TORONTO — A man trying to flee his past pleaded guilty to killing his mother and two brothers with a crossbow after she threatened to expose the truth about his history to his fiancee.
Brett Ryan, 36, admitted killing his relatives just weeks before his wedding in an effort to hide his past as a bank robber and the fact that he was unemployed even though he’d told his bride-to-be he had a steady job.
He told Canadian court that he feared his fiancee would leave him if she knew the truth.
In the days before the murders last summer, Ryan told his mother he was out of work but had lied about it to his fiancée, telling her he was working from home.
According to the Toronto Star, Ryan’s mother, Susan, insisted he tell the truth and said she would support him financially until he found new work.
But instead, Ryan said he plotted to kill his mother, hiding a crossbow in his mother’s garage and setting up his computers and other electronic devices to trigger at the time of the killings to give the impression he was somewhere else.
Ryan confronted his mother, urging her to keep his secret, but things grew heated. Susan Ryan then called her other son, Christopher, 42, to come help. That’s when Brett stabbed his mother with an arrow and then strangled her to death.
When Christopher arrived, Ryan shot him as well, killing him. As Ryan attempted to leave the family garage, his other brother, Alexander, 29, confronted him as well,leading Ryan to stab him with an arrow, killing him.
A third brother, Leigh, called police after hearing the commotion, and fled the house after scuffling with Ryan.
When cops arrived, they found Ryan covered in blood and he told them where the bodies could be found.
Ryan pleaded guilty to first-degree murder in the death of his oldest brother, Christopher, and two counts of second-degree murder in the deaths of his mother, Susan, and his younger brother, Alexander. He also pleaded guilty to attempting to murder his older brother Leigh. He faces up to life in prison.