Detective Rod Piukkala faces a gruesome crime scene, a bomb threat, and a killer threatening to strike again. The victim’s family helps change Canadian parole laws forever.
What made this case unique?
The Prioriello family were active in advocating for sentencing reform, to reduce the frequency of parole hearings from two years to five. In 2015, they succeeded in getting Bill C-479 passed, forever changing parole hearings for violent offenders from 2 to 5 years.
This case marks the first time in Canadian history that latent prints were pulled directly off the skin of a victim, using a groundbreaking new technique.1
1 Geberth, Vernon J., Practical Homicide Investigation: Tactics, Procedures, and Forensic Techniques, Fourth Edition (Practical Aspects of Criminal and Forensic Investigations) - ISBN 0849333032 - p.711
About the detective
Retired Detective Sergeant Rod Piukkala served for 34 years at the Peel Regional Police, Oxford Community Police Service and the Durham Regional Police. In 2006 he was awarded the Member of Merit (M.O.M.), Police Order of Merit. He retired in 2006 as Chief of Police.