Newspaper article The Canadian Press

New Brunswick Cop Killer Posts Profile on Online Matchmaking Website

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

New Brunswick Cop Killer Posts Profile on Online Matchmaking Website

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Cop killer takes to online matchmaking site

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FREDERICTON - One of Canada's most notorious killers -- who murdered three RCMP officers and wounded two others -- has taken to an online matchmaking website where he portrays himself as "a blue collar dude with a passion for music."

Justin Bourque -- who is serving a life sentence with no chance of parole for 75 years for his 2014 shooting rampage in Moncton, N.B. -- posted a profile Tuesday on Canadian Inmates Connect.

"I am single and looking for someone to be with," Bourque wrote on the profile, which lists his expected release date as 2089.

The site aims to hook up lonesome convicts with potential companions on the outside.

Melissa Fazzina, who runs the site, said many of the inmates are just looking for friendships and she hopes the connections can help make them better people.

"I've seen how important this service is, just being able to connect people that are incarcerated with the outside world. It does a lot to change their lives for the better while they're inside prison and often for when they're coming out," she said.

Fazzina said she started the site a few years ago after seeing sites in the United States and realized there was nothing similar in Canada.

Bourque, who is serving his sentence at the Atlantic Institution in Renous, N.B., killed constables Dave Ross, Fabrice Gevaudan and Doug Larche, and left constables Eric Dubois and Darlene Goguen injured.

Bourque's online profile says he likes television and movies, and is looking for women to correspond with.

"So send me a letter and a photo or two and we'll see where it goes from there," he wrote.

While the site is Internet based, inmates in Canadian jails and prisons have no Internet access. Anyone wishing to correspond with the inmates have to write and mail letters directly to the prison where they are being held. …

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