18 year old Darren Huenemann of Saanich, British Columbia seemed
to be a model student, friend, son and grandson. His mother Sharon called
him the 'perfect gentleman', as did most of the community around him.
When his grandmother Doris made out her will in 1989, she made it so her
daughter Sharon would receive half of her $4 million dollar estate, and
Darren the other half. At the same time Sharon updated her will to include
Darren as the beneficiary of her estate. If they ever came to harm and died,
he would be a very rich young man. In the fall of 1989, Darren Huenemann
decided that he wanted to be that very rich young man now.
The book, Such A Good Boy: How A Pampered Son's Greed Led to
Murder, written by Lisa Hobbs Birnie, starts out with a profile of the
characters involved in the brutal tale.
First is Doris Kryciak Leatherbarrow,
born in Calder, Saskatchewan in 1920. Doris grew up in poverty, the oldest
of seven children in the farming family. Doris was a good student when she
went to school, but quit at fifteen and worked at school. She married George
Artemenko, a shipyard worker, and became pregnant soon after. She gave
birth to Sharon Doreen in March of 1943. This daughter never knew her
father; George died in a fall at work three months after the birth of his child.
This left Doris alone and knowing that she needed to do something to
support her child. After the war, she landed a job with the newly formed
Unemployment Services in the Vancouver area, where she raised enough
money to complete one of her dreams: own her own dress shop. She married
again to Rene Leatherbarrow, and expanded her dress shop to a large...