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Confessed serial killer says he is not plagued by guilt – Winnipeg Free Press

Confessed serial killer Jeremy Skibicki says he is a gentle man who doesn't like to hurt others, sleeps well in prison and is generally not plagued by guilt.

Such allegations are contained in an 86-page psychiatric report filed in court last week as the 37-year-old Winnipeg man fights to be cleared of criminal responsibility for the murder of four defenseless Indigenous women two years ago.

Skibicki has pleaded not guilty to four counts of first-degree murder in connection with the killings of three Indigenous women – Rebecca Contois, Morgan Harris and Marcedes Myran – in May 2022, as well as a fourth, unidentified woman, known as the Buffalo Woman, who police believe was murdered in March 2022.

Skibicki has pleaded not guilty to four counts of first-degree murder in the May 2022 shooting deaths of Morgan Beatrice Harris (left to right), Marcedes Myran, Rebecca Contois and a fourth, unidentified woman.

On Wednesday, the court heard testimony from the report's author, forensic psychiatrist Dr. Gary Chaimowitz, who interviewed Skibicki for eight hours over two days last month.

Chaimowitz rejected the defense's claim that Skibicki was suffering from psychotic delusions at the time of the murder of the four women. He concluded that this was just a mask for his desire to have sex with dead people, which Chaimowitz referred to as “homicidal necrophilia.”

In a police interrogation video recorded after his arrest on May 17, 2022, Skibicki admitted that he strangled or drowned the victims in his McKay Avenue suite, had sex with their corpses, and then disposed of their remains in nearby trash cans. Skibicki said he dismembered Contois and Myran.

SUPPLIED: In a police interrogation video recorded after his arrest on May 17, 2022, Skibicki admitted to strangling or drowning the victims in his McKay Avenue suite.

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In a police interrogation video recorded after his arrest on May 17, 2022, Skibicki admitted to strangling or drowning the victims in his McKay Avenue suite.

According to the report, Skibicki described being sexually aroused by the thought of dead people as early as age 12. At that time, he saw a World War II-era picture of two Nazi officers with a hanged woman. In his early 20s, he began watching pornographic content on the subject of necrophilia.

“Mr. Skibicki's interest was limited to the degree of decomposition,” Chaimowitz wrote. “He occasionally looked at pictures of corpses and found them arousing. He had some dreams and out-of-body experiences involving sex with corpses.”

Skibicki said he found it “entertaining to watch videos of female actresses being killed” and he found so-called breath play – in which a woman's mouth and nose are covered so that she cannot breathe – “arousing,” Chaimowitz wrote.

Skibicki told Chaimowitz, “He doesn't like to hurt people and is gentle most of the time.”

Skibicki claimed that although the thought of killing found him sexually arousing, he was not aroused when killing his victims.

Skibicki said the victims and other women he had sex or relationships with were Indigenous, while also expressing loyalty to a white supremacist ideology. Skibicki said the women shared “certain characteristics” in common, “that they accepted him, they were often meek and open to being with him” and submissive, Chaimowitz wrote.

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Skibicki told Chaimowitz he met the victim, known only as Buffalo Woman, at a day center and found her “shy and beautiful.” Skibicki said the woman went with him to his suite, where they had sex and developed “an emotional and spiritual connection.”

Skibicki said the woman was addicted to methamphetamine and claimed she had been trafficked to “demon hotels.” He said the third time the woman visited his home, he urged her to stay and “turn her life to God.”

Skibicki told Chaimowitz that he “knew he was going to kill her after giving her every opportunity to stay. He had asked her to stay in the house and turn to God… When he told her she couldn't leave and she did, he knew that was the moment he had to kill her.”

Skibicki claimed he heard an angel say, “Just do it,” before strangling the woman. He told Chaimowitz he drowned the woman in the bathtub to “limit the suffering.”

After her death, Skibicki cleaned her body and had sex with her corpse repeatedly over a period of eight hours. He described this as a “form of sanctification” and an act of love, Chaimowitz wrote.

Skibicki wrapped the woman's body in plastic and placed it in a plastic trash can after checking garbage collection times.

Chaimowitz said he asked Skibicki if he knew what it meant to be found “not criminally responsible” and if he wanted that. He replied that he wanted to “anger the public and change the world.”

Chaimowitz said Skibicki told him that he was “sleeping well” in prison and “did not regularly feel hopeless, helpless, worthless and guilty.”

Chaimowitz dismissed much of Skibicki's testimony as self-serving “inventions” designed only to support his claim that he suffered from schizophrenia.

The trial will continue on Monday when the court hears closing arguments from the prosecution and defense.

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Dean Pritchard

Dean Pritchard
Court Reporter

Dean Pritchard is a court reporter for the Free PressHe has been reporting on the justice system since 1999 and works for the Brandon Sun And Winnipeg Sun before joining the Free Press in 2019. Read more about Dean.

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