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

David John Gorton

On Sept. 19, 1997: David John Gorton believing that his fiance Heidi Challand (28) was cheating on him “snapped”. Heidi and her four young children (Robert, 12, David, 9, Calvin, 6 and Jewel, 2) were bludgeoned to death with an axe in their Black Creek home on Vancouver Island. The murdered children were not Gorton’s, but he did have two young children living in Victoria. The bodies were also discovered by Gorton’s parents who were in from Nanaimo to visit.

This was not Gorton’s first violent outburst either. In 1977 he lured his 16 year old girlfriend to a out of the way spot and stabbed her 19 times. She was in the hospital for a month. Then in 1983 he attacked his then wife with a knife and served 2 years in prison for aggravated assault.

Gorton was on the run for a few days until the police found him very close to home in a motel room in Courtenay, BC.

He was later convicted of first-degree murder and sentenced to life in prison with no parole for at least 25 years.

Links

http://www.murderpedia.org/male.G/g/gorton-david-john.htm

https://products.kitsapsun.com/archive/1997/09-22/0009_vancouver_island__man_charged_in_.html

https://www.spokesman.com/stories/1997/sep/20/mother-four-kids-found-murdered-on-vancouver/

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

Matthew Vincent Raymond

On August 10th, 2018 at 7am in Fredericton, New Brunswick multiple calls came into the police department about dozens of shots fired in a residential area. The area immediately came locked down as residents were told to remain in their homes. Two officers responding to the scene were killed. Two civilians were also murdered. Raymond had shot them all from his storage room window at his Brookside Drive Fredericton apartment..

Police said they shot and arrested the suspect, a 48-year-old Matthew Vincent Raymond, who sustained serious injuries. Multiple media sources have reported that he was interested in first-person shooter video games and was known for being “ignorant” and “Islamophobic. Others, notably the office manager for the apartment complex, described him as “polite” and “pleasant. He was later found not criminally responsible. Why? “While in the grip of delusions about demons and a pending apocalypse has been found not criminally responsible due to a mental disorder” The smart people tell us. Although he was never diagnosed with a mental disorder until after the shootings.

Matthew Raymond, who admitted to the killings, bowed his head and wiped away tears but said nothing.

Nathan Gorham, lead defence lawyer for Raymond, said his client is “grief-stricken” by the enormity of his crime. But Gorham said the verdict was the right one considering that Raymond was “very, very ill and was incapable of appreciating the nature and quality of what he was doing.”

During the trial, evidence taken from Raymond’s computer and other material found in his apartment revealed his deepening involvement with conspiracy theories, hoaxes, religious beliefs about end times and numerology. From 2017 until the shooting in 2018, his mental deterioration was marked by crazy beliefs about demons masquerading as political leaders and celebrities, about the earth being flat and about a coming apocalypse. On August 21st, 200 Raymond was deemed fit to stand trial. Then the jury found him not criminally responsible.

Victims

.The dead officers were 45-year-old Lawrence Robert Costello and 43-year-old Sara Burns. Police have identified two dead civilians as musician Donnie Robichaud 42 and his girlfriend, Bobbie-Lee Wright(nicknamed Bubbles) 32.

The ex-wife of victim Donnie Robichaud told the media that she swore at Prime Minister Justin Trudeau during his condolence call with her. Costello, 45, who had four children, the other Fredericton police constable who died was Sara Burns, 43, a wife with three children. They were the first officers to arrive at the scene of the early morning shooting and were shot as they rushed to help two people lying on the ground On 18 August, the two officers were given a regimental funeral. It was attended by hundreds of police officers from around the country, as well as friends and families of the victims.

Links

Global

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

https://www.thestar.com/news/canada/2020/10/27/fredericton-shooter-mathew-raymond-testifies-in-his-defence-at-murder-trial.html

Bud Paul

The body of Bud Paul, 56,of Winnipeg, Manitoba was found hidden in deep brush on the Roseau River Anishinaabe First Nation on Aug. 11, 2020, Paul was last seen at a liquor store in Neepawa, Manitoba on August 1st, 2020.Paul was seen in the company of the two individuals pictured below.It is believed he may of travelled with the pair from Neepawa to Dauphin in a red Chevy Trax. Paul was reported missing to the Winnipeg Police on August 7th and he hadn’t been seen or heard from since the 4th.

On August 10th police found a burnt out SUV in Winnipeg which was later determined to be Paul’s. Police found a piece of evidence discarded in a garbage bin near the burned vehicle, but would not say publicly what it was. Investigators believe those responsible for Paul’s death continued to use his bank account and cellphone after he died.

A 36-year-old woman has been arrested and released without charges in connection with the death of Winnipegger Bud Paul earlier this year, RCMP say. The woman, who is a suspect in Paul’s death, was arrested in Winnipeg on Sunday, police said in a Tuesday news release. She was taken to RCMP headquarters for questioning and then released on Monday without charges. The woman remains a suspect in Paul’s death, police said in the release.

The suspects have been identified but police have yet to release their names to the public. It’s almost a year. Hurry up.

Links

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/manitoba/homicide-suspect-bud-paul-rcmp-1.5852164

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/manitoba/rcmp-manitoba-roseau-river-human-remains-1.5761683

http://manitobacrimestoppers.com/unsolved-homicide/bud-paul/

Police would like to identify this woman who was seen in a cab after dropping off Paul’s vehicle on Queens Street in Winnipeg with a man who isn’t pictured.

Mark Jarman

Winnipeg is known for heavy drinking. But how can I guy be so wasted he assumed he killed his wife! And admitted to it! Is beyond me. What was he drinking?

In 1990, Shirley Andronowich’s body was found one morning after being raped, murdered with a concrete block, and mutilated in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Witnesses told police that Shirley and her husband Ed argued in a bar the night before.

Police first suspected Ed and arrested him after he confessed to the murder. However, the forensic evidence proved that Ed was innocent. A year later, police received a call about a man named Mark Jarman, who talked about being connected to Shirley’s murder. Police discovered that his fingerprint matched the latent print left on the concrete block. Jarman was convicted of her murder.

Mark Jarman currently lives at The Stony Mountain Pen

This story appeared on episode 4 of the Season 4 of the television series Forensic Files which was broadcast for the first time on October 27, 1999.

I really wish I could of found more about this online.

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

Kam McLeod And Bryer Schmegelsky

Kam McLeod and Bryer Schmegelsky were two young Canadian men who between July 14th and July 19th 2019 killed 3 people in Northern Canada.

Kam McLeod was 19 at the time of the killings and Bryer Schmegelsky was 18. They were from Port Alberni, British Columbia. Both guys were 6’4 and skinny. On July 12th, 2019 they purchased a SKS semi-automatic rifle and ammo at a Cabella’s Store in Nanaimo, British Columbia. Which McLeod bought with his firearm possession and acquisition license. The two were childhood friends who were described as gamer loners with no violent tendencies. They both worked at Wal Mart in Port Alberni. They told people they were going up to the Yukon to look for work.

Australian Lucas Fowler (23) and his American girlfriend Chynna Deese’s (24) van broke down on the Alaska Highway 20 kilometers south of Liard Hot Springs, BC. A man who was a mechanic stopped to see if the couple was alright at about 3:20 pm on July 14th. The mechanic who was with his wife said it seemed the couple had it all under control and they left. At 7 am the next morning the couples bodies were discovered by a highway worker. Both victims were found in a ditch near the fan with visible gun shot wounds. Their van was discovered with the windows smashed in and the doors wide open.

On July 18th, 2019 in Jade City, B.C., Kam McLeod, 19, and Bryer Schmegelsky, 18, are spotted in a store where they stopped for free coffee. Jade City is about 350 kilometers from where the two bodies were found.

Leonard Dyck

On July 19th, 2019 a burnt out pick up truck was discovered on a bridge on Highway 37. The body of Vancouver resident Leonard Dyck(64) was found 2 kilometers south of the burnt out vehicle near Dease Lake, British Columbia. His death was similar to Fowler and Deese’s. Leonard Dyck was a botanist lecturer at University of British Columbia. It is believed that the pair killed Fowler and Deese before going to the Yukon then coming back into BC and killing Dyck. Dyck was described as a loving man who would of gave anyone the shirt of his back by friends and family. The bullets and shell casings near Dyck’s body matched casings that were found at Fowler and Deese’s murder scene. “We are truly heartbroken by the sudden and tragic loss of Len. He was a loving husband and father. His death has created unthinkable grief and we are struggling to understand what has happened,” Dyck’s family said in a statement released by police.

Mcleod and Schmegelsky were first reported as missing as they were operating the vehicle found burnt out on highway 37. On July 22nd the RCMP found a possible link between the missing people and the murder victims.

On July 23rd, 2019 a burning Toyota Rav 4 was found near Fox Lake Cree Nation just north of Gillam, Manitoba believed to have been driven by the missing pair. Right after the discovery the RCMP sought out second degree murder charges for McLeod and Schmegelsky.

Once the info went to the media a resident of Cold Lake, Alberta came forward saying he helped McLeod and Schmegelsky get their Rav 4 unstuck on July 21st. Later that day the pair was found on video camera in Meadow Lake, Saskatchewan. Which the police received the next day.

People also reported seeing the pair in the Gillam, Manitoba area on July 22nd, 2019. The pair were actually stopped by the Native Band Constables in Split Lake, Manitoba for a routine alcohol check. That was the last known confirmed spotting of the pair.

On July 24th the RCMP had deployed an emergency response team, a negotiation crisis team, underwater diving team, and canine units to the surrounding area around Gillam.

After searching over 500 homes and having sightings as far away as Sault Ste Marie, Ontario. So after 9 days of hunting for the fugitives the RCMP said they were scaling back the search.

On August 2nd, 2019 a tour guide reported to the RCMP that he had spotted a blue sleeping bag at the edge of a river near the Hudson’s Bay. A few days later the RCMP said that they found several items including a damaged rowboat that they believed belonged to the wanted men.

On August 7th, 2019 the police found 2 bodies. It was the bodies of Kam Mcleod and Bryer Schmegelsky. They died of self inflicted gun shot wounds. It is believed that McLeod shot Schmegelsky before turning the gun on himself. Forensics later proved the 2 guns they had also were the guns that killed Dyck, Fowler, and Deese.

Videos were later found of McLeod and Schmegelsky admitting to the three murders. But they gave no motive or reason. “Schmegelsky states that they are responsible for the three murders. They were going to march to Hudson Bay where they planned to hijack a boat and go to Europe or Africa,” the police report says. The camera that the pair used to make the videos belonged to victim Leonard Dyck.

According to the report, in one of the last videos, Schmegelsky says they have shaved themselves in preparation for their own deaths and “now plan to go back and kill more people and expect to be dead in a week.”. Thankfully there were no more victims.

Links

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2019_Northern_British_Columbia_murders

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/schmegelsky-mcleod-homicides-manhunt-rcmp-1.5299115

The Medium Spree Killers

Fowler and Deece
Fowler and Deece