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article imageTara McDonald wants daugther's killers to die

By KJ Mullins     May 22, 2009 in Crime
Tara McDonald, mother of the 8-year-old Tori Stafford who went missing, is speaking out about the arrests of two people in connection to her daughter's abduction and murder. She says the police were too focused on her and not enough on the real culprits.
In an interview with The London Free Press newspaper, McDonald said, "My daughter's not coming home. I want the killers dead. I know there are sick and twisted people in the world but I had no idea. I don't want to sound selfish and I wish this on no one, but I sometimes think, why did it have to be my daughter?
"To think someone took my daughter and then … I can't even think about it," she said.
McDonald is angry about the treatment she says she and her son, 11, received from the police. At one point in the investigation, she said she was informed she was the prime suspect. She states that Daryn, her son, was interviewed without a parent or family member present.
McDonald's 'cool' behaviour during the ordeal leading up to the arrests this week had critics pointing fingers at her. Local media and police questioned if the mother was the one behind Tori's disappearance.
She faced the news cameras dry eyed, begging for her daughter's return. The public wanted to see her tears. She fought them off until behind closed doors.
As she hoped for the safe return of her daughter, McDonald had to battle the public about everything from looking like the police composite to being in a biker gang. Both of those were false.
She also recently admitted she's using methadone to fight her addiction to Oxycontin.
The Edmonton Sun reports:
"People have asked many times, 'Why aren't you crying, why aren't you showing emotion?' " she said to counter the oft-mentioned criticism. "I don't do it out here. I do it in there with my friends and family, with people who can console me."
McDonald said she knew the mother of Terry-Lynne McClintic, 18, because of dog breeding. She had visited Carol McClintic at her home three times to discuss the subject. McDonald said she was high on drugs the one time that Terry-Lynne was in the apartment.
After two people were arrested in connection with young Tori's disappearance, questions are now emerging about two previous attempted abductions in the Fergus, ON area. The two people arrested in connection with Tori's disappearance were found in this area.
School children in Fergus were sent home with a note warning parents about a dark-coloured van after the two attempts.
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