Canadian actor Ryan Grantham, who played brief roles in Riverdale, Supernatural, and Diary of a
Wimpy Kid, will be serving a life sentence for killing his own mother earlier this Wednesday.
As per reports, Grantham shot his mother Barbara Waite, 64, in the back of her head while she was
playing the piano in their home in British Columbia on March 31, 2020. The actor also confessed to
his attempt to kill Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau as he was caught with three guns, some
ammunition, 12 Molotov cocktails, some camping supplies, and a sheet with directions to Trudeau’s
“I shot her in the back of the head. In the moments after, she would have known it was me,” said Grantham in a GoPro recording he made after the murder, in which he confessed to the crime and
displayed his mother’s body. Grantham then went on to purchase marijuana and beer, watched
Netflix, covered his mother’s body with a sheet, and began to carry out his plan against Prime
Minister Trudeau… before changing his mind.
The actor reportedly switched gears and was considering conducting a mass shooting at the Lions
Gate Bridge, or at his former institute, the Simon Fraser University. Thankfully, he ended up turning
himself into the Vancouver Police Department and disclosed the truth about his grisly crime to an officer.
Crown prosecutor Michaela Donnelly, who brought up two psychiatric reports in previous hearings, explained that Grantham committed the murder to ‘spare’ her from witnessing his plans to murder the Prime Minister. “Grantham was seeking to save his mother from something he was going to do,” she explained.
Ever since the crime, any film projects associated with Grantham would fall apart — his last role
being a one-off appearance in Riverdale’s Season 4 intro episode, Chapter Fifty-Eight: In Memoriam.
It has been determined by Crown prosecutor Michaela Donnelly in previous hearings that a
consensus indicates that Grantham was going through an intense period of clinical depression in the
months leading up to the attack where he was heavily smoking cannabis and watching violent videos
on the dark web — a point explored by onlookers on social media:
Grantham’s sentence will be ineligible for parole for fourteen years — he will be 38 at the earliest
when released from his incarceration.
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