Canada – While perusing the news for some articles to post, I found an update on Vince Li, the Canadian cannibal who beheaded and ate parts of a stranger on a Greyhound bus. Last week he won the right to leave the grounds of the mental hospital where he is being held. Oh, Canada.
Back in 2008, 40-year-old Li was a passenger on a Greyhound bus traveling at night along a desolate stretch of the Trans-Canada Highway. For no known reason, aside from Li being batshit insane and God telling him to, Li stood up and began calmly stabbing the fellow sitting beside him in the neck and chest.
The victim, 22-year-old Tim McLean, was a carnival worker returning home to Manitoba after working at a fair in Alberta. He didn’t have much time to defend himself as he had been sleeping while listening to music on his headphones. The bus came to a stop and everyone inside fled, leaving poor McLean to be carved up at the hands of Li.
And when I say carved up, I mean that literally. Li decapitated McLean and then held up McLean’s head, showing it to the 35 horrified passengers outside who had fled the bus. The bus driver and two others attempted to board the bus but were chased off by Li who then went back to work on mutilating McLean’s body eating pieces he was carving off.
Li could not get off the bus as the driver and some passengers were blocking the exit, Li tried to drive the bus away. that’s when the bus driver engaged an emergency immobilizer system, rendering the bus inoperable. Locked inside and with nowhere else to go, Li went back to mutilating McLean’s body and eating more of it in full view of the police who had responded to a call of a stabbing.
After announcing that he would stay on the bus forever, Li eventually escaped the bus through a broken window only to be apprehended by awaiting police after being Tased twice.
When authorities got on the bus they found Li had been doing a lot more than planning his escape. They would find McLean’s body as well as several plastic bags scattered around the inside of the bus containing pieces of McLean. These parts did not include McLean’s ear, nose and tongue as they were found in Li’s pockets. McLean’s eyes and a part of his heart were never recovered.
During his 2009 trial a psychiatrist diagnosed Li as having schizophrenia, even though Li had no documented history of mental illness. The psychiatrist said that Li performed the attack because God’s voice told him McLean was a force of evil and was about to execute him. He said that Li was just now coming to grips with what he had done, but could not accept that he had eaten parts of McLean.
A judge agreed with the diagnosis and Li would be found not criminally responsible for the murder and ordered to the Selkirk Mental Health Centre. This past Thursday, a criminal review board allowed him to leave the grounds to take short trips into the city of Selkirk, Manitoba while escorted by
food a nurse and a peace officer. Initially for 30 minutes, and then increased incrementally to a maximum of full days.
Doctors say Li has responded very well to his medications, and his risk of re-offending are only about 1 per cent.Tags: Canada, cannibal, cannibalism, Greyhound, Tim McLean, Vince Li