Murder runs in the family for teen killer
The father of one of the teenagers who murdered Kimberly Proctor is in jail for the brutal murder of a teen girl under similar circumstances, CTV News has learned.
The 16-year-old who pleaded guilty this week to raping, killing and then burning the body of the Vancouver Island teen was just a child when his father pleaded guilty to killing a teen girl.
Because the son is a young offender, neither he nor his father can be named, but the two killings were strikingly similar. Both girls were lured, beaten, bound, sexually assaulted, choked and killed.
In court this week, the boy said he had dreamed about killing someone since he was young, but offered no other reason for the murder.
Text messages between the son and his 18-year-old co-accused revealed that they had carefully planned the seduction and murder of 18-year-old Proctor.
On March 18, after declining the boys' advances, Proctor was lured to a home where her hands and ankles were duct taped. They stuffed a sock in her mouth and sexually assaulted her for hours.
A knife was used to mutilate her body and she eventually died. An autopsy revealed she couldn't breathe because of the tape over her mouth.
Proctor's body was placed in a freezer in the garage. The next day the teens carried her body in a duffel bag on a public bus to the Galloping Goose Trail near Colwood, where they lit her on fire.
The teen's charred body was found near a bridge on the trail.
In online chats, the boys admitted to a friend that they had picked Proctor because she was an easy target.
Crown prosecutors are asking for the two to be sentenced as adults. A youth sentence for the teens would mean a minimum jail term of 10 years without parole. This jumps to life with 25 years without parole as an adult.
The teenage killers are now undergoing psychiatric exams, and a judge will decide in March if they should be sentenced as adults.
‘Increased probability of violence' for children of murderers
Ray Corrado, a criminologist at Simon Fraser University, told CTV News that it's possible children could learn violence from their parents -- or that the aggression and impulse-control problems that lead to murder could be genetically linked.
"The research shows a strong link between a father's violence and criminality and the son's likelihood of criminality and violence," he said.
"You can't say that one causes the other, but there is an increased probability of violence when the father has a history of it."