Updated Tuesday March 3 – Vince Li pleaded not guilty to killing Tim McLean.Vince Li will present psychiatric evidence in his defense. The trial will decide if Li is to be sent to a psychiatric institution for treatment or convicted and sent to prison. (Source)
McLean’s mother, Carol de Delley, wants murder convicts jailed for life. This includes the mentally insane or Not Criminally Responsible (NCR). De Delley has started a campaign to change the Criminal Code in Canada. Her proposed change has been dubbed as “Tim’s Law”. (Source)
Updated Aug 11.
The Windigo Cannibal hypothesis.
Nathan Carlson, an athno-historian from Edmonton, thinks that a Windigo was responsible for Vince Li killing, defiling and eating the corpse of Tim McLean. A Windigo is a creature in mythology that eats humans. It can possess humans and convert them into cannibals. In 1800 – 1900s, there were gruesome deaths linked to Windigo.
Nathan Carlson researched and documented cases where people would have convulsions, make sounds and plead with captors to kill them before they turn cannibals. Nathan Carlson said that there were many similarities with Vince Li and the Windigos.
Vince Li’s next court appointment is on Sept. 8. A psychologist will determine if Vince Li is fit to stand trial and be held responsible for his actions.
Updated August 9.
The funeral of Tim McLean was attended by roughly 600 people. A few hundred anti-protestors were around to guard the church service and Tim McLean’s family. Westboro Baptist Church members failed to show up in any protest.
Updated on August 9.
Westboro Baptist Church members have succeeded in reaching Manitoba and are in hiding until Tom McLean’s funeral service starts on Saturday afternoon. WBC plan to picket and display their signs.
Updated August 8. Carol deDelley’s message.
Tim McLean, whose full name was Timothy Richard McLean Jr, had a mother, Carol deDelley. Carol deDelley has released a message. Tim McLean had 4 parents. His biological parents divorced and re-married. Carol deDelley is Tim McLean’s mother. His father is Tim McLean Sr. Tim McLean Sr. married Nadine McLean. Amanda McLean/Corregan is Tim’s eldest sister. Vana deDelley is a step sister. Jade deDelley is a stepsister. Kathryn McLean is his sister. Kendall deDelley is a half-brother and Donald deDelley is a half-brother.
The four parents asked for privacy to mourn their loss. Source.
Updated August 8.
Jim Cotton, of Winnipeg Beach, has gathered a group of people who promised to show up at Tim McLean’s funeral on Saturday. Jim Cotton’s group will encircle the opposite group from Westboro Baptist Church and pray for Tim McLean’s family. They will also stop the picketing visitors from creating disturbances.
WBC church members are determined to cross the Canadian Border. One of them said that the only way to check for the WBC member is to do the strip search and look for the WBC tattoo on the butt.
Updated Aug 7.
The story about Stacey on the bus is false. Stacey was on a plane at the time of the murder. Vince Li sold his laptop for $60 to Darren Beatty, 15, a gas station worker. Darren Beatty said there were letters, resumes, photos and personal data of Vince Li stored there. Police have removed the laptop for investigations.
A Montreal businessman and a newspaper have donated a laptop to Darren Beatty to replace the one removed by the police. Dorothy Beatty, Darren’s mother, expressed her gratitude.
PETA wanted to buy an ad that depicted the slaying of Tim McLean as similar to that of an animal. Portage la Prairie’s newspaper declined citing bad taste.
Westboro Baptist Church, a hate group based in US, planned to travel to Westwood Community Church on Saturday, Aug 9, to protest. They want to relay their message that God hates Canadians and that was why Tim McLean died in such a horrible tragedy. Tim Dedelly, Tim McLean’s step-father, said he has reported this to the local police.
Katie McLean and Amanda Corrigan are sisters of Tim McLean. They attended a candlelight vigil at the Manitoba Legislature in Winnipeg on Sunday, August 3. It was a memorial for Tim McLean.
Updated August 6.
The court in Portage La Prairie, Manitoba, ordered Vince Li to take a psychiatric evaluation. The prosecuting lawyer said Vince Li had a plastic bag in his pocket when he was arrested. In the bag were body parts like an ear, nose and a portion of a mouth. In Court, Vince Li said, “Please kill me.”
Updated August 5.
A roadside memorial has been set up at about 20 kilometres west of Portage la Prairie for Tim McLean Jr., who was murdered on July 30.
Vince Li spent an hour chatting and smoking with a woman named Stacy. Stacy was Tim McLean’s colleague in North American Midway Entertainment. Stacy has returned to British Columbia, in Canada. Now, the McLean family are curious about what Stacy and Vince Li talked about.
Tim McLean had messaged his girlfriend, Alexandra Storey, that some bus passengers had consumed ecstasy. Alexandra Storey said she suspected Stacey may have said something that triggered Vince Li’s attack on Tim McLean. Alexandra believed that Vince Li did not just change seats and pick out Tim McLean without reason.
A family in Winnipeg who knew Vince Li told the press that they suspected Vince Li was suffereing from paranoid schizophrenia. Je refused to seek treatment.
Updated August 4.
Vince Weiguang Li was first reported to be a Chinese Muslim by CBC, but the newspaper edited itself and deleted the references to Vince Li being a Muslim. Since the original report has been scrapped by a professional scrapper, all references/ links can not be traced. It was as if it never existed. Maybe it was a rumor or a genuine mistake which the editor corrected.
This was rumored to be in a report by Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) –
“RCMP announced Friday morning that they have charged Vince Weiguang Li, 40, of Edmonton with second-degree murder. He is scheduled to appear at the Manitoba provincial court in Portage la Prairie. A Chinese Muslim, Li expressed to investigators that his actions were motivated by the Koran.” (webpage link is missing).
Updated August 4.
On Sunday, August 3, Tim McLean’s family, relations, friends and well wishers gathered together at their local church for a memorial service. There were about 200 people present.
Tim was suddenly taken away on Wed. July 30, 2008. Tim McLean’s colleagues will organize a fundraising activity to assist in the financial burden on his family. McLean had worked for North American Midway.
Should the Canadian Government do something to implement security measures for Greyhound buses? Read here.
Updated August 4.
Picture of Alex McLean, Tim McLean’s uncle. Alex McLean described Tim as being a good and gentle soul.
Updated August 3.
Vince Li has been put on a suicide watch at Winnipeg Remand Center. Vince Li is protected from himself by being clothed in a special suicide suit. Five correctional center officials have to accompany and watch him if he has to be transported anywhere. He is a flight risk and suicide risk.
Vince Li has not spoken since Sunday afternoon. He communicated by nodding or shaking his head, in response to questions. He refused to speak to a lawyer he refused to make eye contact with anyone.
Pastor Tom Castor, from the Baptist Church, and his congregation have offered help to Vince Li’s wife, Anna Li. Simultaneously, the Baptist Church has also offered services to Tim McLean’s family.
Updated August 3.
Vince Li was charged with second degree murder. He did not enter his plea as it was not required. One hand was bandaged and his face was bruised. His injuries could have been sustained when he tried to escape from the locked bus. Vince Lee broke a window to try to run out but the police apprehended him.
Vince Li migrated to Canada from China 4 years ago. The Winnipeg community took him under their wing. Vince Li was reserved and well liked. Vince Li showed that he was lost sometimes but refused to seek professional help for his problems.
Vince Li suddenly developed the habit of taking bus trips. Friends heard that he went away to look at land but doubted that he had the money to buy property. Vince Li had a wife in Winnipeg but he uprooted himself to Edmonton. After some time, Mrs. Li joined her husband in Edmonton.
One time, Vince Li was upset about getting a traffic ticket and he recounted the incident to a friend. Vince Li said that “they were after me, there was nothing there.” This was one of the indications that something was not quite right with him.
Vince Li’s former church pastor at the Baptist Church will discuss with some people on how they could render assistance to Vince Li.
Updated August 2, from Edmonton, Canada.
The murder happened on Wednesday night and by Friday morning, Vince Li made his first court appearance. The prosecution lawyer asked for a psychological report but the judge said he wanted to give Vince Li the chance to consult with his lawyer first.
Vince Li was able to nod his head in response to a question asked by the judge. The judge asked him if he was exercising his right not to speak and Li understood and nodded his head.
Vince Weiguang Li worked as a newspaper delivery man. His former boss, Vincent Augert, said he worked on Monday, July 28, 2008. When Vince Weiguang Li failed to show up for work on Tuesday, July 29, Vincent Augert called his cell phone and a woman answered. She identified herself as Vince Weiguang Li’s wife. He had left town on an emergency and she had no idea where he went, according to Mrs. Vince Weiguang Li.
Vincent Augert knew that Vince Weiguang Li worked at McDonald’s too. Vincent Augert, whose relationship to Vince Weiguang Li was as his newspaper delivery supervisor, said that Li was a nice guy.
Vince Weiguang Li’s next appointment in court will be on Tuesday, August 5, 2008.
A Canadian police officer’s audio tape revealed that the suspect, Vince Weiguang Li, killed his victim, and hacked off pieces of the body to eat it.
Tim McLean, 22, was a victim of a stabbing in a Greyhound bus. Tim McLean was decapitated. He was Tim McLean Jr., from Winnipeg. Police have charged Vince Weiguang Li, 40, of Edmonton, with second degree murder. He will appear in the Manitoba Provincial court in Portage la Prairie.
Tim McLean was listening to his music with his headphones on and he could have fallen asleep when Vince Weiguang Li sat down beside him.
Eye witnesses said Vince Weiguang Li suddenly took out his Rambo-like knife and stabbed Tim McLean repeatedly. All passengers & the driver left the bus. Vince Weiguang Li cut off Tim McLean’s head and walked around the bus.
The passengers secured the door from outside to prevent him from coming out. The driver disabled the bus so that Vince Weiguang Li could not drive off. Police managed to persuade Vince Weiguang Li to surrender himself peacefully.
Condolences to Tim McLan’s family. This is a horrific tragedy.
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