“This guy committed the most heinous crime imaginable.”
On Wednesday, at Beaver Creek Institution in Gravenhurst, Ont., Edwards and his family will confront George Harding Lovie, the sadistic killer who shot and stabbed Edward’s parents to death in 1991.
Lovie wanted nothing except to see his ex-girlfriend suffer, and making Michele Edwards a witness to the deaths of her mom and dad was his main motive.
After brutally murdering Donna and Arnold Edwards, he kissed Michele on the cheek, and left her to deal with the carnage.
“Bullet holes were riddled through the cupboards, sink, window and walls. The counter spattered, the floor smeared and saturated with a large pool of moist blood. A clear reminder of where my father had fought for his life.”
So reads an excerpt from Don Edwards’ victim impact statement, now his best hope of keeping Lovie behind bars, even if there are few actual bars at the minimum security prison where the monster now lives.
The entire Edwards family — Don’s wife Tannis, their two daughters and son — have penned graphic, heart wrenching accounts of the murders, and what Lovie’s evil deed did to their lives.
“My sole mission in life now is very simple: It is to protect what is left of my family. I plead with you and hope that you make the right decision,” wrote Tannis Edwards, in her statement.
“Do not grant this shrewd murderer any type of leave or parole or be assured that history will repeat itself.”
It’s about more than keeping a beast in prison for the sake of justice: For Don and his wife, it’s about keeping their grown children safe from the man who slaughtered their grandparents.
Before Lovie was convicted of two counts of first-degree murder, the court heard that Lovie had revealed plans to kill Don’s children, as well.
Edwards’ son Chad won’t be reading his statement in person. So fearful is he of revealing his appearance to the killer, he’s instead chosen to submit an audio recording.
“My earliest memory is not a pleasant one. I was five years old; my mother holding me over the pale lifeless bodies of my grandfather and grandmother to give them a final hug before their caskets were closed.”
He has vowed to leave Canada for good if Lovie is released. At 25, his entire life has been tainted by fear.
It was March 21, 1991, when Lovie approached Michele’s home, having been released on bail after allegedly holding his ex captive and raping her for six hours.
Inexplicably, a justice of the peace decided Lovie posed no threat, and told him he was free — just stay away.
Of course, Lovie ignored the restraining order. He confronted Michele, who fled across the street, to the imagined safety of her parents’ home.
Lovie, armed with a rifle, followed. Donna ended up being shot almost instantly, while Arnold, who tried to fight for his family, was stabbed to death.
On tape of the 911 call, played in court, you can hear Arnold Edwards pleading to leave his family alone, as Lovie repeatedly screams, “How do you like me now?”
Just 20 years later, that same man now believes he deserves his freedom, and only a few written pages stand between the fiend and freedom.
For the ex-Flame and former goalie, it’s a day where his own stress and pain must be ignored, because speaking his case is the only defence he can offer his family now.
“You can never really describe the impact to yourself, to my children and wife,” said Edwards.
“But I can try.”