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'One of Canada's Most Gruesome Killings' Ends in Surprise Verdict

Zhao Li escapes murder ruling, found guilty of manslaughter instead

(Newser) - A two-year-plus trial that drew much media attention has ended in Canada, with a verdict that's shocked many. On Tuesday, a judge on British Columbia's Supreme Court found 59-year-old Zhao Li guilty not of murder, but of manslaughter for killing and dismembering his millionaire cousin, 41-year-old Gang Yuan,...

Lost Snowboarders Burned Homework to Survive

2 teens rescued after night on BC mountain

(Newser) - A teenager in British Columbia is going to have a very good excuse for not having done his homework when he goes back to school: He had to burn it to avoid getting frostbite. The Mounties say two 16-year-old snowboarders became lost in an out-of-bounds area at the Whitewater Ski...

Octopus Filmed Trying to Drown Bald Eagle

Both animals survive thanks to BC fish farmers

(Newser) - It was bald eagle vs. octopus in what was likely to be a battle to the death. Then a group of Canadians intervened. The salmon farmers were on the water near Quatsino, BC, at the northwest tip of Vancouver Island on Monday when they heard "a lot of splashing...

Plight of Hungry Bears Prompts Unusual Move

First Nation group in Canada brings salmon to feed starving grizzlies

(Newser) - Visitors flock to Knight Inlet, north of Vancouver, British Columbia, in hope of spotting a grizzly bear. On a recent visit, tour operator and photographer Rolf Hicker actually saw three, but it was no cause for celebration. "Advertising still shows the happy bears feasting on salmon, well, sorry to...

Roadside Killers Had Weirdest Escape Plan

The RCMP reveals how they tracked down Bryer Schmegelsky and Kam McLeod

(Newser) - Sad, but true: Two triple homicide suspects in Canada believed they could escape by hijacking a boat to Africa, the National Post reports. On Friday, the RCMP revealed how they identified Bryer Schmegelsky and Kam McLeod as roadside killers and tracked them down in the swampy terrain of northern Manitoba....

Boy, 13, Helps Solve Cold Case From 1992
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Kid With a GoPro Solves a 1992 Cold Case

Missing Canadian woman was in submerged vehicle in a lake

(Newser) - The family of a Canadian woman who disappeared in 1992 finally know what happened to their loved one, thanks to 13-year-old Max Werenka and his GoPro camera. Max, whose family owns cabins on Griffin Lake near Revelstoke, BC, spotted what appeared to be a submerged vehicle around 15 feet below...

Former Amazing Race Canada Contestant Dead in Fall

Kenneth McAlpine died on Mount Gimli on his 28th birthday

(Newser) - Former Amazing Race Canada contestant Kenneth McAlpine set out to scale a massive rock formation on his 28th birthday. He ended up dying in a fall in the mountains he loved. The Ontario native is believed to have been hiking alone on the last section of trail leading to the...

Couple Missing for Weeks Found in Fatal Car Wreck

Canada's James Evans and Easha Rayel crashed into a ditch a few miles from home

(Newser) - James Evans and Easha Rayel disappeared without a trace on August 9, and police in Canada had received tips that they were seen as far as 300 miles from the Canadian couple's Vancouver Island home. The sightings were wrong. The bodies of Evans, 23, and Rayal, 36, were found...

Relative: Teen Fugitives Left a Cellphone Video

RCMP promise an update in 'a couple of weeks'

(Newser) - Two murder suspects believed to have committed suicide following a lengthy manhunt in Canada left behind a cellphone video, which includes their "last will and testament," according to a family member. The unnamed relative tells the Toronto Star that 30 seconds of footage—a goodbye message including the...

Canada Suspect's Dad Thinks Son Will Die, Says 'RIP'

Alan Schmegelsky claims son Bryer Schmegelsky bought 'his funeral suit'

(Newser) - "Rest in peace, Bryer." That was the message Alan Schmegelsky had Wednesday for his son— one of two suspects wanted for three murders in Canada. "He's going to be dead today or tomorrow," the elder Schmegelsky told CTV News , predicting his son had a "...

Manhunt for Canada Teens Focuses on Remote Area

Vehicle used by pair found near Manitoba town

(Newser) - The Mounties are searching rough terrain in northern Manitoba for two fugitive teenagers suspected of killing three people in British Columbia. Authorities confirmed Wednesday that a burned-out 2011 Toyota Rav 4 believed to have been used by Kam McLeod, 19, and Bryer Schmegelsky, 18, was found near the town Monday,...

Missing Teens Now Suspects in 3 BC Murders

Their burned-out vehicle was found near a body

(Newser) - Canadian teenagers Kam McLeod, 19, and Bryer Schmegelsky, 18, were declared missing after their burned-out vehicle was found in northern British Columbia on Friday. Police are still looking for the pair—but they are now considered fugitive murder suspects. The Mounties say the Vancouver Islands teens are suspects in the...

Police Release Sketch After Highway Killings in Canada

Person of interest spoke to Lucas Fowler on July 14

(Newser) - Canadian authorities have released a sketch of a person believed to be among the last to encounter Chynna Deese and Lucas Fowler alive. The US woman and her Australian boyfriend had embarked on a three-week road trip before they were found shot to death on the side of a northern...

Third Body Found Not Far From Murdered Couple

Australian homicide detectives are traveling to Canada to learn more

(Newser) - Australian officials are sending two detectives to Canada to help unravel the killing of a young couple found dead by a remote highway, the Guardian reports. Chynna Deese, 24, and her boyfriend, Lucas Fowler, 23, were found Monday in British Columbia and identified three days later, suggesting a violent death....

US Woman Found Dead With Her Boyfriend in Canada
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US Woman, Boyfriend Found by Canadian Highway

Chynna Deese and Lucas Fowler lost their lives

(Newser) - A double-murder in Canada has police scouring a remote area and reporters floating theories from random violence to a possible serial killer, the Charlotte Observer reports. Chynna Deese, a 24-year-old American, was visiting her boyfriend Lucas Fowler, 23, in British Columbia when their remains were found Monday on a desolate...

Man Attacked by Bear Gives Her Mother's Day Gift

Alex Neumann didn't have the heart to immediately report grizzly attack he miraculously survived

(Newser) - "Never cross a mother bear with cubs" seems pretty intuitive, a fact that Alex Neumann experienced firsthand last month—and he's still dealing with both the physical and mental repercussions of the incident. The CBC reports that the 50-year-old Canadian was early for a job about 40 miles...

Everyone Wants These Bags. That Wasn't the Plan

Embarrassing messages on Vancouver store's plastic bags meant to stop bag use, not spur it

(Newser) - The plastic bags given out at East West Market were supposed to shame customers out of using them . Instead, they've become collectors' items of sorts, because customers think they're irreverently cool. Management had hoped the bags at the Vancouver store—designed with what the New York Times calls...

Suspected 'Ski Rage' Incident Puts Hole in Teen's Skull

Father, Mounties appeal for witnesses

(Newser) - A father—and the Mounties—are trying to find witnesses to a suspected "ski rage" attack that left a teenager with a bullet-sized hole in his skull. Father David Keir says his son Max, 13, swerved to avoid a man in a yellow ski jacket while at Grouse Mountain...

Young Siblings Found After Night Alone on Mountain

Their dad told them to stay put while he went for help

(Newser) - Two young American siblings survived a night alone in a forested area on a Canadian mountain after following their father's instructions and staying put. Search and rescue officials say the 6-year-old girl, the 7-year-old boy, and their father fell down a "steep, treacherous cliff" into a creek drainage...

Pro Skier Falls to His Death in Crevasse

Dave Treadway had 2 kids and another on the way

(Newser) - "Don't let a bit of warm weather trick you into hanging up your skis … The snow's great up high right now," Canadian professional skier Dave Treadway wrote in an April 4 Instagram post . Less than two weeks later, the 34-year-old died doing what he loved....

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