While I was preparing to do an interview with a Canadian radio station in Manitoba, I did little research and confirmed what I had previously read: there are Canadians concerned about the increase in homelessness and murder since Canada went down the same mistaken path as the United States concerning deinstitutionalization. I vaguely recalled this incident several years ago, but the full horror of it just astonishes me:
According to witnesses, McLean was sleeping with his headphones on when the man sitting next to him suddenly produced a large knife and began stabbing McLean in the neck and chest. The attacker then decapitated McLean and displayed his severed head to other passengers outside who had fled the bus in horror. 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.This May 23, 2012 Telegraph news story gives the diagnosis and the hallucinations and delusions that caused Li to do what he did:
In an interview with Chris Summerville, head of the Schizophrenia Society of Canada, Li spoke for the first time saying that he began hearing "the voice of God" in 2004.The rest of it is far too gruesome for me a quote.
"The voice told me that I was the third story of the Bible, that I was like the second coming of Jesus (and that) I was to save people from a space alien attack," he said, according to a transcript published by Canadian media.
Li said he had purchased the knife used in the attack for protection "from the aliens" and claimed that he was unaware at that time that he suffered from schizophrenia.
The good news is that Li is doing much better now, and is now eligible for escorted visits to town.