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

Min Chen

Min Chen came to Canada on a Chinese student visa in 2001. He kidnapped and murdered 9 year old Cecilia Zhang on October 29th, 2003.

Min Chen (January 30th, 1983) from Shanghai, China. Chen’s father was an airline executive and his mother was a police officer. They were sending him money at the time he committed the crime. At the time of his crime Chen had dropped out of school and was fearing there was a chance he may be deported. He thought that if he got $25,000 he could enter into a marriage and stay.in Canada. He was desperate. (He claims)

Chen was friends with a female who was a boarder at the Zhang’s home. Chen had visited the Zhang home on a few occasions and had even met Cecilia before. That could of been why she was comfortable being near him or at least familiar with him. Whatever the case may be Chen went to the Zhang Whitehorn Cres. home between 3am and 4am on October 29th, 2003 and snatched her out of a window. He put a towel he brought with him over Cecilia’s mouth when she started to scream. He then placed her in the trunk of his car. When Chen checked on Cecilia later on he had discovered she had stopped breathing and was dead.

Cecilia’s parents also mortgaged their house in order to have money ready in case of a ransom demand. But one never came.

On March 27th, 2004 the decomposed remains of Cecilia Zhang were found in a wooded area in Mississauga. At the time they couldn’t determine the time of death or whether or not she had been sexually assaulted.

Cecilia Zhang was 9 years old at the time of her kidnap and murder. She was a grade 4 student enrolled in the gifted program at Seneca Hill Public School. She moved to Canada from China when she was 4 years old in 1998.

Chen pleaded guilty to Cecilia’s murder on May 9th, 2006. He claims the death was accidental. The judge is required to impose a life sentence, which means Chen will not be eligible for parole for between 10 and 20 years, depending on the circumstances of the case. If for some strange reason he gets released he will almost cetainly be sent back to China. Will he get released? I hope not but who knows that guy that chopped that guy’s head off on the greyhound bus can roam around free now so anything is.

Canada is too nice. They did this why? ??

Just three years after Min Chen was imprisoned for snatching nine-year-old Cecilia Zhang from her Toronto home in the middle of the night and killing her, he’s been quietly transferred out of maximum-security Kingston Penitentiary. The baby-faced child killer was secretly moved last week to a prison in British Columbia so he can be closer to family in China,

https://www.cancrime.com/2009/04/15/exclusive-cecilia-zhang-killer-moved-closer-to-home/

Links

https://www.thestar.com/news/2007/01/03/killer_caught_but_mystery_lingers.html

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/student-pleads-guilty-to-killing-9-year-old-cecilia-zhang-1.592686

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

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

Michael Briere

On May 12th, 2003 35 year old software developer Michael Briere kidnapped, raped, and murdered 10 year old Holly Jones in Toronto, Ontario. Briere dismembered her body and placed it into 2 bags using weights throwing the bags in the Toronto Harbor. The bags were found the next morning by a man walking his dog.

Briere kidnapped Holly Jones after she finished walking a friend home in a west Toronto neighborhood. Within hours of her disappearance police had issued an Amber Alert for her. The area around Holly Jones house had also reported many attempted child abductions in the weeks prior to her murder.

When the police asked people that lived in the area for a DNA sample Briere became a suspect as he was the only one in the area who refused to give one. So the police grabbed a discarded soda can that he used and linked his DNA to DNA under Holly’s fingernails.

Briere pleaded guilty to the crime on June 17th, 2004 to spare the Jones family from a trial, receiving an automatic life sentence in Kingston and will not be eligible to apply for parole until 2028. Another reason why Canada so needs to have the death penalty. Briere blamed viewing child porn as the reason for doing what he did.

Michael Briere (born 1968) lived in Toronto but was originally from Montreal who was described by neighbors as a quiet plump strange loser who stood only 5’7. Brier had no prior criminal record. Early in life Briere was known as a charmer and into body building. Later in life he got into sitting on the couch, computer games, and dungeons and dragons. Brier even got married to a woman in 1993 but was divorced by 1997.

Links

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

https://www.buggedspace.com/the-sad-story-of-holly-jones-how-10-year-olds-murder-brought-a-toronto-community-together/

https://www.sootoday.com/local-news/holly-jones-suspected-killer-married-a-saultite-90091

https://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/heart-of-darkness/article714553/

Holly Jones (September 14th, 1992-May 12th, 2003)

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

J.B. Beasley and Tracie Hawlett

On July 31, 1999, seventeen-year-olds J.B. Beasley and Tracie Hawlett went out to celebrate J.B.’s birthday by going to a party near their Dothan, Alabama homes. When they did got lost however they decided to stop at an Ozark BP gas station for directions. Tracie phoned her mother at 11:30pm and let her know that they got lost and were in Ozark. The lady that was working at the gas station gave the girls directions back to Dothan. Nobody has seen them alive since.

The next morning at 9am their J.B. and Tracie’s body were found in the trunk of their car. Someone had forced them to a remote location, forced them to perform sexual acts on them, and then shot them in the head. This was located only a mile away from the convenience store they stopped for directions at. Both girls were clothed, but dirty. Semen was found at the scene, allowing investigators to collect a DNA sample of the perpetrator. Robbery was easily ruled out as both girls still had their purses and jewelry.

Solved. In March of 2019, 45 year old Coley McCraney was arrested and charged with J.B. and Tracie’s murders. DNA found on their bodies was matched to McCraney through genetic genealogy. Investigators submitted the DNA profile from the crime scene to a genealogical database. They were then able to locate McCraney by mapping his family tree and identifying his relatives. A similar method was used to capture Joseph DeAngelo the Original Night Stalker. McCraney is from Ozark and lived in Dothan prior to his arrest. He had no criminal record and was not considered a suspect prior to the DNA match. McCraney served time in the military, worked as a truck driver, owned a church, and is married. He also went to school in Ozark and would have been 26 at the time of the murders. This man was not on the radar at all.

He got sued in a child paternity test in 1998 and failed to show up for two DNA tests. He eventually just decided to pay child support.

Links

https://unsolvedmysteries.fandom.com/wiki/J.B._Beasley_and_Tracie_Hawlett

https://www.al.com/news/montgomery/2014/08/15-year-old_double_homicide_of.html

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/coley-mccraney-arrested-in-1999-killings-of-dothan-alabama-teens-j-b-beasley-and-tracie-hawlett/

https://www.wtvy.com/content/news/20-years-after-the-Beasley-and-Hawlett-murders—a-timeline-of-events-513531801.html

1987 Dana Point Jane Doe

On the morning of September 20, 1987, the body of a young woman was found below the cliffs in Dana Point, California. She had apparently fallen from the cliff the previous night.  A coroner, investigated the case and could not determine if the woman died accidentally, committed suicide, or was murdered.
A phone number on a map in the woman’s purse led to a local cab company. The night before Jane Doe’s body was found, it was determined that she had called a cab from Hampton Inn hotel in nearby Mission Viejo. When the cab arrived she stated that she wanted to go to Laguna Beach, which cost $20. As she only had $18 at the time, the driver agreed to take her as far as the money would allow. The taxi driver said she barely spoke and also mentioned that there was nothing unusual about her. Hours before her body was found she was let out at Scenic Drive and Cove Road in Dana Point, which was as far as her money could take her.

A few hours later, she was discovered dead at the bottom of the cliffs, by a walker, having apparently scaled a fence and jumped to her death. Stacked neatly in front of the fence were the belongings she had with her prior to her death. There were a pack of cigarettes, a soda can, a California road map that indicated she may have been a hitchhiker and a piece of paper with a phone number to a nearby hotel. Investigators also found a purse that had a woman’s name on it embossed in gold. It was eventually traced to a San Diego woman who had hers stolen approximately ten years prior. She was not familiar with the unidentified victim. She was 5’8” tall and weighed 127 pounds. She had light brown hair, brown eyes, and was wearing what appeared to be second-hand clothing, including a pair of men’s underwear. The woman was believed to have been between 18-24 years old. She also had several distinctive dental fillings. She probably wore braces when she was younger.

The case was officially ruled a suicide several years later. In 2015, high school friends of Holly Glynn began searching for her. They were unable to locate her through social media, so they contacted her family and discovered that she had not been heard from since September of 1987. Her friends soon learned of Dana Point Jane Doe and found that she looked very similar to Holly and matched her description. Holly’s family submitted DNA samples to be compared with the Jane Doe. In May 2015, it was announced that Holly has been identified as Dana Point Jane Doe. Holly was 21 when she died. Holly Jo Glynn was born September 11th, 1966.

Holly’s family had tried to involuntarily institutionalize her 8 months before she killed herself, but Holly wasn’t having any of that. She was described as quiet but also liked to party, do drugs, and flirt.

Although it was determined that Jane Doe was Holly Jo Glynn in 2015 there were people thinking that was her as far back as 2011.More than 20 years prior to her identification, Holly Jo Glynn’s remains had been cremated in a ceremony costing $425, paid for by Orange County on her behalf. Her ashes had then been placed in a cardboard box and buried at sea

Links

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

https://unsolvedmysteries.fandom.com/wiki/1987_Jane_Doe