Matthew Foerster

Matthew Foerster
Crimes: Attempted Rape, Murder

In the words of her grieving mother, Taylor Van Diest was an “awesome, awesome girl. She was just loved by so many people. She just had a way about her.”

Taylor Van Diest sounds like she was a young woman worth knowing, whose friendship was worth cultivating.

Matthew Foerster of Cherryville, BC, didn’t want to cultivate Taylor Van Diest’s friendship. I doubt she’d want anything to do with the 25-year-old hulk anyway. She was a small, pretty teenager and he was an oversized sack of evil.

Matthew Foerster spotted the 18-year-old girl around 6:00 on Hallowe’en night, 2011. He decided he wanted to rape her.

Taylor Van Diest was walking all alone in Armstrong, British Columbia, on her way to a friend’s house. It was dark and secluded where she was walking — perfect hunting grounds for a rapist. Matthew Foerster probably figured assaulting the girl would be a cinch.

Taylor Van Diest was dressed as a zombie for Hallowe’en. She was texting friends as she was walking along. Indeed, she texted that she was “being creeped” by somebody following her.

Once Taylor Van Diest reached a particularly secluded spot surrounded by trees, the hellbeast went into action. He launched his vicious attack but as the girl valiantly fought back the attack got more brutal.

Taylor Van DiestTaylor Van Diest put up one helluva fight. She suffered as a result. Her finger was broken and her hands were bruised and fractured. The hellbeast Matthew Foerster tried to strangle her with something — maybe string, maybe a cord, maybe a shoelace. Still the feisty girl fought him off.

The attack ended with 6 blows to her head with a metal flashlight. The murderous beast had fractured Taylor Van Diest’s skull.

Taylor Van Diest was left barely alive, face down in a ditch near the railway tracks. Her poor battered head was resting on a steel pipe. Her cowardly attacker took off, sporting scratches to his neck that his victim had inflicted.

Very soon after the attack, maybe even during the attack, a search got underway for Taylor Van Diest. Thank goodness the girl had the opportunity to send that text about being followed.

Taylor Van Diest was found by her friends at 8:30 p.m. They started screaming for help. RCMP Constable Milan Ilic followed the screams along with the victim’s mother, Marie Van Diest.

I cannot imagine what that poor woman went through, seeing her awesome daughter horribly injured in that remote location. Marie Van Diest got on top of the girl, saying, “Fight it, you’re going to make it. You’re going to survive.”

Scene of attackConstable Ilic took his jacket off and put it over the girl. Paramedics arrived and took Taylor Van Diest to Vernon Jubilee Hospital where she succumbed to her injuries. Investigators now had a murder on their hands.

Luckily for the investigators, Taylor Van Diest had managed to scratch her killer. Matthew Foerster’s DNA was under her fingernails. There was no semen because there was no rape.

If Taylor Van Diest hadn’t scratched him, I doubt Matthew Foerster would have been fingered as the killer.

The murderous Matthew Foerster did what he could to evade detection. After he abandoned the fatally injured girl, he drove to Vernon and threw all the evidence he could into a dumpster. He eventually wound up in Collingwood, Ontario.

Not surprisingly, Matthew Foerster didn’t use his real name while he was living in Collingwood. He chose instead to go by “Lee Shawcross” — the name of a friend of his father.

The f*cktardian killer was arrested in a motel in Collingwood on April 4, 2012.

Matthew Foerster did everyone a favour by confessing, on tape, to an RCMP interrogator. His version of the truth was he’d harmed his victim while he was trying to rape her.

Matthew the POS raping killer Foerster went to trial in March 2014 in Kelowna, British Columbia. He pled not guilty.

The defense attorney argued that her client was guilty of manslaughter, not 1st-degree murder. His attorney suggested that Matthew Foerster approached the victim for sex, she refused and so he pushed her down, causing her head to hit the steel pipe.

Ummmm, no. That’s not the way it was. The forensic pathologist John Stefanelli testified that Taylor Van Diest had been choked and then struck on the head 6 times. Six times! One fall does not do that.

The jury deliberated for 10 whole hours. On April 5, 2014 they found Matthew Foerster, 28, guilty of 1st-degree murder. The vicious tub of evil was then given a life sentence with no possibility of parole for at least 25 years.

Twenty-five years may sound like a long time but if you do the math, Matthew the raping killer Foerster will only be 53 when he’s eligible for parole. That’s young enough to still do damage, IMO.

Taylor Van Diest was not Matthew Foerster’s only victim. *shock* He was charged with sexual assault in connection with an attack on an escort in Kelowna back in 2005. He was also charged in connection with an assault and home invasion in 2004.

I for one, and I’m sure I speak for many, am relieved that this POS killer/rapist is off the streets. I hope he never sees the light of day again.

RIP Taylor Van Diest. I extend my heartfelt sympathies to those who loved her.

Globe and Mail article
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The Province article

9 Responses to Matthew Foerster

  1. BENGALPUSS says:

    What a fat horrible cunt this pig is, he is that ugly, he has to rape because that’s the only way he will ever have sex with a woman. I am so glad that the poor victim scratched him and got his dna under her nails, because that put his ugly arse where it belongs, in the shovel, evil sick twisted fuck, lets hope bubba takes a liking to his arse, and makes him his bitch.

  2. FlyingLeadChange says:

    Ugh, that’s the SAME defense used by Brian Dickson, Toronto’s latest scumbag … “I was just innocently trying to rape her, when she mysteriously went and died for no reason”.

    The lawyers using this defense are almost as nauseating as the killers.

  3. Aletheia says:

    I’m angry that this man will ever be eligible for parole. Taylor couldn’t save her own life that night, but her fight was valiant and I want her to win. I want her to win by getting this asshole off the streets forever so he never hurts anyone again. I want her fight to be over. I don’t want her family and friends to have to be dragged through the nightmare all over again when they speak against him at his parole hearings.

    Unlike little Taylor, this guy has a lot of padding on his head. I wonder how many blows it would take to crack his skull?

  4. 2cute says:

    I read that this scumbag’s father was arrested too for helping dispose of evidence. No sense of decency or morals in that family apparently.

  5. moodymagic says:

    this is one disgusting pig who deserves to never see the light of day again. Fortunate for this hellbeast he did his crime in Canada were sentences are still not harsh enough. I feel terrible for Taylor’s family and friends.

    • sarah says:

      I live in canada and I totally agree the punishments are not harsh enough. Believe it or not, Canada has taken away death penalties. It seems that this country believes that everybody is innocent no matter what theyve done and that we should forgive and love every single fucking person in this country. I wish that they’d smarten up.

  6. Jessice11 says:

    What a disgusting pig! I’m glad the victim fought hard and scratched him! He deserves more than 25 years. Hope someone teaches him how it feels to get their head smashed in!

  7. awesomeblossom says:

    He had every opportunity to back off and run away when his victim put up a fight. She didn’t know him, it was dark and she probably couldn’t identify him anyway. He hadn’t raped her so there was no DNA. But no, he chose to ramp up the attack and kill her. He should never get out and enjoy freedom ever again.

  8. stunner says:

    Let him rot.

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