/Unanswered questions

Unanswered questions

By Chad Ingram
you’re anything like me, you’ve spent most of the last month closely
following the story of the B.C. murders, the ensuing manhunt and
finally, earlier this week, the release of the autopsy results for the
murder suspects. 
It’s been a harrowing, horrifying series of events, and is a story where it seems many questions will simply remain unanswered. 
the vast majority of murder cases, the victims and the perpetrators are
known to each other. They are acquaintances or family members or
spouses. Drug- and crime-related homicides often stem from deals gone
wrong, or situations where someone owes someone else money. In all of
these scenarios, there is a pre-existing relationship between victim and
so unsettling about the three murders that took place in northern B.C.
in July is the seeming randomness to them. A young couple, in Canada on
vacation, shot to death. A retired university lecturer also murdered.
The RCMP have not released details about how he was killed, nor have
they released information regarding the tip that apparently changed the
status of the now-dead murder suspects from missing persons to wanted
as unnerving as the seeming randomness of the killings themselves was
the two-week manhunt that followed, a country on edge as two, clearly
very disturbed, dangerous individuals remained at large. Or, at least,
there was the possibility they were still at large. 
just didn’t know. After the last confirmed sighting on July 22, the two
suspects were, it seems, never seen again, although many people
believed they’d seen them. The suspects had fled to northern Manitoba,
that much was confirmed, but police received dozens of tips from people
in Ontario who believed they’d spotted them. A nightmarish scenario
wreaking havoc on the imaginations of many. 
last week, a guide on the Nelson River discovered a sleeping bag
tangled in some weeds, notifying the police. Not long after, and not far
away, police discovered two bodies in the dense brush of the Manitoba
wilderness. The RCMP made it clear it was believed the bodies were those
of the suspects, and early this week, autopsy results revealed that to
be the case, along with the fact that the two died of apparent suicide
by gunfire. 
bodies were found just eight kilometres from where the suspects’ last
burned-out vehicle was discovered. They’d never made it far at all. 

the confirmation of the identities provides closure for most of us and
in a way brings the story to an end, for the families of the victims it
seems unlikely there will ever be the same kind of closure. With all the
involved parties deceased, the kind of details that usually emerge
during a trial are unlikely to ever be known. While the police
investigation continues, questions around exactly how events unfolded
and why these senseless acts of violence happened in the first place,
will likely never be answered.