ITALY POLICE: U.S. student ‘stabbed 25 times in his sleep by roommate’ while on drugs – five years to the day since Amanda Knox scandal

Pictured; Suspect Alexander Schepis Reid is arrested then taken into custody after stabbing his college roommate as the victim was sleeping. 

Updated: 11/03/12 at 10:45 a.m. ET: ROME, ITALY —

A 19-year-old American was in critical condition Friday after he was allegedly stabbed while he slept by a fellow student following a night of partying in the Italian capital, officials told NBC News.

The victim, New Jersey-born Fabio Malpeso underwent surgery for stab wounds to his lungs and other parts of his body. Police said Friday that Malpeso was in critical but stable condition in intensive care at a hospital in Rome. 

Authorities said the motive for the attack, which happened in an apartment that overlooks Rome’s famous Colosseum early Thursday morning, was unclear. However, detectives suspect “drug- and alcohol-related delirium” might be a factor.

The alleged assailant, who was taken to a police station and then a prison in central Rome, was named in a police document as Alexander Schepis Reid, 20. The suspect and victim are both students at John Cabot University, an American college in Rome.

Police said Reid, a resident of Reggio Calabria in southern Italy, appeared to have joint U.S. and Italian citizenship, but they were working to establish his nationalities.

Lawyer: Suspect a ‘model student’
Reid’s lawyer, Vincenzo Comi, said his client was “distraught and exhausted,” after visiting the young man in jail Friday.

“He is clearly under shock, and nothing in his past could have prepared him for this. He has never had any problems with the law and has always been a model student with top grades,” Comi said, adding he did not want to say what Reid had told him at this stage.

Comi said Reid’s mother was American and his father Italian, and as far as he was aware Reid had dual citizenship.

A third man, an Italian aged in his 30s named Andrea Rinaldi, suffered injuries to his arms and hands trying to defend Malpeso, and was also in the hospital, police said.

Paolo Guiso, a judiciary police inspector who is leading the investigation, told NBC News Friday that Reid, Malpeso, Malpeso’s sister Federica and her boyfriend, Rinaldi, had returned to the apartment after partying in a nightclub Wednesday night and early Thursday.

The building where Reid is alleged to have stabbed Malpeso is not far from the Coliseum in central Rome.

Malpeso had drunk alcohol, while Reid, Federica and Rinaldi had consumed “alcohol, hashish and ecstasy,” Guiso said, explaining that all four had been tested for drugs and alcohol.

“Federica, Rinaldi and Fabio went to bed at 6 a.m. [Thursday]. Reid stayed in the living room. At a certain point, he went to the kitchen, fetched a knife and went into Fabio’s room, where he started to stab the sleeping youth,” Guiso alleged. 

“Hearing the screaming and commotion, Rinaldi and the victim’s sister ran in to see what was happening. They stepped in to defend Fabio, which resulted in Rinaldi suffering cuts to his hands and arms,” he said.

“The motive of the attack is still not clear. At present we … believe that the violence was brought on due to a drug- and alcohol-related delirium,” Guiso added.

‘Best friends’
Guiso said early Friday that he had not been able to speak properly with Reid as he was “still half asleep and at times catatonic …  he was almost in a state of unconsciousness at times.”

“We have taken him to Regina Coeli prison in the heart of Rome. Within 48 hours from the arrest, he will have to go before the judge who will need to confirm his arrest,” he added.

Marta Canigiulia, 20, a student at John Cabot, told NBC News Friday that she was friends with Reid and Malpeso, though she had only recently met the latter.

“They were best friends … they are best friends, I hope they still are,” she added. “I loved them for the fact that they were always very cheery. They would always come up to you and say: ‘Hi Marta, what’s up?’ They were always smiling.”

Referring to Reid, Canigiulia said with tears in her eyes, “he is a good person.”

“I can’t explain why this happened. Probably it’s because of drugs,” she speculated.

Geraldine Gully, 18, another student, said she did not know Reid and Malpeso personally but “saw them all the time at school. … They seemed like very good friends. I was so shocked to hear what had happened because it was so unexpected and you wouldn’t believe it,” she said.

In a statement, John Cabot University President France Pavoncello said he was dealing “with this situation personally” with support from other staff and was in touch with the “involved parties and their families.”

He confirmed the suspect and victim were students at the university, saying they were roommates in an off-campus apartment. 

“I trust you will all join me in sending our prayers to the victim’s family for their son’s full recovery as well as to the family of the alleged attacker, who is likely shattered by this tragic event,” he added.

Thursday was the fifth anniversary of the brutal murder of British student Meredith Kercher in Perugia, Italy, that led to the arrest, trial and eventual acquittal of American student Amanda Knox.

Source: WorldNews.NBCNews.com

NYC: Fury over Facebook campaign to prove innocence of New York nanny who ‘murdered two children in bath-tub’

Update – 11/09/12 – NYC — Fury over Facebook campaign to prove innocence of New York nanny who ‘murdered two children in bath-tub’

  • Facebook page set up in support of Yoselyn Ortega has caused a massive backlash on the social networking site
  • ‘Support Innocence of Nanny Yoselyn Ortega’ believes that the nanny was not responsible for the killings of six-year-old Lucia and two-year-old Leo
  • Mother Marina Krim, found her children dead the bathtub in Upper West Side apartment on October 25th

A Facebook campaign which claims alleged killer nanny Yoselyn Ortega was not responsible for the deaths of two children in her care has provoked outrage.

The page ‘Support Innocence of Nanny Yoselyn Ortega’ – set up by an anonymous group – is pleading for any information ‘that could help bring the real killer or killers to be arrested.’

And since the page was launched on October 29th – four days after the brutal stabbings of Lucia Krim and brother Leo in their Manhattan home – it has sparked fury from people who believe that Ortega, 50,  should ‘rot in hell’, be ‘put to death’ to those who think it is plain ‘disgusting’.

The controversial Facebook page that has caused outrage online by asking people to support Manhattan Nanny Yoselyn OrtegaThe controversial Facebook page that has caused outrage online by asking people to support Manhattan Nanny Yoselyn Ortega

‘We believe she did not do this crime and she deserves to have her day in court to defend against the charges to prove her case in a not guilty verdict,’ said the administrators to Radaronline.com – who are now facing calls for them to shut down the page.

While the family nanny has admitted to harming the two children in her care on the Upper West Side, police sources have told the New York Daily News that she has not confessed to the double murder.

And users of the social networking site have responded with fury to some of the more outrageous allegations made on the page that are aimed at providing evidence for Ortega’s innocence.

‘This is absolutely disgusting,’ wrote one Facebook user.

‘I hope you burn in hell along with Yoselyn you piece of cr*p. You need a psych evaluation because it’s obvious you’re attention seeking.’

Claiming to represent the family of Yoselyn Ortega, the page has only received 16 ‘likes’ since its launch almost two weeks ago and asks readers to pray for her freedom.

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Update – 11/02/12 – NEW YORK CITY — ‘I’m paid to watch the children, not to clean’: Manhattan killer nanny tells police she was angry at family because they asked her to do housework:

The nanny accused of stabbing two young children to death at their home before slitting her own throat told police when she woke up from her coma that she was angry because the family wanted her to clean as well as look after the children.

Dominican Republic native Yoselyn Ortega was questioned by police after allegedly butchered six-year-old Lucia and two-year-old Leo while they were under her care at an Upper West Side, Manhattan, apartment last week.

Law enforcement officials told the New York Post that Mr and Mrs Krim asked their financially-strapped nanny to do simple housework as a way to earn money, thinking they were doing her a good turn. All this did was enrage her.

'Killer': Yoselyn Ortega is pictured with Lulu Krim, right, who she allegedly stabbed to death in a bathtub along with the girl's two-year-old brother Leo. Their sister, Nessie, left, was not at the apartmentSpeaking again: Nanny Yoselyn Ortega, pictured with Lulu Krim, right, and Nessie, left (who was not in the apartment during the attack)
Discovery: Marina Krim holds onto her daughter, three-year-old Nessie, after finding her two other children, two-year-old Leo and six-year-old Lulu, stabbed to death allegedly by their nannyDiscovery: Marina Krim holds onto her daughter, three-year-old Nessie, after finding her two other children, two-year-old Leo and six-year-old Lulu, stabbed to death allegedly by their nanny

‘She said something like, “I’m paid to watch the children, not clean up and do housework”,’ a law-enforcement source said of Yoselyn Ortega’s statements to police after she woke up from a medically-induced coma on Sunday.

‘There was friction between her and the family.’

In Ortega’s brief statement to police, she said her employers had arranged to give her an extra five hours a week in housekeeping work to help her make more money, law-enforcement sources told the Post.

‘They were asking her to clean and do housework and she was unhappy because it interfered with her doctor’s appointments.’

It was also revealed today that Marina and Kevin Krim were worried about Ortega’s job performance in the weeks leading up to the October 25 slaying and had told her that if she didn’t improve her job performance they might need to replace her.

A law-enforcement source told the Post: ‘She was told that if she didn’t improve her work, she would be let go.’

Last week, the mother of CNBC executive Kevin Krim said that the young family treated Ortega, as they would one of their own, ‘bending over backwards’ to help her and even buying plane tickets so she could fly to the Dominican Republic with them.

Leo Krim
LuLu Krim

Loss: Lulu and Leo, pictured, each had multiple stab wounds and were pronounced dead in hospital

Tragedy: Six-year-old Lulu, top, and her baby brother Leo, right, were found dead in the bathtub after they had been stabbed by their nanny. They are pictured with sister Nessie, 3, who was not hurtTragedy: Six-year-old Lulu, top, and her baby brother Leo, right, were found dead in the bathtub after they had been stabbed by their nanny. They are pictured with sister Nessie, 3, who was not hurt
Happier times: Marina and Kevin Krim, pictured at a 2009 event at Tavern on the Green in Central Park Happier times: Marina and Kevin Krim, pictured at a 2009 event at Tavern on the Green in Central Park

Oretega allegedly repaid this kindness by murdering her children before trying to kill herself. Marina Krim discovered her son and daughter, Leo and Lulu, in a pool of blood in a bathtub, each with multiple stab wounds.

She was due to meet Ortega and her other two children at the local swimming pool with her now only surviving child Nessie, three. But when they failed to show up, she returned to her three-bedroom, $10,000-a-month pre-war apartment at West 75th Street and found it dark, Police Commissioner Ray Kelly said.

When she went into the bedroom, she discovered her children in a pool of blood and a bleeding Ortega.

The nanny, who had slit her wrists, then plunged a kitchen knife into her own neck as the horrified mother walked into the grisly scene, police said. She stabbed herself with such force that she fractured a vertebra in her neck, police said.

Though she looked after the children for two years and was treated like part of the family, the 50-year-old did not ask about them when she woke from her coma, asking instead about her own family before falling back under sedation. Police plan on questioning her again. Charges have yet to be filed.

Ortega’s sister Miladys said she spoke to her sister in the days leading up to the massacre and she gave her no indication anything was wrong.

But the nanny’s neighbors said she appeared in troubled in the weeks leading up to the murders and she had been struggling with money issues – which is why the Krims offered her more work.

Help: Mrs Krim and Nessie are covered by a blanket as they leave the apartment block on Thursday night

Help: Mrs Krim and Nessie are covered by a blanket as they leave the apartment block on Thursday night

Support: Her husband, Kevin Krim, later joined her at the hospital after he returned from a business tripSupport: Her husband, Kevin Krim, later joined her at the hospital after he returned from a business trip
Scene: Crime scene unit officials enter the luxury apartment building where the stabbings took placeScene: Crime scene unit officials enter the luxury apartment building where the stabbings took place

Ortega remains at nearby New York-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center. Toxicology tests performed on Ortega came back negative.

Neighbor Rima Starr, 63, recalls the moment she heard Mrs Krim make the grisly discovery.: ‘I heard blood curdling screams and I went down to the lobby and there was the mother screaming, hunched over the three year old.

‘At time she was screaming things like: “I’ll never speak to her again”, repeating that over and over again, then “it’s all right, you’ll be all right, you’ll be alright” to the child.

‘Then she would get waves of the reality of what just happened and then she’d go into just plain bloodcurdling screams with her arms flailing out to the sides.’

One neighbor revealed the superintendent of the apartment block went into the apartment and questioned Ortega, demanding: ‘So you cut her throat? So you stabbed her in the neck?’

His wife then came out to assist and told horrified neighbours who had heard the screams: ‘Two babies, in the bath, nanny’ and made a cutting sign across her throat.

Mrs Friedman added: ‘At that point I knew the nanny had something to do with it’.

Neighbours dialed 911 and, although Lulu and Leo reportedly appeared to be breathing when medics arrived, they were pronounced dead on arrival at hospital.

Ortega was unresponsive but was taken to New York-Cornell Hospital in a critical but stable condition. She was in a stable condition on Friday morning and police sources say she may have also taken pills.

Scene: The murders occurred at La Rochelle, a luxury building on Manhattan's Upper West SideScene: The murders occurred at La Rochelle, a luxury prewar building on Manhattan’s Upper West Side
Paying respects: A woman leaves flowers in front of the buildingPaying respects: A woman leaves flowers in front of the building

Mrs Krim and Nessie, who had not witnessed the grisly scene, were also taken to hospital for treatment, and Mrs Krim was sedated.

A neighbour told the Wall Street Journal the woman had left the building ‘inconsolable, hysterical, frantic’.

Her husband, Kevin Krim, had been on a business trip and was met by police at the airport when he returned to New York. Officers recounted the horror to him and he was escorted to the hospital.

Mr and Mrs Krim remained at St. Luke’s hospital last night with Mrs Krim’s sister. Police said the shocked mother was unable to communicate.

On Friday, neighbour Charlotte Friedman said she believes she was the last one to see the children alive and that the nanny had looked ‘cold’ just half an hour before the murders.

She said that she was in the elevator with Ortega, who had a ‘poker face’ and appeared unemotional despite Lulu and Leo playing around.

Distress: On Friday morning, a woman and two children visit the apartment where the youngsters were killedDistress: On Friday morning, a woman and two children visit the apartment where the youngsters were killed
Sadness: A mourner places flowers outside the apartment as she breaks down in tearsSadness: A mourner places flowers outside the apartment as she breaks down in tears
Struggled: A woman cries at a memorial outside the apartment building just a block from Central ParkStruggled: A woman cries at a memorial outside the apartment building just a block from Central Park
Sympathy: A touching note left outside the apartment block on West 75th Street on Friday afternoonSympathy: A touching note left outside the apartment block on West 75th Street on Friday afternoon

‘I was playing with the children in the elevator,’ Friedman said. ‘The girl looked so delightful. I asked her if she was going on a play date or something and she said she was going home.

‘I said, “What did you do,” and she said, “Dancing.” And that was it – they were only on the second floor so they left.

‘She was smiling, happy, happy happy. The nanny just smiled – and nothing. The nanny was a colder type from most nannies that I have encountered.

‘She was poker faced. She wasn’t the warmest person. I never saw her as the warmest nanny.’

Ortega’s niece, Katherine Garcia, added that her aunt had been ‘acting kind of nervous lately’ but insisted that she had loved the children.

Friends said she had lost her apartment in the Bronx and was forced to move in her sister in Harlem. Police added that her family said she may have visited a psychologist recently.

Police said there were no immediate explanations for the murders and suicide attempt. Paul J. Browne, from the police department, told the New York Times he did not know a note had been left.

Family: Lulu is pictured with her father Kevin Krim and mother Marina Krim, who found her children stabbed in the bathtub and their nanny with a slit throat and wrists on the bathroom floor

The family had moved to New York from San Francisco within the last few years, and Mr Krim was named general manager of CNBC’s digital media division in March.

He is a Harvard graduate and has recently worked at Bloomberg and Yahoo, according to his LinkedIn profile.

The children’s grandmother on their father’s side, Karen Krim, told said that the family hired Ortega a year ago, until which time Mrs Krim had been a stay-at-home mother.

When Leo was born, they searched for a nanny. They even spent nine days with her family in the Dominican Republic, as documented on Mrs Krim’s online journal.

‘They just bent over backwards being nice to this woman,’ Karen Kim told the New York Daily News. ‘They were always doing things that were just fabulous for her. I’m just astounded, and I have no idea why something like this would happen.’

She added: ‘We’re just having a really, really hard time here. It’s the worst nightmare any parent could ever have.’

Trusted: It is believed the Krims went to Yoselyn Ortega's home, pictured, in the Dominican Republic in FebruaryTrusted: It is believed the Krims went to Yoselyn Ortega’s home, pictured, in the Dominican Republic in February

Adored: Mrs Krim often wrote about Leo's cute habits, like pretending to cook in his make-believe kitchen

Adored: Mrs Krim often wrote about Leo’s cute habits, like pretending to cook in his make-believe kitchen

Last post: Mrs Krim regularly writes a blog with pictures of the family and wrote this hours before Leo's deathLast post: Mrs Krim regularly writes a blog with pictures of the family and wrote this hours before Leo’s death

Mrs Krim, who teaches weekly art lessons to children, kept an online journal entitled ‘Life with the Krim Kids’, which she had last updated just three hours before the murders.

She had written: ‘Leo speaks in the most adorable way possible.’

The online journal paints a tender picture of her life with her husband and their beloved children, and gives an insight into the horrendous loss that has befallen the family.

She documents trips to pick apples, visits to pumpkin patches and playdates. Photographs show the children playing happily together around the home and on their first days of school.

‘One of the best parts of my day is after I drop both girls off at school and have 3 precious hours with little Lito all to myself,’ she wrote. ‘Ok, I’m near getting cheesy I adore this boy so much!!!’

Close: Scores of pictures on the online blog show the three children playing happily together at the homeClose: Scores of pictures on the online blog show the three children playing happily together at the home
Lulu Krim
Leo Krim

Adventures: The family even went to stay with the nanny’s family in the Dominican Republic

Adorable: Lulu is pictured with her younger sister Nessie, who was with her mother at the time of the killingsAdorable: Lulu is pictured with her younger sister Nessie, who was with her mother at the time of the killings

She added how he loved to play with toy cars and trucks, and would set up his own ‘kitchen’ in the living room where he would pretend to make bacon.

‘Lito, I must say, is a very clever little boy,’ she wrote. ‘He is super talkative and just has a million thoughts running through his brain and can express himself amazingly well for an almost-2 year old.  I’m thinking he could be a Mini-Kevin.’

The family lives in one of the city’s most idyllic neighborhoods, just a block from Central Park and a few more from the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts.

It is home to many affluent families, and seeing children accompanied by nannies is an everyday part of life there, making the idea of such violence even more disturbing to residents.

Mrs Friedman added that the Krims are a quiet, nice friendly’ family.

Details: New York Police Commissioner Ray Kelly recounted the sequence of events at news conference at NYPD Headquarters in New York on Friday morningDetails: New York Police Commissioner Ray Kelly recounted the sequence of events in the harrowing incident at a news conference at NYPD Headquarters in New York on Friday morning

She said: ‘They were sweet people. They had two large dogs they used to walk, they were greyhounds I think. The children were full of life.’

All morning a steady stream of passers by stopped off at the apartment block to lay flowers, some of whom were in tears.

Among the tributes was a card on some flowers which read: ‘Dear Krim Family. We weep with you at your horrible loss. There are no words that can express our sadness. We pray for you and your beautiful children.

‘Every mother and father weeps with you and your family during this dark time’.

Police officers could be seen taking bags of evidence out of the building and at one point removed what appeared to be a long piece of wood which was about 12ft long.

‘LIFE WITH THE KRIM KIDS’: DOCUMENTING A HAPPY FAMILY

Marina Krim’s online journal, Life with the Krim Kids, paints a tender picture of life with her husband and their children – and gives an insight into the horrendous loss that has befallen the family.

Consisting of mostly photographs, the blog documents trips to pick apples, visits to pumpkin patches and playdates. Images show the children playing happily together around the home, on their first days of school and at ballet recitals

‘One of the best parts of my day is after I drop both girls off at school and have 3 precious hours with little Lito all to myself,’ she wrote. ‘Ok, I’m near getting cheesy I adore this boy so much!!!’

‘Lito, I must say, is a very clever little boy. He is super talkative and just has a million thoughts running through his brain and can express himself amazingly well for an almost-2 year old.  I’m thinking he could be a Mini-Kevin.’

Hours before his death, she wrote: ‘Leo speaks in the most adorable way possible.’

Of her eldest daughter Lulu, who was also killed on Thursday, she joked: ‘Lulu is in love. His name is Joakim, he’s 1/2 British, 1/2 Swedish.  He lives in our apartment building and speaks with a British accent, is a total hipster and we love his parents. She gets totally giddy around him. Not sure Lulu knows this but Joakim has 2 other girlfriends as well…’

She later added: ‘Lulu has another boyfriend — When I picked her up from school yesterday, she told me that Martin (pronounced ‘Mar-teen’, he’s half-french, half-peruvian) is her boyfriend and her valentine.  Apparently, she kissed him twice.’

Last year, she wrote: ‘When I ask Lulu what she wants to be when she grows up, she always says she wants to be a Mama. And she is going to be a really good one.’

In February, she added photos from the family’s trip to the Dominican Republic, where they saw the family of their nanny.

‘It was wonderful,’ she wrote. ‘And we met Josie’s amazing family! The Dominican Republic is a wonderful country!!’

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Update: 10/27/12 – NEW YORK — ‘He said he has to be strong for his wife and surviving daughter’: Relatives reveal brave media executive father whose children were ‘murdered by nanny’ is ‘trying not to fall apart’

  • Father Kevin Krim learned of children’s slayings en route home from a business trip
  • Mother Marina Krim, found son, 2, and daughter, 6, dead in the bathtub on Thursday in Upper West Side apartment
  • Then witnessed nanny Yoselyn Ortega, 50, slit her own throat with kitchen knife before being rushed to hospital
  • Grandmother: ‘They bent over backwards being nice to this woman’
  • Neighbour describes how Ortega was visibly unravelling before the attack
  • Six-year-old Lulu tried to defend herself but died of stab wounds to her stomach and neck
  • Children’s father Kevin Krim, the vice president of CNBC Digital, returned from business trip to be met by police at the airport

Family: Lulu is pictured with her father Kevin Krim and mother Marina Krim, who found her children stabbed in the bathtub and their nanny with a slit throat and wrists on the bathroom floor

Lulu pictured with her father Kevin Krim and mother Marina Krim, who found her children stabbed in the bathtub and their nanny with a slit throat and wrists on the bathroom floor.

Growing memorial: The memorial for the slain Krim children grew steadily on Saturday

Pictured – Growing memorial: The memorial for the slain Krim children grew steadily on Saturday.

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Nanny ‘who stabbed to death’ couple’s two children as neighbor reveals mother’s ‘primal screams’ at finding tiny bodies

  • Mother Marina Krim, found son, 2, and daughter, 6, dead the bathtub
  • Nanny Yoselyn Ortega, 50, had slit her throat and wrists with a kitchen knife
  • Ortega now in police custody and in critical condition
  • Neighbour describes how Ortega was ‘cold’ just half an hour before deaths
  • Children’s father Kevin Krim, the vice president of CNBC Digital, returned from business trip to be met by police at the airport

Pain: She is seen screaming as she is transported in an ambulance to hospital

Pain: She is seen screaming as she is transported in an ambulance to hospital

'Killer': Yoselyn Ortega is pictured with Lulu Krim, right, who she allegedly stabbed to death in a bathtub along with the girl's two-year-old brother Leo. Their sister, Nessie, left, was not at the apartment

‘Killer’: Yoselyn Ortega is pictured with Lulu Krim, right, who she allegedly stabbed to death in a bathtub along with the girl’s two-year-old brother Leo. Their sister, Nessie, left, was not at the apartment.

Leo Krim

Loss: Lulu and Leo, pictured above and below, each had multiple stab wounds and were pronounced dead in hospital.

LuLu Krim

Discovery: Mrs Krim is pictured holding onto her other daughter Nessie after finding her two other children dead

Discovery: Mrs Krim is pictured holding onto her other daughter Nessie after finding her two other children dead.

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The Greyhound Bus Beheading

Photo’s above/below show Tim McLean, a young man brutally murdered while resting on a Greyhound bus on his way home from work

EDMONTON, CANADA — Tim McLean, Jr, born October 3, 1985 was a 22-year-old Canadian carnival worker who lived in Winnipeg, Manitoba located in Canada.  Due to his job, the young man had to travel and take the Greyhound bus to transport back home.

Those who knew Tim had nothing but great things to say about him, according to a friend,  he was a laid-back person with a great personality that could make even the saddest person smile. The type of guy who was respectful to everyone and never got into trouble.

On July 30, 2008 Tim boarded a greyhound bus and was on his way to Winnipeg after working all day at the carnival in Edmonton. He had sent his father a quick text-message asking him if he could come home for the night. His father messaged him back telling him of course he could.

That was the last contact the two would ever have.

The bus was pretty packed and loud so the young man decided to take out his headphones and listen to some music and relax, probably tired from a long day of work. After putting his head-phones on he laid his head back on the seat and closed his eyes, minding his own business and eventually nodding off.

Unfortunately, he was in the wrong place at the wrong time.

Vince Weiguang Li, 40, of Edmondton was also on the Greyhound that same night.

Vince Weiguang Li, 40, in a photo taken after the greyhound incident. He is being led by officers

Tim McLean was attacked randomly with a butcher knife

Li was initially sitting by himself but for some reason he suddenly moved from his seat and sat in the empty one next to Tim, who was still sleeping with his head leaned back. As the bus was driving on the Trans Canada Highway, about 18 miles west of Portage la Prairie, Manitoba.

Tim minding his business, still resting when all of a sudden, with no rhyme or reason, Li took out a butcher’s knife (shown above) an within seconds, he stabbed him in his throat. Garnet Caton, a witness on the bus that night, said he heard a “blood curling scream” and turned around to see Li repeatedly stabbing Tim.

Passengers on the bus were shocked, screaming in horror as Li, 40, continued to stab the young man who at this point awoke to his violent death. Li continued to stab him between 40 to 60 times. The passengers were scrambling to get out of the bus which was stopped on the TC-Highway. It all happened within moments and amid all the chaos, some of the bus-goers still didn’t understand what was going on, but it soon sank in and the horror-stricken passengers by this point, were outside of the bus.  Some kept running, others puked, all were shocked at the brutality of the crime.

The bus driver, a passenger and a driver of a truck who had pulled over moments earlier, trapped Li inside the bus until the police came.

During this time, Li had already decapitated Tim. He then slowly walked up to the front of the bus, holding up the young man’s head in an attempt to show everyone outside the bus what he had done. He then waved the head at the shocked audience. At this point he was already in the front of the bus and stared coldly at the three men blocking the doorway, even slashing the butcher knife at them, but thankfully missing. But that didn’t stop the brave men from keeping him locked in the bus.

Police arrived after what felt like hours. A stand-off ensued for several hours but eventually, officer’s were able to contain and put the handcuffs on him.

Officers and their vehicles surround the Greyhound bus during the stand-off

Authorities at the crime scene after the horrific murder

Tim McLean and Vince Li did not know each other. The random attack appeared to be unprovoked. Police later found the ears belonging to the victim in the pockets of Li who is also believed to have consumed parts of his victim.

The Greyhound bus had made its last stop in Brandon, Manitoba on a long journey that originated in Edmonton, Alberta and headed for Winnipeg. The attack occurred approximately 12 miles west of Portage La Prairie, on a desolate plains stretch of the Trans Canada Highway. Men, women and children who witnessed the attack were in shock, crying, some becoming physically ill as they waited by the roadside for several hours while police tried to get Li to exit the bus. He was finally apprehended at 1:28 am after Li tried to break out of a bus window.

Canada.com:
“He didn’t do anything to provoke the guy. The guy just took a knife out and stabbed him, started stabbing him like crazy and cut his head off,” said Garnet Caton, 26, a passenger on the Edmonton to Winnipeg bus on the night of 07/30/08

BBC:
“He calmly walks up to the front [of the bus] with the head in his hand and the knife and just calmly stares at us and drops the head right in front of us,” Mr Caton said.
“There was no rage in him… It was just like he was a robot or something,” he added.

The attack appeared to be unprovoked and it is thought the killer did not know his victim.

The passengers, many of whom were badly shaken by what they witnessed, were taken to a hotel in Brandon, Manitoba, and were given crisis counselling.

Canton also indicated that right before the attack, Li had just changed seats to sit next to his victim. Tim McLean, who had boarded the bus in Edmonton, was a summer carnival worker for the past three years at Vancouver’s Pacific National Exhibition.

On Friday, a bruised and bandaged Li appeared in court in Portage La Prairie, where he was charged with second degree murder. Li said few words and nodded his head when Judge Rocky Pollack asked him if he was exercising his right not to speak. Pollack ordered a psychological evaluation of Li pending Li having the opportunity to speak to an attorney. Li worked for a MacDonald’s in Edmonton as well as delivering newspapers for a distribution firm. His delivery employer, Vincent Augert said,

“I believe he was having some marital problems.” When he met with Li to hire him back as a newspaper distributor, he said, “you could almost read between the lines” from the way Li was talking “that there was something not right there.”

Just as the bus was leaving Brandon, McLean sent a text message to his father, asking if he could come home for a night, Tim McLean, Sr., told CBS news. That was his last communication with his son.

Friends of McLean bonded together to grieve for a man described as a “sweet man,” a “ladies man,” a “bright and bubbly guy who was always out for fun.” One friend, who traveled with him had nicknamed McLean “Tiny Tim.”

I can’t imagine the terror that these passengers went through, having to witness this horrific event. Please leave a condolence message for the family of Tim McLean, here, whose bright life ended so tragically.

44 Days Of Hell – The Murder Of Junko Furuta

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Pictured Left; School photo of Junko Furuta November 22nd, 1972 – January 4th, 1989

44-days-of-hell November 25th, 1988 – January 4th, 1989

TOKYO, JAPAN → Born November 22nd, 1972, Junko Furuta had just celebrated her 17th birthday three days prior. The  Japanese teenager and Junior (grade 11) attended Yashio-Minami High School in Saitama Prefecture in Misato.

On November 25th, 1988, Junko left School and was walking home (although some reports say she was walking to her part-time after school job.) She never made it home.

She was kidnapped by a group of young men, including a 17-year-old who was identified as ‘Jō’ and would be later given the surname Kamisaku. They kept her captive in the house owned by the parents of Kamisaku, in the Ayase district of Adachi, Tokyo.

That was the beginning of her 44 days of torture. She didn’t know her abductors, they had no grudge against her and there was nothing specific that they were after. They attacked her because they could, embarking on weeks of atrocities because they could, and because they wanted to.

To forestall a manhunt, the kidnappers coerced Furuta into calling her mother and telling her that she had run away from home, but was with “a friend” and was not in danger. He also browbeat her into posing as one of the boys’ girlfriends when the parents of the house where she was held were around, but when it became clear that the parents didn’t care either way, he dropped this pretext.

Pictured; Far left: Junko,  three of the unidentified abductors and the home in which Junko was taken to and raped and tortured for 44-days. The same home she will eventually die alone in.

DAY 1: November 22, 1988: Kidnapped
Kept captive in house, and posed as one of boy’s girlfriend
Raped (over 400 times in total)
Forced to call her parents and tell them she had run away
Starved and malnutrition
Fed cockroaches to eat and urine to drink
Forced to masturbate
Forced to strip in front of others
Burned with cigarette lighters and set off fireworks in her ears, mouth, vagina
Foreign objects inserted into her vagina/anus including a still lit light-bulb
DAY 11: December 1, 1988: Severely beat up countless times
Face held against concrete ground and jumped on
Hands tied to ceiling and body used as a punching bag  until her damaged internal organs made blood run from her mouth
Nose filled with so much blood that she can only breath through her mouth
Dumbbells dropped onto her stomach
Vomited when tried to drink water (her stomach couldn’t accept it)
Tried to escape and punished by cigarette burning on arms
Flammable liquid poured on her feet and legs, then lit on fire
Bottle inserted into her anus, causing injury
DAY 20: December10, 1988: Unable to walk properly due to severe leg burns
Beat with bamboo sticks
Fireworks inserted into anus and lit
Hands smashed by weights and fingernails kracked
Beaten with golf club
Cigarettes inserted into vagina and forced to drink her own urine as they laughed
Beaten with iron rods repeatedly
Winter; forced outside to sleep in balcony
Skewers of grilled chicken inserted into her vagina and anus, causing bleeding.

And yet she’d almost escaped. One time she reached the telephone—but one of the boys caught her just in time and ended the call for help. They punished her by taunting her with a candle flame and finally dousing her legs in lighter fluid and set her on fire, as punishment for trying to run away. She went into convulsions; the boys would later say that they thought she was faking the seizure. They set her on fire again, then put it out. She survived this round.

DAY 30: Hot wax dripped onto face
Eyelids burned by cigarette lighter
Stabbed with sewing needles in chest area
Left nipple cut and destroyed with pliers
Hot light bulb inserted into her vagina
Heavy bleeding from vagina due to scissors insertion
Unable to urinate properly
Injuries were so severe that it took over an hour for her to crawl downstairs and use the bathroom
Eardrums severely damaged
Extreme reduced brain size
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DAY 40: Begged her tortures to “kill her and get it over with”
January 1, 1989: Junko greets the New Years Day alone
Body mutilated
Unable to move from the ground
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DAY 44: January 4, 1989: The four boys beat her mutilated body with an iron barbell, using a loss at the game of Mah-jongg as a pretext. She is profusely bleeding from her mouth and nose. They put a candle’s flame to her face and eyes.
Then, lighter fluid was poured onto her legs, arms, face and stomach, and then lit on fire. This final torture lasted for a time of two hours. Junko Furuta died later that day, in pain and alone. Nothing could compare 44 days of suffering she had to go through.
Less than 24-hours later, on January 5th, 1988, the killers hid Junko’s body in a 55-gallon drum, then filled it with concrete; they disposed the drum in a tract of reclaimed land in Kōtō,Tokyo.
When her mother heard the news and details of what happened to her daughter, she passed-out. She had to undergo a psychiatric outpatient treatment.
According to their statements at their trial, the four of them raped her, beat her, introduced foreign objects including an iron rod into her vagina, made her drink her own urine and was fed cockroaches, inserted fireworks into her anus, and set them off, forced Furuta to masturbate, cut her nipple with pliers, dropped dumbbells onto her stomach, and burned her with cigarettes and lighters. (One of the burnings was punishment for attempting to call the police.)At one point her injuries were so severe that according to one of the boys it took more than an hour for her to crawl downstairs to use the bathroom. They also related that “possibly a hundred different people” knew that Furuta had been imprisoned there, but it is not clear if this means they visited the house at different times while she was imprisoned there, or themselves either raped or abused her.When the boys refused to let her leave, she begged them on several occasions to “kill (her) and get it over with“.
 Three of the boys identities were sealed by the court because of their age, even though they were tried as adults. They pled guilty to a reduced charge of “committing bodily injury that resulted in death”, instead of the original charge of murder. Jo Kamisaku was released in August 1999, and nearly 5 years later he was arrested and served 7 years for assualting a jealous love-rival and according to others who know him and spent time in prison with him, he had been bragging about what he had done to Furuta.

By 2004, Kamisaku, who was already released from prison for Junko’s horrific murder,  had allegedly renewed his contacts with the underworld, and was in trouble with the law again.

He was arrested for assaulting a 27-year-old acquaintance, Takatoshi Isono. Upset that a woman in his life might be involved with Isono, Kamisaku tracked the man down, beat him, shoved him in his trunk, drove him from Adachi to his mother’s bar in Misato, Furuta’s hometown, and continued to beat him. During the four-hour beating, Kamisaku allegedly threatened to kill the man, telling him that he’d killed before and knew how to get away with it.

During his trial Kamisaku admitted to the assault, but he denied that he’d referred to any previous murder or had threatened Isono.

Prosecutors wanted Kamisaku to spend another 7 years in prison. They got a conviction and the sentence they wanted.

Kamisaku has since been released again.

You can visit a memorial site dedicated to Junko Furuta by clicking the link provided: http://junko-furuta.gonetoosoon.org/
Information was gathered from various sites and I rechecked information to make sure story was as accurate as possible. Some of the photo’s are taken from a movie ”Concrete” which is about Junko Furuta’s 44-days of hell. Character playing the role of Junko is shown in the movie-still above.