Canadian Bus Passenger Beheaded by Seatmate

Horrified witnesses flee savage random attack
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 1, 2008 3:51 AM CDT
An RCMP officer negotiates with a suspect in a Greyhound bus near Portage La Prairie, Manitoba, Canada late Wednesday July 30, 2008.    (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Winnipeg Free Press,Boris Minkevich)
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(Newser) – A "totally calm" attacker stabbed and beheaded his seatmate on a bus in Canada, the Globe & Mail reports. In an apparently random act of violence, the man suddenly stood up and slashed his sleeping victim dozens of times with a hunting knife. Terrified passengers fled as the attacker cut off the young man's head and began disembowelling him. Passengers pushed against the door to prevent the attacker from leaving the bus.

Police arrested the 40-year-old man after a standoff of several hours. They praised quick thinking by passengers. "It's not something that happens regularly on a bus," a spokesman said. "The way they acted was extraordinary." The victim is believed to be a 22-year-old man from Winnipeg who had just texted his dad to ask if he could spend the night on his way home from an out-of-town job.

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