BARRIE – Satanic killer Mark Dobson, convicted of partially decapitating two women, told a judge Friday that he murdered them out of love.
“Everything I did was out of goodness and love — not evil,” he said in a soft, boyish voice as he stood in the prisoner’s box. “I’m not a psychopathic killer.”
Dobson, now 25, was sentenced to one term of life in prison for the murders of his girlfriend, Mary Hepburn, 32, of Barrie and Helen Dorrington, 52, of Cold Lake Alta. The women were found by horrified staff with their heads partially severed, surrounded with small dolls and satanic art in a room at the Travelodge motel in Barrie May 2, 2012.
The two had met on website chat called The Joy of Satan and eventually fell in love and moved to a Barrie apartment to live together.
“Mary was my eternal lover,” said Dobson. “She was everything to me.”
Together, along with Dorrington — who believed Satan was her lover, court heard — they planned a murder-suicide pact so they could travel to another galaxy and meet Satan where they would all live happily ever after.
The women each took a handful of drugs and the plan was for Dobson to strangle them “peacefully” while they were unconscious.
“But the plan didn’t work,” he told the court. They began to babble in a drugged state rather than slip into slumber, so he cut their throat, even as Hepburn begged him to stop and gurgled her pleas through her severed trachea.
“It was the worst thing I ever had to do in my life,” Dobson said. “But I honestly believed I was doing the right thing … They made me promise that no matter what, I had to go through with it.”
A medical expert testified that given several more hours, the women would have died from the toxic mix of prescription pills they took.
But Crown attorney Shannon Curry said the fact that the women planned to die should not detract from the “heinous” act.
“This was a violent, gruesome and frightful murder,” said Curry. “The very antithesis of peaceful and quiet.”
Dobson himself admitted his act was a horror.
“I will live with this for the rest of my life,” he said. “Without Mary, there is nothing for me.”
As he spoke, Hepburn’s mother rushed out of court weeping.
“To say he is sorry is like a slap in the face,” said Hepburn outside of court.
When her daughter introduced her to Dobson she was happy for the couple, she recalled.
“He seemed like a nice young man — I thought they were a perfect match,” Hepburn said. “I had no idea he could do something like this.”
Now, she weeps at night as she think of her gentle daughter who loved birds and animals.
“When I lost her, I lost a piece of my soul,” she said. “I miss her big, squeezy hugs.”
Justice David Watt chose not to sentence Dobson to two consecutive life sentences under new Canadian law, because he considered Dobson’s character, his youthfulness, his mental instability and the fact that this was his first criminal offence.