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Sherri McLaughlin went missing from Kamloops BC on September 19th 1993 while riding here bicycle to a friends place.
Her bike and backpack were found on the side of the road. Foul play was suspected since the beginning of the search.

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Suspected Kamloops killer has 'problems with victim empathy': parole documents

By Lori Culbert
source: Vancouver Sun
September 18, 2009

 

The man who has refused requests by police to fess up to the murder of missing Kamloops mother Sherri McLaughlin “has problems with victim empathy,” according to National Parole Board documents.

However, the reports also leave open some hope that Daniel Dow, a dangerous offender locked up for a decade, has what police call the conscience to do the right thing: despite a history of violent sexual offences, he married his spiritual counsellor in 2003, which has brought him “solace and hope.”

Still, Dow, who had a difficult childhood and has been convicted of raping four women, was classified in his most recent psychological assessment as being in the “moderate-high range” to re-offend.

The RCMP held an unusual press conference Thursday, flanked by McLaughlin’s family, to say investigators believe they know who abducted the 20-year-old in 1993.

Both police and family members pleaded for the suspect to reveal the location of her remains so they could give her a proper burial.

Previous visits by police to prison and letters written by McLaughlin’s relatives had failed to get the suspect to talk.

The RCMP didn’t name the suspect but several media outlets, including The Vancouver Sun, determined it was Dow.

McLaughlin left behind a one-year-old son when she disappeared. Her damaged bicycle was found by a Kamloops road, and RCMP say paint from the bike was later found on the undercarriage of the suspect’s car.

Police believe McLaughlin was an innocent victim snatched by a stranger, which has similarities to Dow’s previous offences during which he raped and threatened to kill his victims.

The parole board documents say Dow, 50, had a history of juvenile crimes and “a difficult childhood with significant abuse and neglect” while living with his mother and in foster care.

He also suffers from depression and alcohol abuse.

While serving an earlier sentence in the 1990s, Dow also had an in-prison wedding, which led to some success when he was granted conditional release, the documents say. When that marriage ended, he dated another woman who committed suicide.

“The downward spiral that culminated in [a 1998 sexual assault] is connected to these emotional setbacks as well as your deep [seated] problem with anger and your serious financial problems,” the parole board says.

Dow’s 2003 marriage in prison brought positive change again. “She is viewed as a positive source of support for you,” it says, “and you are again making plans for the future.”

The documents say the parole board was hesitant in the past to release Dow, who was declared a dangerous offender in 1999.

He was involved in several assaults while locked up in the 1970s and 1980s, and was twice detained beyond his mandatory supervision date and was not paroled until a few months before his full sentence expired.

However, in Dow’s most recent parole board report, written in 2007, he was described as “an active participant who has made some gains” through anger management, substance abuse and sex offender programs.

“The board is encouraged by the reported positive change in your attitude,” it says.

A 2007 psychological report recommended he continue rehabilitation programs and private visits with his wife before being considered for release.

The parole documents say Dow may be transferred to a minimum security institution.

 

- Article Souce at www.vancouversun.com

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