The 1999 slaying of a former Buffalo man whose body was found in a water-filled St. Catharines, Ont., quarry will be featured at 10 p.m. Friday on the cable channel Investigation Discovery's show "MOTIVES & MURDERS."
Paul J. Campagna's remains were found wrapped in a plastic sheet and stuffed into a large canvas bag marked with the letters "U.S." on the outside. The 49-year-old had been shot once in the back of the head.
Campagna's accomplice in a Niagara Falls, Ont., marijuana growing operation was later charged in the May 1999 slaying, which occurred on the 5500 block of McGrail Avenue, where the pot was grown.
According to Investigation Discovery, the shooting looked like a mob hit, but detectives unraveled a stranger situation: "a twisted relationship between two brilliant men from good families that ended in murder."
Campagna, who had resided on the Canadian side of Niagara Falls, was found by a group of young people at the old cement quarry. Soon after discovery, investigators told The Buffalo News that Campagna was a frequent visitor at the University at Buffalo library, though no further explanation was ever offered as to why he went to the library. Buffalo homicide detectives assisted Canadian police.
Among those who have been interviewed for the episode titled, "Body in a Bag," are Ida Campagna and Charles Campagna, his siblings; members of Canada's Niagara Regional Police, including retired Deputy Chief Donna Moody, Staff Sgt. Mark Lightfoot, Detective Sgt. Paul Granton and Detective Constable Terry Thomson.