Vince Weiguang Li, the man who stabbed to death, and then decapitated 22-year-old Tim McClean on a greyhound bus, made the request when he appeared in court on Tuesday:
Li stared at the floor through much of his brief court appearance.
The 40-year-old responded to questions from Judge Michel Chartier by either nodding or shaking his head.
When Chartier asked him if he wanted to speak to a lawyer, Li shook his head no and then quietly said “please kill me.” Li’s remark was heard by reporters and confirmed by court clerks but was not acknowledged by the judge.
Additional grisly details about the attack:
When police arrived on the scene the bus passengers had fled and were keeping the attacker inside. A standoff ensued.
According to a police report Dalmyn read from in court, the accused carried the victim’s severed head back and forth on the bus “taunting” officers. Armed with a knife and a pair of scissors, he was also observed “cutting body parts from the victim and eating those body parts,” said Dalmyn.
Throughout the ordeal, the only thing police heard from Li was the statement: “I have to stay on the bus forever,” Dalmyn told the court.
After Li’s arrest, officers discovered a plastic bag containing an ear, nose and part of a mouth in the pocket of the accused, she said.
What could have possessed Li to do this? It appears that he had a history of psychiatric problems:
In an interview with police after his arrest, Li declined to speak for the most part, said Dalmyn. On four occasions, however, he did “… in a very low tone of voice indicated that he is guilty.” Police are looking into information that Li may have spent as many as four days in a psychiatric facility prior to the attack, Dalmyn said.
Anybody else wondering if there’s a connection between this butcher, and the feet that keep washing up on Canada’s west coast?
Different theories abound on the floating feet mystery, but this one intrigues me:
According to police there were 2,371 people listed as missing in the (BC) province at the end of May, with gang-related crime, drugs and homelessness all contributing to the problem. The exploits of Vancouver area pig farmer and convicted murderer Robert Pickton loom large. Pickton was convicted last year of the murder of six women, and according to the prosecution at his trial confessed to the murder of 43 others.
The suggestion that there may be a criminal element connected with the appearance of so many feet is bolstered by the conclusion of Ebbesmeyer and other oceanographers that the feet have most probably been born down the Fraser River – which flows from the Rocky Mountains before reaching the Pacific Ocean at Vancouver – swelled by the spring snowmelt.
“This is such a highly improbable situation it begs the question of foul play,” said Ebbesmeyer.
The police are refusing to speculate.
Li was armed with a knife, and a pair of scissors. He was cutting off body parts…..this may not have been his first victim…