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Father of teen Canadian murder fugitive tries to hijack media frenzy to publicize his new book 

The brazen father of a suspected teen serial killer has sent letters to media in an attempt to publicize his recently published book, telling DailyMail.com: ‘I am a really good writer.’ 

While his son is on the run in north east Canada sparking a hundreds-strong manhunt after the brutal killings of a young couple and a 64-year-old man, Alan Schmegelsky contacted media across the world hoping to boost readership of his self-published book. 

The father, who has given multiple media interviews about his fugitive son over the past week, sent copies of the book to 60 Minutes Australia and DailyMail.com. 

The rambling memoir, entitled Red Flagged, is a bizarre 131-page screed covering the last ten years of Schmegelsky Sr’s life. 

His story reveals how he struggled for years with his mental health, claiming his court-ordered psychologist diagnosed him as ‘delusional’ and threatened to have him committed to a mental institution. 

 

Alan Schmegelsky has contacted media across the world hoping to boost readership of his self-published book

Alan Schmegelsky is pictured with his murder suspect son Bryer in an undated photograph that was originally posted to Facebook

Alan Schmegelsky is pictured with his murder suspect son Bryer in an undated photograph that was originally posted to Facebook

Still on the run: Kam McLeod (right) and Bryer Schmegelsky (left) are being hunted by Canadian police

Still on the run: Kam McLeod (right) and Bryer Schmegelsky (left) are being hunted by Canadian police 

 The book is laced with vicious criticism of Bryer’s mother Deborah Sweeney, his ex-wife who he calls ‘hex’, detailing the custody battle over their son and alleged squabbling over a row with the Canadian Red Cross. 

The book describes Schmegelsky alleged struggle to get $80 million compensation over a claim that the Canadian Red Cross is responsible for his father’s AIDS diagnosis. 

Speaking to DailyMail.com, the 53-year-old said the memoir was meant to be published last week, the same day his son Bryer and son’s friend Kam McLeod are suspected of killing three people. 

‘I put the release on hold, it was supposed to be released on Monday,’ he said. 

‘I wrote my book so Bryer and I could buy a home,’ he said. ‘That was our plan.’ 

The father and son are pictured together in a throwback snap that Alan shared to Facebook

The father and son are pictured together in a throwback snap that Alan shared to Facebook

The father captioned this photo: 'Bryer's first day at work'. They are seen working together at their construction business in various photos shared to Facebook

The father captioned this photo: ‘Bryer’s first day at work’. They are seen working together at their construction business in various photos shared to Facebook

The father and son are seen doing construction work together in this snap shared to Facebook

The father and son are seen doing construction work together in this snap shared to Facebook

The father added that now he is not selling the book for money and merely wants it publicized. 

According to the manuscript’s cover, Schmegelsky wrote it in 12 days while drunk. 

‘I didn’t write it, I got my soul drunk and let him loose on the keyboard,’ the 53-year-old wrote on the book’s cover. 

‘My soul wrote this in 12 days. I could have sold my soul thirty years ago when my dad told me the Canadian Red Cross gave him Aids. 

‘I could have told him to f**k off, called him a homosexual and told him he deserved to die. My life right now would be completely different today if only I had no soul, no compassion.’ 

Bryer Schmegelsky is seen in a still image from CCTV taken in Meadow Lake, Saskatchewan and released by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police on July 26

Bryer Schmegelsky is seen in a still image from CCTV taken in Meadow Lake, Saskatchewan and released by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police on July 26

Kam McLeod, 19, and Bryer Schmegelsky, 18, have been on the run since July 15 when the bodies of Lucas Fowler, 24, and Chynna Deese, 23, (pictured) were found in British Columbia

Kam McLeod, 19, and Bryer Schmegelsky, 18, have been on the run since July 15 when the bodies of Lucas Fowler, 24, and Chynna Deese, 23, (pictured) were found in British Columbia

A copy of a letter Schmegelsky gave to DailyMail.com shows he tried to get his 131-page work published by New York-based Austin McCauley Publishers in October last year, without success. 

The alleged murderer’s opportunistic father sent out copies of his book to international media on Saturday, as the Royal Canadian Air Force deployed a Hercules plane to search for the two wanted teenagers, who are thought to be hiding in the wilderness around the small town of Gillam, north Manitoba. 

The manuscript says it is copyrighted to Alan Schmegelsky in 2019, and published via the Victoria, British Columbia-based self-publishing agent Friesen Press, which helps small-time authors edit and print professionally bound versions of their own self-published books. 

‘Just read my book, I explain everything,’ he said. ‘I wrote it in October, before all this. It has been in editorial and publishing processes this whole time.’ 

Schmegelsky does not mention his son by name in the book, but describes how in 2008 his ex-wife pressed criminal harassment charges against him, leading to restrictions on his access to then nine-year-old Bryer. 

This map plots the teenagers’ movements over the last few days and where the murders took place last week 

An aerial view of northwestern Manitoba shows the vast forest police are now combing looking for the pair

An aerial view of northwestern Manitoba shows the vast forest police are now combing looking for the pair 

Canadian police using sniffer dogs are combing the area looking for clues

Canadian police using sniffer dogs are combing the area looking for clues 

The 53-year-old construction worker wrote that he turned himself in to police over the harassment charge, rather than prompting a ‘multi-million dollar, province-wide search’, but complained that RCMP wrote a report for the judge in his case casting him as a ‘homicidal, suicidal schizophrenic maniac’. 

‘This proceeding contained three reports: The RCMP Report; the homicidal, suicidal schizophrenic maniac off his meds and going to murder. The Forensic Psychiatric Assessment Report; the delusional, untreatable and needs medication for the rest of his life. And the Probation Services Report; hard worker, never missed an appointment, always courteous, never does drugs, no apparent alcohol problem,’ he wrote. 

Schmegelsky Sr revealed that after his criminal conviction, his fortnightly visits to see his son were supervised by a social worker, and claimed that his psychologist diagnosed him as ‘delusional’ and threatened to have him committed to a mental institution in 2011. 

The book also lays bare the dysfunctional household in which the allegedly murderous teenager was raised from 2000. 

The father compared his wife to the fictional character Dr Jeckyll, saying she ‘turned into Mrs. Hyde’ after they married, and called her a ‘sociopath’. 

‘“Why aren’t you rich? I married you because you’re supposed to be f**king rich!” was her favorite saying,’ he said.

DailyMail.com has reached out to Schmegelsky’s ex wife Deborah but did not get a response. 

To help generate public leads the RCMP released new security footage of McLeod and Schmegelsky walking through a supply store in Meadow Lake, Saskatchewan on Sunday July 21

To help generate public leads the RCMP released new security footage of McLeod and Schmegelsky walking through a supply store in Meadow Lake, Saskatchewan on Sunday July 21

 

Read more at DailyMail.co.uk


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