‘The monster is dead’: Edwin Proctor, convicted of murder in 1979, sexual assault, dies in custody in Saskatoon

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A man convicted of horrible sexual assaults against two Winnipeg women, and the murder of a third party, died in custody in a psychiatric center in Saskatoon.

Edwin Dennis Proctor died Friday at the Regional Psychiatric Center in Saskatoon for apparent natural causes after an illness, the Correctional Service of Canada said in a press release.

Proctor was serving an indeterminate sentence for crimes he committed in 1979.

On October 18, 1979, Tracey Walsh, who was then 15 years old, and a friend were kidnapped and raped by Proctor outside Winnipeg. Proctor let the girls die in a ditch. Both survived.

Proctor had raped and murdered Catherine Cluney, 21, a few weeks earlier.

He was arrested and after years of hearings and judicial proceedings was convicted in 1995 for first degree murder, attempted murder, rape and abuse in relation to the three cases.

While the names of victims of sexual assault are generally not published, Walsh has insisted for years that the media use his name.

“The monster is dead,” Walsh told a CBC reporter on Saturday, adding that he was not yet ready to do a full interview.

According to the policy in cases involving the death of an inmate, the Correctional Service of Canada will review the circumstances surrounding the death of Proctor.

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