Tori Stafford abduction details revealed
Publication ban partially lifted
Victoria Elizabeth "Tori" Stafford was an eight year old Canadian girl abducted from Woodstock, Ontario on April 8, 2009, and murdered. She was last seen on security camera footage walking with Terri-Lynne McClintic.
She was murdered within a few hours of her abduction, snatched off the street in this small town, in broad daylight. Time enough, though, for unspeakable cruelties to be inflicted upon her.
Terri-Lynne McClintic, left, pleaded guilty earlier this year to first-degree murder in the death of Grade 3 student Tori Stafford, right. TORONTO STAR FILE PHOTOS.
For more than seven months, the media has been forbidden from reporting what unfolded in a Woodstock courtroom. That was the day McClintic pleaded guilty to first-degree murder and received an automatic life sentence, , which carries the chance of parole in 25 years. It was reported by the media Tori had a peripheral connection to her abductor. Her mom had been to McClintic’s house, shared an interest in dog-breeding with McClintic’s mother.
Tori loved dogs too, so was easy to cajole when McClintic – who introduced herself as “T’’—said she had a Shih Tzu named Precious. “Tori told her she also had a Shih Tzu and she agreed that she would like to see Terri-Lynn’s dog,’’ as the agreed statement of fact puts it.
Yet McClintic told court she hadn’t specifically targeted the Grade 3 student that afternoon. The pretty little blonde girl was simply the first child McClintic came across.
The final image of Tori – the last time she would be seen alive – McClintic is escorting the girl to the parking lot of a nearby retirement home. In the surveillance videotape, the two walk off the screen.
They went to an address in Guelph, then to a location north of that city, a lonely laneway across from a farmhouse on a concession road off Highway 6. Cause of death was multiple blunt force impact.
McClintic: “I will never forget what happened, the mistakes I made, the failure I was. A million tears will never be enough and a million words would never be able to express how truly sorry I am. I allowed my own issues, my own past, to affect the future of an innocent girl.’’
Also charged with kidnapping and murder in the first degree is Michael Thomas C.S. Rafferty, 29.
I don’t think there will ever be forgiveness, at least not any time soon.