Toronto Sun

Wednesday, November 14, 2001

Child knew mom slain


Gillian Hadley's daughter asked police "when and how Ralph killed my mother" even though the eight-year-old girl had not been told the circumstances of her tragic death, a coroner's inquest heard yesterday.

Faith -- Gillian's oldest child from her first marriage to Michael Ferraz -- had been told only that her mother was dead when she spoke to Durham police Const. Maria Iannuzziello just hours after the June 20, 2000, murder-suicide.

Faith then asked, "'I want to know when and how Ralph killed my mother,'" said Iannuzziello, of the victim services unit.

"I turned to (Ferraz) and I let him handle that. He said, 'We don't know all these answers right now, honey, and when we do, we'll tell you,'" she said, struggling against tears.

Ralph Hadley, 34, was under a court order to stay away from Gillian, 35, when he broke into her Pickering home and shot her before taking his own life.

Iannuzziello spoke to Gillian twice following Hadley's arrest on an assault charge against his wife and met with family and friends after her death.

She said Gillian's boyfriend, Clark Kostyshyn, was "very upset, agitated and very angry" that Hadley was released on bail after he was charged with criminal harassment on Feb. 25, 2000.

Denise Hannivan, assistant co-ordinator of Whitby's Victim Witness Assistance Program, said Gillian told her Ralph "flies off the handle" and would be verbally abusive to her in front of "whoever and whenever."

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