The voices have disappeared, he no longer sees his fellow earthlings as aliens, so of course, let’s let him out and have him walk among us. Unreal.
People around the globe are expressing their displeasure (well that’s putting it mildly) about a recent decision to allow a known killer his freedom and I can completely understand why.
In 2004 China born Vince Li said he began to hear voices. “I thought it was the voice of God telling me to write down my journey,” he says. He was also “told” it was his role to save people from an imminent space-alien attack. That quest led him to tour around Canada which involved an eventual bus trip near Winnipeg in 2008. “I bought a knife at Canadian Tire,” he says, “for any emergency for the journey to protect myself from the aliens. I was really scared...”
On the evening of July 30, 2008, Li found himself seated next to 22-year-old Tim Mclean on a Greyhound bus bound for Portage la Prairie. What happened that night shocked the nation and devastated an innocent family for life.
According to witnesses, McLean was sleeping with his headphones on when Li produced a large knife and began stabbing McLean in the neck and chest. He then proceeded to sever his head and then hold it up for other passengers to see. Reportedly the driver and two other men attempted to rescue McLean (I would think they acted too little too late) but were chased away by Li, who slashed at them from behind the locked bus doors. Li then went back to the body and began severing other body parts and even consuming some of McLean’s flesh.
It all just sounds unimaginable and horrific yet when all was said and done, Li was found “not criminally responsible” due to mental illness. “I believed he was an alien,” he now says in his own defence. Last week he granted his first interview since that fateful night and this week he is looking forward to free visits out in the community. He never served even one day in prison for his crime.
Can you imagine how Tim Mclean’s family must feel? Can you imagine if that was your son, husband or brother? It’s sickening and a sad reminder of our poor justice system.
On the plus side, Li claims he no longer hears voices or believes he lives amongst aliens... He’s sorry for what he’s done too. Isn’t that heartwarming?
All I can say is I hope I’m not seated next to him when he forgets to take his meds. Unbelievable.