In the deaths of two women, Adam Strong, 47, was initially charged with two counts of first-degree murder. Rori Hache, 18, who vanished in 2017, and Kandis Fitzpatrick, 19, who vanished in 2008, were both murdered and dismembered. Strong was found guilty of murder and manslaughter in their deaths by a judge.
The judge declared that Strong sexually assaulted and murdered Hache beyond a reasonable doubt. The judge, however, found that there was insufficient evidence to show that Strong intended to murder Fitzpatrick. According to the court, Strong admitted to police that he tried to flush human remains down the toilet. According to court documents, he also told officers that the rest of the remains could be found in a freezer in his bedroom. The case was sent to the Superior Court of Justice of Ontario.
Inside the freezer, police discovered a dead raccoon and body parts, including Hache’s severed head, in black garbage bags. Strong’s basement unit also contained numerous sex toys and a pipe bomb, according to police. According to Di Luca, evidence of a “blood-letting event” in Strong’s room leads him to believe Hache died on or near the air mattress Strong was sleeping on.
The judge stated that it was obvious that the two were having sexual relations at the time of her death. In Canada, homicides committed during a sexual assault are classified as first-degree murder. Di Luca denied the plausibility of the claim that Haches died of a drug overdose, as was suggested by the defence. He said any consent would have evaporated when the beating began. According to Di Luca, there was no proof that Strong intended to kill Fitzpatrick.
Strong told cops that he was told to “hold back some cards” in order to secure a later deal. Strong told the detective, “If I got what I wanted, I’d spill it.” Strong claimed he had forgotten about the Wyoming Knife, which he described as “damning evidence.” According to Di Luca, Strong claimed that a serial killer had to have at least three victims. “I’m not sure I would have gone on.” “I’m sorry, but I can’t say that,” he told the investigator. Strong killed Fitzpatrick and dismembered her body, according to DiLuca, but there was insufficient evidence to prove he had murdered the young woman.