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Shawn Cameron LAMB





Classification: Murderer
Characteristics: Chronic drug addict and career criminal
Number of victims: 2 - 3
Date of murders: September 2011 / December 18, 2011 / January 11, 2012
Date of arrest: June 24, 2012
Date of birth: 1959
Victims profile: Lorna Blacksmith, 18 / Tanya Nepinak, 31 (her remains haven't been found) / Carolyn Sinclair, 25
Method of murder: Beating with an axe handle / Strangulation
Location: Manitoba, Canada
Status: Pleaded guilty. Sentenced to 20 years in prison with no chance of parole for at least 10 years on November 13, 2013

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20-year sentence for serial killer Shawn Lamb

By James Turner -

November 14, 2013

Serial killer Shawn Cameron Lamb, 54, has been sentenced to 20 years for killing two vulnerable city women while in the fog of a months-long drug binge.

Court of Queen's Bench Justice Rick Saull endorsed a deal reached between prosecutors and Lamb's lawyers that would see him serve at least another nine years behind bars before becoming eligible for parole. The judge recommended Lamb serve his time outside the Prairie region.

Lamb pleaded guilty to two counts of manslaughter in connection to the deaths of Carolyn Sinclair, 25, on Dec. 18, 2011 and Lorna Blacksmith, 18, on Jan. 11, 2012.

Both women had been declared missing by their families around the time they died.

The entire case against Lamb for the killings — police had alleged he murdered them — was based on an in-depth series of statements he made to investigators when he found himself in custody on June 22, 2012 on an unrelated matter.

That reality forced the Crown to make a deal with Lamb, a chronic drug addict and career criminal, out of fear his admissions would be tossed out of court at trial.

"But for the admission of (Lamb's) statement, the Crown's case would fail," senior Crown attorney Shiela Leinburd told Saull. There was a real possibility it would never be admitted as evidence and Lamb could walk free.

Women killed over drug-related disputes

Lamb killed Sinclair after they met and purchased crack cocaine together and returned to smoke it at his apartment at 822 Notre Dame Ave., according to an agreed statement of facts.

Sinclair was beaten by Lamb with an axe handle after she took what was left of the drugs and locked herself in the bathroom.

In Lamb's statement, "he said that she remained conscious so he proceeded to choke her with his hands until she lost consciousness and died."

He left her body in the bathroom for several days until he wrapped her in plastic, put her into a duffle bag and dropped her near a garbage bin in a Notre Dame Avenue garbage can.

Her remains weren't located until March 31, 2012. An autopsy found the cause of the pregnant woman's death was blunt force trauma. DNA evidence that Sinclair had been in Lamb's suite was obtained, but hinged on the successful admission of his statement to stand up as corroborating evidence against him.

Blacksmith also died at Lamb's hands inside his apartment, and also over a drug-related dispute when she grabbed his phone to call her supplier to obtain more crack. He threw her to the floor and choked her with a telephone cord. He did attempt to revive her but couldn't, the statement of facts state.

Lamb then stole some plastic sheeting from a nearby construction site and used it to wrap up Blacksmith's body and dumped it in the back lane of an abandoned home at 797 Simcoe St.

Her remains weren't found for about six months. When forensic investigators found her, she was in an "advanced state of decomposition" and an autopsy couldn't definitively show a medical cause of death other than a belief she died of "unspecified homicidal violence."

It was Lamb, in June 2012, who told police where to find Blacksmith, suddenly telling them, "he knew where a body could be located."

"There were no eyewitnesses to the killings and despite the best efforts of the police, only limited forensic evidence is available to be put before the court," Leinburd said. "Consequently the killing of both women is taken solely from the accused Lamb's statement," she said.

Future of Nepinak case unclear

At the time of his arrest, Lamb was also accused of killing a third missing woman, Tanya Nepinak, in September 2011. That case did not form part of Thursday's proceedings and it remained unclear what would happen to it.

The Crown stayed the murder charges Lamb faced after he pleaded to the manslaughter counts for the two deaths.

Lamb's criminal history dates back to the mid-1970's and contains more than 100 convictions. While he had several convictions for violence — including a sexual assault for which he served four years in prison in 1992 — most of his crimes were committed to fuel his long-standing drug addiction.

He began using hard drugs at age 12 in Ontario and around this time ran away from his adoptive and abusive home to take up life on the street, court heard.

A doctor's report presented to Saull described Lamb as "egocentric, callous, ruthless and reckless," and that he suffers from an anti-social personality disorder.

Requests to withdraw plea, retracts request

Offered a chance to speak, Lamb began by requesting to withdraw his guilty pleas because the word "sociopath" had been used by a doctor in a report referenced in court, but wasn't tabled as evidence.

The move drew gasps from relatives of the victims who at times cried and shook as they heard the facts of how their family members died.

Lamb ultimately retracted his request and the hearing continued on.

Both Lamb and defence lawyer Martin Glazer said his conduct was clearly influenced by Lamb's long-standing drug problem.

"Shawn is the first to admit he's wasted most of his life abusing substances," Glazer said.

"With treatment, he can become law-abiding… there is light at the end of the tunnel for Mr. Lamb," Glazer said. Glazer continually pointed out how it was Lamb's confession — and resolve to own up to what he did — that led to the women's killer being found.

"The police were faced with a windfall because they had no clue he was involved," Glazer said. "'I told the police I did it, I'm not taking it back,'" was what Lamb told him, said Glazer. "How many people in his shoes would do that?"

"I have remorse. I have empathy," Lamb said. "I understand there's a lot of anger, disgust, hate — they want vengeance," he said.

Saull has not signalled whether he will endorse the recommended sentence for Lamb, but said several times during the course of the hearing that the protection of the public was his primary concern.


Shawn Lamb going to jail for killings of Lorna Blacksmith, Carolyn Sinclair

Plea deal for 20 years, manslaugher charges outrages victims’ families

By Dean Pritchard - Winnipeg Sun

November 14, 2013

A judge Thursday endorsed a 20-year prison sentence for Shawn Lamb, who pleaded guilty earlier in the day to the drug-fuelled killings of two young aboriginal women.

Lamb, 54, was originally set to stand trial on two counts of second-degree murder but agreed to a deal with the Crown to plead guilty to reduced counts of manslaughter.

Lamb’s sentence includes a provision he not be allowed to apply for parole before serving another nine years in custody.

Carolyn Sinclair, 25, was killed Dec. 18, 2011. Lorna Blacksmith, 18, was killed Jan. 11, 2012. Both women were killed after smoking drugs with Lamb in his West End apartment.

Justice Rick Saull, acknowledging the high profile nature of the case, said a “honestly informed public” would accept the sentence as appropriate, given the particular circumstances before the court.

“I am confined to consideration of what was put before me today” and nothing else, Saull said, noting the sentence is not far removed from those handed down for second-degree murder.

“The Crown has achieved a responsible result,” Saull said. “Mr. Lamb will be incarcerated for a very, very long time ... and may never see the street again.”

Court heard Lamb provided a full confession to police after being arrested and questioned on an unrelated matter in June 2012.

There was little chance of conviction were it not for Lamb’s confession, said Crown attorney Sheila Leinburd, and there was a strong likelihood the confession would not have been admitted at trial, sinking any hope of conviction.

“There were no eyewitnesses to the killings, and despite the best efforts of police, only limited forensic evidence is available to put before the court,” Leinburd said. “Consequently the description of the killing of both women is taken solely from the accused Lamb’s statement.”

Defence lawyer Martin Glazer told court police paid Lamb for his confession, further compromising its veracity. Leinburd did not dispute the allegation and no further details were provided to court.

Court heard Lamb met Sinclair on Sargent Avenue the same day he killed her and the two went to an area crack house to buy drugs. They returned to Lamb’s apartment and smoked the drugs together. Lamb told police Sinclair grabbed two remaining rocks of crack, ran into a bathroom, locked the door, and began smoking the drugs.

Sinclair exited the bathroom when Lamb threatened to break the door down. That’s when Lamb took a wooden axe handle and beat Sinclair in the head. Lamb then choked Sinclair until she lost consciousness and died.

Sinclair smoked the rest of the drugs then left the apartment to buy a case of beer. Several days later Lamb wrapped Sinclair’s body in plastic and twine, placed her in a duffle bag and dumped it in a Notre Dame Avenue back lane.

Just weeks later, Lamb and Blacksmith were smoking drugs in his apartment when Blacksmith said she would call her supplier for a delivery. An argument ensued, Lamb grabbed the phone from Blacksmith’s hands and threw her to the floor. Lamb grabbed a television cord and strangled Blacksmith to death. Lamb told police he attempted to resuscitate Blacksmith to no avail.

Lamb left the apartment to buy more drugs, then wrapped Blacksmith’s naked body in plastic and left her in the back lane of Simcoe Street.

Police did not discover Sinclair’s body until March 31, 2012, after passersby noticed a package “that was leaking what appeared to be blood into the back lane,” Leinburd told court.

Lamb led police to Blacksmith’s body in June 2012.

“There is no question Shawn Lamb caused the death of these two women,” Glazer said. “In this case, he did the right thing by confessing and pleading guilty ... Without his confession the Crown would have no case against him.”

Lamb has a long criminal record, including 16 convictions for assault alone. Court heard he has been addicted to drugs since he was a youth and was in the midst of a months-long drug bender at the time of the killings.

“Nothing I can say can make (people) understand the life of a drug addict,” Lamb told court. “I hate what I have become.”

Lamb threatened to derail the sentencing when, late in the morning proceedings, he told court he wanted to rescind his guilty pleas, due to a reference in a doctor’s report suggesting he was a psychopath.

Lamb withdrew his request after Saull told him he would put no weight on the reference.

Family members of the victims cried in court and some could not contain their anger.

“You’re a f------ monster ... Take f------ responsibility,” one man yelled before Sheriff’s officers led him out of court.

Amanda Sinclair said the sentencing hearing was the first time she heard details how her sister died.

“It was like reliving it all again from when she was found,” Sinclair said outside court.

Sinclair said she was unhappy with the sentence. “I was hoping he would get what he deserved,” she said. “That’s not much for taking two lives ... I think he would do it all over again if he could.”

Lamb is also charged with second-degree murder in connection with the death of 31-year-old Tanya Jane Nepinak. Her body has never been found. That case remains before the court.


Shawn Lamb sentenced to 20 years for two slayings

Gasps, tears filled Winnipeg courtroom as killer recalled slayings

CBC News

November 14, 2013

A Manitoba judge has sentenced Shawn Lamb to 20 years behind bars after he pleaded guilty to killing two women in Winnipeg.

Court of Queen's Bench Justice Rick Saull accepted a joint sentencing recommendation that was presented on Thursday, after Lamb pleaded guilty to two counts of manslaughter.

Lamb has received two years of credit for time served, meaning he will serve 18 years in prison. He will be eligible for parole in nine years, court was told.

Lamb, 54, was charged in June 2012 with three counts of second-degree murder in connection with the deaths of Carolyn Sinclair, 25, Lorna Blacksmith, 18, and Tanya Jane Nepinak, 31.

On Thursday morning, Lamb pleaded guilty to manslaughter in the cases of Sinclair and Blacksmith. He has denied killing Nepinak.

Saull said the sentence being jointly recommended is similar to a "life sentence" and similar to what he would have received if he was found guilty of second-degree murder.

The judge added that Lamb will likely have to spend part of his sentence in solitary confinement.

Lamb left the courtroom after the sentence was announced, showing no emotion as he looked at the victims' families.

Tried to retract guilty plea

Lamb's plea was part of a deal to have the charges reduced from second-degree murder to manslaughter.

The deal calls for two consecutive 10-year sentences for a total of 20 years in jail.

Earlier on Thursday, the court heard submissions for the joint sentence from Crown prosecutor Sheila Leinburd and Lamb’s defence lawyer, Martin Glazer.

But moments after hearing those submissions, the courtroom erupted in gasps and tears when Lamb stood and rescinded his guilty plea.

As Lamb told the court he wanted a trial instead, a man yelled from the gallery, calling Lamb a monster and telling him to take responsibility.

The man, who was sitting with Blacksmith's mother, was escorted out by a sheriff. Shortly after that, a woman left the room in tears.

Lamb then began addressing the court, giving details about the killings and saying he's been a drug addict since age 12 and people wouldn't understand what he's been through.

As he spoke, some members of the victims' families got up and left the room.

Lamb said he was sorry, has remorse and empathy — and understands the feelings of victim's families. He also said he hated what he has become.

"Basically, I turn into a monster at times. That is not me," he said.

After a brief discussion with his lawyer, Lamb re-entered his guilty plea and spoke more about his childhood — being taken from his mother and put into foster care — before wrapping up.

The judge then adjourned court until 2:45 p.m. CT for a decision on the joint submission.

Sinclair struck with axe handle

Sinclair's body was found in March 2012 near a dumpster behind an apartment complex in the 700 block of Notre Dame Avenue, between Toronto and Victor streets, in Winnipeg's West End.

On Thursday morning, court heard during submissions from the Crown that Lamb and Sinclair had been smoking crack cocaine in Lamb's bathroom when Lamb hit her in the head with an axe handle three or four times.

When he realized she was still alive, Lamb then choked her with his hands.

Lamb then smoked the rest of the crack and left Sinclair's body in the bathroom for several days before placing her in a bag and dumping her, court was told.

Blacksmith's body was found in the backyard of a home in the 700 block of Simcoe Street, also in the city's West End, in June 2012.

Court was told Thursday Blacksmith was strangled with a TV cord. Lamb then went to buy drugs and dumped her body later that day.

Lack of evidence

The Crown prosecutor told court the investigation was challenging because there were no witnesses and little forensic evidence, which is why the charges were reduced to manslaughter.

The Crown said public safety was the primary concern in making the deal with Lamb.

In his submission, Glazer said the judge should consider that his client confessed in June 2012 while in custody on an unrelated matter.

Lamb then helped police fill in the blanks about those homicides, Glazer said, also noting police had no idea Lamb was involved until he came forward.

"How many people in his shoes would confess?" Glazer said outside court.

"You commit two homicides, you're getting away with it, no one knows you did it, and then while in police custody he tells them the truth."

Glazer also told the court that police paid Lamb $600 to give a confession on the location of Blacksmith's body.

"He was paid by the police for confessing," Glazer said outside court, adding that he even has the receipts.

"First time that I've ever seen such a case in Canada, and I've been a criminal lawyer for 31 years."

Glazer said the payment made Crown prosecutors nervous, resulting in the plea deal that reduced the charges from second-degree murder to manslaughter.

"The problem with the Crown's case was if the statement was thrown out of court, the Crown would have no case," he told reporters.

During his submission to the court, Glazer recommended the judge consider that Lamb's guilty plea has spared the victims' families from having to endure a trial.

He then read letters written to the victims' families by Lamb, who called Blacksmith a beautiful spirit and said he was "truly sorry."

Part of the joint recommendation was for Lamb to serve his sentence outside the Prairie provinces for his own safety, Glazer said, adding his client feels he will be a target by other prisoners because his high-profile case.

Sinclair family outraged

Amanda Sinclair, Carolyn Sinclair's sister, said outside court Thursday morning Lamb's plea deal was unfair.

"My sister [Carolyn] is never going to return. Lorna is never going to return," she said. "These girls are not going to come home for Christmas. They're not going to come home for Mother's Day. They're not going to come home for any kind of holidays.

"But you know," she said, her voice breaking, "he gets his three meals a day, you know, for how many years? And they're asking for less?

Sinclair said there will be no justice for her sister.

"In nine years, he's eligible for parole. In nine years, do I get to see my sister? Does she get to come back to me? That's not fair at all, but you know, that's our justice system. Where's the justice in this? There's no justice system for my family. I'm never going to get her back."

Nepinak's case 'slips through cracks'

Nepinak's body has never been found, but police have declared her as a homicide victim and charged Lamb with second-degree murder.

Lamb has denied killing Nepinak.

Police have said they believe her body was placed in a garbage bin in the city's West End, and the bin was emptied at the Brady Road landfill. However, a week-long search of the area in October 2012 turned up no evidence.

Vernon Mann, the father of Nepinak's two children, says he's concerned her murder will be forgotten.

Mann said Lamb's plea deal, which made no reference to Nepinak's case, means Lamb is getting "a slap on the wrist."

"It almost feels like they're letting her case slip through the cracks," Mann told CBC News.

When asked outside court what will happen to the charge Lamb faces in Nepinak's case, all Glazer would say was, "Stay tuned."

Criminal record

Lamb, who is originally from Ontario, has an extensive criminal record extending across four provinces.

Since 1979, he has had 109 convictions in Ontario, Alberta, B.C. and Manitoba. In the latter, Lamb has 45 convictions since 2002 for everything from robbery to forgery, fraud, and uttering threats.

Most recently he was charged with sexual assault in May 2012 and June 2012.

It was when Lamb was picked up on June 21 that police learned of his alleged connection to the three homicides.


Cops pay serial killer Lamb $1,500 for information on killings

By Mike McIntyre -

November 15, 2013

Winnipeg police admit they paid $1,500 to accused serial killer Shawn Lamb in a desperate bid to get information about missing and murdered Manitoba women.

Vague revelations of a payoff were first disclosed on Thursday at Lamb’s sentencing hearing by defence lawyer Martin Glazer, who said police had crossed the line and essentially bought a confession from his client which likely would have been thrown out at trial.

Full details of the move were revealed at a Friday morning news conference. Supt. Danny Smyth of the Criminal Investigations Unit said it was an extremely rare decision aimed at bringing closure to as many grieving families as possible.

"The Winnipeg Police Service is sensitive to the fact there are many missing and murdered women in Manitoba and in Canada. These investigations are a priority for us. In this case, the investigators explored all available options in the interest of justice and public safety," said Smyth. "I would say this is very unusual. In my time this is the first time I can recall us going to that kind of a measure."

Lamb, 54, struck a plea bargain with the Crown to plead guilty Thursday to two counts of manslaughter and receive a 20-year sentence, with no chance of parole for at least 10 years. The Crown dropped more serious murder charges and the mandatory life sentence they carry.

"This was a difficult and challenging case. We accept this fact and respect the authority by which this decision was made," said Smyth.

Money paid into 'canteen fund'

Police outlined in detail how their contact and payment to Lamb came about. Lamb was initially arrested on a sexual assault charge nearly two years ago unrelated to any homicide. While being processed, "Mr. Lamb indicated he knew where a body was. This statement triggered a homicide investigation," said Smyth.

Police were then led to the body of Carolyn Sinclair, 25. Her remains were found March 31, 2012, wrapped in plastic inside a duffle bag near a garbage can on Notre Dame Avenue.

Lamb refused to co-operate further and did not give a formal statement. He was not charged with Sinclair’s killing and the investigation remained ongoing.

Lamb then broke his silence several months later when he contacted police, looking to broker a deal.

"He indicated he had more information to relate about the homicide and other crimes he committed," said Smyth.

Police consulted with the Crown about how to proceed and set up a special "canteen fund" at the Remand Centre for Lamb. An initial $600 was deposited, which Lamb could use to buy cigarettes, snacks and other items in custody.

Police then sat down with Lamb, who upheld his end of the deal by not only confessing to killing Sinclair, but also Lorna Blacksmith. At the time, Blacksmith was still listed as a missing person. Lamb led investigators to her body, just as he’d done with Sinclair.

Paid $1,500 total for information

Lamb was charged with two counts of second-degree murder, but told police he wanted to keep talking – for a price.

"He continued to contact investigators, indicating he would provide more information about other homicides he was involved in," said Smyth.

Police met with Lamb on two further occasions, depositing another $600 and then $300 into his account. But never proved to be fruitful.

"Neither provided investigators with any additional evidence," said Smyth.

He said police were put in a difficult position here, knowing there would be no case without the co-operation of Lamb.

"This brought closure to the families of Carolyn Sinclair and Lorna Blacksmith," said Smyth. "It was hoped subsequent information would be forthcoming to bring closure to the families of other victims that Mr. Lamb may have been involved in."

And while they may come under criticism – especially from Lamb’s lawyer – police say this is a tactic they felt they had to utilize.

"This is an extraordinary measure that we considered. Put into the context of missing and murdered women and the sensitivityy around that and trying to get to the bottom of some of those things," said Smyth. "I think every case would be weighed individually. This wouldn’t be something we’d do routinely."


Forced to make a deal with the devil

Killer proves a cunning manipulator

By Mike McIntyre -

November 15, 2013

He is a master manipulator, a sociopath who craves attention and takes pleasure in the pain of others.

So you can imagine the disgust among senior Manitoba justice officials who took a long, hard look at the case against accused serial killer Shawn Lamb and realized one alarming fact.

Lamb, 54, held all the cards. They would be forced to play the game by his rules.

As we saw Thursday, the result was a so-called deal with the devil. Lamb cops to reduced charges and is able to apply for parole by his 63rd birthday. He's guaranteed freedom by 72.

A "light at the end of the tunnel" is how defence lawyer Martin Glazer described it.

Social media lit up with outrage. Families of the victims erupted in anger. Even those involved in the prosecution held their noses.

"We're not happy at all. But you have to look at the big picture," a veteran source connected to the case told the Free Press.

That big picture isn't pretty. Lamb, a man with more than 100 convictions on his record dating back to the 1970s, had a very good chance of being back on the streets in the next few months if the Crown didn't agree to his terms.

"There was a very real possibility of an acquittal," Queen's Bench Justice Rick Saull said in summarizing the difficult position facing the Crown.

No forensics, no witnesses: Only Lamb's lengthy, detailed confession which may have been illegally obtained by Winnipeg police.

That left the Crown with no choice but to cut their losses and salvage whatever they could. They would have to drop the murder charges, and the mandatory life sentence they carry. And they could no longer even think about a dangerous-offender application and the indefinite prison term that comes with it.

No doubt their uneasiness was magnified Thursday, when Lamb tried to hijack his own sentencing hearing. It was a pathetic, but not entirely surprising, performance by a man who does the "woe-is-me" act better than anyone.

Sit quietly as lawyers go over every grisly detail of your crimes, then jump up at the last minute and claim you want to withdraw your guilty pleas and set the matter down for trial.

Fortunately sanity prevailed and the hearing continued. But you could tell Lamb loved being in the position of power.

"You're a f --g monster, take some responsibility," screamed one of the victims' family members in court. He was promptly ushered out by sheriffs, clearly at his wit's end being forced to watch Lamb relish the spotlight.

I've seen this tired act play out many times over the past couple years, as Lamb routinely called me to chat about his case and hinted he had information about as many as five unsolved murders. He's routinely played the same cat-and-mouse game with homicide detectives.

Lamb also took great pleasure in calling my national Sunday-night radio show a few months ago so he could ask my guest, Manitoba provincial court Judge Ray Wyant, a question about the criminal justice system. It wasn't until he was on-air that we recognized the voice. Obviously an accused serial killer asking a sitting judge questions on live radio isn't an everyday scenario. But Lamb relished it.

Those Sunday-night calls from the Remand Centre and Headingley became a regular feature. Once, Lamb wanted to tell listeners how a Quebec filmmaker making videos of models pretending to be raped and murdered was "cool."

Another time he told me how he thought Col. Russell Williams, convicted of brutally murdering two Ontario women and raping several others, "looked good" in pictures tendered in court of him wearing the panties of his victims.

There was no reason for him to be making these outlandish statements short of the "look-at-me" attitude he clearly possesses.

Lamb demonstrated this again Thursday, as he made an impressive speech about how his tragic, troubled upbringing and years of chronic drug and alcohol addiction, which began at the tender age of 12, contributed to his criminal ways.

"I grew up damaged and lost," he said. "I turn into a monster at times. I think all addicts will relate to that."

It was the type of insight you rarely see from offenders, and typically not expressed as eloquently as Lamb did. And on the surface you may wish to applaud him for his candour.

Problem is, Lamb has pulled out this same spiel countless times. His comments Thursday were eerily similar to ones he's impressed many other judges with, convincing them this poor, lost soul is worthy of yet another chance at redemption and freedom.

"Once upon a time there was born a baby boy, a little Indian boy as sweet and fat-cheeked and gifted by the creator as any baby anywhere. He was born innocent, as innocent as a puppy," Lamb told a judge during a 2010 sentencing hearing. "Throughout all a dim light, glimmer of hope, a feeling of worth. Ask for help, unload the shame. I'm wanting and worthy of a better life,"

It would be less than two years later that Lamb, now a free man, would brutally kill Carolyn Sinclair and Lorna Blacksmith.

The master manipulator had struck again.


Lamb a manipulator: police

But retired officer says cops must 'dance with the devil'

By Mike McIntyre -

February 27, 2013

They are locked in a high-stakes battle of wills -- two sides staring each other down, waiting for the other to blink.

But the stalemate between Winnipeg police and accused serial killer Shawn Lamb is anything but a game to the families of Manitoba's missing and slain women.

Lamb, 52, has told police he has specific information that could help solve at least five additional cases. He says police haven't acted on his claims quickly enough and aren't taking him seriously.

Lamb has made similar statements to the Free Press in a series of interviews and recorded conversations, even providing the names of five women and details about evidence he claims he can lead officers to.

"I'm not saying I had anything to do with these five. I'm saying I have information," Lamb said Tuesday in his latest phone interview from the Winnipeg Remand Centre. "I'm denying any involvement with anything."

Lamb called the Free Press to say he didn't want the public to think of him as a "media whore" who craves the spotlight. He conducted a series of interviews with local TV reporters later in the day.

Police say they are proceeding with caution because Lamb is a highly intelligent manipulator. Homicide investigators have spoken with Lamb several times in recent weeks and plan to continue doing so. But sources say those meetings have provided more frustration than results.

"He's very much... a chronic BSer. However he does come through when the timing is right," a veteran justice source said Tuesday. "And sifting through the BS is what it's all about with these types, I guess."

A recently retired city homicide investigator said police have dropped the ball in their investigation. James Jewell said Tuesday it's a "travesty" police haven't acted with more urgency since their initial arrest and interrogation of Lamb last summer.

"Inexperience, lack of direction, lack of courage or combinations of all the above created significant delays for investigators who so desperately wanted to cut the red tape and get down to the business of a second interrogation," Jewell said in a public blog post. "It seems to me, incompetence of this magnitude should come with some sort of consequence(s)."

Jewell said police owe it to the public and victims' families to quickly get to the truth.

"Sins of the past aside, the time has come for the police service to realize that a thorough debrief of alleged serial killer Shawn Lamb is in order. It's time to cut the red tape and end the debate regarding process and protocol. Sometimes, you just have to dance with the devil," he said.

Lamb is charged with three counts of second-degree murder for the deaths of Lorna Blacksmith, 18, Tanya Nepinak, 31, and Carolyn Sinclair, 25. He remains in custody without bail. He has not entered a plea. None of the allegations has been proven and he is presumed innocent.

Lamb repeated his claim Tuesday that two missing rolls of film and a box of keepsakes hold the key to solving at least five additional cases. He refused to answer specific questions, including the whereabouts of the items he claims are essential to the ongoing investigation.

"If I say anything about that I'll say it to a police officer," Lamb said Tuesday. But police say that's precisely the problem -- he's made many similar promises to open up, only to stay quiet at the last minute.

Lamb claims he is interested in bringing "closure" to as many families as possible, including the ones of the five names he's provided to police and the Free Press. Lamb has threatened to go public to local aboriginal leaders and even begin calling families personally, while in custody, if immediate action isn't taken. Lamb has complicated matters by recently dismissing his lawyer, Evan Roitenberg, and then briefly representing himself.

Defence lawyer Martin Glazer has now gone on record for Lamb and has cautioned his new client to stay silent -- something Lamb hasn't done.

Lamb denied he is trying to "bargain" with police, saying he expects nothing in return.

Sources say justice officials plan to seek a dangerous-offender designation against Lamb if he is convicted. That would give him an indefinite prison term. If convicted of second-degree murder, he would face a mandatory life sentence with no chance of parole for between 10 and 25 years.

Police discovered the body of Blacksmith in a yard on Simcoe Street last June. She was allegedly killed in January 2012.

Lamb has also been charged with the December 2011 killing of Carolyn Sinclair, whose body was discovered in March 2012.

The third victim, Tanya Nepinak, was reportedly killed in September 2011. Her remains haven't been found.



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