It was August 25, 2016, when Brett Ryan killed his mother and two of his brothers.
The Canadian, now aged 36, was due to be married in three weeks and he was terrified his secret – that he was unemployed and without any qualifications – would make his partner re-consider their wedding.
His fiancée, physiotherapist Kristen Baxter, knew he was an ex-con, News Corp reports. Years before, Ryan had been convicted for a series of bank robberies.
He served jail time for posing as an older man – the media dubbing him the “Fake Beard Bandit” – and committing a series of heists throughout Toronto and Durham during 2007 and 2008, The Toronto Sun reports.
Baxter knew all this before saying “yes” to his proposal. She moved in with Ryan in 2013 and the pair were engaged in 2014.
What she didn’t know was that Ryan had lost his job in May 2016 because his employer had found out about his criminal past, and that he had never graduated university.
Three weeks before the wedding, Ryan told his mother, Susan, about his web of lies. She gave him an ultimatum: tell your fiancé, and I will support you financially until you find another job, or I will tell her myself.
It became a death sentence.
In an elaborate plan, Ryan set up a cross bow in his mother’s garage. He also put together a string of electronic devices, designed to send emails from his account at different locations and provide him with an alibi.
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