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The Dawn Shaw Murder in B.C.
On October 24, 1992, 15-year-old Jason Gamache brutally murdered and then
raped 6-year-old Dawn Shaw in Courtenay, B.C. Gamache was a repeat sex offender
on probation, forbidden by court order to have contact with children.
However, Gamache frequently saw children. In fact, the RCMP arranged for
Gamache to baby-sit Dawn's brother and sister while their parents were at the
police station learning of her murder. In addition, the RCMP refused to let the
grandparents see the children that night to offer them comfort. They said they
had found someone reliable to look after the children. The RCMP even got
3-year-old Robin's nightclothes out so Gamache could undress her and put her to
bed. (The family later pushed hard for an RCMP sex offender registry. The B.C.
government has now created policies to begin to solve this problem.)
After Gamache was arrested in December of 1992 he was transferred to adult
court. During the investigation, the Shaw family was given no information as to
how the murder was committed or why Gamache was transferred to adult court (they
were in fact barred from attending this hearing).
In the fall of 1993, Gamache waived his right to a preliminary hearing and
the case went to trial in March, 1994. It was in the courtroom, along with the
media and the general public, that the family finally heard the horrific details
of Dawn's murder. They were extremely traumatised when they learned that, on the
day of his arrest, Gamache had assisted the RCMP by allowing them to videotape a
"walk-through" of how he had murdered Dawn. Gamache led the RCMP across the
school's grounds and showed how he carried Dawn into the bushes. He told the
RCMP that he was molesting her when he heard Dawn's 10-year-old brother calling
for her. Dawn screamed "Mommy". Gamache claimed he didn't have time to warn Dawn
to be quiet, so he killed her. He demonstrated on videotape how he made a
tremendous leap into the air and jumped with full force onto her chest. He
calmly told the RCMP that he kicked her once in the head, then checked her and
she was dead. He then raped her.
He led the RCMP back to his apartment and showed them how he went upstairs to
the bathroom and cleaned up. He took his sneaker off and explained that there
was this "thing" in his shoe. He scooped it out and said, "I think it was s__t,"
and laughed. Gamache's demeanor throughout the entire videotape was one of
pride, and he displayed repeatedly his dismay that the crime scene had been
changed by the police, as they had cut down brush and removed evidence. It was
clear that his fantasy about what he had done to Dawn was ruined.
In court, the videotape was too disturbing for the family and so they left.
During the five minute walk to their hotel, they tried to figure out how to tell
the rest of the family what they had seen. They knew they couldn't lie because
the press coverage was extensive. Then, upon turning on the television in the
hotel room, they discovered to their horror that the media, including the CBC
and BCTV, had already aired Gamache's videotape as a lead-in on the evening
news. Gamache's lawyer, Keith Jones, had given copies to the media. It was too
late. Before they could call, their son Anthony had seen the tapes.
The media, in its attempt to air "exclusive" material, showed no regard for
the Shaw family's well-being or for the public. The family asked one reporter
why he didn't consult them before airing the tapes. He said, "The tape was shown
in the courtroom and therefore was in the 'public domain'." They replied, "The
autopsy pictures were also in the 'public domain', so why didn't you show those
while you were at it?" He replied, "Oh, we couldn't do that, we have our
In March of 1994, Gamache was sentenced to life in prison with no parole for
Dawn's family is pushing for tougher penalties for sex offenders. A relative
says, "You have to live as if you know for sure that a convicted sex offender
lives in your apartment block, because it's probably true."