Ross Kleman collapsed and had to be held up by an RCMP police detective in the middle of a re-enactment of how he killed Edson, Alta., teenager Emily Stauffer in September 2008, newly released video reveals.
Kleman was arrested two months after Stauffer, 14, was killed on an Edson walking trail in broad daylight on Sept. 27, 2008.
On Dec. 4, 2008, RCMP detectives led a handcuffed Kleman to the trail where the teen was slain so he could re-enact the crime, with the help of a female RCMP constable with light-coloured hair playing the role of Emily, who was blond.
Kleman, 45, was sentenced Tuesday to life in prison with no chance of parole for at least 18 years after he pleaded guilty in April to second-degree murder in Stauffer's slaying.
On Wednesday, the nearly hour-long video of that re-enactment was released to the media.
Initially, Kleman is matter-of-fact in his description, telling police how he tried first to grab Stauffer with a homemade garrotte — a wire with handles — and then a rope, which he had in his pocket. He told police officers how the teen fought back.
"I was moving around a fair bit, because she was fighting and the rope wasn't working, and she was hitting, fighting," he tells police just before the RCMP constable lies on her back on the trail for the next part of the enactment.
Kleman then tried to use box-cutter knife, but the blade broke off on her arm. The court heard Tuesday that he pushed out the blade even more.
"It went across like this and caught into the …," Kleman says as he makes a motion across his throat. He then turns away, sobbing, as the RCMP officer puts his arm around him. Kleman turns back and then collapses to the ground.
Police give him a minute to settle down and then continued their questions. An officer then asks Kleman if Stauffer said anything to him.
"I remember her screaming and I believe she was screaming, 'Help,'" he said.
"Did you say anything to her?" the officer asks.
"No. I didn't say anything. I didn't even stop. I just kept going," Kleman said, breaking into sobs again.
Earlier in the tape, Kleman is asked by the officer if he remembers how he was feeling that day as he arrived at the scene. Again, Kleman starts crying.
"Just pure anger towards everybody in the world. Just everything around me," he said.
Throughout the video, the RCMP officers are calm and reassuring in their attempt to extract information from Kleman.
On Tuesday, the judge and Crown prosecutor Michelle Doyle praised the RCMP for being so thorough in their efforts to find Stauffer's killer.
RCMP were led to Kleman after his DNA matched the sample on the garrotte that was discovered at the crime scene.