Monday, February 2, 2015
On October 20, Detective Hale accompanied Constable Joe Mikita of the Identification squad when he went to conduct a thorough examination of Lowther's Vancouver home. The two officers went over the master bedroom, inch by inch. Mikita found a number of small spots on the walls, floor and furniture. Random samples of these spots were removed, analysed and found to be human blood. There were one hundred and seventeen spots on the wall above the bed, eighty-five on the headboard itself, twenty-three on the other walls, twenty-three on a chest of drawers and others on the floor.
After acknowledging he understood the official warning, Lowther was asked if he could explain why blood was found on the hammer. His comment, "No explanation." He gave the same answer when asked about the blood on the walls, mattress and bedroom floor.
On the trip to the ferry, Roy did offer one theory for the blood. Perhaps it was menstrual blood.
Roy Lowther spent the night in Vancouver's City Jail. The next day, Detective Chapman paid him a visit to formally charge the man with the murder of Patricia Lowther between September 22, 1975 and October 14, 1975.
To add to his perceived guilt, Lowther was also inconsistent in his statements to the police. For example, he told the detectives he hadn't been to Furry Creek since 1973. However, a letter he had written to the provincial government in February of 1975 was found. In this letter, Roy complained of the creek being polluted by a nearby gravel pit. This situation didn't exist in 1973.
Motive. Well, there didn't seem to be a definite reason for him killing his wife although perhaps it was due to jealousy of his wife's success, and lack of his own as a poet. Or maybe it was because he thought she was having an affair.
The jury found him guilty and sentenced him to Life Imprisonment.
Roy Armstrong died in prison in July of 1985. He always maintained he was innocent.
I hope you find the beauty around you.