Gatineau, Québec, CA – Khaled Farhan, a 46-year-old male who identifies as a woman, was dubbed the Butcher of Gatineau by the press after killing and then dismembering Karina Janveau, Farhan’s girlfriend at the time. Sentenced to prison in 2000, Farhan was granted parole in January 2019 and wants to live a “quiet life as a transgender woman”.

In 1999, the 27-year-old brutally attacked and killed 24-year-old Janveau, and initially left her body to rot in their basement apartment. After neighbors started complaining about the smell, Farhan cut up Janveau’s body with a kitchen knife, then dumped half her body in a dumpster a few meters from their apartment, and the other half a few hundred meters away. In the initial days before Janveau’s body was discovered, Farhan pretended to be concerned, appearing on local television stations pleading for the public’s help to locate her.

Karina Janveau
Karina Janveau (Courtesy: leDroit)

After a building superintendent discovered body parts in the dumpster, Guylaine Larose, Janveau’s sister and a police officer with the Gatineau police, was one of the first to arrive at the scene. At the time, Larose had no idea that the bloody, decomposed body she was looking at was what remained of her younger sister. Her sister’s grisly murder haunted her, and she was too distraught to continue working. Larose sat through every day of Farhan’s six-week trial and later killed herself with a service revolver at home.

Farhan was sent to a men’s prison, and was put in solitary confinement in 2010 after sending sexually inappropriate letters to guards. At some point, Farhan began identifying as a woman, and was subsequently sent to a women’s prison, after expressing concerns about being at risk in the men’s prison.

As part of parole conditions, Farhan is living at an undisclosed halfway house. He has legally changed his name to Zahra Farhan.

 

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