Septic Tank Sam

UPDATE JUNE 29th, 2021

A man whose death in Alberta has fascinated armchair detectives for years has finally been identified by the RCMP using genetic genealogy, The Fifth Estate has learned. The victim, whose name is expected to be released on Wednesday, was nicknamed Septic Tank Sam by the RCMP after he was found in a septic tank at a rural farm just outside Tofield, Alta., on April 13, 1977. The farm was owned by Mavis and Charlie McLeod, both now deceased. 

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/edmonton/septic-tank-sam-killed-1977-1.6083537

June 6th, 2021

Its probably a good thing this guy is dead or at least I hope he did something really bad to get death the way he got. Because the name “Septic Tank Sam” Is a Shitty Nick Name.

Septic Tank Sam is the nickname given to an unidentified murder victim who was found in a septic tank thirteen kilometres (8.1 mi) west of Tofield, Alberta on April 12th, 1977. RCMP believe he may have been murdered as early as April 1976. Authorities suspect he was not from Alberta, but most likely worked as a migrant worker. If the victim was from the area, odds are there would have been a missing person’s report on him or a close family member would have reported him missing so police surmised he was a transient. However, they can’t be certain because the victim was never identified. Sam was found wearing a blue Levi shirt with snap buttons, a gray t-shirt, blue jeans, and imitation Wallabee shoes. His decomposed body was wrapped in a yellow bed sheet and tied up with a nylon rope. Sam was found by a local couple scavenging their abandoned property for a septic tank pump. After seeing his leg bobbing in their old septic tank, they alerted the Tofield Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) detachment. Two officers came to the scene to recover Sam’s body, where they spent an hour emptying the 1.8 meter deep septic tank with empty ice cream pails.

A medical examiner in Edmonton determined Sam to be a white guy although another medical examiner in Oklahoma said he could of been native. If you have been to that region of Alberta its all white or native so that doesn’t narrow it down that much. Retired RCMP Sgt. Jim Warren, who was a junior constable at the Tofield detachment in 1979 and worked on the file, said that if the victim was from a northern Native village, his family may not have seen the sketch. His bones and teeth suggested he suffered from an unspecified illness at five years old. Sam’s cause of death was two gunshots to the head and chest, although it was possible there could have been more if any of the bullets did not reach his skeleton. Before his death, Sam had been tortured; he had been beaten, tied up, burned with a small butane torch and cigarettes, and sexually mutilated with farm shears. The sexual mutilation was so severe that the medical examiner took several months to positively identify him as a male. Based on the burn marks on his shirt sleeves, Sam could have been tied to a bed while tortured. After Sam’s death, he had been covered in quicklime, most likely in an attempt to hasten decomposition. RCMP investigating the case described the murder as one of the most vindictive and sadistic they had ever seen. Forty-two years later the murder remains an unsolved Alberta cold case.

Due to a lack of evidence in the septic tank, Sam was most likely murdered elsewhere and the septic tank was only a dumpsite. Sam’s murderers are believed to have known him, due to how viciously he had been killed. It is also suspected Sam’s murderers were Tofield locals or were familiar with the area, due to the location of Sam’s dumpsite being on a rural property. Some Tofield and area residents thought criminals or drug dealers from Edmonton used the Lindbrook septic tank to dump the body. Others believed the killer was someone local. They surmised who else but someone local knew about the abandoned septic tank? After all, the septic tank was hidden in a remote area on a two-and-half-acre lot off what was then Hwy 14. They said what were the chances of criminals from Edmonton finding a barely visible septic tank? Besides, Wye Road – from Sherwood Park to Lindbrook – has many spots with miles and miles of only thick trees and muskeg, perfect for dumping and hiding a body. Back in 1977, the deserted stretch of highway was even less populated with more locations for criminals/drug dealers from Edmonton to dump a body. They didn’t have to drive about 45 minutes to Lindbrook and increase the risk of being caught. Still, Sgt. Lammerts said if someone from Edmonton dumped the body in Lindbrook, then perhaps the killer(s) went to the area first looking for a dumpsite before committing the crime.

Sam’s body has been exhumed from his unmarked grave in an Edmonton cemetery twice. In 1979, Sam’s remains were flown out to Clyde Snow and Betty Gatliff, Forensic anthropologist and medical illustrator at the Federal Aviation Administration in Oklahoma who had been creating 3D facial composites from skulls since 1967. Along with creating a facial composite for Sam, the two could tell by measuring his hands that he was right-handed. Snow believed Sam to be of Indigenous origin and around 35 years old, contradicting the RCMP’s belief of Sam being a European Canadian and between 26 and 32. Sam was exhumed and reconstructed for the second time in 2000 by Cyril Chan, who was with the Edmonton medical examiner’s office at the time.

The 1,200 residents of Tofield at the time were horrified to hear of Sam’s murder. Farmers checked their own septic tanks for bodies and business owners worried that Sam’s murderers could have been regular customers. Many speculated Sam had been sexually mutilated due to committing a sex crime or being unfaithful in a relationship. Ed Lammerts, one of the officers who helped recover Sam’s body, has since retired. He believes Sam will never be identified, despite sending X-rays of Sam’s teeth to 800 Albertan dentists coupled with publishing them in dental magazines, and spending $1,000,000 CAD on the case.

Characteristics

  • He still had all of his teeth, some fillings, and had signs of recent dental work.
  • Medium build.
  • Dark hair.
  • His eye color is unknown.
  • Measurements of his hands suggested he was right-handed.
  • Examination of his bones and teeth revealed he suffered from an unspecified illness at five years old.

Clothing

  • Blue ‘Levi‘ work shirt with snap buttons.
  • Gray T-shirt.
  • Blue jeans.
  • Gray wool socks.
  • Brown imitation ‘Wallabee’ shoes.

Links

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Septic_Tank_Sam

https://unidentified.wikia.org/wiki/Septic_Tank_Sam

https://edmontonjournal.com/news/local-news/could-new-national-dna-database-provide-a-break-in-one-of-albertas-most-gruesome-cold-cases

Albertapress

Deng Mabiour

On Aug. 10, 2020 at about 12:30pm Deng Mabiour walked in to the Village Mall Walk In Clinic in Red Deer, Alberta carrying a hammer and a machete. While inside he attacked Doctor Walter Reynolds a 45-year-old father of two. People said he rushed inside and then they heard screaming from the exam room. When armed officers arrived at the scene they found Mabiour fleeing the scene and he threw a hammer at a police officer. The cops never shot him yet even though he still was wielding a machete in a busy parking lot in the middle of the afternoon. He eventually dropped the machete and officers swooped in. They cuffed him and took him downtown to the station.

Mabiour was charged with first-degree murder, assault with a weapon and assaulting a police officer.

RCMP said the two men were known to each other but did not say whether Mabiour was a patient of Reynolds. Rumor around Red Deer is that Mabiour was beating his wife and kids, Dr. Reynolds found out about it and was going to report him. Again all hear say but believable.

“Did you understand the charges?” asked the judge.

“No, I didn’t understand,” Mabiour replied. “Because I am sick. I lost memory. Listen to me, I don’t remember. I want a doctor.”

Mabiour continued talking as the judge and lawyers spoke.

Mabiour in Court

Mabiour appeared in Red Deer court on April 14 following the Alberta Review Board Hearing on Wednesday. A four-week jury trial is scheduled for Nov. 22-Dec 17. Mabiour says he will represent himself despite the judge warning him about the seriousness of the case. Even then Mabiour refused legal aid “A lawyer cannot do anything about my case. No lawyer is good for me in Canada. I’m a Black man,” Mabiour told the judge. Also while there Mabiour said “Listen to me. I don’t remember anything because I’m sick. I want a doctor,” with a heavy accent. Which is as good as saying you did it and know it. Prying at false hopes of fake sympathy for a doctor who left Africa to flee African violence. I will try to update this when more is found out

Deng Mabiour 54 year old South Sudanese refugee described as a loner who came to Canada as a government-sponsored refugee in the late 1990s. He had fled South Sudan and was in a refugee camp in Ethiopia when he emigrated to Vancouver.. His half-brother told news sources that Deng once underwent brain surgery in Vancouver and that the family has a history of mental health problems. His half-brother Deng Mabior, 41, lives in Seattle. He goes by the same first name as his older half-brother. Their surnames have different spellings. “When he was in Sudan, somebody attacked him and hit him on the head,” Mabior said. “Then when he came to Canada, he got brain surgery. That’s what he told me. That is what I know.”

Victim Doctor Walter Reynolds

Links

Global News 02/01/21

Global News 03/22/21

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/edmonton/half-brother-of-accused-in-red-deer-doctor-s-killing-points-to-history-of-mental-illness-in-family-1.5688738

https://www.cp24.com/news/i-don-t-remember-man-accused-of-killing-alberta-doctor-makes-court-appearance-1.5060764?cache=wfwhhfmnihogp

2017 Edmonton John Doe

Police have released composite sketches of a dead man whose identity has remained a mystery for almost 4 years. On June 1, 2017, police found a body on the bank of the North Saskatchewan River just south of Dawson Bridge. The man is described as being six-feet tall (although a newer report has him listed at 5’6) and possibly had dark brown or black hair. When discovered, he wore dark-coloured jeans with a brown belt, a black quarter-zip fleece sweater, a dark brown or black jacket and brown leather-strapped sandals with black soles. When located they weren’t sure of the mans race. Which doesn’t narrow it down too much as Edmonton is a very diverse city. I thought it would of been easier but I guess not, his body was that badly decomposed. So there are different types of sketches made.

He also was carrying a silver alarm clock. Police do not believe that there was foul play involved.

Someone must know who this is. Even his age is wide open. One report has him 18-70 years old?

Links

http://www.doenetwork.org/cases/3393umab.html

https://unidentified.wikia.org/wiki/Edmonton_John_Doe_(2017)

https://edmontonjournal.com/news/local-news/police-seek-publics-assistance-in-identifying-dead-man

https://edmonton.ctvnews.ca/police-hope-3d-modelling-will-help-identify-body-found-3-years-ago-in-edmonton-1.4919974

https://www.services.rcmp-grc.gc.ca/missing-disparus/case-dossier.jsf?case=2017076047&id=1

2012 Cochrane John Doe

Cochrane John Doe was a man whose partial remains were found on October 13th, 2012 by children playing near the vicinity of Highway 22 and Township Road 252 near Cochrane, Alberta, Canada. It was reported that the children had found only the skull, but it is unknown whether other bones were found later at the scene. It is believed that the remains had been decomposing there for less than a year before they were found. No clothing or jewelry was recovered. His skull showed signs of a previous broken nose that had healed, and medical examiners were able to get full dental records, DNA samples, as well as a 3-D representation of how John Doe would have likely appeared while alive.

The Calgary medical examiner has determined the remains belong to a white male between the ages of 20 and 60. Yet other reports claim he is between 18-30, which looks more accurate. He almost looks like he may of been a ginger. He once had a broken nose that had healed. RCMP say the remains had been decomposing for less than a year, before Oct. 13, 2012.

Children playing outside their home, just south of town, came across what locals describe as a human head around 10:50 a.m. MT.

LINK

There was one point that the RCMP thought the remains were those of missing at the time Ryan Lane. But it was proven not to be when he was discovered somewhere else.

In order to protect the integrity of the investigation, RCMP are unable to comment on the state of decomposition or the particulars of the found human remains.

Anyone with information is asked to call the RCMP tip line at: (403) 699-2709, the Cochrane RCMP at 403-851-8000 or can anonymously call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).

Links

http://www.doenetwork.org/cases/2228umab.html

https://unidentified.wikia.org/wiki/Cochrane_John_Doe_(2012)

https://www.airdrietoday.com/local-news/human-remains-discovered-on-rural-property-near-cochrane-1407210

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/calgary/report-of-human-head-remains-investigated-near-cochrane-1.1219639

https://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2012/10/15/possible-human-remains-found-near-cochrane_n_1967050.html

https://www.cochranetoday.ca/local-news/human-remains-identified-as-male-between-18-and-30-1446236

The teeth indicate he may of been a drug user.

Michele (Michael) Potestio

On June 12, 2007, around 7:30 p.m., police opened the trunk of a rental car left in the parking lot of an Edmonton church at 144 Avenue and 94 Street.. Inside, officers found the body of Richard Harris, 22.He had been beaten with blunt force and stabbed multiple times.

Michele Peotestio was a person of interest immediately in the case. Witnesses helped with evidence in 2014 but it wasn’t quite enough to get charges. Almost 13 years after the Edmonton Police Service said Michele (Micheal) Potestio, 45, was arrested without incident in B.C.’s Lower Mainland in March of 2020.

Victim Richard Harris

Links

Global News Charges

Kelly Thompson

Kelly Thompson, 34, was attacked on April 14, 2016 at 10 pm after he got out of his vehicle near 137th Street and 115th Avenue in Edmonton, Alberta. He was there to help a friend. Then four or five suspects wearing dark clothing and hoods got out of another vehicle and allegedly struck him multiple times with baseball bats before fleeing the area. Thompson was found in critical condition. He died two days later in hospital as a result of blunt force trauma to the head. It is unknown if he knew his attackers or not.

In December, eight months after the attack, police released a photo of a light-coloured SUV with tinted windows that might have been involved in the attack. 

This is the photo that the police gave out as the vehicle seen in the area. It was caught on camera. Lord knows when the camera was made but this is pathetic. But then again who knows any lead could be a lead.

Anyone with information is encouraged to contact the Edmonton Police Service at 780-423-4567 or #377 from a mobile phone. Anonymous information can be submitted to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477

https://www.edmontonpolice.ca/CrimeFiles/Homicides/2010/THOMPSONKelly

My thoughts on this. There is little info out there. Not even much about Kelly’s past. I would assume that this would be drug related or maybe he had relations with someone’s wife? If it was a random attack citizens need to be very worried. Police are with holding a lot which I don’t blame them. So who knows. There are theories about it here at Reddit.

LINKS

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/edmonton/edmonton-woman-makes-tearful-plea-for-brother-s-killers-to-come-forward-1.4070370

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/edmonton/man-beaten-with-baseball-bats-in-northwest-edmonton-dies-1.3541246

Victim Kelly Thompson

Phu Lam

On December 29, 2014, 53-year-old Phu Lam an Edmonton area maintenance man went on a killing spree in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. He shot to death eight people, including two children, most of whom were his relatives. He then committed suicide at a Vietnamese/Chinese restaurant, VN Express, in which he had a professional interest that allowed after hours access; the restaurant was located in Fort Saskatchewan, just Northeast of Edmonton. Lam had a criminal record dating back to 1987. On it were charges for drugs and violence related offences. At the time of the shooting, he was in bankruptcy proceedings and owed a large amount of money on at least a dozen credit cards due to a gambling problem. He had attended a recovery program for gambling addicts. Lam was arrested twice in Edmonton, for sexual and domestic assault. In November 2012, a complaint was filed against Lam after he threatened to kill his ex-wife Thuy Tien Truong and five other relatives. The final nail in the coffin I would believe here is when he found out his 8 year old son was not biologically his.

Lam killed seven relatives, including two children under the age of ten, in a house in north Edmonton. Lam then went into another house in the Haddow neighbourhood of Edmonton and killed Cyndi Duong. He then drove to Fort Saskatchewan where he entered a Chinese/Vietnamese restaurant, where he had after hours access in order to complete kitchen repairs, and committed suicide by shooting himself.

Lam had emigrated from Vietnam in 1979 and was visiting his home country when he met Truong in a coffee shop in 2000. They married six months later and she came to Canada in 2003. He sponsored her family to come as well in 2009.

Truong said in a 2012 application for an emergency protection order that her husband became very insecure and controlling shortly after she landed here. Lam changed her phone number because he didn’t want her to have any friends at all. He wanted to choose her clothes. He didn’t want her to work, but she got a job anyway. Then he smacked her. Once, he choked her so hard she thought she was going to die, she said. He threatened to kill her if she called police. Truong said in the document she was so unhappy she once had sex with another man. Lam became suspicious and ordered a DNA test that proved that their son, Elvis, was not his. Lam really wanted to “actually kill off her whole family and he was going to look for a gun, but no one was stupid enough to give him one,” a court interpreter said while translating Truong’s testimony during an emergency protection hearing.

Victims

  • Klarvatten house: Phu Lam’s wife, Thuy-tien Truong (known as Tien Truong), 35, and her eight-year-old son, Elvis Lam; her father Van-dang Truong, 55; her mother, Thi-dau Le, 55; her sister, Thanh-ha-thi Truong (known as Ha Truong), 33; her sister’s daughter, Valentina Nguyen, 3; Viet Nguyen, 41, Tien Truong’s male friend.
  • Haddow house: Cyndi Duong, 36.

Links

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edmonton_shooting

https://nationalpost.com/news/canada/what-made-edmonton-shooter-phu-lam-so-angry-that-he-killed-eight-people

https://edmontonjournal.com/news/crime/broken-pieces-a-year-after-edmontons-worst-mass-murder

Silva Koshwal

Silva Koshwal stabbed his ex-girlfriend more than 100 times and then ripping her heart out and pinning it to a wall with the knife in 2015. Koshwal had previous charges of assaulting the mother of his child and sexual assault on a stranger.

Silva Koshwal had been in a romantic relationship with 38 year old Nadine Skow for 2 years until they broke up in 2014. On the night of August 23rd, 2015 Koshwal was seen buzzing all the buzzers at Skow’s apartment at 107th ave and 108th st trying to gain access. Surveillance cameras also showed Koshwal walking near the apartment the night of the murder.

Silva Moses Koshwal, 38, has a rap sheet dating back to 2006. He was accused of assaulting a woman on May 11, 2006, and was given nine months probation after pleading guilty on Sept. 7, 2006. On March 26, 2010, Koshwal was sentenced to 70 days in jail, followed by nine months of probation, after pleading guilty to sexually assaulting a woman on Aug. 29, 2009. He was also ordered by the sentencing judge to submit a DNA sample for the national DNA databank and to register with the national sex offender registry. However, he failed to do the initial registration and was charged with failing to comply with the Sexual Offender Information Registration Act (SOIRA) order. On Oct. 14, 2010, he pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 30 days jail. Koshwal was also charged in 2000 with sexual assault and having sexual contact with a child, but on April 11, 2001, following a jury trial, the charges were dismissed. According to the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA), Koshwal was ordered removed from the country for “serious criminality” as a result of the 2010 sexual assault conviction, however that order was stayed by the Immigration and Refugee Board until January 2016. The CBSA said an individual cannot be removed when a temporary stay has been granted unless there is a breach of terms and conditions.

Before Koshwal went in and killed Skow he had entered the apartment of another resident who chased him out with an umbrella. Why she never phoned the cops is beyond me or anyone. But if you know that part of Edmonton its understandable. The lady also heard screams from Skow’s apartment and never phoned police.

The police never did show up to find Nadine instead it was her colleagues who went to check on her when she never showed up for work. When she never answered her buzzer, they were let in by a resident in the building. When they opened the door to Skow’s apartment they found Skow face down covered in blood on the floor. Skow’s internal organs were hanging out and her heart had been nailed to the wall with a large kitchen knife. Someone had wrote the letter A in blood above the heart. Skow had been cut open with her own kitchen knives. She had her heart, ovaries, uterus, and part of her lung had been cut out of her. In an autopsy it was discovered also that Skow had 4 bite marks on her body also.  Out of the 101 stab wounds found on Skow’s body it was believed she was alive for 63 of them. There were 30 defensive wounds on her hands and wrists.

Nadine Skow

Nadine had warned friends that she feared Koshwal would kill her. Nadine worked with disabled youth at a retreat centre. Koshwal turned himself into police on August 25th, 2015 with blood under his fingernails and Skows on a string around his neck.

A “psychologist” said that while Koshwal was fit to stand trial, Koshwal suffers from a complex and extreme form of post-traumatic stress disorder that could have caused him to be in a dissociative state at the time of the crime. The “psychologist” admitted it was difficult to assess Koshwal because he proved to be a “poor historian” of his own life and has cognitive and language difficulties. Though Koshwal could provide few details, a psychologist said he believed Koshwal was exhibiting signs from past trauma suffered as a child in South Sudan.

Koshwal was sentenced to life in prison without parole for 18 years. Canada really needs to do something about its slap on the wrist system.

Links

https://www.thestar.com/edmonton/2019/08/19/edmonton-man-admits-to-stabbing-ex-girlfriend-101-times-cutting-out-her-heart.html

https://www.thestar.com/edmonton/2019/11/20/crown-calls-for-harsh-sentence-for-edmonton-man-who-stabbed-ex-girlfriends-heart-to-wall-in-brutal-2015-murder.html

https://edmontonsun.com/2015/09/01/long-rap-sheet-for-edmonton-man-accused-of-killing-girlfriend