In 1989 Charles Kembo sought asylum through a government-sponsored refugee program established by the Canadian Government. Kembo was accepted and relocated to Vancouver, B.C. from his native Malawi. 12 years later he would begin his three year murder spree.
Kembo’s wife was believed to have been his first victim. In January of 2003, Margaret Kembo had been reported missing. Kembo did not seem alarmed and told friends, and later jurors, that he believed she had run off to a Buddhist monastery located in Hong Kong. Her body was never found.
Later that year, Ardon Samuel was found strangled and castrated in a Vancouver park. Samuel had been Kembo’s business partner.
The following year, Sui Yin Ma was found stuffed into an duffle bag in the muddy backwaters of Richmond, B.C. She had been Kembo’s girlfriend at the time. A medical examiner determined that she had been suffocated or drowned before her body was disposed of.
The law finally began to close in on Kembo when in July of 2005, the body of Kembo’s step-daughter was found wrapped in garbage bags in Richmond, B.C. Kembo was arrested and charged with the four murders.
At trial, prosecutors were able to prove that Kembo chose to kill the people whom he was closest with for financial gain. Kembo had altered a number of documents and had used the identities of his victims. It would seem that assuming new identities was something Kembo was good at.
At the time of his trial and eventual incarceration, Kembo was also working on a children’s book series under the assumed name J.D. Bauer. The Trinity of Superkidds: Book One: Quest for Water was published on January 20, 2010. The only book of the series discusses water pollution and includes a violent rape scene of one of the child characters.
Kembo, posing as his alter ego Bauer, even agreed to author interviews. Kembo says “she” enjoys writing in the darkness, mostly in the nude. She also goes on to describe the series as “teen aged heros gifted with a variety of exotic superpowers which they use to inspire, raise awareness and vanquish water waste and pollution in a fun, fast-paced adventure.” Bauer chose to be reclusive and only agreed to online interviews. When asked about her extreme secrecy she claimed, “My family have been a subject of extortion for a number of years. Lately, I have received threats on my life from some fanatical groups. I pulled off my profile photo online for safety reasons after being advised to do so by my lawyers and the police. How are death threats fair to writers?”
The Canadian publication, The Providence, was the first to break the story in 2011 on Kembo’s connection to the mysterious J.D. Bauer. Amazon was petitioned to remove the series after the story ran, but never buckled to public pressure in this case. The book is still listed on the site, but it would appear to be out of stock. The last update to Bauer’s Facebook page was in March of 2011, claiming she is working on the second book in the series. That book has yet to be released.