Father of Canada 'highway killer' watches 30-second final will video
The father of one of Canada's suspected highway killers was "emotional" after watching a tightly-guarded 30-second video recorded by Bryer Schmegelsky and Kam McLeod before they took their own lives deep in the Manitoba wilderness.
Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) had initially refused Alan Schmegelsky access to his son's video, which was recorded on a mobile phone and has been described as a last will and testament.
After weeks of negotiation, Mr Schmegelsky was forced to sign a non-disclosure agreement before he was allowed to watch the short clip.
The experience was "difficult" and Mr Schmegelsky was "very emotional" afterwards, according to his lawyer, Sarah Leamon, who last Thursday also viewed the 18-year-old's final words to the world.
Bryer Schmegelsky and his friend McLeod allegedly killed three people, including Australian Lucas Fowler and his American girlfriend Chynna Deese, on a murderous spree across Canada.
Speaking with nine.com.au, Ms Leamon said it was "inappropriate" Mr Schmegelsky had to fight to see the video, which Bryer's mother had already watched.
"That's the question we've been asking the whole time. If they were going to show the video to the mother, why wouldn't they have also shown it to the father?" Ms Leamon said.
Ms Leamon said she had seen communication between Bryer and his father and described that relationship as "fairly typical".
Bryer was known to have struggled after his parents divorced, when he was just five. He and his mother relocated to Vancouver Island, while his father stayed in Victoria.
The 30-second clip is just one of several videos the alleged killers recorded as they evaded police on a huge manhunt stretching 5000km across Canada, The Globe and Mail reports.
Police have refused to confirm or deny the existence of other videos which could hold important clues about possible motives behind the string of Canada highway killings.
Ms Leamon told nine.com.au RCMP could release the conclusions of their intensive investigation over the coming weeks.
What happened on Canada manhunt?
There are still many unanswered questions about what happened over a deadly three-week spree before police found Schmegelsky and McLeod dead about 1km from the banks of the Nelson River, near the small town of Gillam.
The heartbreaking saga began on July 15 in the western province of British Columbia when the bodies of Mr Fowler, 23, from Sydney, and Ms Deese, 24, from North Carolina were found in a ditch beside their broken down blue 1986 Chevrolet van.
The lovestruck couple was on a Canadian road trip.
Four days later Leonard Dyck, a 64-year-old botanist, was found dead on another BC highway, his Toyota RAV4 was missing and 2km away a Dodge pickup truck was set on fire.
The Dodge was identified as McLeod's but he, along with best mate Schmegelsky, had vanished and the RCMP initially treated them as missing.
The teenagers drove the stolen RAV4 3000km east along Canada's north to Gillam and on July 22 dumped it in bushland and set it on fire.
What were the motives for highway killings?
On July 24 the RCMP named the two teenagers as suspects in the three murders.
It is unclear why RCMP decided the pair were potential killers. Police have also given no indication of possible motive.
A huge deployment of police manpower descended on Gillam and more than 11,000 square kilometres of wilderness was searched by officers on the ground and drones, helicopters and Royal Canadian Air Force planes.
The teenagers were not found.
It appeared the duo had fled a further 2000km east in the province of Ontario after members of the public, after widespread media and social media coverage, provided more than 30 false sightings and tips within an eight-hour period.
Searchers continued around the swampy, bug-infested Gillam wilderness despite no confirmed sightings of the pair since a July 22 petrol stop outside of Gillam.
The breakthrough came with the discovery of "items" on the shoreline of the Nelson River, about 8km from where the duo dumped the RAV4.
On August 7 RCMP officers located the bodies of Schmegelsky and McLeod in the dense Manitoba bush.
The mobile phone, carrying the last will and testament video, lay next to their bodies.
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