It feels like it’s been a minute since I’ve done a True Crime post. Maybe because I feel like I’ve been really busy, but also the days are just absolutely dragging at work. I wasn’t even totally sure I was going to do one this week until a creepy story broke on Monday night from New York…but we’ll get to that in a minute.
I want to start with something a little bit different that I know is not technically “true crime”, but I created this regular post to talk about crazy/interesting crimes talking place across the globe so we can be aware, but also to talk about the deaths of people who were victims, taken from this world before it seemed fair or just, before they had a chance to experience whatever they went for in life.
And so, with that in mind, the Humboldt Broncos fit that sentiment.
I don’t know if it’s been clear to anyone watching my use of U’s in words or my excessive politeness (I’m not), but I am Canadian.
I love being from Canada. I, personally, think we’re a wonderful country to live, with a Prime Minister who’s heart is in the right place, even if he does make some missteps. I love our national identity as welcoming and open, a country for equality and embracing differences. We don’t always get it right, but we try. I love that we’re self-deprecating and can joke about beavers, harsh winters, maple syrup and our excessive love of hockey.
In this time of that flaming dumpster fire of a human being, President Trump, I feel super blessed to be from where I’m from.
And this passed weekend, Canada experienced a tragedy. One especially hard for the community it’s affecting, but also the country as a whole. And I’ve been touched, and had some faith in humanity restored, by the outpouring of love and support that has been shown, not just from fellow Canadians, but actually all over the world.
And credit where credit is due, even Trump had a nice word to say, whether he felt it or not.
On Friday, April 6th, a bus carrying the Humboldt Broncos junior hockey team was hit by an 18-wheeler at an intersection in rural Saskatchewan.
To date, fifteen people have been declared dead. Dozens of survivors remain in hospital, four still in critical condition. A fundraising campaign for the survivors, and victims’ families, has become GoFundMe’s most successful Canadian fundraiser ever, raising almost $7-million by Tuesday morning.
I am so amazed, but then not surprised.
On Saturday night, multiple NHL teams paid tribute to those involved in the accident – young Canadian men and their mentors, who loved our national game and had dreams of the big league.
I’d like to list all those who were taken, so you see their names and know them. This list was provided by The Globe and Mail.
- Logan Boulet, 21, of Lethbridge, Alta.
- Adam Herold, 16, of of Montmartre, Sask.
- Logan Hunter, 18, of St. Albert, Alta.
- Jaxon Joseph, 20, of Edmonton
- Jacob Leicht, 19, of Humboldt, Sask.
- Conner Lukan, 21, of Slave Lake, Alta.
- Logan Schatz, 20, of Allan, Sask.
- Evan Thomas, 18, of Saskatoon
- Parker Tobin, 18, of Stony Plain, Alta.
- Stephen Wack, 21, of St. Albert, Alta.
- Tyler Bieber, announcer, 29, of Humboldt, Sask.
- Mark Cross, assistant coach, 27, of Strasbourg, Sask.
- Darcy Haugan, head coach, 42, of Humboldt, Sask.
- Brody Hinz, stats expert, 18, of Humboldt, Sask.
- Glen Doerksen, bus driver, 59, of Carrot River, Sask.
So, there really is no good segue here so I’m just going to be awkward and abrupt…
True Crime Time! Ugh, forget I said that. It sounded like an inappropriate kids’ show opening.
At around 6:10pm on Monday evening, neighbourhood resident Patricia Smith was walking her dog in Canarsie Park in Brooklyn when she noticed a naked woman partially covered by leaves off the pathway. She went home and called the police, then returned to the park to direct officers to where she had seen the body. According to a New York Police Department official, the body was found about 15 feet off the walkway.
Upon arrival, officers discovered “an unconscious and unresponsive female,” and called the cavalry in. When first responders arrived on the scene, they immediately declared the woman dead.
Her limbs had been removed from her body, only her head was still attached to her torso. The body was naked and facedown, an official said. And it is not yet clear whether the torso and head had been deliberately placed in this location to conceal it, or not.
“As I went in the path and looked to the left I saw something resembling a garbage bag,” Smith said. “But as I went by and looked back and looked again, I realized it was a body that was dismembered and then I just took off running.”
Canarsie resident Robert Clouden, 53, told The New York Daily News he also saw the women’s body when he was walking his dog Monday morning, but didn’t think it was real.
“I looked over to my left and I thought what I saw was a doll. It didn’t have any clothing,” he said. “All I saw was a torso. I didn’t see legs or anything. It was a petite body. It wasn’t that big. That’s what made me think it was a doll.”
Investigators are currently looking into who the woman is and how long her body has been in the park. The medical examiners are working to determine her cause of death.
There was a case in my city a couple of years ago, where a young girl, Kelsey Louise Felker, had been dismembered and her torso put in dumpster. I don’t know all the details, because Canadian crime reporting tends to be pretty slim and details held close to the investigator’s chest (this drives my American husband crazy because he’s so used to full stories and details being released in US news), but I do believe that one of two motives were theorized:
- Serial killer, as this was the third case in six months involving a dismembered woman.
And those are really the only options here aren’t they? Either NYC has someone out there who was probably crazy out his mind, likely due to drugs, and killed a friend/girlfriend/sex worker.
Or NYC found the victim of a person who likes to do what he just did.
The investigation is ongoing. And I’m for sure going to be following it.
Until next time, Booknerds…