Olson's Faint Hope
This article was originally published in Maclean’s magazine on August 18, 1997. Partner content is not updated.If there is a benchmark for evil, in the minds of many Canadians it is Clifford Robert Olson. During the last 40 of his 57 years, Olson has been outside the walls of a prison for barely 48 months. But in that short time, he caused incalculable pain, suffering and injury.