McGray was a
Canadian serial killer who has killed at least four people (and
claims to have killed 16) in Halifax, Saint John, Montreal,
Newfoundland, Ottawa, Toronto, Calgary, Vancouver, and Seattle.
to have been beaten by his alcoholic father and that he was
sexually abused in many of the reform schools in which he
essentially grew up. He also claims to have killed animals as a
On May 23,
2001, police in Halifax, Nova Scotia charged McGray with the
murder of a hitchhiker 16 years after her body was found on the
side of a road near Digby, Nova Scotia. The victim, 17-year-old
Elizabeth Gale Tucker, was murdered in 1985 while hitchhiking to
her job at a fish plant. McGray admitted to stabbing Tucker
multiple times and dumping her body. This charge followed four
previous murder convictions in 2000.
pleaded guilty to stabbing cabbie Mark Gibbons to death in 1987.
He's been convicted of the murder of Joan Hicks in Moncton in
1998, and of two men in Montreal in 1991.
offered to release the details of 16 murders he claims to have
committed over the years in exchange for immunity for his
accomplices, immunity for himself against the new charges, and
psychiatric treatment for what he calls his "demons."
that these demons caused his 15-year killing spree and has
stated that he will murder guards, prisoners, or anybody else to
quench his "searing hunger to kill."
also claimed that he killed a prostitute and a gay man in
Seattle over 1995-96, and that he killed three gay men in
Montreal. He also claims to have killed a 50-year-old man and
buried the body in a Toronto park.
serving concurrent life sentences of 25 years with no parole.
Halifax police said they will charge Michael Wayne
McGray -- who has already been convicted of four murders this year --
with the 1985 murder of Elizabeth Gail Tucker.
McGray's lawyer in
Moncton, N.B., said he had heard his client will be charged in the case,
but didn't know how McGray would plead. The body of Tucker, 17,
was found near of Digby, N.S., after she disappeared while
hitchhiking to her job at a fish plant.
In an interview in March, McGray
claimed he stabbed her repeatedly, then dumped her body. The source said
it's possible another person will be charged in the death, which McGray
said was the first in a 15-year-long killing spree that spanned the
country and ended in 16 murders.
McGray, a 34-year-old Nova Scotia-born drifter who has
claimed responsibility for 16 slayings across North America, just
pleaded guilty on to the 1987 stabbing death of Mark Gibbons of Saint
He received a life sentence, which will run concurrent to the
life sentences he's already serving for the first-degree murders of a
woman en Moncton, N.B., in 1998, and two men in Montreal in 1991.
Like his fellow Canadian killer Clifford Olson,
Michael Wayne McGray said he'll prove he committed sixteen murders if he
is granted certain demands.
Though, swearing that they would not be
played like in the Olson fiasco, Halifax authorities said "No deal"
to the request.
McGray, serving a life sentence in Renous, N.B., for the
1998 first-degree murder of a Newfoundland woman, said he wants three
things before he tells police how he killed at least 16 people.
said he doesn't want any of his accomplices charged, he doesn't want to
be charged for the alleged crimes, and he wants psychiatric treatment
for "demons" he says sent him on a 15-year coast-to-coast
killing spree. Given the chance, the suspected serial killer added, he
would murder a guard, a prisoner or anyone else who could quench what he
describes as a searing hunger to kill.
McGray's claims of killings in Halifax, Saint John,
N.B., Montreal, Ottawa, Toronto, Calgary, Vancouver and Seattle have
caused police to sift through their unsolved homicide files looking for
links. So far, there have not uncovered any evidence that confirms his
McGray claims to have killed a prostitute and a gay
man in Seattle sometime in 1995-96 and three gay men in Montreal. The
homicidal drifter added that he could lead Toronto police to the body of
a 50-year-old alcoholic he buried in a west-end park.
Like many other serial killers his alcoholic father
beat him regularly. Within years he was being shunted from one group
home and reform school to the next, eventually landing at a school for
boys in Shelburne, N.S., where he says he was sexually and physically
abused. "I used to kill animals and get in fights all the time at
school," McGray said, "It was like a hunger."
In March 21 McGray confessed to 11 slayings while
he was being transported from one prison to another. The prisoner
mentioned the other killings after he was charged in the death of a
woman who he allegedly killed in her Moncton apartment two years ago.
"I believe it happened in conversations with a police officer
transporting him from the federal penitentiary in Renous to Moncton,"
said McGray's Moncton lawyer, Wendell Maxwell.
The new 11 cases he has claimed responsability for
don't include the Moncton killing, or four other deaths he has been
charged with. McGray, who is 35, is also charged with the 1991 deaths of
two gay men in Montreal and the 1987 fatal stabbing of Mark Daniel Gibbons,
a cab driver. In court McGray pleaded guilty to slicing the throat of
Joan Hicks in Moncton and was sentenced to life in prison with no chance
of parole for 25 years.
Man suspected of serial killings
October 29, 1999
Codiac RCMP may have one of Canada's worst serial
killers in custody. Michael Wayne McGray has been in custody since he
was charged a year and a half ago with the murders of a Moncton woman
and her 11-year old daughter. Friday, police announced McGray will be
charged with 3-other murders in Saint John and Montreal. And, perhaps
more murders in the near future.
34-year old Michael Wayne McGray has a long history of
angry outbursts, violence and drugs. He was in and out of institutions
from 1985 to 1995. A year and a half ago, he was charged in the stabbing
death of Joan Hicks and in the death of her 11-year old daughter Nina in
their Moncton apartment.
While awaiting trial at the Atlantic Maximum
Security Institution, McGray began to talk about other murders, says
Const. Mark Gallagher of the RCMP. "Our investigators through the
course of their investigation have talked to other people who are known
to McGray and to McGray himself. "
Gallagher says is soon became obvious to police that
McGray was telling the truth about his involvement in other killings.
"We have sources that gave us the information - the montreal urban
police and also in saint john were able to verify his story - and only
the person who was involved in the crime would know the details."
And, now after months of investigation, Montreal
Police say they'll charge McGray with the 1991 murders of two men who
frequented this gay bar. Robert Assaly and Gaetan Ethier were stabbed to
death - sparking fear that a serial killer was stalking homosexuals.
Police say McGray also told them about another murder
in Saint John, New Brunswick. He's expected to be charged in the 1987
stabbing death of Mark Daniel Gibbons. His body was found inside the
Market Square complex.
McGray and his lawyer will be appearing in court on
Monday to set a trial date for the murders of Joan Hicks and her
daughter Nina. McGray will then be sent to Quebec to be charged with the
murders of Assaly and Ethier. Police in New Brunswick are reopening old
murder files and more charges are expected in the next few weeks.
Man suspected of serial killings
Toronto resident faces 4 charges, fifth pending
October 30, 1999
HALIFAX - A Toronto man has been charged with four
murders in two cities and is a suspect in a fifth death, police said
Moncton RCMP Constable Mark Gallagher also told
reporters that investigators have asked police forces across the country
to examine unsolved murder records to look for case similarities.
Michael Wayne McGray, 34, is in jail in New Brunswick
awaiting trial on charges of killing a 48-year-old woman and her 11-year-old
daughter in Moncton last year.
McGray also faces two murder charges in Montreal, and
is a suspect in a murder in Saint John, N.B.
A psychiatric report delivered to the court earlier
this year suggested McGray has an extreme nervous disorder similar to
Defence lawyer Alan Schelew told the New Brunswick
Telegraph Journal that Ottawa psychiatrist Dr. John Bradford believed
McGray may have a rare and dangerous form of the disease that can spark
Schelew also said his client would not dispute the
facts of the 1998 murder that shocked Moncton because of its unusual
Joan Hicks and her daughter Nina had just moved to
Moncton from Newfoundland when they were killed in Hicks' modest
McGray became a suspect in two Montreal murders
because of conversations he had with other inmates while awaiting trial
in Moncton, police said.
That led police to Montreal, and two unsolved 1991
killings that sparked fears a serial killer was stalking gays.
Robert Assaly, 59, a retired schoolteacher, and Gaetan
Ethier, 45, were killed within five days of each other in Montreal in
But a police investigation completed in 1993 dispelled
the theory of a stalker of gays.
Montreal police have laid formal homicide charges
against McGray in connection with the two 1991 deaths, according to
McGray is also a suspect in the murder of a Saint John
resident in the late 1980s, police have confirmed. They did not release
details of that death.
Michael Wayne McGray
October 30, 1999
The RCMP are wondering if one of Canada's
worst serial killers is sitting in a New Brunswick jail cell. Michael
Wayne McGray is awaiting trial for the murder of a Moncton mother and
Since he was arrested 18 months ago, McGray has
apparently been talking about other killings, in other parts of the
country. Now he is considered a suspect by police in Montreal for the
stabbing deaths of two men.
Moncton RCMP say other police forces are looking at
some of their unsolved cases.
A spokesman for the Moncton RCMP says there are
similarities between the murders of two men in Montreal, and the murders
of a mother and daughter in Moncton last year.
Joan Hicks and her 11-year-old daughter Nina were
stabbed to death in their basement apartment. A trial is scheduled to
begin in February.
Police says they were led to suspect McGray in other
murders after talking to people who knew him in prison.
"We're looking at all files and any files we feel
he might be suspected in," said RCMP Const. Mark Gallagher. "We're
turning over some of the information to the police. Other agencies
across Canada are receiving this information and are looking into some
of their past murders."
Gallagher says the RCMP also have strong evidence
McGray was involved in other crimes in Saint John.
Gallagher says McGray will be transferred to Montreal
in the coming weeks.
McGray pleads guilty to Hicks murder
Monday, March 20, 2000
Life in prison - no parole for 25 years. That's the
sentence for Michael Wayne McGray. He pleaded guilty in Moncton to the
first degree murder of Newfoundlander Joan Hicks two years ago. McGray
has admitted to several other murders, too.
No remorse - that's the way police describe Michael
Wayne McGray. McGray pleaded guilty to murdering Joan Hicks in her
Moncton apartment two years ago. But, he refused to admit his part in
the murder of her 11-year old daughter Nina. Proceedings in that case
have been stayed, or suspended, for the time being.
Crown Prosecutor Tony Allman says McGray told his
side of the story to a police officer at the Renous Institution last
fall. In the statement, McGray describes how he'd spent the day
mainlining cocaine. He says he became overwhelmed with a recurring
urge to kill somebody. His girlfriend was at the home of Joan Hicks.
He went to Hicks' home and sent his girlfriend away. He described
choking Joan Hicks against the wall. Once she was unconscious, he
slashed her throat with a breadknife to make sure she was dead.
McGray has also confessed to the murder in Saint
John of Mark Daniel Gibbons in 1987. Gibbons was stabbed to death in
Market Square shortly after McGray, Gibbons and another man had robbed
a taxi driver at knifepoint. He'll be appearing in Saint John on that
charge in May.
The other confessions related to the stabbing death
in 1991 of two Montreal men. He has also been charged with those
Constable Adrian Tomkins was the officer who took
McGray's confessions. He says there may be even more murders in
McGray's past: "There are numerous responses from other jurisdictions
within Canada, and we are working together to try to assist them with
any information that we can provide ... which will possibly give a
conclusion to some of the murder investigations that have been open
for some time in those areas."
McGray was sentenced on Monday to the maximum
sentence of life in prison with no chance of parole for 25 years.
However, police may try to have him declared a dangerous offender,
which would keep him behind bars indefinitely.
Canada's Deadliest Serial Killer?
Lawyer Says Convict Divulges Another 11 Murders
March 22, 2000
MONCTON, New Brunswick (APBnews.com) -- A lawyer
representing a 35-year-old man convicted of one murder and suspected of
four more says his client has taken credit for an additional 11 killings,
which, if true, would make him the worst serial killer in Canadian
Michael Wayne McGray allegedly implicated himself in
the 11 killings "some months ago" when he divulged the
information to a police officer while being transported from the prison
in Renous to Moncton for a court appearance, defense attorney Wendell
Maxwell said his client has not provided police with
specifics and has not discussed the claim with him.
The attorney also said police are trying to work out a
deal whereby McGray would entrust him with information about the 11
slayings and he would "hold them in escrow" until McGray wants
Royal Canadian Mounted Police Cpl. Adrian Tompkins,
whom McGray allegedly told about the killings, could not be reached for
'Person of few words'
Since McGray already has been convicted of one murder,
if his alleged claim of having committed 11 other killings is true, he
would become Canada's worst serial killer ever.
Maxwell characterized his client as "a person of
few words, very polite, soft-spoken when I've had to deal with him."
So far, the nation's most notorious serial killer has
been Clifford Olson, who was convicted in 1982 of killing 11 children in
"Olson offered to tell parents where their
children were buried if they'd pay him," Maxwell told APBnews.com.
"That's pretty cold."
Cannot get longer sentence
Even if McGray is convicted of other killings, he
cannot be punished further, because murder sentences run concurrently in
Canada. He was sentenced Monday to the maximum penalty for first-degree
murder, life in prison without parole for 25 years. Canada does not have
the death penalty.
McGray, who grew up in Nova Scotia, pleaded guilty
Monday in federal court in Moncton to stabbing a 48-year-old woman, Joan
Hicks of Moncton, in a drug-related murder two years ago.
He also is accused of killing Hicks' 11-year-old
daughter, but a stay of proceedings was ordered Monday, which means the
case is on hold and prosecutors have a year to decide whether to revive
McGray also is accused of killing two Montreal men in
1991 and a St. John, New Brunswick, cabdriver in 1987. Preliminary
hearings in the Montreal slayings are scheduled for April 24, and the
preliminary hearing in the St. John case is set for May 9, Maxwell said.
Murderer clams up on serial-killer claims
March 27, 2000
FREDERICTON (CP) - Convicted killer Michael Wayne
McGray is now refusing to reveal his self-proclaimed role in a string of
murders that could establish him as the worst serial killer in Canadian
McGray, serving a life sentence in Renous, N.B., for
the 1998 murder of a Newfoundland woman, has clammed up after giving
interviews to the media last week in which he claimed to have been
involved in as many as 16 murders across North America.
''He's not talking, so there's not a whole lot anyone
can do right now,'' Constable Roland Cormier of the RCMP in Moncton, N.B.,
RCMP investigators from Halifax had hoped to speak
with McGray on Monday but that has been put off until later in the week.
Investigators are looking for information relating to
several unsolved murders in Nova Scotia.
Among other murders he claims to have committed,
McGray told news reporters that he and a friend killed 17-year-old
Elizabeth Gail Tucker in 1985. He said he repeatedly stabbed the
teenager, who was hitchhiking in southwestern Nova Scotia.
None of McGray's claims has been substantiated.
''I believe he (McGray) wants closure,'' said Sergeant
Wayne Noonan of the Halifax RCMP. ''The logical first step for him is to
come clean and tell us what he knows.''
A source in the New Brunswick legal community said
today that McGray wants time to himself and is unhappy about the way his
comments were treated by the media. The source said McGray believes he
was misquoted, so he has decided to say nothing.
McGray is in lockdown in a segregated prison cell at
the Atlantic Institution, a maximum-security penitentiary in central New
He told reporters last week he has a hunger to kill
people, and he feels the urge building.
Noonan said police investigators will keep trying to
talk to McGray.
''We want to talk to him. That's the bottom line,''
In the meantime, Noonan said investigators in Nova
Scotia are poring through files of several unsolved homicides, checking
to see if McGray could be implicated.
Police in other communities in Canada and the United
States are doing the same.
McGray said last week he would provide details on
killings in return for a deal from police and prosecutors. He wants to
be free from further prosecution and he wants to protect accomplices who
he says were involved in the killings.
He also wants psychiatric treatment for ''demons'' he
says sent him on a 15-year killing spree.
Noonan said medical treatment is no problem and pretty
much goes without saying. But police won't move on McGray's other
''Come clean,'' Noonan said. ''You just give us
everything that you have on unsolved homicides and we'll take that under
Michael Wayne McGray
May 23, 2001
Police in Halifax, Nova Scotia, have
charged convicted serial killer Michael McGray with the murder of a
hitchhiker 16 years after her battered body was found on the side of a
The victim, 17-year-old Elizabeth Gale Tucker, was found
dead in a wooded area in 1985. RCMP Sgt. Wayne Noonan said police
officials have spent the last year checking evidence and trying to
substantiate claims McGray made more than a year ago, in which he
admitted killing Tucker. "We had to corroborate some of the things
that were said and try to find witnesses and evidence," Noonan said.
Michael Wayne McGray