Man Killed Mom, 2 Brothers Weeks Before His Wedding

He was afraid mother would tell fiancee he was jobless
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 31, 2017 1:33 AM CDT
Man Killed Mom, 2 Brothers Weeks Before Wedding
Brett Ryan.   (Toronto Police)

A Toronto man who didn't want his fiancee to discover he was unemployed ended up slaughtering almost his entire family on a bloody day in August last year. Brett Ryan, 36, was sentenced to life in prison with no chance of parole for 25 years Friday after confessing to killing his mother and two of his three brothers, the Toronto Star reports. His father died in 2015. The court heard that days before the Aug. 25 killings, Ryan admitted to his mother that he had lost his IT job after they discovered he had spent more than three years in prison for eight bank robberies in 2008. He told her he had been lying about working from the apartment he shared with the woman he was due to marry in three weeks.

Susan Ryan advised her son to tell the truth to his fiancee and promised to support him for a brief time financially—but fearing she would expose him, he returned days later with a crossbow, the CBC reports. After an argument, he stabbed her with a crossbow bolt. His brother, Christopher Ryan, 42, was then fatally shot with the crossbow. Younger brother Alexander Ryan, 29, was stabbed with a crossbow bolt after arriving home. Brett Ryan assaulted a third brother, Leigh Ryan, 38, after he saw Alexander Ryan's body and ran to call authorities, but Leigh Ryan escaped to a neighbor's home. Police say that before the killings, Brett Ryan set up devices at his home intended to make it seem as if he had been visiting Internet sites at the time. (More murder stories.)

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