2. Two Men Were Wrongly Convicted Of Bernardo’s Crimes
In June 1990, Elizabeth Bain disappeared. Three days later, her car was discovered with a significant bloodstain across the back seat. Her body was missing and has never been found. After a lengthy investigation, Robert Baltovich, Bain’s boyfriend, was arrested and charged with her murder, based on no more than circumstantial evidence. Baltovich maintained his innocence throughout the trial; his defense team even suggested the possibility that the Scarborough Rapist may be responsible. Despite this, Baltovich was convicted of second-degree murder in March 1992.
After a drawn-out appeals process, Baltovich was released on bail in 2000. It took four years for his appeal to go through, with lawyers citing circumstantial evidence linking Bernardo to the murder. Baltovich was finally acquitted in 2008.
Baltovich wasn’t the only man to take the fall for Bernardo. Anthony Hanemaayer was convicted of assaulting a 15-year-old Scarborough girl in 1987. Despite maintaining his innocence, he pleaded guilty on the advice of a lawyer. In 2006, it emerged that Bernardo had made a confession in relation to the case. Hanemaayer was exonerated in 2007.