Peter James Wilson

Peter James Wilson
Crime: Murder

Clare Louise Shelwell was a darling 5-year-old girl. She was a child of enthusiasms. She loved kindergarten and music and singing. She sang every chance she got, in the bath, in her room, in the car. She loved giving hugs and looking at books and playing dress-up. She loved drawing and seashells and pickles. She loved her stuffed animal named Baby, and she loved her family.

Clare Louise Shelwell did not live to be 6. This lively, loving little girl didn’t live because her stepfather Peter James Wilson decided to end her life brutally, callously, incomprehensibly.

On June 27, 2010 Peter James Wilson, 28, of Abbotsford, BC, had been having a quarrel with little Clare’s mother Sarah about disciplining her children. It’s a tricky and oft times stressful subject for families with stepparents.

The June 27, 2010 quarrel between the hellbeast Wilson and his wife didn’t take place in Abbotsford, in BC or even in Canada. For that I am grateful. The little family was actually on vacation at a holiday home in Hoodsport, near Lake Cushman, Washington.

Clare ShelwellSo the couple had an issue about disciplining little Clare. I don’t know what the hell that little girl did, but Peter the beast Wilson told his wife he would do the needful. He told her “not to worry”, that he’d “take care of things”. He wasn’t talking a spanking or a time out. Instead, the monster took that darling little girl downstairs and slit her throat with a kitchen knife.

Sarah Wilson heard her little girl scream, and found her lying in a pool of blood. Clare’s head was almost decapitated and she was dying. Sarah called 911, and being a nurse herself, did what she could to save her baby.

This transcript is taken from the 911 call.

911 operator: “OK, what’s the address?”

Sarah Wilson: “I don’t know. Near Cushman Lake. I don’t know! I don’t know where!”

911 operator: “Ma’am, you need to calm down and give me an address, or we can’t come.”

Sarah Wilson: “North Cushman Lake- she’s bleeding so much, I can’t stop it. Oh, my God! Oh, my God…Oh my God, my baby.”

911 operator: “Keep pressure on it, please.”

Sarah Wilson: “You have to come right now.”

911 operator: “Ma’am, we’re getting people en route right now, OK? … Hang on. We’re dispatching the fire department right now.”

Sarah Wilson: “You have to come now, please.”

911 operator: “Ma’am, they are. Please keep pressure on that wound. Don’t take anything off of it.”

Sarah Wilson: “Oh, my God, please. I don’t think she’s breathing.”


911 operator: “How did this happen?”

Sarah Wilson: “My husband took a knife to her throat.”

911 operator: “Your husb- purposely?”

Sarah Wilson: “Yes.”


911 operator: “Does he still have the weapon, ma’am?”

Sarah Wilson: “No, he does not.”

911 operator: “OK, where is the weapon?”

Sarah Wilson: “It’s on the floor in the kitchen – where I am, not where he is.”

911 operator: “OK, where is he in the house?”

Sarah Wilson: “He’s sitting in the next room, but he’s pretty docile right now.”

911 operator: “OK, why is he so docile?”

Sarah Wilson: “Probably because he’s in shock over what he just did.”


Sarah Wilson: “She is not breathing.”

911 operator: “OK, then you’re going to get her some air. Is there anybody else there who can hold that bandage on while you tilt the head back and give her CPR?”

Sarah Wilson: “Yeah, but I’m going to have to keep the phone down.”

911 operator: “OK, just keep it as close to you as you can, and let me know what’s going on.”

Sarah Wilson: “Nothing is getting through to her chest. When I breathe through her mouth, it is all exiting out through the gash in her throat.”


And so little Clare died at the hands of her stepmonster. The terror and the pain she and her mother must have gone through just tears at my heart.

Peter James Wilson was found by police sitting, all covered in blood, on a swing outside the rental home. He was arrested that very day by Mason County sheriffs, and charged with Clare’s murder.

The POS killer initially pled not guilty, blaming his bi-polar disorder. As if that is an excuse for slaughtering an innocent little girl.

Happily the murderer Peter James Wilson changed his mind and changed his plea.

Ron Sergi, the defense lawyer, said his client made the decision to plead guilty to spare his family the agony of going through a trial and reliving the tragedy.

Yeah, this killer is all about sparing his family agony. He’s such a good guy, so thoughtful and caring! To hell with that noise!

And why not admit he pled guilty because he WAS guilty?

The POS killer Wilson was sentenced in a Washington State courtroom, and for that I am grateful. If the murder had been committed in Canada and he’d been found guilty of 1st-degree murder, at best he’d be eligible for parole after 25 years. Washington isn’t that generous.

Peter James Wilson the baby killer was sentenced to 55 years in prison. That’ll make him quite old before he gets a taste of freedom again.

The murderous hellbeast was remorseful — even the prosecutor Gary Burleson said so. And to that I say, so what? What good does his remorse do anyone? Clare’s mother is without her daughter, and Clare’s baby sister is without her sibling. The monster Wilson’s remorse does nothing for nobody.

I hope Peter James Wilson rots in prison for a very long time, and then serves eternity in hell.
RIP little Clare. You deserved all the love in the world.

True Crime Report article
BC CTV News article and video
Crime Crawlers article
KIROTV article
Vancouver Sun article

26 Responses to Peter James Wilson

  1. Trace says:

    There were no signs this dipshit was about to go apeshit before he slaughtered that little girl? Really? Because this whacko sounds totally psycho. I’m surprised he stopped after 1 murder. I hope the sick fuck never gets out.

  2. 2cute says:

    I remember this. It made me cry. That little girl didn’t do anything to deserve such a horrible fate. R.I.P. Claire. I’m glad the monster who killed her will be behind bars for decades. I hope he dies in prison.

  3. Nicole says:

    What a monster! Bi-polar my ass. More like psychopathic. Having been raised by my mother and step-father and being married to a man who is the step-father to two of my children, I know all too well how easy it is to disagree about discipline in a step-parent situation. Typically murder doesn’t solve the problem…

  4. bengalpuss29 says:

    Shit why couldn’t the bastard get the death sentence, what the fuck was this guy on. Thats great punishment that is, getting taken down to the basement and having your throat cut so deep that cpr couldn’t be performed because the windpipe was cut so deep that when you tried to breathe for her it was just coming out of her neck. Her poor mum my heart goes out to her, she wouldn’t of dreamed in a million years that, that sick fuck would nearly decapitate her daughter. He should be visiting the gurney or electric chair the baby killing cunt.

  5. moodymagic says:

    Clare what a beautiful girl. Wilson rot in prison. I would hate to hear one day that your new girlfriend “Bubba” slits your throat. Suffer

    • bengalpuss29 says:

      I wouldn’t want bubba to slit his throat, i want bubba to arse rape this mother fucker for the full 55years. I also want bubba to throw a party for his friends in the communal showers and let them do the same to this piece of shit. I want his every waking moment to be misery and his every sleeping moment to see that little girls throat and what he did to her. I hope the rest of his life is like a waking nightmare, just looking at that little girls cheeky grin and cute face it tears at my heart because she should be here playing with her friends and living the life of a happy little girl.

      • Trace says:

        Wow, Bengalpuss, did you write that before or after you took your meds? I kinda get the feeling you don’t much care for Wilson. I don’t either. Baby killers like him should spend an eternity suffering. I want Bubba to stomp 10 bricks of shit out of him every day.

      • 2cute says:

        How’s your wound Bengalpuss? Are you out of hospital yet? Take care.

  6. Anonymous says:

    James was not a monster. He was diagnosed with bipolar it is now believed that he didn’t even have it! His brain was altered with a cocktail of medications and then they forgot one of them so it altered him even more. This is a horrific enough event for the family and they don’t need this bs to add to it.
    Instead of wasting your time here- why not spend some time studying the pattern of murderers that have been created by mind altering yet carelessly prescribed drugs. Compare notes with the drugs that other murderers have been on and get the real story. It should be mandatory that all precautions are taken before this cocktail is so carelessly prescribed. A full review by an independent medical review board should be evaluating the diagnosis and treatment of EVERY case like this because this man was not a killer before his brain was chemically altered!
    Clare was as amazing as this describes her, she had a wonderful and loving mother who never had any warning of this to go off of. To suggest that any of this could have been predetermined or predicted takes away from that!
    Gets the facts straight before you attack!
    And before you attack me keep in mind that I don’t for one second take away from how horrible this whole thing is.

  7. bengalpuss says:

    Anon, we’re all entitled to our opinion, and my opinion is that, claire louise, bless her soul, was needlessly murdered by an arseole who thought that her mother wasn’t being firm enough when it came to punishment, so he decided to take the little girl in the cellar and slit her throat. I doubt very much that he murdered that girl because of a combination of drugs altered his mind. Now i don.t know if your aware of the beasts that are on death row, learnt that they could appeal their sentence if they claimed that they were retarded, whats amazing about that is that, overnight 95% Of death row inmates became retard’s. My point is this, a murderer will come up with any excuse as to why they committed murder, and now your telling us that he went mental because of a wrong drug combo. All i can say to you is “You must be very gullible” And if he did kill that little girl, because of what you say, then why isn’t he suing his doctor, the drug company’s that make these mind altering drugs? I rest my case.

  8. Anonymous says:

    He is not making any excuses and neither is anyone else. A guilty plea IS taking responsibility. It is so far from who we knew that the shock has still never fully gone away. I probably would have thought the same as you but the proof will never exist because it will never really be looked into. The crime was not just committed by one person and the medical review will never happen to prove it. Someone else will have their mind chemically altered and more deaths will occur. It won’t be until many minds are destroyed that we see past our own judgement and look closer.
    I am not making excuses or exonerating him but I knew the man who was and he was the last person I could ever imagine hurting anyone. I am only telling this because I never ever want this to happen to any other family.
    I also don’t want people to ever question her mom because she never made a mistake in trusting him; the person he was. She is a wonderful mother and every day my heart aches for her loss.
    Please think of this family with love and compassion because there are no words to adequately describe their hell.
    Also, think of the emergency workers that responded to this who will never forget.
    Find your way out of anger, understand this is so confusing for everyone and take some time to understand the human brain enough to realize that these chemical cocktails are very dangerous. Demand that the cases that involve chemically altered brains be investigated and compared. Drug companies will do everything they can to prevent a full disclosure so it will not happen anything soon.
    We can’t undo this but we can try to prevent it from ever happening again.
    There are cases of minds being born to think in evil ways but this isn’t one of them. He DOES belong in jail for this. It won’t bring her back and there are no words to describe how much it sucks.

  9. Anonymous says:

    And he didn’t go to the cellar. They went to the kitchen and the knife was on the counter. It does not need to be dramatized as it is horrible enough. His mind disconnected with reality.
    Spreading stories like that make it harder. Her mom had no reason to see this coming and “the cellar” version further victimizes her so at least stop that crap!

    • bengalpuss says:

      Jesus christ, does it matter where it was, cellar, kitchen, he murdered a child and whats all this about chemicals in the brain, he must have had something wrong with him, to be taking these chemicals to start off with. And don.t take this the wrong Way but are you a scientologist?

  10. Anonymous says:

    I am not a scientologist and know nothing about them. I am a Christian with a deep faith in god. It really doesn’t matter though because it has nothing to do with this other than the fact that I pray for my family to find a way through this tragedy.
    I am only writing here because people really need to know that there was way more to this than known.
    I have known those involved in this my whole life and could never ever guessed that this could ever happen.
    I hope that the truth eventually comes out but my words will go ignored because I must be sympathetic or have something wrong with me to look for any reason beyond the surface horror and ensuing grief. Well, unfortunately it is being ignored because why would we want to face the reality that our “miracle” drugs might have turned a loving parent into a child killer. We owe it to her, her mom and her sister to give them honest answers! Doesn’t that matter? You don’t think that the surviving family members don’t deserve an explanation?!

  11. bengalpuss says:

    Look, i don.t give a rats arse what excuse you come up with. Im a black or white person and don.t sit in between, this thing murdered a little girl in a horrible way, and deserves to be where he is. As for chemicals, do you honestly think that the FDA, would approve a drug that makes people murderous, and slit little girls throat’s, if thats the case i suggest that Little claire’s mom sues the drug company for millions. Has it ever occurred to you that he just might be using his “bi polar” As an excuse! He’s in jail where he belongs, and after 55yrs if he’s still alive, i hope the parole board refuse him parole, and he dies in jail where he can.t hurt another human being ever again. As for claire’s mom, my heart goes out to her for the ordeal that she and her family have had to go through, and i do not doubt for 1 moment, that it gets any easier for her, i hope one day she is able to find peace.

  12. bengalpuss says:

    You say your “A christian with a deep faith in god” where was your god when this murderous bastards was cutting claire’s throat? Why would a god that you worship allow that to happen? I don.t believe in god, and even if i did, why would i want to worship a god, that allows all the miseries on the earth to happen? I don.t buy that bullshit about we are being tested. I want a god that doesn’t allow all the murders and disease and misery in this world, your god doesn’t do that, who wants a god like that. Good luck.

  13. tammy says:

    I need to point out one thing.
    This guy is a bastard pure and simple and doesnt deserve this blessing of life.
    the little girl did.
    however Peter James Wilson is such a common name.
    i am SICKENED my soulmate and the father of my daughter (whom never got to see because he died from bronchial pnemonia before she was born) shares the same name.
    my Pete afored all children as his own and couldnt wait to see his only child, but never got the chance to..
    My Pete wad and still is amzing.
    Pete look after this little one please x

    • Bengalpuss. says:

      Tammy, bless you, I know your partner will be watching over his baby and you, and this little girl.

  14. DecentPeopleOnly says:


    Too Many Evil Bastards in this World

  15. DecentPeopleOnly says:

    I Agree the Death Penalty is in Order For Murder

    Anything Else is Condoning Murder

  16. Adeline says:

    That mother is a kinder person than I am. I would have gone ballistic and killed him before the police got there. Meds don’t make you do anything. He was a high functioning psychopath who decided to kill one day. Crazy. Poor mom.

  17. DecentPeopleOnly says:

    Appalling and Saddening

  18. DecentPeopleOnly says:

    Given that it is Murder

    Why has Not the Murderer Not got the Death

    This was Virtual Decapitation of a Little Girl

    The Sicko

  19. Alex says:

    I hope that bastard is suffering every day in prison for what he did to that beautiful child.

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