A BC man convicted of the mass murder of a family on a camping trip has been denied parole.
David Shearing, now known as David Ennis, shot and killed six members of the same family while camping near Wells Gray Provincial Park in 1982.
He was convicted of murdering grandparents George and Edith Bentley and their daughter Jackie Johnson and husband Bob while sitting around a campfire. He kidnapped Johnson’s two girls, Janet, 13, and Karen, 11. He sexually assaulted them before shooting them days later.
He then laid the bodies of the victims in the family car and burned it.
Ennis is serving an indefinite life sentence for six counts of second-degree murder. The hearing took place at the Bowden Institution in Alberta.
Many relatives of the victims spoke during the hearing as well as friends. One of them was Tammy Arishenkoff, who was Janet’s childhood friend.
She says Ennis should never be released and calls him an “animal” who persecuted the family.
“He is a coward that our children will never be safe from. He is the monster under our bed that we all fear … the good has a duty to always fight against the evil, ”Arishenkoff said during the hearing.