(IntegrityPress.org) – A man from Canada is accused of facilitating the suicides of at least 14 of his fellow citizens. Kenneth Law, 58, ran a website where he sold sodium nitrite and encouraged suicide. He stands accused of mailing out 160 packages of the chemical to Canadians and a further 1,200 shipments abroad to individuals in over 40 countries around the world.
He’s been charged with 14 counts of assisting suicide, or second-degree murder. His victims ranged in age from 16 to 36 years o ld. The Canadian Broadcasting Corp (CBC) suggested Law may be connected to 117 deaths overseas, most of them in the UK. Authorities from France, Germany, Italy, and New Zealand all confirmed Law had shipped packages to their countries.
He used several websites to make contact with his victims and has been locked up since his arrest. His next court appearance is December 19th.
Law helped facilitate the suicide of Stephen Mitchell Jr., 21, of Toronto and Ashtyn Presser, 19, of Windsor. Mitchell’s father, Stephen Sr., said he was “pleased with the developments” as they appropriately capture the criminal nature of what happened to his son.
Police arrested Law back in May after connecting him to two deaths. Authorities claim Law ran multiple websites that he used to distribute sodium nitrite and additional suicide paraphernalia beginning in 2020. Sodium nitrite is typically used to preserve food, but can kill in high enough concentrations.
Law’s lawyer Matthew Gourlay declined to offer further comment beyond confirming the charges.
No charges have yet to come from the international community despite there being some suspected 117 deaths around the world which may be connected to his activities.
The FBI has opened an investigation into the matter, however, and police in Pennsylvania are looking into the death of Benjamin Cohn who died in February 2023 as a possible victim of Law’s. If convicted, this would make Law one of the deadliest serial killers in Canadian history.
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