'Time doesn't heal the pain:' Keep killer Paul Bernardo behind bars, families say

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Relatives of two of Paul Bernardo's victims say the rapist and murderer should never be set free.

The parents of Kristen French and Leslie Mahaffy presented impassioned victim-impact statements at Bernardo's second parole hearing today.

The 56-year-old became eligible for parole more than three years ago but was denied release in his first hearing in October 2018.

Donna and Doug French told today's hearing that a persistent and ``evil dark cloud'' continues to haunt their family.

Debbie Mahaffy spoke of the pain of having to relive Bernardo's horrible crimes.

Now 56, Bernardo has been serving a life sentence for kidnapping, torturing and killing Kristen French and Leslie Mahaffy in the early 1990s in St. Catharines.

The victims' families say his right to a hearing before the Parole Board of Canada every two years is unconscionable, and it should be every five years at least.