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Man believed he was beheading an alien

2012-05-23 14:59

Ottawa - A Chinese immigrant who beheaded and cannibalised a Canadian bus passenger in front of horrified travellers four years ago spoke out for the first time on Tuesday, saying he believed his victim was an alien.

Vince Weiguang Li, aged 43, after being diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia, was found not guilty of murdering 22-year-old Tim McLean on a Canadian Greyhound bus on 30 July 2008.

He has been holed up since his trial at a Winnipeg, Manitoba area mental health centre, where he has received treatment and is now eligible for escorted day trips into the community.

In an interview with Chris Summerville, head of the Schizophrenia Society of Canada, Li said he started hearing in 2004 what he believed was "the voice of God".

"The voice told me that I was the third story of the Bible, that I was like the second coming of Jesus [and that] I was to save people from a space alien attack," he said, according to a transcript published by Canadian media.

Li said he had purchased the knife used in the attack for protection "from the aliens" and claimed that he was unaware at that time that he suffered from schizophrenia.

"I was really scared. I remember cutting off his head. I believed he was an alien. The voices told me to kill him, that he would kill me or others. I do not believe this now," Li said.

Licking blood

Li had repeatedly stabbed McLean, who had been asleep on the seat next to him, cut off his head, removed his internal organs, pocketed his nose, tongue and an ear, and taunted police and bystanders with the severed head.

Police said in court documents Li "appeared to smell, and then eat parts of Tim McLean's flesh" and "lick blood from his hands" as they surrounded the bus on a desolate highway 90km west of Winnipeg, in western Canada, soon after the attack.

Authorities found body parts littered throughout the bus, some in white plastic bags. McLean's eyes and a third of his heart were also missing, and it is presumed Li ate them, said a pathologist in court files, though Li denied this.

The other 35 passengers and the driver were jolted by "blood-curdling screams" and fled, said witnesses, bracing the door after their escape to trap Li inside the bus. He was subdued by police after a three-hour standoff.

McLean, according to his family, was on his way home to Winnipeg from a job as a carnival worker in western Canada, when he was attacked.

Li, a devout Christian and a computer engineer, immigrated to Canada with his wife from China's province of Liaoning in 2001.

Comments
  • Jeanne - 2012-05-23 15:10

    Wow - this is scary!!!

  • louis.langenhoven - 2012-05-23 15:13

    little did he know HE was the alien

  • Gee - 2012-05-23 15:15

    I get the same thought now and then! My shrink increased my medication and advised me not to use taxi's anymore!

  • guwonson - 2012-05-23 15:21

    Don't do drugs kids.

      janalbert.vandenberg - 2012-05-23 16:21

      Don't think he did drugs: "Li, a devout Christian and a computer engineer, immigrated to Canada with his wife from China's province of Liaoning in 2001."

      Brent - 2012-05-23 17:08

      dont do drugs QF

      Susan - 2012-05-24 08:44

      Questioningfaith, does it make any difference if he was a devout christian, one would still come to the same conclution, he killed someone and then eat him...

      janalbert.vandenberg - 2012-05-24 14:22

      Nope it doesn't, but I don't suspect he was doing drugs. At least, as a devout Christian I would not be doing drugs? I wasn't referring to him being Christian as PART of the issue, merely commenting on the DRUGS issue discuss in this comment line. Keep up! GHHR

  • OSSY24 - 2012-05-23 15:30

    1000 ways to die

  • janalbert.vandenberg - 2012-05-23 15:46

    I wonder what people would have thought of this guy 1000 years ago... 2000 years ago... 4000 years ago... 6000 years ago? Making myths, the schizophrenic way. "Li said he started hearing in 2004 what he believed was 'the voice of God'". Interesting indeed!

      Brent - 2012-05-23 17:08

      i wonder what stalin was listening to?

  • alex.vorster1 - 2012-05-23 15:53

    This is so weird

  • siliziwem - 2012-05-23 16:36

    SAW IV

  • sysonkiggundu - 2012-05-23 16:41

    Paranoid schizophrenia....hectic stuff

  • Heinz - 2012-05-23 16:49

    Maybe he thought the passenger was a poodle.

  • birkettN - 2012-05-23 20:53

    Like a boss

  • stefan.duraan - 2012-05-23 22:56

    How could he be found not guilty? Insane stuff!!

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