Christopher Falconer being escorted into court at Pictou, N.S.
Convicted killer Christopher Alexander Falconer, who was on parole when Amber Kirwan disappeared seven months ago, has been charged with kidnapping and first-degree murder of the 19-year-old, say police in New Glasgow, N.S.
Kirwan vanished last October after a night out with friends. Falconer, 29, was granted parole a year ago after serving time in prison for the second-degree murder of a cab driver in 1998.
“Amber’s murder was a shocking and senseless tragedy that impacted an entire community. It shattered many people’s sense of safety and security,” New Glasgow police Chief Delaney Chisholm said at a news conference Thursday morning.
“I hope today’s announcement of an arrest and charges will bring a sense of relief to the people of New Glasgow and the surrounding communities.”
RCMP Supt. Darryl Beaton said Falconer and Kirwan did not know each other before she disappeared. But he said that does not mean this was a random act.
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Murder parolee charged in N.S. teen Amber Kirwan’s death
Here are two posts I wrote back in October, 2011 when Amber went missing after leaving a pool hall in New Glasgow, Nova Scotia.
Amber Kirwan, N.S. girl missing
I would really like to see that no one who takes the life of another with intent ever be free on parole. Such an awful tragedy could have been avoided.
Sherry~~Falconer was 15 years old when he and another man killed and robbed a taxi driver all for $65 and a pack of cigarettes. They said he was a model prisoner but aren’t they all? Casey Anthony was a model inmate. I think they should never be out on parole because they have a killer instinct and will reoffend again. Falconer started out by being put on day parole and then it was full time. Our RCMP are good at solving cases because they keep their investigation close to the chest but our laws in Canada are way too lenient.
I always thought this one was a solvable case- there seemed to be a real will in the community to find out who did it, more so here than in some we’ve followed. I agree that once that particular line (murder) has been crossed, it becomes just another thing to do for some of these guys.
“Falconer, 29, was granted parole a year ago after serving time in prison for the second-degree murder of a cab driver in 1998”.
Precisely the reason that perhaps there shold be zero tolerence for murderers. He and another killed for $65.00 and a pack of cigarettes? That is senseless. (Well the reasons for murder are always senseless!). Murder should equal life in prison. Then maybe yet another young lady(or anyone) would be killed by a convicted murderer.
Hi LindaNewYork~~the murder of Amber Kirwan devastated the small town of New Glasgow and surrounding communities. A young girl with a promising future ahead of her and she never had a chance to fulfill her dreams. She was grabbed and hauled into a car driven by Falconer when she walked a short distance from Dooly’s, a pool hall and bar, to meet her live-in boyfriend who waited to pick her up and drive her home. What this sadistical SOB did to her before he finally killed her and threw her away like garbage in the woods is unknown. The RCMP worked methodically and it took a few months but, thank God, they finally had enough evidence to nail this bastard. Falconer was arrested and held on a parole violation shortly after Amber went missing. Many suspected Amber’s boyfriend, Mason Campbell and he was put through the wringer. We do not have the death penalty in Canada but I feel it is justified in some cases. Heck you can murder someone and walk free in ten years. I am hoping they will give Falconer life with no change of parole but we will have to wait and see.
This is all just so freakin “common”. COMMON! The murder of women & children! I cannot keep up with it all. It truly makes me sick. Yet another devestated family. And the poor boyfriend being looked upon suspiciously while grieiving the loss of the girl he loved.
While the death penalty is in some states here in the U.S. it is still not a deterrent. And neither is life in prison. Life really doesn’t mean “life”. I mean, here in the US, what is the point of “life WITH the possibility of parole?
Common to the point of almost being desensitized to it. Sad world we live in. Yet, I do know there IS good out there.
I’m pleased with the work of the RCMP, not only for Amber’s family, the community but really for her boyfriend. It had to be horrible for him, loving, missing Amber while having people look at him as a guilty man.