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First officer at 2008 bus decapitation never recovered, kills self

Ken Barker, 51, a retired Colonel of the RCMP had struggled with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) ever since he arrived first at the scene of the gruesome July 30, 2008, decapitation of Tim McLean on a Greyhound Bus in Canada by Vincent Li. Despite 20 years of experience with violent crimes, this scene haunted Barker to the end.

VIDEO: Eyewitness recounts gruesome 2008 bus decapitation

An eyewitness account of Vincent Li’s July 30, 2008, attack on fellow-Greyhound-bus passenger Tim McLean and the aftermath of the murder, in which Li decapitated and cannibalized the body.

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