Saturday, April 19, 2008

Murder Suspect Caught By Hunter

© By Othmar Vohringer

On Sunday, April 6, 2008, the idyllic and peaceful life of the small rancher town Merritt in BC (our future hometown) was shattered with the news that three children have been murdered in cold blood. The tree children, between 10 and 4 years old, were found stabbed to death and propped up on the couch by their mother returning from errands in town.

The father of the children, Allan Dwayne Schoenborn was missing. He later became the prime suspect in the gruesome murder of his own children and the police staged a Canadian wide manhunt to apprehend him. Read the full story here and here.

Fast forward to April 17, 2008. This was the day when the international press reported that Merritt resident Kim Robinson, a local hunter, trapper, and wilderness tracker single handily captured the murder suspect. While some regard Kim a vigilante others, me included, regard him a hero. To understand why Kim Robinson is regarded a hero read the full story of the murder suspect capture here.

Of course as a hunter I am mighty proud that it has been a hunter who captured the suspected killer. Kim also has made a good case for gun ownership. In the article it is noted that a hiker has seen the fugitive but was too scared to approach him. Instead the hiker approached Kim who at the time was in the area too looking for the suspect because he had a gun and big dog with him. As the people of Canada celebrate a hero, they also think a little more favorable of a hunters and gun ownership.

To read more about our upcoming move to Merritt visit the blog of my wife. She writes a regular journal from the time we started our search for our new home.

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deerhuntingbigbucks said...

I'll never understand how someone could hurt a child. Mr. Robinson is a hero.

Othmar Vohringer said...

Thanks for the comment. Like you I can’t for the live of me figure out what would make an adult hurt a child, even less killing his own children in cold blood and then prop the dead bodies up on the couch like dolls. It is moments like this were I wish Canada had not abandoned the death penalty.

Anonymous said...

This is a terrible story. There are a lot of questions I have after reading this story. How could anyone be evil enough to kill his own children? Why did the mother leave her kids with someone who was obviously having problems?

It is really sad, but I'm glad he was found and is in custody.

Othmar Vohringer said...

Kristine I keep myself asking this questions too over and over and it just makes no sense whatsoever. The mother, as I understand, is still in the hospital under suicide watch. What a terrible feeling and emptiness to loose three children through the hands of the father.

But as you said the monster in custody and I am very proud that it was hunter who has captured him. He must have a very good heart, because I do not know what I would have done to him if it would be me that captured the guy.

SimplyOutdoors said...

Wow. A horrible story, but this gentleman is definitely a hero, and I'm glad that a hunter was the one who found him.

Just another feather in our cap so to speak.

Sad, sad, story though about the kids.

Othmar Vohringer said...

Thanks for the comment Arthur. We just had a memorial service for the victims of this crazed man. It was heart wrenching to listen to all the stories people had to tell of these adorable, always friendly and polite children. The mother is still in such a schlock that she did not attend the funeral or the memorial service, on doctor’s recommendation.

But worst of all, as expected, the lawyer and the shrinks already come up with excuses and finger pointing, in the hope to make the monster look like a victim of society.


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