Thursday, November 16, 2006

Charges Laid

Date: Thu Nov 16 09:30:38 2006
From: Martin Kemp


The Calgary Police Service Major Crimes Section has laid a
second degree murder charge in relation to the Brian Wayne
KULLMAN homicide investigation.

At approximately 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday November 15, 2006, a
suspect was arrested at the Calgary International Airport.

Bill James PAPPAS, 35, of Calgary, was taken into custody
hours before he was to board a flight to Europe.

In the early morning hours of Thursday, November 16, 2006,
PAPPAS was charged with one count of second degree murder, as
well as arson, possession of stolen property under $5000,
uttering a forged document and fraud under $5000.

Mr. Kullman was last seen by friends and family on the
evening of Tuesday, November 7, 2006.

On Wednesday, November 8, 2006, at 7:40 p.m., the Calgary
Police Service and the Calgary Fire Department responded to
reports of a house fire at the home of Brian Kullman. The
circumstances surrounding the fire caused the Joint Forces
Arson Unit to investigate.

On the evening of Thursday, November 9, 2006, the Arson Unit
discovered further suspicious circumstances which caused the
Calgary Police Service Violent Crime Team 1 (Homicide Unit)
to assist in the investigation.

On the morning of Friday, November 10, 2006, a missing person
investigation was initiated to locate Brian Kullman, as well
as his 2003 Mercedes Benz C240 vehicle. That afternoon, the
RCMP responded to the discovery of a body found near the side
of highway 66 in Kananaskis Country. The body was later
identified as that of Mr. Kullman.

The 2003 Mercedes Benz C240 vehicle belonging to Mr. Kullman
was located in southeast Calgary in the early morning of
Saturday, November 11, 2006. This vehicle is currently being
examined by the Calgary Police Service Forensic Crimes Scenes

Investigators would like to thank those members of the public
who came forward with information as to Brian Kullman’s last
known activities.


Anonymous said...

I have been following along in your blog of what happened to Brian.

I notice early on in the investigation you ask about someone named Bill, and it turns out that Bill is the murderer.

Did the police use this information to help catch this guy?

16/11/06 11:29 AM

Reid Dalgleish said...

There was a long-time association between BK and Bill. Some other people know both men as well. I'm not sure if Bill was known to the police before he was mentioned on the blog, but info on here got other people who knew Bill Pappas to call into the police to confirm. It's great news that they caught him.

16/11/06 11:50 AM

Anonymous said...

Is there any news as to why this Bill person committed such a horrible act?

16/11/06 12:26 PM

Reid Dalgleish said...

I suspect it was over money. I won't speculate whether it was pre-meditated, or an argument that spiralled out of control or something else though.

16/11/06 1:27 PM

Anonymous said...

Just think if you didn't place the name Bill in your blog on that Friday afternoon. Those people who knew of a Bill Pappas would not have provided their information to the police. So thank you ...

16/11/06 2:20 PM

Anonymous said...

I met Bill Pappas a few years ago and I found him to be very strange and intense. I remember how he bragged to me that when he was in the army, he beat someone up so badly that he "put them in a wheelchair". I also found him to be very obsessive, in that he called me 8 times in a row and also showed up at my place unannounced. A very strange individual indeed. The mention of his name on the blog was the first I'd heard of him in over 2.5 years.

16/11/06 3:04 PM

Anonymous said...

Second Degree Murder Charge means pre-mediatated to my knowledge. I'm guessing the items found in the house led the police to this conclusion.

Props to you Reid, without your blog this person may have gotten away.

19/11/06 8:57 AM

Anonymous said...

Just to clarify the comment above & without getting too complicated, basically: 2nd degree murder is not "premeditated" (ie. it is not planned & deliberate, which 1st degree is).

Generally, the accused in 2nd degree murder either (i) means to cause death or (ii) means to cause bodily harm that he knows is likely to cause death, and was reckless whether death ensued.

Regardless of definitions, it is a tragic event that has touched us all. Thank you, Reid, for your blog.

19/11/06 5:49 PM