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Episode 85: Cameron Rogers murder confession

This confession was recorded on Nov. 29, 2016 by Ottawa police homicide investigator Detective Theresa Kelm, the Mary Poppins of police interrogators. Her remarkably gentle, sympathetic and understanding manner is appropriate, since her subject, 22-year-old Cameron Rogers, who suffers from autism, appears edgy and unstable. His conversation is tangential at times; at other times he starts to panic.

The young man tells Kelm that he was cutting up a melon in the kitchen when he decided to kill his parents. He had no reason for doing so, he admits, other than the fact that they made him enroll in a college program he didn’t like, and required him to do jobs around the house. After retrieving a home-made “stick” (actually a sword) from the garage, he attacked his mother, Merrill Gleddie Rogers, in the back of her head, then the face.  Then, using a kitchen knife, he stabbed her in the neck and the back. Her screams brought his father, Dave, running into the kitchen, and Rogers stabbed him in the back with the knife,  puncturing a lung. He died quickly, from loss of blood; his mother, on the other hand, took “all night” to die. Rogers retreated to his bedroom, unable to watch.

The next day, he stuffed his father’s body into a large suitcase, covered his mother’s body with a tarp, then dumped them in a two-foot opening between the backyard shed and the fence. He then stayed inside the house for a week, cleaning up, and telling visitors that his parents were both in bed with the flu. Eventually, he tried to enter the U.S., but had no visa and was sent back to Canada. Returning home, he called police and confessed to the murders.

On November 24, 2018, Rogers was found guilty of two counts of second-degree murder (a plea deal). He will serve two concurrent life sentences, with no chance of parole for 20 years.

Listen to the episode here.