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--- "(for my eyes only")
body of Terry Samuel Arnold, 42, was discovered over the weekend
in a Victoria apartment.Police believe Arnold killed himself.
Thomas Sophonow, a Winnipeg man who protested his innocence
for 20 years, went through three trials and spent four years
in jail for Stoppel's murder before he was finally cleared and
awarded $2.6 million in compensation.
Winnipeg police informed Stoppel's brother Rick Stoppel of Arnold's
death on Sunday. Now Rick says his family may never find justice.
Terry now being dead we don't have any closure," he said, adding
he wants more information on the circumstances of Arnold's death.
Arnold had a long history of violent crime.
He was found guilty
in the rape of four Newfoundland girls – one just 10 years old.
He was also convicted of a murder in Penticton, B.C. Arnold
told police he killed a young runaway after she refused to have
sex with him. That conviction was later stayed.
the Stoppel family lawyer, says he wasn't surprised by Arnold's
"I wasn't disappointed in his death, either. There were
some pretty accepted theories that he was, in fact, a serial
killer," said Prober.
Speaking from his home in Vancouver, Sophonow
said he feels for the Stoppel family.
"I sort of looked forward
to it going to trial. But that's about all it is – disappointing,"