Smiths Falls killer James Giff granted full parole

James Giff
James Giff
Posted on: August 15, 2016

Killer James Giff convinced the parole board he’s not a threat to reoffend if given the least restrictive form of freedom from prison but, in an unusual step, the board barred the murderer from accessing social media such as Facebook and Instagram. Giff, who raped and stabbed a 16-year-old girl, then left her to die in a snowbank, was granted full parole, a form of early release from penitentiary that permits him to live on his own, without direct daily supervision. It’s a big step for a criminal once classified as a sadist, and who spent most of the past 30 years behind bars. The parole board decided, after a hearing July 7, that Giff won’t present an “undue risk to society” but it imposed several special conditions on his full parole (read them all in the parole document, after the jump). Giff has been living and working in Montreal.

Giff was sentenced to life in prison with no chance of parole for 25 years, after he raped and stabbed to death Heather Fraser, 16, in Smiths Falls, a small town in eastern Ontario, in 1985. Giff told me, in the only interview he’s ever granted, that Heather was a random target, a victim of his uncontrollable rage to kill and his furious hatred of women. He had intended to kill his girlfriend at the time, Annette Rogers. Giff committed the murder when he was 17 and he insists that he has changed.

Credit: Cancrime, Monday, July 18th, 2016