I was in shock reading this latest news. According to the Associated Press, Royal Canadian Mounted Police transmissions were leaked of a police officer at the scene who observed Li (referred to as "Badger" on the tape) removing pieces of his victim and eating them.
"Okay, Badger’s at the back of the bus, hacking off pieces and eating it," he says at the end of the approximately 80-second recording.
The RCMP issued a statement saying it was aware that portions of the radio transmission had been leaked to the Internet but that it had not given permission to use the tape because they are "operational police communications" that are not meant for public consumption.
I don't know how this story can get any worse.
Update: August 3rd, 2008
There is very little to report other than McLean's family is requesting privacy to grieve (as of Saturday, they had not made a statement) and that Li's next court appearance is scheduled for Tuesday, August 5th.
Alex McLean, victim's uncle speaks to the media.
Update: August 4th, 2008
Alex McLean, Tim's uncle and family spokesperson read a statement from the family to the press yesterday.
From Sympatico MSN News:
"He made friends effortlessly, disliked no one and accepted everyone for who they were," McLean said.
"Tim spent his life travelling and meeting new people and always saw the good in everyone."
McLean said his nephew was a "stubborn soul and a kind one."Alex McLean requested of the media, "We are suffering... our loss, it is obviously a most difficult time for us...at this time, we are requesting the media and public to let us grieve with family and friends."