Philanthropist Glen Davis was born into wealth. He happily worked in the family business eventually taking the reigns of the fortune after his father’s passing. In 1983 though, Davis survived an airplane fire that claimed the lives of 23 passengers. It was this life changing event that turned Davis to philanthropy.
Glen Davis went on to donate more than $20 million over 40 years to various environmental causes. On May 18, 2007, his life was cut short by a gunman’s bullet in a Toronto parking garage.
Despite hard work by the Toronto Police, the case went cold for over a year, until they received a break from a small time hustle arrested on unrelated charges. The story he told police unraveled a story of money, betrayal, greed, and a senseless killing.
On August 25, 2016, Toronto Police received a 911 call around 1 p.m. for a man bleeding heavily from a suspected stab wound on the residential street in Scarborough.
When officers arrived, they found the lifeless bodies of three individuals. A fourth victim was taken to hospital. They also took one person into custody.
Initially the police refused to reveal if there was any sort of relationship between those involved.
Toronto Emergency Services later confirmed two men and one woman were killed and the fourth victim suffered only minor injuries.
In the days following the killings, the public would learn that the victims suffered fatal crossbow bolt wounds. And that the victims and accused were indeed related. Who the accused was and details of his past criminal history would shock this quiet suburban community.
On the morning of June 30th, 2009, four female bodies were discovered in a submerged Nissan Sentra with a broken left taillight, in the Rideau Canal in Kingston, Ontario, Canada. The Shafia sisters Zainab, 19, Sahar, 17, and Geeti, 13, along with their supposed “Auntie” Rona Amir Mohammed, 53, were found dead under water in front of the northernmost Kingston Mills lock.
That same morning, three people showed up at police headquarters to file a missing persons report: Mohammad Shafia, the girls’ father, Tooba Mohammad Yahya, their mother, and Hamed Shafia, their 18-year-old brother.
Police initially believed that it was a tragic accident, but the more questions the police asked the family, the stranger their story became. What police discovered over the next three weeks would lead to one of the most high-profile murder trials in Canadian history. The case would shed a light on the ancient practice of honour killing and the clash of Canadian values and the integration of immigrants in Western society.
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On July 7, 2011, the body of 69 year old businessman Richard Oland, previously a Vice President with Moosehead Brewery, and member of one of New Brunswick’s most iconic families, was found in his office at his investment firm Far End Corporation on Canterbury street in Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada. Discovered by his personal assistant, Richard had been bludgeoned to death.
A pillar in the community, it was no surprise that more than 450 people, including the then New Brunswick Premier David Alward, the Lieutenant-Governor, the mayor of Saint John and a veritable who’s who of New Brunswick’s elite showed up to pay their respects at his funeral.
The death was quickly ruled a homicide, but it would take over two years before police would charge a suspect. Who that suspect was, would shock this tight knit community.
This case would eventually be the subject of the longest trial in New Brunswick’s history. It would see a guilty verdict, an appeals court reversal, two Supreme Court of Canada appeals, and a new trial scheduled for 2018.