Nova Scotia Mass Shooting Gunman’s estranged brothers called him Paranoid and Dark


After his first brother, who met ten years ago, killed 22 Nova Scotians in 2020, a Massachusetts man described his brother as eccentric to police and said he had dark thoughts. rice field.

Jeff Samuelson, adopted in the United States in 1970, reiterated to RCMP police that his brother Gabriel Wartman shared a story about his “terrible” upbringing and wanted Samuelson to kill his real parents. Said said.

“We always say we were wired in the same factory, but I went down another assembly line,” Samuelson said on April 27, 2020, a few days after the worst shootings in modern Canadian history. He said in an interview with an RCMP officer.

A record of an interview released Tuesday by a hearing on the murder includes the story of Samuelson’s first encounter with his biological family in 2010, 40 years after his adoption. It was Samuelson who began contact at the behest of his wife.

Before meeting in person in Nova Scotia, Samuelson said he had spoken to Wartman several times on the phone.

In the call, the murderer “dropped a pile of information” about his childhood, Samuelson said, saying he was “terrifying” and full of violence.

“He was weeping. He was very angry … you just wanted to explode when he was a kid and you know how terrible it was,” Samuelson said. Told to.

In one story, the shooter told Samuelson that he forced Samuelson to shoot his pet dog as a punishment when his father was thirteen. Samuelson said he believed that Wartman was angry with his parents for not telling him that he had an adopted younger brother.

“At the age of 41, he discovered this … it cut off their relationship quite a bit,” Samuelson told RCMP. “He had enough. He hated his parents, and there was a deep hatred,” he added.

His real parents, Paul and Evelyn Wortman, visited the United States to meet Samuelson. Then, in the summer of 2010, Samuelson and his wife traveled from their Massachusetts home to Primorskaya to see more families he had never met. This trip, including his stay at Portapeak, was the first time Samuelson had met his brother in person.

The couple stayed with Paul Wartman’s brother, Grin Wartman, who was one of the many homes that rampaged from April 18-19, 2020, but they were shot by his spouse. I visited a house shared with Lisa Banfield.

According to Samuelson, he showed off many weapons when his brother arrived and believed he was a silencer, including grenades, rifles pulled from the garage workbench, “Tommy Guns”, and laser-powered 9 mm pistols. .. ..

According to Samuelson, they were shown more than 10 weapons scattered throughout the dwelling and were “hidden invisible.” This led Samuelson to believe that the archer was delusional.

“Why do you have (weapons) all over the house? But you have to be ready to act anywhere in his paranoid world, in any of his rooms,” Samuelson said. Told.

The brothers did not keep in touch, and Samuelson said he last remembered talking to the shooter on the phone in 2013.

Samuelson said he stopped reaching out to his brother because he was obsessed with money and was talking about his personal wealth.

“I didn’t want to listen to this guy,” he said. “There was no room for a relationship.”

Lindsay Armstrong

Canadian press