After years of nursing their child, changing diapers, and soothing them during tantrums, parents like to think that they know their child better than anyone in the world and that they know what their child is capable of.
One Canadian single mom thought her son was a responsible young man and a loving older brother. However, she quickly learned that she had no idea who her son was after he committed an unthinkable crime…
On July 6, 1981, a 17-year-old teenager from La Ronge, Canada gave birth to a baby boy and named him Sandy Charles. By the time of the birth, the baby’s father was already out of the picture, so the 17-year-old mom was forced to raise Sandy all on her own.
The Younger Siblings
A few years later, Sandy’s mother had two more kids. In order to support her family, the single mom juggled a couple of part-time jobs at once. Since she was out working most of the time, Sandy was forced to look after his younger brother and sister…
A Good Student
Sandy was clearly very responsible for his age, and his teachers always remembered him as a good kid who didn’t get into too much trouble. As a teenager, Sandy was even known to be a good student and took part in the school’s science fair.
Not The Same Boy
“Not your stereotypical, tattooed punk hanging out in the pool hall,” said a local resident from La Ronge, who asked not to be identified. However, everything about Sandy’s personality slowly started to change after he turned 13 years old…
Sandy started to withdraw from his social life, stopped trying in school, and quit his newspaper route. At the time, his mother, teachers, and friends had no idea what was going on with Sandy. Tragically, it was too late by the time they did find out.
Sandy had started hearing voices in his head, which he believed were ghosts that were haunting his bedroom and home. The voices started ordering Sandy to do things and, at one point, Sandy bought a Ouija board to try and communicate with the ghosts…
According to Sandy, he thought about killing himself on more than one occasion, but the voices always talked him out of it. At the same time, Sandy became fascinated with horror films and started watching as many as he could get his hands on.
But when Sandy watched Warlock, a 1989 horror film about a male witch that kills unbaptized boys to make a flying potion, everything changed and there was no going back. The voices told Sandy that if he wanted to please Satan, he’d have to commit a similar crime…
Plotting The Sacrifice
After watching the movie, Sandy became obsessed with the idea of sacrificing a boy in order to please the voices in his head and Satan. Sandy began planning the perfect sacrifice, and on July 18, 1995, Sandy finally put his plan into action.
On that Tuesday afternoon, Sandy Charles invited 8-year-old William Martin and 7-year-old Jonathan George Thimpsen over to play baseball in his backyard. The Afternoon started off like any other playdate, but then Charles did something that would change their lives forever…
While playing baseball, Charles hit the ball far out into the woods. When the three boys went out to search for the it, Charles grabbed his weapons, a beer bottle, a knife, and a rock, that he had hidden in the woods before the boys came over that afternoon.
Charles lunged at Johnathan and stabbed him with the knife before beating him with the beer bottle and the rock. Charles then ran back to his house, grabbed another knife from the kitchen, and went back to his victim to cut off 7 pieces of skin…
Once he was finished with the ritual, Charles and William dragged Johnathan further into the woods and left him there. However, it wasn’t long before Johnathan’s family noticed their 7-year-old was missing and the community started searching everywhere for him.
An Investigation Begins
Soon after, Johnathan’s body was discovered in the woods not far from his grandmother’s house. The 7-year-old’s head was crushed in and his throat was slit. It was clear that Johnathan didn’t die of natural causes, so police immediately opened an investigation…
According to witnesses, Johnathan was last seen playing with Charles and William so the police went straight to the boys and started questioning them. At first, both of the boys denied having anything to do with Johnathan’s death.
But then, both William and Charles confessed. Charles explained that he had planned out the murder, which he had hoped would impress Satan. Charles also told police that he kept the patches of skin in a can next to the furnace in his basement…
Charged With Murder
Because William was just 8 years old at the time of the murder, he was technically a minor so he was not charged for his part in the crime. Charles, on the other hand, was 14, so police charged him with the murder of Johnathan Thimpsen.
The Trial Begins
During June 1996, Charles’ trial finally began and his lawyer pleaded not guilty because of mental incapacity. Charles’ defense also argued that his difficult childhood lead to his mental illness and that he was easily influenced by horror movies…
The Court’s Decision
Charles, who was moaning throughout the trial, was deemed insane and therefore not criminally responsible. However, he wasn’t free to go. At his sentencing, the judge ordered Charles be sent to the North Battleford Saskatoon Psychiatric Center.
Where He Is Today
Over the years, Charles was transferred back and forth between the Regional Psychiatric Center in Saskatoon. Today, Charles is 36 years old and is currently at the Regional Psychiatric Center. He claims he is working on his anger issues and made a request, which has since been denied, to start being socialized so he can one day re-enter society.