The state may be fooled by child murderer Allan Schoenborn’s claims he was crazy when he butchered his children to get even with his wife, but the man who brought him to justice isn’t.
Kim Robinson found Schoenborn “cowering in the woods” 10 days after he left his ex-wife to discover the gruesome remains of his young children that he killed by hand.
Yesterday, it was announced that the British Columbia Review Board ruled he should be allowed escorted day leaves from the Forensic Psychiatric Hospital because he poses “no threat” to the community.
Yes, well, I suppose if you think about it, most people who murder their family probably don’t pose a risk to the community. But whether one poses a risk to society is of little consolation to the three children buried underground right now.
“I’m very disappointed,” Robinson said. “There isn’t a bone in my body . . . that for one minute thinks that that man is insane.
“He knew what he did was wrong. He went and hid. When I found him his biggest concern really was that his wife was still alive. He said to me, ‘She’s not dead? She didn’t off herself?’”
The words of an insane man? Most insane people don’t have the presence of mind to hide from the police or become disappointed when learning their premeditated plan has failed.
The murderer said he just wants to get out and go to the mall for coffee. Even if a person hasn’t committed an atrocity in a legally sane state of mind, it’s practically psychotic to make demands about wanting to go to the mall and drink coffee. Most parents who lose children through natural causes are traumatized for life, and those who kill their children accidentally are left shattered and hollow inside.
Not Schoenborn. He wants a Starbucks.
Review board chairman Bernd Walter has said Schoenborn can go swimming or exercise at a local community centre, with escorts present. I’m sure the people at the community centre are going to be delighted with that idea.
It makes me physically ill to think that a man who murdered his children, and then posed their corpses in the perfect position for his wife to find them, is not at this very moment swinging from a hangman’s noose. But that’s not the sort of society we live in anymore.