Ross Edward Kleman
The victim was 14 year old Emily Stauffer, the daughter of the local Pastor. She was intelligent and loved to sing and play the piano and violin. She came from a loving family, and, as with most crimes of this nature, didn’t deserve to have this happen to her.
When this horrific crime took place the entire town was put on curfew and it’s citizens warned not to engage in any vigilante activity. At the same time, the RCMP searched for a suspect, who was originally thought to be a hitchhiker or visitor. No one ever suspected that the murderer was one of their own, an married equipment operator for the town who also worked odd jobs.
According to his boss, Ross Edward Kleman was the last person you would ever imagine hurting anyone. His Facebook profile lists him as ‘church-going’ and ‘enjoyed hiking and fishing’. I wasn’t able to locate that Facebook page anymore, apparently it was taken down.
So on a Sunny Saturday in September 2008 Emily Stauffer wanted to go for a walk. She was a nature lover and loved photography, so she decided to grab her camera and go to the park area that bordered the residential neighborhood to see if she could find anything worth shooting.
Emily was walking along the path that lined the park when she was attacked by Ross Kleman at approximately 4:40pm. She was seen by two boys who were riding their dirt bikes struggling with her attacker. They raced to the closest residence to ask the woman who lived there to call police, but by the time cops arrived it was too late.
Emily Stauffer was pronounced dead at the scene. She had been beaten, strangled, and her throat had been slashed with a hunting knife. Over 1000 people showed up for this beautiful young woman’s funeral to celebrate her life.
It took two months for the police to finally arrest Ross Kleman, because the DNA evidence tying him to the scene took that long to be processed. This shocking crime rocked this community and the people in it lived in fear for those two months.
At his arrest, RCMP Cpl. Wayne Oakes had this to say about Ross Edward Kleman’s crime:
“If you look at the context of first-degree murder it does indicate a need for some degree of planning and preparatio. To what extent that existed, again, that’s actual evidence that will have to be presented in court.”
Ross Kleman originally pled not guilty to first degree murder but later plead guilty to second degree murder, which carries an automatic life sentence.
It appears that Ross may have been a budding serial killer. In Oct 2006, Kleman contacted police and told them that he stepped off a trail to urinate and found the body of Margaret Findley. Coincidence? He also plead guilty in an unrelated case of sexually touching a 5 year old girl.
Should Ross Edward Kleman Burn In Hell?
- Yes (89%, 266 Votes)
- No (11%, 34 Votes)
Total Voters: 300
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