Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Mad Craziness at Magnotta Hearing



Handout Photo, Reuters


Before he stood accused in the grisly murder of Concordia University student Jun Lin, Luka Magnotta was the sort of person who would do just about anything to get attention or to be noticed. At present, he is appearing daily in a Montreal court for a preliminary hearing which will ultimately determine whether there is enough evidence against him to proceed with a trial that could begin as early as next month, and his desire to be notice appears not to have changed.

Since his request for a closed hearing was denied, perhaps he has decided to explore the other end of the spectrum and really give us all something to talk about? 

On the hearing's opening day, Magnotta glanced over his shoulder to look at Jun Lin's father, Diran Lin, which sent the poor man rushing out of the courtroom in tears. 

Media outlets have been reporting that the accused killer has dropped the emotionless, unreadable stance he had previously presented at court in favour of something decidedly more dramatic:

Magnotta, 30, seldom looked at the screen above the prisoner's box, which was broadcasting the video evidence. Instead, he kept a curled hand over his mouth and repeatedly appeared to wipe his eyes.
Specifics of the evidence presented is under a temporary publication ban.
When the presentation was over, the court guard asked for a five-minute recess, and Magnotta collapsed to the floor.
Source: Sun News Network

The article sourced above went on to say that Mr. Lin was not present to view the evidence, I can only assume that the video in question is the abhorrent home movie depicting the atrocities committed against the 33 year old student that was posted on the Internet for the killers' own sick glorification. 

Magnotta has "fans" now, too. One man who has been a front-row fixture at the hearing told a reporter that he had travelled all the way from Raleigh, North Carolina to "see him in person." For what it's worth, the man bears a notable resemblance to the accused killer -- who raised a shackled hand to wave at his American doppelgänger while he was being led out of court on Monday.

Keeping a killer's fans from meeting their bloody idol would have been the one and only reason I would have approved a closed hearing; the fact that he's clearly still boosting his ego with the violent death of an innocent quite frankly leaves me struggling to suppress the urge to puke.

"This hearing and the upcoming case is not a show, entertainment or platform for fame for the accused or any of the weirdos he draws in. It's about justice. Justice for Jun."
Source: Sun News Network 


More Information...

Brian Daly, Sun News Network

Grieving dad's distress real, Magnotta's merely 'alleged'
Christie Blatchford, The Leader-Post

Joe Warmington, Sun News Network

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Magnotta Collapses in Court




Accused killer Luka Magnotta continues to secure breaking news headlines in spite of the strict publication bans in place during his preliminary hearing. 

The Canadian Press reported:
"The accused appeared distressed during the hearing, holding his hand over his mouth as if he felt ill while hearing the evidence. His eyes were closed for much of the session.
Magnotta appeared to wipe tears from his eyes, behind his glasses, several times.
After about 10 minutes of that segment of the hearing, he asked the guard in his glass-enclosed defendant's box to request a five-minute break.
He stood up and collapsed on the floor just after the judge agreed to an extended break for lunch."

More Information...

Luka Magnotta collapses on floor of courthouse during hearing
CBC News


Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Brenda Ann Spencer: "Switched to overload"




Brenda Ann Spencer fired 36 rounds from a semi-automatic rifle through her bedroom window at a bustling schoolyard on January 29, 1979. Her shooting spree left two adults dead, and another nine people wounded (eight of them children). The rifle had been a Christmas present from her father, Wallace Spencer.

Amid the six and a half hour standoff, which eventually led to her arrest, she was asked what had compelled her to do such an unfathomably horrible thing. Young Brenda, only 16 years old at the time of the shootings, provided an equally horrifying response:

"I don't like Mondays. This livens up the day."

Like many people my age, my first exposure to the life and crimes of Brenda Ann Spencer came courtesy of the highly popularized song, "I Don't Like Mondays" by The Boomtown Rats. Singer/songwriter Bob Geldof had been in the midst of giving a radio interview when news of the tragedy came through on a Telex machine. Although the song has become a Monday morning radio classic across the globe, it is important to remember that it all began with a messed-up young woman, a telescopic rifle, and the haunting phrase which has since become ensconced in popular culture.


  
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"I don't remember, but I'm sure that I did it."


While Brenda has, in recent years, provided a somewhat clearer explanation for her terrible crimes than her initial 'Mondays' claim, it doesn't look like this broad is getting out of the Big House any time in the near future. Still very clearly detatched from what she did on that frosty morning back in '79, she claims to remember very little about what transpired that day, and nothing at all about the actual shootings.



Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Corrections Canada Watches Another Inmate Die





Evidently, Corrections Canada has learned precisely nothing from the sweeping investigation into Ashley Smith's untimely passing. Media outlets reported today that another woman, Kinew James, died in her cell while guards at the Regional Psychiatric Centre in Saskatoon  ignored her calls for assistance.

“My understanding from the other women who were in the cells next to her is that she was trying to get the staff's attention,” says Kim Pate, executive director of the Canadian Association of Elizabeth Fry Societies.
“She was both calling out and pushing her call button for assistance,” Pate says of the inmates’ reports. “She was not getting any assistance.” CBC News

James had been serving a sentence of more than 15 years for manslaughter, assault, uttering threats, arson, mischief and obstruction of justice.


More Information...

Thirty-six-year old woman found unresponsive in her cell at the Regional Psychiatric Centre
Global News

Prisoner death sparks new allegations of guard neglect
CBC News

Friday, January 18, 2013

Supreme Court Drops Battered Wife Case


Image Source: Reuters


UPDATE

January 23, 2012

Michael Ryan, the target of his ex-wife's foiled hit man plot, is now sharing his own version of events with the media. While admitting that he has struggled with anger management issues in the past, he categorically denies what Nicole Doucet Ryan's lawyers called a "reign of terror" over her and their daughter. According to Ryan, the two had separated and were living apart amicably until he asked for a divorce. At that point, he claims his Doucet Ryan began making false claims to the police.

He refers to evidence not revealed in court which contradicts her testimony that she had been a victim of years of abuse: 

Ryan, who has copies of most of the public court documentation in his ex-wife's case and has obtained other documents through access-to-information requests, said Nicole Doucet Ryan told the doctor who performed her post-arrest psychiatric evaluation that her husband never abused her.
"She actually stated in there that she was thinking of having me killed back in September 2007 and the doctor had asked her about the conversation with the hit man, 'Why you wanted him killed before April 1st,' and she stated that she didn't want to look at me at the custody hearing." Source: CBC News

In fact, psychiatric evaluations performed on Doucet Ryan were so unfavourable that sole custody of their daughter was awarded to Ryan; she is reportedly happy living with him and his new wife and son in Ontario.

"This psychologist is the only person that has investigated the whole situation between myself and Nicole," Michael Ryan said. "[She] basically reported that Nicole was exaggerating her concerns about me." Source: CBC News

Nicole Doucet Ryan's lawyers disagree with that assessment, saying that it was based on "incomplete information." 

Given what I have been reading in the news today, I have come to the decision that my original post on this topic was based on incomplete information. Shame on me for assuming that the claims against Ryan had been verified before they were used as the sole basis for excusing a conspiracy to commit murder charge.

Here's the original post...


The Supreme Court of Canada has ordered the Crown to drop its case against Nicole Doucet Ryan, a high school teacher from Nova Scotia who tried to hire a hit man to kill her husband, Michael Ryan. She had previously testified that her marriage was fraught with abuse, claiming that he had threatened her with a gun on numerous occasions, thrown pieces of furniture at her, and once threatened to "burn the fucking house down" while she and her daughter were inside if she tried to leave him.

Doucet Ryan also told the court that she had contacted the RCMP on nine separate occasions seeking protection from her husband, but was told by police that it was a "civil" matter and that there was nothing they could do. When she began seeking the services of a hit man, and undercover officer was deployed to pose as a contract killer and Doucet Ryan was arrested immediately after agreeing to the transaction.

In their decision, Supreme Court Justices Louis LeBel and Thomas Cromwell noted that:

"...it seems the authorities were much quicker to intervene to protect Mr. Ryan than they had been to respond to her request for help in dealing with his reign of terror over her."

And that, my dear friends, is why these guys wear the Supreme Robes. It does my heart good to see justice ultimately served in this case. 

Doucet Ryan's defense was that she had acted under duress in counselling to commit murder. Legally, duress is defined as: unlawful pressure exerted upon a person to coerce that person to perform an act that he or she ordinarily would not perform. 

Those familiar with the case against Karla Homolka may recall that a similar claim of duress was offered up in defense of her role in the kidnapping, sexual assault, and murder of Ontario teenagers Leslie Mahaffy and Kristen French. Opponents argued that while duress may be a valid explanation concerning victims who respond violently to their abusers, it was difficult to accept duress as a defense for violence perpetrated against an innocent party.


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Monday, January 14, 2013

Ashley Smith: "Wishing I were free..."




Today's post is not about a woman who committed murder, but rather about a woman who was murdered by the "justice" system.

Ashley Smith first came into contact with the system in 2003 when she was only 15 years old. She was incarcerated for series of petty crimes which included throwing crab apples at a postal carrier and pulling fire alarms. Originally sentenced to 30 days for the infarctions, Ashley ultimately served over 4 years in "treatment," and was transferred a staggering 17 times among 9 different prisons in 5 provinces due to the "unruly behaviour" she exhibited. She was involved in more than 800 "incidents," and attempted to harm herself at least 150 times.

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Kayla Bourque Paroled





Update: January 10, 2012 @ 7:00 PM

I have chosen to revise portions of this post after much careful consideration.

It is suggested in Bourque's parole order that she may attempt to access the Internet (which she is forbidden to do), and also that she is known to have an interest in violent criminals and  serial killers. If this is true, and she does access the Internet -- in violation of her conditions -- it would seem likely that she may decide to 'Google' herself.

Kayla, if there is even the most remote chance that you are reading this... 

This doesn't have to end in ruin. All eyes are on you now, you won't get away with anything. Life has so much to offer an intelligent (so I've read) and beautiful (so I've seen) girl such as yourself. 

Life is precious, and freedom is priceless. Personally, I wouldn't give mine up for anything.

Now, here's the (mostly) original post:


Former Prince George, British Columbia resident Kayla Bourque has been released on probation in Vancouver following a seven-month incarceration in connection with the brutal slaying of her family pets. The 23 year old woman was taken into custody via the Mental Health Act after she confessed to a fellow criminology student at Simon Fraser University her fondness for torturing animals and murder fantasies.

During the execution of a search warrant at her residence, police found video evidence of her torturing and killing the family dog and cat, along with a suspected "kill kit" containing a knife, razor blade, mask, hypodermic needle, and three large garbage bags. Psychologists who met with Kayla in jail describe her as a sexual sadist and narcissist with an anti-social personality disorder and sociopathic tendencies with a high risk of re-offending.