Robert Latimer put his suffering severely disabled daughter Tracy, 12, in his pickup truck + ran a hose from exhaust into cab




Robert Latimer — the Saskatchewan farmer convicted of killing his severely disabled daughter — has lost his bid to take extended day-parole leaves from his Victoria half way house.

Latimer, 56, had been seeking to live away from the home on weekdays, and return on weekends.

The National Parole Board denied a similar request late last year.

It has allowed him to remain on day parole, and granted leave for him to visit family in Saskatchewan.

Born with a severe form of cerebral palsy, Latimer’s daughter Tracy was 12 and weighed 40 pounds when he killed her.

She suffered constant pain and had as many as six seizures a day.

In October 1993, Latimer put Tracy in his pickup truck and ran a hose from the exhaust pipe into the cab.

She died of carbon monoxide poisoning.

Latimer is serving a mandatory life sentence with no eligibility of parole for 10 years.


CCC BLOG reprint:

Victoria Times Colonist:

No extended day parole for Latimer

Canwest News Services – Vancouver

Page A7

February 19, 2010






5 Responses to Robert Latimer put his suffering severely disabled daughter Tracy, 12, in his pickup truck + ran a hose from exhaust into cab

  1. robertrandall says:

    You believe it is noble to suffer?

    • goyodelarosa says:

      Thanks for your question, Robert.

      Only Christ’s suffering and death can be said to be truly noble, in my humble opinion.

      We project a myriad of meanings onto human suffering, but ultimately I believe that the ancient Natural Law against assisted suicide and euthanasia is the right, logical and good thing to maintain, despite any recent poll.

      Mr. Latimer has apparently not shown any recognition of the significance of killing his own daughter, nor any remorse, and I believe that it is therefor prudent of the National Parole Board to restrain his movements until such time as he begins to acknowledge the severity of his crime and show some genuine contrition for it.

      Then we can forgive him, but until then, we have no confidence that he will not take the law into his own hands again.

      Hospice is the best way to go these days.

      Using dilaudid, morphine and other medically indicated prescribed pain medication in a quiet palliative atmosphere, there is really no reason for any person to suffer in their last hours.

  2. robertrandall says:

    There is evidence to suggest Tracy’s pain was so severe that allowing it to continue could be considered a form of torture.

    Being severely disabled she was at the complete mercy of her doctors. If life became literally unbearable for you or me we could simply take a walk into the Pacific Ocean.

    I do not advocate euthanasia but believe in some cases it is the lesser of two evils, and that the unfixable suffering of a child is more important than high-level abstract debates about natural law, religion and slippery slopes.

  3. goyodelarosa says:

    Being a disabled person, I have no confidence whatsoever that a gang of white-coated provincial government bureaucrats working for VIHA wouldn’t make a bottom line utilitarian decision to off me at some future date because they decided that my suffering was somehow deemed not dignified enough to bother with, or without signficance for society, or simply too costly for the government to palliate.

    Euthanasia and assisted suicides are social evils, recognized by the Government of Canada and the Supreme Court of Canada and properly discouraged by laws designed to protect the vulnerable.

    Mr. Latimer seems to think that because he intended to relieve the suffering of his daughter, that that somehow exonerates him from responsibility for taking her life.

    That was a profoundly illogical idea that got him into terrible trouble, as it was a classic case of the end trying to justify the means.

    In the history of ideas, this error is often identified with Pierre Abelard’s so-called ‘ethic of intention,’ which was effectively refuted, I believe, by none other than Saint Bernard of Clervaux himself.

    Abelard thought that because he intended a good result from a bad action, the end result could somehow magically justify the means of employing the bad action to attain it.

    When this illogical idea is taken to its extreme, it manifests in irrational behaviour, such as exhibited by Mr. Latimer in his taking Tracy’s life.

    Like Conrad Black, he has made matters worse for himself by his very public refusal to acknowledge culpability for the crime and for his persistent insistence on being put in a special parole category that he only he seems to enjoy.

    By doing so, he has fooled many people into thinking that he is a martyr, but has aggravated the National Parole Board, by not exhibiting any evidence of rehabilitation.

    He is, if nothing else, a master, like Conrad Black, of Death Culture mass media manipulation.

    Like Conrad, he should serve his full sentence.

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