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/

Gregory Despres

On the evening of April 23rd, 2005 Gregory Despres broke into the home of his neighbors Fred Fulton (74) and Veronica Decarie (70) in Minto, New Brunswik. He gained access by cutting a screen door and then kicking in the second door. Once inside he stabbed them both over 30 times to death. Going as far as to decapitate Fred with a home made sword.

After Despres killed his neighbors he packed up Fred Fulton’s car with weapons and headed towards the US. He later abandoned the vehicle near the Canadian-American border.

Veronica and Fred

On April 25, 2005, one day before the bodies were discovered, Despres arrived at the Calais, Maine, border crossing. He presented himself to the U.S. border guards while carrying a homemade sword, a hatchet, a knife, brass knuckles and a chainsaw stained with what appeared to be blood. At the border, Despres boasted of being an assassin for the United States government and of having killed 700. Which was strange but there was no knowledge of the murders. Even though he told strange stories and they knew that Depsres had to be in court soon in New Brunswick, the officers still didn’t detain him due to his American Citizenship. I have to read more on that you think they would of just arrested him for that stupid story.

There were however other grounds for possibly detaining Despres that were not acted upon by the border patrol agents. “Joseph Gutheinz, a University of Phoenix criminal justice professor said they could have arrested Despres for lying to a customs officer. The comment about 700 kills should have tipped them that he was not telling the truth, he said.”[2] Gutheinz, a retired Senior Special Agent who had previously served with three Federal agencies also said “if the customs agents wanted to exercise their discretion in regard to a person who they believed might be mentally ill, there was also a non-criminal option. In Maine, as in many states, there is a protective custody statute, which permits law enforcement officers to take into custody individuals they have reasonable grounds to believe may be an imminent threat to themselves or others. This authority to apprehend and process a person is designed to permit a psychological evaluation.

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

But they let him go and he hitch hiked to Massachusetts. Where he was arrested in a routine stop on the day he had to be in court in New Brunswick. After Fred Fulton’s daughter discovered the bodies and the police had Despres as a suspect. When he got deported to Fredericton on September 15th, 2005 he played the looney act for awhile firing lawyers and making strange claims. Then on July 11, 2007, Despres was brought before the provincial mental health review board which found that he had responded well to treatment and was in fact fit to stand trial. A new trial was promptly ordered.

On March 5, 2008, The judge found Gregory Despres guilty of causing the deaths of Fred Fulton and Verna Decarie in 2005. However, The judge agreed with the defense in finding that Despres was not criminally responsible for his actions at the time. Despres is currently being held at Shepody Healing Centre which is part of the Dorchester Penitentiary. Due to his non-criminal responsibility stemming from delusions caused by paranoid schizophrenia, Despres has his case reviewed by the New Brunswick Mental Health Review Board every two years. Where hopefully he rots forever. To this day they are still having issues with him refusing treatment.

Links

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

http://www.murderpedia.org/male.D/d/despres-gregory.htm

https://www.sfgate.com/news/article/Customs-lets-man-with-bloody-chainsaw-wild-tale-2629632.php

Johnson Aziga

Johnson Aziga (born 1956) is a Ugandan man living in Canada formerly residing in Hamilton, Ontario. He is the first person to be charged and convicted of first-degree murder in Canada for spreading HIV, after two women whom he had infected without their knowledge died. Aziga worked at the Ontario Ministry of the Attorney General.

He was diagnosed with HIV in 1996. Aziga was married at the time too. But he used protection with his wife who knew he was HIV positive. But once they got divorced he did not feel the need to tell the next 11 women he slept with an infected. (odds are its more). He has confessed to having 50-100 sexual partners during this period, all of them white. He met most of his victims at bars and clubs in the Hamilton area, and many of them had unprotected sex with other HIV-positive African men. Seven of these women later tested positive for HIV, two of them died of complications from AIDS in December 2003 and May 2004. Health officials and law enforcement were allegedly aware of Aziga’s pattern of intentionally spreading HIV but did not take action until 2003 for unknown reasons.? It’s just as equally the womens fault too. These guys are from HIV hotspot countries.

Aziga was arrested in 2003. His trial did not start until 2008. On April 4, 2009, Aziga was found guilty of two counts of murder in the first degree, 10 counts of aggravated sexual assault, and one count of attempted aggravated sexual assault by a jury made up of nine men and three women at Hamilton Superior Court. On August 2, 2011, a court in Hamilton, Ont. granted a request by Crown Prosecutors to have Johnson Aziga jailed indefinitely under the Dangerous Offender act, because he is believed to be at a high risk to re-offend

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Links

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

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/hiv-killer-ruled-dangerous-offender-1.927621

Jeffrey Arenburg

On August 1st, 1995 44 year old Jeffrey Arenburg went to CJOH Media in Ottawa, Ontario and shot and killed sports broadcaster Brian Smith. Arenburg’s reason he thought the radio station was broadcasting messages in his head. Brian Smith just had the unfortunate luck of being the first one Arenburg seen. Oh if you couldn’t tell Jeffrey Arenburg be a paranoid schizophrenic, who would of thought???He had reportedly been exhibiting symptoms of schizophrenia for some time but was not officially diagnosed until 1990. At some point he began to believe that his ex-wife and her family were “torturing” him by broadcasting his thoughts on radio and television. Arenburg was hospitalized in 1990 after stating to authorities in court that his former in laws were stealing his thoughts and selling them to Hollywood.?

Arenburg Outside an Ottawa Homeless Shelter in 2014

Following the shooting when police searched Arenburg’s apartment they found a list of media personnel in the Ottawa area.

In 1992 Arenburg assaulted a radio station manager in Bridgewater, Nova Scotia where he lived working as a scallop fisherman. He was given either a $300 fine or 2 weeks in jail. He never showed up for trial and skipped town and moved to Ottawa.

Arenburg was found not criminally responsible in Smith’s death, due to his mental condition. In 2001, the Ontario Review Board began to grant Arenburg 72-hour release. He applied for full conditional release in 2004. As of June 2005 he had been living in the Barrie area with his brother since March 2003, and had recently graduated from a community college.

He is reformed. What could possibly go wrong?

On November 29, 2007, Arenburg was arrested after assaulting a U.S. customs officer in Buffalo, New York at the Peace Bridge International Crossing. According to officials, Arenburg attempted to enter the United States on a commercial vehicle as a passenger and was denied entry due to past criminal convictions. When they sat him down in the interview room he punched one of the border officers and busted open his lip. He spent a year in American jail until he got deported back to Canada.

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In 2012, Arenburg was arrested when he fled the scene after being pulled-over for speeding in Quebec. He was sentenced to six months in jail after calling the Judge an idiot.???

Aurenburg died June 13th, 2017 in Ottawa, Ontario of an apparent heart attack at the age of 60.

Links

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

http://www.murderpedia.org/male.A/a/arenburg-jeffrey.htm

https://ottawacitizen.com/news/local-news/jeffrey-arenburg-killer-of-sportscaster-brian-smith-dead-of-heart-attack

https://www.iheartradio.ca/580-cfra/news/jeffrey-arenburg-man-who-shot-brian-smith-dead-of-natural-causes-police-1.2732925

Li Ang

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.

Li Ang, Reports Girlfriend Missing to Police, 3 Days Later Boards Plane To China While Hikers Find Her Dead Body In A Suitcase.

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.

Amanda Zhao

Links

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

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/amanda-zhao-s-killer-gets-reduced-sentence-in-china-1.2692110

Thomas Kosberg

Thomas Gordon Kosberg was born October 2nd, 1948 in Vancouver, British Columbia. Tom as he went by, had a history of mental illness, but no one could imagine him plotting a murder, let along killing his own family. Thomas Kosberg, who, by most accounts, seemed like a normal teenager in a large family. A neighbour even remarked that the family “had the nicest, most beautiful children.”

On December 9, 1965, 17-year-old Kosberg made chocolate milkshakes for his mother, father, and four younger brothers and sisters, added some sleeping pills, waited for them to go to bed, and then hacked them to death with an axe. Only a baby survived. But there was some obvious planning put into the murders. Tom’s mother had been entertaining her best friend Florence the night before the murder. Sometime around 11pm, Florence left to go home. Thomas waited for Florence to leave and for his father to return home from his late shift at the Allied Heat and Fuel Co. (roughly 1am) before committing the murders. There was also a large span of time between the murders and when they were reported (from 1am-7:45am).

After the murders Kosberg changed his clothes, took his father’s car, and ran it into a power pole, whereupon he stole another car, and finally telephoned Robert Estergaard, who took him to Dr. Wong. According to Estergaard, Kosberg was trembling, having cramps, and kept holding his stomach, but at times would also drift off to sleep. They arrived at Dr. Wong’s at 7 a.m., where Kosberg confessed to the crime, stating that he had “done someting awful.” Wong called the police at 7:45 a.m. and Kosberg was arrested shortly afterwards

When officers arrived at the crime scene they found Mr. and Mrs. Kosberg dead in their beds, while their son Vincent lay dead on the floor, and Osborne jr. was in his crib, apparently unharmed. In the rear bedroom they discovered the body of Barry, and in the front bedroom that of Gayle Kosberg. Marianne, who was in the same room as Gayle, was still alive in her bed, but with serious head injuries. She was taken to hospital in critical condition, where she underwent emergency surgery, and eventually died on December 19, without regaining consciousness.

The court ruled that he was not guilty by reason of insanity in 1967, and Tom was shipped off to Riverview. He was released 12 years later, married and worked at Vancouver Children’s Hospital for the next 30 years. He died in 2016.

Links

https://dailyhive.com/vancouver/bizarre-murders-bc-history

https://amok.fandom.com/wiki/Thomas_Kosberg

https://www.owler.com/reports/vancouver-police-museum/vancouver-police-museum-blog-seeing-the-kosberg-mu/1512789601276

https://www.owler.com/reports/vancouver-police-museum/vancouver-police-museum-blog-seeing-the-kosberg-mu/1512789601276

Li Zhao

Li Zhao in court

In May of 2015 Li Zhao 赵丽 had 42 year old Gang Yuan from China in his West Vancouver mansion and fatally shot him and then chopped him up into pieces. Zhao and Yuan also at one point lived together in Saskatchewan. Zhao was married to Yuan’s cousin.

The two got into an argument over business investments and the fact that Yuan wanted to marry Zhao’s 26 year old daughter, Ultra Rich Asians reality tv star Florence Zhao. Saying he could get Zhao shares in companies “if” he let him marry his daughter. The argument became to pushing and shoving until Zhao grabbed a hammer. After fighting quickly Zhao got a rifle loaded it with ammo and pointed it Yuan telling him not to move. But Yuan eventually grabbed the hammer and threw it at Zhao which startled him and he shot Yuan. Zhao’s wife and her elderly mother had been taking a walk, but returned to find the aftermath of the shooting. Zhao told them to take a walk and then dragged Yuan’s body to the garage. The family’s nanny also later came into the garage at one point, but couldn’t see exactly what he was doing. He said he had been hunting a bear. After that Zhao used a power saw and chopped Yuan into about 100 pieces which took at least 6-12 hours. When Zhao’s wife left she did phone the police. Zhao had took a nap after chopping up Yuan and was thinking about bagging him up and putting him the freezer. The police eventually phone Zhao’s home and told him to come outside.

Zhao, who speaks little English admitted to the crimes he showed no remorse. It was also said that Zhao at age 54 when the crime occurred he had never even been in a fist fight in his life. He was sentenced to 10 years in prison

Victim Gang Yuan a man who lived a playboy lifestyle. Fathering 5 children from 5 different women. All of whom were unaware of each other until his death. He Owned mansions, a private island, and a yacht. He was known to have up to 100 girlfriends.

Links

https://vancouversun.com/news/man-who-fatally-shot-and-dismembered-west-van-businessman-should-get-12-14-years-crown

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/gang-yuan-li-zhao-death-dismemberment-1.5751111

https://www.scmp.com/news/world/united-states-canada/article/3104299/kind-non-violent-killer-who-chopped-chinese-tycoon

Zhao’s West Vancouver Mansion

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

2016 Montreal Metro Train John Doe

On April 20th, 2016 just after midnight a man was found dead at Charlevoix metro station in what appeared to be a suicide. Witnesses have stated the decedent jumped in front of a metro train at the Charlevoix Station in the Pointe-Sainte-Charles neighbourhood of Montréal. The deceased is black male with dark skin, who stood 5’9 and weighed about 130. He was wearing a black Old Navy wool coat, a white and black T-shirt with the slogan MTBONWE, a blue sweatshirt, beige pants and Adidas “Stan Smith” white sneakers with red trim.

Links

https://montreal.ctvnews.ca/montreal-trying-to-identify-man-who-died-in-charlevoix-metro-station-1.3089497

https://unidentified.wikia.org/wiki/Montréal_John_Doe_(2016)

http://www.doenetwork.org/cases/3337umqc.html

https://www.services.rcmp-grc.gc.ca/missing-disparus/case-dossier.jsf?case=2017057938