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A serial child killer who terrorized Saskatoon with a string of murders in the mid-1970s told a parole board yesterday he is where he belongs -- in prison until he dies.

In a hearing that lasted less than five minutes, David Threinen said he doesn't want to be released from prison.

Nor does he want to be forced into "useless and redundant" treatment programs geared toward preparing prisoners for an eventual release back into the community.

"I will spend the rest of my life in prison. I will die here. I'm where I belong," Mr. Threinen, 52, told three parole board members.

"They're still forcing me to take programs geared for release, a release I don't want, and I'm getting tired of it."

Mr. Threinen, who advocates on behalf of the 112 prisoners at Mountain Institution serving life sentences, said he has taken all the available programs twice in the 25 years he has been in prison.

Mr. Threinen, convicted of the 1975 kidnapping and strangling of four children, said he feels he is forced to take part in the treatment programs because the amount of money prisoners receive to buy small, personal items is based on participating in them.

Mr. Threinen said the only reason he appeared in front of the parole board yesterday was because he wanted the parole board members to direct the Correctional Service of Canada to change the policy.

Bob Stewart, spokesman for the three parole board members that met with Mr. Threinen, said the board couldn't help because the law separates the board from Corrections Canada.

And Corrections Canada says their mandate is clear.

"Our objective for every offender is to prepare him for his eventual reintegration into the community," said spokesman Dennis Findlay.

Certainly there are prisoners who will never be released, Mr. Findlay said, and the programs offered do try to help them deal with incarceration.

"This is an unusual situation where an offender says I don't ever want to leave," he said.

Mr. Threinen is resigned to live out his life in prison.

"Even though I know if I was released today I would not reoffend, my thing is I don't deserve to be released," Mr. Threinen said in an interview with The Canadian Press following his hearing.

"My family doesn't get another chance. The victims' families don't get another chance. The victims don't get another chance. Who the hell am I to get another chance? I've had my chance."

Dahrlyne Cranfield, 12, and Robert Grubesic, 9, were last seen riding their bicycles along the South Saskatchewan River on June 15, 1975.

A little more than a month later Samantha Turner, 8, and Cathy Scott, 7, went missing from a nearby suburb.

The children had been strangled and their bodies dumped in two separate locations outside the city.

Mr. Threinen was arrested and he pleaded guilty to the murders. He told the judge he was afraid he couldn't stop himself from killing again.

The judge sentenced Mr. Threinen to life in prison.

At his last parole hearing in 1995, Mr. Threinen's psychologist described him as a "fixated pedophile" with predatory and homicidal tendencies.

Mountain Institution is located in the Fraser Valley 100 kilometres east of Vancouver.