TORONTO - A baby.
This is what a one-time Paul Bernardo admirer, convicted felon and newly-crowned dangerous offender wants -- as soon as possible.
Michelle Erstikaitis, who was released from the Vanier prison for woman earlier this month and made the news after tricking her way on to a federal election campaign last week, said prison life broke her of criminal behaviour.
Starting a family would be "incentive" to stay straight, said Erstikaitis, 31.
She is hoping to have a child with a long-time -- albeit on-and-off -- boyfriend of five years, Greg Fitzgerald, a 50-year-old lighting technician from Toronto.
"I could be pregnant as we speak," said Erstikaitis, not far from the Elizabeth Fry halfway house in Toronto where she now lives. "If I can spend over two years among a motley crue of riff raff (in prison), if you can go through that, then you can handle any responsibility."
Erstikaitis was branded a dangerous offender on April 7 -- part of her conviction for stabbing a boyfriend with a pair of scissors in 2009.
Before that, she had a felonious past stretching 10 years. She at one time admired convicted schoolgirl killer Paul Bernardo — something she blames on immaturity and a fascination with Goth sub-culture at the time — and was even convicted of threatening to kill Debbie Mahaffy, mother of Leslie Mahaffy, who was brutally murdered by Bernardo in 1991.
Erstikaitis, who said she was given up for adoption at the age of eight, ended up in the foster-care system at 14, and was herself the victim of abuse.
But Erstikaitis, decked out in a dark suit, red lipstick, rouge and designer glasses, said her life "flashed" before her while in prison: She didn't want to miss having kids.
She has also, ironically, became a "staunch conservative," and a fan of Prime Minister Stephen Harper's tough on crime stance - a result of seeing little remorse among fellow inmates while in prison.
"I would like the opportunity to have a family, to have a job, to have a (university) degree behind my name. I want to be ... a success story."
Fitzgerald first spotted Erstikaitis six years ago while downtown. From the start, he was taken by her sense of humour and her sex appeal. From the start, the union was "volatile," but it's lasted.
"When she found herself on a dangerous offender list, she thought about all the things she's missed out on," said Fitzgerald. "One was (getting) tattoos, the other was having children."
When asked what would happen if child services stepped in because of Erstikaitis now facing a decade of probation, Fitzgerald, who has no children, said he would take "full responsibility" for the child.