A man convicted of murdering a woman and scrawling the incomplete phrase “Love Yo” in blood on one of her legs has died in a B.C. prison.
The Correctional Service of Canada says 79-year-old Frank Wilson died of apparent natural causes on Dec. 28 after a long illness at a hospital in the Pacific Institution in Abbotsford, east of Vancouver.
Mr. Wilson was a landlord in a building in Kamloops in 1998 when he made a series of romantic overtures to one of his tenants, 33-year-old Yvette Paul, sending her poetry and gifts, and painting the building awning and his bedroom her favourite colour.
The Crown says when Ms. Paul repeatedly spurned Mr. Wilson’s advances, he savagely beat and stabbed her, later calling 911 to say he’d killed her.
He also slashed his wrists, but ambulance attendants said the wounds were too superficial to be lethal.
Mr. Wilson later pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and was given a life sentence.