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Michael Wayne McGray Pleads Guilty

VANCOUVER — One of Canada’s most notorious serial killers, who once vowed prison wasn’t going to stop him from killing, pleaded guilty Monday to first-degree murder and was sentenced to his seventh life term.

Michael Wayne McGray, age 47, pleaded guilty to killing his 33-year-old cell mate, Jeremy Phillips, at Mountain Institution on Nov. 22, 2010.

He was sentenced again to life without parole for 25 years. He was serving time for six previous murders.

The other 6 life terms did not teach him a lesson but I guess that seven is the magic number? I am sure that he will learn his lesson now.

The Correctional Service of Canada has never explained why McGray was moved into the medium-security Mountain institution, located in Agassiz east of Vancouver, and was double-bunked with the latest murder victim.

There is no reasonable excuse for moving a ‘person’ like McGray to a medium-secutiry prison. They screwed up. Plain and simple.

McGray once admitted to killing 16 people.

He said during an interview with the National Post a decade ago that he could kill again, even while in prison.

“Just because I’m locked up in segregation doesn’t mean I can’t kill somebody,” he said while in prison in Renous, N.B.

“I have a chance every day.”

During that interview, McGray described killing as “almost a hunger. It’s something I need. I have to have that physical release. When I kill, it’s a big high for me.”

Many serial killers speak about the “high” and or the “God Like feeling that they get from killing.

McGray is right, he has chances all the time to kill. Prison staff, contractors, visitors and other prisoners (as he has proven). There is no way to safely house a monster.

Convicted of six murders, McGray was moved from prison to prison until he wound up at the medium-security Mountain institution.

According to federal corrections and court documents, Phillips was a career criminal serving a six-year sentence for aggravated assault. He reportedly attacked a man with a baseball bat, fracturing his skull, after a soured drug deal in March 2006.

The assault occurred in Moncton, N.B., a few blocks from where McGray stabbed to death Joan Hicks-Sparks, 48, and murdered her daughter Nina, 11, in 1998.

In October, 1999, while awaiting trial for those murders, McGray was charged with the 1991 murders of two Montreal men, Robert Assaly and Gaetan Ethier.

He had been on a weekend pass from a Montreal prison and was bent on murdering homosexual men. He stabbed both victims to death.


Police investigating other cold murder cases in Canada began looking at McGray as a possible suspect.

In January 2000, McGray was charged with a fourth slaying, the second-degree murder of Mark Gibbons.

The victim had been McGray’s accomplice while robbing a Saint John, N.B., taxi driver in 1987. Hours after the robbery, McGray fatally stabbed Gibbons.

McGray also pleaded guilty to the murder of a 17-year-old hitchhiker, Elizabeth Gale Tucker, whose decomposed body was found in a Digby County, N.S., field in 1985. He was handed his sixth life sentence.

His seven life sentences are being served concurrently.

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Believe it or not he still has a chance of being released one day!

McGray will be 72-years-old before he will be permitted to apply for parole. His earlier convictions were for a series of murders committed in New Brunswick and Montreal.

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Why would he ever be allowed to apply for parole? He has been released on parole before and killed while out. Why would anyone ever consider trying it again?

Some might disagree with me but if there was ever a ‘man’ that deserved a death sentence McGray is him.

A few updates

Michael Wayne McGray has been charged in connection with the death of Jeremy Michael Phillips.

On the morning of Nov. 23, 2010, Phillips, 33, was found dead in the prison cell he shared with McGray–who had been previously convicted of six murders and recently moved from maximum-security Kent Institution to medium-security Mountain Institution.

Phillips had been serving a six-year, nine-month sentence for an aggravated assault that took place after a failed drug deal.

McGray has been moved to a new federal prison and is no longer in British Columbia.

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I just hope this time they have him in a cell by himself!! I also hope that they have put him into a maximum security prison.


The trial of Anthony Sowell is beginning. Jury selection has started.

About 200 prospective jurors are being divided into groups of 15 and brought to the courtroom for orientation. Individuals in each group are then being interviewed privately about their views on the death penalty, according to court officials.

Anthony Sowell, 51, a former Marine, stood at military attention to face jurors as they entered. He was dressed in a white golf shirt and wore a goatee. He has been charged with the murder of 11 women in an 85-count indictment.

If Sowell is found guilty, the jury must then decide whether to sentence him to death. The decision must be unanimous.

Sowell was arrested on October 29, 2009, two days after the initial discovery of bodies in and around his home. The decomposing bodies were found by police who were responding to a report by a woman who said she had been attacked in the home.

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If Sowell is not found guilty I hope we make the jurors share custody of him..

Here is a page with video clips regarding the Sowell trial. 

In New York police are searching the beaches of Long Island again.

Police in New York say they will resume a search for bodies in the ongoing investigation into a possible serial killer on Long Island.

State police say recent FBI aerial photography is prompting a return to the area on Tuesday. State police did not specifically say if the photos, taken in April, yielded additional evidence.

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I am going to take a guess and say that the photos showed them something. Maybe not more bodies but something had to be seen if they are going back out there.


Serial Killer Kills While In Prison. More Information Available.

Serial Killer Kills Cell Mate

I had written before about serial killer Michael Wayne McGray who killed another inmate, Jeremy Phillips. Michael has quite the history.

McGray has six murder convictions, and is serving six concurrent life sentences. One of his last victims, and the youngest, was little Nina Sparks; in 1998, McGray killed both the 11-year-old girl and her mother inside their Moncton, N.B. home.

He was not shy about his killings or about the fact that he could and would kill again.

McGray was also notorious for comments he made to reporters two years later. “Just because I’m locked up in segregation doesn’t mean I can’t kill somebody,” he told the National Post, from a maximum-security penitentiary in Renous, N.B. “I have a chance to kill every day.” Taking human lives, McGray said, was “almost a hunger. It’s something I need. I have to have that physical release. When I kill, it’s a big high for me.”

McGray reportedly did not want a roommate and was vocal about this. It was well known that Jeremy Phillips was afraid of McGray and had asked moved. His request was denied and he is now dead. All of this is raising many questions.

Four months later, RCMP are still investigating his “suspicious” death, which they say, “has indicators of a homicide.”

It could have been prevented, McClain and other inmates claim, had prison authorities heeded flashing warning signs and reacted.

Details of certain events leading to the in-custody death were revealed in this newspaper in December. No one provided answers for why McGray, a 45-year-old serial killer, was moved from a maximum-security institution to the less-restrictive Mountain.

Three Mountain inmates who knew both McGray and Phillips have now come forward with additional information; their corroborating accounts from separate interviews raise more disturbing questions.

Besides pleading with prison officials for a cell reallocation, Phillips discussed his situation with the other inmates. McGray had made it clear that he didn’t want a cellmate, either. He had asked for single-bunk accommodation; none of the three inmates interviewed can understand why his requests were also denied. Cell reallocations are commonplace inside Mountain, where tensions frequently run high. There is no shortage of empty cells inside that prison, they all agree.

“I don’t think these guys are taking me seriously,” McClain recalls McGray telling him, in late November. “What do I have to do?”

On Nov. 21, at five o’clock in the afternoon, the prison went into emergency lockdown, over what was apparently an unrelated incident. All prisoners were secured inside their respective cells. Their cell doors were locked. At regular intervals thereafter, each cell was checked and every inmate was counted by guards walking down each range.

McGray and Phillips were locked in their shared cell, prison staff confirmed to the RCMP. At approximately 10 o’clock the next morning, with lockdown still in effect, Phillips was found dead.

McGray was removed from their shared cell. He is now in another, undisclosed prison location. He has not been charged with the death of Phillips.

I do not know why he has been charged yet, but I am sure it is a matter of ‘red tape’. They have also not released the cause of death.

I keep saying that capital punishment is not just retaliation. It is a matter of public safety.

According to the story another inmate had a diary entry that says that a prison official told Phillips to “suck it up” when he begged to be moved. That official needs to lose his job.

The article is very informative and I hope to hear more about this case soon.


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