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The Wendigo is a spirit of famine from the folklore of the Algonquian peoples of the Great Lakes and much of Canada east of the Rockies. It is common in Midwestern horror stories and folktales. It is thought of as a malevolent cannibalistic spirit that could possess humans or a monster that humans could physically transform into. Those who indulged in cannibalism were at particular risk,and the legend appears to have reinforced this practice as a taboo.
It is said that in times of famine, any human that is driven to eat the flesh of another person in their hunger may become a Wendigo.
The Wendigo has an insatiable appetite. Whenever it eats a person it grows in proportion to the size of its meal, causing its hunger to grow more and more intense.
One of the more famous cases of Wendigo psychosis involved a Plains Cree trapper from Alberta, named Swift Runner. During the winter of 1878, Swift Runner and his family were starving, and his eldest son died. Twenty-five miles away from emergency food supplies at a Hudson’s Bay Company post, Swift Runner butchered and ate his wife and five remaining children.Given that he resorted to cannibalism so near to food supplies, and that he killed and consumed the remains of all those present, it was revealed that Swift Runner’s was not a case of pure cannibalism as a last resort to avoid starvation, but rather of a man suffering from Wendigo psychosis. He eventually confessed and was executed by authorities at Fort Saskatchewan. Prior to being charged with murder, he had suffered screaming fits and nightmares, which he attributed to being possessed by a Wendigo.
Another well-known case involving Wendigo psychosis was that of Jack Fiddler, an Oji-Cree chief and shaman known for his powers at defeating Wendigos. In some cases this entailed euthanizing people suffering from Wendigo psychosis; as a result, in 1907, Fiddler and his brother Joseph were arrested by the Canadian authorities for murder. Jack committed suicide, but Joseph was tried and sentenced to life in prison. He was ultimately granted a pardon, but died three days later in jail before receiving the news of this pardon.
In the summer of 2008, Vince Weiguang Li, a shy, kind hearted paper delivery man boarded a Greyhound bus in Edmonton bound for job interview in Winnipeg, Manitoba where he sat in the front of the bus that departed at midnight, July 28.
On July 29, around 6 p.m., Li got off the bus in Erickson, Manitoba, with at least three pieces of luggage, and stayed the night on a bench next to a grocery store. According to one witness, he was seen at 3 a.m. sitting bolt upright with eyes wide open.
On the morning of July 30, still at the bench, he sold his new laptop computer to a 15-year-old boy for $60. Shortly before 6 p.m. Li boarded the bus heading to Winnipeg and proceeded to sit in the back next to Tim McLean, A Carnival Worker returning home to Manitoba after working at a Carnival Fair in Alberta. McLean “barely acknowledged” Li, then fell asleep against the window pane, headphones covering his ears.
Later that night, McLean was sleeping with his headphones on when Li, the man sitting next to him, suddenly produced a large knife and began stabbing McLean in the neck and chest. Garnet Caton, a 26-year-old seismic driller who sat one row ahead of McLean, described hearing “a blood-curdling scream,” saying, “I turned around and the guy sitting right [behind] me was standing up and stabbing another guy with a big Rambo knife…. Right in the throat. Repeatedly.”Passengers on the bus were alerted to shrieks of horror as Li proceeded to plunge the blade into McLean. A witness recalled the peculiar expression on Li, as “There was no rage or anything. He was like a robot, stabbing the guy.”
The driver pulled the bus to the side and the terrified passengers in the bus piled out onto the desolate highway shoulder. The attacker then decapitated McLean and displayed his severed head to the passengers outside. Caton added: “I got sick after I saw the head thing. Some people were puking, some people were crying, some people were shocked. He just looked at us and dropped the head on the ground, totally calm.” The driver and two other men attempted to rescue McLean but were chased away by Li, who slashed wildly at them from behind the locked bus doors. Li then went back to the body and began severing other body parts and consuming some of McLean’s flesh.
At 8:30 p.m., the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) in Portage la Prairie received a report of a stabbing on a Greyhound bus west of the city. They arrived to find the suspect still on board the bus, being prevented from escaping by another passenger, the bus driver, and a truck driver who had provided a crowbar and a hammer as weapons. The other passengers were huddled at the roadside, some of them crying and vomiting. As the suspect had earlier attempted to escape by driving the bus away, the driver had engaged the emergency immobilizer system, rendering the vehicle inoperable. Witnesses had observed the suspect stabbing and cutting McLean’s body, and carrying McLean’s severed head.
By 9:00 p.m., police were in a standoff with the suspect and had summoned special negotiators and a heavily-armed tactical unit. The suspect alternately paced the length of the bus and cut and defiled the corpse. Police officers then observed Li eating parts of the body.Meanwhile, the stranded passengers were transported from the scene to be interviewed at the Brandon RCMP detachment.RCMP officers reportedly heard Li say, “I have to stay on the bus forever.”
On July 31, 2008, at 1:30 a.m., the suspect attempted to escape from the bus by breaking through a window. The RCMP arrested Li soon afterward.He was shot with a Taser twice, handcuffed and placed in the back of a police cruiser. Parts of the victim’s body, placed in plastic bags, were retrieved from the bus, while his ear, nose and tongue were found in Li’s pockets. The victim’s eyes and a part of his heart were never recovered and are presumed to have been eaten by Li.
While in court, the only words Li had uttered was a faint “Please kill me.”
Back in Edmonton, an ethno-historian by the name of Nathan Carlson, who is an expert on the Wendigo phenonmenon wasn’t getting sleep. On July 20 — just 10 days before the killing — Li delivered copies of the Sun that contained an extensive interview with Carlson about Nathan Carlson’s research into the Wendigo.
A lot of his reported behaviour eerily mirrors the Wendigo cases recounted in the newspaper feature that Li helped deliver to Edmonton homes just days before McLean was killed.
Several media reports called McLean’s killing unprecedented - an unspeakable, random attack the likes of which has never been seen in Canada.
But Carlson knows better.
"There are just too many parallels," he says.
"I can’t say there’s definite connection, but there are just too many coincidences.
"It’s beyond eerie."