BONOKOSKI: Portrait of an insane killer still dangerous years later?
There is an insane killer zipping abound my hometown on his electric bike, as he is no longer a patient at the medium security Brockville Psychiatric Hospital where, even when dressed in women’s clothing, he was always considered well-behaved.
Douglas McCaul is now 68. Does his senior age make him less dangerous? Let’s hope.
He has been diagnosed with having a severe anti-social personality disorder and scored high to reoffend with a sex crime.
In 2011, McCaul petitioned the Ontario Review Board to release him to a Brockville group home but they wisely turned him down, saying he remains a “significant threat to the safety of the public.”
A few days ago, I received an email from a reader in Brockville about an odd man he allowed to recharge his electric bike at his home.
“He mentioned that he was a chef before retiring to Brockville and offered to help us with some sandwich recipes,” wrote the man.
“Could this Douglas McCaul be the same person you wrote about some 12 years ago?
“I have two young children, so I am very concerned,” he continued. “Since our first encounter, he’s shown up on our property unannounced.”
The reader’s concern is not unwarranted.
Doug McCaul was 23 and living with his parents in Toronto when he strangled and stomped on Carol Lynn Millar until she was dead and then dumped her half-naked body in a leaf trough in a nearby park.
Three days later, the cross-dresser returned to her frozen corpse and tried to dress her in his sister’s pantyhose.
He decided against having sex with her dead body but was so aroused that police would find his semen stain on the stockings.
That 1976 murder was not the first for McCaul who would be declared not guilty by reason of insanity.
It was during his first years locked up at Penetang that he confessed to an unsolved slaying in 1970 — the brutal stabbing of Archie McDougall, a custodian at the Loretto Abbey private girls school.
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After McCaul had an angry fight with his father, he took out his anger on the stranger, plunging a knife repeatedly into McDougall’s body and then slicing off his ear and a finger.
As the Sun’s Michelle Mandel laid it out when a Brockville Lawn Bowling Association became of interest to the killer, McCaul was never tried for his second murder because he was already considered criminally insane, or “not criminally responsible” as it’s now known.
In 1981, he was transferred from Penetang to the St. Thomas Psychiatric Hospital and five years later, he was discharged.
But, in 1987, a Burlington woman was attacked and McCaul was arrested for attempted murder. Later acquitted by a jury, he was shipped back to Penetang because he was considered a high risk to reoffend.
Fast forward to 2009 and he’s managed to win a transfer to the medium security Brockville site and three years later, the double murderer is out on the town and lawn bowling with a group of unsuspecting players.
“We were horrified,” says one of the lawn bowlers, who didn’t want their name published. “I don’t know how cured these people are. There’s a lot of single, older women who live alone at our club. He has their names.”
Now, 10 years later, he is asking residents in my home town of Brockville if they will put a charge into his electric bike as if it were as a common scenario and not as eerie as hell.