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Svekla - 'other people were involved'
« on: October 20, 2007, 01:34:17 AM »
(Dizzy posted this on the other site)
http://www.630ched.com/news/news_local.cfm?cat=7428109912&rem=77293&red=80110923aPBIny&wids=410&gi=1&gm=news_local.cfm

EDMONTON - The defence team of a man on trial for second-degree murder in the deaths of two women who were working as prostitutes won a small victory during a voir dire.
   
Court of Queen's Bench Justice Sterling Sanderman ruled Thomas Svekla's lawyers can cross-examine a Mountie who swore a 188-page affidavit to obtain authorization from a judge for a wiretap.
   
Svekla, who is 39, also is charged with interfering with a human body in the slayings of both 19 year old Rachel Quinney, and 36 year old Theresa Innes.
   
His trial began this week with procedural arguments that are expected to last until February, when testimony is scheduled to begin.
   
The case is being heard by a judge alone.
   
At yesterday's voir dire -- a trial within a trial to determine admissability of evidence -- defence lawyer Robert Shaigec argued he wanted to question Const. Kevin Kunetzki about several subjects, including D-N-A testing, statements Svekla made to police, the supposed urgency for the wiretap and what other investigative techniques were being employed.
   
Court heard the utterances that Svekla made to police were basically ``that other people were involved' in the deaths and he was in touch with those people.

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« Reply #1 on: October 22, 2007, 08:03:07 PM »
Well it was on the news tonight Svekla is being charged with the two murdders BUT Now KARE in there statement said there is  one person involded in the death of five outher STW. ???

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« Reply #2 on: October 23, 2007, 03:24:08 AM »
Reading this link is hard. This idiot, is a walking time bomb, and his friends, who he insinuates, are also. He is a glib, narcissitic , psychopathic maggot..Two more bodies found today, one in Valleyview, and another near the Whitemud Freeway. Suspicious, deaths.

Wonder where his friends are?????
This article revealing:::

http://www.edmontonsun.com/News/Edmonton/2007/10/23/4598092-sun.html


By TONY BLAIS, COURT BUREAU


SVEKLA ?A scary story?

Startling new details about the case against accused prostitute killer Thomas Svekla have emerged after the media were given access to a detailed RCMP affidavit yesterday.

Among the information is the fact Svekla's sister turned him in to police after realizing a hockey bag at her home that Svekla said contained "compost and worms" actually hid the wrapped body of slain prostitute Theresa Innes.

'VERY, VERY BAD'

As well, the same sister told police her "very nervous, crying and distraught" brother had told her he had "done something very, very bad" a week before the mutilated body of slain prostitute Rachel Quinney was found.

The affidavit reveals Quinney's body was found naked and both her breasts and genitalia had been removed.

The 188-page document also names and details other suspects of Project KARE, a task force investigating the killing and disappearance of Edmonton-area prostitutes.

As well, it discloses police used both undercover officers and confidential informants in the investigation of Svekla and recounts some of the alleged killer's statements.

Svekla, a 39-year-old mechanic, is charged with second-degree murder and interfering with a human body in the slayings of both Quinney, 19, and Innes, 36.

Quinney's body was found in a patch of trees near Sherwood Park on June 11, 2004. Police allege Svekla killed her earlier and interfered with her remains by mutilating her body and improperly disposing of it.

The body of Innes was found nearly two years later, on May 8, 2006. She had been stuffed in a hockey bag at a Fort Saskatchewan home.

Police allege Innes was slain earlier in High Level and her body transported the 700 km to Fort Saskatchewan inside the hockey bag.

According to the affidavit, Svekla's sister, Donna Parkinson, looked into the hockey bag her brother left at her Fort Saskatchewan home because she was suspicious.

"Parkinson said she recalled starting to hyperventilate when she felt the package was hard."

An autopsy revealed the body had been wrapped in garbage bags, a shower curtain and an air mattress and about 50 small gauge wires had been used in the wrapping. No cause of death was determined.

Regarding the Quinney case, Parkinson told police that when Svekla told her he had "done something very, very bad," he looked unusually clean and when she offered to wash a pile of dirty clothes he had, he would not let her near them. She said he also had scratches all over.

Svekla told police he had stumbled across Quinney's body while in the area smoking crack cocaine with another prostitute. He also denied knowing her, but police say they have information showing he did know her.

As well, Svekla told a friend, Bradley Ludwick, that he had actually found the body the day before calling police, but returned with the second prostitute, Shannon Millward, so investigators wouldn't think he was responsible.

According to Justin Delorme, Svekla told him and several inmates at the Peace River jail a "scary story" where he talked about killing a girl and then bringing a second girl to the same place to do it again, but the girl panicked and ran off and then discovered the body of the first girl.

A confidential informant, described as a neighbour of one of Svekla's relatives, told police that Svekla's father had met Quinney several times and knew his son hung around with her and other prostitutes.

Apparently the father also revealed he and Svekla's mother were upset that Parkinson had not told them she was going to call the police.

'OTHER SUSPECTS'

In relation to the Innes slaying, Svekla has told police there are "other suspects" including "either a gang member, a jealous boyfriend or a drug dealer," but has refused to identify them further.

Svekla also said to police: "You guys can't prove I did this. The only thing I did was move the bag."

According to phone calls Svekla made, the accused killer told Parkinson he was being blamed for something he did not do and he planned to sue after he was released.

In another call to a female friend, Svekla claimed "not to be a serial killer" and said he was laughing in the media reports because everyone thought he was one.



They also looked at Robert Newton after he called police while drunk and confessed to killing prostitutes.

Douglas Sipos, Kevin Nivins and Harold Mosiuk were also investigated after Sipos called RCMP with information.

The document, by RCMP Const. Kevin Kunetzki, was released to the media after he testified yesterday in a hearing to determine whether evidence obtained in a wiretap operation against Svekla would be admitted at Svekla's upcoming trial.

A decision on the case is slated for 2 p.m. today.
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Re: Svekla - 'other people were involved'
« Reply #3 on: October 23, 2007, 08:24:25 AM »
From Kindheart

Police profiler links up to 11 prostitute deaths
Trial within trial to determine admissibility of evidence against accused killer
Karen Kleiss, edmontonjournal.com
Published: Monday, October 22

EDMONTON - Police believe the same person is responsible for the deaths of at least five and as many as 11 Edmonton-area prostitutes, court documents released Monday reveal.

A criminal profiler at the RCMP behavioural sciences branch said in 2003 that the murders of five sex-trade workers were "probably committed by the same offender," who "will continue to frequent prostitutes and murder some of them," says an affidavit entered into evidence Monday at the trial of alleged prostitute-killer Thomas Svekla.

The Ottawa-based profiler later linked two more murder victims to the same offender, and investigators with a special task force investigating the deaths of Edmonton prostitutes have since added four victims to the list.
Accused killer Thomas Svekla after a court appearance in Fort Saskatchewan in January.View Larger Image View Larger Image
Accused killer Thomas Svekla after a court appearance in Fort Saskatchewan in January.
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"The circumstances of these individual cases, combined with victimology, were such that Project Kare and I believed these victims were probably also related to the murder investigations identified (by the profiler)," RCMP Const. Kevin Kunetzki wrote in a 188-page affidavit.

The affidavit was sworn in August last year in support of an application to obtain authorization to wiretap Svekla's conversations. It was entered into evidence Monday at a special voir dire hearing to determine whether the wiretap evidence will be admitted at his trial.

Svekla, 38, faces two second-degree murder charges in connection with the deaths of prostitutes Rachel Quinney, 19, and Theresa Innes, 36.

He is the only person to be charged by Project Kare, a task force investigating the deaths and disappearances of more than 70 people living high-risk lifestyles, including prostitutes.

Kunetzki says in the affidavit that he believes Svekla is responsible for the deaths of Quinney and Innes, but there is no evidence to support the belief that he is responsible for the other murders.

"Despite any behavioral probability that Thomas Svekla would also be responsible for the other offences, the information known to me at this time is such that I can not rely on this probability," he writes.

"I believe Thomas Svekla was in custody at the time of Charlene Gauld's murder and Maggie Burke's murder. And, at this time, I believe (he) was also in High Level or in custody at the time of Bonnie Jack's murder."

Kunetzki provided detailed grounds for his belief that Svekla is responsible for the murders of Theresa Innes and Rachel Quinney.

Svekla first came to the attention of Project Kare investigators in June 2004 when he discovered Quinney's body in a rural stand of trees in Strathcona County. He claimed that he had gone out with another prostitute to smoke crack-cocaine and tripped over the body in the bush.

According to the affidavit, Quinney's body was found naked, with her breasts cut off and her genitalia removed.

Svekla's sister, Donna Parkinson, told police she saw her brother shortly after he discovered Quinney's body. He was crying, nervous and distraught and "told her that he had done something very very bad," according to the affidavit.

Parkinson told police he was uncharacteristically wearing clean clothes. She offered to wash a pile of dirty clothes on the floor of his truck, but he would not let her near them, the affidavit says.

Parkinson also said Svekla had scratches all over his arms, possibly caused by rubbing up against trees or shrubs.

Finally, Kunetzki explains that a prostitute friend of Quinney's, Barb Card, said that on June 8, 2004, she saw Quinney get into a truck with a man partly resembling Svekla and a silver checker plated tool box in the back.

A friend of Svekla, Bradley Ludwick, later told police he saw Svekla removed a similar tool box from his truck on June 8, and wipe down his already-clean truck with degreaser.

The truck Card saw, however, was brown, while the truck Svekla was driving at the time was white.

Ludwick also told police that Svekla told him the body he tripped over in the bush - later identified as Rachel Quinney - was a "blonde girl" and a prostitute.

"Ludwick wondered how Thomas Svekla could say she was a 'blonde girl' and suggested she was a prostitute when the police did not even know if the body discovered was male or female," Kunetzki wrote in his affidavit.

"Of interest ... is that Rachel Quinney had dark hair, and was in fact a prostitute. Corrie Ottenbreit, who disappeared on or about May 9, 2004, had long reddish blonde hair."

Two years later, on May 4, 2006, Svekla was released from jail in High Level, where he had been serving time in connection with a sexual assault that is still before the courts.

On the afternoon of May 6, he went with a friend, Les Nalesnik, to get items from his truck parked at the Fountain Tire in High Level.

According to the affidavit, Nalesnik told police Svekla removed a hockey bag that was so heavy he had to drag it over to Nalesnik's truck, so they could drive back to Edmonton.

He told Nalesnik the hockey bag contained compost and worms.

Thee two arrived in Edmonton the following day, and another friend helped Svekla bring the hockey bag to his mother's house. After an argument with his father, Svekla called his brother-in-law and the two moved the bag to Svekla's sister's house in Fort Saskatchewan.

He told his brother-in-law and sister, Donna Parkinson, that the bag contained $800 worth of compost worms that he was transporting for a breeder in High Level.

When Svekla left the house that night, Parkinson and her husband inspected the bag and called RCMP, who discovered Innes's bloody body wrapped in garbage bags, an air mattress and a shower curtain, all secured with wire. Police do not know when Innes was murdered.

The medical examiner could not comment on whether the body had been frozen, Kunetzki wrote, but they do have evidence that Svekla owned a locked freezer in February 2006 and that he told a friend to stay away from it.

"Donna Parkinson was suspicious of the package," Kunetzki wrote.

"She didn't think that someone would trust her brother, Thomas Svekla, with $800 worth of worms."

Svekla was arrested the following morning.
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Re: Svekla - 'other people were involved'
« Reply #4 on: October 23, 2007, 08:47:20 AM »
I want to thank his Sister and Brother in law for standing up and calling the cops there good people and I think should be givin a medal for bravery.

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Wiretap OK'd in Svekla murder trial
« Reply #5 on: October 23, 2007, 05:45:11 PM »
Wiretap OK'd in Svekla murder trial
Evidence admitted in trial of man accused of killing two prostitutes
Karen Kleiss, edmontonjournal.com
Published: 4:57 pm

EDMONTON - Wiretap evidence collected during the investigation of alleged killer Thomas Svekla will be admitted at his trial, a judge has ruled.

Court of Queen's Bench Justice Sterling Sanderman said today that police used or considered all of the investigative techniques a professional police service is expected to use, along with some unique methods like criminal profiling.

Despite that, he said, police had gathered "little meaningful evidence" on Svekla. In addition, he noted Svekla was "coy and teasing" in his police interviews, suggesting he knew others were involved in the killings but refusing to name them.
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Accused killer Thomas Svekla after a court appearance in Fort Saskatchewan in January.

"The Crown has shown the requisite investigative necessity," Sanderman said. "There was no reasonable alternative available."

Svekla, 39, faces two second-degree murder charges in connection with the deaths of Rachel Quinney, 19, and Theresa Innes, 36. Quinney's body was found in a rural stand of trees in June 2004, and Innes's body was found in a hockey bag in Fort Saskatchewan nearly two years later. Both were prostitutes.

Sanderman reiterated that just because a case is difficult does not mean police should be granted authorization to use a wiretap. However, he said wiretaps should not be reserved for conspiracies, gangs or group crimes - as long as the test for investigative necessity is met, the wiretap can be used.

Svekla's defence lawyer, Rob Shaigec, had argued the wiretap recordings should not be admitted into evidence because police did not prove that the wiretap was an investigative necessity. He said police must show they tried or considered every other investigative option before applying for wiretap authorization, or that the wiretap is urgent.

Crown prosecutor Ashley Finlayson argued the test for investigative necessity had been met. He said investigators tried or considered all investigative options but still had not met the objective of the investigation: to ascertain how Innes and Quinney died, and who killed them.

RCMP Const. Kevin Kunetzki, who wrote a 188-page affidavit in support of the wiretap request, testified Monday police interrogated Svekla several times, interviewed hundreds of people and initiated DNA testing, but that a wiretap was crucial. He said police needed every investigative tool they had to find out the truth about the killings.

The court will close its doors Wednesday for in-camera hearings. On Thursday, The Journal and other media organizations will continue to argue for access to sections of the affidavit that were blacked-out by the Crown before its release to the public on Monday.

kkleiss@thejournal.canwest.com


? Edmonton Journal 2007

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Re: Svekla - 'other people were involved'
« Reply #6 on: October 24, 2007, 04:34:58 AM »
If anything, I think the police requirements for a wiretap should be lowered, and include everything from phone, cell, internet and walkie talkie. I also think a criminal record should make it that much easier to get a wiretap warrent if the current investigation is simular to the past convictions.

It sounds like this is a another case where the freak should have been in prison while he was out killing. He should not have been free!

Like my RCMP friend told me, many murder cases the police know who, but are just short of getting enough proof to convict.

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« Reply #7 on: October 24, 2007, 09:41:40 AM »
The 188 page report has been relased BUT the cops blacked out about 5 names of outher people that maybe involed,I then have to ask WHY is there also a not rats police in place for them too.
This better not be like the picktion trial were the people who knew what was goiing on our protected and payed off to keep quiet.
It makes me wounder how some people can sleep at night then get up in the Morin and look at them selfs.

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« Reply #8 on: October 24, 2007, 01:45:34 PM »
I so agree with you CL.  The payoffs and turning a blind eye to what is going on is ridiculous.  Just a word of warning.  I have it on good authority that there is going to be sweep during the rodeo in November.  Please let the girls know.  I am not sure if it will be a hunt for johns or doing a snug grab.  Be on the look out.

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« Reply #9 on: October 25, 2007, 09:45:41 AM »
I would tell all the lady's BUT I think we all know that when K days or the Queen is comming it is time to get off the streets They like to clean up the streets.{There words not mine} As for telling everyone to run at a said time is an oupstruction of justice and a person can be charged for that.

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« Reply #10 on: October 25, 2007, 02:34:29 PM »
It's probably a crack down on johns, I bet the province is looking for some headlines going into an election.

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« Reply #11 on: October 25, 2007, 02:35:07 PM »
Anyone planning on going to the Svekla trial at all even for a day or half day?

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« Reply #12 on: October 25, 2007, 02:54:59 PM »


Where will his trial be Chris. I wouldn't mind going if in Edmonton, till 2 everyday.I would also like to see who shows up, and if I can identify any from this area.

No vehicle, as of yet, but one coming soon, I hope!

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« Reply #13 on: October 25, 2007, 08:11:33 PM »
It will probably be in Edmonton or Ft Sask I assume.
I'm going to try and make it up for at least a day, I just have to see this guy for some reason. We all invested a lot of time in this case, it sure would be interesting to see him get convicted and sent to prison forever.

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« Reply #14 on: October 26, 2007, 09:10:53 AM »
 
October 26, 2007

Cops suspect more than one serial killer
By CP

EDMONTON -- The RCMP officer in charge of investigating the murders of Edmonton-area prostitutes told court yesterday the team has more than one serial killer in its sights.

"We have an ongoing investigation that involves another serial offender or offenders," Staff Sgt. Kevin Simmill said at the trial of Thomas Svekla, who is accused in two of the slayings.

Simmill was speaking at a hearing before a judge alone about how much information should be publicly released from an application to tap Svekla's telephone conversations.

Svekla is charged with the murders of Rachel Quinney and Theresa Innes, two of 13 murders being investigated as part of the RCMP's Project Kare.

Project KARE is investigating the deaths and disappearances of dozens of people, many of whom who led high-risk lifestyles.

Police had already suggested the deaths might be the work of several killers.

But Simmill's statement yesterday suggested RCMP may have at least one specific suspect in mind.

As well, an affidavit outlining the investigation that accompanied the wiretap application discusses other suspects.

Several names are discussed and discarded, each in their own section of the document.

But two sections have been blanked out, except for a brief reference to an "unknown male."

Court of Queen's Bench Justice Sterling Sanderman, who has seen the entire affidavit, said the deleted information -- aside from those two sections -- involves details of the last sighting of 11 of the victims, the crime scenes and the autopsy reports.

Simmill said information from the scenes of the other slayings and autopsies on the victims must be kept secret for now. Police use that information, known only to them and the true killer, to weed out false leads.

"Some of this information, if released, could lead us down the path of false confessions and people falsely accusing other people that could impact our resources," said Simmill.

Sanderman ruled the information won't be released.