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Mason Jenkins

January 6, 1998. Chatham, Ontario. The Jenkins family, Brian, Leslie, Mason, and Jennifer, seemed to be a happy one. But whatever serenity they had was shattered after the parents arrived home one evening to find their daughter's body in the basement. Their son Mason wasn't in the house and they feared that he was in serious trouble as well. The authorities, though, tracked their son down. When they caught up to him he was riding a horse and did not want to go to the police station. Jennifer had been shot five times. Police believed that Mason killed her. His parents could not understand that and stood by their son. As time went on, Mason's account began to change again and again. Did he kill his sister? And if he did, would his parents continue to support him?

Sources

The “Faint Hope Clause” The Canadian Criminal Justice Association

R. v. Jenkins Ontario Supreme Court 10/30/2000

R. v. Jenkins Ontario Supreme Court 1/5/2001

R. v. Jenkins Court of Appeal for Ontario 2/1/2005

Murder In the Family POV Magazine 4/3/2010

Murderer in the family Now Toronto 4/22/2010

Healing to honour Jennifer The Chatham Daily News 8/28/2010

When your daughter’s killer is your son The Star 8/30/2010

Killer allowed to pay last respects at grandmother’s funeral The Chatham Daily News 2/18/2013

Jenkins challenging faint hope clause The Chatham Voice 3/17/2014

Killer Denied Early Parole Hearing Blackburn News 5/28/2014

R. v. Jenkins Ontario Superior Court of Justice 6/30/2014

Jenkins v. Canada Ontario Superior Court of Justice 11/24/2014

Brian Douglas Jenkins Obituary The Chatham Daily News 4/25/2016

Jenkins approved for escorted release to attend interment The Chatham Daily News 5/28/2019