Wrestler who killed teen girl in Quebec gets day parole

Kurt Lauder gave conflicting versions of why he killed 16-year-old Shanna Poissant in 2005.

A former professional wrestler who shocked Quebec in the summer of 2005 when he killed a teenage girl and buried her body in a shallow grave has been granted day parole.

The Parole Board of Canada granted Kurt Lauder, 36, the release following a hearing at a penitentiary in Ontario this month.

In July 2005, the Sûreté du Québec set out to search for Shanna Poissant, a 16-year-old from Hemmingford who went missing. It was immediately apparent to the SQ that Poissant was the victim of foul play. Poissant’s mother reported her as missing and learned that Lauder — who was 21 at the time — was the last person seen with her. As the investigation progressed, police learned that on the same day Poissant disappeared, Lauder borrowed an all-terrain vehicle and a shovel from a friend, telling him only that he had “f—ed up.”

Lauder lived with his parents in Hemmingford and, eight days after Poissant disappeared, police conducting surveillance on the family’s home were led to key evidence. His parents were followed as they made the drive from Hemmingford, next to the U.S. border, to Montreal and placed pieces of carpet in a dumpster. A luminol test determined the carpet had been stained with blood. Lauder, who has since changed his name to Viktor Alexander Vaderstrom, was arrested soon after. He confessed and led police to the wooded area near Hemmingford where he buried Poissant.