Just plain awesome.

May 2, 2009

Posted by Nick Sarno

 

Except for the mass murder part, that is. Mass murder is not awesome.  From TheStar.com:

 

LONDON, Ont. – The authorship of a syrupy love poem has taken a central spot in the biggest mass murder in modern Ontario history.

At issue in the Bandidos mass murder trial is whether accused killer Brett Gardiner of Winnipeg wrote his common-law wife a love poem, days before the murder of eight Greater Toronto Area biker.

Gardiner alternately laughed, stared up at the ceiling and looked morose in the prisoners’ box as the poem – entitled “Love Not Lost” – was earlier displayed on a screen in a high-security courtroom.

Another of the accused, Dwight Mushey, 41, also of Winnipeg, seemed to enjoy a laugh at seeing the poem displayed in front of the jury.

Gardiner’s lawyers, Christopher Hicks and Bella Petrouchinova, vigorously contested whether Gardiner is the author of the poem, which begins, “I choked back tears as I watched you leave/ This was something I could not believe.”

Gardiner and Mushey each face eight counts of first-degree murder, along with fellow Winnipeggers Marcello Aravena, 33, and Michael Sandham, 37, Frank Mather, 35, of no fixed address, and Wayne Kellestine, 59, of Iona Station, west of London.

What’s potentially damaging for Gardiner isn’t the sentimental content of the poem, but rather a line at the end of it, which connects its author to the Bandidos, the world’s second-largest outlaw biker club, behind only the Hells Angels.

The poem was allegedly sent on April 5, 2006 from Kellestine’s farmhouse by someone who identified himself as “PROSPECT BANDIDO BULL MANITOBA.”

A prospect is a junior member of an outlaw motorcycle club.

Detective Sergeant Bernard Miedema, an Ontario Provincial Police computer expert, testified that the poem was found on a computer at Kellestine’s farmhouse, 14 kilometres from where the bodies of eight Greater Toronto Area bikers were found early in the morning of April 8, 2006.

The poem has a decidedly unbikerish tone, continuing, “I held back whimpers as I watched you go/ An event that would lead to everlasting sorrow

“I fought back emotions as I watched you depart/ I didn’t think I’d lose my only sweetheart.”

The poem ends on a happy note, as the lovers are reunited, after years apart.

“You met me by the sparkling lake/ And I immediately forgot my heartache

“We kissed and held each other very near/ The beating of our hearts was all we could hear

“Then we walked away, hand-in-hand/ We had just entered dreamland.”

 

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