Sean Kirkham, man at centre of controversial missing women's memorial project, dies

The man at the centre of a controversial unfinished memorial project for murdered and missing native women in B.C. has died.

Kirkham's project never completed, found dead on day he was to appear in court on threatening charges

Sean Kirkham's death was not considered suspicious, police said. (CBC)

The man at the centre of a controversial unfinished memorial project for murdered and missing native women in B.C. has died.

CBC News has learned 43-year-old Sean Kirkham was found dead in a West End apartment Jan. 21 after friends became alarmed over a post he left on his Facebook page.

Vancouver police said the death was not suspicious.

Kirkham organized the "Living Memorial Stones" project in 2012, promising to place street plaques where missing and murdered aboriginal women were last seen alive in the Vancouver area.

A year later a CBC News Investigation revealed that only four of the promised 62 plaques were installed and Kirkham had left a trail of unpaid debts.

Criminal convictions

CBC learned that Kirkham was a convicted criminal facing theft, fraud and forgery charges in B.C. and Quebec.

He later pleaded guilty to ten of those charges.

Late in 2015, Kirkham — also known as Sean Faludi — launched a lawsuit against the City of Vancouver alleging defamation and breach of contract after four of the stones he installed were removed from city streets.

Kirkham was set to appear in a Vancouver provincial court on the day of his death. He was charged with threatening his former partner.

Friends say Kirkham's remains will be returned to Hay River, Northwest Territories, where he spent his early life and where his birth mother is buried.

CBC investigated Sean Kirkham after grieving family members of missing women complained. (CBC)


  • An earlier version of this story said Kirkham was born in Hay River, NWT. In fact, Kirkham only spent his early life there. It's also where his birth mother is buried.
    Feb 05, 2016 12:59 PM PT

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