Monday, March 7, 2016
Lonnie Landrud and the murder of Deena Braem
This one kind of baffles me. Deena Lyn Braem was last seen alive hitchhiking to her home in Bouchie Lake from Quesnel on September 25, 1999. Her body was recovered on December 10, 1999 north west of Quesnel near Pinnacles Provincial Park. In 2009 the Vancouver sun reported that 10 years later Deena's death is still a mystery.
Deena was murdered on the highway of Tears. The Highway of Tears dates back to 1998 when the name was used at a vigil in Terrace to pay tribute to five women who at that time had disappeared along the 720-kilometre stretch of Highway 16 connecting Prince George to Prince Rupert.The Prince George Citizen reported that the murders along the highway of tears date back to 1969 and continued in the /70's so it started before and continued after Robert Pickton. The Highway of Tears web site claims the number of murders are up to 40.
The Lonnie Landrud story is bizarre yet he seems so coherent. He claims he witnessed the murder of Deena Braem and claims she was murdered by a police officer. We've talked about means and motive in the past. I see no motive in a cop killing this young girl. We have heard of cops stealing drugs from police lock ups. We heard that sex trade workers claims police officers extrted them into perofming sexua favoyr claiming that if the didn't have sex with the police officer they would arrest them for prostitution. These things are believable but murder?
A New York-based Human Rights Watch released a report claiming that police abuse of aboriginal women in BC included threats, torture and sexual assault. The report also contains troubling and graphic allegations of physical and sexual abuse, including from a woman, identified as homeless, who describes how police took her outside of town and raped her. Rhoad said the woman told her the officers then, "threatened that if I told anybody they would take me out to the mountains and kill me and make it look like an accident."
Rape is believable but murder seems extreme. We know Jim Brown is a freak and the Dianne Rock story raises huge concerns. Obviously not all cops are bad. Yet when we see idiots like bill fordy getting promoted it is clear that there is corruption in the administration of the RCMP. How far that rabbit hole goes is something I simply cannot answer.