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