Septic Tank Sam

Septic Tank Sam is the nickname given to an unidentified murder victim who was found in a septic tank thirteen kilometres (8.1 mi) west of Tofield, Alberta on April 12th, 1977. RCMP believe he may have been murdered as early as April 1976. Authorities suspect he was not from Alberta, but most likely worked as a migrant worker. If the victim was from the area, odds are there would have been a missing person’s report on him or a close family member would have reported him missing so police surmised he was a transient. However, they can’t be certain because the victim was never identified. Sam was found wearing a blue Levi shirt with snap buttons, a gray t-shirt, blue jeans, and imitation Wallabee shoes. His decomposed body was wrapped in a yellow bed sheet and tied up with a nylon rope. Sam was found by a local couple scavenging their abandoned property for a septic tank pump. After seeing his leg bobbing in their old septic tank, they alerted the Tofield Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) detachment. Two officers came to the scene to recover Sam’s body, where they spent an hour emptying the 1.8 meter deep septic tank with empty ice cream pails.

A medical examiner in Edmonton determined Sam to be a white guy although another medical examiner in Oklahoma said he could of been native. If you have been to that region of Alberta its all white or native so that doesn’t narrow it down that much. Retired RCMP Sgt. Jim Warren, who was a junior constable at the Tofield detachment in 1979 and worked on the file, said that if the victim was from a northern Native village, his family may not have seen the sketch. His bones and teeth suggested he suffered from an unspecified illness at five years old. Sam’s cause of death was two gunshots to the head and chest, although it was possible there could have been more if any of the bullets did not reach his skeleton. Before his death, Sam had been tortured; he had been beaten, tied up, burned with a small butane torch and cigarettes, and sexually mutilated with farm shears. The sexual mutilation was so severe that the medical examiner took several months to positively identify him as a male. Based on the burn marks on his shirt sleeves, Sam could have been tied to a bed while tortured. After Sam’s death, he had been covered in quicklime, most likely in an attempt to hasten decomposition. RCMP investigating the case described the murder as one of the most vindictive and sadistic they had ever seen. Forty-two years later the murder remains an unsolved Alberta cold case.

Due to a lack of evidence in the septic tank, Sam was most likely murdered elsewhere and the septic tank was only a dumpsite. Sam’s murderers are believed to have known him, due to how viciously he had been killed. It is also suspected Sam’s murderers were Tofield locals or were familiar with the area, due to the location of Sam’s dumpsite being on a rural property. Some Tofield and area residents thought criminals or drug dealers from Edmonton used the Lindbrook septic tank to dump the body. Others believed the killer was someone local. They surmised who else but someone local knew about the abandoned septic tank? After all, the septic tank was hidden in a remote area on a two-and-half-acre lot off what was then Hwy 14. They said what were the chances of criminals from Edmonton finding a barely visible septic tank? Besides, Wye Road – from Sherwood Park to Lindbrook – has many spots with miles and miles of only thick trees and muskeg, perfect for dumping and hiding a body. Back in 1977, the deserted stretch of highway was even less populated with more locations for criminals/drug dealers from Edmonton to dump a body. They didn’t have to drive about 45 minutes to Lindbrook and increase the risk of being caught. Still, Sgt. Lammerts said if someone from Edmonton dumped the body in Lindbrook, then perhaps the killer(s) went to the area first looking for a dumpsite before committing the crime.

Sam’s body has been exhumed from his unmarked grave in an Edmonton cemetery twice. In 1979, Sam’s remains were flown out to Clyde Snow and Betty Gatliff, Forensic anthropologist and medical illustrator at the Federal Aviation Administration in Oklahoma who had been creating 3D facial composites from skulls since 1967. Along with creating a facial composite for Sam, the two could tell by measuring his hands that he was right-handed. Snow believed Sam to be of Indigenous origin and around 35 years old, contradicting the RCMP’s belief of Sam being a European Canadian and between 26 and 32. Sam was exhumed and reconstructed for the second time in 2000 by Cyril Chan, who was with the Edmonton medical examiner’s office at the time.

The 1,200 residents of Tofield at the time were horrified to hear of Sam’s murder. Farmers checked their own septic tanks for bodies and business owners worried that Sam’s murderers could have been regular customers. Many speculated Sam had been sexually mutilated due to committing a sex crime or being unfaithful in a relationship. Ed Lammerts, one of the officers who helped recover Sam’s body, has since retired. He believes Sam will never be identified, despite sending X-rays of Sam’s teeth to 800 Albertan dentists coupled with publishing them in dental magazines, and spending $1,000,000 CAD on the case.

Characteristics

  • He still had all of his teeth, some fillings, and had signs of recent dental work.
  • Medium build.
  • Dark hair.
  • His eye color is unknown.
  • Measurements of his hands suggested he was right-handed.
  • Examination of his bones and teeth revealed he suffered from an unspecified illness at five years old.

Clothing

  • Blue ‘Levi‘ work shirt with snap buttons.
  • Gray T-shirt.
  • Blue jeans.
  • Gray wool socks.
  • Brown imitation ‘Wallabee’ shoes.

Links

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Septic_Tank_Sam

https://unidentified.wikia.org/wiki/Septic_Tank_Sam

https://edmontonjournal.com/news/local-news/could-new-national-dna-database-provide-a-break-in-one-of-albertas-most-gruesome-cold-cases

Albertapress

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Richardson Family Murders

Richardson Family Murders

This case is one of the most horrific and sick cases I have ever heard about. It is cases like this that really wants me to see the death penalty in Canada.
  Marc Richardson (42), Debra Richardson (48), and their 8 year old son Jacob were stabbed to death in their Medicine Hat, Alberta home. Jacob’s 6 year old best friend discovered the bodies. Marc and Debra in the basement and Jacob in his bedroom. When the bodies were found police noticed that their 12 year old daughter Jasmine was missing. At first it was suspected that she was abducted. But the next day she was arrested with her 23 year old boyfriend Jeremy Stienke in Leader, Saskatchewan. And NO that is a not a typo this sick fuck 23 year old was dating a 12 year old girl. Apparently the motive for them to murder Jasmine’s parents was for some reason her parents disapproved of their 12 year old daughter dating a 23 year old man.
  Before the murders Stienke was drinking beer, wine, and snorting cocaine.
  Stienke entered the Richardson home through a window in the basement. Debra Richardson hears a noise and goes down to check it out and turns on the light and sees Stienke there with a knife. Stienke grabs her then she yells and he stabs her repeatedly yelling ” Die, die, die, die.”  Then Marc came down.
  Marc Richardson fought for his life with a screwdriver, but was stabbed over 24 times including 9 times in the back. Marc’s last words to Stienke were “Why?” and he replied “Because your daughter wanted it this way”.
    Bloody handprints were smeared all over the basement walls. Jacob was found lying in his bed soaked in blood with his throat slashed wide open.
  Stienke apparently even tried to recruit friends to assist him with the murders. They declined. A man named Jordan Attfield even testified against Stienke in court saying Stienke asked him to help and when he refused to help him Stienke threatened him.
  After the murders Stienke was boasting to friends that “He gutted Jasmines parents like fish”
  After the murders also Stienke and Jasmine went to a friends house to have sex.

Jeremy Allen Stienke: Jeremy Stienke is a weird character. He has now changed his name to Jackson May. An unemployed high school drop out who apparently he told his friends he is a 300 year old werewolf who likes the taste of blood. (Sounds like a real winner) He even carried a fucking vial of the stuff around his neck. Rumors have it that he met his girlfriend on the website Vampire Freaks, others have said that the two met at a punk rock show.
  His mother Jaqueline May did not expect a first degree murder conviction and actually wept in court while holding a bible. (Really?)

Jasmine Richardson: Many believe that Jasmine was more an instigator in the crime than her boyfriend Jeremy. It is hard to believe that a 12 year old girl could have such influence over a 23 year old man. But then again it is pretty amazing that a 23 year old man would be so fucked in the head and desperate to date a 12 year old girl. But then again this is a man who thinks he is a werewolf and a vampire. Police even uncovered internet communications between the two of them with her posting ” I have a plan it begins with me killing them and ends with me living with you”. And it was Jasmine who plunged the knife in her 8 year old brothers stomach while he cried that he is too young to die. Then classy Jeremy went and slit his throat.
  Her heros on her myspace page were Jeffrey Dahmer and Marilyn Manson. On other sites that she frequented she claimed to ba a bi-sexual wiccan.
  She is now free and attending Mount Royal University in Calgary, Alberta. Even has a part time job.

Kacy Lancaster: Accesory to murder as she was with Steinke and Richardson when they were arrested in Leader, Saskatchewan.

Legal outcome:  Jasmine Richardson as of this day is a free woman. And attended classes at Mount Royal University in Calgary, Alberta. She is believed to be the youngest person ever in Canadian history convicted of multiple murder.
Jeremy Stienke: Steinke admitted to the murders to an undercover officer while in custody. He even said to an undercover cop wearing a wire “You hear about that triple homicid? You’re looking at him…. Me and my lady have become legends”.
 On December 15th, 2008 Steinke was sentenced to 3 life sentances of first degree murder and will eligible for parole in 25 years.

Letters between the two in jail.

Stienke to Jasmine

“I love you more than life its self, I’ve added you to my visitors lists so once your released please visit often. Never forget how much I care or that I love you. We can keep writing each other till we can be together again. Without you this life isn’t worth living… U said you want to get engaged? Then here’s a Q…Will U marry me? If so then it is a verbal agreement!” [sic throughout].

Jasmine to Stienke

“Ahahaha! I never thought I’d find myself hystericaly laughing in a holding cell in these kinds of circumstances…or ever really. But still! ahaha you make me so happy! Yes! Yes! I will, I would love to… Interesting information I came across. Anything you can say to anyone, including a phycistrist, unless issued by a lawyer can be used against you! For fucks sake. Rawr. The world really is against us.” [sic throughout].

Lots of remorse shown there. They broke up in prison what a shocker.

Older Videos But I thought I would post them anyway.

Refernces:
http://www.avoiceformen.com/women/murderess-jasmine-richardson-attends-mount-royal-university/
http://mascaramurder.blogspot.ca/2012/04/remembering-richardson-family.html
http://murderpedia.org/male.S/s/steinke-jeremy.htm
http://femalekillers.blogspot.ca/2010/01/jasmine-richardson-forbidden-love.html
http://www.vice.com/en_ca/read/the-alberta-girl-who-had-her-family-murdered-a-decade-ago-is-about-to-be-free

Looks more female in that pic than she is. He will love getting butt raped in jail. I hope the scum dies there.
Marc and Debra Richardson
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