Urge to Kill: The story of a potential serial killer

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Our lead story today raises disturbing questions about everything from public safety .. to individual rights ... to the scope and the limitations of our criminal justice system. It is the story of a young woman whose actions - though upsetting and even criminal ... pale in comparison to her words.

* We warn you our discussion will get graphic. This story is not for young children *





Urge to Kill: The story of a potential serial killer - CBC Reporter

A B.C. woman celebrates her 23rd birthday today --in custody. And she may have the authorities watching her for all of her birthdays to come.

Kayla Bourque is the subject of one of the most unusual orders ever to come out of Vancouver provincial court. She describes herself as a potential serial killer. The criminal justice system takes her at her word. She's been sentenced for killing ... and mutilating her family's dog and cat. But Ms. Bourque admits to harbouring much darker fantasies.

She has two months left to serve on charges of animal cruelty. Once released - she'll begin serving a unique probation designed to make sure her fantasies never come true.

CBC Vancouver reporter Jason Proctor has been covering her case and he joins me from Vancouver and a warning that there are some very disturbing elements to this story.

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Still to come, we'll check in with our listeners for some of their thoughts on the stories of the week. We'll also hear from one of the journalists who did so much to reveal the depth of corruption intersecting Quebec politics and business.

Alain Gravel is the host of Radio Canada's investigative program Enquète. Last night, the program was recognized for its work by the Canadian Journalists for Free Expression.


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