"Rufus who?" you ask. Well, Rufus Junior Marsh is one of a "select" band of New Zealanders who has killed more than once. Stuff explains:
A career criminal, Marsh was serving a life sentence for killing Justice Department clerk Diane Miller in 1986.
It was his second killing – 12 years earlier, Marsh, then 18, and 16-year-old accomplice Dennis Luke kicked Joseph "Taffy" Williamson to death in Hopper St, Wellington.
The murder of Diane Miller was the subject of an excellent, but chilling article by Rosemary McLeod in North and South many years ago. It was a senseless, brutal murder, and it is to the credit of the Parole Board that despite Marsh having been eligible for parole since 1994, he remained behind bars. There may be some who mourn his passing; we are not of that number. The world is a safer place without him, and his ilk.
UPDATE: Our friend pdm raised the issue of the offender's family petitioning the Parole Board for an offender named Marsh to be kept in prison. We don't know what it is about the name Marsh, but the low-life pdm was referring to was GRESHAM Marsh, sentenced to life imprisonment in 1994 for the murders of John and Josephine Harrison in their own home. Courtesy of the Sensible Sentencing Trust's Offender Database, you can read what Gresham Marsh's sister told the Parole Board, including warnings to authorities BEFORE the murders of the Harrisons.
In our ever-humble opinion, Gresham Marsh should never be released from prison.