murdered, beheaded, and dismembered in New Taipei City last week.wo suspects have been arrested after a Canadian man was found
43-year-old Ramgahan Sanjay Ryan had worked as an English teacher in Taiwan for more than 10 years while also moonlighting as a drug dealer. Police believe that he was killed by two fellow English teaching drug dealers working on the island after they believed that he had become a rat.
The individuals arrested are Wu Hsuan (Dan Wu), a 21-year-old Taiwanese-Canadian club promoter, and Ewart Odane Bent, a 30-year-old African American English teacher at a local preschool. Wu has confessed to having bought the apparent murder weapons, a pair of machetes found near the scene, while Bent is believed to have committed the murder and dismemberment with his accomplice, believed to have been Oren Shlomo Mayer, an Israeli-American English teacher, tattoo artist, and drug kingpin.
Taiwanese media has reported that police believe Ryan’s grisly murder traces back to his arrest in May after being fingered for having provided a number of foreigners with marijuana who were then busted carrying the stuff at a popular Taipei nightclub. A subsequent raid on Ryan’s home turned up 103 pouches of dried cannabis.
Afterward, Ryan’s associates allegedly began to believe that he had flipped and was providing the police with information about their operations. Bent and Mayer then started to plot his murder, police said. Knowing that Ryan liked to take riverside walks in the park with his dog, on the night of August 21st, the two lay in wait for him, armed with machetes purchased for them by Wu.
They then ambushed Ryan, tying him down with a metal chain before cutting off his head and limbs. Afterward, they stuffed his remains into plastic bags which they threw into the river, apparently not realizing that the tide would drop back down the following day.
When two of Ryan’s friends went to look for him the next morning. They found only his dog, Lulu, outside his house with a mysterious cut on its nose. Lulu then led them to the park and to the headless, limbless corpse of its former owner on the riverbank.
Police arrested Bent and Wu on August 24th after finding Ryan’s cell phone and accessing its contents, which allegedly included back-and-forth messages from Bent pertaining to their dispute. Reportedly, Mayer decided to flee Taiwan because he was worried that police would track them down through Bent’s mobile exchanges with Ryan.
Believing that the police would not catch on so quickly, Bent decided to stay. After he was arrested, he denied having been involved in the murder, but was unable to come up with a coherent alibi. His smartphone placed him in the area at the time of the murder.
Meanwhile, Mayer boarded a flight to Manila on August 25th. Working for years as an English teacher in Taiwan, Mayer also opened a tattoo parlor in 2017. In a Taiwan News report, he is described as the “largest supplier of marijuana in northern Taiwan.” The Philippines does have an extradition agreement with Taiwan.