Bus beheading cannibal in court

By | August 1, 2008

A man suspected of beheading a fellow passenger on a Greyhound bus in Canada has appeared in court in Manitoba charged with the killing.

Vince Weiguang Li, 40, is accused of second-degree murder. The motive for the attack is not known. Mr Li said nothing in court but nodded when asked if he was exercising his right to remain silent. Police have not yet formally identified the victim but friends have named him as 22-year old Tim McLean. Mr Li, of Edmonton, Alberta, remained silent throughout the hearing in Portage la Prairie. Police have offered no motive for the attack and prosecutors have requested a psychiatric assessment. Mr Li will appear in court again on Tuesday after having an opportunity to speak to a lawyer. – bbc

Apparently, this behavior was not something Li regularly engaged in.

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police said Li, who worked as a newspaper carrier in Edmonton, has no known criminal record. Li’s employer, Vincent Augert, told the Edmonton Journal that Li had delivered papers until Monday. He said that Li told him recently that he had a job interview in Winnipeg. Augert said Li’s immediate supervisor described him as a “nice guy.”

“There was no rage or anything. He was just like a robot stabbing the guy,” Caton said. …. The attacker turned toward them and the three men quickly left the bus, blocking the door as the attacker slashed at them through an opening. Caton said the driver disabled the vehicle after the attacker tried to drive it away. As the three guarded the door with a crow bar and a hammer, the attacker went back to the body and calmly came to the front of the bus to show off the head, Caton said.

Li Killed and ate his victim.

…The passengers said the alleged killer started stabbing his 20-year victim without any provocation. The young victim, who was listening to music on headphones, was reportedly stabbed 40 to 50 times as other passengers scrambled to get out of the bus. A passenger, who was sitting in front of the victim, told Canadian TV that once he realized what was going on he screamed: “Stop the bus, somebody’s getting stabbed, everyone get the hell off.” He said as soon as the driver stopped the bus, the passengers fled the bus, except the killer who kept stabbing his victim calmly. A little later, he said, he and a few other passengers came back to help the victim. “We returned to the back of the bus to find that the person who was stabbing the person in the neck had now sawed off the head of the victim.” … Police negotiated with the killer – who reportedly cut the victim’s body into many pieces and cannibalized it – to surrender. He was overpowered six hours later when he jumped out of the vehicle ad tried to escape in the dead of the night. – newindpress

Video from an eyewitness on the bus here.

Updates: Bus beheading suspect pleads ‘Please kill me’

… When asked again by the judge after the recess if he wanted a lawyer, Li shook his head and then quietly said “please kill me,” The Canadian Press reported. … A church pastor, Tom Castor, who helped hire Li soon after he immigrated in 2004 with his wife, Anna, said the man never showed any sign of anger or emotional problems when he worked there as a custodian. – ap

Too freaky. It’s like a mind control psychological operation to get the death penalty in Canada. I hope they do a psych eval on him soon. What does his wife, Anna Li, have to say about him?

Greyhound has scrapped an ad campaign that extolled the peaceful, worry-free upside of bus travel following the beheading of a passenger near Winnipeg. The punch line of the ad was “There’s a reason you’ve never heard of ‘bus rage.”‘ Greyhound spokeswoman Abby Wambaugh says the company feels the ad, launched last year, could be offensive and that it is no longer appropriate. – cpress

2 thoughts on “Bus beheading cannibal in court

  1. Ann

    Really gruesome, Xeno. It would interesting to read the killer’s personal history and psychiatric profile.

  2. Ann Diamond

    There are a number of details in the story suggesting Li may have been a mind-controlled, programmed assassin:

    His zombie-like behaviour after the killing, and the fact that he doesn’t recall his actions — suggest he was programmed and/or in a hypnotic trance at the time.

    Hearing the voice of God: he may in fact have been hearing the voice of a handler communicating with him in a number of different ways, including an actual “voice to brain” electronic transmitter.

    An early report mentioned that in June, Li had disappeared from his job, delivering newspapers for CanWest, for an entire month.

    By a strange coincidence, Li’s CanWest supervisor’s brother in law just happened to be riding the Greyhound bus on which McLean was murdered.

    Li had left Edmonton on a Greyhound two days before, disembarked at the Manitoba border, and waited 24 hours for the bus on which Tim McLean was a passenger. Was Li waiting for his handler to arrive in the company of the designated victim? Was this scenario pre-arranged?

    Was Tim McLean, who was a carnival worker in Edmonton, chosen to be a sacrificial victim in a ritual killing with racist undercurrents. Tim McLean was a 22-year-old Metis man whose nickname for himself was “Jokawild.” He had posted a photo of himself on MySpace, made up like Heath Ledger’s Joker character in the film DARK KNIGHT.


    Ten days before Tim McLean was murdered, on July 20, an article appeared in the Edmonton Sun about a noted ethnologist who had written a book on the Windingo: a mythical, humanoid creature with an insatiable appetite for human flesh.

    “Windigo Psychosis” involves a fear of being possessed by the spirit of this creature, and going on a cannibalistic killing spree.

    It’s not impossible that the newspaper article in the Sun was part of whatever triggered Li to commit this bizarre crime in front of a busload of horrified passengers.

    It’s also not impossible that Tim McLean’s MySpace page played a part in his being selected as the victim in a crime that involved decapitation, which is what the Joker does in DARK KNIGHT.

    Was this a Satanic ritual killing, designed to traumatize not only the victim, his family and friends, and witnesses on the scene — but Canadian society as a whole, and perhaps most particularly aboriginal CanadiansÉ

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