By Marianne Curtis
James Kostelniuk chose to not attend the trial of the man convicted of murdering his two young children and their mother two decades ago, but he did not miss his parole hearing last month.
The Ste. Anne area resident, along with his wife Marge, made the trip to British Columbia to ensure that Jeffery Anderson was not granted parole on February 5. His trip was successful.
On August 29, 1985 Kostelniuk’s ex wife Kim Anderson, and their two children Lindsay (8) and Juri (10) were cold bloodly gunned down in their Burnaby BC home by her estranged husband Anderson. He was subsequently convicted of three counts of first degree murder and sentenced to life with no chance of parole for at least 25 years.
Sitting in the courtroom as an observer Kostelniuk was forced to relive the case that put Anderson behind bars over two decades ago.
“As the father of the two slain children, I had a big stake in outcome of the hearing,” explained Kostelniuk. “It was a hearing that I had prepared for over the past twenty-three years.”
Despite his preparations, there were some nasty surprises.
“What shocked me most during the hearing was the fact that not only had he sexually assaulted my daughter—which I already knew—but that he had done so with my son as well, something I didn’t know,” Kostelniuk recalled. “The testimony about the pre-meditated shotgun murders was chilling to hear – especially so coming directly from him.”
The National Parole Board rejected Anderson’s application for early day parole, citing the strong opposition of the victims’ loved ones as a key factor. Kostelniuk delivered a powerful victims impact statement in the form of a novel called Wolves Among Sheep: The True Story of Murder in a Jehovah’s Witness Community which he wrote as part of his healing process.
They also determined that based on what they heard at the hearing that the reason Anderson killed his three victims was because he was afraid of being exposed as a sexual deviant based on the horrendous acts of sexual abuse he subjected his wife and her three children to.
While Anderson was denied parole this time, he will be up for parole again in July 2010. If he is eventually granted full parole he will be deported to the United States where he can live without support or supervision from the National Parole Board of Canada. The only restriction he would have is an order not to return to Canada.
Kostelniuk says that he is going to see this through to the end, and he is already planning to be at that hearing.