Despite Melchert-Dinkel being found guilty, Nadia Kajouji’s mother finds little solace in verdict

You would think he’d use this opportunity to once again question the lack of action on the part of the Ottawa police, and even to question why M388 has not yet been passed into law. From his release one who didn’t know better would actually assume this was a Canadian victory rather then a victory in spite of the Canadian authorities.

Deborah Chevalier from Facebook comment stream regarding MP Harold Albrecht’s press release

Over the past few months I have had on several occasions the opportunity to talk with Deborah Chevalier through either e-mail or when she was a guest on the September 1st, 2010 PI Window segment Is The Internet A Safe Haven For Serial Killers?.

It has been an interesting relationship in that I cannot even begin to imagine what she must be feeling beyond a trace understanding as a result of my being a parent.  This has made our rapport challenging at times, in that as a writer I never wanted to lose sight of the very real and emotional familial impact resulting from her daughter’s death, while still maintaining the necessary level of objectivity to effectively and accurately report the facts surrounding a case which on so many levels represents a seminal turning point relative to assisted suicide laws and criminal liability in the virtual environs that is the Internet.

Let’s be honest with ourselves folks . . . while the Melchert-Dinkel story has captivated the media’s attention since it entered mainstream consciousness, at the end of the day we will all to varying degrees move on to the next big story.  It is a fact of life that our attention span associated with the life events of others has a limited shelf life.  Even the Japanese earthquake will one day fade into a somewhat ephemerally muted recollection that like so many other intensely acute occurrences cedes to the here and now realities of the day.

In the meantime, and left in the wake of our passing awareness, are the individuals like Deborah Chevalier who continue to be directly affected by what was previously the news of the day.  Reminiscent of the feelings I had on the Sunday following my father’s funeral in which after the whirlwind of family and friends coming into our lives had moved on to their own every day existence, I can still remember the ominous void of loneliness with which I was left to deal in terms of the death of a man who had such a significant impact on my life.

This perhaps would explain more than anything else why the hoped for verdict, convicting the man responsible for propelling  her daughter’s latent predisposition towards death into a nightmarish reality, would itself produce an empty discontent relative to the interlopers of outside interests whose persevering motivations are reasonably suspect.

Despite the favorable outcome relative to Melchert-Dinkel being found guilty, Deborah Chevalier’s questions as to why M388 has not yet passed into law has to be explained beyond the usual political speak of expressed empathy for her loss, as does that absence of police action north of the 49th parallel.  Whether or not those answers will be forthcoming in both the time frame and manner for which she is hoping remains to be seen.  And even if they are, to what extent will it help her to find what must be an elusive peace and closure.

This morning’s Press Release from MP Harold Albrecht:


2 Responses to “Despite Melchert-Dinkel being found guilty, Nadia Kajouji’s mother finds little solace in verdict”
  1. Deborah says:

    To be fair to Harold Albrecht, he is the only one on this side of the border who had the courage to take a stand. It is just disheartening that after an apparent huge victory with a unanimous vote for M388 in the house of commons, it seems that he has allowed this to be forgotten and never passed into law. One is left to wonder if he was really determined to see a change to the law, or if perchance he was using it a means to catapult his career. After all, a unanimous vote in the house is certainly something to put in your resume. I’ve met Harold and as such have chosen to believe that not to be the case. But still the nagging questions persist.

    The police in the US have set a shinning example for our own, but sadly it is one that I do not believe our police will even attempt to live up to. Our laws make no reference to the means used to commit a crime. The means should not be irrelevant. Yet despite being aware of at least two other Canadian victims of WMD, there is no interest here in investigating and pursuing charges. Certainly this would be a good time for Harold Albrecht to point to the example that has just been set and demand change here.

    I’ve said it before and I still feel the same way. It is sad that the motion set forth by Harold should have even been necessary. The internet should not be a factor. But as long as there are police who for some unwritten reason believe they are not required to police the internet, and as long as there are criminals who believe that the internet offers them a sanctuary from their crimes, M-388 was very much needed. Change is very much needed.

  2. Thank you, Deborah.

    As always, a thoughtful and meaningful perspective from someone who has earned the right to have her opinions heard and acted upon.

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