The family of a woman killed by her husband of only 31 days in a gruesome murder is pained by having to relive the horror story every two years.
“…And it’s just so incredibly frustrating. We just went through this hearing and in June of this year he’s up for full parole, so we’re going to have to go and attend again.”
Chrystal Brendzy’s aunt Iris McNeil was killed and her body mutilated by James Shortreed back in 1997 and yesterday were at a parole board hearing to face the convicted killer.
McNeil was bludgeoned and stabbed to death in her sleep, her body dismembered and stuffed inside a freezer.
And at every hearing, Brendzy and the family are forced to relive every gruesome detail.
“When you hear the Parole Board calling him a power rapist going over his file of how many women he’s raped since he was 16 years old… It makes you wonder that there’s probably so many more victims out there that we don’t know about.”
She says going through the ordeal multiple times every two years has taken its toll on her family.
“It’ll be 19 years this July that my aunt was murdered, and when you go through a traumatic tragedy, sometimes it brings families together and sometimes it tears them apart… It’s torn our family apart.”
Brendzy says something needs to be done to prevent victims’ families from being put through the emotional wringer at every hearing.
With files from CKNW’s Shane Woodford