Quebec doc who killed his 2 kids in 2009 set free

Guy Turcotte



MONTREAL -- Former cardiologist Guy Turcotte, who killed his children in a bout of depression after splitting with his wife, was released from his mental hospital Wednesday afternoon by a board of examiners.

Turcotte, 40, was ordered to meet certain conditions -- get continued psychological treatment, live at an approved location and have no contact with ex-wife Isabelle Gaston.

She worked with Turcotte at a hospital north of Montreal and said she still feels threatened by the killer.

Following the decision Wednesday, she said the ruling was absurd, adding she hoped the justice system would change.

"If it doesn't change, there'll continue to be injustices like this," said Gaston, who's also a doctor. "We can have a discussion about the value of life, about the value of physical integrity, but unfortunately, the penalties that are given in the courts lead me to believe that there's no great value to a  human life."

The review board was told Turcotte shows no signs of mental illness, according to the team that's been treating him.

He sees a psychologists once a week for an hour and the only medication he's taking is for hair loss, the board heard.

The grandmother of Turcotte's two slain children -- Olivier, 5, and Anne-Sophie, 3 -- vented her rage after their killer father argued during the hearing that he was ready to be discharged from the mental hospital.

Turcotte said he has rubbed elbows with children several times during unescorted sojourns from the Pinel institute, where he's been held since a jury found him not criminally responsible for killing his children in 2009.

In a verdict that provoked outrage across Canada, a jury last year agreed with the former cardiologist's claim that his crumbling marriage made him depressed and suicidal, and that he blacked out when he stabbed his children 46 times in a rented home in Piedmont, QC, north of Montreal, on Feb. 20, 2009.

The Crown is appealing the verdict.

As his ex-wife and former mother-in-law looked on, Turcotte told the review board that he doesn't pose a danger to society.

"I walk everywhere in the city," he said. "I'm in the crowds."

Gaston's mother, Rachelle, vented to reporters during a break in the hearing.

"It's a real shame," she said. "He can sleep, but I don't sleep anymore!"

She predeicted it was only a matter of time before he's on the streets.

"He'll be released," she said. "He's a manipulator right to the end."

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