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Terri-Lynne McClintic Canada

My next book will be about Terri-Lynne McClintic, a Canadian version of Judith Neelley or Janeen Snyder. She, in conjunction with her boyfriend, Michael Thomas Rafferty kidnapped, raped and murdered a tiny little girl.  Terri-Lynne McClintic pleaded guilty to first-degree murder. She was sentenced to life in prison in 2010.

These cases with young impressionable girls who murdered alongside much older, violent men are concerning enough but what interests me about Terri-Lynne's case is her own violent and troubling childhood.

Small, sweet Tori Stafford was only eight years old when the murderous pair abducted, sexually assaulted and killed her in 2009. “I savagely murdered that little girl,” said McClintic during her trial and she shocked the entire courtroom with her admission of guilt. Testimony abounded showing her devious ways throughout her life, including microwaving her own dog until it screamed in pain. She has very obviously been a troubled child long before she committed this horrific crime and I wonder why no one noticed and stopped her earlier.

Teri-Lynne was the child of a stripper and hooker who handed her over to her best friend, Carol McClintic, another stripper/hooker. The pair traveled around Canada with Teri attending school after school and always bullied for being a strippers kid. Children's Aid became a staple in her life at age 7 and yet she still was able to grow up to be a killer. Official records show she became a drug abuser at the age of eight. Terri-Lynne was raped and continuously molested from the ages of 5-10.

From the ages of 8 - 18 she spent life in foster homes, detention centers and jail. Always violent, getting in fight after fight after violent, deadly fight. In youth detention she was perpetually in trouble. She wrote long, lurid diary entries threatening those who had wronged her, ranting endlessly about “slaughtering” and “ripping out each bone.” She signed those entries “murderouz bitchez,” a sign-off she used for herself and her friend.

This girl had no chance from the moment she was born. Would things have gotten much better for her if she had not met and fell into Rafferty's sick desires? I'm not sure. She may never have sought out an innocent victim but she may have. I think a more pertinent question may be, would she have committed this crime and her others had Children's Aid done their job and saved her from the life she was born into.