The arrests for Amanda Zhao’s murder took many years to complete, and responsibility was found to be mainly because the Canadian government is reluctant in giving evidence of murder cases to China, as Chinese authorities allow for capital punishment for murder, which is illegal in Canada.
Amanda Zhao Wei (1981 – October 2002) was a Chinese student in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, studying English at Coquitlam College who was murdered in October 2002. She was reported missing on October 9, 2002, by her boyfriend Li Ang and her body was found inside a suitcase by hikers near Stave Lake on October 20, 2002, where an autopsy revealed that Zhao had been strangled to death
Zhao’s boyfriend Li Ang was immediately a suspect but arrests in China took until 2004 and they released Li Ang due to lack of evidence. Li Ang claimed that he had killed Zhao in a play like pillow fight.? In 2009, police in China arrested Li based on evidence provided by the RCMP showing an autopsy determined she had been strangled.It took 10 years but finally Li Ang was sentenced to life in prison in 2012, which was later dropped to a 7 year sentence. Li Ang was a Chinese national and a computer science student at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver. Another man Zhang Han who is Li Ang’s cousin was also arrested. He helped dispose of the body and helped Li Ang travel back to China. All charges were later dropped against Zhang Han because his confession was improperly obtained. Sounds more like they just didn’t want to fill out paper work with China.
On May 25th, 2002 the Sifrits both 24 at the time they met a couple while vacationing in Ocean City, Maryland. They were Joshua Ford and Martha Crutchley. After going out and partying at a local bar the Sifrit’s invited them back to their rented condo. According to court records. The couple invited them back to their rental condo and then killed them. There are also rumours BJ sat in a hot tub with Ford’s and Crutchley’s heads floating in it. After luring the couple into their rental they claimed that Erika’s purse was stolen. This was after a night when they befriended them. BJ then pulled a gun on Ford and shot him in the bathroom 4 times. Crutchley was stabbed to death. They hucked their remains in dumpsters all over town.
Erika Elaine Sifrit(née Grace; born February 3, 1978) in Roaring Spring, Pennsylvania is currently going to spend the rest of her life in jail. She is in Patuxent Institution in Jessup, Maryland. She is an only child born to a very well to do off family. She was an honor student and basketball star at Mary Washington College. Her and Ben married in 1998 at 20 years old. After her and Ben married they opened up a Scrapbook store in Erika’s home town of Altoona, Pennsylvania.
Benjamin Adam “BJ” Sifrit(born October 21, 1977): Is a former marine who is probably currently at his new home he has at Roxburry Correctional Facility in Hagerstown, Maryland.