Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Possible Closure After Two Decades: A Families Worst Nightmare (PART 2)

Today the lawyers in the Candace Derksen are providing their closing statements and the jury is expected to deliberate tonight. There is a lot of concern that the jury will come back with a not guilty verdict due to the DNA evidence. This is the worst fear ever.

This man, Mark Grant, has turned so many peoples lives upside down. Including my family. This man needs to be kept behind bars FOREVER. His history of sexual violence against women is lengthy & he refuses to get any help. Can someone with this kind of violent history ever get help?

Here is an article I found online, care of WinnipegFIRST


Mark Edward Grant has a history of violence against women.
Photo Credit: Manitoba Justice
• Posted: May 16th 2007, 17:38 / Written by: Kathleen Martens
• Tagged as: national parole board, mark edward grant, homicide, news
He blames his hatred of women on his mother and sister, and has a 20-year resume of crime to show for his anger.
Mark Edward Grant, who today was arrested and charged with first-degree murder in the death of schoolgirl Candace Derksen, has served time for three rapes and choking to overcome resistance.
Grant, now 43, was 21 when Derksen disappeared on her way home from school in November 1984. She was in Grade 7, and froze to death while awaiting rescue from a remote shed on an Elmwood industrial property where she was left with her arms and legs bound.
Derksen's body was found six weeks after she disappeared. She was 13.
Grant was interviewed by police along with nearly 100 other people, police said today, as part of their initial investigation but was not considered a suspect. Since then National Parole Board documents obtained by show Grant has been in and out of prison.
He confided to the board his anger toward women erupted as early as 14 when he sexually assaulted a young female although he was never charged with the crime. The board labelled him "predatory" and noted "unsophisticated and vulnerable post-pubescent female children" were at risk with him on the street.
"...The board concludes you are likely to commit an offence causing the death of or serious harm to another person...You have an established pattern of violent and sexually deviant behaviour dating from 1983," the board observed in 1995.
"The board is satisfied that, if released, you are likely to commit a sexual offence involving a child before the expiration of the sentence you are now serving," the board wrote in rejecting one of Grant's requests for early release.
Grant did not win early parole on any of his prison terms, and at one point the board revoked his full parole. But documents show he always served two-thirds of his sentence as required by law and the board had no grounds to hold him further.
Grant was resistant to sex offender treatment in prison, the document says, but did make strides in improving his literacy skills. He was diagnosed as a schizophrenic while behind bars.
A psychological assessment of November 1994 notes Grant had emotional baggage around the issues of anger control, rejection, emotional stability, loneliness and unstable relationships.
"...You admitted at the hearing that your hatred of women was related to behaviour of your mother and sister, but refused to discuss it further."
Nine days after serving one sentence, Grant re-offended and sexually assaulted an underage prostitute, the documents show. He was last imprisoned in 2001 and in 2002 the board wrote he was having hallucinations that encouraged him to be aggressive and sexually violent.
He has been a free man since 2004, although Winnipeg police had him under surveillance for a time because he was a sex offender.
Here is Grant's criminal resume:
*Grant was first imprisoned in February 1992 on a four-year sentence for sexual assault.
*He was freed on statutory release in March 1994 under special conditions.
*His statutory release was revoked in September 1994.
*He was to be freed in May 1995 but the Correctional Service of Canada took steps to keep him in custody until November 1995.
*Prior to the end of that term, he was convicted of sexual assault and overcome resistance resulting in an aggregate sentence of 12 years and 10 months effective November 1991.
*He was held in custody until his sentence expired on Sept. 26, 2004.


It was in 1992 that Mark was sentences for the rape of my sister, as you can see he only got 4 years for that assault. It still makes me so angry that is sentence was so short. He gets 4 years, my sister gets a life sentence having to deal with the aftermath of this assault. To this day she still has issues in many facets of her life that all lead back to this horrible incident in her life.

My thoughts & prayers are with both the Derksen Family & my sister. I am sickened to my stomach that you both have to relive such a horrific time in your lives. Even if he is found not guilty, I hope you will have some inner peace and closure knowing what we ALL know, that this man is a killer. I am trying my best to have total faith in the justice system, but some faith will be lost if Mark Grant is found not guilty.


  1. My thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of his victims. He should be punished to the full extent of the law. He is a repeat offender, and sickens me. I know how you feel, as I was raped and assaulted when I was 13 by some scam bag older man. It still causes issues in my life. Thanks for sharing your post. I subscribed to your blog. Please check mine out!

    Tiffany Layden-Ooley

  2. Thanks Tiffany for your comment and following my blog, I have followed yours back. If you are interesting in following the outcome of this trial on twitter, just follow the hashtag #candace . Currently the jury is still in deliberation...the waiting game.

  3. I found you through the live feed on twitter. Candace was my brother in law's cousin, and I live in Texas, so I saw your tweet about your sister. Anyways, waiting for the verdict, praying for all those involved. Blessings to you.