In a tragic start to this years edition of Ironman Canada, Adrian Anderson, an exceptional triathlete, was murdered.
On Sunday, September 27th, Anderson collapsed during a race due to a heart attack. Police think foul play was involved and an investigation is currently taking place.
Interviews were conducted with those closest to the victim and people likely to benefit in some way from his death.
In no particular order:
- Adrian’s ex-girlfriend and ex-trainer
- They had a hostile relationship
- Is the owner of a small scale chair manufacturing business, Park It, in the Lee building (Adrian owned ¼ of the building)
- Held meetings to negotiate sale of the building (Adrian did not want to sell the building)
- Has had Xu Cameras in the Lee building since 2010
- Is going through financial troubles
- Wants the building to be sold
- A locally renowned developer
- Has been trying to get Adrian on board with selling his part
- Adrian’s younger sister
- Owns YesYoga in the building, agreed with her brother and is not in favour of selling, though Manucherri has promised her space in the new building that he hopes to design and build
- Adrian’s older brother, they don’t have a good relationship
- Used to compete against Adrian, until his wife made him give it up
- Pierre’s wife
- Is a high level tax attorney
- Thinks her son idealizes his uncle too much
- Adrian’s nephew, very close
- works at Adrian’s store, Get Juiced
To assist in narrowing down possible scenarios we were given several pieces of evidence.
Firstly, spit was found on Adrian’s forehead. That was taken in for DNA analysis along with gloves found near a coffee pot at Park It that Adrian is known to have drank from.
As well, fingerprints were collected from a jug at Get Juiced containing coconut water that was often used to make juices for Adrian. The last water bottle Adrian drank from during the Ironman also has a couple sets of fingerprints that need further inspection. The gloves mentioned earlier were also tested.
Lastly, poisons are suspected and samples from the four possible sources (coconut water, race water, coffee, and recovery patches given to him by Ivy) have been taken in for toxicology tests.
Results of Analysis
- In the first sample, the spit, we found that the DNA matched that of Pierre’s.
- The DNA from the gloves, on the other hand, was Wilson’s.
- The coconut water jug had fingerprints from Ethan, Adrian, and Kevin.
- The water bottle also had fingerprints from Ethan and Adrian. Though, they were joined by fingerprints from Ethan’s mother, Kathy.
- The fingerprints on the gloves were very faint, but were determined to belong to Wilson.
- The coconut water and recovery patch were found to not contain poison.
- The race water and coffee had traces of amphetamines and arsenic respectively.
- Aimee tweeting “#Family first!!!<3 You’ll always love them even if you fight with them” hints at a fight happening in the family
- Tweet from Kathy saying “Pierre, your brother has a way of finding trouble. And when he can’t find it, he MAKES trouble. Smh #notimeforthis” shows that Adrian was getting in some trouble, perhaps with Omid and/or Wilson
- Wilson tweets “Yep, time to sell! Everything’s lining up, let’s do this thing” indicates extreme willingness to sell and that everything is going according to plan.
From looking at the evidence, we readily crossed out Ivy, Kevin, and Aimee from suspicion.
After taking everything into consideration we have come up with a plausible scenarios of events that led to the death of Adrian Anderson. In short, we believe that it was the product of scheming from Wilson and Kathy working independently of each other.
Wilson, perhaps at the advice/bribing of Omid, put arsenic in the coffee over a number of weeks. The reason being that he wanted to sell the building and saw no other alternative but to get Adrian out of the way. While a large dose of arsenic will kill instantly, exposure to smaller measures over a long period of time can have effects such as lung, skin, or liver cancer. It may also cause confusion in the individual. So, we speculate that they planned to have Adrian hospitalized and take advantage of disorientated state to persuade him to sell his share.
Meanwhile, Kathy put amphetamines in Adrian’s water bottle, that was probably handed to him by Ethan (to explain why his fingerprints were there, of course he’d be there at the race to support his beloved uncle). Why would Kathy go to all this trouble? Evidently, she did not like her brother-in-law. Not only did she think that he caused problems but that because her son held him in such high esteem, he was okay with, in her view, ruining his future to work at Adrian’s store. Kathy drugged Adrian with amphetamines because it is a rather common illicit drug that athletes are known to take to increase their performance. Adrian would fail the drug test and fall from grace not only in the eyes of the triathlon community, but more importantly in those of his nephew’s. Then, Ethan could be convinced to leave Get Juiced and start working towards a more respectable career.
But what she may not have known is that amphetamines makes a person’s mouth dry. The more he drank, the more of it in his system and the thirstier he got. While low to moderate doses of the stuff may have relatively harmless side effects, a higher dosage can cause blurred vision, loss of coordination, hallucinations, and lead to the user collapsing.
The combination of arsenic and the amphetamines was not enough for Adrian’s body to handle and he suffered a heart attack.
The spit on the forehead? Pierre wasn’t too fond of his younger brother anyway.