Previously published in Examiner
Part 1 of Murder on a Bus
You are sitting on a bus enjoying the scenery and listening to music, quietly minding your business and dreaming of things to come, places to go, and people to see. This is the stuff that memories are made of. This is the stuff that you will tell your grand-kids in the future. Except there is no future for you, you make one mistake, you say hello to a passenger looking for a seat on the bus, and then it all ends, your hopes, your dreams, your music.
That is exactly what happened to Tim McLean a young man who was had finished working at a fair in Alberta and was going home to Manitoba. All seemed right with the world until McLean said hello to Vince Weiguang Li, age 40, who then sat beside him. Tim McLean, age 22, was sleeping and listening to music when he was stabbed 50 or 60 times. There were 37 shocked passengers on the bus who ran out the bus when Li lunged at them with a knife. They were able to keep him in the bus when the bus driver sealed the door behind him.
The crazy man proceeded to cut off McLean’s head and carry it up and down the bus as the passenger stood outside looking in with horror.
Montrealers were appalled at such a situation, Montrealers have long known that this kind of violence happens in American quite frequently but in Canada, where we have relatively little homicides, how could this happen? We in Montreal or the rest of Canada do not live in a world where we are afraid to board a bus or walk the streets. We do not have to worry about the health concerns of being hurt or killed on a bus or any kind of transportation. Though, having said that, Montrealers have been accosted at Metro stations and this is alarming enough.
to be continued