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Weekend ReadsHometown of Canadian Teenage Murder Suspects Grapples With Infamy

19:52  13 august  2019
19:52  13 august  2019 Source:   nytimes.com

Hometown of Canadian Teenage Murder Suspects Grapples With Infamy

Hometown of Canadian Teenage Murder Suspects Grapples With Infamy Hometown of Canadian Teenage Murder Suspects Grapples With Infamy

After killing three people and burning a camper in British Columbia, the two teenagers headed east, the police say. Then the road ran out. In one of Canada ’s most isolated places linked by road, on the edge of the Hudson Bay lowlands in Manitoba, heavily armed officers with dogs, drones

Kam McLeod and Bryer Schmegelsky were wanted over the killing of three people and the subject of a weeks-long manhunt across.

Hometown of Canadian Teenage Murder Suspects Grapples With Infamy © Alana Paterson for The New York Times The smoking chimney stacks of the paper mill in Port Alberni, Canada, can be seen from almost anywhere in the city.

PORT ALBERNI, British Columbia — Residents of Port Alberni on Vancouver Island tout their small town as the salmon capital of the world and also like to boast that it produced Canada’s only female prime minister.

These days, though, Port Alberni has become known for something more sinister: as the birthplace of the Canadian teenagers believed to have gone on a bloody rampage last month, accused of killing a botanist and suspected in the murder of two other people.

Hometown of Canadian Teenage Murder Suspects Grapples With Infamy

Hometown of Canadian Teenage Murder Suspects Grapples With Infamy Residents of Port Alberni on Vancouver Island tout their small town as the salmon capital of the world and also like to boast that it produced Canada’s only female prime minister. These days, though, Port Alberni has become known for something more sinister: as the birthplace of the Canadian teenagers believed to have gone on a bloody rampage last month, accused of killing a botanist and suspected in the murder of two other people. A cross-province manhunt for them lasted nearly three weeks before their own bodies were discovered last week in the remote northern Manitoba bush, after they had traveled nearly 2,000 miles.

In a small Manitoba town , the Canadian police are searching for Kam McLeod and Bryer Schmegelsky, teens suspected of multiple murders in British Columbia. On Wednesday evening, the police said they had charged the teens with second-degree murder in the death of Leonard Dyck of Vancouver.

Add Canadian Murder Case as an interest to stay up to date on the latest Canadian Murder Case news, video, and analysis from ABC News. Julie Courchaine, of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, speaks to members of the media regarding the search for the suspects near Gillam, Manitoba, at the

A cross-province manhunt for them lasted nearly three weeks before their own bodies were discovered last week in the remote northern Manitoba bush, after they had traveled nearly 2,000 miles. The Canadian police confirmed the identity of the bodies on Monday after an autopsy and said the suspects had died of self-inflicted gunshot wounds.

Hometown of Canadian Teenage Murder Suspects Grapples With Infamy © The Royal Canadian Mounted Police, via Agence France-Presse — Getty Images Kam McLeod, left, and Bryer Schmegelsky.

The seemingly indiscriminate violence of their crimes, along with the nail-biting cat-and-mouse game between the teenagers and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, has shocked Canada, which prides itself on its sensible gun laws and liberal humanism.

It has also brought a sense of dread to Port Alberni, where people fear that the town will now be forever remembered for one thing: murder.

Manitoba RCMP find items linked to B.C. murder suspects

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The father of one of the teenage murder suspects accused of killing three in Canada accepts his son will be dead within 24 hours. Although the pair were first believed missing, police later named them suspects when they were spotted together in northern Saskatchewan.

Canadian police have said they believe two teenage fugitives suspected of killing a woman and her boyfriend as well as another man took their own lives. A manhunt for the pair had spread across three provinces and included the Canadian military. The suspects had not been seen since the

Over the past few weeks, as news filtered through that the teenagers — Kam McLeod, 19, and Bryer Schmegelsky, 18 — were first missing persons, and then high-profile murder suspects, the mood in the town has fluctuated between sympathy and despair.

Hometown of Canadian Teenage Murder Suspects Grapples With Infamy © Alana Paterson for The New York Times Port Alberni’s giant Walmart, where Mr. McLeod and Mr. Schmegelsky worked for several months.

This week, in living rooms, cafes and bars across Port Alberni, population 18,000, residents expressed incredulity. Many here have also rallied behind the parents of “the boys,” erecting a wall of silence to protect them.

“It’s a black eye for any community,” said Mike Surrell, owner of Lady Rose Marine Services, a tourism company located in the town’s pretty but dilapidated port. “People don’t expect this kind of thing to happen in a sleepy little town like this.”

Dale Leier, the self-fashioned “Codfather” of Port Alberni, who owns a fish store by the same name on the harbor, said the town was reeling in part because the teenagers’ motive remained a mystery.

RCMP find item that may be connected to McLeod and Schmegelsky investigation

RCMP find item that may be connected to McLeod and Schmegelsky investigation GILLAM, Man. — RCMP say they've found an item that could be relevant to their investigation into two murder suspects whose bodies they believe they located earlier in the week. Sgt. Paul Manaigre says in an email that six officers completed a ground search on Friday around the area on the Nelson River near Gillam where Kam McLeod, 19, and Bryer Schmegelsky, 18, are believed to have been found dead on Wednesday. Autopsies are still being

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“Everybody is asking: Why did they do it?” he said. “How did they elude the police for so long? Did they have help? Were they survivalists? There are so many unanswered questions.”

Hometown of Canadian Teenage Murder Suspects Grapples With Infamy © Alana Paterson for The New York Times Dale Leier, owner of the “Codfather” fish store by Port Alberni’s harbor, and the city’s mayor, Sharie Minions.

Port Alberni, surrounded by imposing mountains, is dominated by a sprawling paper mill that billows thick smoke day and night. Forestry mills were once the town’s economic engine, but are now a shadow of their former might. Thousands of mill employees with high-paying union jobs were laid off in recent decades because of automation and competition from China — a pattern repeated in many mill towns across Canada.

The town has since been trying to rebrand itself as a tourism destination, but residents lamented that it remained a “pass through” town on the way to more picturesque tourist destinations like Tofino, a popular surfing enclave on the western edge of the island.

These days, many young people aspire to work at Port Alberni’s giant Walmart, where Mr. McLeod and Mr. Schmegelsky were employed for several months before they began their deadly road trip, saying they were raising money for a trip to Alberta.

The hunt for two B.C. murder suspects is over. Their motives may have died with them

The hunt for two B.C. murder suspects is over. Their motives may have died with them VICTORIA—One question dominated many conversations on Vancouver Island these past three weeks. Why? Why would two young men from the small city of Port Alberni have committed such senseless crimes? Three innocent lives stolen, ended on the side of remote highways in northern B.C. Why? As we all watched the hunt for Bryer Schmegelsky and Kam McLeod unfold in northern Manitoba, thousands of kilometres away, there were many theories but few clues and no answers. The pair had been friends since childhood, and they’d recently worked together at Walmart. In early July, they reportedly told family they were heading to the Yukon to find work.

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The murkiness of the crime is spurring conspiracy theories and a strong sense of denial.

Hometown of Canadian Teenage Murder Suspects Grapples With Infamy © Alana Paterson for The New York Times The family home of the McLeods. Two signs at the bottom of the driveway said: “No Trespassing.” One said: “Violators Will Be Prosecuted Privacy Please.”

Mr. McLeod and Mr. Schmegelsky were charged with the murder of Leonard Dyck, a 64-year-old University of British Columbia botanist. They are also suspected of killing Lucas Fowler, 23, an Australian, and Chynna Deese, 24, of Charlotte, N.C, who were shot dead and their bodies left on the side of the Alaska Highway in northern British Columbia.

At SteamPunk Café, a popular spot in downtown Port Alberni next to a park where local drug addicts shoot up, a young woman with a nose-ring confided that one popular theory in town was that the botanist had killed the young couple, prompting the teenagers to kill him after he went after them, and then fleeing and being killed by vigilantes in Manitoba.

“There is no evidence the boys have done anything,” said a woman who answered the phone of John McNabb, Mr. Schmegelsky’s great-uncle. “All of you who have come here — you’re wasting your time and money,” she said before hanging up.

The city’s young mayor, Sharie Minions, said the killings were a particular blow for a town trying to rebound. “It is not an association we want,” she said.

RCMP head back to Manitoba river to search for clues on B.C. murders

RCMP head back to Manitoba river to search for clues on B.C. murders About six officers will be travelling by boat on Nelson River on Friday afternoon to look for further clues into the suspects’ deaths and the murder cases. READ MORE: B.C. murder suspects Bryer Schmegelsky, Kam McLeod believed to be dead The journey to the location is about 15 minutes from the shore of the Manitoba river. Officers are equipped with tools such as metal detectors, will likely be split into groups of three, and are expected to spend about four hours searching the area.

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of two teenage murder suspects who were subject of a weeks-long manhunt, and they appear to have died by suicide, Canadian police said Monday. Authorities initially began searching for McLeod and Schmegelsky as missing persons but declared that they were being investigated as suspects in

Many here said the teenagers were unremarkable, even hard to remember. But some remembered Mr. Schmegelsky, who enjoyed military battle video games, as the more outspoken of the two, who had been best friends since they were children.

Hometown of Canadian Teenage Murder Suspects Grapples With Infamy © Alana Paterson for The New York Times Two tiny statues of boys sit next to a pond on the lawn in front of the home where Bryer Schmegelsky lived with his grandmother.

Mackendrick Hallworth, 20, who studied at VAST, the same alternative high school where the young men also studied, and whose aunt tutored Mr. Schmegelsky, said his aunt had not been surprised when she learned that Mr. Schmegelsky was a suspect. “He seemed to be a troubled kid,” Ms. Hallworth said.

Mr. Schmegelsky and Mr. McLeod came from markedly different socioeconomic backgrounds.

In a residential neighborhood in a district of Port Alberni called Sproat Lake, a serene wooded area dotted with million-dollar houses overlooking a pristine lake, sits the large, handsome home where Mr. McLeod grew up. The area is calm, save for the sound of Jet Skis whizzing by.

On a recent day, three cars squatted in the MacLeod driveway. Two signs at the bottom of the driveway said: “No Trespassing.” One said: “Violators Will Be Prosecuted Privacy Please.”

“They just want to be left alone,” said a woman with a British accent as she left the house.

Neighbors said the McLeods, who had moved to the area about 20 years ago, were a middle-class family who mostly kept to themselves. They said Mr. McLeod’s father was a commercial fisherman. The teenager had a younger sister. His maternal grandfather was a well-known member of the community who had worked for Port Alberni’s park and recreation department.

In wake of killings and manhunt, RCMP must be transparent about what they do know

In wake of killings and manhunt, RCMP must be transparent about what they do know VICTORIA—“Nature abhors a vacuum,” Aristotle said. He was referring to physics, but the same idea could easily be applied to crimes that capture the public’s imagination. The less information the police share about a case, the more the media and the public rush to fill in the blanks. The slayings of Lucas Fowler, Chynna Deese and Leonard Dyck in northern B.C. last month and the ensuing inter-provincial hunt for their suspected killers is a case in point.

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Hometown of Canadian Teenage Murder Suspects Grapples With Infamy © Alana Paterson for The New York Times A sign outside the Schmegelsky home says “Beware of Your Dog,” with the word “Your” added in marker pen.

One neighbor, who asked not to be identified out of concern of upsetting other neighbors, said Kam McLeod seemed likable and suggested that he had been influenced by Mr. Schmegelsky.

About 20 minutes from the McLeods’ house, off a busy highway and across from a trailer park, is the small home where Mr. Schmegelsky lived with his grandmother. Two tiny statues of little boys sit next to a pond on the lawn in front of the house. A sign outside says “Beware of Your Dog” with the word “Your” added with a Magic Marker. A sign on the front door warns reporters to stay away.

Mr. Schmegelsky’s parents divorced when he was young, and neighbors said the boy sought refuge in other people’s homes, but was eventually ostracized after he posted a swastika on social media. His mother, Deborah Sweeney, worked at a local homeless shelter, they said. Al Schmegelsky, Bryer’s father, has told Canadian news media he grappled with homelessness and mental illness.

On his Facebook profile, Al Schmegelsky wrote that he “studied Hate, treachery, betrayal, also unconditional love.”

The elder Schmegelsky also told Canadian news outlets that his son had been on a suicide mission. “He wants his hurt to end,” Mr. Schmegelsky told The Canadian Press before their bodies were discovered. “They’re going to go out in a blaze of glory.”

In an interview with 60 Minutes Australia, broadcast over the weekend, he said his son had been “raised by YouTube and video games.” He noted that he had bought him an airsoft rifle when he was 17.

“I’m not going to say my son is a murderer until I get some facts,” he said. “You want me to sit here and tell you that my son positively murdered your co-citizen? Because I won’t, because I can’t. I can’t do it.”

Whatever the motivations for the killings, many local residents stressed that Port Alberni was not responsible.

Grant Weaver, a corporate lawyer whose cottage resides on Sproat Lake across from the McLeod home, said he treasured the area “because the town has a heart.”

Now, he added, “the heart is trying to understand what the hell happened.”

B.C. murder suspects died by suicide, autopsy results confirm.
The Manitoba Medical Examiner completed the autopsies of two bodies RCMP officers found in northern Manitoba and confirmed they belonged to Kam McLeod and Bryer Schmegelsky. RCMP say while both individuals were deceased "for a number of days" before they were found, the exact time and date of their deaths are not known. "However, there are strong indications that they had been alive for a few days since last seen in July and during the extensive search efforts in the Gillam area," a press release reads.

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