Grimm, that photo is eerie.
Grimm, that photo is eerie.
There have been many instances where things have happened and the general public did nothing (such as that dude getting hit multiple times by vehicle and no one did anything). Experts even have a name for it, bystander syndrome.
But let's be honest here, this is something that takes 'bystander syndrome' and completely shakes it on its head. To be on a moving bus and suddenly see someone being stabbed rapidly and viciously, all the blood and screaming and commotion, self preservation is key. I want to get the f**k out of there. If I see people rushing towards the front of bus in panic, I'm going to follow, not run back and try to see if I can disarm the guy and whatnot. Knife attacks are sudden, vicious, and fast. Someone can be stabbed in vital organs in seconds and bleed out, before it even registers to those nearby someone's getting shanked.
Sorry but I'm being honest here, in such a horrid, panic driven, gruesome incident, last thing on my mind is trying to be a hero. And I assume my reaction would be the norm for many.
Another article with more details:
Man stabbed, beheaded on Manitoba bus
'I don't think the guy knew him at all . . . the poor guy, he didn't see it coming'
Gabrielle Giroday and Ian Hitchen, Winnipeg Free Press and Brandon Sun
Published: Thursday, July 31, 2008
BRANDON, Man. - Thirty-six passengers of a Greyhound bus travelling from Edmonton to Winnipeg Wednesday night watched in horror as a fellow passenger reportedly stabbed another man sleeping next to him, eventually decapitating him and waving the man's severed head.
"He didn't do anything to provoke the guy. The guy just took a knife out and stabbed him, started stabbing him like crazy and cut his head off," said Garnet Caton, 36, a passenger.
The bus made an emergency stop, and passengers fled in terror onto the Trans-Canada Highway while the bus's driver and a driver of a nearby truck shut the crazed man inside the bus with the victim. Passengers say they stood outside the bus and watched through the window, horrified, as the man disfigured the victim's body.
By 10:30 p.m., the eastbound bus was stopped on the highway about 10 kilometres east of Portage la Prairie, Man., surrounded by RCMP cruisers. An RCMP spokesman confirmed on scene a major incident had occurred, but would not elaborate.
Caton and others said once they escaped the bus, they prevented the attacker from getting off the bus by threatening him with makeshift weapons - a hammer and a metal bar.
"We were telling him, 'Stay put, stay put, stay there, don't try to come out.' He tried to get the bus working and the bus driver disabled the bus somehow in the back, I'm not sure how he did it, and at that point, I think the police showed up," he said, adding officers rushed them away.
"Some people were puking, some people were crying, other people were in shock . . . everybody was running, screaming off the bus."
Caton described the man who attacked the passenger as about six feet tall, 200 pounds, with a bald head and wearing sunglasses. He seemed oblivious to others when the stabbing occurred, said Caton.
Caton said he was struck by how calm the man was. He just walked up to the front of the bus and dropped the head, Caton said.
Caton said the victim boarded in Edmonton, was Aboriginal in appearance, and was wearing hip-hop clothing, and appeared to be a young man around 20 years of age.
"When we saw the head, we knew he was dead," he said. "I don't think the guy knew him at all. I think he was really crazy ... the poor guy, he didn't see it coming."
Two yellow school buses were brought in to the closed-off stretch of highway for passengers to sit in while the standoff between officers and the man inside the bus proceeded for hours.
The passengers were later taken to Brandon to be interviewed by police and to stay overnight at a hotel there.
Crisis counsellors were also at the hotel to provide support to the passengers, and counsellors could be seen chatting with them outside the hotel as groups went out to local stores for snacks or to smoke cigarettes.
One small boy, who was with an adult man and woman, was given a plush teddy bear by a crisis health worker.
Another young man from Nova Scotia sat outside the Brandon hotel smoking around 3 a.m. Visibly shaken, he said RCMP had taken 36 witnesses in for questioning into a detachment approximately 100 kilometres east. He said later: "I felt bad that all the young people and old people had to see that."
The man, who did not want his name used, said the victim of the stabbing had been sleeping before the attack.
Other passengers said that the two men were sitting in the rear of the bus and the stabbing victim was listening to music through his headphones. The men were both sitting in the back of the bus, and the attack appeared to be unprovoked.
"The first thing I heard was something like a terrible type (of) yowl and that was from the guy who got stabbed," said an elderly woman on the bus, from Winnipeg.
The woman and her adult daughter said they were three or four rows in front of the suspect when the attack began.
"(My daughter said) 'Oh my God' and everybody else started screaming," she said. "They had terror in their eyes."
Passengers said there was a rush of people toward the front of the bus to get off.
A truck driver who saw the ruckus then jumped to the rescue as he and the driver tried to disable the vehicle and keep the man from exiting, as law enforcement officers rushed to the scene, the standoff began. An RCMP spokesman could not be reached to confirm the precise time the man was taken into custody or further details.
Two other passengers on the bus, a 22-year-old man and 21-year-old woman, from France, said they were heading to Winnipeg after visiting the woman's father in Whitehorse. The 22-year-old man said in French that he saw a man holding a long knife repeatedly stab another passenger. He and his girlfriend said they were shocked by the attack, and the isolation in the middle of the prairies when it occurred.
"There was nowhere to go," she said.
Manitoba RCMP Const. Dave Higgs confirmed Wednesday that there was a major incident on the bus - which was en route to Winnipeg from Edmonton - but he would not provide details. He would not give any further details.
Abby Wambaugh, a Greyhound spokeswoman in Dallas, Tex., confirmed this morning that there was an incident, but would not describe what exactly happened.
"There was an incident on board one of our buses, but I don't want to compromise the investigation," she told Canwest News Service. "Specific details would need to be confirmed by the police and we're co-operating with them."
Man stabbed, beheaded on Manitoba bus
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This is really disturbing. It takes a lot of work to decapitate someone...
I agree with Celeb. I would try to get the fuck out of there. Reading the story it never even occurred to me that anyone would try to stop him. It sounds like he was a clearly deranged psycho and the attack came out of nowhere. I also assume it was in the middle of the night? People were perhaps sleeping and were too stunned to do anything but run. Also, knife attacks are extremely dangerous for good samaritans. It is incredibly difficult to get near someone who is swinging a long kitchen knife. It really didn't sound like this man's life could be saved--he probably was killed with the first few stabs. I can't imagine. What a horrific event. In Winnipeg, knifings are the primary way to kill someone. When i lived there it was epidemic. This is like a scene out of a horror movie. I think i would be so traumatized. And poor children who witnessed this. Fucked for life.
"Hope everyone' shavin a good one!" - Karistiona
You know, I don't even care if the guy that did this is certifiably nuts. If you are so crazy that you are capable of this your ass just needs to be put down for the good of everybody else in the world. It's not your fault you're nuts but it isn't anybody else's fault, either. You'd put a poor dog down for a lot less than that.
Oh my f*cking god! That's made me feel a bit faint reading that. He cut off his head and started waving it around?! You'd never get over witnessing that. Horrific.
6 foot and 200 pounds, armed with a hunting knife? Good luck stopping him.
I am from the American CIA and I have a radio in my head. I am going to kill you.
Christ that is one of the most horrific things I've ever read. I too would do my best to get the hell off that bus if something like that happened. Clearly the attacker was psychotic and for him to cut the man's head off with a knife; there was no way anyone could stop him. When people get mad or crazy they have that adrenaline rush and are hard to stop, if a good samaritan tried to stop him then we would've had 2 deaths here.
Those passengers are never going to forget this.
right out of a horror movie.
This is even beyond what Ed could do when needing crack!
Don't slap me, cause I'm not in the mood!
I've only just noticed this comment from one of the passengers. I'm know it's wrong but it made me laugh. "When we saw the head we knew he was dead" - No kidding!
I've been to Portage la Prairie.
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