I posted Head Out on the Highway last year. Even today, it’s one of my favorite headlines. Crackpot goes postal on a Greyhound bus, decapitating the poor slob sitting beside him, then carving up the body. An eyewitness account from the original story:
“We heard this bloodcurdling scream and turned around, and the guy was standing up, stabbing this guy repeatedly, like 40 or 50 times,” Caton said from a hotel in Brandon, Manitoba, where he and other passengers had been taken to rest. Caton said the bus stopped and the passengers scrambled to disembark while the suspect allegedly began methodically carving up the man’s body. The attacker severed the man’s head with a large hunting knife and held the head up by the door for others to see. “When he was attacking him, he was calm like he was at the beach,” Caton said. “There was no rage or, or anything. He was just like a robot stabbing the guy.” Caton said he saw the suspect had the victim on the floor of the bus and “was cutting his head off and pretty much gutting him.”
Today the matter was concluded in a Canadian court. Cbcnews.ca
Vince Li has been found not criminally responsible for the unprovoked killing and beheading of fellow passenger Timothy McLean on a Greyhound bus last summer.
Manitoba Court of Queen’s Bench Judge John Scurfield said Thursday that Li, 40, could not be found guilty of murder and is not criminally responsible for the crime because he was mentally ill at the time of the killing.
“These grotesque acts are appalling… but are suggestive of a mental disorder,” the judge said. “He did not appreciate the act he committed was wrong.”
At the time, there were calls to change the name of the company to “Bloodhound.” These were resisted: no sense of humor at the corporate level. There were also jokes featuring the punch line, “Canadian Club.” I will not recite these as a matter of taste. (Also, I forgot them.) Meanwhile, the gears of justice continued to grind, resulting in the verdict noted above.
We, who remain fully capitated, can only hope this sick pup stays locked up ’til the Canadian glaciers melt, even though they’re on a pace to liquify much sooner than anticipated. There is no truth to the rumor that the Republican National Committee inquired as to his availability to serve as chairman, despite his obvious credentials. My emails requesting permission to let him write a guest post have gone unanswered. Basically, he’s been removed permanently from human society.
Oh, okay. A baby seal waddles into a bar. “What’ll you have?” asks the bartender. “Anything but a Canadian Club,” says the seal.