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  • Man decapitates passenger aboard Greyhound bus in Manitoba

    Man decapitates passenger aboard Greyhound bus in Manitoba

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    Bus en route to Winnipeg from Edmonton; story contains graphic details
    Last Updated: Thursday, July 31, 2008

    A passenger repeatedly stabbed and then decapitated a young man aboard a Greyhound bus travelling through Manitoba overnight in what appears to be a random attack, a witness said Thursday.

    Police officers spent the night examining a Greyhound bus where a passenger was reportedly stabbed and decapitated late Wednesday. (John Woods/Canadian Press)The RCMP would not confirm the reports, only saying that a "major incident" took place late Wednesday evening on the bus as it drove along the Trans-Canada Highway en route to Winnipeg from Edmonton.

    A man was taken into custody after an hours-long standoff with police ended around 1 a.m. near Portage la Prairie, a city about 85 kilometres west of Winnipeg, according to reports.

    Passenger Garnet Caton, who was sitting in the seat in front of the victim, told CBC News in gruesome detail how he saw the attacker stab his seatmate, a young man sleeping with his headphones on.

    Caton said he heard a "blood-curdling scream" and turned around to see the attacker holding a large "Rambo" hunting knife above the victim, "continually stabbing him in the chest area."

    "He must have stabbed him 50 times or 60 times," said Caton.

    As panicked passengers fled the bus, "the attacker was over top of the victim … continually cutting him. I think the victim was gone at that point," Caton said.

    Trio tried to check on victim
    Caton, the driver and a trucker who had stopped at the scene later boarded the vehicle to see if the victim was still alive.

    "When we came back on the bus, it was visible at the end of the bus he was cutting the guy's head off and pretty much gutting him up," said Caton.

    The attacker ran at them, Caton said, and they ran out of the bus, holding the door shut as he tried to slash at the trio.

    When the attacker tried to drive the bus away, the driver disabled the vehicle, Caton said.

    "While we were watching the door, he calmly walks up to the front with the head in his hand and the knife and just calmly stares at us and drops the head right in front of us," said Caton.

    Acted 'like he was a robot'
    Caton described the attacker as surprisingly calm. "It was like he was at the beach or something. There was no rage in him. He wasn't swearing or cursing or anything. It was just like he was a robot or something."

    Police cruisers arrived about 10 minutes after the attack began, he estimates, and officers began directing passengers to school buses to take them to a hotel in Brandon.

    "While we were waiting on the side of the road, [the attacker] was taunting the police with the head in his hand," said Caton.

    Caton described the attacker as appearing "totally normal" earlier in the journey, even chatting with a young woman as he smoked a cigarette during a break.

    But when he got back on the bus, he moved his belongings from the front to a seat beside the victim in the back and about 20 minutes later began attacking the man, said Caton. "He didn't say anything to the victim at all," said Caton.

    'Pretty traumatic'
    A six-year-old and other children were among the passengers who saw the horrific incident unfold, said Caton.

    "It was pretty traumatic," he said, adding that some passengers said they have been unable to sleep or eat since it happened.

    A chaplain and crisis team were on hand to counsel passengers at the hotel, he said.

    Officers were still at the scene early Thursday and brought portable search lights to examine the bus, the CBC's Sean Kavanagh reported. Traffic was being rerouted to a side road.

    Abby Wambaugh, media relations spokeswoman for Greyhound Canada, said there were 37 passengers and a driver aboard the bus.

    She would not comment on what happened on the bus.

    "I don't want to compromise the investigation, so any details need to be confirmed by the police," she said.
    “The man in black fled across the desert, and the gunslinger followed."

    "You go for a man hard enough and fast enough, he don't have time to think about how many's with him; he thinks about himself, and how he might get clear of that wrath that's about to set down on him."

  • #2
    If I ever have to take a bus in Canada, I'm asking for the backseat!
    "I'm not fluent in the language of violence, but I know enough to get around in places where it's spoken."

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    • #3
      I'm thinking he might need some Anger Management Counseling?
      He who feels punctured must once have been a bubble. --Lao Tzu

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      • #4
        I never feel comfortable riding on a bus...American Airlines (or who ever has the cheapest ticket) all the way...
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        • #5
          Oh my!
          Life may not be the party we hoped for, but while we're here we might as well dance.

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          • #6
            Just one more example of the need for concealed carry.
            It's better to be hated for what you are, then to be loved for what you are not.

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            • #7
              Yeah safetyallday. Would that someone had given that psycho a few pills from a metal bottle before he went off. I wonder why he did it, but rather than being able to find out, I'd prefer he was dead and the person he killed was alive to say what he thought.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by safetyallday View Post
                Just one more example of the need for concealed carry.
                Remember, it's Canada...the designated driver of North America. No stun guns, no TASER's, no pepper spray. They don't even allow their police officers to CCW off-duty. An off-duty officer, if riding that bus, would have merely watched with the rest of the passengers and said, "That's not right, eh?"
                "You're never fully dressed without a smile."

                Pain is inevitable, suffering is optional.

                Three things I know for sure: (1) No bad deed goes unrewarded, (2) No good deed goes unpunished, and (3) It is entirely possible to push the most devoted, loyal and caring person beyond the point where they no longer give a 5h!t.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Kieth M. View Post
                  Remember, it's Canada...the designated driver of North America. No stun guns, no TASER's, no pepper spray. They don't even allow their police officers to CCW off-duty. An off-duty officer, if riding that bus, would have merely watched with the rest of the passengers and said, "That's not right, eh?"
                  I just laughed out loud.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Kieth M. View Post
                    Remember, it's Canada...the designated driver of North America. No stun guns, no TASER's, no pepper spray. They don't even allow their police officers to CCW off-duty. An off-duty officer, if riding that bus, would have merely watched with the rest of the passengers and said, "That's not right, eh?"
                    What about ANYONE with a qualified CCW? Another reason our founders were much wiser than the yahoo's in DC now, the 2nd amendment.
                    A Veteran is someone who at one point in their life wrote a blank check made payable to The United States of America, for an amount up to, and including their life. That is honor, and there are way too many people in this country today, who no longer understand that fact!

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Kieth M. View Post
                      Remember, it's Canada...the designated driver of North America. No stun guns, no TASER's, no pepper spray. They don't even allow their police officers to CCW off-duty. An off-duty officer, if riding that bus, would have merely watched with the rest of the passengers and said, "That's not right, eh?"
                      Damn shame that they don't even trust officers enough to carry off duty. How many more incidents lie this or Virginia Tech, or Luby's Cafe or the countless other vile acts is it going to take before everyone wakes up????
                      It's better to be hated for what you are, then to be loved for what you are not.

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                      • #12
                        I didn't know RCMPs and other Canadian officers weren't allowed to carry off duty. That's obscene. How are you supposed to lock up bad guys all day and then take a nonchalant "what-me-worry" attitude about the possibility of retaliation when you're on a walk in the park with loved ones?

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                        • #13
                          Too bad its not like the old days when everyone carried a sword/dagger/something
                          "Friendly Fire, isn't"

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Monty Ealerman View Post
                            How are you supposed to lock up bad guys all day and then take a nonchalant "what-me-worry" attitude about the possibility of retaliation when you're on a walk in the park with loved ones?
                            That's not supposed to happen in Canada.
                            “We don't disagree, you are wrong. Until you have a clue what you are talking about we can't disagree.” - cgh6366

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                            • #15
                              I was really shocked to hear this story. Poor kid was only 19. The guy who committed this act seems to have one SERIOUS mental disorder.
                              When talking to a fool, be sure he isn't doing the same.

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