Manhunt is over but questions remain

Now, that the bodies of two B.C. suspect murderers Bryer Schmegelsky and Kam McLeod were found a lot of communities probably feel relieved.

But those who were following this thriller-like unveiling story are left with more questions than answers, some of which may never be resolved.

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The question that is the most difficult to find an answer to no is what motivated those two young men, life-long friends from relatively small Port Alberni, B.C., to do what they did (if it actually were them). What was going on in their heads?

The fact that they are dead, opens up the way for many theories, guesses and assumptions.

Were they two murderers set up to kill? Were they that type of young man obsessed with blood? History knows many examples when the inner distress, through the roof aggression and curiosity about what killing feels like were motives for homicides and massacres.

In many of these cases, after all, murderers were recognized as mentally unstable, sometimes struggling with psychopathy or other serious mental disorders. However, in most cases (with the exception of Columbine school shooting and probably a few more) these were one-man acts.

The latest release from RCMP suggests that the two men that led police on a cross-Canada manhunt died by what appears to be suicide by gunfire, which also resonates with the Columbine case and thus brings up more questions about what happened there. Were Schmegelsky and McLeod to a point “inspired” by the Elephant?

Or did they play video games or watch some violent movies? Scientists believe that video games don’t lead to killing, but the body of research is limited and cases of unexplainable violence happen more and more often in the contemporary world. Which over and over again bring us to an assumption that promotion of violence may play some role in people's relations.

According to publicly available information, Schmegelsky showed some minor signs of anti-social behavior. At the same time, McLeod was described as a good caring man. Still water runs deep? Or maybe they didn’t actually mean to kill anyone, but something went wrong down the road.

And later, when three were dead and a massive manhunt has begun, they behaved as nothing happened when the surveillance camera spotted them in northern Saskatchewan.

Was it possible that they just didn’t know that they were charged with the murder of B.C. professor Leonard Dyck, and were also suspects in the deaths of American Chynna Dease and her Australian boyfriend Lucas Fowler?

Another important question that might be answered soon is, was it Schmegelsky and McLeod who killed the Alaskan couple? If the investigators find their cellphones, and if the devices will still be operable, then we may get some answers. Or they may find some victims’ DNA on the bodies of Schmegelsky and McLeod or some evidence that may connect those two to the murder scene. Otherwise, chances are the murder of Dease and Fowler may remain unsolved. Which also may mean that those responsible for the death of the couple are still somewhere out there, posing a threat onto people around them.

A question that may remain without an answer, could there be any other victims of Schmegelsky and McLeod that we don’t know about at this point?

So far the investigators managed to answer just a few of big question one of them was what happened to Schmegelsky and McLeod near Gillam, Man. Suicide. Not too many details released as of now. Was it a double suicide? Did one of them kill the other and then kill himself? And again, what could be the motive? Was it a part of the original plan or were they desperate since nothing went according to the plan? And was there a plan at all?

Autopsy results helped a lot, however, it’s still not clear when exactly Schmegelsky and McLeod died. Police believe they were still alive for a few days after they last were seen and when the massive manhunt was ongoing in Manitoba. Could the exact time of their death shed some light on other mysteries?

The guns were also found not far away from the bodies, but no details were released about the type of weapons or their connection to crimes Schmegelsky and McLeod were suspects in. 

The investigation is ongoing. And hopefully, there will be enough evidence for the police to give us a few more answers. In the meantime, we are just left to wonder and hope that we soon will see an end to this case.  

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