Tuesday, 20 April 2021

Man kills family over fears they would expose lies to fiancée

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TORONTO: A Canadian man once arrested for robbing banks admitted to killing his mother and two brothers with crossbows over fears they would expose his lies to his fiancée before his wedding.

Brett Ryan pleaded guilty Friday to first and second-degree murder in the grisly 2016 slayings of his mother, 66-year-old Susan Ryan, and brothers Christopher and Alexander.

He also pleaded guilty to attempting to murder his older brother Leigh, 38. The 36-year-old was sentenced to life in prison without the eligibility of parole for 25 years.

An agreed statement of facts detailed the chilling moments leading up to the murders in the family’s Scarborough, Ontario, home on Aug 25. 2016.

It reveals Brett Ryan planned to murder his mother because he was worried that she would tell his fiancée he was jobless. He feared that his fiancée would not marry him. His mother urged him to tell the woman the truth before their wedding or she would cut him off financially.

Ryan also lied about graduating from college in April 2016, despite him dropping out, the document cited by CBC states. His fiancée knew about Ryan’s criminal past, according to the TV station.

In 2009, Ryan, once deemed as the “Fake Beard Bandit,” was arrested and charged with engaging in a nine-month spree of bank robberies. He served nearly four years in prison.

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