HAMIL­TON’S DAN­GER­OUS OF­FEND­ERS

The Hamilton Spectator - - Local - Compiled by Su­san Clairmont, The Hamil­ton Spec­ta­tor PO­LICE AND COURT HAND­OUT PHO­TOS; DAVID MAR­A­CLE CANA­DIAN PRESS FILE PHOTO

James Col­lier DES­IG­NATED 1985 AGE 52

He be­came Hamil­ton’s first DO af­ter sex­u­ally as­sault­ing four girls. His 30-year crim­i­nal record in­cluded con­vic­tions for three in­de­cent as­saults, com­mit­ting an in­de­cent act, rape and at­tempted rape.

Un­named man DES­IG­NATED 1996 AGE 45

A bouncer with a 28-year crim­i­nal record and seven con­vic­tions for sex­ual as­sault. A pub­li­ca­tion ban was or­dered on his name to pro­tect the iden­tity of his vic­tims — in­clud­ing his wife and daugh­ters.

Wayne Walker DES­IG­NATED 1997 AGE 40

Walker was raised in an abu­sive fam­ily and sent to live in a provin­cial fa­cil­ity at age 12. At 30 he was de-in­sti­tu­tion­al­ized by the province and moved to Hamil­ton.

He lured a six-year-old girl af­ter Sun­day ser­vice at Bink­ley United Church but was in­ter­cepted while walk­ing her away.

He had three prior con­vic­tions for sex­u­ally as­sault­ing chil­dren.

Ter­ence Doyle DES­IG­NATED 1998 AGE 48

A Satan’s Choice mem­ber with a crim­i­nal record span­ning 24 years, he had 22 con­vic­tions in­clud­ing weapons of­fences, as­saults and at­tempted mur­der. He in­flicted ter­ror on three ex-wives in­clud­ing stab­bing one in the chest as she called 911.

James Si­pos DES­IG­NATED 1998 AGE 39

Convicted of as­sault­ing or sex­u­ally as­sault­ing nine women, six of them strangers.

In one in­ci­dent, he sex­u­ally as­saulted a teenager, tied her to a tree and talked about killing her and burn­ing her body. In an­other, he forced a woman’s car off the road be­fore punch­ing, chok­ing and rap­ing her.

David Mar­a­cle DES­IG­NATED 1999 AGE 34

Convicted of the gun­point kid­nap­ping and rapes of a 14year-old Brant­ford girl, Mar­a­cle was de­clared a DO.

He suc­cess­fully ap­pealed his con­vic­tion and his DO des­ig­na­tion and was granted a new trial. On the first day of jury se­lec­tion, Mar­a­cle in­stead ad­mit­ted his at­tack on the Brant­ford girl and pleaded guilty.

The Crown once again sought a DO des­ig­na­tion. How­ever, this time the judge de­cided against it, find­ing Mar­a­cle a long-term of­fender in­stead with 10 years pro­ba­tion af­ter re­lease.

Daryll Sked­den DES­IG­NATED 2001 AGE 38

He raped a 16-year-old babysit­ter and had 37 other con­vic­tions for stalk­ing and sex­u­ally as­sault­ing women.

His crimes in­cluded: Drag­ging a woman into bushes, bit­ing her and beat­ing her as she screamed; as­sault­ing his girl­friend; mak­ing ob­scene and threat­en­ing phone calls to a woman he picked out of the phone book; stalk­ing a woman he didn’t know and leav­ing sex­u­ally ex­plicit notes on her wind­shield. He as­saulted one woman six days af­ter com­plet­ing a treat­ment pro­gram for sex of­fend­ers.

Sked­den’s father was a convicted rapist who died in pri­son. His mother was a sex worker and al­co­holic.

His step­fa­ther and mother were convicted of at­tempted mur­der af­ter the step­fa­ther shot Sked­den’s 13-year-old brother. The cou­ple tried to re­move the bul­let with tweez­ers.

Bernard King DES­IG­NATED JULY 2005 AGE 51 Once, a woman awoke

in her own bed af­ter a party to find King, naked, on top of her. He punched her in the mouth.

An­other time, King fol­lowed a 17-year-old girl off a Toronto bus, threw her to the ground and kicked her so hard in the face she needed re­con­struc­tive surgery.

An­other Toronto teen who re­jected King’s ad­vances was fol­lowed into a bath­room, punched in the face, burned with a cig­a­rette and choked un­til she lost con­scious­ness. King then defe­cated on her.

He also fol­lowed a woman into the sub­way, beat her into un­con­scious­ness then sex­u­ally as­saulted her.

In Hamil­ton, he at­tacked a woman get­ting into her car near Jack­son Square. He punched her in the face and or­dered her to “Get over and open your legs.”

King spent a to­tal of 18 months out of cus­tody be­tween ages 16 and 51.

Michael Gar­diner DES­IG­NATED 2006 AGE 29

He left the now closed fed­eral half-way house on York Boule­vard, walked across the street to Jack­son Square and stabbed a shop man­ager 22 times. She sur­vived.

Gar­diner in­tended to rape her, but was turned off by all the blood.

Gar­diner was first ad­mit­ted to a men­tal hospi­tal at age seven be­cause of his de­sire to hurt other chil­dren.

He racked up 41 crim­i­nal con­vic­tions, in­clud­ing sex­u­ally as­sault­ing a woman with a men­tal dis­abil­ity and threat­en­ing to kill a jus­tice of the peace.

Gre­gory Finck DES­IG­NATED 2007 AGE 35

A child rapist who propo­si­tioned an 11-year-old Hamil­ton girl on her way home from school. The girl’s father and un­cle chased Finck and held him for po­lice.

Finck was in and out of pri­son most of his adult life. He sex­u­ally as­saulted a three-year-old girl he ab­ducted near her home in New Brunswick.

Ger­ald Dyke DES­IG­NATED 2011 AGE 40

He spent much of his adult life be­hind bars for do­mes­tic vi­o­lence, hav­ing se­verely beaten each of his five girl­friends.

He broke one girl­friend’s nose and or­bital bones, then forced her to per­form oral sex on him.

He was liv­ing at a Hamil­ton half-way house when he beat the woman he lived with on week­ends.

Michelle Erstikaitis DES­IG­NATED 2011 AGE 31

She asked to be de­clared a DO. As a teenager grow­ing up in Hamil­ton, Erstikaitis was ob­sessed with se­rial killer Paul Bernardo. Her goals were to marry Bernardo, be­come a fa­mous killer, be­come a DO (like Bernardo).

She left mes­sages on the an­swer­ing ma­chine of Deb­bie Ma­haffy, pre­tend­ing to be her daugh­ter Les­lie, who was raped and killed by Bernardo.

She poured gas through­out her Hamil­ton apart­ment and lit it. First re­spon­ders broke down the door to res­cue her.

At 22, she was des­ig­nated a long-term of­fender and su­per­vised for six years af­ter her re­lease from pri­son.

While on that su­per­vi­sion, she slashed her boyfriend with scis­sors.

She was de­clared a DO (by a Toronto judge), but was soon re­leased and placed on a 10-year su­per­vi­sion or­der.

This sum­mer, Erstikaitis was convicted of slash­ing the throat of a guard at the U.S. Con­sular Of­fice in Toronto.

John­son Aziga DES­IG­NATED 2011 AGE 55

The first per­son in Canada convicted of mur­der for fail­ing to dis­close his HIV sta­tus to sex­ual part­ners.

He in­fected two women who died, in­fected five oth­ers and caused par­a­lyz­ing psy­cho­log­i­cal dam­age to four more part­ners.

John Greene DES­IG­NATED 2015 AGE 30

He beat, sex­u­ally as­saulted and tried to kill a seven-year-old Hamil­ton girl he ab­ducted from an apart­ment hall­way.

Think­ing he had choked the child to death, he was wash­ing her body with bleach when his girl­friend ar­rived and called 911.

Greene had 65 crim­i­nal con­vic­tions, 30 in­volv­ing vi­o­lence.

DAVID MAR­A­CLE : CONVICTED OF THE KID­NAP­PING AND RAPES OF A 14-YEAR-OLD BRANT­FORD GIRL.

MICHAEL GAR­DINER: STABBED A JACK­SON SQUARE SHOP MAN­AGER 22 TIMES. SHE SUR­VIVED.

MICHELLE ERSTIKAITIS: GROW­ING UP AS A TEEN HERE, SHE WAS OB­SESSED WITH PAUL BERNARDO.

JOHN­SON AZIGA: CONVICTED OF MUR­DER FOR FAIL­ING TO DIS­CLOSE HIS HIV STA­TUS TO SEX PART­NERS.

JOHN GREENE: HE BEAT, SEX­U­ALLY AS­SAULTED AND TRIED TO KILL A SEVEN-YEAR-OLD HAMIL­TON GIRL.

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