Society’s Double Standard on Depravity

Henry Makpw Ph.D. – May 12, 2012

Canadians held their collective breath Friday as jurors deliberated whether to find Michael Rafferty, 31, guilty of the rape/murder of eight-year-old Tori Stafford April 8, 2009 near Woodstock Ont.
The suspense was heightened by the fact that an array of child porn/ molestation found on Rafferty’s computer had been ruled inadmissible by the judge due to a technicality. The jury was not aware of this material.
Rafferty’s lawyer had made a convincing case that Rafferty was just a bystander. His girlfriend Terri-Lynn McClintik, 21, already found guilty, had lured the child into the car and later killed her.
There was relief Friday evening when the jury found Rafferty guilty on all counts and sentenced him to life in prison with no parole for 25-years.
The police had a warrant to search Rafferty’s house and car but not his computer and Blackberry. As a result, Superior Court Judge Thomas Heeney deemed the following information inadmissible:
“Rafferty had a hungry interest in child pornography and necrophilia, did extensive Internet searches on “underage rape” and downloaded a disturbing movie that featured an “angelic blonde” kidnapping victim who looked just like Tori Stafford.


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