Michael Wayne McGray Serial Killer

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Michael Wayne McGray is a serial killer from Canada and even when he was put in prison his killing ways did not stop. In this article on My Crime Library we are going to take a closer look at Michael Wayne McGray

Michael Wayne McGray Early Life

Michel Wayne McGray was born in Collingwood Ontario however he would grow up in Argyle Nova Scotia

Michael Wayne McGray Murders

When Michael Wayne McGray was twenty years old he would murder Elizabeth Gale Tucker who was hitchhiking in Nova Scotia. The seventeen year old female would be brought to a wooded location where she was murdered. Elizabeth body was not found until six months later

Two years later Michael Wayne McGray and two accomplices would rob a taxi cab driver in New Brunswick. One of the accomplices Mark Gibbons would be murdered following the robbery. McGray would be charged with the robbery but not the murder of Gibbons. McGray would be sentenced to five years in prison

In 19981 Michael Wayne McGray would be released on a day pass while serving his five year sentence. McGray would murder Joan Hicks and her eleven year old daughter, Michael would be seen by a witness and charged with the two murders. Michael would confess to two more murders that were committed in 1991

When he was arrested Michael Wayne McGray would confess to the murder of Kimberly Amero who disappeared in 1985 from the Atlantic National Exhibition in Saint John. However after Michael Wayne McGray told police where they could find her body they were unable to find her remains.

Michael Wayne McGray would plead guilty to the murders of Joan Hicks and her daughter in 2000. McGray would also confess to eleven more murders however many could not be proven. In 2001 Michael would be charged with the murder of Elizabeth Gale Tucker.

Michael Wayne McGray would be sentenced to twenty five years to life (the longest prison sentence in Canada at the time

Michael Wayne McGray Prison Murder

In 2010 Michael Wayne McGray was transferred to a prison in British Columbia and told prison officials that he wanted to be celled alone. This request was denied. Michael would then murder his cellmate Jeremy Phillips. This murder would lead to an inquest that recommended that serial killers be housed alone.

Michael Wayne McGray Aftermath

In 2019 Michael Wayne McGray would be named the prime suspect in the Brenda Way murder which took place in 1995. Brenda Way boyfriend was charged with the murder and spent 17 years in prison. He would be released

Michael Wayne McGray More News

ecently released documents reveal a convicted serial killer told a fellow inmate he was responsible for a killing with chilling similarities to a case that saw a wrongfully convicted man imprisoned for nearly 17 years. 

Michael Wayne McGray was named as a potential suspect in the violent 1995 death of Brenda Way in Dartmouth, N.S., in court documents released publicly Friday.

Glen Assoun, 63, was convicted of second-degree murder in her death in 1999, but federal Justice Minister David Lametti ultimately overturned his conviction five months ago. 

Here’s what we know about McGray and his crimes.

Born in Collingwood, Ont., Michael Wayne McGray, now 54, grew up in Argyle, N.S. He moved to Halifax in the mid-1980s, and McGray was in and out of institutions from 1985 to 1995.

After his arrest for the deaths of Moncton woman Joan Hicks and her 11-year old daughter in 1997, McGray began to speak to police and media about additional killings he committed, stretching back over a decade and spanning the country.

As confessions continued, he alternatively claimed to have killed anywhere between 12 and 16 people, though was only ever convicted of seven.

His convictions include the deaths of two men in Montreal in 1991, the 1987 stabbing death of Mark Gibbons in New Brunswick, and the 1985 killing of 17-year-old Elizabeth Gail Tucker in Nova Scotia.

During his time in prison, McGray attempted to strike a deal with RCMP, offering to aid their investigation into his alleged 16 killings if he was given mental-health treatment, and immunity for his crimes. 

Police refused that request.

McGray often spoke of an “urge to kill,” in interviews, one that he said had existed since he was a child, and wouldn’t cease after imprisonment. 

While in prison in 2010, McGray killed his 33-year old cellmate, Jeremy Phillips. 

Originally housed in a super-maximum facility in Quebec, McGray had been transferred first to a high-security prison in B.C., then to medium-security Mountain Institution.

Soon after, he was paired with Phillips. 

Phillips pleaded repeatedly with prison guards to change cells, The Globe and Mail reported at the time, as he feared for his safety when with McGray.

Phillips was later found in his cell, choked to death. McGray eventually admitted to the crime.

Phillips’ family later sued the Correctional Service of Canada over his death, and a prison guard who witnessed the aftermath later filed a trauma claim with WorkSafe BC. 

He described the scene as like “a horror movie”.

“I don’t know why they made the mistake of putting me here. I’m not a ‘medium’ inmate,” McGray told investigators the day after the crime.

“We didn’t have a beef … This was all about me, it wasn’t about him.”

McGray was later moved to a maximum-security facility in Ste-Anne-Des-Plaines, Que., the National Post reported. 

Despite receiving some treatment and medication, he never expressed remorse for his crimes. 

“I wish I could say I felt bad for the victims because that’s what society wants to hear, but I don’t,” he told CBC News in 2000. “There’s no emotion at all.”

McGray is currently serving seven life sentences and will be 72 before he can apply for parole.


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