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That’s when he thinks Hoover first laid eyes on Christine.
“It breaks my heart,” Bob said.
He never suspected Hoover, nor thought of him as a suspect, until Thursday when he was informed of this news. Bob Jessop said he just wishes Hoover was still alive.
“If I could, I would line him up and blow his brains out,” the slain girl’s father said.
Bob said the pain of killing his daughter destroyed him and his family, as well as that of the original accused and later convicted but later acquitted Guy Paul Morin and his family.
“There were a lot of casualties there,” he said.
However, he says, it was Christine, 9, who suffered the most.
“It’s so unfair,” he says.
Bob hopes his daughter, who would be 45 if she was still alive, will remember her killer more. And he often thinks about what Christine would have been and what life she could have led if it hadn’t been stolen from her.
You don’t get over something like that, he said.
“She was a balanced child. She was so well brought up. She was a special little child.
Bob said he couldn’t understand how someone he trusted could have done something so heinous.
“He must have been sick,” he says.
Bob said he wanted to “thank the police” for staying in the know and his wife Sandra for “being my lifeline”.
These 36 years have not been easy, he said, adding that at least now, for the first time since 1984, he can go to bed without wondering who murdered his precious daughter.
“I’m happy to know now who it was, but I doubt I can sleep,” Bob said.