Former Quebec doctor in custody on murder warrant in fatal stabbing of his kids
Guy Turcotte holds his daughter Anne-Sophie in an undated handout photo. Turcotte, a former Quebec cardiologist
who stabbed his two children to death after his marriage ended, has been found not criminally responsible. THE CANADIAN PRESS/LA
A former Quebec doctor ordered to face a new trial in
the fatal stabbings of his children is in custody again.
Police in Quebec say Guy Turcotte surrendered Wednesday just
hours after Quebec’s top court ordered a new trial in the case.
The Crown said it intended to charge Turcotte,
once again, with two counts of first-degree murder.
Police said Turcotte was to be arraigned on Thursday.
is the former cardiologist who was charged after his children were repeatedly stabbed one night in February 2009.
was found not criminally responsible at his 2011 murder trial, when a jury accepted his argument he could not recall the events
and had experienced blackouts.
The case made Turcotte a household name in Quebec and the verdict provoked a torrent
His case was one of several infamous court decisions that helped spur new federal legislation aimed at making
it harder for those found not criminally responsible to gain their freedom.
Turcotte’s first trial heard that
his young son and daughter were stabbed 46 times.
He was freed after 46 months of detention in a prison and, eventually,
a mental institution.
“An arrest warrant was issued today for Guy Turcotte so that he would appear before the
courts to answer two charges of premeditated murder,” Crown spokesman Jean-Pascal Boucher told reporters.
said only a Superior Court judge would be authorized to grant any request by Turcotte to be released pending his new trial.
did not know when the case will be heard, but he insisted prosecutors would work to hold the trial as soon as possible.
Crown welcomed the decision earlier in the day by Quebec’s Court of Appeal with “satisfaction,” Boucher
The court ruled that legal errors were committed in Turcotte’s original trial — including by the Superior
Court justice who presided over it.
In the 2011 trial, the jury heard Turcotte drank washer fluid later in the evening
of the killings in what he said was an attempt to end his own life. The Crown said a not-criminally-responsible verdict should
be reserved only for cases of mental illness, not ones where a suicide attempt might have triggered an after-the-fact blackout.
appeals court verdict sided with such critics.
“The burden of proof was on the accused to show that he was suffering
from an incapacitating mental illness — distinct from the intoxication symptoms — and it was the jury’s
job to decide,” said Wednesday’s ruling.
“But the judge did not remind jurors of that distinction.”
appeals court conceded that the judge had a difficult role, and wasn’t helped by the fact that the Crown argued its
points in a way that was “sometimes confused.”
That being said, according to the appeals court, “his
instructions (to the jury) were deficient, which necessarily had a major impact on the verdict.”
The defence argued
during the appeal process that the Crown had plenty of time to raise objections before the jury went into deliberations.
Pierre Poupart told the court in September that both sides agreed to the parameters of the trial and the Crown knew what was
at stake when the not-criminally-responsible defence was introduced.
Poupart argued that the jury came to a reasonable
verdict and he stressed it was important for the appeals court to avoid being used as an unofficial 13th juror.
mother of the two children, Turcotte’s ex-wife, told the French-language CBC TV network that she welcomed the appeals
court decision to order a new trial as a “necessary evil.”
Isabelle Gaston, who has become an outspoken
advocate for justice reform, had been bracing herself for the possibility of living through another trial, proceedings that
would once again hear the gory details of the killings.
Gaston, who gave the interview before the Crown announced it
had issued an arrest warrant for Turcotte, said Wednesday’s court decision took her by surprise, at a time when she
had finally found inner peace for the first time since the deaths of her young children.
Turcotte’s case has already
prompted reaction from Ottawa.
Earlier this year, the federal government tabled the Not Criminally Responsible Act.
The bill, C-54, would give the court fresh powers to create a new high-risk category that would hold mentally ill offenders
longer, without a formal review, and make it far more difficult for them to leave psychiatric facilities.
It would also
keep victims’ families informed about the status of such individuals and alert them when they are released.
case was one of several highly publicized ones cited by the Conservative government as it introduced the changes. Others included
that of Allan Schoenborn, a B.C. man who killed his three children, and Vince Li, who beheaded a man on a bus in Manitoba.
Online dating fraudster pleads
Sanmugam, 51, will be deported to his native India at the conclusion of his sentence for fraud.
Toronto man who targeted women and bilked families of hundreds of thousands of dollars has pleaded guilty to three counts
Arvind Sanmugam, 51, will face more than two years in jail and will be deported to his native India at the
conclusion of his sentence.
The Crown is asking that he repay more than $1.1 million scammed from three parties, including
a woman to whom he was engaged while having a common-law wife.
“He used our intimate relationship to exploit me
and my family,” Dr. Tuhina Biswas wrote in her victim impact statement.
Biswas, 30, was engaged to Sanmugam and
lost more than $300,000. They met on the online dating site eHarmony.
Sanmugam convinced Biswas he was a certified accountant
and could guarantee her a monthly return of $8,000 on a $100,000 investment, which would help pay her disabled brother’s
$5,000 monthly medical bills.
“I have been traumatized, my sense of financial security gone, my belief in the
fundamental goodness of humanity . . . shattered,” wrote Biswas.
Sanmugam’s tactic was to present his victims
with official-looking papers that bore the seal of an investment company called “Bunting & Waddington,” a
fictitious body he claimed was named after his favourite professors.
The offer was bogus and the credentials behind
it nonexistent, court was told.
“There does not appear to be any method or system for the trading and it does
not appear to follow any portfolio strategy,” wrote Douglas Fox, an expert witness.
Sanmugam used the same ploy
on at least two other parties: Linda Zink, a 74-year-old Vancouver widow who lost more than $660,000, and Barbara and William
Blizzard, a Barrie couple in their 80s who lost their home, court was told.
Zink’s husband handled all their
finances when he was alive. After his death, Zink met Sanmugam while dropping off her grandchildren at a Toronto school during
In under a year, Sanmugam fleeced Zink of all her savings, court was told.
Sanmugam’s lawyer sought
two years less a day in jail. The Crown requested a three-year prison term.
Justice Todd Ducharme rejected the defence
request and has scheduled a sentencing hearing. He emphasized that he doesn’t have to accept the Crown’s recommendation
and can impose a longer sentence.
“I think the amounts are significant. I think the impacts are devastating. I
think this is the epitome of a greed-based crime,” Ducharme said. “If there has ever been a crime of naked avarice,
this is the crime.”
Nurse at Toronto Western Hospital charged with second count of
Published On Thu May 31 2012
Angelino Aguas, of Brampton, was charged Thursday with sexual assault.
A nurse at Toronto Western Hospital has
been charged with a second count of sexual assault.
Angelino Aguas, 44, of Brampton was charged Thursday after a woman
came forward alleging he sexually assaulted her while examining her at the hospital. The two didn’t know each other.
have released his photo in the expectation that more victims may come forward.
Aguas was originally charged May 25 after
a woman complained she had been assaulted under similar circumstances at the hospital. He will appear in court at Old City
Hall on Friday at 10 a.m.
Psychiatrist: Turcotte ready for release
Guy Turcotte holds his daughter Anne-Sophie in an undated handout photo. (THE CANADIAN
PRESS/Montreal La Presse/HO)
MONTREAL — A psychiatrist says a man who
fatally stabbed his children dozens of times in 2009 is fit to be released from a mental hospital.
said Thursday that Guy Turcotte has changed considerably and is not the same man as before.
Turcotte was found not criminally
responsible in the deaths of his five-year-old son Olivier and his three-year-old daughter Anne-Sophie.
causing the deaths in February 2009 but denied intent.
Turcotte said he was distraught over the breakup of his marriage
and didn't remember commiting the act.
Morissette was testifying at hearings on whether to release Turcotte from a psychiatric
hospital or keep him there for another year.
Morissette said there is no medical reason to keep Turcotte in the Pinel
But Turcotte's ex-wife, Isabelle Gaston, took issue with that view, saying she can't believe how specialists
can reach the conclusion he no longer represents a danger to society.
"Nobody's going to come and tell me that
guy isn't dangerous," Gaston said outside the institute, where the hearing was being held.
Gaston said Turcotte
is merely adapting to his current situation so he can be freed.
"I am tired of not having anyone see that he's....like
a chameleon. I can't take it any longer."
The hearing continues Friday.
Man charged for
alleged Parkdale break-in & sex assault
03/05/2012 | CityNews.ca staff
Sexual assault suspect Zsolt Suhaj. TORONTO POLICE
Police have charged a man for
allegedly breaking into a woman’s Parkdale home and sexually assaulting her over the weekend.
attack happened around 5 a.m. Saturday in the Queen and Lansdowne area. Authorities allege the man was spotted peering in
the windows of six homes.
The suspect, Zsolt Suhaj, 20, of Toronto, was arrested on Sunday and he's charged with
five counts of prowl by night, break and enter and sexual assault.
He was expected to appear in a Toronto court
on Tuesday morning.
Police believe there may be more alleged victims. Anyone with information is
asked to call Toronto Police at (416) 808-7474 or Crime Stoppers at (416) 222-TIPS.
Toronto caregiver charged in sex assault of elderly woman
12/21/2011 | CityNews.ca
James Stewart Brown, 57. CITYNEWS.
An employee of a Toronto long-term care facility has been charged
in the alleged sex assault of an elderly woman with Alzheimer's disease, Toronto police say.
James Stewart Brown,
57, was arrested Tuesday evening and charged with sexual assault. He is a personal support worker at Kensington Gardens long-term
care centre at 45 Brunswick Ave.
It’s alleged that Brown sexually assaulted the 88-year-old woman in her
bathroom at the facility. A nurse walked in and caught the alleged assault and called management officials who say they immediately
Brown has worked at the facility for the past seven years, helping to bathe and dress residents.
Police believe there may be other victims.
Brown is scheduled to appear in court on Friday.
Ministry of Health has been contacted and will launch an investigation
One man visiting a relative at Kensington
Gardens said he was shocked and told CityNews, "I hope it's a very rare type of incident."
was sent to hospital for a checkup and has since returned to the facility, management said.Anyone with information
is asked to contact police at 416-808-1400, Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-TIPS (8477), online at www.222tips.com,
text TOR and your message to CRIMES (274637), or Leave A Tip on Facebook.
Ontario doctor faces another sexual assault charge
Dr. Amitabh Chauhan speaks to the media in Toronto on Wednesday, Feb. 23, 2011.
Date: Tuesday Jun.
14, 2011 2:52 PM ET
An Ontario doctor accused of sexual assaulting a woman earlier this year faces
more charges after another woman alleged he drugged and assaulted her eight years ago.
Toronto police announced fresh
charges on Tuesday against Dr. Amitabh Chauhan, 33, of Ancaster.
It is alleged that in September or October of 2003
the suspect met a 21-year-old victim in Kingston and put an unknown substance in her drink. He is accused of then sexually
Chauhan has been charged with administering a drug for sex and sexual assault. He is scheduled to appear
in court at Old City Hall on Tuesday.
Chauhan was previously accused alongside another doctor of gang sexual assault,
as well as administering a noxious substance.
The charges were laid after a 23-year-old woman told police she met two
men at a Toronto bar on Feb. 13. She says something was slipped in her drink and she was then sexually assaulted in a Toronto
Chauhan and Dr. Suganthan Kayilasanathan were released on bail in February and hired a public relations firm
to help declare their innocence.
The pair has been friends since childhood. Kayilasanathan works as a family physician
at a clinic on Markham Road, while Chauhan works in the plastic surgery department at Hamilton's McMaster University.
a naval reservist with the Canadian Forces, graduated from Kingston's Royal Military College in 2002. In 2004 he began training
to become a pilot but left the program the following year, according to the Department of National Defence.
joined the naval reserve in 2008 and holds the rank of acting sub-lieutenant.
Police believe there are other victims
and ask anyone with information to contact police at 416-808-7474 or Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-TIPS (8477).
Alleged scam artist facing 38 fraud charges
Published On Sat Apr 23 2011
Kelly Marges, 44, of Toronto, faces 38 fraud charges after police say he scammed a 90-year-old
man out of $66,450. Police believe there may be other victims.SUBMITTED IMAGE
A Toronto man faces 38 fraud charges after he allegedly swindled a 90-year-old man out
of nearly $70,000.
The accused, posing as a roofing repair man, met the elderly victim sometime in 2009, when the older
man hired him to fix his eaves trough, according to Toronto police.
Once the repairs were complete, police say the accused
befriended the victim and worked to gain his trust, visiting him often and bringing him gifts.
The alleged scam artist
told the victim he was a successful contractor involved in a large, potentially lucrative project. He began asking the victim
for small loans, guaranteeing handsome returns.
But he never repaid the money, according to police, who say that between
December 2009 and March 2011, the accused tricked the victim out of his life savings worth $66,450.
The accused is known
to operate in the Victoria Park Ave. and Kingston Rd. area, police say.
Police arrested Kelly Marges, 44, on Saturday,
charging him with one count of fraud over $5,000 and 37 counts of fraud under $5,000. He is set to appear in Old City Hall
court Saturday morning.
There may be other victims, say police, who are asking anyone with information to contact Det.
Joe Digiovanni or Det. Const. Conrad Wong of 41 division at 416-808-4104.
Police lay charges after alleged nursing home sex assault
2011/04/04 | Ashleigh Smollet, CityNews.ca
Leonid Kozlov. Courtesy TORONTO POLICE.
Toronto police have charged a suspect after an elderly resident was allegedly sexually assaulted by
an employee of her west end nursing home.
Police say on Monday April 4 at around 3 a.m., a 70-year-old resident
of the Castleview Nursing Home at 351 Christie St. was sexually assaulted by a male employee.
“We put them
in here to be looked after, not abused. Our trust is in there guy’s hands, so to hear something like that is very disturbing,”
said Marcello Cucullo, whose parent is a resident at the Castleview Nursing home.
Police have arrested and charged
Leonid Kozlov, 45, of Toronto with sexual assault.
Kozlov has been employed as a Registered Practical Nurse at
Castleview for the past five years.
He appeared in court Monday and is being held for 72 hours while police continue
their investigation. Kozlov will appear in court again Wednesday for a bail hearing.
“It is something very
disturbing, especially when we’re dealing with someone who is very vulnerable and someone who is in a position of authority,
a person who is supposed to be there to help and assist is something that’s very disturbing. That’s why we’re
asking for any other information that may be able to assist us in further investigations,” said Toronto police Cst.
Police are concerned there may be other victims. Anyone with information is asked to contact police
at (416) 808-1304 or Crime Stoppers at (416) 222-TIPS.
Mallick: North America's first serial killer ended 'career' in Toronto
Published On Fri Oct 8 2010
H.H. Holmes may have killed as many as 200 people.supplied
Serial killing in North America had to start somewhere and here,
six feet under a bit of grass in St. James Cemetery in downtown Toronto, is where the first serial killer’s final victims
were laid to rest.
H.H. Holmes, a Chicago doctor, killed the two girls buried here —Alice and Nellie Pitezel —
in 1894 in a pretty house at 16 St. Vincent St. that used to stand near Bay and Breadalbane Sts. He raped them, put them in
a small sealed trunk, gassed them, cut up their bodies and buried them in a cellar hole.
They were found months later
by a meticulous and determined American cop named Frank Geyer who joined an insurance case and then realized he was after
a murderer. If Geyer hadn’t succeeded, we might never have known how the murderous psychopaths of European history were
outdone by a man who was extreme even beside the 15th century child killer Gilles de Rais and Jack the Ripper. The Holmes
case was internationally famous, the O.J. Simpson case of its time and then some.
Henry Holmes sprang from nothing,
came out of nowhere. It wasn’t until he was on trial that a Chicago journalist came up with the term “multimurderer”
which would stand for a century until we got serious about studying how killers like Holmes are made.
Few people in
Toronto, and even Chicago, have heard of Holmes. But I hadn’t either, having read a book on Holmes a decade ago and
thrown it away, unwilling to believe such a man had existed and simply vanished from memory.
Our high school history
doesn’t venture back too far. Say “serial killer” and you think Ted Bundy (smooth and plausible), or Clifford
Olson (preferred children), or Robert Pickton (preyed on drug addicts). Because journalists fail to put news stories in context,
we think each psychopath comes freshly assembled. But they’re more alike than different, as smart researchers like Elliott
Leyton and John Douglas have shown. We fail to grasp that they have no empathy, no remorse, nothing normal in them because
our own normality blocks such an understanding.
In fact there is a chain of serial killers throughout history. They’re
not singular, but rather a track or a timeline. They learn each other’s patterns through news reports and dream up things
on their own. Holmes did such appalling things that it’s astonishing that we’ve had 115 years to shudder over
him and haven’t bothered.
Holmes was born Herman Mudgett in New Hampshire. As a small boy, he was beaten by his
father, saw a friend fall to his death from an abandoned barn they were exploring, and was bullied by neighbourhood boys who
brought him face to face with his greatest fear, a skeleton hanging in the village doctor’s office. He dissected small
animals while they were still alive, and went to the University of Michigan’s medical school where he spent a lot of
time dissecting corpses.
It’s a standard checklist for the modern serial killer, but imagine how few constraints
there were on psychopaths of the Holmes era: no fingerprints, DNA, refrigeration, quick photography, blood typing or central
record-keeping. People were identified by their head widths and foot lengths. Autopsies were little more than a haphazard
dicing. It was open season for a man with fresh ideas.
Holmes’ stroke of luck was to go to Chicago during the
Gilded Age, when people streamed to the city to make their fortune, and when the invention of the phone, the lightbulb and
the car were making life frantic, anonymous, and crucially, more transitory. By 1886, when Holmes arrived to construct a huge,
strangely designed three-storey building known as the “Castle” in the Chicago suburb of Englewood, the city was
preparing for the World’s Fair of 1893. It drew tens of millions of visitors, hundreds of whom were to stay in the cramped
bedrooms of the Castle hotel for a night or two. Holmes greeted them pleasantly and impressed the ladies. More than 100 young
women worked at the Castle over the years. Many guests and employees simply vanished.
The Castle was built by workers
hired short-term to prevent any one person from grasping the true weirdness of the structure. Harold Schechter’s meticulous
book, Depraved, and Erik Larson’s 2003 The Devil in the White City, describe a sort of claustrophobic
Escher hell, an airless human anthill. There were three dozen rooms each on the second and third floors: some airtight and
lined with asbestos-proofed steel plates, some soundproofed, others no bigger than closets. There were secret corridors, sliding
panels and gas tubes in each room leading to a control panel in Holmes’ private bedroom.
As police discovered,
aghast, after Holmes’ arrest, there was a dumbwaiter shaft where victims were hanged, arriving in the basement freshly
strangled. There were greased chutes on each floor to send other bodies down to the basement room where Holmes had a huge
kiln with slide-in tray, acid tanks, quicklime vats, a dissecting table and something called an “elasticity determinator.”
He said it would make people taller, but in fact it was used to stretch them to death, their bones, tendons and blood vessels
snapping as they died bursting and screaming, a few feet from a busy Chicago street.
Holmes was a lifelong conman to
his core and he killed his targets. Every person he extracted money from would mysteriously disappear, women with 1890s names
like Emeline, Minnie, Georgiana and Mabel. But in that era, people were who they said they were. There wasn’t much paperwork
to trace if Holmes said the sister of his wife-to-be had gone to Germany by way of Milwaukee. She might have, she might not.
this was the particular tragedy of the Chicago World’s Fair. It increased the mobility of a settled country, and attracted
at least 50 young women visitors, naive and eager to explore, who were never seen again. Holmes’ Castle had had hundreds
of paying guests. Holmes may have killed as many as 200 people. Ribcages, hanks of hair, all manner of matter was found in
the Castle, but the victims would never be named. Class mattered then as much as it did in the Pickton case, and the police
only looked for missing people of wealth.
Some deaths stand out even in the midst of all this, as we know from Holmes’
partial confessions. The vault was the worst. Victims would be trapped inside as the air grew increasingly stale, Holmes would
sit outside and listen to them cry out, as he explained the death he had planned for them. If he grew bored, he’d send
in the poison gas. Some victims starved, some tried to pick through to the exterior brick, some struck out pointlessly in
the dark and slowly asphyxiated.
Alice and Nellie were the daughters of Ben Pitezel, a naive hard-drinking handyman
who fell in with Holmes. He was chloroformed to death in a Holmes insurance fraud. Holmes then hustled Pitezel’s family
— his wife Carrie, Alice, 15, Nellie, 11, and Howard, 8 — from city to city, rented room to rented room, in an
effort to outrun the police and conceal his murder of their father.
Holmes strangled Howard. The detective found the
blackened mass of the little boy’s charred torso packed in a chimney in an Indianapolis suburb. Alice and Nellie never
made it past Toronto.
Toronto, where the coroner’s inquest was held, was kind to Carrie Pitezel and buried her
two daughters on July 20, 1895, the day before Chicago police first entered the killer’s Castle. The burial was free
of charge, one coffin atop the other. The grave is unmarked, but the place is well-tended and peaceful, the cemetery staff
helpful and kind.
So what do we make of Holmes? He arrived at Union Station, he shopped at the then-Eaton store at
Yonge and College Sts., he left two little bodies here and earned our hate and we never speak of him. His quickie “autobiography”
was a pack of lies and his hanging on May 7, 1896, at Moyamensing Prison in Philadelphia was prolonged and painful.
Leyton says serial killers appear in times of particular social tension. Widespread financial chaos, for instance, equally
disorients individuals. Serial killers didn’t make big news again until 1924 with Leopold and Loeb, also from Chicago.
And then came the Black Dahlia case, Charlie Starkweather and so on, thick and fast. There are now too many serial killers
for police to track and for readers to remember.
But what explains the first stunning act of Holmes and his subsequent
path? You can sit quietly at Alice and Nellie’s gravesite and come up with nothing but grief, which doesn’t help
Canadian Accused Of Conning Seniors To Be Featured On America's Most Wanted
2010/09/22 | The
Suspect, Richard Earl Rupert
Police in Toronto
are hoping Saturday's episode of the "America's Most Wanted" TV show will help flush out a man accused of fleecing
Richard Earl Rupert is alleged to have stolen thousands of dollars from seniors, ranging from 78 to
95 after befriending them in their retirement homes.
Police allege Rupert, 54, presents himself as a distant relative,
usually a nephew, and then convinces his victims to provide him with money for travel, car repairs or rent.
warrant has been issued for Rupert alleging geriatric victims in other Ontario communities such as Ottawa, Thunder Bay, Waterloo
and St. Catharines, as well as Vancouver, Calgary and Winnipeg.
Police say Rupert, a native of Windsor, Ont., eluded
Winnipeg police last month after he was spotted by a bank employee.
Toronto Det. John Dunlop says Rupert faces
several counts of robbery, break-and-enter, fraud under $5,000, attempted fraud under $5,000 and theft under $5,000.
"He preys on the most vulnerable of society," Dunlop said.
America's Most Wanted producer Jon Lieberman
said the segment on Rupert will air on prime time across Canada and the United States.
"I never like to predict,
but this is a guy we have so many images of that I think somebody out there will recognize him and then do the right thing
by turning him in," said Lieberman.
Toronto Police released video of the suspect in January. Check it out below.
Police issue warning after two-time rapist released from jail
Published On Thu Sep 23 2010
Convicted rapist Ronald Peter Tibando, 46, whom police say is at high risk to reoffend, has
been released from prison and will be living in Toronto.SUBMITTED PHOTO
A two-time convicted rapist who police say is at high-risk to reoffend has been released
after serving his complete jail time.
Toronto police Const. Meaghan Gray warned the public that Ronald Peter Tibando,
46, will be living in Toronto after his release from prison on Thursday.
The Behavioural Assessment Section of the
Toronto Police Service Sex Crimes Unit “assessed Ronald Tibando as a high-risk to reoffend,” Gray said in a release.
had been sentenced to 20 years for sexual assault, aggravated sexual assault, forcible confinement and assault causing bodily
In 1980, he attacked two women in underground parking garages in Toronto. Nine years later, while out on parole,
Tibando sexually assaulted another woman in Peel region.
During his incarceration, he assaulted a female staff member
and forcibly confined another in the same incident in May 1993, police said.
Police haven’t specified which area
of Toronto Tibando will be living in, but said he will be under a number of restrictions.
He will report weekly to
police, is not allowed to have contact with his prior victims, or visit any public parks or underground parking zones. Tibando
cannot buy or consume alcohol or non-prescription drugs. He is also under curfew between
‘Lovey-dovey’ con man defrauds six women of $1.5 million
Published On Mon Sep 13 2010
Arvind Kumar Sanmugam, 49, is charged with defrauding at least six women of $1.5 million. SUPPLIED PHOTO
man is accused of using his charm to dupe at least six women of $1.5 million, becoming engaged to two of them along the way.
Police said the man targeted single women and senior citizens, two of whom were widows, by portraying himself as a
venture capitalist and prominent businessman.
He used eHarmony.com, an online dating service, to meet his victims and
then woo them, said Det. Tom Hartford of the fraud squad.
“He’s a master manipulator,” Hartford said.
“He’s very smooth and talks very lovey-dovey to them.”
The man would begin the con by gaining the
victim’s trust and impressing them with his various business successes, even though he had none, police said. Then he
would offer them great returns through his investment channels if they gave him their money.
The man said he was chairman
of the World Police Academy which trains officers on the value of human rights, according to its website. The academy’s
building was nothing more than a vacant house on Eglinton Ave. W., Hartford said.
Two victims were a family physician
and her mother, police said.
“She is a very smart woman but was just taken in by this man,” Hartford said.
“They are completely embarrassed.”
Another victim discovered the scheme when police got in touch with her
in the Philippines on Friday — while she was scouting locations for the man’s supposed coffee shop venture.
is in a state of disbelief,” said Hartford, adding the victim’s mother, father and stepmother were also swindled.
investigation began when a Vancouver woman complained she lost her life savings, and was forced to sell her home and rent
an apartment, police said. The woman was in town visiting her daughter.
Police found two women who said they were engaged
to the man. Their parents are also victims.
“He wants to eradicate poverty, he told one of his victims,”
Police believe there may be more victims.
Arvind Kumar Sanmugam, 49, faces several charges, including
two counts of fraud over $5,000.
Anyone with information is asked to call police at 416-808-7303 or Crime Stoppers anonymously
Cops in Winnipeg, Toronto join forces to search for man wanted in senior scams
The Canadian Press
Richard Earl Rupert, 54, is wanted on a Canada-wide warrant. (Image courtesy of Toronto police)
TORONTO — Police in Toronto and Winnipeg are joining forces to hunt for a man they allege
has been ripping off seniors.
A Canada-wide warrant has been issued for 54-year-old Richard Earl Rupert.
are calling him a person of interest in a large number of related offences targeting senior citizens in Ontario and elsewhere
The suspect is wanted on numerous charges including robbery, break and enter, theft and fraud.
police responded to a call last week about a senior possibly being directed to withdraw money from a bank machine, but both
the senior and the man with him left before officers arrived.
Police allege there have been 20 victims ranging in age
from 78 to 95.
Peel Police make arrests in $8M investment fraud case
Updated: Wed Jun. 02 2010 2:24:16 PM
Regional police have arrested five people in connection with an alleged $8-million investment fraud that affected at least
In a news release issued Wednesday, police said the suspects had operated a business in Peel region called
It functioned as an "umbrella company" for several other firms:
- Alcorp Financial Services
- Commonwealth Capital Corporation
- International Currency Exchange Services
operated several numbered Ontario incorporated companies, police said.
"In July 2000 the accused parties held several
financial seminars, at various locations in the greater Toronto area, where they encouraged attendees to invest money into
their companies," police said.
"Victims were promised large returns on their investment, through an offshore
Indian money market," police alleged.
However, police allege the money was never invested into the promised money
market. Instead, they allege the suspects used it for a Kitchener-based real estate development -- Emannuel Village Homes.
of the victims received any return on their money," police claim.
This process was repeated until April 2003. The
suspects then closed their office in Mississauga.
On Tuesday, following a lengthy investigation, police arrested and
charged the following individuals:
- Bryan Hunking, 59, of Elmira - defraud the public, 3 counts
Hunking, 57, of Elmirea - defraud the public, 3 counts
- Inderpal Bajaj, 55, of Brampton - defaud the public, 2 counts
- Rajesh Chowdry, 48, of Brampton - defraud the public, 2 counts, one count of fraud over $5,000
Singh, 54, of Brampton - defraud the public, 3 counts
No allegations against those invididuals have been proven
in a court of law.
Police say there may yet be other victims, and they encourage anyone with information about the alleged
fraud to contact them at (905) 453-2121, ext. 3335.
People can also call Peel Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477),
by visiting their website at www.peelcrimestoppers.ca, or text PEEL, followed by a tip, to CRIMES (274637).
Better Business Bureau announces Top Ten Scams for 2009
This year, the Top Ten Scams focuses in on dubious practices
of online commerce, asking consumers to read the fine print BEFORE you click “yes.” Complaints in 2009 run the
gamut from teeth whiteners to premium text messages to government grants, but all tie back to consumers unwittingly consenting
to sign up for the service or product.
“We often chastise ourselves for the impulse buy at the check-out
isle, but when we are online we often skip reading the terms in conditions to get in on a deal,” says Lynda Pasacreta,
BBB President and CEO. “Web marketers are saavy to consumers who click first and ask questions later, and are reaping
record profits from it.”
The following Top Ten Scams list is developed jointly by the BBB, Business Practices and Consumer Protection Authority of BC, Competition Bureau of Canada, BC Crime Prevention Association and BC Securities Commission. In no specific order,
here are the Top Ten Scams for 2009.
1. Health Claim Scams
Bogus products that make “breakthrough”
health claims on the Internet or promise cures for illnesses, such as cancer, target the most vulnerable consumers. Be wary
of on-line swine flu remedies not authorized by Health Canada that are making unsubstantiated health claims that they kill
or ward off the virus. Consult your health care practitioner before trying any new treatment. Don’t be influenced by
“miraculous” testimonials discussed on websites and blogs. Think twice before buying a product that claims it
can “do it all.”
QUICK TIP: If you have questions or complaints about counterfeit drugs and/or drugs
purchased over the Internet, please call Health Canada’s toll-free line at 1 800 267 9675. If you suspect that a website
is promoting a treatment or cure that is too good to be true, please contact the Competition Bureau toll free at 1 800 348 5358 or go to competitionbureau.gc.ca/info
2. Not So “Free”
You may want to try out a new diet product, an acne cream or teeth whitener, but be careful about signing
up for ‘free’ trial offers. Many websites offering a free trial for products do not disclose the billing terms
and conditions or do not have such details prominently displayed on their website. Before providing any credit or debit card
information, review the website fully to avoid in repeated billing. Remember that money transfers and direct debit are two
of the main methods by which scam artists seek to obtain your money.
QUICK TIP: When considering trial offers,
be sure to first determine whether you are enrolling in a membership, subscription or service contract that allows the company
to charge fees to credit cards. To file a complaint, go to bbb.org
3. ID Theft
find out that they are victims of identity theft after they are contacted by a collections’ agency for an account they
never set up or because their credit has taken a hit. ID theft is when someone uses your information to obtain loans, goods,
or services and does not pay the bills. Increasingly, people are being lured online into revealing personal information.
QUICK TIP: Do not fall for requests for information, or other scare tactics. Online scammers send emails that look
legitimate, requesting that your “account information needs to be updated.” Another new tactic called “scareware”
has a pop-up message showing that your computer is infected with a virus and that you need to visit a website to purchase
and download anti-virus software that would fix the problem. These are all phishing tactics, ways to get you to reveal personal
or financial information. If you receive these messages just delete them and do not click on any links. Doing so may compromise
your computer’s security. If you are a victim of ID Theft call your financial institutions to request that your current
cards be cancelled and that new cards be issued. You should also contact your local police and Canada’s main credit
reporting agencies: TransUnion Canada at tuc.ca (1 866 525 0262) and Equifax Canada at equifax.ca (1 866 779 6440).
4. Home Repair Rip-Offs
Imagine hearing that your furnace is leaking dangerous carbon monoxide into your home.
Many times homeowners are told that they need to do an immediate replacement due to a crack in their heat exchanger or because
the contractor has a gas-sniffer device which shows high carbon monoxide levels. This high pressure safety situation often
ends up in unnecessary and costly repairs.
QUICK TIP: Do not make a decision to repair right away. Start with the
Better Business Bureau and search for a company reliability report at bbb.org. Ask the person to provide a gas permit and
a license with the BC Safety Authority and call to verify it at: 1 866 566 7233. Report misleading door-to-door sales practices
to Consumer Protection BC. For complaints, contact Consumer Protection BC at 1 888 564 9963 or go to: consumerprotectionbc.ca
5. Small Business Loan and Supply Scams
Looking for credit to keep your business afloat can be tough, and
that is why you need to be careful of ‘no credit’ or ‘bad credit’ loan offers. What looks like quick
and easy credit can often end up resulting in huge financial loss and possibly ID theft. Other companies call and pretend
to be a regular supplier looking to confirm your address in a directory or to ship office supplies. Once bills arrive for
unwanted advertising or overpriced supplies, aggressive “collection” agents call with threats of legal action.
QUICK TIP: If you receive an unsolicited phone call, email, or letter from a lender, be suspicious. Avoid dealing
with a person who guarantees a loan without checking your credit or reviewing your business plan. Also, beware of lenders
- cater to applicants with bad credit;
- pressure you to make a decision on the spot;
- request payment using a wire transfer service such as MoneyGram or Western Union.
Restrict the number of people
in your company that can make purchase decisions and insist on a valid purchase order. To report a small business loan or supply fraud, please contact the Competition Bureau at: competitionbureau.gc.ca or 1 800 348 5358.
Free Government Money Schemes
Do you think you are entitled to free money from the Canadian government? Be suspicious
of companies offering “free” advice on obtaining government grants. Often social networking sites and online ads
will point to blogs that appear to be written by everyday people who are sharing the secret of how they received thousands
of dollars in grants from the government to pay off their debt. In reality, this is a mass marketing scheme that does not
provide an easy way for you to get a government grant. Rather, it costs you money to participate.
QUICK TIP: While
it’s true that the Federal government does give out grant money every year, most grants are given to specific target
groups, such as post-secondary researchers, or to specific industries. There is no reason to pay for software or guides when
applying for government grants. Such information is already available for free on the Service Canada website servicecanada.gc.ca
or by calling 1 800 O-Canada (1 800 622 6232). If you believe that someone is engaging in this type of fraudulent activity
regarding government grants, please contact the Canadian Anti-Fraud Call Centre (“PhoneBusters”) at phonebusters.com
or 1 800 495 8501.
7. Business Opportunities
Your friend or a family member may have invited you to
attend a presentation involving an investment opportunity. You don’t know anything about the company, and are desperate
to hear that it is legit. These investments appear lucrative, but often involve more hype than substance. The promoter convinces
investors that they can be part owners of an exciting investment portfolio, provided that they enlist new recruits. The promoter
may even offer promising commissions in cash and bullion.
QUICK TIP: In reality, this could be an illegal
pyramid scheme. The new capital brought on by new investors is keeping this imaginary investment afloat. Get the facts. If
you attend an information session, be sure to collect business cards and promotional materials. You should also ask the promoters
questions. For example:
- Who are the principals of the company?
- What are the average earnings of
a “typical” participant – with half of the participants earning more than this amount and half of participants
- How much are the start-up costs?
Gather as much information as possible, before agreeing
to anything. If you have reason to believe that someone is engaging in misleading advertising or deceptive marketing practices
please contact the Competition Bureau at: competitionbureau.gc.ca or 1 800 348 5358. You should also consult the BC Securities
Commission’s investright.org for information on how to select an advisor and what to look out for when choosing to invest.
8. Cashback Fraud
Cashback fraud usually begins when you advertise something for sale, such as a car. A
buyer agrees to pay your asking price, but sends you a cheque or banker’s draft for a larger sum. The person asks you
to bank his cheque and send him a money transfer for the difference. Sure enough, his or her cheque bounces a few days after
your money transfer has left your account. You’re now out of pocket and looking for a bogus buyer who’s out-of-reach.
QUICK TIP: Criminal cashback works because cheques take longer to clear than electronic bank transfers. Do not ever
wire money to a stranger. Do not allow greed to be your guide – be careful of offers higher than the asking price. If
you believe that you are a victim of cashback fraud contact phonebusters.com or call 1 888 495 8501.
Cell Phone Charges
If you own a cell phone and see new and unexplained charges on your bill each month, it may
be due to premium text message services. People complain that they did not realize they were signing up for this service when
they agreed to play an online game or to take an IQ test. In the end they receive monthly billings which do not come from
their cell phone service providers, but through other third-party companies.
QUICK TIP: Premium subscription services
require customers to confirm their subscription twice to insure they are aware of the cost per message, the frequency of messages
and the opt-out information. Read all the terms and conditions when signing up for a game and think twice if you are required
to provide your cell phone number. To file a complaint, contact the Commissioner for Complaints for Telecommunications Services
10. Mystery Jobs Scams
The scenario sounds too good to be true, and it is. You
have been led to believe that you will be paid to mystery shop via a wire-transfer service. You receive a cheque, which you
are told to deposit, keeping a small percentage of the money as your wage. You are then asked to send the back difference
via a wire transfer and to complete a survey on the service you encounter. In the end, the cheque bounces and you lose all
QUICK TIP: Be skeptical of mystery shopper ads in newspapers or online. In most cases these are bogus
services requiring you to pay money upfront. Avoid companies that promise guaranteed jobs, and that sell directories of companies
that provide mystery shoppers. To file a complaint contact the Competition Bureau at: competitionbureau.gc.ca or 1 800 348
5358. For mystery shopping work, go to the Mystery Shopping Providers Association (MSPA) website at mysteryshop.org
Staying Safe Online: How To Protect Your Personal Information
Monday June 29, 2009
It's easier than ever to shop, chat, and play online.
From online retailers to social
networking sites to the seemingly endless options for poker, everything you could possibly want is on the Internet.
a few things you might want to keep private could end up online too.
There's a chance your SIN, your credit card, or
even your address could fall into the wrong hands.For example, post an update on Twitter or Facebook that reads "can't
wait - going on vacation for two weeks!" and potential burglars know exactly when you won't be home.
a short trip to a site like Canada411 to cross-reference your last name and town to find your street name and number.
are a few tips to keep yourself - and your belongings - safe online.
Safe Social Networking
- Think about how different sites work before deciding to join a site. Some sites will allow only
a defined community of users to access posted content; others allow anyone and everyone to view postings.
- Think about
keeping some control over the information you post. Consider restricting access to your page to a select group of people,
for example, your friends from school, your club, your team, your community groups, or your family.
- Keep your information
to yourself. Don't post your full name, Social Security number, address, phone number, or bank and credit card account numbers
- and don't post other people's information, either. Be cautious about posting information that could be used to identify
you or locate you offline. This could include the name of your school, sports team, clubs, and where you work or hang out.
- Make sure your screen name doesn't say too much about you. Don't use your name, your age, or your hometown. Even
if you think your screen name makes you anonymous, it doesn't take a genius to combine clues to figure out who you are and
where you can be found.
- Post only information that you are comfortable with others seeing - and knowing - about you.
Many people can see your page, including your parents, your teachers, the police, the college you might want to apply to next
year, or the job you might want to apply for in five years.
- Remember that once you post information online, you can't
take it back. Even if you delete the information from a site, older versions exist on other people's computers.
not posting your photo. It can be altered and broadcast in ways you may not be happy about. If you do post one, ask yourself
whether it's one your mom would display in the living room.
- Flirting with strangers online could have serious consequences.
Because some people lie about who they really are, you never really know who you're dealing with.
- Be wary if a new
online friend wants to meet you in person. Before you decide to meet someone, do your research: Ask whether any of your friends
know the person, and see what background you can dig up through online search engines. If you decide to meet them, be smart
about it: Meet in a public place, during the day, with friends you trust. Tell an adult or a responsible sibling where you're
going, and when you expect to be back.
- Trust your gut if you have suspicions. If you feel threatened by someone or
uncomfortable because of something online, tell an adult you trust and report it to the police and the social networking site.
You could end up preventing someone else from becoming a victim.
Source: U.S. Federal Trade Commission
Proposed New Law Would Let Police Snoop On What You Do Online
Thursday June 18, 2009
It's not exactly Big Brother and the overall intentions seem to
have the public's best interest at heart. But many are very uncomfortable about a proposed new law being introduced in the
House of Commons on Thursday that could affect anyone using the Internet in Canada.
The bill, with the unwieldy
name of "An Act Regulating Telecommunications Facilities to Support Investigations," would allow police to force
your ISP to hand over any records of your emails, chat room conversations, website history or surfing habits to
authorities without a warrant.
Police across the country contend it's a necessity because the Worldwide Web has become
a haven for criminals, pedophiles, terrorists, drug dealers and scam artists, who use its anonymity and the current regulations
to plot and commit criminal acts that take advantage of the public.
They point out the old laws were written in
a time before the world had ever dreamed of something called "the Internet" and that new rules are needed to fight
new enemies and the technology they employ.
While some are taking the old "if you have nothing to hide, you have
nothing to fear" route, the idea of granting near carte blanche access to the online habits of Canadians is very disturbing
to others, no matter what the reason.
Privacy advocates - including the country's Federal Privacy Commissioner - are
up in arms about the proposed change, arguing it will let law enforcement agencies run amok on your rights, and give cops
the green light to see what you're up to armed with nothing more than their suspicions.
Public Safety Minister Peter
van Loan disagrees, and apparently plans to introduce the legislation before the House rises for the summer this week.
the current rules, cops can listen in on private conversations with a warrant, but they have no right to demand access from
ISPs. The change would force the providers to let them see what criminals - or you - are up to online.
There's no guarantee
it will pass in a minority government, but the new law has been in the planning stages for years and police and other authorities
have been asking for the beefed up powers for over a decade. They claim gathering such information is just one part of
the investigation process - and they won't be breaking down doors just because of what such access might reveal.
Is There A Grow-Op On Your Street?
Tuesday June 2, 2009
There used to be a big hit record in the 70s called 'No One Knows What Goes On Behind Closed
Doors." More than 30 years have passed since the late Charlie Rich sang those words but authorities say when it
comes to marijuana grow-ops, not much else has changed.
Officials can't say if hard times are to blame, but admit they're
dealing with more of the covert drug labs in the city than ever before. Cops say from January-May of 2009, they've found more
than 60 of the illegal operations in the city.
Last year at the same time, there were just 40 - a huge increase.
And it's not just that police are getting better at smoking them out.
The hike is a big concern because in
addition to the illegal activity, it comes with the real risk of serious flames. "There's been a spike in
fires that have involved the process of either growing marijuana or in some kind of manufacturing process of making hashish,"
notes Trevor Bain of the Ontario Fire Marshal's Office.
And the crooks are getting better all the time, too. Gone
are the days that a grow op was restricted to a non-descript house in a far flung part of town. The labs are now being found
in businesses, condos, apartments and basements - often with young children present.
Experts estimate they only
find one of every two that exist. And if you think one's not near you, think again. "If you don't have a marijuana
grow-op in your neighbourhood, you're probably the exception," warns Bain.
The scope of the problem showed up
at the Metro Convention Centre on Tuesday, where officials had a fake meth lab set up as part of a demonstration.
the dangers were all too real. "These chemicals not only are flammable, they're toxic and explosive," explains David
Durst of Network Environmental Systems.
The Fire Marshal says things have gotten so bad, it's now responding to blazes
resulting from drug lab activity on the average of once every two weeks.
The only way to prevent the peril is to stop
the growers in their tracks. That's where you come in. The eyes and ears of the community are believed to be the best way
to flush the illegal growers out.
Here's what to look for if you're already suspicious about what's happening behind
the closed doors in your neighbourhood.
- Little or no human activity
- Neglected lawns and gardens
always covered and full of condensation
- During winter months, no snow on roof
- People coming and going at
odd hours, pulling into the garage and closing the door quickly
- Basement lights on all day long or bright lights
escaping from other covered windows
- Garbage is minimal and may contain used soil and plant material
- A strong
skunk-like odour emanating from the home
- Items being brought into the home include soil planters, fans, large lights
- An unusual amount of steam coming from vents
List courtesy: York Regional Police
Middle of night fight results in alleged grow op find
GTA'S MOST WANTED SHOW
About the show
GTA’s Most Wanted is new weekly television series, exclusive to Rogers Television, focused on profiling
criminals that are wanted in the Greater Toronto Area. With the initiative and support of municipal, provincial, and federal
police, more than 250 wanted criminals will be profiled.
Each show is an intense half-hour, including four feature
crime segments that are dedicated to profiling one crime per region. The stories are told through interviews with police detectives,
dramatic re-enactments, crime scene photographs, surveillance video, and more. In some cases, surviving victims talk on camera,
in a courageous effort to seek justice through this television series.
Viewers are encouraged to participate by calling
a toll-free anonymous tip-line during the show; if they recognize any of the suspects on TV.
GTA’s Most Wanted
also seeks the help of viewers, in the search for missing children, and to resolve many cold cases in the GTA.
episode of GTA’s Most Wanted premiers every Tuesday at 7:30 PM on Rogers Television; including Toronto,
Mississauga, Brampton, Durham Region, York Region, and Simcoe County.
There are additional repeat times based on local
GTA’s Most Wanted is produced by Rogers Television, in partnership with Toronto Police Services,
York Regional Police, Durham Regional Police, Peel Regional Police, and the OPP and RCMP.
If you recognize any of
the suspects featured on GTA’s Most Wanted, please phone 1-800-222-8477.
For further information
about the production of GTA’s Most Wanted, e-mail us.
Or contact your local police department, through the links
Links to your local Police Departments
Ontario Provincial Police
Durham Regional Police Peel Regional Police
Toronto Police York Regional Police
Killer May Have Been Armed With Two Guns & Bulletproof Vest
Monday April 16, 2007
The worst school shooting rampage in U.S. history left a trail of dead bodies and a slew
of unanswered questions at Virginia Tech on Monday.
A lone gunman first opened fire in a dormitory, killing two people, before
heading across campus and prematurely snuffing out the lives of 30 more.
The death toll reached an unprecedented 33 when the still-unidentified
killer took his own life.
Sadly, this incident isn't the first such tragedy and it appears it won't be the last. Here's a look back at some other
moments of terror and the lives they took so senselessly.
Sept. 13, 2006, Montreal, Quebec -- One gunman opens fire at Dawson College in Montreal,
leaving a student dead and 19 more injured.
Nov. 8, 2005, Jacksboro, Tenn. -- One 15-year-old shot and killed an assistant principal at Campbell County
High School and seriously wounded two other administrators.
March 21, 2005, Red Lake, Minn. -- Jeff Weise, 16, killed grandfather and companion, then arrived at school where
he killed a teacher, a security guard, 5 students, and finally himself, leaving a total of 10 dead.
Sept. 28, 2004, Carmen de Patagones, Argentina -- Three students killed and 6 wounded by a 15-year-old Argentinian
student in a town 620 miles south of Buenos Aires.
Sept. 24, 2003, Cold Spring, Minn. -- Two students are killed at Rocori High School by John Jason
April 24, 2003, Red Lion, Pa. -- James Sheets, 14, killed principal Eugene Segro of Red Lion Area Junior High School
before killing himself.
April 14, 2003, New Orleans, La. -- One 15-year-old killed, and three students wounded
at John McDonogh High School by gunfire from four teenagers (none were students at the school). The motive was gang-related.
April 29, 2002, Vlasenica, Bosnia-Herzegovina -- One teacher killed, one
wounded by Dragoslav Petkovic, 17, who then killed himself.
April 26, 2002, Erfurt, Germany -- 13 teachers, two students, and one policeman killed,
ten wounded by Robert Steinhaeuser, 19, at the Johann Gutenberg secondary school. Steinhaeuser then killed himself.
Feb. 19, 2002, Freising, Germany -- Two killed in Eching by a man at the factory from which he had been fired; he
then traveled to Freising and killed the headmaster of the technical school from which he had been expelled. He also wounded
another teacher before killing himself.
Jan. 15, 2002, New York, N.Y. -- A teenager wounded two students at Martin Luther
King Jr. High School.
Nov. 12, 2001, Caro, Mich. -- Chris Buschbacher, 17, took two hostages at the
Caro Learning Center before killing himself.
March 30, 2001, Gary, Ind. -- One student killed by Donald R. Burt, Jr., a 17-year-old
student who had been expelled from Lew Wallace High School.
March 22, 2001, Granite Hills, Calif. -- One teacher and three students wounded
by Jason Hoffman, 18, at Granite Hills High School. A policeman shot and wounded Hoffman.
March 7, 2001 Williamsport, Pa. -- Elizabeth Catherine Bush, 14, wounded student
Kimberly Marchese in the cafeteria of Bishop Neumann High School; she was depressed and frequently teased.
March 5, 2001, Santee, Calif. -- Two killed and 13 wounded by Charles Andrew
Williams, 15, firing from a bathroom at Santana High School.
Jan. 18, 2001, Jan, Sweden -- One student killed by two boys, ages 17 and 19.
Jan. 17, 2001, Baltimore, Md. -- One student shot and killed in front of Lake
Clifton Eastern High School.
Sept. 26, 2000, New Orleans, La. -- Two students wounded with the same gun during
a fight at Woodson Middle School.
May 26, 2000, Lake Worth, Fla. -- One teacher, Barry Grunow, shot and killed at Lake Worth Middle School by Nate
Brazill, 13, with .25-caliber semiautomatic pistol on the last day of classes.
April 20, 2000, Orleans, Ont. -- Four students and one staff member wounded in knife attack
at Cairine Wilson High School in Orleans, Ontario occurs on first anniversary of Columbine massacre.
March 10, 2000, Savannah, Ga. -- Two students killed by Darrell Ingram, 19, while
leaving a dance sponsored by Beach High School.
March 2000, Branneburg, Germany -- One teacher killed by a 15-year-old student, who
then shot himself. The shooter has been in a coma ever since.
Feb. 29, 2000, Mount Morris Township, Mich. -- Six-year-old Kayla Rolland shot dead at Buell
Elementary School near Flint, Mich. The assailant was identified as a six-year-old boy with a .32-caliber handgun.
Dec. 7, 1999, Veghel, Netherlands -- One teacher and three students wounded by
a 17-year-old student.
Dec. 6, 1999, Fort Gibson, Okla. -- Four students wounded as Seth Trickey, 13, opened fire with a 9mm semiautomatic
handgun at Fort Gibson Middle School.
Nov. 19, 1999, Deming, N.M. -- Victor Cordova Jr., 12, shot and killed Araceli Tena, 13, in the lobby of
Deming Middle School.
May 20, 1999, Conyers, Ga. -- Six students injured at Heritage High School by
Thomas Solomon, 15, who was reportedly depressed after breaking up with his girlfriend.
April 28, 1999, Taber, Alberta -- 14-year-old boy shoots two students, one fatally,
at W.R. Myers High School in Taber, Alberta.
April 20, 1999, Littleton, Colo. -- 14 students (including killers) and one teacher killed, 23 others
wounded at Columbine High School. Eric Harris, 18, and Dylan Klebold, 17, had plotted for a year to kill at least 500 and
blow up their school. At the end of their hour-long rampage, they turned their guns on themselves.
Feb. 8, 1999, Verdun, Quebec -- Man fires shot at Woodland Elementary School in Verdun,
Quebec. No one injured.
June 15, 1998, Richmond, Va. -- One teacher and one guidance counselor wounded
by a 14-year-old boy in the school hallway.
May 21, 1998, Springfield, Ore. -- Two students killed, 22 others wounded in
the cafeteria at Thurston High School by 15-year-old Kip Kinkel. Kinkel had been arrested and released a day earlier for bringing
a gun to school. His parents were later found dead at home.
May 19, 1998, Fayetteville, Tenn. -- One student killed in the parking lot at Lincoln County High School three days
before he was to graduate. The victim was dating the ex-girlfriend of his killer, 18-year-old honor student Jacob Davis.
April 24, 1998, Edinboro, Pa. -- One teacher, John Gillette, killed, two students
wounded at a dance at James W. Parker Middle School. Andrew Wurst, 14, was charged.
March 24, 1998, Jonesboro, Ark. -- Four students and one teacher killed, ten
others wounded outside as Westside Middle School emptied during a false fire alarm. Mitchell Johnson, 13, and Andrew Golden,
11, shot at their classmates and teachers from the woods.
Dec. 15, 1997, Stamps, Ark. -- Two students wounded. Colt Todd, 14, was hiding in the woods
when he shot the students as they stood in the parking lot.
Dec. 1, 1997, West Paducah, Ky. -- Three students killed, five wounded by Michael Carneal, 14, as they participated
in a prayer circle at Heath High School.
October 1997, Monreal, Quebec -- 35-year-old man fatally shoots teacher at Montreal language
school for immigrants.
Oct. 1, 1997, Pearl, Miss. -- Two students killed and seven wounded by Luke Woodham, 16, who was also accused of
killing his mother. He and his friends were said to be outcasts who worshiped Satan.
March 1997, Sanaa, Yemen -- Eight people (six students and two others) at two schools
killed by Mohammad Ahman al-Naziri.
Feb. 19, 1997, Bethel, Alaska -- Principal and one student killed, two others
wounded by Evan Ramsey, 16.
March 13, 1996, Dunblane, Scotland -- 16 children and one teacher killed at Dunblane Primary School
by Thomas Hamilton, who then killed himself. 10 others wounded in attack.
Feb. 2, 1996, Moses Lake, Wash. -- Two students and one teacher
killed, one other wounded when 14-year-old Barry Loukaitis opened fire on his algebra class.
October 1994, Toronto, Ont. -- Two guidance counsellors at Brockton High School in Toronto shot and wounded by student
unhappy with grades.
June 1993, Vancouver, B.C. -- Teen wounded outside Gladstone Secondary School in Vancouver in drive-by shooting.
February 1990, Burlington, Ont. -- Jilted teenager shoots and wounds estranged girlfriend at General
Brock High School in Burlington, Ontario.
December 6, 1989, Montreal, Quebec -- Marc Lepine, 25, shoots dead 14 women at University
of Montreal's Ecole polytechnique engineering school, then kills himself.
October 1978, Winnipeg, MB -- 17-year-old student shoots 16-year-old to death at Sturgeon Creek
Regional Secondary School in Winnipeg.
May 1975, Brampton, Ont. -- Michael Slobodian, 16, kills teacher and student and wounds 13 others
at Centennial Secondary School in Brampton, Ontario before turning gun on himself.
Aug. 1, 1966: Former marine Charles Whitman climbs to the 28th-floor observation deck of a clock tower
at the University of Texas in Austin and carries an arsenal with him. He began randomly picking off victims, some blocks away.
It takes police hours to reach the top of the tower, where they finally kill Whitman. His mother is later also discovered
murdered, Whitman's first victim. He complained of severe headaches and a fantasy of killing people that would not go away.
Up until Monday, it was the worst shooting at a school in U.S. history.