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Sask. Man Convicted of 1997 Murder Dies of ‘Apparent Natural Causes’ in Saskatoon Hospital

Sask. Man Convicted of 1997 Murder Dies of ‘Apparent Natural Causes’ in Saskatoon Hospital
Sask. Man Convicted of 1997 Murder Dies of ‘Apparent Natural Causes’ in Saskatoon Hospital

Joseph Thauberger, 81, died Wednesday of apparent natural causes in a Saskatoon hospital, according to a news release from Correctional Services Canada (CSC).

On July 27, 2023, Joseph was found guilty of second-degree murder and offering indignity to the remains of his brother Patrick Cyril Thauberger. The crimes occurred in 1997.

Joseph pleaded not guilty to both charges.

Patrick’s death remained a cold case until 2021, when police confirmed that the human remains found in 2021 were those of Patrick.

During his trial, the prosecution argued that he had killed his brother over a disagreement over the sale of agricultural land.

He said that his brother died accidentally after falling down the stairs.

“The only conclusion that all the evidence supports is the deliberate murder of Patrick by means of blows to the head and strangulation, the dismemberment of Patrick’s skull and limbs and the disposal of the missing body parts, possibly using a tractor and a dip net, as the defendant told Barbara,” Judge Janet McMurtry told the court.

Joseph, then 80 years old, was sentenced to life imprisonment with no right to parole for 10 years.

CSC reported that Joseph was pronounced dead Wednesday afternoon and that, as with all other inmate deaths, his death will be re-examined.