The former “Riverdale” actor, who admitted the murder of his mother, also wanted to kill Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, it was revealed in court.
Ryan Grantham – who played teenage Jeffery Augustine on the hit CW show – pleaded guilty to second-degree murder for shooting his mother Barbara Waite in the back of the head while playing the piano at their British Columbia home on March 31, 2020.
During Monday’s hearing, prosecutors said Grantham then packed his car with three guns, ammunition, 12 Molotov cocktails, camping supplies and an instruction sheet for Rideau Cottage where Trudeau lives in Ottawa. CBC News logged in.
Grantham, 24, mentioned his plan to assassinate the Liberal Party leader in statements to authorities and in a private magazine read in court, the report said.
But he drove only a few hours east before turning around with thoughts of killing people on the Lions Gate Bridge in Vancouver or at the university where he was a student.
Instead, he eventually drove to Vancouver Police Headquarters, approached a police officer in a police car, and said, “I killed my mother.”
In addition to his supporting role in “Riversdale,” a series based on the “Archie” comic book series, Grantham also appeared in the TV show “Supernatural” and the film “Little Baby’s Milk.”
In Riverdale, the character played by Grantham is actually responsible for killing Archie’s father in a car accident, according to the Archie fandom page.
In the months leading up to his mother’s murder, the court heard that Grantham felt hopeless and had a desire to commit violence, according to the CBC. He even considered suicide with feelings of anger and anxiety over perceived failures.
He went through the crime by secretly approaching his mother with a gun on one occasion; A Go-Pro camera recorded at least one of his rehearsals, CBC News reports.
Several shots show his mother’s dead body in which he says: “I shot her in the back of the head. In the aftermath, she would know it was me. ”
In his diary entry on March 31, he wrote: “I’m so sorry, Mom, I’m so sorry, Lisa … I hate myself.”
After the shooting, he went out for money, weed and beer, then experimented with making Molotov cocktails and watched Netflix before covering his mother’s body in a sheet and going to bed, his statement to police said.
Before leaving the British Columbia City Hall the next day, he hung a rosary on the piano and placed lighted candles around the 64-year-old’s body.
Waite’s body was found later that day by her daughter Lisa Grantham after her mother did not return text messages and phone calls, CBC News reports.
“How can I trust anyone when my only brother and sister decided to execute my mother when she had her back to her,” she said during the hearing.
Grantham pleaded guilty to the March 9 murder in the BC Supreme Court. He faces up to life in prison.