mind until I confess to what I had done and give
back the bodies to their families for a proper Christian burial. I had first
asked the Lord Jesus Christ to forgive me my sins, which he did (If we confess
our sins, he (God) is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse
us from all unrighteousness, (1 John 1:9).
My wife told me that if I told police (R.C.M.P.) what I did, they would lock me
up in jail for the rest of my life and I would in all probability be killed in
jail. She said what would she tell our son when he grew up and everyone was
teasing him at school for what his father had done. I told her it will be up to
me to tell my son what has happened. I knew in my heart that I must give up my
wife and son for the rest ofmy life. My son will have to father to call Daddy
and he will grow up knowing his father for the sins he has done. And my wife
will always bear my mistake for the rest of her life. She told me that I must do
what is right and that she will always love me and that someday we would be n
heaven together praising the Lord together.
As to your professional integrity as a journalist, and to your fairness
Genevieve, I nor Joan can make any comment on. But I'm willing and capable of
accepting your word. You may read this letter on C.B.C. T.V. Genevieve on my
behalf, only on the condition that you do not take one word or sentence of the
content out of the letter in printing or publication or reading it on radio or
Clifford Robert Olson
The Olson profile is a personal profile, it contains two inches of documents
that have never been released to the public nor any of the police forces in
Canada nor the U.S. The letters are from a vast number of police organizations
both in Canada and the U.S. There are vast amounts of legal documents that have
been accessed under the Canadian Privact Act and there is a large number of
letters to the present Federal members of Parliament, the Prime Minsiter of
Canada and Ambassadors from 17 countries. There are the Coroner's reports on
inquiries into the murders of the eleven children. There are reports from the
correctional service Canada containing confidential information with regards to
an attempt to force a political confrontation if Mr. Mulroney refuses to deal
with Olson. See reports dated 86-07-28. There are the Canadian security
intelligence services letters and the letter dated 03-15-88 from then Lt. Dan J.
Nolan Operations Commander of the Green River Task Force in Seattle Washington
which by letter of April 18, 1984 from Ronald Kessler on Olson being granted
conditional immunity from prosecution by the Attorney General of Washington
State in regards to numerous homcides in Washington State.
The two affidavits of Lawyers Robert Shantz and James McNeney are to be paid
very special attention to. The two-inch file shold be read in complete
conjunction with the profile. One can go on and on in this matter but the reader
must remember that this is only a short profile of me. This is only a short
insight as to who Clifford Olson is. I have not gone into what I'vebeen doing
here since I came to the Kingston Penitentiary in February of 1982. In a short
summation of my profile one must remember that it is my story, written by me
Name: Clifford Robert Olson
Astrological Sign: Capricorn
Weight: 159 pounds
Religion: Roman Catholic
Birthdate: January 1st, 1940
Birthplace: St. Paul's Hospital, Vancouver, V.C. at 10:10pm
Turn-on's: Being with someone I love, Jesus Christ, music, sexy women,
champagne, sports, reading, philosophizing, writing, poetry, drawing, studying,
learning law, being able to preach the message of God, having faith, hope and
love, talking politics.
Turn-off's: Being hurt by people you love, lies and deceitfulness,
swearing, obnoxious people, drugs, procrastination, people who are proud,
selfish and rude, injustice, grudges.
Favorite Color: Red
Favorite Flower: Rose
Favorite Sports: Boxing, track and field, skiing, softball, hockey,
swimming, skating, horse racing, tennis and soccer.
Favorite Games: Chess and bridge
Hobbies: Writing, poetry, drawing, model air-planes, reading, watching
movies, going to the beach and writing personal reflections and essays.
Favorite Movies: American Graffiti, Doctor Zhivago, Jaws, Star Wars, The
Empire Strikes Back, The Exorcist, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Star
Trek, High Noon, Stalag 17, On the Waterfront, The Bridge on the River Kwai, I
Want to Live, Ben-Hur, West Side Story, To Kill a Mockingbird, Airport, The
French Connection, Kramer vs. Kramer, Chariots of Fire, Places in the Heart, The
Favorite T.V. Programs: Highway to Heaven, The Cosby Show, Family Ties,
60 Minutes, Johnny Carson, Ed Sullivan, Super Bowl, Bob Hope, Dallas, ABC Sunday
Night Movies, NHL Hockey, Deauty and the Beast, Smothers Brothers, National
Journal, Equalizer, Austin City Limits, Mystery, Disney Movies.
Favorite Magazines: National Geographic, Sports Illustrated, Time,
Playboy, Club International, Life.
Favorite Records: Me and Bobby McGee/Janis Joplin, The Great Pretender/
The Platters, Chantilly Lace/ The Big Bopper, Johnny B. Goode/Chuck Berry, Green
Onions/ Booker T. and the MG's, Proud Mary and all other Creedence Clearwater
Revival songs, Blueberry Hill/Fats Domino, Like a Rolling Stone/ and most other
Bob Dylan Songs, Wake Up Little Suzie/ Everly Brothers, Rock Around the Clock/
Bill Haley and the Comets, That'll Be the Day/ Buddy Holly and the Crickets,
Stairway to Heaven/Led Zeppelin. Oh Pretty Woman/Roy Orbison, Stagger Lee/Lloyd
Price, Satisfaction/ The Rolling Stones, Bridge Over Trouble Water/ Simon and
Garfunkel, Your So Vain/Carley Simon, Maggie Mae/Rod Stewar, Be-Bob-A-Lula/Gene
Vincent, Heart of Gold/Neil Young, Don't Be Cruel/and a few other Elvis songs.
Favorite Male Actors: Charles Broonson, Jack Palance, Donald Sutherland,
Lee Marvin, Stacy Keach, Sean Connery, Clint Eastwood, Lee Majors, James Corburn,
Marlon Brando, Chuck Norris, David Carradine, Arnold Schwarzenegger.
Favorite Female Actors: Suzanne Sommers, Pia Zadora, Heather Locklear,
Angie Dickinson, Goldie Hawn, Sissy Spacek, Yvette Mimieux, Kim Basinger, Cheryl
Tiegs, Cheryl Ladd, Cher, Sandra Dee, Brigitte Bardot, Tina Turner, Farrah
Fawcett, Lindsay Wagner.
Favorite Comedy Actors: Shari Lewis and Lamb Chop, Rich Little, Buddy
Hackett, Jay Leno, Gary Shandling, Johnny Carson, Billy Cosby.
Favorite Cars: Porsche-928-S, Cadillac, Oldsmobile, Ford Mustang.
Favorite Basketball Team: Boston Celtics
Favorite National League Team: Los Angeles Dodgers
Favorite American League Team: California
Favorite Fruits: Bing cherries, bananas, strawberries, cantaloupe,
peaches, blueberries, grapes.
Favorite Candies: Fudge, toffee, Crispy Crunch bars, pop corn.
Favorite Desserts: Banana cream pie, ice-cream, milk shakes, oatmeal
Favorite Sandwich: Lettuce and tomato, club house.
Favorite Breakfasts: Bacon and eggs turned over, cream of wheat, puff
Favorite Fish: Alaska black cod, salmon.
Favorite Foods: Filet mignon steak medium, pork chops, meat loaf, corn on
the cob, cottage cheese, peas, I like all vegetables except asparagus and
spinach, chocolate milk, coffee with cream and sugar.
Favorite Miscellaneous: Cream of corn soup, coca cola, jelly beans,
candies of all kinds.
Favorite Drink: Dom Perigon, Chivas Regal Blended Scotch Whiskey with
Seven-Up, Screwdrivers with Smirnoff Vodka, my favorite cocktails are, Singapore
Slink: Gin, Lemon Juice, Orange Juice, Cherry Brandy, Grenadine. Marguerita:
Salted rim, tequila, triple sec, lime juice. Tom Collins: Gin, Lemon Juice,
soda. Black Forest: Vodka, Cherry Brandy, Seven-Up, whipped cream, Khalua.
My Favorite Perfume For The Lady: Opium, Joy, Obsession.
Favorite Places: Vancouver, Honolulu, Hawaii, Disneyland and Disneyworld.
Favorite Musicians: Rolling Stones, Bobby Gentry, Rita Coolidge, Loretta
Lynn, Joan Baez, Patsy Cline, Connie Francis, Crystal Gayle, Keith Richards,
Kris Kristofferson, Peter Frampton, Bob Dylan, Rod Stewart, Neil Young, Van
Morrison, Led Zeppelin, Eric Clapton.
Ideal Woman: Sensitive, to be treated with respect, as an equal. A
Christian woman. To have truly a good woman you have to believe she is more
precious than all the gems in the world. She has to be truthful and trustful and
must be able to satisfy my needs. She has to be a very kind individual who is
also sympathetic, tender, warm, gentle, tolerant, good tempered, confident, very
charitable and a humanitarian and most of all have all the love of God.
Biggest Joy: The birth of my son, Stephen.
Favorite Pastime: Reminiscing on past experiences and events, listening
to rock and roll and country music from the years 1955-1969 and reading and
studying the bible.
Favorite Pets: My dog Penny, cats and horses.
Favorite Political Party: I have never voted in any Federal Election or
in any Provincial Election.
The Best Thing About Sex Is: The whole joy of sex with love is that there
are no rules, so long as you enjoy it, and the choice is practically unlimited.
Uninhibited partners will tell each other about their fantasies (try
free-associating just before orgasm if you are shy). Really communicting
partners look for them and put them on the menu unannounced, there is no more
complete communication. Women probably differ sexually more than men. Never
assume that you don't need to relearn for each person. Planning and thinking
about sex to come is part of love, so is lying together in complete luxury
afterwards. You don't get high quality sex without love and feedback. Feedback
means that perfect mixture of stop and go, tough and tender, exertion and
There are only two guidelines in good sex. Don't do anything you don't really
enjoy and find out your partners needs and don't balk them if you can help it.
The bed is the right place to play all the games you ever will want to play.
This is essential to a full, enterprising and healthy immature view of sex
between committed people. Take off your shell along with your clothes. A womans
greatest assest after her beauty is her natural perfume. It comes from her hair,
skin, breats, armpits, and genitals. The smell and feel of a man's skin probably
has more to do with sexual attraction than any other single feature. We must
learn to use the whole of our skin surface, our feelings of identity, aggression
and so on, and how to express them in bed. We must find out someone elses needs
and your own will prove to be rewarding, interesting, and educational when it
comes to finding out what love is all about. Sex should be wholly satisfying,
like between two affectionate people from which they emerge unanxious, rewarded
and ready for more.
Clifford Robert Olson
PO Box 22