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Winnipeg Free Press: Serial killer charged in deaths of Winnipeg women

A Canadian drifter with an extensive criminal background is now accused of becoming a Winnipeg serial killer, the Winnipeg Free Press reported on its website today.

According to the story on the Free Press website, Shawn Lamb, 52, has been charged with three counts of second-degree murder for the deaths of Tanya Nepinak, Carolyn Sinclair, and Lorna Blacksmith, police announced Monday morning. Police are also investigating whether the accused could be involved in other unsolved cases of murdered or missing women, a source told the Free Press.

All three women worked in the city's sex-trade industry. Police said the bodies of Sinclair and Blacksmith have been located - reportedly in dumpsters and wrapped in plastic - while the search for Nepinak's remains is ongoing. Court records obtained by the Free Press show police believe Nepinak was killed Sept. 13, 2011, Sinclair was killed Dec. 18, 2011 and Blacksmith was killed Jan. 12, 2012.

Lamb has an extensive criminal history over the past 10 years, according to court documents obtained by the Free Press. They include dozens of convictions for robbery, carrying weapons, uttering threats, fraud, forgery, assaulting police officers, possessing stolen property, break-and-enter and breaching numerous court orders.