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MURDER IN MEDICINE HAT
2003 - Marc and Debra Richardson, along with their two children, Jasmine
(10) and Jacob (5) move into Medicine Hat, Alberta, Canada.
A nice family by all accounts.
Phyllis Gehring (neighbor next door) "The family was quiet and were good
neighbours. We knew them, but it wasn't like they came over or we went
over there. We had no problem with them whatsoever. I never heard a harsh
word between the mother and father."
JEREMY ALLAN STEINKE
Jeremy Allan Steinke
Steinke, a self described 300 year old werewolf, wore a vial of blood around
his neck, telling others he "liked the taste of blood," is enamored of younger,
underage girls, and develops a following of fans among them.
Jeremy Steinke - photo believed to have been taken
shortly before the murders. He was wearing the same
shirt at time of his arrest.
He lives with his mother, Jacqueline May. He has no employment.
Steinke family friend "(Jeremy) Steinke would start fights he couldn't finish,
often with older boys. "He was likable kid. But he can
be manipulative. His interest in underaged girls was
inappropriate. Mentally, I think he was so young."'
Jordan Attfield (friend) moves in with Jeremy Steinke (living with his mother)
for about three months. Attfield moves out after Steinke
has a breakup with a girlfriend. At first he's increasingly
agitated. "And it started going downhill from there."
He would sit there and stare at nothing."
But that was before he met 12 year old Jasmine.
Jeremy describes her as "She's as crazy as I am."
Steinke neighbor "I used to live across the street from this creep-
Jeremy. His (Jeremy's) mother was interviewed
saying how nice he was and how he could never
do this- BULLSHIT. On numerous occasions
we saw a VERY high (or maybe he was just born
that retarded beacuse of his druggy mother) kid
that would beat his mother. he would push her,
punch her, throw coffee tables at her- but yet,
he is a NICE boy."
Unidentified Woman "I bore him a child when I was 17, and he was 20.
He's never met his child. He was abusive, and
dating him was a big mistake. I know exactly how the (12 yr old) feels. She's probably regretting
ever meeting him."
"He rarely held down a job, but he always had $10,
or $20 in his pocket. He'd buy gifts and spend
every penny he has, and try to get close to the
"He was fun. He always wanted to do what you wanted.
But he had a quick temper, and he'd sit up in the middle
of the night and start talking to himself."
"I probably only know 10 per cent of him. He can
change in a blink of an eye. Since our breakup,
I've watched his girlfriends getting younger, and
2006 - Life in Medicine Hat for the Richardson family is good... until Jasmine turns
12. As part of her new found pre-teen persona, she begins styling herself as
a Goth....and dating a 23 year old named Jeremy Steinke, who professes
his love for her, insists to others "she's 14."
Jasmine's friends "She was a nice girl at first, but she changed after she
started dating Jeremy Steinke."
Marc and Debra don't approve of the disparity in ages, or the relationship and promptly
make it clear to Jasmine and Jeremy that like it or not, their "togetherness" is going to
be sharply curtailed.
Family Friends "They were furious about her relationship with Jeremy
Steinke. Jasmine had been grounded for about a
Neighbors "We heard loud fighting during the last few weeks coming
from the home."
Jasmine's friends "Her parents took away her phone and computer and forbid
her to wear makeup. They grounded her to keep her and
"I never had a good feeling about Steinke because of the
age difference. He also wore eyeliner at times and he
dressed in dark colours. I never thought of him as
dangerous, just older, but very immature."
Daniel Clark (friend) "I warned him not to get involved. I told him you're 23
years-old, you're a grown man. You're dating a kid.
He stopped for a minute and looked at me. And I
said, 'Well, that's just my opinion, Jeremy, but you
should be having a job . . . you should not be living
with your mother. You know, doing something with
your life, not hanging around little high school kids."
PRELUDE TO MURDER
Jasmine isn't satisfied with her life. Her parents are standing in the way of her
spending time with Steinke, and she resents their interference.
Jasmine's friends "Several times she said she wanted to kill her parents
and move away to live with Steinke."
"I overheard Jasmine talking to Steinke on a phone,
asking him to help her kill her parents."
"She never used the word kill when talking about her
parents, only that she wished that they would die."
None of Jasmine's friends took her threats to kill her parents seriously.
Jasmine Richardson "We had "hypothetical" conversations about killing my parents.
I never took them seriously. They were no big deal because
all my friends talked like that. It was stupid talk.
This wasn't unusual for my group of friends talking about
ONLINE MURDER TALK
2006 - March - Both Jeremy and Jasmine have sites on Nexopia ( a social
networking site). She's "runawaydevil" and he's "souleater."
Steinke's personal profile refers to Jasmine's parents:
"Their throats I want to slit. Especially when I see that
they are gone . . . Their blood should be payment!"
He posts other violent, macabre songs and poems
referring to the Richardsons.
An excerpt of his profile: I believe in Blood, Destruction,
Guts, Gore & Greed! I’m the Vocals for my band called
“Project Status Quo” I also play guitar, my buddy Jordi is the pro
on the Bass guitar, my cousin Grantis is on Lead Guitar, My bro
Gary is the infamous Drummer, we’re still in the midst of looking
for another guitarist to add to the band!
Jasmine's profile: Internet photos of herself in tight black clothing,
sucking on her finger suggestively and falsely claims she is 15.
"Welcome to my tragic end."
runawaydevil "I hate them. So I have this plan, it begins with
me killing them and ends with me living with you."
souleater "I love your plan but we need to get a little more
creative with like details and stuff."
Jeremy Steinke tells his friends in person and via Nexopia that he's frustrated
with Jasmine's parents. He and Jasmine "talk" about how much she hates
her parents, and possible ways of killing them; making it look like a murder-
suicide or hitting them on the head while they sleep, and then burning the
house down. The murder plans include the murder of her 8 year old brother
Jacob, because "he is too sensitive to be an orphan."
A week before the murders:
Jasmine sneaks out of the house and goes with Steinke back to his trailer.
They have sex.
Three days before the murders:
Jasmine tells a friend "I'm going to kill my parents." The friend laughs
off her comment. Jasmine responds "Fine. Don't believe me."
2006 - April 19 - On Friday, Jacob had slept over at his friend's
house next door.So tonight, Jacob's 5 year old
friend from next door joins the Richardsons
for dinner. At 8, Jacob stands 4'4" and weighs
only 68 pounds.
2006 - April 20 - souleaster52 (JeremySteinke) on vampirefreaks. com sends
a message referring to "doing morbid stuff to others! which i'm
going to do this weekend."
2007 - April 23 - Jeremy Steinke makes 3 phone calls to Jordan Attfield. He's
"looking for help to "scare" Marc Richardson, Jasmine's father."
Jordan Attfield "That morning he told me, 'We're doing it today.' I was like, '
What? You're doing what?' And he's, like, 'We're going to
kill (them). I didn't take him seriously."
8:00 P.M. - Jeremy Steinke arrives at Jordan Attfield's home to pick him up.
Jordan wants no part of trouble and says he won't go. Steinke
slams the door and leaves.
10:45 P.M. - Daniel Clark calls Jeremy Steinke and asks "What are you
up to?" Steinke responds "I'm watching a movie. I'll have to
call you back when I'm done."
The movie is Natural Born Killers - a movie about a young
couple who embark upon a serial killing spree. (Fictional)
Underage Girl "Steinke compared his plan to a scene in the movie
where the characters kill the girl's parents.
As he watched the scene where a young brother is
spared he said "That's where it would be different.
(She) would kill her brother."
Underage Girl "He was on the phone in the kitchen, pacing back and
forth, saying, 'I don't want to do this. Are you sure you
want to do this?' "
Jasmine Richardson "I called Jeremy and told him I wanted to kill my
parents, because they were mean to me. I was
Underage Friends "We tried to talk him out of his plan
"He told us we didn't understand. . . . He found someone
crazy enough, just like himself."
Despite knowing that Steinke was plotting murder, and tried to talk him out of it,
no one notified the Richardsons of the danger. No one notified police or their
Steinke "She called me in the middle of the night, asking me to help
her sneak out so we could be together."
TRIPLE MURDER MOST FOUL
According to Jeremy Steinke's later testimony & evidence found during
Steinke arrives at the Richardson home in the dark.
He is high on cocaine, and drunk. He's dressed in a hoodie,
and all in black, with a ski mask. He's carrying a knife in
his pocket. He steps onto the dirt leaving a footprint as
he breaks into the house through a back window.
Debra Richardson hears the noise and comes down the
stairs into the basement to investigate. She screams
as she comes face to face with the masked intruder.
Steinke stabs her 12 times, hitting her aorta and
lungs. Blood sprays out into the stairwell leading to the
basement. It splatters the floor, walls and ceililng. Debra
dies at the bottom of the stairs, her body smeared with
her own blood.
At the sound of Debra's screams, Marc Richardson and his
son Jacob run from their bedrooms. Marc comes to his wife's
aid, grabbing a screwdriver and uses it to defend himself
against the intruder's knife. He manages to temporarily choke
Steinke and jams a finger in one of his eyes.
During their struggle, Marc is stabbed 24 times and there are
countless slashes inflicted upon him. The staircase bannister
is shattered. In the fight for his life, Marc struggles with the
intruder from one end of the basement to the other.
Marc's blood splatters upon the futon, gas fireplace, exercise
equipment, the bannister, the ceiling and the walls. His blood
spatters onto Steinke's clothing. At some point he's dropped
the screwdriver. It lies close to him on the floor where he dies.
Marc Richardson's dying words "Why?"
Steinke "Because your daughter wanted it that way."
The attack is so violent, the fileting knife Steinke used is
bent, buckled in the middle, and curved at the tip, like
a hook. He drops it next to Marc Richardson's body and
walks upstairs, leaving behind bloody handprints on the
Jacob Richardson, having awoken to his mother's screams is
frightened. He's standing in the hallway in his underwear near
his bedroom where he hears his father struggling with an
intruder. Then he sees the masked intruder coming up the
stairs... and his sister holding a black handled kitchen knife.
She stands over him and as he begs "I'm scared. I'm too young
to die," she mercilessly stabs him. As he flees to his bedroom
one hundred precious drops of blood drop to the carpet.
The murdering pair follow him. One of them tries to
strangle him, causing pinpoint bleeding inside of his
eyellids and mouth.
Jasmine stabs him 3 more times, in his face and chest.
Then she slashes his throat, severing his juglar vein,
causing his blood to soak into his bedding and spray
throughout the room over his toys. He lies dead,
curled on his side on his bed.
Steinke watches as Jasmine murders her brother
while his shoe lace soaks up some of the 8 year old's
According to Jasmine's testimony & evidence found during the
"I called Jeremy and told him I wanted to kill my parents
because they were mean to me. I was only joking."
That night I woke up and heard Jeremy breaking into the
house. My mother went downstairs and screamed, then
my dad and Jacob came out of the bedrooms.
I could hear my dad and Jeremy fighting downstairs and I
raced back upstairs and grabbed a knife I had hidden in my
closet, in case I needed to protect myself.
Jeremy came up the stairs, he was staggering, and covered
in blood. He screamed at me to kill my brother.
He yells at me "Stab him! Just stab him! Slit his throat!"
I said "I can't! I can't!. He said, "you have to. I did this for you!"
Jacob said "I'm scared... I'm too young to die."
"I stabbed him once...somewhere in his upper body.
I couldn't do any more. Jeremy grabbed the kitchen
knife and slit Jacob's throat. I couldn't look but I heard
him struggling to breathe. He was gurgling."
"I didn't do anything to stop him. I was like a zombie.
I could barely function. It didn't even enter my mind
to call 911."
Jasmine checks out her boyfriend's handiwork... she sees her mother
and father lying in pools of blood. Steinke leaves Jasmine at the
house amid the gore and goes home. Marc Richardson's brand new
white truck sitting in the driveway undergoes a smashed passenger
window. When he gets home to his trailer, he touches the doorknow
on his room, leaving traces of blood.
Jasmine rinses off the kitchen knife in an upstairs bathroom. The water
dilutes Jacob's blood on the blade. She sets it onto the vanity where
the water drips off, making a pink pool.
The house is quiet. The doorknobs, carpet, and light switches, the
walls and ceilings bear silent witness to the carnage, being daubed
After the butchery, Jasmine cleans herself up, packs some
clothing, steals her mother Debra's bankcard. She walks to
a bank machine at a nearby convenice store and withdraws
cash. She phones for a taxi and takes it to Steinke's trailer.
PARTY WITHOUT A CARE
Some hours later, the murdering twosome are at a friend's apartment where a
party is occurring. Jasmine and Steinke are seen kissing, giggling during the
party. They discuss the murders and the cleanup. Steinke laughes while
describing the killings. He also shares their plans for "a gothic wedding that
would end with them living in a German castle."
Later the two have sex.
Friends - "He showed us his wounded eye and said he'd
killed Jasmine's parents. "I gutted them like
a fish. He said "she (Jasmine) killed her brother."
James Whalley (friend) "He bragged about how the little boy had
“gargled” as he bled out from the stabbing.
"He said he had "gutted the whole family
like fish." I was amazed that he was just
sitting there, telling me all this. They were
calm mannered...completely like, mellow,
Jasmine Richardson "I loved him so much. I thought it (sex) would bring us
COVERUP OF A CRIME
Two of their friends wipe down the seats in Steinke's truck, getting rid of bloody
splotches. Afterwards, they park it out of sight.
A CHILD DISCOVERS TRIPLE MURDER
2006 - April 24 - Sunday - 1:00 P.M. - Medicine Hat, Alberta, Canada
A friend (6) of Jacob Richardson (8) came to the Richardson home
to see him. Instead he thinks he sees a body through the window.
He runs home and tells his mother, who notifies police.
Sarah Penner "I told my son he'd better not be lying when he raced back home
to tell me there were bodies with blood on them next door."
Sarah and her son go back to the Richardson home next door and look through
the windows. Fearing a killer was nearby, she and her son ran to their minivan.
She uses her cell phone to call her mother, who instructs her to immediately call
Sgt. Dave Townsend (Medicine Hat police) "A caller did observe a body within the
residence and called us, and that's how we got dispatched
or made aware of the scene,"
A new white truck sits in the driveway of the house - its passenger window
is mashed out. The house sits silent.
Four police officers break down the front door. Medicine Hat RCMP Constable
Ian Scribener is one of those officers. Inside they discover walls smeared with
bloody handprints. Downstairs in the basement Marc Richardson (42) and his
wife Debra (48) are deceased. They've been murdered, suffering multiple stab
wounds. The officers find 8 year old Jacob upstairs. His bed is blood soaked,
his throat slashed open.
While searching through the house the officers become concerned, there's a
child missing. There's a portrait of a family of four, the Richardson's daughter
isn't among the dead. But police fear Jasmine (12) is also a murder victim.
The public is asked to help locate the missing girl.
Sgt. Townsend "She may or may not be related to the homicide. However, we're
just trying to ensure that she is safe,"
If she is a suspect, we would not be able to release her information, because
she would be a young offender, so at this time, I don't have that information
available to pass on."
Crime scene investigators process the home. A crowd has gathered in the
neighborhood. Officers and forensic personnel are stunned and horrified
at the carnage.
4:38 P.M. - The Richardsons bodies are removed from the house.
Jeremy, Jasmine, Kacy Lancaster (19) and three other girls (who think
they're going on a camping trip) begin driving towards Leader,
Saskatchewan in Steinke's truck. The triple murders are front page news
and the group passes around a newspaper. The paper features Jasmine's
Underage Girl "(She) was smiling about it. They were pointing
things out in it."
Investigators search Jasmine Richardson's school locker, they find a crudely
drawn picture she has drawn of her lighting her family on fire and running to
Jeremy's truck. They begin interviewing her friends.
2006 - April 25 - Monday - Leader, Saskatchewan, Canada
Leader RCMP Constable Aaron Ewert is in his vehicle staking out a gas
station in Leader. He's waiting for a truck with Alberta license plates to
show up low on gas. The vehicle he's waiting for parks at a nearby high
school in the parking lot. Ewart calls for backup. When officers arrive they
approach the truck. Ewart finds Steinke and Richardson in the back of the
pickup, hiding under a sheet... with "breathing movements."
7:45 - Bill Clary (School Custodian) goes to work early
and sees 3 RCMP vehicles surrounding a small
green pickup truck in the school parking lot.
Face down on the pavement are two young girls
amid purple bath beads spilled from the truck.
Another young girl is being put inside a police
Jasmine & the three girls yell obscenities and giggle
as they are placed inside the back of a police car.
None offer resistance.
As Steinke is arrested he tells one of the girls
"Tell my mom she can have my tv and that I love her."
A black bandana found in the back of the truck
is covered in blood.
Bill Clary "They just looked like normal teenagers. When I saw it, I
thought it was maybe just a drug bust, I hadn't yet heard
of the murders."
Jeremy Allan Steinke (23) charged with three first degree murders.
Jasmine Richardson (12) charged with three first degree murders.
Steinke's friend Kacy Lancaster (19) accessory for disposing of evidence.
Shortly after their arrest, Steinke asks Richardson to marry him.
She says "yes."
2006 - May - The funeral of Marc Richardson (42), his wife Debra, (48), and
their son Jacob (8) is held at La Toussaint Church in Sudbury.
Two sheriffs overhear Steinke telling a fellow prison, "I did my girlfriend's
mother and father, and she did her brother." "I was stabbed in the eye
with a screwdriver."
Steven Durk (Medicine Hat Sheriff) "I overheard Steinke answering
questions of a fellow prisoner while driving them from court to remand."
Officers arrange for Steinke's bragging conversations to be recorded.
An undercover officer, Cory Both, posing as a prisoner, listens to Steinke as a
hidden microphone tapes their conversations as they're being driven in a van from
Medicine Hat to Calgary Remand Centre.
"You hear about that triple homicide?. . . Yeah. You’re looking at
him. . . . Me and my old lady have become legends. It was all me
and my girlfriend, We just started our own legacy."
"I tried to talk her out of it . . . she was upset, I don’t like that. I’m
a man of my word. Let’s do it.”
“I know I’m pretty twisted but I didn’t think I would be that twisted.
I never thought that I’d actually kill anybody but when I found my
soulmate, my true love, I just for some reason I was willing to do
anything for her." “I never thought I’d ever go to jail, and then
I met her and told her I’d do anything for her. And now I’m paying
"I was drinking a “two-four” of beer, a bottle of “Vampire” brand
red wine, and did a “gram of blow” at a coke dealer friend’s house.
"I snuck into the house through a basement window while the family
was asleep. “I remember standing there in her basement, expecting
her dad to come downstairs. Instead it was her mom."
“He came at me real fast . . . I thought I was going down. He grabbed
my face and shoved his thumbs in my eyes. My old lady’s father’s a
big guy. When he came at me with that screwdriver, I was scared
sh--less. I screamed. I just stabbed him. I’m surprised I came out on
top. I thought, I thought I was a dead man.”
"The father's dying word was "Why?" I replied "Because your daughter
wanted it that way."
"I went upstairs and I watched my girlfriend cut her brother’s throat...
It didn’t bother her at all either, she didn’t cry or anything in fact the
next day when we were on the road f---n’ she was laughing about it.
She’s got a few screws loose, too.”
That’s something I kinda miss.” Me and my girlfriend are freaks, man.
"I'm a ladies’ man. You know what they want and you give it to
them. She's gonna be there for me when I get released. And I’m putting all
Prosecutor "J.R was "the motive and Steinke was the means" in the
"planned and deliberate" murders. Officers, forensic specialists,
friends, family, neighbors and others testified against both of
the murderous pair.
Steinke blames his participation in the murders on his "upbringing."
Jasmine Richardson blames Steinke.
Jurors view evidence in the case, including 2,000 photos of evidence in
the house, of the slaughter.
Tim Foster (Attorney for Richardson) "Although she talked about it, although
she said those things, she never, ever meant it. In order to find her guilty you
have to find that intent. You have to find that she intended for Jeremy to kill
her family." "They didn't have a destination in mind to run away to, she
hadn't packed a bag, he left her at the family's home afer the slayings.
That proves there wasn't any foresight on her part that would suggest she
orchestrated these killings."
Stephanie Cleary (Crown Prosecutor) "Her testimony is unbelievable.
Her explanation of being in a trance-like state cannot be trusted. You
cannot rely on it, it cannot raise a reasonable doubt in your mind about
The reason her tale doesn't make sense is not because she's 12, and not
because she was involved with Jeremy, but because it's not true. She
was not "a zombie" that night, but was thinking clearly and following
a plan, After the killings, she packed some clothes, stole her mother's
bankcard, went to a nearby convenience store to take money out of a bank
machine and hailed a taxi to Steinke's trailer.Hours later, she and Steinke
had sex at a friend's apartment and were seen cuddling at a party.
At no time did she call police, seek help or check on her family to see if
they were still alive."
In cross examination:
Cleary "You had plenty of opportunities to get help or stop your boyfriend.
"If there wasn't a plan, you would have begged him to stop."
Jasmine Richardson "There was no plan."
Judge Scott Brooker "Even if Steinke physically stabbed the girl's
mother, her father and brother, under Canadian law, an accused can
be found guilty if they intentionally help, encourage or persuade another
person to commit a crime. To find the accused guilty of first-degree
murder, they must agree that the Crown proved there was planning and
When testifying during his trial, Jeremy Steinke denies exchanging any words
with Marc Richardson during the struggle for Marc's life.
FAMILY VICTIM IMPACT STATEMENTS
Addressed to Jeremy Steinke in court:
Peter Doolan (brother of Debra Richardson) "I will never understand why
she was taken, I will never understand the workings of sick and twisted minds...
but I do understand about forgiveness. (She) taught me that. So it is for (her)
sake and through the deep love for my sister, who is watching over us right
now, that I extend forgiveness,"
Ramona Robins (Crown Prosecutor) reads a statement on behalf of the family:
"They described their anguish over losing "three wonderful people" as
"unbearable," "heartbreaking" and "horrifying."
Marc Richardson's Stepmother "I relived the fight that (the parents) must have
put up to protect their kids, and the terror of
Jacob when he realized his big sister would
not help him."
Marc Richardson's sister "You're nothing but a punk with evil tendencies,
a coward. You partially did this for love, and
you both turned on each other. I hope this
teaches other people who glorified you for this
that it didn't work out and never does."
"Your choices hurt us all, Jeremy. There were
broken relation-ships because of this, lost jobs,
heart attacks, drug abuse, and much, much
more. Both families endured so much pain."
Another relative "I still see the family's pain and hear questions
as to the reason why it had to happen. There is
a big hole in our hearts. His father really misses
the weekly telephone conversations he had with
A relative "You need to know that we are not the same
people since the murders. I am terrified Steinke
will be out on the streets ready to murder with
or without the slightest provocation. What
happens when he is up for parole? Will he be
after us then? Who's next? I am afraid for any
young girl who might fall under the charms of
someone like Steinke."
Another sister "They did not deserve to be murdered."
Judge Kent "I'm about to send you away to jail for a very long time, perhaps
for the rest of your life, and it's because of the horrific, un-
speakable violence you've committed against (the victims),
Maybe sometime in the future you can begin to repay all of
the damage you've caused."
"Do you have anything to say before you are sentenced?"
Steinke keeps his head bowed and shakes his head "No.".
Alain Hepner (Defense Attorney) "He told me before I came into court, and
these are my words, 'If I could take it all
back, I would."
2007 - July 9 - Jasmine Richardson is found Guilty - on all 3 counts first degree
murder. Due to her age, she is sentenced to the maximum
penalty - 10 years imprisonment. The sentence includes
credit for 18 months in custody, to be followed by 4 years
in Edmonton psychiatric facility and 4 and 1/2 years under
conditional supervision within the community.
2008 - December 15 - Jeremy Allan Steinke is found Guilty - on all 3 counts of
first degree murder. He is sentenced to 3 Life sentences, to be served
concurrently. He will be eligible for parole after serving 25 years, starting
from the time he was placed into custody. A sample of Steinke's DNA
is been ordered to be sent to the national databank and the judge
issues a lifetime ban from owning weapons.
At Steinke's trial, several of his young female hangers on were present.
Meghan "I would have started crying if he'd looked at me, He gave me a
hug and said 'See you later. I'm going to hold him to the 'see-you-later' part."
Under cross-examination, all of their friends said they'd never taken their
friends threats of murder seriously.
A Book "Runaway Devil" is based on the case.