Shoeshine boy killer rejected for escorted day passes

Shoeshine boy killer Saul Betesh is shown here in his profile photo from a matchmaking website. (

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Notorious shoeshine boy killer Saul Betesh lost his bid for escorted temporary absences — his first attempt to secure a sniff of freedom since  being sentenced to life in prison for the 1977 sex slaying of Emanuel Jaques.

Betesh, 68, appeared before a Parole Board of Canada panel in British Columbia’s Pacific Institution to ask for escorted temporary absences (ETA). The passes permit an inmate to attend a program or to perform community work outside prison — with an escort — for a few hours before returning to a cell the same day.

Emanuel Jaques

Betesh — who has been eligible  for parole since 2009 — was convicted of the vicious July 1977 rape and murder of 12-year-old Jaques, which propelled Toronto to clean up a seedy section of Yonge St. overrun with bodyrub parlours and strip clubs.

Jaques was working as a shoeshine boy at the corner of Yonge and Dundas Sts. to save money to buy dog food for the new puppy promised him by a neighbour in Regent Park.

Betesh worked as a steel rigger on the CN Tower by day and as a gay S&M prostitute by night.

He and his best friend, Robert “Stretcher” Kribs, a bouncer at a massage parlour,  had lured children to Kribs’ apartment with promises of cash, bikes and kites so the pedophiles could molest their prey.

The sick killers approached the Jaques brothers and their friend, offering them $35 to help move some camera equipment.

Emanuel  was held captive and raped for 12 hours. The killers drowned him and left his bruised, naked remains in a trash bag atop the roof of a body rub business.

Kribs pleaded guilty to first-degree murder. Betesh was found guilty after a jury rejected his insanity defence and he has been rotting in a prison cell for the last 41 years.

Kribs applied for parole, but was refused.