Human Depravity Aplenty in Winnipeg Homicide Scene

Winnipeg Police Public Information Officer Constable Jay Murray (Photo JGJ)

A short nine days ago it was looking like the City of Winnipeg was going to have a dramatic decrease in homicides this year.

The homicide count stood at twelve for the year, an impressive reduction of -40% from the year over year total recorded in 2017.

That was five killings ago.

Homicide #13

Faron Alexander Spence (39) & Michael Anthony Caribou (28) (Police Handout)

The wheels started to come off on September 22, 2018, when police reported the murder of Jason Peter John James (40) who died in the 300 block of Pritchard Avenue after a violent assault.

Police subsequently released images of two (2) suspects wanted in connection with the killing.

Homicide #14

Then on September 23, 2018, police responded to an assault in progress in front of a residence in the 400 block of Redwood Avenue.

Police arrived at the scene within three (3) minutes and intervened as the assault was still in progress. The assailant, a fifteen (15) year old male youth, was immediately taken into custody and subsequently charged with 2nd-degree murder.

His victim, a seventy-three (73) year old died from serious upper body and head injuries. The man has not been identified.

Homicide #15

On September 24, 2018, at approximately 4 p.m., emergency services personnel responded to a report of a male assaulted in the railway underpass on McPhillips Street near Logan Avenue.

The victim, a 17-year-old male, was transported to hospital where he died from his injuries.

Police report the Homicide Unit continued the investigation and have charged a 13-year-old boy with 2nd-degree murder for his alleged involvement in the killing.

Police indicate the victim and suspect were known to each other.

(Police praised construction workers at the scene who provided medical aid to the victim in an effort to save his life.)

Homicide #16

WPS Media Release

On September 28, 2018, at approximately 7:05 p.m., members of the Winnipeg Police Service responded to a report of suspicious circumstances at a recycling depot in the 100 block of Omands Creek Boulevard.

Upon arrival, police learned the body of a middle-aged woman had been found mixed in the recycling materials.

Police believe the woman had come from a secondary location.

The woman was not identified and no suspects have been arrested.

Police spokesman Constable Jay Murray put the grizzly discovery into context;

“Myself, I don’t have children so I can’t begin to imagine what a mother feels when she reads something like this. This is somebody’s daughter, somebody’s loved one. I think it’s absolutely appalling that someone would be treated like a piece of trash or recyclable material.”

Police expect to release more information regarding this case in the coming days.

Homicide #17

On September 30, 2018, police announced the arrest of Allen Joseph Frier Beardy (22) in connection with the killing of a 21-month-old baby boy.

Police indicate the incident occurred on August 30, 2018, at approximately 10:45 p.m., when emergency personnel responded to the report of an unresponsive child in the 100 block of Idlewild Bay.

Upon arrival, the injured child was located and rushed to hospital in critical condition.

The boy was subsequently pronounced deceased.

“These can be exceptionally difficult investigations for everyone involved and that includes law enforcement and medical professionals. I think the death of a child can weigh heavily on anyone that’s touched by this investigation.”

Police indicate the child was injured by Beardy on two different occasions on the date in question.

The first incident occurred in the 300 block of Redwood Avenue and the 2nd incident occurred at the address on Idlewild Bay.

Police say the child was found unresponsive by his mother who called 911.

Police report the child died as a result of suffering blunt force trauma.

Beardy was charged with manslaughter in connection with the killing.

He was detained in custody.

Beardy is not the child’s biological father.

Police declined to offer any comment regarding prior history of any kind with Child & Family Services.

Constable Murray did his level best to put context on this case as well;

“These can be exceptionally difficult investigations for everyone involved and that includes law enforcement and medical professionals. I think the death of a child can weigh heavily on anyone that’s touched by this investigation.”

Constable Murray’s comments certainly hit home.

The precise emotional toll exacted by these types of criminal investigations can be very difficult to measure.

The fact police are no longer afraid to discuss the emotional toll is a sign of progress and helps to reduce the stigma that prevents police officers from properly addressing work-related emotional trauma.

Insider Commentary;

At this time last year, the City recorded a total of 20 homicide cases.

The year ended with a total of twenty-three homicides – all twenty-three cases were solved – solvency rate 100%.

This year, police have solved a total of 15 of the 17 reported homicide cases – solvency rate – 88%.

The year over year (2018 – 2017) homicide count is now down -15%.

2018 Homicide Statistics

Stabbings continue to dominate the manner of death in Winnipeg homicide cases;


  • Male – 12
  • Female – 4
  • Child – 1 (Male – 21 months)

Cause of Death

  • Stabbing – 8
  • Blunt Force – 5
  • Shooting – 2
  • Not Disclosed – 2

One Comment

  1. Sandra Fries

    The reclying one hits close too home…I worked at the Gods River Lodge 2 years ago and knew her from there…hard times for her in the city but this disgusts me !!

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