Accused serial killer charged in deaths of 3 Winnipeg women
Winnipeg police have made an arrest in the deaths of three women reported missing within the last year.
Shawn Cameron Lamb, 52, has been charged with three counts of second-degree murder in connection to the deaths of Carolyn Sinclair, 25, Tanya Jane Nepinak, 31, and Lorna Blacksmith, 18.
Police Chief Keith McCaskill would not say where Lamb, originally from Sarnia, Ont., has been residing but mentioned that Winnipeg police are in contact with other jurisdictions.
The suspected serial killer’s criminal record includes convictions for robbery, carrying weapons, uttering threats, fraud, forgery, assaulting police officers, possessing stolen property, break-and-enter and breaching court orders, CBC News has confirmed.
He was recently arrested in connection with a June 21 sex assault.
“This individual was a person of interest and was on our radar, for sure,” McCaskill said. “Sometimes things like that happen, [they get] caught up in another type of offence and sometimes we get a break in a case, and that’s what happened here.”
Amanda Sinclair, the sister of Carolyn Sinclair whose body was found in the spring, confirmed early Monday that police had made an arrest in relation to her sister’s death.
Carolyn Sinclair went missing in December 2011. Sinclair’s family has told CBC News that she was five months pregnant at the time.
Police and family members had said that Sinclair was battling a drug addiction and worked in the sex trade to support her habit.
Her body was found in a dumpster behind an apartment complex in the 700 block of Notre Dame Avenue, between Toronto and Victor streets.
Police said that Lamb knew Nepinak, who was last seen on Sept. 13, when she told her mother she was going to a pizza restaurant a few blocks away from her home.
Blacksmith was last seen in January. Her body was recently discovered near a dumpster on Simcoe Street.
Nepinak’s body has never been found, but police believe she is dead.
Red Circle Alert, a social network group that tries to help locate missing native people, created a Facebook event in March to aid in the search for Carolyn Sinclair, Tanya Nepinak and Lorna Blacksmith.
The page says all three women are from the same reserve and went missing from the same area.
AMC Grand Chief Derek Nepinak, with family members, spoke about the arrest Monday. (Karen Pauls/CBC)The Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs (AMC) held a news conference following the police announcement Monday.
Grand Chief Derek Nepinak said First Nations women are sacred and valued citizens of aboriginal communities and must not be treated as second-class citizens.
Manitoba Keewatinowi Okimakanak Grand Chief David Harper said that he is demanding a public inquiry into missing and murdered women in Manitoba.
The AMC will be holding a vigil for Sinclair, Nepinak and Blacksmith on Tuesday at the Manitoba legislature and said members will not leave until a public inquiry is called.
Police said they are looking into the possibility that there could be more victims.CBC