B.C. mass murderer David Ennis denied parole for fourth time

One of the most notorious murders in B.C. history has been denied his latest bid for freedom. David Shearing – who goes by the name David Ennis now – was convicted of killing six members of the same family back in 1982. As Rumina Day reports, family of his victims say he should never leave prison.

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The man responsible for one of B.C.’s most horrifying mass murders has again been denied parole.

In August of 1982, David Shearing, who now goes by David Ennis, shot grandparents George and Edith Bentley and parents Bob and Jackie Johnson as they camped just outside Wells Gray Provincial Park in Clearwater.

He then abducted the Johnsons’ 13- and 11-year-old daughters, Janet and Karen, and spent several days torturing and sexually assaulting them before killing them.

He then put all six bodies into the Johnsons’ car and set it on fire.

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After a long, cross-Canada investigation, Ennis was arrested and later pleaded guilty to six counts of second-degree murder.

He was sentenced to life with no chance of parole for 25 years.

He is incarcerated in Bowden, Alta. and was seeking to live an hour from there if he was granted parole.

– More to come

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