Kingston has become one of the most dangerous places in Canada, if you believe – wrongly – that crime statistics tell you whether a city is safe (see click here for all of Cancrime’s coverage of the murder case). The charges mean Kingston’s homicide rate for 2009 (regardless of whether the accused are convicted), will soar to one of the highest levels among all cities in the country.
Once-moneyed murderer Peter Demeter (above), a killer who “oozes evil,” has given up on freedom. For the fifth consecutive time in the past 10 years, the imprisoned psychopathic senior citizen has told the National Parole Board not to bother holding a hearing at which he could beg for release. A hearing had been scheduled for this month, but Demeter waived his right to plead for freedom. It appears that the former real-estate developer, now 76, has accepted that he’ll die behind bars, in part, because he refuses to admit that he hired an assassin who split open his wife’s skull on July 18, 1973, in the garage of the couple’s upscale Mississauga, Ontario, home.
Have police investigating the murder of four people found dead in a car in a canal in Kingston, Ontario, reconsidered some of their physical evidence? The photos above that I shot recently reveal that investigators may be taking a closer look at the scene where the victims were found.
The Montreal mother and father accused of killing three of their children convinced a court today that they should be allowed to communicate with their three other children. Mohammed Shafia and Tooba Mohammed Yahya appeared in a Kingston courtroom, by video, from the detention centres where they’re being held. Their son Hamed, 18, also appeared today.
Lawyers on both sides of the remarkably complex canal murder case already are reconnoitring a labyrithine legal landscape. Strategy is crucial in any murder, but in a case with three accused, four victims, complications of language, culture, international publicity and allegations of a barbaric motive of “honour,” issues are magnified a hundredfold. The first legal drama is unfolding now.
By the age of six or seven, I had learned, and had embraced, the notion that it’s always better to win after a fair fight. During daylong road hockey tournaments, there was no greater thrill than beating a favoured team that sought victory through rule-bending. So I was delighted today to learn, and to reveal publicly first at the Whig-Standard, that some of Kingston’s most experienced criminal defence lawyers are taking over the cases of the accused canal killers.
Kingston Police are trolling facebook looking for leads in their ongoing investigation into the murder of four women who were found dead in a submerged car in Kingston, Ontario.
Paul Schliesmann photo
Stick figures, a car, water – a childish sketch that would not matter much, but for its apparent origins. The remarkable drawing above was done by an eight-year-old girl, one of four surviving children of Mohammad Shafia and his second wife Tooba Mohammad Yahya. She drew the picture after three of her sisters and ‘Mother Rona,’ the 50-year-old woman who lived with them, were found dead in a submerged car at Kingston Mills. Mother, father and the oldest brother of the girls, Hamed, are charged with murdering the four women found in the car. The full story of this astonishing drawing was unearthed by my colleague at the Kingston Whig-Standard, Paul Schliesmann, as we have investigated the Kingston Mills murder case. His story is here, and is reproduced in full after the jump.