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McLeod Lake murder suspect's past revealed

Madison Reid, the woman accused of killing a McLeod Lake man has a history of violence and has a gender identity history as well. Reid is facing a second degree murder charge in the death of Bruce Norman Archambauld.
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Madison Reid, the woman accused of killing a McLeod Lake man has a history of violence and has a gender identity history as well.

Reid is facing a second degree murder charge in the death of Bruce Norman Archambauld.

The two apparently met for the first time at a beach party at McLeod Lake on Saturday night.

Reid has been remanded in custody and her next appearance in court is July 20.

Under unconfirmed circumstances, 42-year-old Reid went to 56-year-old Archambauld's home. Friends at the beach party that night claimed that Archambauld was retrieving a fishing rod from his nearby home to loan to Reid, who was camping at the beach.

At 3 a.m., Reid called police to say she had been assaulted, and directed police to Archambauld's home, said Cpl. Dan Moskaluk, spokesman for the RCMP.

There, investigators found Archambauld suffering from severe injuries, apparently sustained in a beating. Archambauld died in hospital soon after. Police seized an object as a potential weapon. Reid was arrested that morning and later charged.

It is not the first time Reid has been connected to allegations of violence. She currently faces three charges of mischief and one of uttering threats from a matter dating back to Dec. 26, 2010 in Kelowna.

She was found guilty of assault and uttering threats from an incident on Dec. 13, 2007 in the Nelson area.

She was also found guilty of causing a disturbance in Vancouver in 2009.

She was suspected of assault with a weapon and mischief from an allegation in 2008 in the UBC area of Vancouver, but was found not guilty in that case.

There was an allegation in 2003 that she uttered threats.

Reid was described by police as being six feet tall and weighing 200 pounds when a warrant was issued earlier this spring for her arrest on the Kelowna matters. Archambauld was described by friends as being about five-foot-eight and 150 pounds.

Reid's gender identity situation was not fully detailed by deadline but The Citizen has been told by those who met Reid at the gathering that night that she was perhaps once a man and exhibited definite male characteristics alongside female ones. There is speculation in the McLeod Lake community that this may have been a factor in the alleged altercation.

If Reid was once a man, or was in the midst of a gender identity question, said Moskaluk, it would have no bearing on the RCMP's investigation.

"Crown counsel has recognized her as a woman," he said. "For us, that is neither here nor there, not even something we would comment on. For us she is a suspect in an alleged homicide and a victim of an alleged assault."

Anyone who knows anything about the events leading to the death of Archambauld is asked to call Mackenzie RCMP at 250-997-3288 or anonymously call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS / www.pgcrimestoppers.bc.ca.