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After years of anguish and weeks of uncertainty for his victimsâ€™ families, Clifford Olson, one of Canadaâ€™s worst serial killers, died Friday of cancer in a Quebec prison. He was 71 years old.
Terry Bizeau, the mother of Terri Lyn Carson, who was murdered by Olson when she was 15 years old, said she received a call from Corrections Canada at around 12:30 Pacific time, and knew what it was about before picking up the phone.
â€œWhen [the Corrections spokesperson] told me who she was, I knew it anyway,â€ Bizeau said. â€œI asked if heâ€™s dead and she said yes. I yelled out that he was dead and I started crying.â€
â€œMr. Olson officially died at 15:41 p.m.,â€ said GeneviÃ¨ve Guilbault with the Quebec coronerâ€™s bureau. â€œThe coroner in Quebec has to make an investigation every time a prisoner dies, so his body was transported to our morgue in Montreal.â€
Olsonâ€™s death ignited a stream of emotions from his victimsâ€™ families, who were informed by Corrections Canada last weekend that the killer had just days to live.
â€œHow can you put feelings into words,â€ Bizeau said. â€œAll I feel right now is that itâ€™s finally over. Justice has finally been done. I hope that whatever they do, if they bury him or cremate him, I hope they cremate him and flush his ashes in the toilet.
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