Murrin/ Sophonow Case Comparison
The RCMP were claiming many of the same reasons for the downfall
of the case against Shannon Murrin as was found in the Thomas Sophonow case. This led to a comparison of
what at first appeared to be two similar cases with similar results. The public
was being led to believe that two innocent men were being falsely prosecuted and
in Sophonow's case, had been wrongfully convicted. The actual result of both
cases was that two suspected serial killers, both police informants, were both set free!
an official inquiry into Sophonow’s case. The inquiry report identified
outdated investigation techniques as well as tunnel vision as being part of
the problem. As a result of that inquiry, a great deal of information became
available, and Terry Arnold a much more viable suspect emerged.
of Manitoba website
In Kelowna, the RCMP claim that the Alberta RCMP investigation into the handling of
Shannon Murrin’s case had come to many of the same conclusions as the Sophonow inquiry.
The Victoria Police investigation, "apparently" exonerated the Kelowna
RCMP of any wrong doing, however, no-one has actually seen the concluding report as the
RCMP are with holding it from the public. There
were many calls for an inquiry into this case, all ignored or denied.
see- RCMP blacks out report
The media have continually been denied access to the report.
see- media requests
Murrin and his attorneys are claiming that another suspect could have been
found in his case as well if leads had been followed up on instead of covered up
at the time.
There is some truth to this claim as evidenced by a freedom of
information request confirming that there are undisclosed reports of another suspect and vehicle,
reports that have been concealed by the RCMP. Murrin is using this to allege that there is another
viable suspect still out there.
That "other suspect" has since come forward identifying himself as a witness
who had followed the prime suspect back to an uninvestigated location. This
witness believes that the suspect he followed was Murrin.
see- new witness
difference between the Sophonow case and Murrin’s is that there actually was
another viable suspect instead of Sophonow. The evidence and information that was
known to have been with held in Sophonow's
case points to and identifies another suspect. The information and witnesses known to have been with held in
Murrin's case, further implicates Murrin as the killer. There are no other known suspects
in Murrin's case.
Vancouver Sun Article:
Martin, an RCMP informant who's testimony helped to convict Sophonow also
testified against Murrin. The B.C. Crown knew that Sophonow had been falsely convicted in
part by Martin’s testimony. Despite the
obvious implications, the B.C. Crown still used this same informant in their case
against Murrin. This armed the defense with irrefutable proof that the
RCMP had constructed a case against Murrin containing testimony from a person
who was known to have committed perjury in a similar case. The jury and the
public were led into believing that another wrongful conviction was in the
making. Martin's testimony thus aided both of his two fellow informants to avoid
justice, Terry Arnold for the murder of Barbara Stoppel, and Shannon Murrin for the murder of
Martin later admitted that he was being fed information and paid to testify in
this manner by the RCMP.
see- informant/ Martin
According to Murrin's story on the injustice busters website-
trial had already been delayed several times as the Crown continued to look for
evidence. They must have realized that the changed witness statements and
Douglas Martin's unrecorded alleged confessions didn't make a strong case.
Josiah Wood had used the Sophonow case as a basis for using Douglas Martin. He
may have been aware that Sophonow's case had come under scrutiny."
Murrin is attempting to portray himself as one of the wrongly
prosecuted like Sophonow. In actuality Murrin has much more in common with Terry
Arnold, the new prime suspect in the murder of Barbara Stoppel, for which Sophonow
had been wrongfully convicted.
Terry Arnold, a dangerous sex offender and convicted killer of a young B.C. girl,
Christine Brown, demonstrated the known existence of another viable suspect instead of Sophonow. The
of both Murrin and Arnold employed similar means of obstruction, including the destruction of DNA evidence.
The Police officers responsible for destroying evidence were never charged in
Both Arnold and Murrin are suspected serial killers who were freed by
the B.C. justice system under very suspicious circumstances. The Kelowna police investigators in
both of these cases each won the
investigator of the year award and both had worked together during the Tran
investigation. It was the subsequent
handling of a murder case against Terry Arnold by the B.C. justice system, that exposed
a pattern and another motive
for why the Police had focused on Sophonow to Arnold's exclusion originally,
like Murrin, Arnold
was an informant.
Arnold is listed as an informant by the American Bar Association.
Both Murrin and Arnold
have been implicated in many sexual crimes and murders. The following are some of the
crimes that each of them has been implicated in. The police have been able to provide explanations for botching
each individual case against both of these informants, but cumulatively these
cases tell a far different story.
Shannon Murrin see-
Terry Arnold see- Arnold's crimes
Arnold was once convicted of murder in British Columbia, but suspiciously, the charge was later stayed
and the conviction overturned with no retrial. The court ruling allowing for Arnold's retrial disclosed the involvement of "The Honourable Chief Justice McEachern".
Justice McEachern later stepped down from this prestigious position to
work as a personal attorney for Shannon Murrin.
see- news story
Quote from Vancouver Sun - Lawyer Rick Peck, who
acted for the Crown in the appeal that overturned Arnold's conviction and has
defended some of B.C.'s most notorious criminals, says if one allegedly guilty
person goes free, it's the price we all pay for our liberties. "If you have
to give the benefit of the law to the devil, so be it."
The Crown attorney responsible for Arnold's successful appeal and release, co-wrote a book with
Josiah Wood, the crown prosecutor responsible for Murrin's
see- Richard Peck bio
Richard Peck and Josiah Woods, both worked together on Shannon Murrin's case.
quote: The internal investigation
into Tidsbury's conduct was still going on during Shannon's trial. In a letter
from Josiah Woods to Crown attorney Richard Peck dated August 2, 1999 Josiah
informed Peck that he would give Tidsbury all the evidence against him, even
though Peck had strongly opposed this move. Josiah Wood explained this
unprecedented move by saying that Tidsbury needed to review the evidence so that
he could properly testify at Shannon's trial. The results of the investigation
into the January 5, 1995 incident were announced January 26, 2000. The RCMP
chose the day of Shannon's acquittal to announce that there would be no charges
against Tidsbury. There was "insufficient evidence to charge Tidsbury"
and "no likelihood of a conviction if a charge was laid". Tidsbury had
Richard Peck was hired by the Crown to determine whether RCMP Sgt. Gary
Tidsbury should be charged for his activities over the course of the Mindy Tran
investigation. Peck apparently found nothing wrong. Informant acquitted,
informant handler, no charges.
Josiah Woods a former judge, was hand picked by then A.G
Ujjal Dosanjh to be
the "special" prosecutor in the Crown's case. This A.G. has used this former judge
in other controversial cases involving pedophiles.
stayed against pedophile
In B.C. the complicity between the Police and the Attorney
General's office is becoming increasingly evident with a similar pattern of obstruction
in both Terry Arnold's and Shannon Murrin's trial. It is being shown that this is
apparently legal and possibly even mandatory for the Police and
Crown to obstruct justice for certain Police agents, when "ordered" to do so.
This situation is unlikely to occur with low level unauthorized functionaries.
There is little doubt that Arnold the informant/
was also a serial killer. He was also one of
the few able to identify who is authorizing this blatant pattern of legalized obstruction and more
Shannon Murrin has been privy to the same, and is so far still available to answer these
widely acknowledged as a serial killer