Turcotte stabbed his children to death.

Man Who Brutally Murdered His Children Goes Free After 46 Months

In 2009, a cardiologist with no history of mental illness killed his children in their beds. He stabbed his 5-year-old Olivier over 20 times. His 3-year-old daughter, Anne-Sophie, was stabbed 19 times.

Now, less than four years after his sentencing, Guy Turcotte is a free man, and many Canadians are expressing outrage at the court’s decision.

Many want to know “how a father who stabbed his children dozens of times could be free after 46 months of confinement,” reports CNN. Dr. Isabelle Gaston, Turcotte’s ex-wife and mother of the murdered children, joins in the questioning public.

Gaston is a physician and coroner. As she pores over her children’s autopsy reports, she knows what they mean. Her children, she knows, suffered “a long, gruesome death” at the hands of someone they should have been able to trust the most.

“I knew it was not a short death. You know, my little boy received 20 stabs of a knife, he had seven marks of defense,” she told CNN in an interview at her home. “He had no wound that was the one that gave him death,” she added, trying to hold back tears.

“My little girl, she had 19 wounds, maybe she was luckier? Because she had one that was more mortal than the other. But she felt 19 shots, that’s for sure,” Gaston continued.

Although Turcotte confessed to killing his children in February 2009, but testified that he was “distraught over his crumbling marriage and snapped.” He insisted that he blacked out and doesn’t remember killing his children.

The Canadian jury failed to convict him, finding his not criminally responsible “due to mental illness.”

A Canadian panel found Turcotte ready for release from psychiatric care, just 46 months after he stabbed his 5 year old son and 3 year old daughter dozens of times.