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CrimeSolver
04-10-2008, 01:26 AM
Since this section of the forum is not very active, it doesn't make much sense to open multiple new threads on individual cases, unless those cases are prominent and likely to spur lively cross-conversation. So, I'll just periodically add summaries of unsolved Toronto crimes to this thread. Anyone who wants to contribute cases of his or her own, or otherwise comment, go ahead.
I would like to post newspaper articles, but won't for fear of violating copyrights. If I find photographs or other ancillary material, I'll post them too. If I have any remarks to make, I'll either segregate them or put them in italics so as to distinguish them from the factual content.

Here are a few separate threads discussing Toronto-and-area cases:
-The murders of Wendy Tedford and Donna Stearne, 1973
-The murders of Lee Kirk and Kathy Potter, 1971
-The murder of Sharin Keenan and the hunt for her killer, Dennis Melvin Howe, 1983
-The disappearance of Lloyd Larsfolk and John McCormick, 1981
-The disappearance of Marianne Schuett, 1967

CrimeSolver
04-10-2008, 01:28 AM
Case #1: The triple-slaying of the Airst family

In the early morning hours of Sunday, September 30th, 1979, upper-middle-class couple Ike and Celia Airst, aged 55 and 43 respectively, and their son Avrom, 22, were viciously bludgeoned to death in their mid-Toronto home on the southwest corner of Glencairn and Englemount Aves (at the time the area was part of a separate city called North York). The Airst’s married daughter, Simmie, found the three bodies at 1 p.m. on Sunday when she came to visit. She ran across the street to tell neighbours.
The Airsts had somewhat controversial histories. Ike owned 31 commercial buildings in the city, including one that housed a gay bathhouse, which brought him some unwanted attention in 1977 after a boy was murdered by pedophiles in a seedy downtown body rub parlour. Additionally, in 1965, he and his brother had been publicly accused of being slum landlords. However, friends and people who knew him from his work doing repairs on his various properties said he was a hardworking, kind man. Celia was an ardent member of the Jewish Defence League, and had gained some notoriety in 1971 for heckling visiting Soviet Premier Alexei Kosygin in the name of her cause. Avrom lived at home with his parents and assisted his father with his maintenance work. A neighbour said the family was very private and “kept early hours”. Ike had suffered several strokes and a heart attack in recent years and was thus not in fulsome health.
Based on the daughter’s statements and the layout of the crime scene, police believe the crime transpired as follows: On Sunday evening, Celia and Avrom went out for dinner and drinks with Simmie and her husband. Ike decided to stay home and watch a baseball game. After enjoying dinner at Inn on the Park in the city’s east end, Avrom wanted to go home to tend to his father, who had a pacemaker. He was driven home, and then his mother left again with her daughter and son-in-law for drinks and a stroll in the Yorkville district. At almost 1:30 a.m., Celia was dropped off at her house. It was a foggy night. Police speculate she entered the house and locked the door, but opened it again when she heard a knock, perhaps thinking it was her daughter. She was immediately fatally attacked with a blunt instrument, and then the killer(s) went upstairs and killed Ike and Avrom in their bedrooms in the same manner. Celia’s body was found in the front hall, the men’s upstairs. The crime scene was saturated with blood.
There was no evidence of forced entry, and police determined it was unlikely that Celia would have opened the door to a stranger. Robbery was ruled out as a motive since nothing was taken. Although police probed possible political grievances or anti-Semitism as motives for the murders, no connections were ever established, nor was a link found to Ike’s business dealings. And police could apparently neither confirm nor dispel theories that this crime is related to the nearby murder of an elderly couple, Harold and Florence Fagan, in 1978 (I will consider posting this case in the future). Almost thirty years later, the Airst family murder remains unsolved.

Comments: The most informative article about this crime was published in the Toronto Star on September 30th, 1981. From what is publicly known, police didn’t make much headway in searching for suspects, but this is almost assuredly not a “random” crime. A question I have is why the bludgeoning of Celia in the front hall didn’t rouse the men upstairs from their sleep. It would probably have made quite a racket. Maybe the killer(s) was/were in the house already, and had killed Ike and Avrom, when Celia arrived home.

Below are aerial images of the location:
http://img248.imageshack.us/img248/7358/airst1on3.jpg
http://img248.imageshack.us/img248/1691/airst2zl0.jpg

(I have tried to post photos directly using [img] tags, but for some reason this forum doesn't permit it. Anyone know why? I have seen photos posted by others here.)

CrimeSolver
04-12-2008, 03:36 AM
Case #2: The rape and murder of Lizzie Tomlinson

On Saturday May 24th, 1980, polite, shy 6-year-old Lizzie Tomlinson was playing with friends in a parkette known by neighbourhood kids as “Stinky’s Park” on the southeast corner of Shuter and Sumach Sts in the east of Toronto’s downtown region. At approximately 3:30 p.m., a man later described by numerous witnesses as between 25-35 years old, about 5 ft 7, 160-180 lbs, tanned, blue eyed, with long dark brown hair, a beard, possibly left-handed, and wearing a tan tank top, blue jeans, and brown running shoes, lured her away from the park. An intensive search was immediately launched, but it wasn’t until Monday morning that Lizzie’s defiled body was found in a forlorn industrial area, in some bushes near railway tracks at Bayview Ave. (West Don Roadway) and Front St., roughly a kilometre from where she was taken. It is believed she and her killer walked the entire distance together. She had been beaten and strangled, and was partially covered by weeds and two long boards. The pathologist examining her recorded injuries that included multiple scratches and cuts, a broken jaw, a fist-inflicted injury on her neck, and other bruises on her face and thighs. Horrifically, the killer had shoved the stalk of a weed up into her vagina and through her stomach and upper body until it came to rest near her right shoulder. She lived for at least an hour, and possibly for a few hours, after the insertion of the stalk, but was likely unconscious. Since she had been partially buried, police believed the killer had spent quite a bit of time at the scene.
During the investigation that followed, witnesses came forward with a flurry of sightings. Some kids said they had been approached by a man fitting the suspect’s description, and offering ice cream, in the month prior to the abduction. Other witnesses saw Lizzie and her killer walking hand-in-hand east on Shuter St. and south on River St. A man working outside a factory on Bayview Ave., only a few hundred feet from the scene of the murder, saw Lizzie and her killer walking south along a footpath that runs between Bayview Ave. and Don River, but he thought nothing of it at the time and resumed his work. However, another witness, a taxi driver, said he had picked up a man and a little girl fitting the descriptions of Lizzie and her killer at Sumach St. and Wascana Ave., and had driven them to Bayview Ave. and King St., very close to the murder scene. His statement contradicts those of several other people, so he was quite possibly mistaken.
Hapless bearded men were randomly corralled left and right in the days and weeks after the murder, and the general public was whipped into a fury over reinstating capital punishment.
Because he fit the same description, police speculated the perpetrator may have been the same man responsible for the rape of a waitress one year earlier and just three blocks from the park where Lizzie was taken.
On June 5th, 1980, Lizzie’s 26-year-old cousin Gregory Guerin was arrested and charged with her murder. Guerin was cleared and discharged in late December at his preliminary hearing. No one else was ever arrested for the murder of Lizzie Tomlinson.

Comments: The case was a huge cause célèbre at the time, but after the charges against the cousin were dropped little else was heard. I think it is possible the suspect was wearing a disguise. Given the all-encompassing roundup of bearded men, surely the right person would have been found or identified, unless the perp wasn’t actually bearded in everyday life. It is also possible he was one of the men questioned at the time, but that he didn’t raise suspicion or was mistakenly cleared. If DNA exists in this case, which it must, police should re-approach interviewees from that time to supply samples for comparison – if that hasn’t been done already.

Maps:

Site of abduction:
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Probable walking route of abduction (yellow is start; blue is end):
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Approximate location of body:
http://img297.imageshack.us/img297/5692/tomlinson3ho9.jpg

CrimeSolver
04-17-2008, 12:04 AM
Case #3: The murder of Christine Prince

In the early morning of Monday, June 21st, 1982, Welsh nanny Christine Prince disappeared from a mid-Toronto neighbourhood. Her body was found the following day floating in the Rouge River in a remote region just north of the Toronto Zoo, 48 kilometres from her last verified location.
On Sunday evening, Christine had gone out to a show and subsequent coffee-shop snack with her friend, fellow nanny, and fellow Welshwoman, Gloria Betts. At 1:30 a.m., Gloria last saw Christine at Bathurst St. and St. Clair Ave. W. Gloria got off the westbound St. Clair Ave. streetcar and proceeded northbound on Bathurst St. to the home of her employer on Claxton Ave., while Christine stayed aboard the streetcar for the 4-block ride to Pinewood Ave., where she lived with her employers, lawyer Emile Kruzick, his wife Josie, and their toddler. Christine was known to be very cautious about her safety, usually taking a taxicab at night and not wanting to walk a few blocks home by herself. Evidence indicates Christine made it to Pinewood Ave., and had walked about halfway up the long block to her home when she was accosted by her killer. A woman walking on Pinewood Ave. near Humewood Park the next morning, found the umbrella Christine had been carrying lying on the sidewalk. The woman hung it on the doorknob of a shop at St. Clair Ave. and Christie St., but later came forward after hearing about the murder and the victim’s umbrella. Sometime Monday, Christine’s wallet was found along the 401 freeway near Meadowvale Rd., apparently tossed from a moving vehicle.
On Tuesday, several people walking to work along Sewells Rd., about 800 metres north of Finch Ave. E. where Sewells meets the Rouge River, spotted a body lying face down in three feet of water and called police. The body was later identified as Christine Prince by her employer, Mr. Kruzick. Scouring the isolated area, police found the murder scene about 200 metres upstream from where the body was found, off a small track in the bush that was known as Lovers’ Lane. It was later established that Christine had been raped and brutally beaten there, but that she had died of drowning, either at the hands of her assailant or as a consequence of her incapacitating injuries. Police found a set of tire tracks that were later traced to a four-wheel drive Toyota model, but they were unable to conclude that the vehicle was involved.
Police tentatively linked the Prince case to the attempted rape of a woman on Humewood Ave. on May 30th. The woman was walking south on Humewood at 7:30 a.m., on her way to work at a downtown hospital, when she was attacked, but she managed to bite the assailant’s hand and run into the middle of the street where she alerted a passing motorist. The suspect in that attack was vaguely described as a slim black man about 6 ft. tall.
In 1985, the police department commissioned the FBI to do a suspect profile of the Prince killer. FBI profilers surmised Prince was kidnapped by two men, since the act was swift and met with little resistance. They think she was bound by the wrists and taken to a place familiar to the perpetrators. One of the men is likely the leader, and he committed the rape and murder while the other stood by.
Among the named suspects police probed much later when a flurry of them surfaced in the early ‘90s were William Brett Henson, who killed CFL cheerleader Jenny Isford in May, 1982 and wasn’t identified and arrested until 1995 (Isford was raped and killed after getting off a bus late at night, so with the similar modus operandi the cases were informally linked early on), infamous serial rapist and killer Paul Bernardo, and homicidal drifter Danny Wood. Police have been unable to solve the crime to date.

Maps:

Overview:
http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/8274/prince3pp6.jpg (http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/8274/prince3pp6.jpg)
Abduction location:
http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/3718/prince2ka7.jpg (http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/3718/prince2ka7.jpg)
Murder scene:
http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/5650/prince1ic7.jpg (http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/5650/prince1ic7.jpg)

CrimeSolver
04-20-2008, 07:31 PM
Case #4: The murder of Delia Adriano

On September 26th, 1982, 25-year-old Delia Adriano was kidnapped and murdered in Oakville, just west of Toronto. Her fiance had just dropped her off at her parents' house when she was abducted. Her decomposed body was found 6 weeks later, 30 km from home.

Rather than writing out a more thorough summary on this case myself, I'll refer readers to an article written on the crime's anniversary, and the police page, which includes a photo of the victim, maps, and sketches of a suspect and vehicle.

www.oakvillebeaver.com/news/article/124052 (http://www.oakvillebeaver.com/news/article/124052)
www.hrps.on.ca/data/homicide/homicide_5.asp (http://www.hrps.on.ca/data/homicide/homicide_5.asp)

CrimeSolver
06-20-2008, 12:18 AM
Here are some capsule synopses of Toronto murders I came across in old newspapers. Based on the meagre info on them in the newspaper, the cases don’t warrant separate posts. I can assume they were never solved only because I found no further mention of the crimes in searches of later newspaper issues. If anyone knows otherwise, please speak up with a correction.


●Archibald McDougall, 61, was found stabbed to death on June 11th, 1971. A caretaker at Loreto Abbey private girls’ school in the tony north-Toronto enclave of Hoggs Hollow, McDougall was knifed and robbed of 75 cents on a walking path that runs through a wooded area between the school - which is on Mason Blvd. - and a pub on Yonge Street. The path is adjacent to McGlashan Rd.

●Michael Kent, 6, of Port McNicoll, Ontario, was found stabbed to death next to Elmvale Community Centre at approximately 8:40 p.m. on Friday, February 11th, 1966. Elmvale is approximately 125 km north of Toronto; the Elmvale community centre is in George Park on George St. Michael and his family had gone to the arena with his family that evening to watch his brother play in a hockey game. At some point, as the family was milling about in the lobby, Michael became separated from his mother, and was either lured or dragged outside to the side of the arena where he was stabbed. The murder weapon was later found on the roof of the arena, but it did not yield fingerprints.
There were other non-fatal attacks on children at the arena in weeks prior, but they couldn’t be linked to Kent’s murder.

●Glenn Kivell, 46, and Marion Bagshaw, 35, were shot to death with a .303 rifle on Saturday, June 18th, 1960. The two were murdered in Bagshaw’s farmhouse on Fifth Concession Rd. about 2 kilometres northeast of Mount Albert, Ont. (about 50 km north-northeast of Toronto). Their bodies were found the following day by friends concerned that laundry had been left unattended on the clothesline for two days. The two appeared to have been surprised by their killer as they sat at the kitchen table drinking beer, although positioning of the bodies and bullet wounds indicated the killer might have been admitted to the house by one of the victims. Kivell and Bagshaw, who were lovers, were remembered fondly by neighbours as a bright, generous, quiet couple who commuted into Toronto together daily. At first police suspected the killing was committed by a spurned ex-boyfriend of Bagshaw’s, but that was never confirmed. In February of 1961, an article stated police were close to making an arrest, but no further piece was ever written about the case (at least none came up in a search).

●On the cold, rainy evening of November 20th, 1975, Osher Shlass, 55, was beaten to death during a robbery at the rear of his Quality Kosher Meat Market on Eglinton Ave. near Bathurst St. Police believe the killer had been casing the deli and noted when Shlass typically left with the store’s receipts. Since the bank deposit had already been made that day, the murderer only got away with the $20 or $30 in Shlass’s wallet.

●Just before 9 p.m. on Thursday, June 19th, 1980, variety-store owner Kai Gee Ng, 41, was shot to death in front of his wife and children by a man who was trying to stage a hold-up. Ng had unsuccessfully tried to disarm the robber, who was later described to police by Ng’s wife Judy as about 50-years-old with greying black hair, appearing drunk because he had a red face and big nose, and wearing a dark-yellow long-sleeved shirt and dark pants. The murder weapon was a rusty snub-nosed handgun. The man made off with two packs of cigarettes. After hearing Mrs. Ng’s screams for help, a neighbour chased the killer but lost him at Queen St. and Ossington Ave. The IJK Variety store the Ngs ran on Queen St. West was across the street from the Queen Street Mental Health Centre, a large mental hospital, and police theorized the murderer may have been a patient there, but their inquiries apparently yielded no strong suspects. In the years following, the Toronto Star ran several stories on how Ng’s widow and children were coping, keeping the case alive in the public’s collective mind, but the killer was never caught.

CrimeSolver
06-23-2008, 06:20 PM
Some more capsule murder summaries. Again, if anyone knows of any of these cases having been solved, please speak up.

●Sometime around 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, August 28th, 1987, 21-year-old receptionist Margaret McWilliam was raped and strangled to death while out for an evening jog in Warden Woods park in the Scarborough section of Toronto. Her body was found in the northeast sector of the park not far from subway tracks. Police found a clear footprint at the scene and were able to identify the type of shoes worn by the killer as rare Bata grey and white high-top sneakers with the letters AAU on the heel. They also had a composite drawn of a young man - a “witness” - wearing a red cap, who was seen leaving the park around 8 p.m. At one point police suspected the crime may have been committed by Frederick Merrill, an American fugitive featured on “America’s Most Wanted”, who was in Toronto at the time of McWilliams’s murder.

●On Tuesday, October 7th, 1975, 33-year-old data processing student Albert Chan was shot to death in the underground parking garage of his apartment building on Isabella St. in downtown Toronto. The killer stole Chan’s car and dumped it near the intersection of Carlton and Metcalfe Sts., not far from the crime scene.

●On Thursday, April 24th, 1980, Brink’s security guard Larry Roberts, 29, was gunned down with a machine gun in a well-planned robbery at Agincourt Mall, which is located at 3850 Sheppard Ave. E. in the Scarborough section of Toronto. His partner, 51-year-old Ted Montgomery, was shot and wounded. Multiple witnesses watched the incident go down as the three robbers grabbed the $178,500 the Brink’s men were transporting, dashed through a library and out the west side of the mall, jumped a fence that separated the mall from a nursing home, hopped into a car, and screeched out onto Bonis Ave. where they disappeared. A police manhunt failed to find the culprits, but police later found two cars nearby that had been stolen in Montreal and used by the robbers. The robbers were all described as white males between their late twenties and early forties. The gunman was described by witnesses as 40-45 years old, 175 pounds, with a short, stocky build, an olive complexion, a dark moustache and eyebrows, a strong jaw, a broad face. One accomplice was in his late-20s, 175 lbs, with a medium build and light to medium brown hair. The third man was described as 5’5” to 5’8”, 175 lbs, stocky, with medium to light hair. An investigation led police to believe the robbers were from Montreal, since the crime bore hallmarks of similar robberies there.

●Shortly before 8 a.m. on Thursday, February 10th, 1983, 42-year-old Philip Rimmington, Toronto’s deputy planning commissioner, was shot dead with a .22 handgun in the parking garage of the apartment building where he lived at 231 Balliol St., near Mt. Pleasant Rd. A nearby resident reported seeing a grey-haired man in his mid-50s fleeing the garage through a staircase at the northeast corner of the building shortly after the shooting. There were also reports that police had been called in weeks prior to the crime to investigate a stranger lurking around the parking area.
Rimmington, who was separated from his wife, with whom he had a 12-year-old daughter, was well-liked by his colleagues and was active in sports. In searching for a motive, police learned Rimmington did not have a tendency to engage in partisan political discussions or activities, so the possibility of angering someone through his work at city hall was virtually ruled out. Three guns owned by the victim were discovered missing, and for a time there was speculation he was shot with one of his own weapons.

●Maintenance man Donald Gibbons, 33, was stabbed to death with a butcher knife on July 18th, 1971 after chasing a man he believed was stealing a TV set from his apartment above a deli at Queen St. E. and Pape Ave. The killer ended up stealing a tape recorder and an amplifier belonging to Gibbons.

CrimeSolver
06-26-2008, 12:03 AM
More capsule summaries:

●On Monday, November 24th, 1979, William Warburton, 42, of no fixed address, was found stabbed to death downtown in an alley near Jarvis and Shuter Sts. Warburton had been at a drinking party the previous night, and had been picked up at 2 a.m. by police and taken to the drunk tank. It was after police released him that he was murdered. His body was found sometime before 7 a.m.

●Susan Tice, 45, a social worker separated from her husband, with whom she had four children, was stabbed in the chest by an intruder in an upstairs bedroom of her home on Grace St., near Harbord St., on Sunday, August 14th or Monday, August 15th, 1983. Her body wasn’t discovered until Wednesday the 17th, when she failed to show up for a function and a family member came looking for her. Police believe Tice had just returned home from spending a weekend with relatives north of Toronto when she was murdered, and that she may have surprised her killer as he was ransacking her house. Another theory is that she was killed by a hitchhiker she picked up on the drive home. The killer may have committed the crime for as little as $75, as nothing in the house appeared to have been stolen.

●On March 30th, 1976, 69-year-old Gladys Lynn was raped and murdered by a man who police believe also raped a 57-year-old woman the same evening. He was described by the rape victim as a good-looking man in his early to mid 20s, of average height and build, with shoulder-length light brown or dirty blond hair, and with a soft-spoken, polite demeanour. Murder victim Gladys Lynn was found strangled in the backyard of a house near Ontario and Dundas Sts., about a block from where she lived.

●The disappearance of Crystal Van Huuksloot in 1976: www.doenetwork.org/cases/907dfon.html (http://www.doenetwork.org/cases/907dfon.html)

●On Friday, October 24th, 1980, the charred bodies of psychiatric nurse Gaye Corley, 33, and aircraft mechanic Zdenek Hajek, 33, were found in the house they shared on Mulholland Ave., near Yorkdale Mall. Hajek owned the house, while Corley rented a room from him. There’s no indication the two were romantically involved. Corley’s body was found in her bed, while Hajek’s was found just outside Corley’s bedroom door. Both had been stabbed and set alight. A hunting knife lay nearby. Police theorize Hajek heard Corley’s screams and ran to help her when he too was killed. Afterward, the killer stole Hajek’s 1972 Gremlin and abandoned it nearby in a parking lot on Bentworth Ave.

CrimeSolver
07-04-2008, 10:32 PM
More capsulized case descriptions:

●On Tuesday, June 23rd, 1981, 30-year-old Donna Anne Proian, a secretary at the University of Toronto, was stabbed and strangled to death inside her luxury penthouse apartment in the Village on the Grange complex on St. Patrick St. in downtown Toronto. Her husband Charles found her body soon after he received a phone call from the university at 11:30 a.m., informing him she had not shown up for work. Concerned, he walked home from his nearby workplace and discovered her body. He had last seen her shortly after 8 a.m. when he left for work. She would normally leave the apartment for work at 8:30 a.m.
According to the victim’s husband, the front door’s deadbolt was locked when he arrived, which would have required the killer turning a key from the outside. No one in the building reported hearing anything suspicious on the morning of the 23rd. Prioan was found with some of her clothing wrapped tightly around her neck, but there was no evidence of a sexual assault.

●On Monday, July 12th, 1982, on her 21st birthday, Claudia Geburt was viciously stabbed to death in a second-floor sitting room of her rented house on Leslie St., six doors south of Dundas St. Her fiancé found Geburt’s nude, blood-spattered body facedown on the floor when he called on her mid-afternoon.
On September 2nd, Geburt’s fiancé and best friend died in a murder-suicide pact. They had been extremely depressed in the wake of Geburt’s murder. Despite this bizarre, suspicious turn of events, police were never able to definitively solve the murder of Claudia Geburt, but police speculation at the time was that the killer was someone who had spotted the victim sunbathing on her deck.

●Vasilios Andriankos, 30, was shot to death by an armed robber on the night of Thursday, November 4th, 1971 in a Becker’s convenience store he managed on Vaughan Rd. at Kenwood Ave. A female customer who witnessed the shooting said the robber was enraged that Andriankos was only handing him $1 bills. Police later found the sawed-off shotgun used in the murder on the roof of a nearby garage, and a stolen car used by the killer was found still running behind 80 Vaughan Rd., ½ kilometre south of the murder scene.

●At 3:30 a.m. on Sunday, July 27th, 1997, club patrons Michele Gonzales and Ruddin Dexter Greaves, both 22, were killed after being hit by gunfire outside the Calypso Hut 3 at 1230 Sheppard Ave. W. A crowd of people was standing outside the club when a gunman opened fire with abandon, killing the two partygoers and injuring a third person. The three suspects were all described as Tamil-speaking male Sri Lankans in their early 20s, and may have been disgruntled patrons ejected earlier in the night. The Calypso Hut 3 had been the scene of previous trouble, including a murder in 1994, when it was under a different name and different ownership.

●Julia Ann Cox, 92, was found murdered in a closet in her basement flat on Queen St E. near Beech Ave. on Sunday, June 14, 1970. The elderly woman, who weighed only 77 lbs, had been dead about 1 week when police broke down her door based on concerns from the victim’s 84-year-old sister, who lived nearby. The killer, who entered through a street-level bathroom window, ripped off Ms. Cox’s clothes, then garrotted her with cord and clothes hanger and stabbed her in the head with a screwdriver. There was no apparent sexual assault. The attack must have happened in the evening or at night, because Ms. Cox’s lights were still on when she was found.

CrimeSolver
07-15-2008, 11:31 PM
More capsules:

●On Friday, May 31st, 1974, seven-year-old Cheryl Hanson vanished while walking east along Bloomington Sideroad near Yonge St. in the town of Aurora, about 35 km north of downtown Toronto. Her parents had permitted her to walk to her cousin’s house for a sleepover, and the little girl left her home at about 6:30 p.m. Her route from her home to her cousin’s would have taken her about one kilometre east along Bloomington Rd., at the time a dirt road dotted with the odd residence or farm.
Despite massive searches, no trace of Cheryl was ever found, however the presumption is she was murdered. In 1976, a mental patient locked up for other crimes against young women confessed to murdering her, but his story was unable to be verified.
Link: www.police.york.on.ca/cold_cases/hanson.HTM (http://www.police.york.on.ca/cold_cases/hanson.HTM)

●Nine-year-old Simon Wilson of Willowridge Rd. in Rexdale, a northwestern section of Toronto, disappeared on Wednesday, January 29th, 1975 while walking to his school, Parkfield Elementary, which is on Redgrave Dr., less than 1 km from his home. Simon was described by his parents as very independent and adventurous, and in the initial days there were fears he had either fallen into shallow Mimico Creek, which runs behind his home, or was playing hide-and-seek with searchers in the area’s extensive sewer tunnel system. Searchers heard voices in the tunnels, but could not locate their origin.
Despite weeks of exhaustive searching by police and volunteers, no trace of Simon Wilson was ever found.

●Lisa Lynn Anstey, 21, was found beaten to death in a desolate downtown parking lot behind the Street City hostel, at 393 Front St. E., on Monday, May 12th, 1997. Anstey, a prostitute and known crack-cocaine addict who worked the corner of Wellesley and Bleecker Sts., was one of a number of prostitutes murdered in Toronto in the mid and late-‘90s. Most of the other cases remain open as well.

●On Tuesday, December 20th, 1983, Erin Gilmour, 22, was murdered in her apartment on Hazelton Ave. in Toronto’s ritzy Yorkville neighbourhood. She had been bound to her bed and stabbed several times, with one knife thrust piercing her heart, an autopsy later found. On the night of her murder, Gilmour finished work at a clothing store beneath her flat and went upstairs to wait for a male friend, Anthony Munk, to pick her up to go to a cocktail party; police theorized she opened her door absent-mindedly, expecting Munk, but finding her killer instead. Munk found his friend’s body when he arrived at 9:30 p.m. Gilmour had received obscene and threatening phone calls in the days prior to her murder, but police were unable to trace them.

●Joseph Sarriano, 30, was shot to death in a gas station parking lot on Royal York Rd. in Etobicoke on September 10th, 1975. No further information is available, but it is presumed this case is unsolved.

●Kenneth John Worth, 17, was shot to death in Serena Gundy Park (Sunnybrook Park) on June 24th, 1975. No further information is available, but it is presumed this case is unsolved.

CrimeSolver
07-17-2008, 11:10 PM
●At about 8 p.m. on Friday, November 7th, 1975, 16-year-old Mariam Peters was stabbed 16 times at St. Patrick subway station in downtown Toronto. She died of her injuries in hospital the following Tuesday. Peters had left her home on Bruce Farm Dr. in North York and taken the subway downtown to visit her sickly grandfather at Mount Sinai hospital.
The suspect was described as a Caucasian man, mid-20s to mid-30s in age, 5’8” – 5’10”, medium build, chalk-white skin, clean-shaven, dark hair and eyes, and soft-spoken

●On the morning of Tuesday, April 22nd, 1980, Larry Heiman, 33, was savagely beaten about the head and killed by an assailant who had asked to see an apartment in a vacant building on King St. E. for which Heiman was the superintendent. Fragments in Heiman’s hair indicated the instrument of murder was a brick. Police believed he was the victim of a contract killing, but despite a very detailed suspect description, there is no word on the case ever having been solved. The suspect, believed to be a motorcycle gang member, was white, in his late 20s, 5’8” – 5’10”, 190-230 lbs, with a small potbelly, tattoos on both arms, hazel or blue eyes, a reddish beard, and hair close-cropped in the back.

●Harold Walkley, 51, a one-time high school teacher and part-time lecturer at the University of Toronto, was stabbed five times in the back and chest at his home on Borden St. on February 18th, 1975. No further information, but case remained unsolved in 1978 when last newspaper citation occurred.

●On Friday, April 10th, 1959, 63-year-old cleaning woman Catherine Didluke was murdered by three blows to the back of her head from a blunt instrument. Her daughter discovered her in her Hastings Ave. house after a client called the daughter to enquire about her mother’s missing a cleaning appointment. The killer apparently stole her purse, for it was missing.

●The blood-spattered body of 69-year-old widow Andrea Peter was found by a concerned friend on Tuesday, March 9th, 1982 in her 18th floor apartment on Vaughan Rd. near Bathurst St. She died of blunt-force trauma to the head at least several hours before she was found. The industrious Peter, an immigrant from Hungary, opened the still-operational Country Style Restaurant on Bloor St. and also ran a boarding house from her previous residence, but she had wanted to spend her remaining years in leisure.

KarlK
07-18-2008, 01:59 PM
Case #4: The murder of Delia Adriano

Too bad the investigators remain so secretive after so many years. After 25 years they better go public about what they have or chances are they'll never solve it. I get the impression that for some cops asking for help from the public is still being perceived as an admission of failure when it should on the contrary be considered integral part of sound investigative process when all else fails. I understand that going public early in the investigation may harm the prosecution's case in court but come on, it's been a quarter of a century fer cris'sakes.

CrimeSolver
07-18-2008, 02:45 PM
I don't understand that mentality either. What do they have to lose in releasing all information?

KarlK
07-18-2008, 07:16 PM
I don't understand that mentality either. What do they have to lose in releasing all information?

Nothing, the worse that can happen if they go public is that it won't yield valid clues but that's hardly a loss. The "ongoing investigation" pretense sounds like a bad joke in this context. The FBI has seen its crime solving rate climb significantly after policies promoting the release of investigation details to the public in "stuck" cases were implemented starting in the late 1970's.

CrimeSolver
07-19-2008, 03:40 PM
●Elementary school teacher Graham Pearce, 36, was stabbed in the throat in the master bathroom of his 25th-floor apartment at 35 High Park Ave. on Sunday, March 20th, 1983. By the time his roommate found him shortly before 1 p.m., Pearce had bled to death. Police believed the bachelor was murdered by someone he either brought home with him or admitted to the apartment early on Sunday morning. Police later learned Pearce had spent Saturday night at Stages, an upstairs gay bar at the Parkside Tavern on Yonge St. near Wellesley St., where he was last seen by a friend walking to his car at 3:30 a.m. Sunday morning.

●At 1 a.m. on Monday, December 7th, 1992, Balbir Singh Brar was shot dead in the driveway of his house on Foxacre Row in Brampton, just northwest of Toronto. His wife found his body at 8 a.m. Brar was a well-known activist in the Sikh community who had recently been embroiled in a war of words between different Sikh factions over control of temples and property. Witnesses saw two males in their late teens or early twenties driving away from the scene. Both were of average height and build, and wore bomber jackets and some type of headgear.

●On January 22nd, 1980, 29-year-old Delmer Gilchrist was shot to death in an underground garage on Markham Rd. He had just picked up the day’s earnings from a pinball parlour owned by a friend when he was shot from behind. The crime remained unsolved as of one year later, when the last newspaper report ran.

●80-year-old Margaret McDonald died from the severe blows to the head and slashed throat she suffered at the hands of one or more intruders to her home on Lascelles Blvd (at Kilbarry Rd.) in the affluent Toronto neighbourhood Forest Hill on Friday, June 24th, 1994. McDonald was last heard from at 12:30 p.m. that day when she talked with a friend on the phone; her 26-year-old granddaughter found her body in her bedroom at 7 that evening. McDonald had also been sexually assaulted. The upscale house had been ransacked from top to bottom. The killer had gained entry by forcing open a rear sliding door.
The most probable suspect was a suspicious man seen in the area. He was described as white, early or mid-20s, 5’10”, medium build, black hair in a ponytail, wearing black leather pants and leather boots with large heels. DNA found at the scene could still lead to the killer, as could an expensive, distinctive ring the culprit stole from McDonald’s jewelry collection.

●On September 15th, 1974, Suzanne Miller, 26, a mother of three young children, was seen getting into a car in London, Ontario, about 200 km west-southwest of Toronto. Her body was found on Saturday, October 12th in dense bush in Thorndale, just northeast of London. She had died of blows to the head. No further information is available, but it is presumed this case remains unsolved.

CrimeSolver
07-21-2008, 12:17 AM
●The decomposed body of 45-year-old Phyllis Farquhar was discovered on Friday, November 23rd, 1979 under an old mattress behind her apartment on Edgewood Ave. She had been stabbed. The apartment superintendent notified police when he hadn’t seen Farquhar since early October and she hadn’t paid her rent.
Ironically, Farquhar had been a witness in a stabbing-murder court case back in 1964.

●Cindy Halliday, 17, disappeared on Monday, April 20th, 1992 after she attempted to hitchhike from Barrie, Ontario (100 km north of Toronto) to her mother’s home in Waverley, 30 km north of Barrie. Halliday, a habitual runaway, had spent April 19th at a dance in Penetanguishene, then hitchhiked south to Barrie to visit her jailed boyfriend, and then headed north for home. The last sighting of Halliday was of her trying to thumb a ride in front of the Hasty Market on Hwy 27 in Midhurst between 5:30 and 6:30 p.m. on the 20th. Four witnesses who later came forward said they saw her get into a light-coloured older model Chrysler LeBaron or Dodge Diplomat driven by a single male.
A man walking his dog found her skull on Sunday, June 21st in a forest off Horseshoe Valley Rd. about 2 km east of Hwy 27. The rest of her remains were found by police 500 metres to the east of where her skull was located. An autopsy revealed Halliday had been stabbed, but, due to decomposition, it could not be determined if she had been sexually assaulted. Further tests conducted almost two years after her body was found showed Halliday may have been alive for up to a month after she disappeared. Similarities between Halliday’s murder and that of university student Lynda Shaw two years earlier near Woodstock led police to believe the two might have been committed by the same person. At one time, notorious serial killer Paul Bernardo was a suspect.
Link: www.opp.ca/Intranetdev/groups/public/documents/investigative/opp_001222.pdf

●On Sunday, December 4th, 1983, art teacher Thomas Cahill was stabbed to death in his home on Berkeley St. Charles Furlong, a tenant in Cahill’s house, had heard Cahill talking to someone downstairs, and then, at 4:45 a.m., he heard Cahill call his name. When Furlong came downstairs, he found the front door open and Cahill lying in a pool of his own blood. Police believed Cahill was stabbed by a departing visitor. He had spent Saturday night at the Parkside Tavern on Yonge St.
Comments: I wonder if this case is related to the murder of Graham Pearce (see previous post)? Both Pearce and Cahill were apparently gay men stabbed in their homes in the post-midnight hours, both had spent their last nights at the Parkside Tavern, and both were killed in 1983.

●At 2:15 a.m. on Sunday, November 17th, 1985, the body of Lorelei Brose, 19, was found with a bullet to the head in a room in the Inglewood Arms hotel on Jarvis St. She was found fully clothed and had not been robbed. Police were alerted after hotel employees received complaints of a woman’s screams. Brose was a prostitute who frequented the Jarvis-Gerrard Sts. area. Many of Brose’s fellow prostitutes raised the theory that Brose had been slain by a contract killer hired to settle a personal dispute. Brose was known to rip off her clients.

●Marie Woods, a 31-year-old single mother of a six-year-old daughter, vanished on September 21st, 1981. Her Subaru station wagon was found abandoned on Oct. 5th at the Scarborough Town Centre. Police found no clues to her disappearance in her home or car. Although there was no specific evidence immediately to suggest she had been abducted, Woods had a normal life, a well-paying job, and the responsibility of her daughter, suggesting she wouldn’t have left of her own volition.
Then, five years later, in November, 1986, remains later identified as Woods were found in Newmarket, about 50 km north of where her car was abandoned. Police had a strong suspect in the early ‘90s, Peter Stark, who had once dated Woods and was convicted of the 1990 murder of a teenage girl, but there was apparently never enough evidence to lay charges. At least, I could find no reference to an arrest in this case.
As a tragic postscript, Woods’s daughter Jennifer died of cancer at age 14 in September, 1989.

Nocgirl
07-21-2008, 01:29 AM
The disappearance of Lloyd Larsfolk and John McCormick, 1981 (http://www.websleuths.com/forums/showthread.php?t=47857)

That was fascinating, but sad. So little leads to go on. What motive did the father of John have in murdering them? He died in 1987 I think it said and one article said he was the only suspect. Was he a closet sexual predator?

CrimeSolver
07-21-2008, 01:48 AM
The disappearance of Lloyd Larsfolk and John McCormick, 1981 (http://www.websleuths.com/forums/showthread.php?t=47857)

That was fascinating, but sad. So little leads to go on. What motive did the father of John have in murdering them? He died in 1987 I think it said and one article said he was the only suspect. Was he a closet sexual predator?
I wish I knew. A couple of the participants in that thread (Roy Harrold and dearmont) have more personal insight into the case than I do, but the police are keeping whatever details they have very close to the vest for no apparent reason.

CrimeSolver
07-24-2008, 12:00 AM
●Pregnant 19-year-old Valerie Karen Stevens vanished in the early morning of Saturday, September 9th, 1989 after leaving her 15-month-old daughter in the care of a teenage couple. She left her apartment on Vendome Place to go dancing downtown at the Diamond Club and was never seen alive again. Days later, the police were alerted of her disappearance by the teenage babysitters, who had been taking care of her daughter for four days straight. After her disappearance, Stevens’s welfare cheques went uncashed and her bank account remained untouched.
Stevens’s skeletal remains were found on October 22nd, 1992 in a wooded area near Burford, Ontario, 100 km southwest of Toronto. An autopsy failed to find the cause of death, but all signs led police to suspect murder. They suspect Stevens may have been hitchhiking on Eglinton Ave. E. near her home when she was picked up by her killer.

●On Monday, June 26th, 1972, 77-year-old Lillian (Lily) Dunsmore died of severe head trauma after someone beat her in her third-floor room in a rooming house on Gloucester St., near Yonge and Wellesley Sts. The killer did not ransack her room or steal anything, and police could not determine a motive or suspect. Dunsmore was described by a caretaker who knew her as a quiet and kind elderly woman. No further information.

●On September 19th, 1980, 18-year-old high school student Julie Fortier disappeared after getting off a school bus in Haileybury, Ontario, roughly 500 km north of Toronto. Five years to the day after she went missing, Fortier’s schoolbooks, running shoes, school jacket, and ID card were found near Haileybury. Then, almost ten years after her disappearance, on the 8th of May, 1990, a skeleton identified by dental records as Fortier was found near a dump in the vicinity of Haileybury (there is nothing in the paper on cause of death, but police concluded murder). In the early ‘90s, police had a strong suspect, Danny Wood, who they suspected was a serial killer of young women along Hwy 11 in central Ontario, but he refused to talk to them, and they did not have enough to charge him.

●Awoken from their sleep, 13-year-old Leah Sousa and her mother were raped and brutally beaten with a weapon by an attacker in their home in Cumberland Beach, Ontario, about 130 km north of Toronto, on September 1st, 1990. While her mother survived, young Leah died of her injuries.
www.opp.ca/Intranetdev/groups/public/documents/investigative/opp_000953.pdf

●Franco Sapone, 53, was stabbed to death after an altercation in Christie subway station on April 19th, 1979, moments after he stepped off a train on his way home from work. Two women overhead an argument in Italian on the subway station’s second level and screamed for police. Police believed the murder may have stemmed from a petty dispute over who was first in getting on an escalator. After stabbing Sapone, the assailant escaped from the station and was last seen running south on Grace St. He was described as about six feet tall, 190 lbs, between 40 and 50 years of ago, with a weather-beaten complexion, and wearing a brown cap with a narrow stripe, light brown construction boots, and a three-quarter length brown coat.
The victim was described as a gentle, hardworking man, who had worked as a janitor at the same east-end Toronto company since 1963.

CrimeSolver
08-06-2008, 02:56 PM
●On Monday, March 6th, 1978, Harold and Florence Fagan, 63 and 62 respectively, were found shot to death in their home on Dewbourne Ave., near Bathurst St. and Eglinton Ave. W. Their chauffeur found their bodies when he came to pick up Mr. Fagan at 8:30 a.m. They are believed to have been killed late Sunday, the 5th. They were last known to be alive at 8 p.m. Sunday when their daughter telephoned.
Harold was a well-known, well-liked entrepreneur and concession stand owner at the Canadian National Exhibition, and police believed the killer’s motive was robbery and that he was familiar to the victims. The Fagans were reported to have kept $500 in their house, and police theorized the killer thought he would find more cash.
A year and a half later, the triple murder of the Airst family (see case #1 above) brought renewed interest to the murder of the Fagans because of the superficial similarities between the two crimes. Both sets of victims lived in the same area (about 1.5 km apart), were well-off, and were prominent members of Toronto’s Jewish community.

●On February 2nd, 1973, 10-year-old Sheryl Blundell was struck and killed by a hit-and-run driver in Stouffville, Ontario, about 40 km north of downtown Toronto. She and a friend were giving directions to a motorist when a passing vehicle struck both girls in front of 233 Main St. in Stouffville. Sheryl's friend was seriously injured. The offending vehicle left the scene and was last seen driving north on either 9th Line or Fairview Ave.
Link: www.police.york.on.ca/cold_cases/blundell.htm (http://www.police.york.on.ca/cold_cases/blundell.htm)

●Margaret Cedrone, 57, was found murdered in her burning Highbury Rd. home when firefighters responded to a call at 6 a.m. on Tuesday, June 6th, 1989. Although she died of smoke inhalation, police ruled her death a homicide. The mother of five had last been heard from at 11 p.m. Monday night. No further information.

●The near-naked body of 23-year-old prostitute Julieanne Middleton was found on Thursday, July 7th, 1994 behind the pool in Sunnyside Park at Lakeshore Blvd. W. and Parkside Dr. She drowned in the waters of Lake Ontario after being strangled, presumably by a sex-trade customer.
On Friday, October 28th, 1994, another prostitute, Virginia Coote, 33, was found strangled in Lake Ontario behind the lakeside Palais Royale nightclub, just one or two hundred metres east of where Middleton’s body has been discarded. Police looked into the possibility the same person killed Middleton and Coote, as well as two additional prostitute murder victims, Darlene MacNeill and Donna Ogilve, who were found slain in 1997 and 1998 respectively.

●At 7 a.m. on Tuesday, August 16th, 1983, a co-worker found 27-year-old taxi driver Steve Goldie’s battered and slashed body in room 47 of the Penthouse Motel on Military Trail (at Kingston Rd.) in the Scarborough section of Toronto. Goldie died of a slashed throat, fractured skull, and brain injuries.
A resident of the motel said he overheard several voices arguing loudly over money at approximately 2 a.m., but instead of calling police he turned his radio louder. The victim, 6 feet tall and over 300 lbs, was described by friends and acquaintances as a gentle person, despite several brushes with the law.

CrimeSolver
09-04-2008, 10:58 PM
●The nude body of 14-year-old Kelly Mombourquette was found on Monday, October 19th, 1987 in the parking lot of a business on Yorkland Blvd. in the northeast corner of Toronto. The troubled girl, who had run away Oct. 3rd from a group home on Warrendale Ct., had been bludgeoned and her throat slit. A drug user and sometime prostitute, Kelly had lived on the street or with friends since running away from the group home. Since there was little blood at the scene where the body was found, police concluded she had been murdered elsewhere and dumped at the site on Yorkland Blvd.
Police received hundreds of tips in the case, and on October 29th they arrested and charged three men in connection with Mombourquette’s murder. But at the suspects’ preliminary hearing in January, 1988, a judge threw out the charges citing the flimsiness of the evidence, including the unreliability of a 16-year-old witness. No further newspaper reports on this case, including whether additional arrests eventuated.

●Accountant Frank Annetta, 36, was shot to death inside his office at his firm House of Accounting, which was located on St. Clair Ave. W., on May 4th, 1979. An employee found Annetta’s body slumped over his desk. No further information.

●On Saturday, November 14th, 1987, 26-year-old Kevin Benoit was stabbed to death on Silverthorn Ave. in Toronto’s west end. He had been involved in an altercation with unknown parties at Papa Nick’s Pizza on Silverthorn. When police answered the call about a fight at the pizza parlour the combatants had already left, but shortly thereafter a call came in about a body lying on the street nearby.

●The unclothed body of 20-year-old prostitute Susan Siegel was discovered at 7:30 on the morning of Monday, December 17th, 1984 alongside railroad tracks near the Ontario Public Stockyards on Ethel Ave. in an industrial area of west Toronto. She had been strangled. Since the victim’s clothes were absent from the scene, police concluded she had been killed elsewhere and dumped at the desolate Ethel Ave. site.

●On Tuesday, March 20th, 1962, the body of 52-year-old widow Nora Ranford was found in a rooming house on Winchester St. in the northeast sector of downtown Toronto. The victim lay under a blood-saturated bed on the second floor. She had been strangled and hit on the head. Ranford had been dead six days, but an open window kept the stench of decomposition from alarming other residents until she was finally found by her landlady. Following up hundreds of leads, police later learned Ranford had been seen drinking in a hotel on Queen St. E. with an unidentified couple the night she died.

CrimeSolver
09-04-2008, 11:29 PM
●Awoken from their sleep, 13-year-old Leah Sousa and her mother were raped and brutally beaten with a weapon by an attacker in their home in Cumberland Beach, Ontario, about 130 km north of Toronto, on September 1st, 1990. While her mother survived, young Leah died of her injuries.
www.opp.ca/Intranetdev/groups/public/documents/investigative/opp_000953.pdf (http://www.opp.ca/Intranetdev/groups/public/documents/investigative/opp_000953.pdf)

The above case, which summary I included three posts ago (#19), received some renewed public scrutiny today with an article in the newspaper saying police were following up tips about a possible location of a discarded weapon:
www.thestar.com/article/490304 (http://www.thestar.com/article/490304)

Tip revives 1990 murder case
http://multimedia.thestar.com/images/9f/8e/ac202f0d43e68d5d51888962c41c.jpeg
Leah Sousa was killed Sept. 1, 1990.



OPP search for weapon used in rape, slaying of Leah Sousa, 13

Sep 04, 2008 04:30 AM



Cheryl Browne
Special to the Star

CUMBERLAND BEACH, ONT.–Lora Sousa knows that someone remembers a lot about a hot August night in 1990.
It was the night her 13-year-old daughter Leah was raped and murdered in their small cottage just off the shores of Lake Couchiching, north of Orillia.
Lora Sousa, who was beaten and left for dead in her own bedroom while her daughter was murdered a few short feet away, is still reeling from the loss.
"I'm screaming inside," said Sousa, who now lives far from her former home at Beachview Ave.
The dozens of Ontario Provincial Police officers who have worked the case for the past two decades have interviewed nearly 1,500 people and have never given up hope of finding Leah's murderer.
And maybe that persistence has paid off.
Less than 10 days ago, OPP received a new tip from a source suggesting police might want to look in the ditches on the other side of Highway 11 across from Cumberland Beach for the murder weapon.
Yesterday, six OPP officers walked shoulder-to-shoulder in grid fashion along a 140-metre-wide swath of scrub, beating the bush with rakes and pitchforks as they searched for a heavy blunt object.
"We believe we're looking for something like a crowbar," said Det. Insp. Mark Pritchard of the OPP as they continued their search.
Pritchard believes the increase of the reward from $25,000 to $50,000, along with a new billboard campaign along Highway 11, north of Barrie, will increase their chances of putting the pieces of the puzzle together. The billboard shows a Grade 8 graduation photo of the beautiful blond girl, with a simple question: "Do You Know Who Killed Leah Sousa?"
They've doubled the number of detectives assigned to the case and are imploring the public to come forward with anything they can remember from the early hours of the morning of Sept. 1, 1990.
"No matter how insignificant a piece of information may appear, it may lead us to the clues we need," said Pritchard, adding, "Nothing is insignificant."
In addition to their renewed focus on the murder, Pritchard said new forensic testing capabilities are also offering police an opportunity to test trace amounts of evidence left at the scene a long time ago.
Although traditional nuclear DNA might not be available, he said, mitochondrial DNA – a very small yet prominent organelle within a cell – is now capable of being tested for clues to its owner. Recently, a sample of the mitochondrial DNA was sent to a laboratory in Pennsylvania for additional testing.
Lora Sousa suffered severe head trauma, was hospitalized for three weeks after the attack and, perhaps thankfully, has no memory of what the Orillia OPP have called one of the most violent, horrific unsolved murders in Ontario's history. Sousa's son Michael, the only witness to the murder, was only 9 months old when Leah was murdered.
"There's a cold-blooded killer out there – someone who knows what happened to my daughter – and they haven't come forward," Lora Sousa said, the anguish in her voice still fresh, as if the death happened only days ago.
"How would you feel if your only daughter was raped, brutalized and murdered? I am lost here on Earth. I often feel I don't belong here, that I should be in heaven with her."
The lead investigator, Deputy Commissioner Vince Hawkes of the OPP's Investigations and Organized Crime unit, is hopeful that finding the murder weapon and the new forensic analysis will enable his officers to continue their investigation.
"We now have new blood stain analysis, we can profile the murderers – this touches on a lot of different areas of expertise that we didn't have at the time," said Hawkes. "We will continue to work this file and I'm confident we'll find the people responsible."

CrimeSolver
09-08-2008, 09:57 PM
●On Saturday, October 1st, 1988, Tatiana Anikejew, a 22-year-old graphic arts student at Seneca College, was found stabbed to death in her apartment on Broadway Ave. near Eglinton Ave. E. and Mount Pleasant Rd. The victim was nude and had suffered several stab wounds to the chest. She had lain dead for two or three days before her parents found her. Several neighbours stated they heard screams at 1 a.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 28th, but no one investigated their source or called police. Not even a blood trail on the third-floor staircase, or the foul stench of decomposition that began to shroud the building by Friday, prompted calls by neighbours. The apartment entryways showed no signs of damage, leading police to infer Anikejew, a loner, had either known or trusted her killer.

●17-year-old Bonnie Tarantino, a prostitute since the age of 13, left her Ulster St. home to visit friends on September 27th, 1985 - one day after getting engaged to her boyfriend - and never returned. Mushroom pickers found her body on Monday, October 26th in a wooded area on the north side of Teston Rd. between Pine Valley Rd. and Weston Rd. in Vaughan, just northwest of Toronto. Her clothes were missing. An autopsy failed to unearth a cause of death. Tarantino’s murder was one of a rash of prostitute slayings in Toronto in the mid-‘80s to late-‘90s period.

●Sunday, August 12th, 1962: The defiled body of 16-year-old Julian (Julie) Wolanski is found in a ditch off Indian Line (at the time relatively remote farm country north of Toronto Airport near what is now the Claireville Reservoir), sparking one of the largest unsuccessful manhunts in the city’s history. The victim, a shy girl who lived on Wallace Ave. in the city’s west end and went to Givins St. public school, had been missing since Tuesday the 7th. She had been stripped of almost all her clothes, brutally raped, beaten about the face and head, shot through the heart with a .32 calibre bullet, and dumped out of a moving car into the ditch where she lay. She must have been held captive for several days, because an autopsy and other evidence determined she had been dead not much longer than 48 hours before she was found. A man living near the isolated body-dump scene recalled hearing a car’s brakes screeching several times on Friday night.
At 4 p.m. on the Tuesday afternoon she disappeared, Julian told her mother she was taking public transit to Eglinton subway station, where she was to meet a teacher about requirements for finishing grade 9. Police later learned the person she went to meet was an imposter, and that the same man had called Julie in the days and weeks before her murder seeming to know a good deal about her life and school activities. A taxi driver saw Julie standing on the northeast corner of Yonge St. and Eglinton Ave. at around 6 p.m. Two other witnesses told police they had seen a sobbing Julie inside Eglinton subway station asking for change to make a telephone call.
In the wake of the crime, many girls and women came forward describing uncannily similar incidents of a man posing over the phone as a doctor with the board of education, insisting he needed to perform examinations on them. He had some knowledge of their lives, just as he did of Julie’s life.
In a newspaper article 21 years after the crime, the lead police investigator stated that he had a strong suspect, but could never amass enough evidence against him to make an arrest.
Comment: Police should now approach the suspect - if alive – with a DNA request, assuming evidence is still retained and still holds DNA after almost 50 years.

●On February 11th, 1976, James Douglas Taylor, 41, was murdered with a baseball bat in a robbery at his home on Elmhurst Ave. Four-and-a-half years later, Taylor’s brother Claire was also beaten to death, this time with a hammer. While Claire’s killer was quickly arrested, James’s has never been identified. His murder was one of a spate of murders of gay men in the mid-to late-‘70s, which raised fears in the homosexual community.

●Officers patrolling parking lots in a deserted northwest-Toronto industrial zone at 2 a.m. on Saturday, March 9th, 1991, found the body of Cheryl Roseann Nelson, 20, behind a factory at 129 Eddystone Ave. Nelson, a prostitute well-liked by everyone who knew her, had been stabbed multiple times. Police believed her killer was most likely a violent john. No further information.

CrimeSolver
09-11-2008, 10:58 PM
●On November 9th, 1993, 39-year-old Catherine Clark was beaten and strangled to death in her eighth-floor apartment at 200 Wellesley St. in downtown Toronto. Security guards discovered her body sprawled on her bed. Police believed she knew her killer and admitted him to her apartment. Clark, an unemployed registered nurse, frequently used telephone and newspaper dating services, and the theory is her killer was a date with whom she had a violent altercation.

●At 1 p.m. on Wednesday, May 14th, 1975, a teenage boy walking through Marie Curtis Park found the body of 5-year-old Tracey Ann Bruney in 18 inches of water near a bridge in Etobicoke Creek, 15 km from the youngster’s home. She had died of drowning, but there were cuts and bruises all over her head and neck from a beating administered by her killer. An autopsy showed she had not been sexually assaulted. She was last seen alive by her mother at 9a.m., when she was dropped off at St. Clare Catholic School on Northcliffe Blvd. On the weekend, Tracey’s purse was found in a yard on Northcliffe Blvd., suggesting someone forcefully pulled her into a car near the school.
Comment: This case sounds fishy.

●On Thursday, August 1st, 1963, 76-year-old Frances Phillips was beaten to death in a laneway off Queen St. near city hall after she disembarked a streetcar and began to walk to her job at Toronto Western Hospital, where she was a nurse on the midnight shift. A witness described the assailant as a man of medium build with heavy shoulders who walked with a sway. No further information extant.

●The body of Karoly Horvath, 52, was found in his apartment on Bathurst St. near St. Clair Ave. early on the morning of Friday, April 15th, 1988. The man, whom police suspected of dealing cocaine, had his hands cuffed behind his back and he was battered about the head with a blunt instrument. His safe had been stolen. No further information.

●On the evening of Monday, March 9th, 1959, 12-year-old Patricia Lupton was murdered by a man who answered a babysitting ad Lupton had placed in a supermarket. At about 7:20, an hour after she left home to meet with the purported babysitting client, a “Mr. Johnson”, two men found the girl’s body at the construction entrance to a new housing division along McCowan Rd., 150 metres south of Ellesmere Rd., in Scarborough, several kilometres from her home on Kennedy Rd. south of Eglinton Ave. Lupton had been strangled with her own scarf but, although her clothes were disordered, she had not been sexually assaulted. Both of her knees were black and blue, signifying she had put up a fierce struggle. Police said she could not have been dead more than a few minutes before she was found. The suspect is believed to have driven a blue and grey 1951 Pontiac sedan.
A long discussion about the case can be found here: http://www.unsolvedcanada.ca/index.php/topic,728.0.html

CrimeSolver
09-17-2008, 04:51 PM
●Patricia Stewart, a 71-year-old homeless woman known in her Parkdale neighbourhood as Patti, Rosie, and the Cat Lady, was found dead in the 9th-floor stairwell she called home at 200 Jameson Ave. on Sunday, February 18th, 1990. She had been sexually assaulted and strangled. In the spring, police received several calls from an unidentified woman who appeared to know intimate details of the crime, but her calls ceased and a year after the murder police were appealing for her to contact them again.

●22-year-old Laura Hill was murdered in a second-floor bedroom in her townhouse on Balfour Ave. on November 24th, 1984. Hill, a legal secretary with a solid middle-class background, was shot in the head with a .22 calibre gun. Her parents said the headstrong but generally responsible young woman had been hanging around with a bad crowd for a couple of years.

●On the morning of Sunday, September 8th, 1991, the body of Lori Pinkus, 21, was found outside Brockton High School at 90 Croatia St., near Bloor St. and Dufferin St. in Toronto’s west end. The young woman, a high school dropout who worked as a prostitute and was addicted to drugs, had been strangled and left partially clad behind the school.

●Playing on a swing set in a Hamilton (a city 75 km southwest of Toronto) park near Fennell Ave. E. and Upper Ottawa St., just three blocks from her home, 4-year-old Cindy Williams was abducted on Friday, July 26th, 1974. The youngster had been playing with friends when, the children who witnessed the abduction later stated, a black Ford with a stripe on the hood, red primer paint on the driver’s door, and patches on the right front fender and hood, pulled up. Cindy ran over and climbed into the car. Earlier in the day, a 6-year-old acquaintance had seen her talking to a man in a dark suit. It was believed the man may have arranged to pick her up at the park later with the promise of candy or a doll.
On Wednesday, April 30th, 1975, a man gathering moss with his two children found a skull later identified as Cindy’s in a shallow grave near Grover Rd. and Highway 53 in the Burlington area, about 8 km from the abduction scene. Police found additional bones nearby, as well as the child’s shorts and running shoes. No further information in the newspaper on possible leads or suspects.

●As he and two friends headed to a party on July 24th, 1993, Nanh Van Le, 37, was shot to death by a masked gunman in a hallway of his apartment building on Lotherton Pathway, in the vicinity of Lawrence Ave. and Dufferin St. Le’s friends, who were also shot but later recovered, were unable to provide much of value in finding the culprit. No further information.

CrimeSolver
09-27-2008, 07:14 PM
●At 8 a.m. on Friday, March 19th, 1993, the body of 41-year-old Barbara Brodkin was discovered by her 6-year-old son after he awoke; the boy called 911. The woman had been stabbed in the heart in the Balliol St. apartment where she resided with her son. She had been murdered sometime during the night as her child slept nearby. Brodkin was known to be a marijuana dealer, and police speculated the motive for her murder was robbery since a small cosmetics case belonging to the victim, containing drugs and money, was missing.

●On Thursday, September 1st, 1983, 23-year-old Toronto prostitute Claire Samson was seen in front of the Essex Hotel on Jarvis St. getting into a large, beige car driven by a balding older man. Samson was never seen alive again, and her body was found the following day in a wooded area off Oro Sideroad 20/21 near Highway 93, just north of Barrie, Ontario. She had been shot in the head with a small-calibre gun. In 1987 and 1989, this murder case was publicized by Crimestoppers, and a reward was offered, apparently to no avail.

●Anthony Carnovale, 30, was killed by shotgun blasts that hit his heart and lungs on Friday, January 11th, 1980, as he sat on a couch watching TV in his girlfriend’s apartment on Keele St. near Lawrence Ave. W. The two 12-gauge shotgun blasts that tore through the window of the apartment around 11 p.m. also wounded Carnovale’s girlfriend, Cathleen Pereira, in the shoulder and neck, but she survived. The gun was later determined to have been fired from no farther than 10 feet away. Neighbours saw a silver or grey Cadillac with a black vinyl roof fleeing the scene moments after the shooting.
At the time of his death, Carnovale was on parole and facing trial on drug trafficking charges. Police believe the killing was gangland retribution for something illicit in which the victim was involved. This crime was still confirmed unsolved in 1984.

●The body of Maladevi Latchman (age unknown) was found in the Humber River behind the Old Mill banquet hall on Tuesday, November 15th, 1994. An autopsy showed she had been brutally beaten, and it appeared her body had been thrown from a bridge over the river. No further information.

●At midnight on Tuesday, March 25th, 1969, 23-year-old Yvonne Dorion was walking home on Ferrier Ave., near Danforth and Pape Aves., just steps from the rooming house where she lived, when a tall man wearing a long coat jumped from the shadows of an adjacent parking lot and stabbed her in the back between the shoulder blades. Dorion survived the attack but was left partially paralyzed. An hour-and-a-half before the stabbing of Dorion, an elderly woman was attacked and robbed of her purse on the same street. She was physically unhurt. Dorion’s stabbing and recovery was a cause célèbre in the Toronto media for several months, but her assailant was never caught.

CrimeSolver
11-10-2008, 12:48 AM
●At about 3 p.m. on Sunday, January 5th, 1997, prostitutes Therese Melanson and Florence Harrison, both 32, were found shot to death in the blood-splattered sixth-floor stairwell of an apartment building at 274 Sackville St., just south of Gerrard St. E. The women didn’t live in the building, but the area was known to be frequented by drug dealers and hookers. Residents had heard gunshots shortly after 3 a.m., but no one had called police. A cook at a drop-in centre said she saw Melanson at 2 a.m. in the doorway of the Golden Ring restaurant on Parliament St. just north of Dundas St. E., just a five-minute walk from the murder scene.
Later, rumour had it the two women had taken a drug dealer’s merchandise without paying and borrowed his car without permission.

●On Wednesday, September 20th, 1978, Alex Leblanc, 29, a manager at a disco club, was found murdered in his St. Joseph St. apartment. No further information is available, including on the cause of death, but the deceased’s murder was one of a rash of murders of homosexuals in Toronto in the late-‘70s and early-‘80s, some cases of which have been covered in earlier posts of this thread.

●On Friday, June 28th, 1991, 62-year-old Gord McAllister and his 59-year-old wife Jackie were asleep in their R.V., which was parked in a deserted rest area just off Highway 17, 12 km west of Blind River, Ontario, a small town located about 500 km northwest of Toronto. At 1 a.m. they were awakened by a knock on the door from someone who claimed to be a police officer. When they opened the door, a man stood there holding a shotgun. He told the couple he would rob and shoot them. Both husband and wife were subsequently blasted with the shotgun, but Gord managed to bolt, wounded, from the motorhome and hide under the vehicle. Before the gunman could hunt Gord down, he was distracted by the arrival of another vehicle at the rest stop. The driver of that vehicle, 29-year-old Brian Major, was shot as well, before the shooter left the scene. Gord McAllister survived his wounds, but his wife of 38 years died, as did the unwitting witness, Major.
A witness later came forward saying she had almost been hit on Hwy 17 as a wildly swerving blue van pulled out of the rest area around the time of the murders. Gord McAllister described the killer as a man of about 30 years, 5’10”, with a slight build, stringy blond hair, and a receding hairline.
In 2000, Ronald West, an ex-policemen charged (and later convicted) in the murders of two Toronto-area nurses in 1970, became a suspect in the Blind River case. He had lived in Blind River at the time of the crime. However, he has not been charged to date.
The case was featured on Unsolved Mysteries in 1993. Here is a link to a video of the segment: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kgeoP0p4mVQ

●On Saturday, July 23rd, 1994, 21-year-old university drama student Simone Sandler was canvassing the corner of Yonge St. and Gerrard Ave. as part of her summer job recruiting passersby for positions as film extras, when she vanished. Her decomposing body, naked from the waist down, was found on Saturday the 30th floating in the Keating Channel, where the Don River meets Lake Ontario. She had been strangled.
Sandler, described as an innocent, sweet young woman, was, by some reports, last seen in the company of a tall, thin, dark-haired, tattooed young man known in the area as “Joe”. But an anonymous caller said she saw Sandler getting into a dark-coloured sedan driven by a man with a mulatto complexion and dark hair.

●26-year-old American Alison Thomas disappeared after leaving a dinner party on Hillsdale Ave. in the Yonge St. and Eglinton Ave. vicinity on September 29th, 1978. The young woman, who had spent the previous 9 years in Paris and was staying in Toronto with her brother before moving to Montreal to start a new job, had attended the dinner party with three male friends. They later stated Alison left around midnight with the intention of catching a cab on Yonge St. She was never seen again.
There is some question as to whether Thomas met foul play or disappeared voluntarily. Her boyfriend of two weeks said she didn’t know where she fit in, and might have taken off to “find herself”.

CrimeSolver
11-15-2008, 04:29 PM
●On Friday, December 2nd, 1977, William Hughes, 15, was stabbed in the heart by a stranger who had offered Hughes and his friend Alan Barker a ride. Hughes died in hospital on December 7th.
On the night of the murder, Hughes, of Pamcrest Dr., and Barker were at a billiard hall on Yonge St. near Steeles Ave. in north Toronto. A man offered the boys a ride, but when the vehicle reached Dufferin St. and Langstaff Rd. in Concord, just north of the city, the man turned around with a gun in one hand and a knife in the other, and demanded money. When the youths refused, the man stabbed Hughes and forced both teens out of the car. Barker ran to a nearby farm for help.
The murderer was described as slim but muscular, 5’ 10”, 190 lbs, with black wavy collar-length hair. He had a companion, a blond female between the ages of 16 and 19. The vehicle was a red 1974 or ’75 Monte Carlo with a white vinyl roof and red interior. In the ensuing months, police checked more than 300 cars of similar description but came up empty.

●Just before midnight on Saturday, September 7th, 1998, Freddas (Jim) Bwabwa, 32, a Congolese immigrant and father of four, came to the aid of an elderly man who was being mugged by a group of nine or more Tamil youths near the intersection of Wellesley St. E. and Rose Ave. in Toronto. A witness saw Bwabwa struggling with the gang before Bwabwa was stabbed to death by one of the assailants.
The mugging victim was apparently never located. Several suspects were supposedly later identified and sought, but it is not known if anyone was ever arrested for this crime. The last newspaper citation of the crime, in August, 1999, indicated it was still unsolved.

●18-year-old Veronica Kaye vanished on November 7th, 1980. Her skeleton was found northwest of Bolton, Ontario almost a year later, on October 9th, 1981. An autopsy revealed she had died of vicious blows to the head.
Speculation was that Kaye, who lived with her grandmother near Hwy. 427 and Bloor St. W., was picked up by her killer as she tried to hitchhike to Square One mall in Mississauga. Initially there were questions as to whether she had run away, but the young woman was close to her family, was attending Humber College, and had just started a part-time job at a pizza parlour, so she had no reason to leave.

●The disappearance of 19-year-old Mabel Crumback on May 28th, 1950 is profiled here: www.websleuths.com/forums/showthread.php?t=40026 (http://www.websleuths.com/forums/showthread.php?t=40026)

●At 6 p.m. on Thursday, June 20th, 1991, 23-year-old Navid Shaikh, a security guard at the Bi-Way discount store on Dundas St. W. at Indian Grove Rd., was mortally stabbed as he stood in front of the store questioning a man suspected of shoplifting. A registered nurse who happened to be on scene re-established the victim’s pulse and breathing before emergency crews arrived, but it was too late and he died in hospital a short time later.
Multiple witnesses to the crime described the suspect as having a mulatto complexion, being between 20 and 25 years of age, 5’ 7” to 5’ 10”, and having a slim build and short curly dark hair.

CrimeSolver
11-18-2008, 03:29 AM
Update:



●Susan Tice, 45, a social worker separated from her husband, with whom she had four children, was stabbed in the chest by an intruder in an upstairs bedroom of her home on Grace St., near Harbord St., on Sunday, August 14th or Monday, August 15th, 1983. Her body wasn’t discovered until Wednesday the 17th, when she failed to show up for a function and a family member came looking for her. Police believe Tice had just returned home from spending a weekend with relatives north of Toronto when she was murdered, and that she may have surprised her killer as he was ransacking her house. Another theory is that she was killed by a hitchhiker she picked up on the drive home. The killer may have committed the crime for as little as $75, as nothing in the house appeared to have been stolen.

●On Tuesday, December 20th, 1983, Erin Gilmour, 22, was murdered in her apartment on Hazelton Ave. in Toronto’s ritzy Yorkville neighbourhood. She had been bound to her bed and stabbed several times, with one knife thrust piercing her heart, an autopsy later found. On the night of her murder, Gilmour finished work at a clothing store beneath her flat and went upstairs to wait for a male friend, Anthony Munk, to pick her up to go to a cocktail party; police theorized she opened her door absent-mindedly, expecting Munk, but finding her killer instead. Munk found his friend’s body when he arrived at 9:30 p.m. Gilmour had received obscene and threatening phone calls in the days prior to her murder, but police were unable to trace them.


Police announced today that DNA has indicated the above two murders were committed by the same person: http://www.torontopolice.on.ca/homicide/case/6
The announcement was made in conjunction with the advent of a new cold case section at the Toronto Police website.

CrimeSolver
12-03-2008, 11:50 PM
●Tuesday, January 25th, 1977: The nude body of 24-year-old Brian Latocki is found tied to a bed in his Erskine Ave. apartment. The victim, a financial analyst with the Toronto Dominion bank, had been strangled, beaten, and stabbed several times in the chest and back. Latocki was last seen on the evening of Friday the 21st as he left a gay bar on Yonge St. with a man who purportedly offered him a ride home. That man was described as of East or West Indian origin, in his mid-twenties, with thin features, a medium-brown complexion, and an Afro.
Police at the time believed the killer was a sadist who enjoyed torturing and killing homosexuals. He may have been responsible for the deaths of several other gay men around the same time.

●On Monday, October 17th, 1994, a shooting erupted at Tae’s Restaurant and Nite Club on Dufferin St. south of Lawrence Ave. W. When the smoke cleared, Stephen Braithwaite, 26, was dead, and Hopeton Morrison, 31, and Carl Walsh, 28, were left critically injured. They would survive their wounds.
Police faced a wall of silence from the 200-or-so witnesses in the nightclub.

●At 3:50 a.m. on Thursday, October 13th, 1983, Donna Awcock, 17, left a neighbour’s house where she had been babysitting in London, Ontario - a city 200 km southwest of Toronto - to buy cigarettes at a nearby convenience store. She never returned, and her battered body was found on Friday in a gully near the Fanshawe Dam. She had been raped and strangled, and a plastic bag had been jammed deep into her throat.
The clerk at the Mac’s Milk store Donna had patronized just before her abduction claimed the girl had appeared terrified while in the store, and looked like she had been crying.

●Frank Roberts was gunned down on the morning of Thursday, August 13th, 1998 in the parking lot of the OBUS Forme Ltd. factory on Hopewell Ave. at Dufferin St. Roberts, 67, the inventor of the OBUS Forme backrest support cushion, and president of the company, arrived at work at 7:30 every morning, and police speculated his killer knew his schedule and ambushed him the morning of the 13th. The murder had hallmarks of a professional hit.
Roberts’s life had seen some changes in recent months, things he had kept secret from many of those close to him. He had been dating Etty Sorrentino, a 31-year-old married Florida woman. Earlier in the year, he had taken out an $830,000 mortgage on his Toronto home and bought a dream house in North Beach, Florida, a new Mercedes, and expensive gifts for Sorrentino. His extravagance may have been beyond his ability to afford.
Several witnesses to the slaying came forward and, days after the murder, police received an anonymous call from someone who provided what authorities considered “vital information”. Police have never revealed what that information was, and it is unknown if the unknown caller ever contacted police again.

●On Friday, May 20th, 1983, the body of 86-year-old Evelyn McIlraith was discovered in her apartment on Bloor St. W. at Ellis Park Rd. Her granddaughter and the apartment building superintendent made the horrible discovery. The elderly McIlraith, who had lived in the same abode since 1940, had been stabbed and beaten to death, possibly by a burglar she surprised as he was ransacking her apartment. She had last been seen by the superintendent’s son as she entered the building on Thursday afternoon, and police believed she was murdered sometime between 4 and 7 p.m. that day.

CrimeSolver
02-17-2009, 08:03 PM
Here are five more summaries of unsolved cases. Once again, if anyone is privy to information that any of the cases have been solved, please speak up. The extent of my information is what I find in the Toronto Star database.

●At about 12:30 on the afternoon of Friday, December 2nd, 1983, 30-year-old Vincenzo Cherubino, of Torbolton Dr., was shot in the head and chest inside a moving car. His killer or killers then dumped him onto Rosemount Ave. in the Dufferin St. and St. Clair Ave. W. area, and drove off. According to witnesses, Cherubino staggered east on Rosemount for about 100 ft. before collapsing and dying in front of number 114. He died before reaching hospital.
Investigation later led to the suspicion the murder was a mob hit.

●At 1 am on Thursday, January 21st, 1993, 77-year-old Osyp Kawun, a much-adored shopkeeper known in his neighbourhood as “Mr. Thank You”, was beaten to death as he stood behind the meat counter in his store, the Annette Food Market on Annette St. west of Quebec Ave. His 72-year-old wife, Pat, found him lying in a pool of blood when she came downstairs from the Kawuns’ apartment after hearing a commotion.
At some point, police recovered an unspecified blunt instrument they linked to the crime. Then, on Wednesday, February 3rd, police found an abandoned stolen Honda Accord outside York Humber High School at 100 Emmett Ave., near Jane St. and Weston Rd. It was determined to have been stolen the night of the murder from a street around the corner from the Annette Food Market.

●62-year-old Abraham Wolfson vanished on December 17th, 1970. The South African millionaire was in Toronto to sign papers finalizing the sale of an apartment building he owned on Rathburn Rd. in Etobicoke. In the weeks following, there was speculation Wolfson may have developed amnesia because of the stress of the business transaction, and was unknowingly living in Toronto under an assumed name. He never materialized. There is no proof he met with foul play, but it is a distinct possibility since he was carrying a large sum of money on his person.

●On Tuesday, September 21st, 1982, 36-year-old purported music producer Edward Gillespie was abducted from his Sylvan Ave. home by two armed men as his ex-wife, 15-year-old son, and friends looked on helplessly. Gillespie’s body was found Saturday the 25th in a field alongside Wilhelm Rd. east of Port Colborne, a town about 100 km due south of Toronto. He had been shot in the chest and neck.
Police initially identified the motive for the murder as competition in the country music record business, but their investigation found no connection between the victim and the music business. Instead, it appeared to have been a dispute over drugs and money, and on September 28th police issued warrants for 38-year-old James “Jimmy” King and a man later identified as James Robert Leydic, 36. The last found newspaper citation of the case in 1984 indicated the men were still on the loose.

●Gary Newman, 22, a community college student, was shot during a party surrounding Caribana festivities on Saturday, August 2nd, 1997. Newman, his brother, and a cousin were walking south on Yonge St., directly next to Sam the Record Man, at about 4:30 a.m., when a man emerged from the sea of people milling about and shot Newman in the head. Just minutes earlier, another man had been shot in the leg two blocks away. Based on witness statements, police believed Newman, who was known to police, was specifically, not randomly, targeted.
Two weeks later, police made a public plea asking for help in identifying a person who went by the street name “Hughie”. Tips named him the shooter. Witnesses to the shooting described him as black, about 20 to 22 years of age, 5’7”, skinny, with a dark complexion, clean-shaven, with hair that was braided or in dreadlocks.
The last time the newspaper mentioned the case, in August, 1999, it was still unsolved.

Patience
02-21-2009, 07:37 AM
Hi Crimsolver, I copied this blurb from one of your above posts and I thing the balding man sounds like Dennis Melvin Howe as he was in the area that year which was 1983. I wonder if we could find out what Dennis Melvin Howe drove? I will never forget Sharon Moringstar Kennen, never.

●On Thursday, September 1st, 1983, 23-year-old Toronto prostitute Claire Samson was seen in front of the Essex Hotel on Jarvis St. getting into a large, beige car driven by a balding older man. Samson was never seen alive again, and her body was found the following day in a wooded area off Oro Sideroad 20/21 near Highway 93, just north of Barrie, Ontario. She had been shot in the head with a small-calibre gun. In 1987 and 1989, this murder case was publicized by Crimestoppers, and a reward was offered, apparently to no avail.

CrimeSolver
02-21-2009, 07:37 PM
Hi, Patience. Thanks for commenting. That's an intriguing theory, but I think a couple of facts speak against it. Sharin Keenan was murdered on January 23rd of 1983, her body was found on Feb. 1st, and Howe was identified as the suspect on March 5th. There was a massive manhunt for him. He was from western Canada, and I highly doubt he would have still been hanging around an unfamiliar city, with a manhunt in full swing, in September, when Claire Samson was murdered. It's not impossible to imagine, but I doubt it.
Secondly, Howe was 42-years-old at the time and had more or less a full head of hair. I don't think he could have been desrcibed as "older and balding".
Thirdly, Keenan was a child, and killers usually (not always, but usually) stick with victims of the roughly the same age. Also, Keenan was strangled, while Samson was shot.
I pored over some newspaper articles about the Keenan killing. Although there were some early mentions of Howe having possibly driven a 1975 Mercury, that was later ruled out.

It's hard to accept that Howe has eluded justice all these years.

CrimeSolver
02-27-2009, 04:42 PM
●Francis Tan, 24, a recent university graduate who worked as a mechanical engineer, left his rooming house at 200 Tower Dr. on October 27th, 1962 and disappeared. Tan told his landlady he was travelling to Montreal to pick up his clothes. He was picked up in a car by two Chinese men. Police believe he met foul play. There had still been no sign of Tan twenty years later, when his case was last referenced in the newspaper. No further information.

●On Saturday, December 27th, 1997, Kapilan Palasanthiran, 19, a university student, was sitting with two friends at a window table in Cross Country Donuts, on Finch Ave. E. at Bridletowne Circle, when four men opened fire from the parking lot. Palasanthiran was pronounced dead in hospital; his two friends were injured, but not seriously.
The suspects were described as Sri Lankan, in their late teens or early twenties, wearing baggy clothes with dark hoods. It later emerged that the killing was a result of a gang turf war between two Tamil gangs, the VVT and the AK-Kannan, but there was never sufficient evidence to make arrests. The killing was apparently a case of mistaken identity, since the victim had no known involvement in gangs or crime.

●At 3 p.m. on Wednesday, May 7th, 1975, 4-year-old Cameron March, described as a happy, very smart boy, vanished while playing in front of or near his home at 5349 Blind Line Rd. near Colling Rd., in Lowville, Ont., a village 40 km southwest of Toronto. In the days following, hundreds of searchers, including police, search dogs, and volunteers, scoured the nearby countryside for any trace of the boy. Firefighters drained area ponds, without result.
Tips investigated by police included the sighting of a white and green car parked near the boy’s home around the time he disappeared, a red sedan spied in the area, and the sighting of a bearded man walking up and down Blind Line Rd. at about the same time.
Some time after the abduction, a man tried to extort $20,000 out of the parents by claiming he had their son. He was arrested, charged, and sentenced to two years in jail, but whether he had any actual connection to the boy’s disappearance is not known.
Here’s an online missing poster for Cameron: www.hrps.on.ca/CrimeFiles/Lists/MissingPersons/DispForm.aspx?ID=5 (http://www.hrps.on.ca/CrimeFiles/Lists/MissingPersons/DispForm.aspx?ID=5)
Comments: I wonder if this boy’s probable abduction is related to the kidnapping-murders of Cindy Williams or Marianne Schuett. Williams was taken just a year earlier from Hamilton, which is about 20 km south; more interestingly, Schuett was taken in 1967 from Kilbride, Ontario, a mere 4 km from March’s rural home.

●On Wednesday, October 3rd, 1984, 8-year-old Christine Jessop was abducted in Queensville, a tiny hamlet 50 km north of Toronto. Jessop’s kidnapping, and the events that followed, received massive national publicity and sparked one of the most tortuous and unsatisfying searches for justice in Canadian history.
At 3:50 on the afternoon she vanished, Jessop returned home from school, set down her knapsack, and rode her bike half-a-kilometre south to the Queensville General Store, at 20497 Leslie St., to buy gum. She was last seen alive by the store clerk as she left the store at 4:05. She evidently made it back home, as her bicycle was found in the garage. But at 4:15, her mother and brother returned from a dental appointment to find the house empty.
On Monday, December 31st, a man looking for his dog found the skeleton of a child, later determined to be Jessop, in a wooded area south of 4th Concession and west of Simcoe St. (Hwy 2), north of the village of Sonya, which is 50 km east-northeast of Queensville.
On Monday, April 22nd, 1985, police charged eccentric, soft-spoken 25-year-old Guy Paul Morin, a next-door neighbour of the Jessops’, with first-degree murder. Morin went on trial and was acquitted in February, 1986. The Crown appealed the decision, and a year-and-a-half later the Court of Appeal reversed it. Morin was rearrested and recharged. The new trial saw many postponements that dragged on for years, but Morin finally went on trial again in November, 1991. In June, 1992, he was found guilty. This time Morin, always maintaining his innocence, appealed the decision. By now, DNA testing had become available to investigators, and tests done in early 1995 on evidence found on Jessop’s body did not match Morin. He was immediately released. Probings into investigative conduct surrounding the Jessop murder found widespread fraud – in essence a frameup of Morin.
No one else has ever been charged in the rape-murder of Christine Jessop; it remains unsolved.

●Shortly after 6 on the morning of Friday, January 6th, 1967, 34-year-old Salvatore “Sammy” Triumbari, a known racketeer who was part of the Siderno mafia outfit and also ran a soft drink company, was gunned down by two hit men as he left his house on Sherman Court, in the area of Jane St. and Wilson Ave. The assassins then ran through the victim’s backyard, an adjacent backyard, and out onto Peacham Cres., where their getaway car was waiting. The victim was armed with a loaded handgun, but never had a chance to use it.
After some investigation, police believed Triumbari was marked for death after a meeting of about 30 mobsters at his home three days before the murder. One of the few relevant witness statements was from a bus driver, who recalled that a motorist with a bandage on his face had asked for directions to Sherman Ct. Two official inquests into the murder failed to lead to arrests.

CrimeSolver
03-08-2009, 10:18 PM
●At 5:30 on the evening of Thursday, February 18th, 1993, 56-year-old SuckJu Ryu was minding his variety store in a senior citizens’ building on Arleta Ave., in the Sheppard Ave. W. and Jane St. area, when two young men attempted to rob him. One of the robbers shot Ryu in the chest when the store owner slammed shut his cash register. The killers took off and were spotted boarding a Sheppard Ave. bus. They disembarked at Oakdale Rd., a short distance west of the crime scene. The suspects were described as black, between 14 and 17 years of age, both wearing dark, hooded jackets. One was about 6 ft in height, the other about 5’ 8”.

●Duncan Robinson, 24, was stabbed and slashed to death early on Sunday, November 26th, 1978 in the bedroom of his apartment on Vaughan Rd. His mutilated body was found by police on Tuesday after Robinson’s sister was alerted by his employer that he hadn’t shown up for work for two days.
The shy, well-dressed Robinson was seen leaving his apartment at 9:30 Saturday night on his way to a gay bar downtown. A neighbour said she had heard “a strange hollow sound” coming from Robinson’s apartment sometime between 11 p.m. and 12:30 a.m., but she had decided against calling police. Further investigation disproved the importance of what the neighbour heard, for witnesses saw Robinson leaving a Yonge St. tavern with a man at 2:30 a.m. The man was described as Caucasian, late-20s, 6’5” to 6’7”, with a lanky build, greasy brown hair past his ears, a scruffy goatee, sloping shoulders, dirty hands, a clumsy walk, and a foul body odour. He had asked bar patrons about buying drugs and was seen to roll his own cigarettes.
Robinson’s murder was the 14th slaying of a homosexual man in 3 ½ years at the time, and there would be more to come in the ensuing years. Half of those 14 cases remained unsolved at the time. The circumstances of a number of the cases were very similar.

●At 10:30 a.m. on Sunday, February 16th, 1986, 49-year-old Dr. Cornelius Dima Dragan was shot dead with a .22 calibre handgun after he answered the door of his second-floor apartment on Islington Ave. north of Rexdale Blvd. in northwest Toronto. Dragan’s wife Angela, 46, was wounded in the abdomen but survived. Their 15-year-old son witnessed the crime. He described the killer as a tall, dark-haired young man who wore a dark coat and spoke with a Romanian accent.
Romanian immigrant Dragan was editor of Tricolorul, a local pro-Communist Romanian newspaper, and secretary-general of a Romanian cultural organization. Rumours began to circulate that he was a spy for Romania’s Ceausescu government and that his killing was a politically-motivated assassination.

●On Sunday, June 13th, 1971, a farmer picking up refuse on a roadside stumbled upon the decomposed remains of 41-year-old Leroy Kerwin (nee Silverstein) in a shallow grave alongside Hwy. 27 near Cookstown, Ont., a village about 70 km north of Toronto. An autopsy revealed he had been shot twice in the head.
Kerwin, an Atlanta life insurance broker, had disappeared on or shortly after December 3rd, 1970, after flying to Toronto to conclude a supposed business deal. His wife notified Atlanta police when he failed to telephone her as he always did when away on business. On March 29th, Kerwin’s briefcase was found on the 11th Concession, one mile west of Hwy. 27. The briefcase contained documents relating to a company called Buffalo Gas & Oil, which was later found to be the subject of stock market manipulation at the hands of Toronto and Montreal organized crime groups.
The victim was linked to a Chicago mafia group and had been convicted of fraud in 1961. Detectives theorized Kerwin had been lured to Toronto with the promise of a big insurance sale and was met at the airport by his killer(s). Investigators believed the man who picked up the victim at the airport was a mobster named Teddy Yankovich, but Yankovich was murdered near Montreal on June 26th, 1971 before police could question him. Before Kerwin’s business trip, his Atlanta secretary had taken phone calls from a man who called himself Don and who claimed to be phoning from Toronto, but no record of those calls could be found.
Comment: Because of arrests made in the related stock fraud and the murder of another major player (Yankovich), this case may well be considered closed by the relevant law enforcement entity.

●In a two-month period in 1954, two women were murdered by a man who came to be known as The Strangler. He was suspected of other non-fatal attacks on women in the years before and thereafter, but was never caught. He may also have been responsible for the murder of a woman in 1952.
Marie Lypoweckyj, 45, was strangled to death on Saturday, September 25th, 1954. Her nude body was found between two houses on Sheridan Ave., the street where she resided with her husband, in the Dufferin St. and Dundas St. W. area. Co-workers of hers at the King Edward Hotel described Lypoweckyj as a very nervous woman who would break into a run when she got off the streetcar at College St. and Dundas St. W. on her way home. She had been accosted by strangers at least twice before, according to family and friends. Normally her husband would accompany her home from work, but the night of her death he was unable to. She was last seen alive getting off a streetcar at around 1 a.m. on Saturday. It is believed she was about to enter the side door of her home on the southeast corner of Sheridan Ave. and Bank St. when she was accosted, and that she then ran across several front yards before her killer got the best of her. Lypoweckyj’s belongings were scattered across multiple yards north of her residence, yet, despite the large crime scene, no one in the vicinity admitted to hearing anything. Fingerprints were found on both sides of the woman’s neck. A safety pin had been jammed into her body. Blood of the perpetrator was found on the victim’s bra.
With the anti-communist fervour in the West at the time, police suspected her death might be retaliation for her husband’s anti-communist agitation. Other theories thrown around were that she had a lover or lovers, one of whom may have had motive, and that possibly more than one person was involved in the crime. People who knew the Lypoweckyjes claimed they were happily married.
On October 12th, police received a taunting letter from someone claiming to be Lypoweckyj’s killer.
Then, on the night of Tuesday, October 19th, 29-year-old Olga Zacharko was brutally strangled as she walked home from work carrying a bag of groceries on Phoebe St., in the Spadina Ave. and Queen St. W. area, about 3 km east of the Lypoweckyj murder scene. Zacharko’s body, which was found in Soho Sq. where it had been dragged, just off Phoebe St., and mere metres from R.C.M.P. headquarters on Sullivan St., was not nude when it was found, but she had been partially disrobed, so the killer may have been frightened off by an approaching car or other passersby.
In early 1956, police announced they had a strong suspect in the Strangler killings, a schizophrenic mental patient at Penetanguishene insane asylum, but the man was not cooperative and there was not enough evidence to arrest him. The suspect lived in Lypoweckyj’s neighbourhood in 1954 and was known to visit friends in Zacharko’s neighbourhood. It is not known if the man was ever released from the institution. After 1956, the murders of Lypoweckyj and Zacharko were not mentioned in the Toronto Star again.
Comment: The blood taken from Lypoweckyj’s bra, if still in evidence, can be DNA typed and compared to the DNA of the suspect (exhumation if necessary) alluded to by police in 1956.

x117236
03-16-2009, 12:59 PM
Do you know if they ever solved the disappearance of Caroline Case? I moved after she disappeared and don't know if they ever found her body or arrested anyone.

CrimeSolver
03-16-2009, 03:42 PM
Do you know if they ever solved the disappearance of Caroline Case? I moved after she disappeared and don't know if they ever found her body or arrested anyone.
Case, a 47-year-old businesswoman, disappeared on October 2nd, 1991. Her skeletal remains were found on November 5th, 1992 in a Caledon field.
From what I have been able to gather, police strongly suspected David Snow as her killer, but were never able to prove it. Snow murdered Nancy and Ian Blackburn at their Caledon cottage in April, 1992, and was later convicted of that crime and others. He was captured in B.C. after an intense manhunt.
http://www.citizen.on.ca/news/2006/0831/Columns/031.html

x117236
03-16-2009, 04:33 PM
Thanks. I saw a tv show about the Blackburns this weekend that briefly mentioned David Snow and Caroline Case, but didn't say if she was ever found.

CrimeSolver
03-16-2009, 06:22 PM
No problem. Yeah, Snow was quite a piece of work.

CrimeSolver
03-20-2009, 08:01 PM
●On Thursday, July 31st, 1986, William Dawe Norman was found murdered in the small rooming house he shared with five others at 606 Greenwood Ave., just south of Danforth Ave. The frail 68-year-old widower, who, neighbours said, kept to himself and liked to drink beer and listen to country music in his backyard, had been stabbed several times in the chest with a pair of scissors.
No further information, but the murder was still unsolved when it was last mentioned in the newspaper in a year-end roundup of murder cases.

●46-year-old Larry Arnold disappeared on the evening of October 14th, 1994 from the Traxx gay bar at Yonge and Wellesley Sts. He was last seen in the company of a young man. Arnold’s badly beaten, decomposed body was found on November 19th in a ravine near Roxborough Dr. and Mt. Pleasant Rd. Arnold’s companion that evening was described as white, 25, stocky, 5’8”, 200 lbs, with long blond curly hair and blue eyes, and having a French Canadian accent. The man was believed to be a male prostitute, and Toronto police conferred with police agencies across North America believing the man may have been responsible for other murders of gay men. It is not known if any progress was made on that front.
Arnold, who lived in Chatham, a town 300 km southwest of Toronto, often came to Toronto to visit friends and go to bars and restaurants in Toronto’s gay district, Church and Wellesley Sts.

●At about 5 a.m. on Saturday, August 12th, 1978, 21-year-old Debbie Silverman was abducted in the hallway of her apartment building at 4854 Bathurst St. near Finch Ave. W. She had just come home from a night out with friends and was entering her apartment building when the abductor struck. Some of her belongings were found strewn in the hallway.
Silverman’s body was found on November 12th, 1978 in a shallow grave near Sunderland, Ontario, about 80 km northeast of Toronto.
There is a $50,000 reward in this case:
http://www.opp.ca/Intranetdev/groups/public/documents/investigative/opp_000964.pdf
http://www.drps.ca/internet_explorer/whatsnew/unsolvedcases_view.asp?ID=49

●On the night of Saturday, July 9th, 1960, a freight train hit a car that was parked, lights out, across the tracks on Fifth Line in Albion Township (now Caledon), about 40 km northwest of Toronto. Lying across the back seat of the car was the body of 29-year-old Socrates Scott Pappas, a music teacher at Faywood elementary school in North York.
Pappas’s death wasn’t classified a homicide until his body was exhumed in early August and an autopsy revealed he had been dead before the train collided with his car. He had died of a ruptured liver, probably as a result of a kick. Pappas’s neighbours on Belsize Dr. came forward and attested to seeing the victim in his car fighting with a heavily built man at about 12:30 a.m., roughly three-and-a-half hours before the train crash. One neighbour said she approached the car but retreated after hearing moaning.
The victim’s wife, Freda, came under suspicion after it was learned she and her husband had been in a contentious dispute over divorce proceedings for some time.
Police said at the time they had a strong suspicion of who was responsible, but they had not enough evidence or witnesses, and the person they suspected had retained a lawyer and refused to cooperate.

●35-year-old Trinidadian immigrant Hirmal Ramnanan was found dead in his second-floor apartment on Avenue Rd. near Eglinton Ave. W. on Saturday, August 7th, 1982. The man’s nude body was found by police after they were alerted by neighbours disturbed by the man’s stereo, which had been blaring all night. Ramnanan had been tied up and stabbed several times. No further information.

CrimeSolver
03-26-2009, 05:39 PM
●Lois Hanna, 25, disappeared from her home at 286 Nelson St. in Kincardine, a lakeside town 200 km northwest of Toronto, on Sunday, July 3rd or Monday, July 4th, 1988. Hanna was last seen on the evening of the 3rd at a school reunion dance in Lucknow, a town about 25 km south of her home. She left the dance at 10:30 p.m. and apparently made it home safe, because a co-worker checking up on her when she failed to show up for work the next morning found a cup of tea on the counter, the TV on, and the dress she had worn to the dance hanging in the closet. Hanna had lived in the house by herself for close to four months. According to police, there were no signs of violence in the house. Despite the search efforts of police, search dogs, and many volunteers, no trace of Lois Hanna was ever found.
There is a $50,000 reward in this case:
www.opp.ca/Intranetdev/groups/public/documents/investigative/opp_001153.pdf
www.owensoundsuntimes.com/ArticleDisplay.aspx?e=822265&auth=Jonathon%20Jackson

●9-year-old London, Ontario boy Frankie Jensen disappeared on his way to school on Friday, February 9th, 1968. His body was found floating in the Thames river near Thorndale, Ont. on Friday, April 12th. Police believed he was the victim of a sex-killer. No further information.

●57-year-old Antonio Cotroneo was stabbed to death shortly after 5:30 on the morning of Thursday, September 4th, 1986 in the parking lot of his apartment building at 1560 Lawrence Ave. W., west of Keele St. Cotroneo was on his way to work at a wholesaler when a young man accosted him from behind and stabbed him several times in the chest, neck, and arm. Cotroneo was dead on arrival at Sunnybrook Hospital. A witness in a nearby apartment, who heard the victim’s cries for help and raced to the scene, described the murderer as between 20 and 25 years old, 5’9”, with a medium build and dark or black mid-length hair. He was wearing a white T-shirt and dark-coloured rugger-style pants with two white stripes on the outside of the legs. Police believed the suspect hitchhiked out of the area with a female companion after the killing.

●Animal breeder Elgin Cullen, 65, suffered a fatal .22 rifle wound to the heart on Monday, November 14th, 1960 on his farm near Highway 27 and Richview Sideroad (now Eglinton Ave. W.) in what is now northwest Toronto. A thumb and forefinger had also been blown off, suggesting a defensive posture. A rifle was found on the ground near the victim’s body, but it was determined to have not been the murder weapon.
The victim’s wife Queenie told of hearing gunshots at around 7:30 p.m., and she found her husband’s body in a field some time later when she went to look for him. A neighbouring farmer later came forward to tell of being approached around the time of the murder by a man who asked for directions “to the pony farm”.

●On March 25th, 1994, the charred body of 24-year-old Louisa DaCunha was found in a remote field in Caledon, north of Toronto. DaCunha, who lived on Queen St. W. in the low-income Parkdale neighbourhood of Toronto, was a marginal individual known to police as someone involved in illicit drug use. No further information, including cause of death.

●55-year-old Paul Volpe, a prominent mobster in Toronto’s underworld, was found shot to death on Monday, November 14th, 1983. Volpe’s bullet-riddled body, blood-soaked and wrapped in towels, was discovered in the trunk of his BMW sedan on the second level of the parking garage of Terminal 2 at Toronto’s Pearson International Airport. Police intelligence squad officers had been tipped off by an anonymous call. Volpe had left home on Sunday morning, telling his wife he was meeting someone at the airport and that he would be home by 12:30 p.m.

CrimeSolver
03-31-2009, 05:55 PM
●At 8 p.m. on Sunday, February 10th, 2002, Lin Tao, 19, a student at York University, suffered fatal stab and slash wounds to her throat as she walked home from the university to her apartment at 1 Four Winds Dr., just southeast of the sprawling campus. Tao was walking south along Keele St. when her attacker struck. Responding emergency workers found her body in the parking lot of her apartment building at 1 Four Winds Dr. Police believed the attacker was noticeably injured in the struggle, having probably sustained either scratches to his face or cut wounds from his own knife. A trail of the murderer’s blood marked his path as he fled north from Tao’s body on Keele St.’s west sidewalk. Police theorized he either flagged down a cab or a car, or got onto a bus somewhere between The Pond Rd. and York Blvd. A man who witnessed the entire attack said he saw Tao and the killer appear to embrace before she pushed the killer away. Then the two fought for 4 to 8 minutes, but the witness did not intervene. The murderer was described as an Asian male approximately 20 years of age, 5’6” or 5’7”, with a slim build and wearing dark clothing.

●Gordon George Joyce, 33, was found stabbed to death in a rooming house at 1361 King St. W. early on the morning of Friday, July 3rd, 1981. Joyce’s uncle lived in the rooming house, and the house’s caretaker described the murder victim as a heavy-drinking loner who would often visit his uncle so the two could drink together. Police came to believe Joyce was killed during an argument by someone he knew.

●Michael Traynor, 26, an unemployed plumber, vanished from his hometown, Barrie, Ontario, on Tuesday, September 12th, 1978, after spending an evening at a bar with friends. A hunter found Traynor’s decomposed body on Monday, October 2nd in a densely forested area north of Barrie. His hands were tied behind his back with copper wire and he had a gaping gunshot wound to the chest.

●At 11:15 p.m. on Tuesday, May 28th, 1991, 49-year-old Prithyi Raj (Lali) Vij, an entrepreneur and the host of TV and radio shows about East Indian culture, was gunned down as he and his wife Usha walked out of the TV studio he owned at 517 College St. Just a day earlier, Vij’s friend Umesh Raniga, a jewelry store owner, was stabbed to death inside his shop on Gerrard St. E., but police later concluded that, remarkably, the murders were unrelated. A friend of Raniga’s was subsequently arrested in his murder, but acquitted at his trial in 1993.
In looking for a motive and killer in the Vij case, police extensively probed his many business dealings, but determined the motive was a personal beef, not business-related. Police refused to release information on the type of weapon used, but finally released a description and composite of Vij’s killer at the end of August. The gunman was described as about 50 years of age, about 200 lbs, with curly brown or black hair. He drove away from the scene – north on Euclid Ave. - in a white Ford Econoline van.
Then, shortly after midnight on Friday, February 21st, 1992, 52-year-old Dr. Dhian Tilak Thapar, a denture therapist and real estate mogul, was shot dead as he sat in his Mercedes in front of his home on Silverbirch Place in Whitby, a bedroom community east of Toronto. Thapar was a friend and business associate of Lali Vij’s, and the investigation led to a link between the two murders. In December, 1993, police sources told the Toronto Star that one person ordered both the Vij and Thapar murders, and that police knew that individual’s identity. Investigators tracked the hit men to San Francisco, but it appears they were never able to definitively identify them or, evidently, solve either murder case. Conspicuously, neither case was mentioned again in the newspaper after December, 1993.

●On Saturday, August 2nd, 1975, 66-year-old Irene Frances Gibbons was found dead with her throat slashed in her home at 131Keefer St. in Strathroy, Ontario, a town roughly 200 km west of Toronto.
On Monday, October 20th, 1975, 19-year-old Louise Jenner was found dead of a slashed throat in her home in Mt. Brydges, Ontario, a village 12 km southeast of Strathroy. Police initially linked the Gibbons and Jenner cases, given the cause of death and rare incidence of murder in the area, but Jenner’s murderer, serial killer Christian Magee, was arrested in July, 1979, and convicted, whereas Gibbons’s case remains unsolved to this day.

●At 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, October 11th, 1978, 36-year-old Bok Kan Lem was stomped on several times as he sat in a parkette on the southeast corner of Bay St. and Dundas St. W. in Toronto’s financial district. Afterwards, the assailant stepped over his victim and walked away calmly on Bay St. Lem died in hospital that night.
Several people witnessed the attack but did not intercede. The killer was described as 6’ tall, 180 lbs, with dirty blond hair and a full beard. A 33-year-old man was arrested, but later released. No further details.

CrimeSolver
04-06-2009, 02:32 PM
●On the frigid evening of Friday, January 6th, 1956, little five-year-old Susan Cadieux was playing with her brothers in a churchyard across from her home on York St. near Lyle St. in London, Ontario, when a stranger lured her away. A massive search was launched. Her body was found in the snow at 10:15 the next morning, next to train tracks in an industrial yard on William St. near Central Ave. Tears had frozen to her face. She had been sexually assaulted. Her underpants were torn and the jeans she had been wearing were missing. She had died not directly at the hands of her abductor, but of shock and exposure to the elements. The coroner later estimated she had been dead between one and three hours when found, which means she might have survived if discovered earlier.
Susan’s nine-and-ten-year-old brothers reported seeing her talking to a strange man just before she vanished, and they helped police compose a sketch of him. They described him as between 35 and 40, tall, slim, and unshaven.
Article with a photo of victim and a sketch of murderer: www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GSmid=46520717&GRid=18494218& (http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GSmid=46520717&GRid=18494218&)

●On a Friday in late September, 1995, 32-year-old prostitute and pregnant mother-of-two Dawn Alaine Stewart vanished from Niagara Falls, Ontario after telling a friend she was going downtown. Her decomposed body was found on March 21st, 1996 by a family hiking through a forest near Center St. and Metler Rd. in North Pelham, Ont., 25 km west of Niagara Falls. She may have been the victim of a serial slayer stalking Niagara Falls hookers at the time.

●On Sunday, September 19th, 1965, 40-year-old Geraldine Pickford, an employee of St. Andrews College at 15800 Yonge St. in Aurora, 40 km north of Toronto, was found murdered in Tannery Creek, which runs through the college grounds. She was last seen alive at 9:30 p.m. on Saturday. Concerned staff members and students conducted a search of the premises the following day, which is when Pickford’s body was found. She was lying face up in the water and was fully clothed except for her panties. She had been beaten and strangled, but there was no evidence of a sexual assault. Her killer had forcibly dragged her from the school’s driveway down a hill to the creek. The victim’s purse was found late Sunday night on the driveway near Yonge St. The spot where her purse was deposited was where police believed she was first accosted.

●On September 25th, 1970, 13-year-old Valerie Drew left her house on Wiley St. in Kingston, Ont., a city about 250 km east of Toronto, with two teenage male friends and never returned. Her friends were hitchhiking to Peterborough, 150 km to the west, and when Drew didn’t return later that day, it was assumed she had gone with them. When it was determined she hadn’t gone with them, a search was initiated, and shortly after 8 p.m. on September 27th, the girl’s body was found by searchers near a footpath in a heavily wooded area a few hundred metres north of her home, near what is now Conacher Dr. Drew’s body was bruised and scraped and her panties were knotted around her throat, but the cause of death was found to be multiple skull fractures.
A $25,000 reward is on offer in this case: www.police.kingston.on.ca/Drew%20poster.pdf (http://www.police.kingston.on.ca/Drew%20poster.pdf)

●On the night of Tuesday, July 9th, 1957, Chesterville, Ontario farmer Robert McLaughlin returned home from a cattle auction and found the nightgown-draped body of his 22-year-old wife Lois sprawled in front of their farmhouse. She had been stabbed and bludgeoned with a hammer and sickle, implements that were found in a nearby barn, but she had not been sexually assaulted. Neighbours at nearby farms on the quiet, secluded dead-end street said there were no unusual sounds that evening, apart from the barking of dogs.
Link: www.cbc.ca/canada/ottawa/story/2007/07/11/ot-mclaughlin-070711.html (http://www.cbc.ca/canada/ottawa/story/2007/07/11/ot-mclaughlin-070711.html)

●A hotel maid discovered the body of motorcycle gang member Donald Melanson, 40, on the 18th floor of the Novotel Hotel at 3 Park Home Ave. in north Toronto on Thursday, September 3rd, 1987. He had been shot twice in the head. The victim was scheduled to appear in court on drug trafficking conspiracy charges the following Thursday. He had booked into the hotel on Wednesday, and was supposed to meet with an unknown individual there. An automatic pistol was found not far from the scene. No further information, but the crime was still unsolved in late 1989, when it was last mentioned in the newspaper.

CrimeSolver
04-15-2009, 12:16 AM
●On Sunday, July 17th, 1988, 22-year-old Lisa Maas attended a house party in Woodford, Ontario, 200 km northwest of Toronto and 15 km east of her hometown, Owen Sound. After Maas left the get-together, she dropped a male friend off at his home and was never seen again. Two days later her green 1976 Plymouth Fury was found on an isolated bush lane not far from where she was last seen. Several subsequent searches turned up items belonging to Maas, but her body was never found.
At the time of her disappearance, Maas was five months pregnant and had recently separated acrimoniously from her boyfriend.
Newspaper article with pictures: http://www.owensoundsuntimes.com/ArticleDisplay.aspx?e=827106 (http://www.owensoundsuntimes.com/ArticleDisplay.aspx?e=827106)

●Sharmini Anandavel, 15, vanished on Saturday, June 12th, 1999. She had left her apartment building on Don Mills Rd. E. near Finch Ave. E. at 9 a.m., on her way to interview for a job as a receptionist for what police later learned was a fictitious company called Metro Search Unit. Her parents had planned to drive her there, but were sidelined that morning by a family emergency.
A friend saw Anandavel sitting on a bench inside Fairview Mall, 1 km south of her home, at about 10:30, and another witness, a tenant in her apartment building, claimed to have seen Anandavel alone at Peanut Plaza, across the street from her apartment building, at 11:45 a.m. That was the last time she was seen alive.
Hikers making their way through the East Don Parkland, about 800 metres south of Finch Ave E., found the skeletonised remains of Sharmini Anandavel on Saturday, October 9th, 2 km west of where she was last seen. An autopsy could not establish cause of death, nor whether she had been sexually assaulted, but common sense would point in the direction of the latter.
Even as soon as the immediate days after Anandavel’s disappearance, before her remains were found, police had a strong suspect, a 23-year-old former neighbour of the girl’s named Stanley Tippett. He was the one who arranged the job for Sharmini, according to what she had told her parents. Tippett claimed to have last spoken to Sharmini more than a week before her disappearance, and said he had arranged a job for her at a swimming pool, nothing else. Even though his alibis apparently checked out and police could find nothing concrete to tie him to the girl‘s murder, years later Tippett would be accused of perpetrating the very same type of lure that ensnared Sharmini, in the case of a woman who was promised a job that didn‘t exist. Then, in 2008, Tippett allegedly kidnapped a 12-year-old girl 50 km east of Toronto and sexually assaulted her before dumping her, alive, behind a school. He is to face trial very soon in that case.
Whoever killed Anandavel, police believed she went willingly with the individual down the narrow makeshift path, which entered the wooded park off Finch Ave. E. on the west side of Don River.
Map depicting the victim’s final steps: http://img2.imageshack.us/img2/8263/anadavelmurderplottedj.jpg

●On Monday, June 7th, 1976, four boys exploring the “Bayview Ghost”, a decades-long-abandoned apartment building southeast of the intersection of Bayview Ave. and Moore Rd., on the site of what is now a subdivision, discovered the body of 18-year-old Salvatore Palermiti. The young victim, who was visiting from Italy and had been staying with his married sister since February, had been shot twice in the head. He was to have returned to Italy a week after he was killed. Palermiti was last seen alive at 9:30 p.m. Sunday, when he told his brother-in-law he was going out to play snooker at a pool parlour near Bloor and Dufferin Sts. A $10,000 reward was offered in the case at the time. No further information.

●On Saturday, April 21st, 1984, Corporal William McIntyre, 33, an undercover officer with the Ontario Provincial Police, was found dead on the second floor of his two-storey apartment on Marlborough Ct., just east of Trafalgar Rd., in Oakville, a city just southwest of Toronto. He had been shot once in the head with a .22 calibre gun. His body was found at about 9:30 p.m. when colleagues checked on him after he failed to show up for work.
McIntyre’s undercover detail involved physical and electronic surveillance on drug dealers, biker gangs, and other organized crime outfits, and one of the prongs of the murder investigation probed possible vendettas based on his work. For instance, McIntyre was to testify in a murder trial in May.
According to a timeline of his last activities, McIntyre was killed sometime between 6:30 Friday evening, when he left work, and 9:30 the following night. A neighbour in the victim’s building said he hadn’t heard anything, adding, “These apartments are fairly soundproof. The walls are concrete”. McIntyre’s apartment door showed no signs of having been forced open.
Link: www.hrps.on.ca/CrimeFiles/Lists/Homicides/DispForm.aspx?ID=6 (http://www.hrps.on.ca/CrimeFiles/Lists/Homicides/DispForm.aspx?ID=6)

●20-year-old Margaret Sheeler of London, Ont. was reported missing by her husband on Saturday, December 28th, 1963. He told police his wife had stormed out of the house the previous night after an argument over returning empty beer bottles.
Two boys found Margaret Sheeler’s body on Friday, January 24th, 1964 in a field near Kipps Lane in London, two blocks from her home. An early thaw had melted enough snow that the body became uncovered. Sheeler, who was 5-months pregnant at the time of her death, was dressed in only a blouse; the rest of her clothes were scattered about near her body. She had been sexually assaulted and had suffered fatal head injuries.

Danaya
04-17-2009, 11:57 AM
Toronto is probably the scariest place in Canada, in my opinion. These crimes are spine chilling.

CrimeSolver
04-17-2009, 03:38 PM
Actually, Danaya, that's a misinformed impression. Toronto is one of the safest of Canada's major cities. Only Ottawa and Quebec City are safer in the overall picture. Here's the latest data: Link (www2.macleans.ca/2009/03/04/the-most-dangerous-cities-in-canada-overall-crime-score%E2%80%94by-rank/)

Even in terms of murders, Toronto is only 9th worst in the country, and that's based on 2007 numbers (http://www2.macleans.ca/2009/03/04/the-most-dangerous-cities-in-canada-murder-rate/), a year when the city had its highest total number of murders ever, at 84. So far this year (up to today, April 17th), Toronto has recorded 12 homicides, a miniscule number for a North American city of its size. If it continues at this pace, which it probably won't since murders tend to increase during the warmer months, we could have a year-end total of 50 or so. That's a figure American cities of Toronto's size can only dream of, although crime rates in some major cities down south have plummeted to within at least shouting distance of Toronto's over the past decade (New York, for instance, a much larger city, has seen its total annual homicides drop from 2000+ in the '70s and '80s to "only" several hundred per year in recent times).

I'm not trying to come across as a city booster, but this notion, perpetuated by media sensationalism of individual cases (Creba, anyone?), that Toronto is some kind of crime-ridden dystopia is so far from the truth as to almost be its polar opposite. The city is not a crime-free idyll in which people everywhere are dancing in the street holding hands, but it is in reality one of the very safest cities on the continent. And that's quite a remarkable testament to the harmony innately engendered here, given that the city is a multicoloured quilt of different cultures and ethnicities. By all rights, there should be much more strife and violence here.

Danaya
04-22-2009, 10:47 AM
Actually, I'm not getting my information from the media and I'm not misinformed by any means. I lived downtown in Toronto for a few months after hitch hiking there when I was 16. I used to look at the news briefs as well, I don't think they still release them to the public but daily there were reports of muggings, rapes and robberies. I'm sure that because of Toronto's size, you're correct, it has a low per-capita crime rate.

The gangs are also pretty prevelant there and there is a website for sex worker protection that details bad clients and experiences the sex workers have had. It has some really scary stories. So, this is my opinion and while statistics may not prove it it's my opinion none the less. Not trying to "put down" your city but that's how I view it. I have a brother who lives there.

CrimeSolver
04-22-2009, 04:31 PM
Every city has crime. It's a fact of life. One has to consult statistics in order to get an accurate idea of the severity of a city's problem with crime. And the fact is, by the numbers Toronto is one of North America's safest cities. Here's (http://www.bcprogressboard.com/2008Report/PI24.html) a comparison chart of North American cities in which Toronto actually places first, by 2006 figures (scroll down to bottom of page).
In Canada, Saskatoon, despite its quaint image, is an infinitely more dangerous city, as is Winnipeg. And postcard Vancouver is quite a bit more crime-ridden too, as are Montreal, Edmonton, Calgary, and Halifax.

Of course, the level of safety perceived in a city by a citizen or visitor depends largely on where in that city he/she lives/visits.
You live in or visit the Dundas/Sherbourne area (why would you, given a choice?) of Toronto and you're going to run into quite a few hookers, druggies, and other marginal people.
Shootings, gang activity, drug dealing, and murders tend to be clustered in areas like Rexdale, Jane/Finch, Flemingdon Park, The Jungle, and parts of Scarborough; in other words, wherever poverty is the dominant theme. But even these downscale areas where crime is more prevalent couldn't be considered slums in the American sense of being places where buildings are bombed out and one takes one's life into one's hands just walking down the street. Our "slums" are a good deal less decrepit.

It's not a matter of "I'm offended because you're putting down my city", but more a matter of "let's not get hysterical and negatively broad-brush an entire city based on relatively isolated incidents or anecdotal observation". As I wrote earlier, I'm not interested in promoting Toronto as some kind of Xanadu, but I do insist on countering unfairly disparaging statements such as "Toronto is probably the scariest place in Canada, in my opinion".
You saw daily reports of muggings, rapes, and robberies. That's terrible and I feel for the victims (having been the victim of an armed robbery myself in the mid-'90s), but that simply comes with the territory in a city of over 5 million. Crime will not be substantially reduced anywhere until poverty and deprivation are eliminated and bad parenting is addressed.

CrimeSolver
04-22-2009, 04:32 PM
●On Wednesday, August 18th, 1999, Georgina Wilson found her 10-year-old daughter Anita Agyeman dead on her bed at the Vendome Place apartment they shared with Wilson's boyfriend, Charles Boateng. A 911 call was placed at 4:45 p.m. The little girl was naked but there were no external signs of violence. An autopsy showed she had been asphyxiated. Police would not divulge whether she had been sexually assaulted, but they did say she had not been raped.
Prior to the murder, Boateng had been preparing to move after Wilson asked him to leave because their fighting was upsetting Agyeman. Wilson would routinely leave her daughter home alone during the day while she went to work, and the 10-year-old would wander around the complex visiting friends or play on the playground. No additional information, but crime remained unsolved at the start of 2000.

●24-year-old taxi driver Baljeet Singh was robbed and had his throat slashed by a fare early in the morning on Thursday, October 6th, 1988. Although police were on-scene within a minute of being called and mere minutes after the attack, Singh died in hospital an hour later.
According to dispatch records, Singh had received a 2:28 a.m. call from his dispatcher to pick up a passenger at 388 Driftwood Ave. in the notorious Jane/Finch neighbourhood of Toronto. He was to take the fare to 10 Yorkwoods Gate, 1.5 km south of the pickup location. At 2:37, Singh radioed the dispatcher to say there was "something fishy" about the passenger and that he was scared. At 2:44 a.m., two men unloading a truck on Yorkwoods Gate saw the taxi standing on the street and notified a parking officer who was writing tickets nearby. Paramedics arrived at 2:51, but were unable to revive the victim.

●Pretty 19-year-old Lynda White, a native of Burlington, Ontario, was a freshman at the University of Western Ontario in London in 1968. At 8 p.m. on the evening of Wednesday, November 13th, 1968, she finished writing a French exam and proceeded to hitchhike back to the apartment she shared with a fellow student about 1.5 km from the university‘s campus. Evidence showed she made it back to her room and changed clothes, but she left again and was thereafter never seen alive again.
On Friday, June 25th, 1971, a construction worker digging a factory foundation in Burlington, Lynda White’s hometown, and 120 km east-northeast of where she was last seen, found her wallet containing her driver’s license. An intensive search was conducted in the area surrounding the discovery of the wallet, but nothing further was found.
On Wednesday, May 9th, 1973, hunters found the skeleton of Lynda White in a wooded area near Simcoe, a town 75 km east of London and 75 southwest of Burlington.

●On Monday, January 29th, 1996, 60-year-old Clayton Russell and his roommate John Clarke, 40, were both found dead of stab wounds to the chest in their first-floor apartment in a four-storey building at the corner of College St. and Roxton Rd. Russell, who was the building superintendant, was separated from his wife, but the two remained close friends. Clarke was unemployed. Police learned the two deceased men had been out drinking together late Saturday night. No further information. The case was publicized in the newspapers for only two or three days after and then was never mentioned again.

●At 4:15 a.m. on Sunday, May 13th, 1990, residents on quiet Marblethorne Ct. in Mississauga, a city to the immediate west of Toronto, were jolted awake by a dozen rapidly-fired gunshots. When the shots ended, 49-year-old hairdresser Cosimo Lombardo, married with two adult children, lay dead at the foot of his driveway.
People who knew the victim described him as friendly and always smiling, but a woman whose son had his hair cut by Lombardo on Saturday the 12th said the barber had appeared upset and harried.
Investigation revealed Lombardo was probably the victim of a feud between rival organized crime groups, the Costa and Commisso families of the Calabrian Mafia.

Danaya
04-24-2009, 12:38 AM
CrimeSolver, I am entitled to my opinion, and if it is that Toronto scares me and I personaly feel it is the scariest city in Canada then that is my right, I already said that statistics don't back up that opinion but it is how I feel having traveled throughout Canada by myself as a teenager extensively and by living in various downtown hostels. Montreal is pretty close but I just had bad experiences in Toronto. I'm sure if I was a working class professional at the time I wouldn't have felt that way, Toronto would have just been another tourist attraction with a lot of shopping.

CrimeSolver
04-24-2009, 03:03 PM
You are entitled to your opinion just as I am entitled to challenge it with facts and stats, so let's just leave this exchange at that.

gaia227
04-24-2009, 03:49 PM
I haven't all the way through the thread yet but wanted to say thanks CrimeSolver for all the work and time you have put into posting these cases! There are a lot of interesting cases to read through.

CrimeSolver
04-24-2009, 09:32 PM
That's very nice of you to say, gaia227, thank you:) It has been a very time-consuming undertaking, so I'm happy if a few people are finding something of interest to read. I know the summaries can make for dry reading, but I wanted to keep them as straightforward and factual as possible instead of embellishing them with writerly verbiage like, "It was a stormy night when the killer stepped out of the shadows..."
Plus, you wouldn't believe how many of these murders were virtually ignored as news items in the papers. Sometimes the newspaper blurbs are so brief that it's hard even coming up with a location or cause of death, so that too hampers the possibility of making the synopses more like compelling mini stories.
Part of my motivation is that the subject of unsolved murders intrigues me, so I'm getting some gratification out of researching and writing these. Another part is that it's important to get the victims' names out there in the search engine caches so that these unfortunate people are not forgotten. My last and most quixotic motivation is that such documentation of murders might eventually assist in leading to a solution and arrests in one or more of them. A long, long shot, but you never know.

Danaya
04-25-2009, 12:57 AM
You are entitled to your opinion just as I am entitled to challenge it with facts and stats, so let's just leave this exchange at that.

Go right ahead.

CrimeSolver
04-30-2009, 05:29 PM
●On Sunday, May 29th, 1960, 84-year-old retired farmer Peter Carberry was found murdered under the kitchen table of his farmhouse near what is now the intersection of Kennedy Rd. and Eglinton Ave. E. in Cooksville, just west of Toronto (what was farmland at the time has long since been developed). Carberry had been struck on the back of the head at least 13 times with a blunt instrument. The killer left Carberry to die on the kitchen floor in a pool of blood while he ransacked the house.
Carberry had been robbed before, so in recent years he had taken precautions such as acquiring a guard dog and a shotgun. Police believed the killer was known to the victim, because Carberry was very unlikely to open the door to strangers. A nephew who was interviewed substantiated that hypothesis, saying his uncle wouldn't have turned his back on a stranger and would have put up a fierce fight if attacked. There were no signs of a struggle. Oil lamps in the house were not lit and Carberry was fully dressed, so police believed the murderer struck before dark, probably shortly after a visiting neighbour of the victim's left at 8:30 p.m.

●Alberta Khan was a beloved woman who took children in her neighbourhood under her wing and mentored them. The 36-year-old mother of two young children was the proprietor, along with her 43-year-old husband Omar, of Elson Variety and Gifts on Elson St. in the Markham Rd. and Steeles Ave. E. area of Markham, just outside the northeast boundary of Toronto.
At 10:50 p.m. on Wednesday, November 12th, 1997, Khan was minding the store by herself. Her husband had left briefly to buy soup at a nearby coffee shop. Two thugs burst in and robbed her of a handful of lottery tickets before subjecting her to vicious, fatal blows to the head. Husband Omar returned from his outing just as two black, clean-shaven men with short haircuts sped out of the plaza parking lot in a sporty, red "Mustang-like" car with tinted windows. Inside the store, his wife's lifeless body lay on the floor with the cash register overturned and packs of cigarettes strewn about.

●On Saturday, November 11th, 1978, Kenneth Cameron, 30, was found bludgeoned to death in a parking lot on Yonge St. (no further detail on location). Two bloodstained bricks lay nearby.
The person responsible for Cameron's murder was briefly and informally dubbed the Skid Row Killer, because police had reason to think he was responsible for an additional murder and the beating of another man.
36-year-old Joseph Landry was found beaten to death in the parking lot of a homeless shelter on Church St. between Shuter and Dundas Sts. on Thursday, November 16th, 1978. Landry, an unemployed truck driver, had been released from jail two days earlier after having finished serving a short sentence for failure to appear on an assault charge. Both Landry and Cameron frequented the same homeless shelter on Sherbourne St.
39-year-old alcoholic Sheridan Speight was found in a laneway off Ontario St. just north of Gerrard St. E. at around 1:30 a.m. on Friday, November 24rd. He had been bashed on the head with a rock and robbed; he suffered a fractured skull but survived, though with amnesia.

●Paul Cullinan, 38, was shot once in the forehead and left for dead in the parking lot of Fairglen Elementary School at 2200 Pharmacy Ave. in northeast Toronto on Saturday, December 5th, 1987. Police concluded the victim was shot elsewhere and then dumped on the school grounds. Cullinan survived, amazing his doctors, but he was left in a coma. He remained comatose until mid-1989, when he emerged from the coma. He was able to sit up and say a few words, but he either refused to name his attackers or did not know the people.
Police believed the attempted murder was drug-related and that Cullinan, a loner with a somewhat obsessive nature and few friends or family members, was a courier for a Trinidadian drug ring, shot because he attempted to back out.

●Police investigating complaints from residents of a noxious odour permeating a Lansdowne Ave. apartment building in west Toronto discovered the decomposing body of 44-year-old Vinko (Vince) Podnar in his unit on Saturday night, May 28th, 1988. The man had been stabbed multiple times in the heart and had been dead for about a week. Podnar, an unemployed baker, was a Yugoslavian immigrant who had come to Canada in 1970 looking for a better life.
No further information, but case was still unsolved when it was last mentioned in the paper in a year-end round-up of murder cases.

●On the night of Monday, January 4th, 1999, 23-year-old Courtney Paulwell became Toronto's first murder case of the new year. Paulwell, who was well known to police and currently facing drug trafficking charges, was shot execution-style when he was confronted by two men shortly before 10 p.m. on Driftwood Court in the Jane St. and Steeles Ave. W. area. The entire area was/is blighted by the gang and drug culture, and weary residents who heard the shots just kept their doors closed to the scene. No further information.

CrimeSolver
05-06-2009, 04:23 PM
●At 8 a.m. on Monday, March 21st, 1988, employees arriving for work at National Refrigeration of Canada on Steeprock Dr. in the Dufferin St. and Finch Ave. vicinity, discovered the body of their boss, 50-year-old Walter Zoltan Andri, president of the company, lying on the floor of his office. He had been shot multiple times in the chest and head. Information on how long he had been dead was not released, but police were seeking witnesses to his whereabouts between 8 a.m. Saturday and the time his body was found.

●At 5:30 on the afternoon of Thursday, August 21st, 1975, two young boys riding their bikes on mounds of top soil on the grounds of German Mills Public School at 61 Simonston Blvd. in Thornhill, just north of Toronto, stumbled upon the dead body of a young woman. She was 18-year-old Tracy Kundinger, who lived with her parents on nearby Monsanto Ct. She had been strangled with a piece of twine. There was no sexual assault. She had not been reported missing because her parents were away on holiday and she was home alone.
Police believed Kundinger, returning from her summer job as a lifeguard at a pool in downtown Toronto, took a shortcut northbound through a park after getting off a Toronto Transit bus at Leslie St. and Steeles Ave. E. Wednesday night, and that her killer followed her as she made her way through the woods.
A few days later, police issued an appeal seeking a suspect. Described as a white male in his early to mid-20s, about 5'8" to 5'11", with a fair complexion and well-groomed light-brown hair combed over his forehead, he was the only other passenger with Kundinger on the bus on Wednesday night, and they got off at the same stop at about 10:50 p.m.
A solid suspect was later arrested, a 34-year-old mental patient who had an unusual interest in the crime, but the case against him fell apart in 1977 when it was established he had been fed details of the crime by a former policeman.

●Ann Lylyck, 69, was visiting Toronto in September, 1990, from her hometown of Omemee, when she and her black Labrador Retriever vanished. She had visited an ailing aunt at St. Joseph's Health Centre, and was last seen near the intersection of Parkdale Rd. and Glendale Ave.
Although neither her remains nor her dog's were ever found, Lylyck is believed to have been a victim of a man named James Behe, who lived with her at the time of her disappearance, and who was later suspected in the murder of another woman in 1992. He concurrently committed suicide, so there was no way to verify suspicions.

●45-year-old Anis (Ernie) Soueidan was shot to death at a townhouse on Dundas St. E. east of Parliament St. on the night of Tuesday, October 12th, 1999. A man was seen running east from the crime scene. No further information, but crime was unsolved as of January, 2000.

●On July 28th, 1977, 23-year-old Randal Frederick Chidwick, known to police as a small-time drug dealer, was stabbed through the heart during what was believed to have been an argument over drugs. He staggered from a laneway near St. George and Dupont Sts., where the interaction with his assailant took place, into a nearby backyard, where he died. No further information.

●Winsbert Malcolm, 34, was shot to death on November 5th, 1999 inside the The East Mall townhouse in Etobicoke, west Toronto, where he lived with his fianceé and her 16-year-old daughter. The stepdaughter had left the front door unlocked while home alone. Intruders burst in and held her captive for 30 minutes, punching her and demanding money. When Malcolm arrived, the demands for cash continued until Malcolm was shot.
Malcolm drove an expensive leased BMW, and police theorized his killers expected he may have had money stashed away in his house. Having searched Malcolm's townhouse, police found no sign of drugs whatsoever, so they concluded the killing was likely a simple robbery that went awry.

CrimeSolver
05-13-2009, 08:16 PM
●At about 1:50 a.m. on Sunday, April 15th, 1990, 59-year-old Edward Cal Hearn was walking south on Church St. from Bloor St. when he was knocked to the ground and kicked repeatedly by at least two men. A witness intervened in the attack on Hearn, causing the assailants to flee. That witness claimed the attackers numbered two, while other witnesses said there were as many as four. Hearn underwent surgery in hospital for severe head trauma but succumbed to his injuries eight days later on April 23rd.
Earlier on the night of his murder, Hearn had been drinking alone in the Morrissey Tavern on Yonge St. south of Davenport Rd., and he was later spotted in a cafe called Donut World on Church St. He was likely headed home to his one-bedroom apartment on Sherbourne St. when he was set upon. No further information, including descriptions of suspects or whether a motive was ever ascertained.

●Siblings George and Marguerite Simpson, ages 40 and 58 respectively, were shot to death on their farm in dense bush near remote Hopetown, Ontario, about 300 km east-northeast of Toronto, sometime between Wednesday, September 9th and Saturday, September 12th, 1987. The bodies were found on the 12th by Marguerite's son. The victims, described as very private, almost hermitic, had each suffered several headshots from a high-powered rifle. Marguerite was found dead seated at the kitchen table; she had been shot while sewing a pair of men's pants. George was found sprawled in the farmyard. On Friday, September 25th, a search team combing through thick woods found a rifle near the Simpson farm. Police interviewed at the time believed it was connected to the crime, but no follow-up was conducted by newspapers to report on results of ballistics tests.
Police were concerned the Simpsons might have been the latest victims of a possible serial killer. Several other farm folk had been murdered in the same general vicinity in recent months and years. Homicides are extremely rare in such sparsely-populated areas.

●43-year-old Filippo Vendemini, a father of five whose wife was expecting a sixth, was shot to death in a parking lot behind his small shoe store on Bloor St. W. near Gladstone Ave. at about 2 a.m. on Sunday, June 29th, 1969. Vendemini drove into the lot, and when he got out of his car a gunman stepped out of the shadows, perhaps from behind a grocery store delivery truck that was parked nearby, and shot the victim twice in the head with a revolver. Vendemini's large family was asleep in the apartment above his store, but his wife Giuseppina found his body, and a neighbour called police upon hearing her screams.
Giuseppina told police her husband had received a call early on Saturday evening from a man he addressed as Vincenzo. Then, at about 8 p.m., Giuseppina saw her husband inspecting several boxes of shoes with a mystery man. The two men subsequently drove away in Vendemini's car. "Vincenzo" was later identified as Vincenzo Sicari, a Montreal pizzeria owner, and he, through his cooperation, was cleared of any involvement in the murder. Sicari asserted he and Vendemini had visited a mutual friend in Hamilton that night before Vendemini had driven him to the airport at 1:30 a.m. for his return flight to Montreal. Upon his return from the airport, Vendemini was shot in the parking lot.
Vendemini was associated with Salvatore Triumbari, who had been murdered in his driveway more than two years earlier (see case profiled earlier). Both emigrated from the same region in southern Italy in 1950, and Vendemini had once worked as a salesman for Triumbari's soft drink company. It was suspected both were members of the Siderno Mafia group and that Vendemini's killing was linked to members of the Montreal Mafia. Police had a strong suspicion who ordered the hit, but that suspect was himself assassinated before he could be interrogated.

● Gregory Knight, 22, was stabbed to death in the early morning hours of Thursday, January 21st, 1999 behind Scanty's Strip Bar at 800 Arrow Rd. near Hwy 400 and Finch Ave. W. Police arrived and assessed the scene. The victim had been knifed multiple times. His car, a two-door 1990 Eagle Talon, had been stolen. No word on if it was ever recovered.
Police interviewed over 60 witnesses inside the club without progress. Other business owners in the area said police had been called to the club many times, and that the establishment was overrun with drugs and prostitution. No further information, but the Knight homicide remained unsolved as of one year later.

●72-year-old Arpad Rethi was shot to death in the rooming house he owned and operated at 159 Huron St. in downtown Toronto on Saturday, November 19th, 1977. Several tenants found the dead man in his ground-floor apartment when he failed to show up for breakfast on Sunday morning. None of the seven tenants heard anything unusual the night before.
The following Saturday, the house at 159 Huron St. was the site of violence once again when a shotgun blast tore through the window of 66-year-old tenant Charles Geblovic's room. Geblovic said he was watching TV around 2 a.m. when the shot was fired; it barely missed the man, leaving a hole in the wall just above his head. Several witnesses saw a man fleeing through a nearby parking lot at Ross and Cecil Sts. It is not known if police were able to link the two shootings or develop any suspects.

CrimeSolver
05-23-2009, 09:54 PM
●A young couple taking a stroll through the northeast section of High Park found the body of Elizabeth Kirby Boyington, 45, at 10 a.m. on Saturday, June 27th, 1959. The couple ran 200 metres north to Bloor St. W., where they found a pharmacist who called police. Boyington had been stabbed five times in the throat and neck with a long, sharp knife as she lay on her back in grass 10 ft. from a well-used dirt walking trail. One stab thrust had pierced her larynx, another her esophagus, and a third her jugular vein, while the other two wounds were non-fatal. It was speculated the killer sat on her chest and held her still with his left hand while stabbing with his right. It is not known if she was sexually assaulted, though her clothes were in disarray and part of her underclothes missing.
Dozens of police officers spent that steamy summer Saturday scouring the ravine where Boyington's body lay, adjacent to Parkside Dr. across from Ridout St., but neither the murder weapon nor much else of use was recovered. Detective work traced Boyington's last known movements to 9 p.m. Friday night, when she was refused admittance to a hotel at Avenue Rd. and Bloor St., five kilometers east of where she was murdered. Whether she met her killer there at that time or elsewhere later in the night is not known.
The case remained unsolved in January, 1960.

●On Tuesday, March 2nd, 1999, the body of Hung Van Nguyen, 36, was found in the eastbound curb lane of King St. W. at Jefferson Ave. He had died of a gunshot wound to the chest. It is believed Nguyen was walking a Rottweiler at the time he was shot. No further information.

●Shortly after 9 a.m. on Wednesday, April 6th, 1988, police were called to a crazy scene in a dilapidated rooming house on Queen St. W. near Ossington Ave. James Arthur Beaupre, 28, and Julianne Brunet, 19, were found unconscious in Brunet's blood-spattered apartment on the second floor. They had been battered and stabbed. They were rushed to hospital, but Beaupre died of stab wounds to the heart. Meanwhile, upstairs on the 3rd floor of the rooming house, Marjorie Yvonne Evers, 66, was found badly injured in her room. She had been brutally stabbed, slashed, and beaten apparently after complaining about the noise coming from the second-floor apartment in question. Both Evers and Brunet survived.
Police had initially been called to the scene by the manager of Harry's Laundromat, a business below the apartments. The manager had found all the victims. No further detail, but the case was still unsolved at the end of the year.

●Shortly before 2 a.m. on Wednesday, November 23rd, 1977, someone poured gasoline through the basement window of a house on Calumet Cres., in the Lawrence Ave. E. and Bellamy Rd. N. area, and set the accelerant alight. In the ensuing fire, 44-year-old Norma Stevens was trapped by flames in her bedroom and perished. Her two teenage children and a 24-year-old boarder managed to escape.
A gas container was found outside the home. Several suspects emerged, including Stevens's ex-husband, her current boyfriend, and some people who were involved in an altercation with her a few days earlier during a house party, but all were cleared of suspicion after questioning.

●34-year-old David James Gardhouse was found stabbed to death next to his car in a driveway on Lauder Ave. south of Rogers Rd. on Sunday, September 24th, 1978. One of the stab wounds punctured his heart. Gardhouse, who was unemployed, lived on Bloor St. E. in Mississauga, and none of the residents around the crime scene claimed to know him. A few residents did talk of hearing a commotion outside on the street at 2 a.m. Sunday.
Investigation led police to believe Gardhouse was carrying several hundred dollars, and there was informed speculation he stumbled upon a drug deal and was consequently attacked and robbed.
The case remained unsolved in 1984.

CrimeSolver
05-28-2009, 10:32 PM
●On Thursday, February 25th, 1993, hard-working taxi driver Robert Nancoo, 42, an employee of Royal Taxi for four years, was found slumped in the driver's seat of his cab in a driveway on Hidden Trail, near Dufferin St. and Steeles Ave. W. A resident of the house in whose driveway Nancoo's cab was parked found his body at 7:45 a.m. Nancoo had been shot in the back of the head.
A fellow Royal driver spotted Nancoo sometime between 5 and 6 a.m. filling up his car at a propane gas station at Marlee Ave. and Eglinton Ave. W. The colleague saw four men get into Nancoo's car, after which Nancoo drove away. This was puzzling, since Nancoo was expected at downtown headquarters at 6:30 a.m., and he likely wouldn't have voluntarily accepted the fares.

●63-year-old Bernard Guay died on Wednesday, May 11th, 1977, five days after he was savagely beaten by a trio of teen ruffians in Allan Gardens, a downtown haunt of the homeless and marginalized. Since the attack, he had been kept alive in hospital by heart and lung machines. Guay, who was nigh-blind and an epileptic, was known to take night-time strolls near his Jarvis St. apartment. Although Allan Gardens was (and is) a hangout for winos, Guay did not drink or smoke.
Police figured robbery was the motive, since Guay's wallet lay next to his body. No further information.

●35-year-old Lorne Gibson was murdered in an area of downtown Toronto known as Cabbagetown on Thursday, October 27th, 1960. It appeared Gibson had been forced to stand facing a garage on Milan St. and was shot assassination-style in the back of the head and neck. The body was found at 5:45 a.m. by a man collecting recycling goods.
Gibson's car was found on O'Keefe Lane near Yonge and Dundas Sts. It had been ticketed for illegal parking. Investigation revealed he had been headed to a nearby tavern on the night of the 26th to meet a man. That man was questioned by police, to unknown effect.
Gibson, who lived with his sister on Huntsmoor Rd. in northwest Toronto, had a long drug-related criminal record dating back to 1941, and it was quickly assumed his murder was an underworld hit. Police learned from Gibson's friends that he claimed to have been severely beaten on two occasions in the weeks prior to his killing, once by men brandishing golf clubs, and there was information that his killer or killers were part of Montreal's underworld. Yet another recent incident involved Gibson's receiving a bad gash to the face from a woman swinging a broken bottle, and another possible motive that emerged was jealousy on the part of the boyfriend of the woman with whom Gibson had a scrap.

●Kevin Davis, 19, was stabbed to death in the hallway of an apartment building at 10 San Romanoway, near Jane St. and Finch Ave. W. on Friday, February 12th, 1999. His body was found just after 11 p.m. in a 14th-floor hallway. Davis lived in the building, but on another floor.
The victim, who held down a job and attended Seneca College as a freshman, was not known to be involved with drugs or gangs. No further information.

●On Saturday, September 20th, 1975, Ontario Provincial Police officers in Ayton, Ontario, a village approximately 150 km west-northwest of Toronto were called to one of the grisliest crimes they would ever face. Police found the viciously mutilated body of 59-year-old Alethia Jane Henning in the combination restaurant/gas station she operated. The middle-aged woman had been killed, an autopsy would later show, by merciless hammer blows to the head, which shattered her skull, but the depraved killer had taken the time to debase the victim further by gouging out her eyes, slashing her throat, and disembowelling her. Robbery appeared not to have been the motive, for the $500 in the till was untouched, as was Henning's purse.
The widowed Henning, whose husband had passed away five years earlier, had continued to run the modest business on her own. She had lived in Ayton for 22 years. No further information.

CrimeSolver
06-06-2009, 03:17 AM
●On Monday, June 26th, 1972, 77-year-old Lillian (Lily) Dunsmore died of severe head trauma after someone beat her in her third-floor room in a rooming house on Gloucester St., near Yonge and Wellesley Sts. The killer did not ransack her room or steal anything, and police could not determine a motive or suspect. Dunsmore was described by a caretaker who knew her as a quiet and kind elderly woman. No further information.
Correction to this entry from post #19. While on the trail of other cases, I happened across info that two men, Peter Crampton and Terry Ghetti, were arrested soon after Dunsmore's murder and charged with it. They lived in the same house one floor beneath the victim.
Ghetti was found not guilty by reason of insanity in 1973, but murdered a fellow prison inmate, for which he was found guilty of manslaughter.
Crampton went on trial in 1977 and was acquitted because the jury believed his claim that he had taken part in the murder under duress.

I apologize for the misinformation in posting this as unsolved, but I can only be as thorough as the newspaper searches allow. For each case, I always make scrupulous attempts to verify the accuracy of information by plugging in different search words under parameters of different degrees of precision, but sometimes the newspapers' search engines don't perform ideally and there's just nothing I can do about missing important updates (the search engines must visually scan newspaper pages that are in some cases faded, and if a search term (eg. a name) is hyphenated and extends into a new line it simply doesn't show up in the results at all).

CrimeSolver
06-13-2009, 01:23 AM
●A cyclist taking an early-morning ride through High Park on Colborne Lodge Rd. on Saturday, December 3rd, 1988, found the bloodied body of 28-year-old Richard Thomas Moore in some bushes near a footpath not far from Grenadier Restaurant. The murdered man, a drifter who worked for a temp agency as a labourer, had been stabbed and beaten, apparently during a robbery. A police search of the area yielded Moore's wallet and what was later determined to be the murder weapon, a Solingen hunting knife with a 4.5 in. blade and black leather handle.
It was later learned that Moore had been drinking at the Edgewater Hotel on Roncesvalles St. at Queen St. W. until 10:40 Friday night. Moore lived nearby, so the question became what he was doing at the scene of his mugging/murder, 1.5 km to the west-northwest in the middle of High Park. No further information.

●Six gunshots rang out at the Connections 2 nightclub at Dufferin St. and Finch Ave. W. in north Toronto at 1:45 a.m. on Wednesday, December 29th, 1999, leaving Godfrey Dunbar, 27, and Richard Brown, 30, dead. The club was packed with 800 party-goers enjoying a hip hop and reggae festival when someone opened fire. There followed a mad rush of attendees to the exits.
Dunbar's friends carried him to a car and tried to get him to hospital, but were stopped by police who summoned an ambulance. Brown's body was found inside the nightclub.
Police believed Dunbar was the intended target and Brown was an innocent victim. Police were not impressed by the lack of cooperation of witnesses to the shooting, including Dunbar's friends. One of those uncooperative witnesses, Kirk Sweeney, was himself shot to death in December, 2003 in a nightclub called the G-Spot.

●On Tuesday, October 2nd, 1990, 23-year-old Mabel Wong was last seen by her family as she left their Bexley Cres. home at 10 p.m. On October 12th, Wong's Toyota Tercel was found abandoned in a parking lot at 1550 Jane St., roughly 1.5 km north of her home.
Although no trace of Wong was ever found, police felt foul play was involved, as Wong was a responsible young woman not given to rash, unpredictable conduct. In the weeks before her disappearance, she had complained to a co-worker at a Bathurst St. restaurant supply store that she was being followed.

●On Tuesday, August 9th, 1977, 80-year-old James Cummings was murdered during a break-in, presumably at his home, somewhere in Toronto. Other than a tiny blurb in a year-end round-up of murders, in which it was denoted that his murder remained unsolved, there isn't a shred more information on this forgotten victim's case. Shame.

●James Stewart Kennedy, 49, was found strangled and beaten to death in his apartment on Jarvis St. on Monday, September 20th, 1976. Kennedy worked at the Department of National Revenue on Adelaide St., and his body was found when he failed to show up for work as usual. A towel had been knotted tightly around his neck and his face had been badly battered. The victim, a bachelor, had last been seen Saturday night. No further information.

●At 5:45 p.m. on Sunday, November 2nd, 1947, 13-year-old Arlene Anderson waited on the porch of her home at 99 Marchmount Rd. for her father to come home from a union meeting. Just moments after her mother last looked out the door and asked her if she was okay, Anderson, who was mute and had cerebral palsy, disappeared.
On Wednesday, November 5th, 250 volunteers, many of them friends and acquaintances of the Andersons, undertook an unsuccessful search of High Park.
Shortly after noon on Thursday, November 6th, a woman picking dandelions discovered the body of Anderson lying in a patch of weeds behind a factory on Bartlett Ave. just north of Geary Ave., about a kilometre southwest of her house. Anderson had been hit once on the right side of the head and then strangled with her blue woollen underwear by someone who was, the coroner declared, "very powerful". The coroner also concluded she hadn't been dead longer than 12 hours, and the lot where she was found was a well-used shortcut between Bartlett and Bristol Aves., so it was very unlikely her body had lain there since Sunday. Several people who came forward and reported having crossed the lot on Wednesday were adamant Anderson's body had not been there then.
A woman who knew Arlene said she saw a man leading the crippled girl by the hand south on Shaw St. toward Dupont St. at about 6:10 p.m. on Sunday afternoon, moments after the girl's mother last saw her. The woman described the suspect as 35-40 years of age, of medium height, with fair hair greying at the sides, and wearing a beige windbreaker and dark pants.
Police believed Anderson was kept unharmed at a house somewhere nearby for four days before being brought to the industrial lot, murdered, then sexually molested. In their investigation, Toronto police rounded up and questioned all 915 of the city's known sex offenders.

CrimeSolver
06-23-2009, 04:34 PM
●On Tuesday, December 10th, 1991, 43-year-old Norman Washington Ennis, a Beck taxi driver, was shot twice in the back of the head as he drove fares west on Eglinton Ave. W. a couple of blocks west of Caledonia Rd. He was found slumped on the ground outside his taxi in front of Westside Mall at 2460 Eglinton Ave. W. An investigation revealed that a fellow cabbie saw Ennis pick up two men and a woman at around 3 a.m. at the Spectrum nightclub near Greenwood and Danforth Aves., east of downtown Toronto. Less than half an hour later, across town, Ennis was near death, bullets having torn through his jaw and temple. Although he was revived twice by medical personnel, he died in hospital six hours later.
It is uncertain if the three persons seen getting into Ennis's car at the nightclub were the culprits, or if they were dropped off somewhere along the route and Ennis was killed by someone he picked up next. When police arrived on the scene at 3:30 a.m., Ennis's meter was still running and only a $10 tab had accrued.

●On Friday, February 25th, 1955, 8-year-old Judy Carter spent a couple of hours after school playing with two boys from her class. They cavorted for a while in the schoolyard of Winchester Public School before the boys invited Carter over to their house on Rose Ave. to look at comic books. At 6 p.m. Judy left for home, and the last time her playmates saw Judy Carter alive, she was heading east on Winchester St. towards Parliament St., in the direction of her home on Metcalfe St., just two blocks away. She never arrived home.
An intensive search was immediately launched by police that evening, but nothing was found. In the days following, witnesses came forward saying that, on the day in question, they had seen a little girl matching Judy's description on a westbound King St. streetcar in the company of a man who was holding her hand. She had been pleading "I want to go home to my mommy". At about 7 p.m., the man and girl disembarked the streetcar at Bathurst St., crossed the street, and headed south. Two of the witnesses, a couple, stated the girl and man had boarded the streetcar at either Parliament St. or Sherbourne St. Their eyes were drawn to the girl because she appeared frightened. In fact, one of the witnesses was so alarmed by what appeared to be a kidnapping, she almost alerted the driver before being dissuaded by her husband with the admonition to "mind your own business". Seeing Judy Carter's picture in the newspaper later, the witnesses were certain it was the girl they had seen.
The description (later amended as more witnesses came forward) of the man seen with Carter was of an unshaven 60-year-old man about 6 feet in height, with a ruddy complexion, discoloured teeth, a thin face with high cheek bones, missing the pinky and ring fingers on his left hand, and clad entirely in brown, including a fedora. He spoke perfect English.
A flurry of sightings of a little girl and man who appeared to be Judy Carter and her three-fingered abductor were later reported to have taken place on Saturday, including in restaurants at Bathurst and College Sts and on O'Connor Dr., but it isn't known which of those were valid. The following weeks brought fake ransom demands, the rousting of known sex criminals, and other fruitless heartache for Judy's parents as the search for their daughter stretched on.
On Saturday, April 9th, two boys fishing along the Rouge River in a rural area northwest of Unionville found a body and ran to a nearby farm for help. The body was that of Judy Carter. She had died of strangulation, her own scarf having been knotted tightly around her neck. An autopsy by Dr. Chester McLean, however, showed she had not been sexually assaulted, at least not raped.
Police believed Judy had been killed the night she was abducted, likely by a thrill-killer, not a sexual deviate, and that her body had been dumped from a Warden Ave. bridge about 1 km north of 16th Ave., then floated a few hundred metres downstream to where it was found.
A $3000 reward was posted, and further leads and tips trickled in, including one that the killer may have been driving a 1937 or '38 dark blue Dodge or DeSoto, but everything evidently led nowhere, for Judy Carter's killer remains unidentified and unpunished to this day.

●The body of 30-year-old David Anthony Gentles was found by a road crew in a ravine off Skyway Ave, east of Pearson International Airport, on Monday, December 12th, 1988. Gentles, who lived on Echo Point in northeast Toronto, had been strangled. His frozen body was wrapped in a thick blanket, his wrists were bound, and a cord was wrapped around his neck. He had been last seen on December 9th in an apartment building near Finch and Warden Aves. The killing was believed to be drug-related. No further information.

●16-year-old Sandy Ebrahim spent the night of Monday, June 28th, 1999 out with friends celebrating her upcoming birthday. Instead she ended up dead. At 3:15 a.m., having spent the evening at a nightclub, Ebrahim and her four friends were standing around their car in the parking lot of a 24-hour Burger King at 7220 Kennedy Rd., just north of Steeles Ave. E., when a stolen black Lincoln Navigator pulled up alongside them. Several shotgun blasts were fired from the vehicle, one of which struck Ebrahim in the back, killing her. The Navigator sped out of the parking lot and onto northbound Kennedy Rd. The stolen SUV was spotted shortly thereafter by a patrolling officer, but he lost sight of it for a moment and when he finally reached it, it had been abandoned.

●On Wednesday, May 8th, 1974, 24-year-old nurse Joanne Anstett was sexually assaulted and strangled to death in her apartment in Kitchener, Ontario, a city about 75 km west of Toronto. Anstett's nude body, covered in bruises, was sprawled on her bed.
A neighbour, 18-year-old Kenneth Roberts, who lived in the apartment directly above the victim, called police at 4:45 a.m. to report a woman screaming in the building.
Roberts was arrested on June 10th and charged with first-degree murder when forensic testing of long blond hairs found near Anstett's body indicated they were consistent with Roberts's hair. Roberts was convicted on October 17th.
A crusading defence lawyer spent a year preparing an appeal by having the hairs tested using a more sophisticated method called neutron activation analysis. The new test results contradicted the earlier findings and Roberts won a new trial. On Thursday, December 22nd, 1977, Roberts was found not guilty and freed.
No one else was ever charged in the murder of Joanne Anstett.
Comment: Those blond suspect hairs, presumably still in evidence, should be DNA tested and run through the national database. The acquitted Roberts could also provide DNA to rule himself out completely.

CrimeSolver
07-03-2009, 04:31 PM
●Between 6:05 and 6:30 on the evening of Friday, December 7th, 1956, mail truck driver Weldon Boyd, 41, was shot four times in the back as he sat in his truck parked in a vacant lot at the rear of the Lake Shore Honey Packers plant at 12 Carlaw Ave. According to a blood trail investigators retraced in the light of the next day, Boyd's killer then, for unknown reasons, drove the mail truck, with Boyd's body inside, north on Carlaw to Queen St. E., two blocks east on Queen, and half a block south on Pape Ave. There, sometime between 6:55 and 7:30 p.m., according to residents of the area, the killer abandoned the truck and disappeared into the night after grabbing $7,500 in cash packed into 15 mailbags. Boyd's body was found slumped on the floor of the truck's cab by an off-duty policeman shortly after midnight.
Police believed the killer was familiar with post office routine, and may have been someone known to the victim. They also believed the killer had an accomplice who drove him and the money away from the scene. The empty mailbags, one covered in blood, were discovered at 8 p.m., just an hour after the murder, by a passing motorist on Westlake Rd., just east of Kingston Rd., 15 km northeast of the murder scene.

●32-year-old taxi driver Ralph Margeson was shot to death by a fare or fares on Tuesday, November 11th, 1947. At half past midnight, Margeson had called his dispatcher at Ardee Cab Company saying he was in the vicinity of Roncesvalles Ave. and Dundas St. W., and requesting permission to drive someone who had hailed him to Port Credit, southwest of Toronto. He was granted permission, and it was during the drive to Port Credit, at a point west of the intersection of the Queen Elizabeth Way and Browns Line, that he was shot in the head with a large calibre gun. Margeson's hat was found at that location, and there was evidence his body had been dragged out of and back into his car there. Margeson's body was ultimately dumped in a grassy ditch next to Dixie Rd., about 1.5 km from the shooting scene. The cabbie's wallet and pocket watch had been taken and his trouser pockets turned inside-out.
Margeson's cab was found abandoned in a laneway off Weston Rd. near St. Clair Ave. W., not far from 89 Guestville Ave., where the cabbie lived with his wife and five children. Oddly, on the night of the murder, a prowler tried to break into the Margeson house. Margeson's wife heard footsteps on the veranda and phoned police, but the intruder was gone when they arrived. It is not known if the break-in was connected to the murder.

●Around noon on Sunday, April 3rd, 1988, a maid at the Ramada Inn at 185 Yorkland Blvd found the body of 46-year-old George Kourtis in a third-floor room. He had drowned in the bathtub.
Kourtis's van, a vehicle he used for his contracting business and which bore the lettering Kourtis Flooring on the sides, was found a few blocks away from the hotel in the parking lot of a business called The Monarch Group at 2025 Sheppard Ave. E. near Hwy 404. Kourtis, who lived on Inverary Cres., 5km northeast of the hotel, was married with two teen children, and his wife had reported him missing on Sunday morning after he failed to show up for a late dinner date they had set for Saturday. His wife said Kourtis had seemed "very happy" when he left for a business meeting around midday on Saturday. Records showed he checked in at the Ramada Inn at around 3 p.m.
Police theorized Kourtis met his killer(s) at the parking lot where his van was left and went with him/her to the hotel. Newspaper articles do not specify how it was determined homicide was the cause of death.

●At approximately midnight on Friday, May 18th, 2001, 24-year-old Segun Farquharson was shot in the chest in the parking lot of 218 Duncanwoods Dr. in the Islington Ave. and Finch Ave. W. area of northwest Toronto. He died at hospital less than an hour later. The circumstances surrounding his murder are somewhat murky, but what is known is that his killers (at least two men present) demanded money from him as they pistol-whipped him inside a car. It is apparently not known if he was randomly targeted for robbery or owed someone money (though the recording linked below implies he was acquainted with his killers).
Farquharson had the presence of mind to activate the "record" button on his cell phone, and the conversation leading up to his shooting was recorded. He pleads for his life for several minutes with the promise to "go get the money right now", before the shooter loses patience and ends his life. Frustratingly, despite the killers' voices having been captured on audio, they have yet to be identified or captured.
-Toronto Police web page about the case: www.torontopolice.on.ca/homicide/case/70 (http://www.torontopolice.on.ca/homicide/case/70)
-Audio recording of murder (warning: disturbing, and there are a few expletives): www.torontopolice.on.ca/media/audio/2003.12.18-1030b.mp3 (http://www.torontopolice.on.ca/media/audio/2003.12.18-1030b.mp3)

●Sarah Jean Carlin, 78, was found beaten and strangled in her apartment in a seniors' highrise complex in Newmarket, 50 km north of Toronto, on Saturday, August 14th, 1976. She may have lain semiconscious for several hours before dying of a heart attack due to a blow to the head. The elderly woman, who was hard of hearing and had limited mobility, was found lying on her bedroom floor with her mattress and bed on top of her. She was last seen Friday afternoon at 5:30 by neighbours. Her apartment had been ransacked. She was known to be distrustful of banks, and may have had a considerable amount of money stashed in her abode.
Additional info on this murder is very hard to come by.

CrimeSolver
07-14-2009, 10:08 PM
●Early on Friday, September 12th, 1947, the bodies of George Vigus, 39, and 21-year-old Iris Muriel Scott were found in Vigus's 1935 Chevrolet on a popular lover's lane at the southern end of High Park, 200 ft north of Colborne Lodge, a heritage estate owned in the 1800s by the park's founders. Both victims had been strangled, Vigus with a sash cord, Scott manually. The bodies had been stuffed into the trunk. Vigus's wallet, watch, and car keys were missing, as were Scott's purse and wristwatch. Vigus's keys were found early Thursday morning on Sorauren Ave. near Garden Ave. by a citizen who turned them in days later. Scott's purse and a piece of rope were found west of the crime scene on Sunday by two boys searching for frogs.
Police determined the duo had been killed late on Wednesday night, probably at another location, and that the car was deposited in the lover's lane sometime between 1 and 3 a.m. on Thursday, but, although the presence of the car was noted by several passersby throughout Thursday, it wasn't until Friday that police, along with Vigus's adult son, brother, and a family friend, jimmied the trunk's lock and made the horrific discovery.
The married Vigus was an executive at a paper box company, while Scott was a secretary at Ainsworth Motors, a car dealership. They were known to be friends, but nothing more. An acquaintance of Scott's spotted her and Vigus at a restaurant at Avenue Rd. and Eglinton Ave. at 6:45 p.m. Wednesday. He was the last to see them alive. Police theorized that, after diner, the twosome went to the paper plant on Wellington St. W. where Vigus worked, parked in a secluded courtyard, and were surprised by their killer(s). Aluminum paint recently applied to a storage building at the factory was consistent with paint found on the heels of both victims' shoes. Vigus was known to frequently visit the plant at night.
An inquest into the murders was held, but it failed to produce many answers or a suspect or suspects.

●At 1:15 a.m. on July 1st, 1991, taxi driver Anthony Ekunah, 35, who worked for Metro Cabs, received a call from his dispatcher to pick up a passenger on Willowdale Ave. at Byng Ave. Soon after, Ekunah radioed dispatch to say he had picked up the fare and was taking him/her to Finch Ave. E. and Leslie St. He was not heard from again.
At 11 a.m., Ekunah's bloodied body was found inside his blood-spattered cab on Rondeau Dr., a quiet residential street near Leslie St. and Steeles Ave. E. He had been stabbed and slashed several times, and his body was slumped across the front seat. The killer had not stolen Ekunah's money or jewelry, leaving motive a mystery.

●On the evening of Thursday, October 20th, 1955, beer store clerk Walter Hewlett, 49, was shot to death as he tried to block the escape of a man who had attempted to rob the store at St. Clair Ave. W. and Lauder Ave. The gunman shot Hewlett twice, once in the leg and once in the chest, with a .38 revolver, before calmly walking off. A man, his wife, and their daughter followed the culprit in their car for a short distance before the young girl became too frightened and her parents decided to cease the pursuit. They last saw him heading west on Rosemount Ave. toward Dufferin St. He was described by witnesses as a well-dressed man in his thirties.
One of the best clues police had was a hold-up note the killer had handed to the cashier. Police hoped the handwriting would lead to the murderer's identification.

●On Friday, January 20th, 1967, Bruno Seidel, 55, was found stabbed to death in the room he rented at 103 Hamilton St., near Dundas St. E. and Broadview Ave. He had five wounds in his chest and back inflicted by a knife with an eight-inch blade. Seidel, an immigrant from Germany with no family in Canada, was a loner. No one claimed his body, and few people even knew him. He worked as a labourer at an east-end factory. His landlady, who didn't know his full name, last saw him on Thursday evening.
One establishment where the victim's face was familiar was Dennis House, a bar on Broadview Ave. where Seidel was a regular patron. Waiters there identified him as a customer who often left in the company of younger men. Police learned Seidel left Germany in 1952 when charges were laid against him for the "crime" of homosexuality. No additional information.
Comment: Although a long shot, I wonder if Seidel was a victim of James Greenidge, a convicted killer and rapist of men and women who is suspected in a number of murders in the 1960s and '70s. Link: http://hazel8500.wordpress.com/2009/03/10/james-greenidges-criminal-career-across-canada/

●On the night of Sunday, December 6th, 1953, 17-year-old Marion McDowell and her boyfriend, 19-year-old James Wilson, sat in Wilson's parked car under an apple tree along Danforth Rd. just north of Eglinton Ave E., in what was then called Scarboro Township, a secluded, virtually rural area on the eastern outskirts of Toronto (now a densely-populated suburb). At sometime between 9 and 9:30 p.m., the two lovers had been there for ninety minutes when a masked man armed with a gun suddenly appeared out of the darkness, slugged Wilson unconscious with the gun butt, leaving a laceration that would require 17 stitches, bundled both youths into the back seat of Wilson's car, and started driving north on Danforth Rd. Just south of Lawrence Ave. E., the assailant forced McDowell into the trunk of his own car and drove off northbound, abandoning Wilson and Wilson's car. The now half-conscious Wilson could do little more than look on helplessly. Marion McDowell was never seen again, nor was her body ever found, despite an investigation of unprecedented magnitude, scads of tips, daily media coverage, and dozens of intensive and wide-ranging police and volunteer searches.

●In the spring of 1963, someone known as "The Mad Stabber" was briefly in the news. On Thursday, May 30th, two men were stabbed in the area of Dundas St. W. and Ossington Ave. 42-year-old Leon McQuarrie was walking along Lakeview Ave. toward his home on Churchill Ave. at around 12:25 a.m., when a man ran up behind him and stabbed him between the shoulder blades. Five minutes later and less than a block away, 38-year-old Jacob Fugal was stabbed in the back in front of his home on Harrison St. Fugal was treated in hospital and released, but McQuarrie's injuries were much more serious, though ultimately not fatal, and he spent several days in hospital recovering. On Saturday, June 1st, Dennis MacGillivary was only slightly wounded when he was stabbed in the back while sitting on a park bench around midnight in MacGregor Park, on Lansdowne Ave. north of College St., a kilometre or so west of where the previous attacks had taken place. The attacker was described as about 20 years of age 5'8 - 5'10, with dark, unruly hair.

CrimeSolver
08-01-2009, 12:43 AM
●At about 11:15 p.m. on Tuesday, May 15th, 1973, 26-year-old Adele Komorowski, a graduate student at McMaster University in Hamilton, 60 km southwest of Toronto, was grabbed at the front door of her campus residence and dragged 450 feet into a nearby ravine in Hamilton Botanical Gardens. A fellow female student who lived on the third floor of the same complex heard screams and looked out her window to witness a man dragging a woman toward the ravine. Police were called, arrived promptly, and found Komorowski's body mere minutes after her murder. She had been strangled with a piece of rope. Though the victim had been stripped to the waist, she had not been raped, likely because her killer was scared off before he could effect his sexual designs. Police with tracking dogs immediately began combing the secluded trails of Coote's Paradise marsh, which borders the university campus.
No further information, but the murder remained unsolved in the middle of September, when it was last written about in the paper.

●When firefighters responded to a call at 7089 Yonge St., just north of Toronto city limits, at 5 a.m. on Monday, September 21st, 1987, they found the body of 58-year-old Francesco Califano in the second-floor office of his business, Compupronto Mortgage Services. Califano, who was married and resided on Beecroft Rd., had been stabbed seven times and then his body and part of his office had been set aflame with an accelerant.
No additional information.

●At 4:25 a.m. on Sunday, March 19th, 1961, two young men driving along 9th Concession (Hwy 5) west of Myrtle, 40 km northeast of Toronto, found the body of 24-year-old Alice Margaret McCausland lying beside the road. She had been strangled. The woman's fur coat, shoes, and scarf, which witnesses later attested to having seen her wearing, had been removed from her body and were missing. Police were confronted with difficulties from the start, because it was not known exactly who the woman was, whether her name was actually Alice Margaret McCausland, and where she lived, though they quickly learned she rented a room on Berkeley St. Fingerprints revealed that the dead woman was convicted a month before her death of minor theft and given a suspended sentence. Records from her court appearance indicated she was born in Timmins, Ontario. Alice's mother came forward in short order and revealed that, sadly, her daughter suffered from Huntington's disease, a degenerative illness that causes the sufferer to lose control of movement and bodily functions. Alice had married five years earlier, but was now separated, and she and her husband had two daughters.
The pathologist found substantial bruising and fingernail marks and scratches on McCausland's neck, and he concluded she had eaten about half-an-hour before her death. The victim's body had been dumped on the secluded road within an hour before it was discovered, and the killer was fortunate to avoid being spotted by a patrolling Ontario Provincial Police constable and two men, all three of whom drove past the crime scene shortly before and after the dumping.
Further investigation led police to search for a man driving a red and white car. The victim was last seen getting into the man's car outside a Parliament St. restaurant around 1:30 a.m., three hours before her body was found.
No further information available.

●On Sunday, November 15th, 1981, Metro taxi driver Peter Gamoulakos, 37, was found strangled to death in his cab, which was parked near Miranda and Schell Aves in the vicinity of Dufferin St. and Eglinton Ave. W. Police were led to believe he had been murdered Saturday morning. A passerby on Sunday noticed Gamoulakos's body slumped over in the car and called police. The car was parked inconspicuously, which may explain why Gamoulakos wasn't found earlier. The keys were in the ignition but the engine was off. The deceased had close to $200 in his pocket, meaning either the killer panicked and fled or harboured a motive other than robbery.

●Shortly before noon on Wednesday, July 30th, 1982: An unnamed 23-year-old woman was sunbathing on a grassy hill in the northwest corner of High Park, just across from her apartment building on Bloor St. W., when she was dragged into some nearby shrubbery, bludgeoned with a brick and a fist-sized rock, and raped. The area would have been fairly busy, and police speculated that either the victim's cries were ignored by passersby or they blended in with the joyous screams of children playing in a nearby playground. After the attack, the woman stumbled wounded along Bloor St. W. where, by happenstance, she ran into a friend who was on her way to joining her sunbathing.
The victim was taken to Toronto General Hospital where she lapsed into a coma. Doctors were unsure she would recover from the severe head wounds. The victim remained comatose for more than two weeks before slowly beginning to recover. She was able to describe her attacker as a light-skinned black man with dreadlocks, mid-to late-20s, 5'5" - 5'7", medium build with muscular shoulders, dark eyes, a thin nose and lips, a very clear complexion, even, white teeth, and wearing light-coloured clothing that smelled of smoke. A composite sketch was drawn and circulated.

downsview 57
08-24-2009, 04:06 PM
●The decomposed body of 45-year-old Phyllis Farquhar was discovered on Friday, November 23rd, 1979 under an old mattress behind her apartment on Edgewood Ave. She had been stabbed. The apartment superintendent notified police when he hadn’t seen Farquhar since early October and she hadn’t paid her rent.
Ironically, Farquhar had been a witness in a stabbing-murder court case back in 1964.

●Cindy Halliday, 17, disappeared on Monday, April 20th, 1992 after she attempted to hitchhike from Barrie, Ontario (100 km north of Toronto) to her mother’s home in Waverley, 30 km north of Barrie. Halliday, a habitual runaway, had spent April 19th at a dance in Penetanguishene, then hitchhiked south to Barrie to visit her jailed boyfriend, and then headed north for home. The last sighting of Halliday was of her trying to thumb a ride in front of the Hasty Market on Hwy 27 in Midhurst between 5:30 and 6:30 p.m. on the 20th. Four witnesses who later came forward said they saw her get into a light-coloured older model Chrysler LeBaron or Dodge Diplomat driven by a single male.
A man walking his dog found her skull on Sunday, June 21st in a forest off Horseshoe Valley Rd. about 2 km east of Hwy 27. The rest of her remains were found by police 500 metres to the east of where her skull was located. An autopsy revealed Halliday had been stabbed, but, due to decomposition, it could not be determined if she had been sexually assaulted. Further tests conducted almost two years after her body was found showed Halliday may have been alive for up to a month after she disappeared. Similarities between Halliday’s murder and that of university student Lynda Shaw two years earlier near Woodstock led police to believe the two might have been committed by the same person. At one time, notorious serial killer Paul Bernardo was a suspect.
Link: www.opp.ca/Intranetdev/groups/public/documents/investigative/opp_001222.pdf

●On Sunday, December 4th, 1983, art teacher Thomas Cahill was stabbed to death in his home on Berkeley St. Charles Furlong, a tenant in Cahill’s house, had heard Cahill talking to someone downstairs, and then, at 4:45 a.m., he heard Cahill call his name. When Furlong came downstairs, he found the front door open and Cahill lying in a pool of his own blood. Police believed Cahill was stabbed by a departing visitor. He had spent Saturday night at the Parkside Tavern on Yonge St.
Comments: I wonder if this case is related to the murder of Graham Pearce (see previous post)? Both Pearce and Cahill were apparently gay men stabbed in their homes in the post-midnight hours, both had spent their last nights at the Parkside Tavern, and both were killed in 1983.

●At 2:15 a.m. on Sunday, November 17th, 1985, the body of Lorelei Brose, 19, was found with a bullet to the head in a room in the Inglewood Arms hotel on Jarvis St. She was found fully clothed and had not been robbed. Police were alerted after hotel employees received complaints of a woman’s screams. Brose was a prostitute who frequented the Jarvis-Gerrard Sts. area. Many of Brose’s fellow prostitutes raised the theory that Brose had been slain by a contract killer hired to settle a personal dispute. Brose was known to rip off her clients.

●Marie Woods, a 31-year-old single mother of a six-year-old daughter, vanished on September 21st, 1981. Her Subaru station wagon was found abandoned on Oct. 5th at the Scarborough Town Centre. Police found no clues to her disappearance in her home or car. Although there was no specific evidence immediately to suggest she had been abducted, Woods had a normal life, a well-paying job, and the responsibility of her daughter, suggesting she wouldn’t have left of her own volition.
Then, five years later, in November, 1986, remains later identified as Woods were found in Newmarket, about 50 km north of where her car was abandoned. Police had a strong suspect in the early ‘90s, Peter Stark, who had once dated Woods and was convicted of the 1990 murder of a teenage girl, but there was apparently never enough evidence to lay charges. At least, I could find no reference to an arrest in this case.
As a tragic postscript, Woods’s daughter Jennifer died of cancer at age 14 in September, 1989.


concerning Maria Woods not Marie-She was my neighbour and the case has had a couple of suspects but no arrests. I remember those days because it was me and not her husband (because legally divorced) had to go into her home several times and had police and reporters at my door even on Sunday mornings at 6a.m. with questions after questions. I was the first to report her missing and there is one person who was of great interest who did the same to a very young girl and Maria had woken up on a boat too after being knocked out when this person put something in her drink. A week later she was dead and the night she left, probably not on her own free will someone just about stripped the gears on her car and she would not of done that. If I got up to look I might of seen something that would identify the person and i've lived with that for the rest of my life. There is alot to this story that was never printed and some that was but wrong. I hope we get some answers soon!!!

CrimeSolver
08-25-2009, 01:27 AM
Thanks for posting your personal recollections, downsview 57. Do the police know about the incident the previous week, with the girl and the boat?

CrimeSolver
09-10-2009, 10:27 PM
●Arthur Chiang, 50, the night manager of the Paradise Lanes bowling alley on Danforth Rd. near St. Clair Ave. E., was found bludgeoned to death in an office of the establishment on Friday, July 27th, 1990. His body was found by his wife and son, who went to the business at 6:30 a.m. when he hadn't returned from work. He had died of multiple skull fractures and lacerations to the brain.
Bowlers at the alley last saw Chiang alive at about 2:50 a.m. Detectives investigated possible Asian gang connections, but it is not publicly known what, if anything, was gleaned from their enquiries. No further information.

●Just before 2 a.m. on Sunday, January 17th, 1993, shooting erupted at the Club Paradise restaurant at 843 Kipling Ave. in an industrial section of west-end Toronto. Up to 500 people packed the club at the time. Of the four people hit by gunshots, three, a 34-year-old man, a 22-year-old man, and a 22-year-old woman, survived, but 32-year-old Howard Alfanso Xymines, a divorced father of two, died en route to hospital.
Three suspects were sought in the shooting spree, all of whom were described as black, in their mid to late-20s, with either Trinidadian or Barbadian accents, and all armed with handguns. No further information, but case is presumed unsolved.
Photo of victim: http://i62.photobucket.com/albums/h104/DB_photos/Noname-1.jpg

●Concealed in tall weeds off the Don Roadway south of Commissioners St., a desolate spot near Toronto's industrial waterfront, the nude body of 30-year-old Marion Jang was found by railway employees working near a spur track on Saturday, July 17th, 1965. Jang, who lived on Beverley St., had been strangled with a piece of cloth tied tightly around her neck. She was believed to have been killed Friday night.
No further information is available, so the disposition of this case is not known.
Photo of victim: http://i62.photobucket.com/albums/h104/DB_photos/M.jpg

●On the night of Sunday, September 30th, 1990, a raucous house party was underway in an Ontario Housing townhouse complex on Morecambe Gate near Victoria Park and Finch Aves. More than 100 attendees drank and danced to deafening reggae music. At around 1:45 a.m., 15-year-old Kareem Alhakeem O'Brien was shot in the basement of the home. He died in hospital at about 10 a.m.
No additional information.

●At 4:30 on Monday, November 13th, 1961, 7-year-old Sylvia Fink left her home in London, Ontario to run an errand. Her mother sent her to the corner store a block away to fetch an evening newspaper. The little girl didn't return. Her parents organized a search party, and at 8 p.m., three friends of the family found Fink's body hanging by a belt in the attic of an abandoned building that was used by neighbourhood children as a play area. Police determined the death was not the act of a sex murderer.
No further information is available, so the disposition of this case is not known.
Photo of victim: http://i62.photobucket.com/albums/h104/DB_photos/SylviaFink.jpg

CrimeSolver
10-05-2009, 12:20 AM
●On Sunday, May 5th, 1991, 38-year-old Zygfryd Zoch, the night manager at the Idlewood Inn, located at 4212 Kingston Rd. in Scarborough, was found shot to death near an abandoned house in a vacant lot immediately southwest of the motel. Zoch, a Polish immigrant who had lived in Toronto for three years and had no relatives in Canada, lived alone in a condominium on Collinsgrove Rd., a few blocks from the murder scene. Police found his body at 5 p.m., several hours after day shift employees reported him missing.
Police believed Zoch was held up by a robber at about 5:30 a.m., and that the perpetrator ordered Zoch outside and into the lot next door where he shot him in the head with a shotgun.
Photo of victim:
http://i62.photobucket.com/albums/h104/DB_photos/Noname-3.jpghttp://i62.photobucket.com/albums/h104/DB_photos/Noname-9.jpg

●Margaret Dowling, 47, was found dead of stab wounds in her home on the west side of Morton Rd. between Stephenson and Oakcrest Aves on Sunday, January 19th, 1992. Dowling, a highly respected and liked nursing supervisor at Central Hospital on Sherbourne St., was found by police lying on the main floor of her home. She lived alone with her beloved cat. Co-workers had called police after she failed to show up for her Saturday evening shift. Her house showed signs of a break-in, and police believed burglary was the primary intention of the murderer. Speculation was that the murder occurred between the 16th and the 19th, during a period when the victim had three days off work, and was perhaps caused by Dowling's surprising an intruder when she returned home. Her body was still dressed in an overcoat when found. The intruder had dragged her around a corner, out of sight of the front door.
In August, 1995, police released information that a strong suspect in the Dowling murder, who remained unnamed, had committed suicide in 1993. They had circumstantial evidence against him, but could not prove his culpability.
Photo of victim:
http://i62.photobucket.com/albums/h104/DB_photos/Noname-4.jpg

●Wednesday, December 19th, 1990: Krystal Connors, 29, was found dead in her second-floor apartment on Louis Ave. in St. Catharines, a city 60 km due south of Toronto, after firefighters arrived to douse a blaze. Connors had been strangled to death with a cord that remained wound around her neck. She lay face-down on the floor, and the lower part of her body had been badly burned.
Connors was last known to be alive at 3:38 a.m., when cab company records showed she called for a taxi to take someone who was at her apartment to Bunting Rd. When the taxi arrived minutes later, no one answered the apartment buzzer. It was just after 6 a.m. that firefighters responded to a call that Connors's apartment was on fire.
Connors was last seen earlier that night with a man at the Time-Out sports bar at 547 Ontario St. Witnesses described him as white, about 30, 5'7" to 5'10", about 160 lbs with a medium build, dark brown shoulder-length hair, a moustache, a two-day growth of beard, and wearing a black baseball cap and green jacket.
Connors, who was unemployed, had lived alone since divorcing in 1982. She had a 13-year-old son.
No further information, therefore disposition of case is unknown.
Composite sketch of man last seen with victim:
http://i62.photobucket.com/albums/h104/DB_photos/Noname-5.jpg

●At 7 p.m. on Tuesday, May 7th, 1991, 21-year-old Marcey Bent was shot to death in the main-floor stairwell of an apartment building on Driftwood Ave. Bent lived in another apartment building on Driftwood Ave.
At 4 p.m. that afternoon, the body of Raymond Senior, 36, of Brooklyn, N.Y., was found in a home on Driftwood Ct., 180 metres from where Bent had been killed. Senior had been shot in the head as he lay in bed in the basement of the home. Bent and Senior knew each other. Senior had been arrested numerous times on drug charges in Brooklyn, but Bent was not known to Toronto police.
No further information.
Photos of victims:
http://i62.photobucket.com/albums/h104/DB_photos/Noname-8.jpg
http://i62.photobucket.com/albums/h104/DB_photos/Noname2-1.jpg

●A shooting erupted at an illegal nightclub in the basement of a fish shop on Eglinton Ave. W. near Keele St. at 4 a.m. on Sunday, October 19th, 1991. In its wake, 28-year-old drifter Devon "Niney" Green and 18-year-old Radcliff Nugent were left dead. It appeared to be a gangland hit. Three gunmen, all described as black, in their 20s, and with American accents, sped away in a black Nissan Maxima with grey trim. Although the club was packed with 200 people, only two witnesses came forward to police.
In probing criminal connections, police uncovered that Nugent had been involved in a series of armed robberies and a police chase in 1990. Nugent had recently been expelled from school, but was to re-enrol in the week following.
Police believed one of the two was an innocent victim, while the other was targeted. No further information.
Photo of victim Radcliff Nugent:
http://i62.photobucket.com/albums/h104/DB_photos/Noname-6.jpg

CrimeSolver
11-05-2009, 06:58 PM
Update:
●On Sunday, July 17th, 1988, 22-year-old Lisa Maas attended a house party in Woodford, Ontario, 200 km northwest of Toronto and 15 km east of her hometown, Owen Sound. After Maas left the get-together, she dropped a male friend off at his home and was never seen again. Two days later her green 1976 Plymouth Fury was found on an isolated bush lane not far from where she was last seen. Several subsequent searches turned up items belonging to Maas, but her body was never found.
At the time of her disappearance, Maas was five months pregnant and had recently separated acrimoniously from her boyfriend.
The Ontario Provincial Police is offering a $50,000 reward in the disappearance of Lisa Maas:
http://www.1017theone.ca/news.php?area=details&art_id=7426
The OPP announced today they are continuing the investigation into the disappearance of an Owen Sound woman 21 years ago.

A reward of 50 thousand dollars is now offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for the disappearance of Lisa Maas.

On July 17th, 1988 Lisa Maas was last seen leaving the residence of a male friend in her 1976 Plymouth after a house party.

Two days later, her vehicle was found stuck in the mud on a township road in a rural area northeast of Owen Sound.

The area was searched extensively, and the only thing found was some personal papers several kilometres east of the vehicle. No trace of Lisa Maas has ever been found.

An extensive investigation was conducted in this case involving hundreds of interviews.

The OPP Criminal Investigation Branch Unsolved Homicide Investigations Team is appealing for new information.

Anyone with any information regarding the disappearance of Lisa Maas should contact the nearest OPP office, or Crime Stoppers.

dearmont
12-08-2009, 08:35 AM
The button design is not an infinity symbol nor a figure 8 - it is a coiled serpent and should be easier to identify the source/manufacturer - possible that it is a military insignia, or represents a veterinary association, perhaps an exclusive club of some kind?:waitasec:

CrimeSolver
12-08-2009, 02:10 PM
^^To which case are you referring?

Edit: sorry, didn't notice the title of your post.

Has it been established that the button did not belong to Kaye? If so, that could be a major clue.

dearmont
12-08-2009, 06:14 PM
The OPP have stated that the button did not belong to Veronica. This information was just recently released to the public in an attempt to get new leads in the case. This button was found under the body and it was a clip on type button - not sewn onto clothing.

^^To which case are you referring?

Edit: sorry, didn't notice the title of your post.

Has it been established that the button did not belong to Kaye? If so, that could be a major clue.

CrimeSolver
12-08-2009, 09:16 PM
Interesting, thanks.

dearmont
12-08-2009, 10:11 PM
http://www.caledoncitizen.com/news/2009-11-05/News/Province_offering_50000_reward_in_29yearold_murder .html#comment-12

"
Police also reported a unique metallic button was found under her skeletal remains. They released details of that find at a press conference held Tuesday in Bolton in the hopes that its design might be familiar to someone.
The button was about 1.5 centimetres in diameter, and was a clip-on button, as opposed to being sown to a garment. It had either a figure eight or the symbol for infinity on it. "

CrimeSolver
01-31-2010, 01:11 AM
●Awoken from their sleep, 13-year-old Leah Sousa and her mother were raped and brutally beaten with a weapon by an attacker in their home in Cumberland Beach, Ontario, about 130 km north of Toronto, on September 1st, 1990. While her mother survived, young Leah died of her injuries.
www.opp.ca/Intranetdev/groups/public/documents/investigative/opp_000953.pdf
Here (http://www.ctv.ca/servlet/ArticleNews/story/CTVNews/20100129/w5_cold_case_100130/20100130?s_name=W5) is a documentary on the above-quoted case, produced by Canadian newsmagazine show W5.

Pink Panther
03-01-2010, 02:28 PM
Some more capsule murder summaries. Again, if anyone knows of any of these cases having been solved, please speak up.

●Sometime around 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, August 28th, 1987, 21-year-old receptionist Margaret McWilliam was raped and strangled to death while out for an evening jog in Warden Woods park in the Scarborough section of Toronto. Her body was found in the northeast sector of the park not far from subway tracks. Police found a clear footprint at the scene and were able to identify the type of shoes worn by the killer as rare Bata grey and white high-top sneakers with the letters AAU on the heel. They also had a composite drawn of a young man - a “witness” - wearing a red cap, who was seen leaving the park around 8 p.m. At one point police suspected the crime may have been committed by Frederick Merrill, an American fugitive featured on “America’s Most Wanted”, who was in Toronto at the time of McWilliams’s murder.

●On Tuesday, October 7th, 1975, 33-year-old data processing student Albert Chan was shot to death in the underground parking garage of his apartment building on Isabella St. in downtown Toronto. The killer stole Chan’s car and dumped it near the intersection of Carlton and Metcalfe Sts., not far from the crime scene.

●On Thursday, April 24th, 1980, Brink’s security guard Larry Roberts, 29, was gunned down with a machine gun in a well-planned robbery at Agincourt Mall, which is located at 3850 Sheppard Ave. E. in the Scarborough section of Toronto. His partner, 51-year-old Ted Montgomery, was shot and wounded. Multiple witnesses watched the incident go down as the three robbers grabbed the $178,500 the Brink’s men were transporting, dashed through a library and out the west side of the mall, jumped a fence that separated the mall from a nursing home, hopped into a car, and screeched out onto Bonis Ave. where they disappeared. A police manhunt failed to find the culprits, but police later found two cars nearby that had been stolen in Montreal and used by the robbers. The robbers were all described as white males between their late twenties and early forties. The gunman was described by witnesses as 40-45 years old, 175 pounds, with a short, stocky build, an olive complexion, a dark moustache and eyebrows, a strong jaw, a broad face. One accomplice was in his late-20s, 175 lbs, with a medium build and light to medium brown hair. The third man was described as 5’5” to 5’8”, 175 lbs, stocky, with medium to light hair. An investigation led police to believe the robbers were from Montreal, since the crime bore hallmarks of similar robberies there.

●Shortly before 8 a.m. on Thursday, February 10th, 1983, 42-year-old Philip Rimmington, Toronto’s deputy planning commissioner, was shot dead with a .22 handgun in the parking garage of the apartment building where he lived at 231 Balliol St., near Mt. Pleasant Rd. A nearby resident reported seeing a grey-haired man in his mid-50s fleeing the garage through a staircase at the northeast corner of the building shortly after the shooting. There were also reports that police had been called in weeks prior to the crime to investigate a stranger lurking around the parking area.
Rimmington, who was separated from his wife, with whom he had a 12-year-old daughter, was well-liked by his colleagues and was active in sports. In searching for a motive, police learned Rimmington did not have a tendency to engage in partisan political discussions or activities, so the possibility of angering someone through his work at city hall was virtually ruled out. Three guns owned by the victim were discovered missing, and for a time there was speculation he was shot with one of his own weapons.

●Maintenance man Donald Gibbons, 33, was stabbed to death with a butcher knife on July 18th, 1971 after chasing a man he believed was stealing a TV set from his apartment above a deli at Queen St. E. and Pape Ave. The killer ended up stealing a tape recorder and an amplifier belonging to Gibbons.

Apparently Margaret McWilliam's family has contacted LE regarding the possibility that Russell Williams may have had something to do with her demise. Bernardo was a suspect in Margaret's death but he was discounted as he was not in the country when she was killed. Williams was quite possibly still in the area during this period as he had finished University (at the Scarborough Campus) the year earlier and was just entering official training at Base Borden. According to various articles, he officially changed his last name back to "Williams" in 1987. In a recently published article the McWilliams stated that they do not believe that their daughter knew RW but they were all living in Chalk River at some point and the McWilliams apparently did know RW's birth parents and occasionally encountered them at parties. I would think that these facts alone would make it worthwhile for LE to look further into this.

MOO

It's interesting to note that a boot/shoe print was found at the scene (it was from a "rare" shoe/boot) and also that someone had seen a man wearing a red cap and a composite had been done but I haven't been able to find much more about this. One other thing I wanted to add regarding the "Bata" shoe. Bata used to have a manufacturing plant near Trenton. RW was earning his Wings at Borden/Trenton during this time period.

http://www.ottawacitizen.com/story_print.html?id=2560638&sponsor=

http://news.ca.msn.com/local/toronto/article.aspx?cp-documentid=23457052

CrimeSolver
03-02-2010, 02:23 PM
Fascinating backstory. Thanks, Pink Panther. The arrest of this Williams character is bringing to life a bunch of old cases.
I'll look through the paper again to see if I can find a composite of the man seen in the park. I believe it was a black man, though.

CrimeSolver
03-02-2010, 03:14 PM
Pink Panther, here are some screen grabs from the newspaper database:
Composite of man seen leaving park:
http://i62.photobucket.com/albums/h104/DB_photos/2.jpg?t=1267560682
Shoes worn by killer:
http://i62.photobucket.com/albums/h104/DB_photos/Noname1.jpg?t=1267560805
Map of area:
http://i62.photobucket.com/albums/h104/DB_photos/Noname-12.jpg?t=1267560837

Pink Panther
03-02-2010, 08:24 PM
Thanks so much for finding and sharing this information Crimesolver!

CrimeSolver
03-02-2010, 08:34 PM
My pleasure.:)

Pink Panther
03-09-2010, 10:49 PM
Amber Lynn McFarland. Is there anything here about her case???

CrimeSolver
03-09-2010, 11:20 PM
Nope. Apparently, she's a missing woman in Manitoba. There was an arrest in the case last July. http://www.winnipegsun.com/news/manitoba/2009/07/08/10069126.html

Pink Panther
03-10-2010, 12:23 PM
●The decomposed body of 45-year-old Phyllis Farquhar was discovered on Friday, November 23rd, 1979 under an old mattress behind her apartment on Edgewood Ave. She had been stabbed. The apartment superintendent notified police when he hadn’t seen Farquhar since early October and she hadn’t paid her rent.
Ironically, Farquhar had been a witness in a stabbing-murder court case back in 1964.

●Cindy Halliday, 17, disappeared on Monday, April 20th, 1992 after she attempted to hitchhike from Barrie, Ontario (100 km north of Toronto) to her mother’s home in Waverley, 30 km north of Barrie. Halliday, a habitual runaway, had spent April 19th at a dance in Penetanguishene, then hitchhiked south to Barrie to visit her jailed boyfriend, and then headed north for home. The last sighting of Halliday was of her trying to thumb a ride in front of the Hasty Market on Hwy 27 in Midhurst between 5:30 and 6:30 p.m. on the 20th. Four witnesses who later came forward said they saw her get into a light-coloured older model Chrysler LeBaron or Dodge Diplomat driven by a single male.
A man walking his dog found her skull on Sunday, June 21st in a forest off Horseshoe Valley Rd. about 2 km east of Hwy 27. The rest of her remains were found by police 500 metres to the east of where her skull was located. An autopsy revealed Halliday had been stabbed, but, due to decomposition, it could not be determined if she had been sexually assaulted. Further tests conducted almost two years after her body was found showed Halliday may have been alive for up to a month after she disappeared. Similarities between Halliday’s murder and that of university student Lynda Shaw two years earlier near Woodstock led police to believe the two might have been committed by the same person. At one time, notorious serial killer Paul Bernardo was a suspect.
Link: www.opp.ca/Intranetdev/groups/public/documents/investigative/opp_001222.pdf (http://www.opp.ca/Intranetdev/groups/public/documents/investigative/opp_001222.pdf)

●On Sunday, December 4th, 1983, art teacher Thomas Cahill was stabbed to death in his home on Berkeley St. Charles Furlong, a tenant in Cahill’s house, had heard Cahill talking to someone downstairs, and then, at 4:45 a.m., he heard Cahill call his name. When Furlong came downstairs, he found the front door open and Cahill lying in a pool of his own blood. Police believed Cahill was stabbed by a departing visitor. He had spent Saturday night at the Parkside Tavern on Yonge St.
Comments: I wonder if this case is related to the murder of Graham Pearce (see previous post)? Both Pearce and Cahill were apparently gay men stabbed in their homes in the post-midnight hours, both had spent their last nights at the Parkside Tavern, and both were killed in 1983.

●At 2:15 a.m. on Sunday, November 17th, 1985, the body of Lorelei Brose, 19, was found with a bullet to the head in a room in the Inglewood Arms hotel on Jarvis St. She was found fully clothed and had not been robbed. Police were alerted after hotel employees received complaints of a woman’s screams. Brose was a prostitute who frequented the Jarvis-Gerrard Sts. area. Many of Brose’s fellow prostitutes raised the theory that Brose had been slain by a contract killer hired to settle a personal dispute. Brose was known to rip off her clients.

●Marie Woods, a 31-year-old single mother of a six-year-old daughter, vanished on September 21st, 1981. Her Subaru station wagon was found abandoned on Oct. 5th at the Scarborough Town Centre. Police found no clues to her disappearance in her home or car. Although there was no specific evidence immediately to suggest she had been abducted, Woods had a normal life, a well-paying job, and the responsibility of her daughter, suggesting she wouldn’t have left of her own volition.
Then, five years later, in November, 1986, remains later identified as Woods were found in Newmarket, about 50 km north of where her car was abandoned. Police had a strong suspect in the early ‘90s, Peter Stark, who had once dated Woods and was convicted of the 1990 murder of a teenage girl, but there was apparently never enough evidence to lay charges. At least, I could find no reference to an arrest in this case.
As a tragic postscript, Woods’s daughter Jennifer died of cancer at age 14 in September, 1989.

I have read about possible connections between Lynda Shaw and Cindy Halliday before and recently found out this article stating that Lynda Shaw's murder had been solved:

http://www.ctv.ca/servlet/ArticleNews/story/CTVNews/20060210/wfive_murder_060211/20060211?hub=WFive

I'm not sure if the same perpetrator has ever been linked to Cindy.

CrimeSolver
03-10-2010, 03:39 PM
Shaw's case remained unsolved for a very long time, and Paul Bernardo was strongly suspected for many years. The guy identified as her killer by DNA killed himself in a phone booth in '04 as the cops were closing in, as it states in the article. Unless he's forensically linked to other murders, we'll never know whom else, if anyone, he murdered.
I don't know either if the police have gone public suspecting this MacDonald character in Halliday's killing.

CrimeSolver
05-03-2010, 10:04 PM
●On Tuesday, May 9th, 1989, the body of 34-year-old Ljupco Trajkovski was found by his landlord in the second-floor room he rented in a rooming house on Woodbine Ave. just south of Danforth Ave. Police were called.
An autopsy determined Trajkovski had been shot in the head, likely on the evening of Sunday the 7th, two days before he was found. The victim, who had come to Canada from Yugoslavia 15 years earlier, was an unemployed jeweller. He had lived at the rooming house for about two years, but little was known about him. Police received a tip that drugs may have been involved in the killing.
No further information. Only one article about the case was found.
Photo of victim Ljupco Trajkovski:
http://i62.photobucket.com/albums/h104/DB_photos/Trajkovski.jpg

●At about 12:10 a.m. on Thursday, November 18th, 1971, a woman walking away from her car in the underground parking garage of an apartment building on Royal York Rd. found Erna Marie Martens, 39, an executive with Simpsons-Sears, lying on the floor. Martens’s face was bloodied and black-and-blue, and shards of green glass were scattered around her. Examined at the hospital, where she arrived semi-comatose, Martens was found to be bleeding from the back of the head and have an injury to the neck, in addition to her facial injuries. She died several hours later.
Martens’s death was initially ruled accidental, but an inquest held in May, 1972 found she had been murdered.
Martens had spent the evening of November 17th with a friend, Barbara McCulloch, and they attended a musical together at the Royal Alexandra Theatre. McCulloch testified at the inquiry that Martens appeared “very tired”. Martens drove McCulloch to her home in Rosedale at 11:25, then headed to her apartment building on Royal York Rd., about 12 km to the west. A witness at the inquiry, Earl Chaffee, testified he arrived in the underground garage at 11:40 and noticed nothing out of place, so it follows that Martens arrived in the garage and was struck over the head with the green bottle sometime between 11:40 p.m. and 12:10 a.m.

●On Monday, February 9th, 1981, two masked gunmen broke into the home of Scott Pearson, 26, and his mother Veronica, 52, on Cheltenham Court in Brampton, just northwest of Toronto. One of the gunmen shot Scott Pearson once in the chest with a rifle, killing him, and Veronica Pearson was knocked unconscious with a blunt instrument when she confronted the intruders. She regained consciousness a short time later and found her son dead.
Police at the time announced they were confident they would make arrests, but no additional articles about the case were found.

●At 9:40 p.m. on Wednesday, April 1st, 1987, Tadayoshi Masuko, 45, was found sprawled on the floor of the lobby of his business, Masuko International Inc., at 50 Alex Ave. in Vaughan, just north of Toronto. He had been shot several times in the chest and was pronounced dead on arrival at hospital.
The victim, whose plastics company was thriving, was described as a quiet, friendly man who was involved in community philanthropy. He left behind a wife and two young daughters.
Masuko had spent most of his last day alive in Niagara Falls on business, before arriving back at his office at 5:10. He spoke to one of his employees before retiring to his office to make several phone calls, one of which was to his wife at 6:30 p.m. It was sometime between then and 9:40, when his concerned wife found his body, that Masuko left his office and was confronted in the lobby by his killer.
The murder weapon, a Ruger .22 calibre revolver, was found several months after the crime in a vacant lot northwest of the crime scene. Further investigation found that a 1987 silver or grey Lincoln Town Car with Quebec plates had been seen in the area around the time of the murder.
Picture of victim:
http://i62.photobucket.com/albums/h104/DB_photos/TadayoshiMasuko.jpg
Map of murder site:
http://i62.photobucket.com/albums/h104/DB_photos/Masukomurdersite1.jpg
Photo of murder site:
http://i62.photobucket.com/albums/h104/DB_photos/Masukomurdersite2.jpg

●Judy McRae last saw her homeless 24-year-old brother Danny at about midday on Tuesday, July 14th, 1981. He was heading for a liquor store on Queen St. E. near Parliament St., something he did on a daily basis since his release from jail two weeks earlier. They stopped to chat for a few moments. Danny McRae was never seen alive again.
On Sunday, August 2nd, 1981, McRae’s badly decomposed body was found in a field near Highways 400 and 93, north of Barrie, 100 km north of Toronto. He was naked and his ankles were bound with wire.
McRae had a criminal record for assault and robbery-related crimes, and police were going on the theory his murder was drug-related. No further information on this case resulted from an archive search.
Photo of victim:
http://i62.photobucket.com/albums/h104/DB_photos/DannyMcRae.jpg

CrimeSolver
10-28-2010, 06:19 PM
●The near-naked body of 23-year-old prostitute Julieanne Middleton was found on Thursday, July 7th, 1994 behind the pool in Sunnyside Park at Lakeshore Blvd. W. and Parkside Dr. She drowned in the waters of Lake Ontario after being strangled, presumably by a sex-trade customer.
On Friday, October 28th, 1994, another prostitute, Virginia Coote, 33, was found strangled in Lake Ontario behind the lakeside Palais Royale nightclub, just one or two hundred metres east of where Middleton’s body has been discarded. Police looked into the possibility the same person killed Middleton and Coote, as well as two additional prostitute murder victims, Darlene MacNeill and Donna Ogilve, who were found slain in 1997 and 1998 respectively.
An update on the bolded victims. A man, 52-year-old Peter MacDonald, has been arrested in their murders. Perhaps he will also be linked to some of the other prostitute murders of the '80s and '90s.
Link (http://www.thestar.com/news/crime/article/882276--serial-killer-suspected-in-parkdale-prostitute-murders?bn=1)

Suspect:
http://i62.photobucket.com/albums/h104/DB_photos/Noname-16.jpg

Victims:
http://i62.photobucket.com/albums/h104/DB_photos/Noname2-2.jpg

tatertot
11-02-2010, 12:30 PM
Article: MacDonald has been charged with the murders of Darlene MacNeill, Julieanne Middleton and Virginia Coote:

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/toronto/convicted-murderer-charged-in-killings-of-three-toronto-prostitutes/article1776308/

dotr
11-28-2010, 09:27 PM
LE reopening this case !Erin Gilmour and Susan Tice
http://news.nationalpost.com/2010/11/25/police-re-open-cold-cases-seek-dna-samples/

http://www.globaltoronto.com/police+open+cold+cases+seek+samples/3883694/story.html

dotr
11-29-2010, 11:54 AM
http://toronto.ctv.ca/
Gilmour and Tice murders.
Toronto cops reopen 80s cold case
Video on right side of screen .

CrimeSolver
11-29-2010, 06:33 PM
Thanks for the update. I hadn't heard about this yet. I assumed the cases were never closed, or at the very least re-opened a couple of years ago when the DNA match was made.

Pink Panther
11-29-2010, 11:25 PM
http://toronto.ctv.ca/
Gilmour and Tice murders.
Toronto cops reopen 80s cold case
Video on right side of screen .
Interesting...Hopefully, this is because they've finally made some headway into these decade-old cases!

dotr
12-02-2010, 02:17 PM
I wonder whose (persons of interest) family are providing new DNA ?!


But in the 27 years since the deaths of 45-year-old Susan Tice and 22-year-old Erin Gilmour, their killer — police believe the women were killed by the same man — has walked free.

Now the Toronto Police Homicide Squad hopes to change that by re-opening the cold cases, using modern DNA testing in an attempt to link the killer to the crime scenes.

More than two dozen people have voluntarily given DNA swabs over the past several weeks, police say, including family members of “persons of interest” in the case.



Read more: http://news.nationalpost.com/tag/erin-gilmour/#ixzz16z1i3m5y

CrimeSolver
12-03-2010, 09:06 AM
I very much hope an arrest is made in the Tice/Gilmour murders. I doubt they are isolated crimes. I'd be surprised if the man hadn't killed before and hasn't since.

dotr
12-03-2010, 11:48 PM
I must have missed or forgotten about this older article.
http://www.globaltoronto.com/Toronto+police+looking+Williams+cold+cases+victim+ brother/2546282/story.html
Gilmour's brother, Sean McCowan, told Global News he called Detective Sergeant Steve Ryan of the Toronto Police Cold Case Squad after reading the papers on Tuesday.


"(Det. Sgt. Ryan) just mentioned that the Colonel is a person of interest and they're going to take a look at it," McCowan says. "You start to think about Erin's case, and could this person be somehow involved."


Col. Williams graduated with a degree in economics and political science from the University of Toronto in 1987.

Gilmour was found dead in her Yorkville apartment in December 1983.

"I'm not sure how long he was here for, but theoretically it does fit," says McCowan.
Also,
,http://www.newstalk1010.com/News/localnews/blogentry.aspx?BlogEntryID=10166823
And Newstalk 1010 has learned that in the past three weeks, 27 people have been subjected to consensual DNA swabs

CrimeSolver
12-04-2010, 12:48 PM
One can only assume Williams was ruled out as their killer because by now, almost a year later, the DNA comparisons would have been completed.

dotr
12-05-2010, 12:18 PM
I have read about possible connections between Lynda Shaw and Cindy Halliday before and recently found out this article stating that Lynda Shaw's murder had been solved:

http://www.ctv.ca/servlet/ArticleNews/story/CTVNews/20060210/wfive_murder_060211/20060211?hub=WFive

I'm not sure if the same perpetrator has ever been linked to Cindy.


After rereading this last link (CTV) to an excellent article,I noticed that the case is still open,as LE believe the perp did not act alone. Now I wonder who the accomplice was (size 42 parka?) and who else might they have harmed?


"Lynda Shaw's murder was solved by science. Inspector Rosiak says he believes if this murder happened now it would have been solved within a year. But the police never gave up despite the many wrong turns and dead ends:


The anonymous letter, police now say, had no connection to MacDonald. The composite drawings look nothing like the real killer. The phantom Chrysler Newport eyewitnesses were so sure about, Macdonald never drove one.

As for the parka found at the scene?"

"It was about a size 42," says Inspector Rosiak. "We know that Alan Craig MacDonald who was considerably larger than that. So another piece of evidence that took us off in directions that in the end did not assist the investigation."

So whose coat was it? Police have always been convinced Lynda's killer had an accomplice who helped dispose of the body, an accomplice who for all these years has remained silent. The case is still open.

dotr
12-08-2010, 03:36 PM
http://www.thestar.com/news/crime/ar...hocking-crimes
Today's paper, Michael Ross Stratton, could be out as early as 2011
He preyed on the most vulnerable, using young girls to satisfy his sexual urges, sometimes as they slept, other times using force, threats or rewards.

To curb the sex drive that led to his “shocking” and “horrifying” crimes, convicted child molester Michael Ross Stratton should undergo chemical castration, Justice Paul Bellefontaine said in Oshawa court Tuesday.

Jay98
01-11-2011, 04:15 PM
leah salina sousa was born on june 7, 1977, time & place unknown.

The murder occurred on september 1, 1990 between 1:30 & 3:00 a.m. daylight saving time, according to the police.

Perhaps you talented folks could set up a chart for a couple of time factors.

Thankyou.

CrimeSolver
01-12-2011, 07:45 PM
leah salina sousa was born on june 7, 1977, time & place unknown.

The murder occurred on september 1, 1990 between 1:30 & 3:00 a.m. daylight saving time, according to the police.

Perhaps you talented folks could set up a chart for a couple of time factors.

Thankyou.
A documentary on the case is at this link (http://www.ctv.ca/CTVNews/WFive/20100129/w5_cold_case_100130/), which I posted above.

CrimeSolver
01-12-2011, 07:46 PM
●At about 10:30 p.m. on Sunday, April 17th, 1988, residents of houses backing onto a laneway between Crawford and Massey Sts. heard screaming and emerged from their houses to see a young man engulfed in flames jump out of his car and roll on the ground. Residents rushed to the man’s aid and extinguished the fire with blankets. The man, 19-year-old Eric Alonsozana, was rushed to hospital with third-degree burns covering 90% of his body. He died of his injuries the following Saturday, but not before telling police what happened. He said he had been waiting outside the rear of the Queen St. Mental Health Centre at 1001 Queen St. W. for his mother, an employee there, to finish her shift so he could drive her home. He related that a stocky black man forced his way into the car and held him at gunpoint, ordering him to drive two blocks to the laneway between Mercer and Crawford Sts. There, the assailant doused Alonsozana with an incendiary fluid and set him alight.
Police were troubled by two oddities in the case. When they examined the crime scene, they found all doors to Alonsozana’s car except for the driver’s door locked. Also, the container of flammable liquid was found under the driver’s seat.
No further articles on the case were found, so its disposition is unknown.
Photo of victim:
http://i62.photobucket.com/albums/h104/DB_photos/Noname-18.jpg
Laneway where victim was set afire:
http://i62.photobucket.com/albums/h104/DB_photos/Noname1-1.jpg

●The bullet-riddled body of Ghassan Abuneaj, 23, was found next to a creekbed off Doane Rd. in East Gwillimbury, a village 50 km north of Toronto, on New Year’s Day, 1984.
Abuneaj, an Israeli Arab, had an extensive criminal record in Canada and the U.S., and had no known legitimate occupation. Most recently, he had taken up residence in Stone Mountain, Ga. with his wife and young son. His brother-in-law, who lived in Toronto, said Abuneaj came to Toronto on December 8th, 1983 with the hope of raising enough money to open a restaurant. The brother-in-law stated that Abuneaj left his home several days later and was not seen alive again.
No additional information about this case was uncovered.

●Three passersby who found John Johnston face-down on the sidewalk outside the Elm Grove club on Queen St. W. on Thursday, June 21st, 1962 took him to hospital, but the 54-year-old civil servant was pronounced dead upon arrival. He died of a fractured skull. Police concluded he had been mugged, because he had left home with $100 and the cash was missing when he arrived at the hospital.
No further information. Only one article on this murder was found.
Photo of victim:
http://i62.photobucket.com/albums/h104/DB_photos/JohnJohnston.jpg
Location of crime:
http://i62.photobucket.com/albums/h104/DB_photos/JohnJohnston2.jpg

●On Thursday, December 27th, 1973, James Brondell Stephens, 28, was found smothered to death by his wife in their apartment on Kingston Rd. north of Queen St. E. in east Toronto. The apartment had been ransacked, the telephone cord yanked out, and two liquor bottles and glasses were found next to Stephens’s body. Stephens’s hands were tied behind his back.
Stephens, a recent immigrant from Detroit, was out on bail from a heroin-related charge, and police suspected the killing was connected to drug activity.
Photo of victim:
http://i62.photobucket.com/albums/h104/DB_photos/JamesStephens.jpg
Location of crime:
http://i62.photobucket.com/albums/h104/DB_photos/JamesStephens2.jpg

●Two scout leaders from Scout Camp Manitou stumbled upon the burned and mutilated body of 40-year-old Ronald MacNeil near Twiss and Derry Rds in a rural area 40 km west of Toronto on Monday, April 20th, 1987. MacNeil, known to police as a cocaine dealer, had been viciously stabbed and shot before being burned. Link to more information. (http://www.hrps.on.ca/CrimeFiles/Lists/Homicides/DispForm.aspx?ID=7&Source=http%3A%2F%2Fwww%2Ehrps%2Eon%2Eca%2FCrimeFi les%2FLists%2FHomicides%2FAllItems%2Easpx)
Body found here:
http://i62.photobucket.com/albums/h104/DB_photos/MacNeilmap.jpg

dotr
01-17-2011, 11:41 AM
http://www.thestar.com/news/article/922969--slain-art-teacher-s-family-still-searching-for-answers
This in today. I really hope this case is solved.

It has been 10 years since David Buller was stabbed to death in his office at the University of Toronto.

The small, cramped room on the second floor of the Connaught Building on Spadina Cres. is no longer there. It was torn down in the months after Buller’s murder to create studio space for aspiring visual arts students.

Yet every year on the anniversary of his death, his family and close friends come back to the spot to remember Buller and reflect on his life as an artist and teacher.

His mother brings a bouquet of flowers, usually lilies. His friends place pieces of his artwork nearby. Then they sit in a circle to recall fond memories of Buller and share the anger that lingers after his death.

Buller’s murder remains unsolved.

“I’m still angry 10 years later that somebody did this horrible thing to David and walked away,” says Karyn Sandlos, Buller’s niece. “I hope they know that they ended one life and deeply wounded many others.”

Buller, a well-liked senior lecturer of visual arts who had taught at U of T for 15 years, was killed on Jan. 18, 2001. His murder shocked the campus and the city in its brazenness.

On that Thursday afternoon, Buller was in his office, working at his computer on an art project, when he was stabbed seven times with a knife. A cleaning lady found his body just before 7 a.m. the next morning.

Police said the attacker surprised Buller; his chair had tipped over with the computer cord wrapped around it. The plug was torn from the wall. But investigators found no DNA evidence, no murder weapon and no witnesses who heard the attack, despite it taking place in the middle of a busy weekday.

In the year following Buller’s death, police interviewed 230 people associated with his personal and professional life and RCMP computer experts examined his computers for clues. The individuals suggested as Buller’s possible killer included a disgruntled student, a jilted lover and a homeless man who had wandered up Spadina Ave. from the Scott Mission. But no evidence was found to back up any of those theories — or the one that suggested Buller, who was gay, led a risky lifestyle that may have instigated the attack.

Ken Taylor, a homicide detective involved in the case, told the Star in 2002 that Buller’s murder was one of the most difficult he had ever worked, one that caused him sleepless nights and to obsessively review clues.
...more to this long article.

CrimeSolver
01-17-2011, 04:44 PM
Yes, I saw the article, too. Thanks for posting.

Another murder happened at U of T around the same time, and I'm not sure the case has been closed. I can't recall the precise details, but it involved a medical examiner, or something like that, who was murdered by a colleague. The victim was white; the perp was black and went on the run. I don't remember hearing about the killer having been caught. The Star's post-2000 search capabilities are quite useless, so I can't conjure up more info. The slaying happened in the late'90s or early-'00s.

dotr
01-17-2011, 05:20 PM
Yes! I recall that murder and at one time tried to sleuth it out to post here, probably for the same reasons as you. I will try to find it again..

dotr
01-17-2011, 05:34 PM
http://cnews.canoe.ca/CNEWS/Canada/2009/04/05/9012506-sun.html
The Connellys' 22-year-old son, John, an achieving third-year pharmacy student at U of T, former co-captain of the hockey team at Ottawa's private Ashbury College, winner of the school's highest award for athletics and academics, was found broken and face up on the parking lot outside his 10-storey apartment building on Toronto's Walmer Rd. on Dec. 9, 2001.

He was wearing gloves and a toque, and his jacket was zipped to the neck. But he never wore gloves, and he never zipped up his jacket, say his parents and his friends. And the toque was not a hat, but a head cover from his set of golf clubs -- not something he would ever wear.

This, of course, did not add up. His parents believe he was knocked unconscious in his apartment early that morning -- there was a large bruise on his forehead that experts say could not have possibly resulted from the fall -- and that he was then dressed and dumped off the roof.

They have a name of someone who they suspect is one of the killers, and a scenario.

But those suspicions cannot be printed here, not without charges. Upon hearing the Connellys lay it out, however, it is a suspicion that merits investigation, especially since there was no real investigation from the onset.

There was, in fact, not even an autopsy beyond a visual scan of the body. And, oddly, the bruise on their son's forehead that the Connellys witnessed when they visited the Toronto morgue the next day had somehow been scraped raw to appear more like a laceration than a bruise -- the proof being in the ID picture in the coroner's file that was taken after the Connellys had left the morgue.

"Did someone try to make it look like a injury from a fall, rather than the result of an assault?" asks Dr. Connelly.

CrimeSolver
01-17-2011, 06:10 PM
Thanks, but that's not the one. The victim and perp were middle-aged (the former white, the latter black) and worked as coroners or medical examiners on-campus, which is where the crime took place. Something along those lines. Maybe I'm confusing U of T with somewhere else in its vicinity. I believe the murderer, although he was quickly identified, has yet to be caught, but I could be mistaken.
I would search the Star archives, but as I said, the post-2000 search utility is virtually unusable. The murder might very well have happened in the late-'90s though.

dotr
01-17-2011, 06:36 PM
Sorry, I know it is not that one, but came across it whilst looking for the other case and thought I should put it here for posterity..
The "coroner" case has been absent thus far..

nevinm
01-18-2011, 09:54 PM
Thanks, but that's not the one. The victim and perp were middle-aged (the former white, the latter black) and worked as coroners or medical examiners on-campus, which is where the crime took place. Something along those lines. Maybe I'm confusing U of T with somewhere else in its vicinity. I believe the murderer, although he was quickly identified, has yet to be caught, but I could be mistaken.
I would search the Star archives, but as I said, the post-2000 search utility is virtually unusable. The murder might very well have happened in the late-'90s though.

Hi CrimeSolver,

Here are some links about the puzzling case to which I think you are referring:

http://www.cbc.ca/news/story/1998/04/17/fire980417b.html

http://www.cbc.ca/news/story/1999/07/23/body2299.html

http://ionelectric.tripod.com/_disc11/00000075.htm

CrimeSolver
01-19-2011, 03:25 AM
That's the one, nevinm. I don't remember having heard about the murderer's body being found, but I must have forgotten. Thanks for clearing up the mystery. A motive for the crime will evidently never be learned.

dotr
01-19-2011, 01:32 PM
Hi CrimeSolver,

Here are some links about the puzzling case to which I think you are referring:

http://www.cbc.ca/news/story/1998/04/17/fire980417b.html

http://www.cbc.ca/news/story/1999/07/23/body2299.html

http://ionelectric.tripod.com/_disc11/00000075.htm

Thankyou for finding this! I knew this was a strange case, but reading about it now,it seems that many questions are unanswered.Could this man have committed any other crimes?!

CrimeSolver
01-19-2011, 03:59 PM
Thankyou for finding this! I knew this was a strange case, but reading about it now,it seems that many questions are unanswered.Could this man have committed any other crimes?!
My guess is he was more than likely responsible for the arson that burned down his church.

dotr
03-05-2011, 08:59 PM
This recent murder brought to mind David Buller, another gay employee at U of T,whose case remains unsolved.
http://cnews.canoe.ca/CNEWS/Crime/2011/03/05/17509301.html

University accountant murdered

By Chris Doucette, QMI Agency




TORONTO -- The city's latest murder victim was a 49-year-old accountant.

Allan Lanteigne was found slain in his west-end home Thursday but police said it's believed he was killed a day earlier.

"We really don't know at this point what happened," Det.-Sgt. Dan Nielsen said Saturday.

What is known, he said, is that Lanteigne was last seen alive as he left his job at the University of Toronto around 5 p.m. Wednesday.

CrimeSolver
03-06-2011, 02:53 PM
This recent murder brought to mind David Buller, another gay employee at U of T,whose case remains unsolved.
http://cnews.canoe.ca/CNEWS/Crime/2011/03/05/17509301.html

University accountant murdered

By Chris Doucette, QMI Agency




TORONTO -- The city's latest murder victim was a 49-year-old accountant.

Allan Lanteigne was found slain in his west-end home Thursday but police said it's believed he was killed a day earlier.

"We really don't know at this point what happened," Det.-Sgt. Dan Nielsen said Saturday.

What is known, he said, is that Lanteigne was last seen alive as he left his job at the University of Toronto around 5 p.m. Wednesday.
Hmm, thanks for posting. I hadn't heard about this latest murder. I vaguely remember the Buller murder. I doubt they're related given the ten-year time disparity.
So far it's a (relatively speaking) bad year for murders here. 14 in just over two months, and the winter months are the usually the slowest period of the year.

There are a number of unsolved murders of gay men from the '70s and early '80s. I wonder if police have looked at James Henry Greenidge for at least some of those. He was imprisoned for murder in '81, and has been there ever since, but he could have committed some of those from the mid and late-'70s (can't remember the names of the victims at the moment, but they're all posted throughout this thread).

dotr
03-06-2011, 11:48 PM
A rundown of an unsolved murder from that time in the Yorkville area.
http://www.thestar.com/news/article/163304
Murdered, police believe, by a sexual predator who was stalking attractive boyish men in Toronto's Gay Village (though not yet known as such) in 1967. It was "The Summer of Love'' that year, with restless youth on the move across Canada, thousands taking a bead on the bright lights of the big city, as did Hovey.

CrimeSolver
03-07-2011, 12:29 AM
A rundown of an unsolved murder from that time in the Yorkville area.
http://www.thestar.com/news/article/163304
Murdered, police believe, by a sexual predator who was stalking attractive boyish men in Toronto's Gay Village (though not yet known as such) in 1967. It was "The Summer of Love'' that year, with restless youth on the move across Canada, thousands taking a bead on the bright lights of the big city, as did Hovey.
Yes, I believe Greenidge almost certainly killed Hovey, and probably Eric Jones (skull found near Coboconk) as well. Hovey was last seen getting into a convertible driven by a muscular young black man (Greenidge owned such a car). They drove north on Avenue Rd. from Yorkville Ave.
W5 and the terrific crime reporter Sue Sgambati did a fascinating hour-long story on the two murdered young men, whose remains went unidentified for 40 years.
Here's a link to the show. Parts two and three can be accessed on the right side of the screen: http://www.ctv.ca/CTVNews/WFive/20090210/wfive_hovey_090214

The other gay men murdered in the mid and late-'70s were middle-aged if I recall correctly, so perhaps it's a stretch to consider Greenidge in those cases.

dotr
03-07-2011, 04:38 PM
http://www.canada.com/theprovince/news/story.html?id=dd2a09f0-e113-44ba-b95e-55b522cf02d9&k=5302
I wonder if there are any other crimes- especially in the Yorkville area, that this perp Greenidge, may have committed.I hope he has not been let out on parole again,it seems his victims have been both male and female...

http://www.thestar.com/article/178237
But here is the flip side of James Henry: Behind bars he's been a model prisoner.

He's never incurred any institutional charges, never tested positive for drugs, completed the Intensive Sexual Offender Program, has always co-operated with staff, taken computer courses and even, apparently, studied piano.

He lives in a minimum-security cottage at Mountain Institution, southwest of Chilliwack, and spends his time tutoring other inmates.

Recently, he's been granted escorted temporary absence passes for the purpose of attending psychological counselling off-premises.

And he's brilliant. IQ tests conducted in prison put Henry in the genius range, in the top one percentile of the general population.

But, as a killer, thuggish and stupid.

Sixty-nine years old now, a pensioner, Henry wants out.

In April of 2008, he will get his next chance.

Unless another young murder victim yowls from the grave.

CrimeSolver
03-07-2011, 07:14 PM
I haven't heard or read an update on whether he has been released on parole. I don't think so, because it would have made the news.

In the same article from which you quoted the passages about his good behaviour behind bars, there's this from the reporter, DiManno: "But for an instant, there had been pure rage in his eyes, a look that chilled."

It's possible he is no longer a danger at his age, that he has mellowed, but I believe I remember from the W5 report that he was not cooperating with the police inquiries into the Hovey/Jones killings. Why would he, when he has everything to lose and nothing to gain?

I also found this paragraph from the article interesting:
"Briefly a male prostitute himself at 16, Henry vented his impulsive spleen at others in the sex trade industry, viewing them as less than human, even as he turned to them for sexual gratification. In 1998, a prison psychiatric assessment diagnosed Henry with narcissistic personality disorder, exhibiting many features of psychopathy and a high risk for violent/sexual recidivism."

Number one, a psychiatrist assessed him as being a psychopath. But the first sentence above could provide a link to his being the one who murdered the gay men killed in the mid-'70s (assuming he was out of jail at the times of those crimes). Let's say these men were trolling downtown for sex and picked up prostitute Greenidge. Whatever rage or self-hatred propelled him to kill his known victims also came into play with these men, whom he viewed as weak or disgusting, or whatever.

Anyway, what kind of "justice" system is this that a man who has been convicted of two vicious murders and attempted murder and rape (on the 13-year-old boy) even has a chance of ever seeing daylight again? He's sitting comfortably in his little minimum-security cottage in B.C. waiting to be let loose.

CrimeSolver
03-07-2011, 07:50 PM
Along with Hovey, Jones, and the still-unidentified cross-dresser found in Markham in 1980, all of whom I believe were murdered by Greenidge, the following are cases in which he should be considered, assuming he was out of jail and in the Toronto area at the time:

●Harold Walkley, 51, a one-time high school teacher and part-time lecturer at the University of Toronto, was stabbed five times in the back and chest at his home on Borden St. on February 18th, 1975. No further information, but case remained unsolved in 1978 when last newspaper citation occurred.
●On February 11th, 1976, James Douglas Taylor, 41, was murdered with a baseball bat in a robbery at his home on Elmhurst Ave. Four-and-a-half years later, Taylor’s brother Claire was also beaten to death, this time with a hammer. While Claire’s killer was quickly arrested, James’s has never been identified. His murder was one of a spate of murders of gay men in the mid-to late-‘70s, which raised fears in the homosexual community.
●On Wednesday, September 20th, 1978, Alex Leblanc, 29, a manager at a disco club, was found murdered in his St. Joseph St. apartment. No further information is available, including on the cause of death, but the deceased’s murder was one of a rash of murders of homosexuals in Toronto in the late-‘70s and early-‘80s, some cases of which have been covered in earlier posts of this thread.
●Tuesday, January 25th, 1977: The nude body of 24-year-old Brian Latocki is found tied to a bed in his Erskine Ave. apartment. The victim, a financial analyst with the Toronto Dominion bank, had been strangled, beaten, and stabbed several times in the chest and back. Latocki was last seen on the evening of Friday the 21st as he left a gay bar on Yonge St. with a man who purportedly offered him a ride home. That man was described as of East or West Indian origin, in his mid-twenties, with thin features, a medium-brown complexion, and an Afro.
Police at the time believed the killer was a sadist who enjoyed torturing and killing homosexuals. He may have been responsible for the deaths of several other gay men around the same time.
●James Stewart Kennedy, 49, was found strangled and beaten to death in his apartment on Jarvis St. on Monday, September 20th, 1976. Kennedy worked at the Department of National Revenue on Adelaide St., and his body was found when he failed to show up for work as usual. A towel had been knotted tightly around his neck and his face had been badly battered. The victim, a bachelor, had last been seen Saturday night. No further information.

dotr
03-09-2011, 01:39 PM
I wonder if, and how many unsolved crimes can be attributed to this fellow Dawson Davidson?As the son of a prominent lawyer, I imagine he might know a few tricks...
Toronto serial rapist arrested
http://cnews.canoe.ca/CNEWS/Crime/2010/02/17/12914831-qmi.html
By ROB LAMBERTI, QMI Agency
Dawson Davidson, pictured here in 1986, has been arrested in Vancouver and charged with assault and sexual assault on two women. Davidson was sentenced to eight years in prison for being the Annex Rapist in Toronto in the mid-1980s. (QMI Agency files)

TORONTO - The Annex Rapist, who terrorized Toronto women during the mid-1980s, is in custody in Vancouver.

Dawson Davidson, 45, is charged with assault and sexual assault of two women.

Davidson was described as a carpenter working on the set of the TV show Smallville. He was charged with an assault last July and another that allegedly occurred between November 2008 and March 2009, according to news reports.



In 1986, Davidson got an eight-year sentence after confessing to a spree of sex crimes the previous summer that saw three women attacked in Toronto and one in Vancouver. He returned to B.C., where he was convicted and jailed for one year in connection with a violent attack in 1996 on a Vancouver prostitute, whose ear was nearly cut off.

In 2000, a judge refused to have Davidson declared a dangerous offender. The year before, another judge released Davidson on bail under house arrest at his parents’ west-side home, despite the pending dangerous-offender hearing.

Davidson’s mother is prominent Vancouver lawyer Diana Davidson, who has received the Order of Canada.



Read more: http://www.vancouversun.com/news/Serial+attacker+Dawson+Davidson+jailed+indefinitel y/3696583/story.html#ixzz1G87utBmi

CrimeSolver
03-09-2011, 04:25 PM
I don't know if he's the murdering type, but there was a spate of rape-murders of young women in Toronto in the summer of '82, most of which remain unsolved.
However, firstly, he would have been 16 or 17 at the time (which doesn't rule him out, but makes him less likely), and secondly, I'm sure his DNA has been run through the database and come up empty on those cases where DNA exists.
In the instance of old rapes, DNA evidence has probably long been discarded, even though Canada, unlike the U.S., doesn't have a statute of limitations for rape.
Hopefully he will be classified a Dangerous Offender and jailed indefinitely.

dotr
03-11-2011, 08:01 PM
Suspected wife killer on the run

By ROB LAMBERTI, QMI Agency
http://cnews.canoe.ca/CNEWS/Crime/2011/03/11/17586056.html


TORONTO - Almost five years later and suspected killer Henry Morales is still on the run.

The man vanished after allegedly strangling his wife Malena on July 13, 2006, in their Brampton apartment.

Before the body of the 31-year-old mother of two children was found, Morales escaped to Mexico.

By the time Peel Regional Police confirmed the identity of their suspect, he was gone.

The now 36-year-old El Salvadoran is wanted on a second-degree murder warrant and may have returned to his homeland, where he has family.

Homicide detectives recycled their plea Friday for information about the whereabouts of the suspect.

They have issued appeals in the past. Detectives turned to America's Most Wanted in 2009.

Malena Franco, born in Ecuador, met Morales while employed as a Canadian Tire maintenance worker

CrimeSolver
03-13-2011, 12:31 AM
Suspected wife killer on the run

By ROB LAMBERTI, QMI Agency
http://cnews.canoe.ca/CNEWS/Crime/2011/03/11/17586056.html


TORONTO - Almost five years later and suspected killer Henry Morales is still on the run.

The man vanished after allegedly strangling his wife Malena on July 13, 2006, in their Brampton apartment.

Before the body of the 31-year-old mother of two children was found, Morales escaped to Mexico.

By the time Peel Regional Police confirmed the identity of their suspect, he was gone.

The now 36-year-old El Salvadoran is wanted on a second-degree murder warrant and may have returned to his homeland, where he has family.

Homicide detectives recycled their plea Friday for information about the whereabouts of the suspect.

They have issued appeals in the past. Detectives turned to America's Most Wanted in 2009.

Malena Franco, born in Ecuador, met Morales while employed as a Canadian Tire maintenance worker
Here's a pic:
http://media.amw.com/multimedia/fileRepository/db/472/214/Morales_LongHair_Enlrg.jpg

dotr
03-14-2011, 11:26 AM
GTA Homicide Map 2011.
http://www.cbc.ca/toronto/features/homicide2011/

CrimeSolver
03-14-2011, 06:32 PM
GTA Homicide Map 2011.
http://www.cbc.ca/toronto/features/homicide2011/
That map is unfortunately not up-to-date, dotr. Toronto has had a relatively bad year so far with a total of 14 homicides to date. I use the TPS website for accurate numbers, but one must scroll down through the unrelated news releases to find the figures: http://www.torontopolice.on.ca/newsreleases/

dotr
03-17-2011, 04:42 PM
http://photogallery.thestar.com/954390
"Unofficial epicentre for murders,Carlton and Church"

dotr
03-25-2011, 10:01 PM
This documentary details the early music scene in downtown Toronto, including segments filmed in Yorkville clubs in the 60's.The reason I am posting it here (hope that is fine) is because of some crowd footage which may prove useful...
http://www.bravo.ca/events/yongestreet/

This article is an older item that may have been already posted, but it ties in with this time period in the doc.

http://www.thestar.com/news/article/163304
The beloved guitar has never surfaced. "Everybody has said, at the outset, that his guitar was his most prized possession," said Quigley.

Hovey's decomposed remains were found on May 15, 1968, lying against a hedgerow near Schomberg. Investigators need to establish a specific date for his disappearance. The last known sighting was on Yorkville, in the late spring or early summer of '67.

"We're hoping that people who may have known Dickie Hovey, worked with him, knew where he lived, were friends with him, will contact us to assist in tracing the last activities of his life,'' said Quigley. "Where he worked, what he did, what happened to his property at the end."

CrimeSolver
03-26-2011, 02:51 PM
Yes, I watched those docs on TV and thought about the Hovey case.

Liquidlounge
03-28-2011, 11:21 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1wzO7g_GhCw

Toronto Police lie to me, after Lizzie Tomlinson inquiry
From: Diggingfortruth3 | Mar 28, 2011 | 19 views

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In 2001 the Toronto Police were investigating the childhood sexual abuse committed again me by David Norris. The Toronto police were aware that this started when we lived on River Street, Toronto. They were aware of the attempt on my life at Rattle Snake Point in 1972. They were aware that he tried to stab me in 1978. They knew that my brother went missing in 1984.

They were also aware that I said he killed a girl at lake Simcoe and buried her nearby. There is no way they did not know this. I remember during my interview with them there was a picture of Lake Simcoe on the wall in the interview room. I went up, pointed at it and said, "that's were she was killed." I also recall telling them in this interview that I believe this girl was strangled as no sound came up from the beach and he had no blood on him.

York Region police spent four years supposedly investigating the murder of Yvonne Leroux. They also said they were going to help me find the remains of the girl killed at Lake Simcoe. York Region police during this time went from stating that the weapon I gave them in Yvonne's case was consistent with her wounds and what I said was 'probable.' Four years later they apparently can't say one way or the other whether he killed Yvonne. I thought they were dragging the investigation as they had been negligent from the start in investigating this and now the suspect was dead. I started looking for similarities between the murder of Yvonne and other people. I thought that during the four years they had had it they should have been doing this. They did not. I did find similarities in the murder of Veronica Kaye.

The police publicly slandered me at this time. At the time of this public slander I had found the area that I believe this girl is buried. York Region police were offering to come out with me and a ground radar machine to scan the area.

Several months later I was reading about the case of 6 year old Lizzi Tomlinson murdered in 1980. I also read that the police thought it was connected to an attempt murder of a waitress the year before in 1979. She was stabbed multiple times.

The description of the suspect is a male with a beard. 5'7 to 5'10'' 160 to 185 lbs. Long brown hair and blue eyes. Well muscled and tanned. Someone who smoked players lights, someone who wore a silver watch, and was familiar with the area but not seen around the area before four days before Lizzi's abduction.

This is the exact description of David Norris. I grew up half a block from were Lizzi was abducted from. I had played in Stink's park.

After Lizzi's murder David did shave his beard. He had always had a beard before that. He also let his hair get grey. I do have pictures of this and sent them to Toronto.

Before anyone jumps on me saying that I say David did this, I am not. I was not there. I will say that it is inexcusable that given the circumstances that he was not at any time looked at in regards to her murder. That is inexcusable.

It is over this that I had the argument with York Region and accused them of negligence. It was then they stoped me from finishing digging for the remains of the girl from Lake Simcoe and they did lie in court and falsely arrest me.

I did bring David Norris name to the attention of the Toronto police. It is certainly worth looking into. They said they would call me back.

When they did call me back the first thing the cop said to me was that I did not tell them about the murder (meaning the girl from Lake Simcoe) This seemed to be the purpose of his call. They wanted to let me know that I had not told them that David had killed someone. This is not true. I certainly told them. There is no way they did not know.

So I wonder why they lied. Is it because they had all this information then and did nothing with it. Is it because they found a more probable suspect than the poor guy they charged. This man who sat in the court room wanting crayons and bubble gum and stating that the cops were lying. When they finally have someone who more fit's the profile they find that they had him and let him slip away,,, slip away when they told him to surrender or be arrested. They also knew his past history of suicide attempts. They should have just gone and get him.

Are the Toronto police starting to set it up as it's my fault they did not look at this then. Trying to defer the blame, make excuses. What did they find to make them want to look for excuses. I do believe they had a serial killer and they let him slip

Liquidlounge
03-28-2011, 11:25 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z_MsC1pyKNY

CrimeSolver
03-29-2011, 03:12 PM
Interesting tape; thanks for posting. I don't think it's a good idea to go around baiting or threatening police officers. You'll catch more flies with honey than with vinegar. I see they're giving you a bit of the royal runaround, but it's not a good idea to inflame the situation. You'll get even less help that way.

That being said, if David Norris killed Lizzie Tomlinson, the one possible way that can be determined is through DNA. I have no idea if an offender's DNA exists in the Tomlinson case. If it does, it can be compared through familial analysis to yours and either include or exclude your father. Another option is to exhume your father's body, which is of course more complicated.
Question: When did you live in Tomlinson's neighbourhood?

As to Yvonne Leroux, the 16-year-old was last seen leaving a conselling session at York-Finch Hospital at the intersection of Finch Ave. and Hwy 400 at 10 p.m. on November 29th, 1972. Her body was found the next morning on 16th Sideroad between Jane and Keele Sts in King Township, about 20 km away.
I have marked the spots on the map below as #s 1 and 2 respectively. The second image is a Google picture of 16th Sideroad as it stretches east of Jane St. I believe I remember reading that Leroux's body was found in or near the driveway of a private school.

http://i62.photobucket.com/albums/h104/DB_photos/Leroux2.jpg?t=1301425848

http://i62.photobucket.com/albums/h104/DB_photos/Leroux.jpg?t=1301425890

dotr
04-01-2011, 10:50 AM
Just found a great article that I must have missed somehow...
http://www.mytowncrier.ca/still-waiting-for-cold-case-answers.html
Somebody out there knows who committed those two murders and that’s who we’re looking for,” Ryan says. “Twenty-five years have passed — they’ve gone on with their lives and they just don’t want to get involved.”

He’s hopeful someone who didn’t report a suspicion years ago, for whatever reason, will have a change of heart.

“What I like to say in cases like this is, I ask people to take their mind back 27 years ago to the water cooler or dinner table, to when those two murders happened,” he says. “In a conversation perhaps someone might have said, ‘I wouldn’t be surprised if person X had done it, or my creepy uncle, or so-and-so.’ That’s what we’re looking for: just a name.”

Bumstich
04-17-2011, 12:21 AM
I knew Peter Crampton, I would like him to know he was loved.

CrimeSolver
04-17-2011, 02:14 PM
Who is Peter Crampton?

dotr
04-19-2011, 09:27 PM
That was interesting and mysterious for a first post, although you signed up here since 2010! I tried to find a link for P.C.,but nothing that would explain his name being mentioned in this thread .Do tell more.

CrimeSolver
04-19-2011, 10:20 PM
It's my oversight, dotr and Bumstich. I mentioned Crampton in post #60 of this thread, correcting the write-up of a case I mistakenly thought was unsolved: the murder of elderly Lily Dunsmore in 1972.
In my update I noted that Crampton had been charged along with another man. Crampton was acquitted.

dotr
05-10-2011, 10:51 AM
Mon May. 09 2011 5:35:08 PM |Web staff, cp24.com
http://www.cp24.com/servlet/an/local/CTVNews/20110509/110509_Skinner/20110509/?hub=CP24Home
Reward increased in connection with Adelaide Street murder

The family of Chris Skinner have marked what would have been his 29th birthday by upping the reward for information leading to an arrest in connection with his murder. Skinner was killed on Adelaide Street in 2009. (CTV)
A grieving father is hoping an extra $25,000 will help find the person or persons responsible for his son's death.

Chris Skinner was murdered in October 2009 while walking along Adelaide Street after a night out.

CrimeSolver
05-10-2011, 02:19 PM
Mon May. 09 2011 5:35:08 PM |Web staff, cp24.com
http://www.cp24.com/servlet/an/local/CTVNews/20110509/110509_Skinner/20110509/?hub=CP24Home
Reward increased in connection with Adelaide Street murder

The family of Chris Skinner have marked what would have been his 29th birthday by upping the reward for information leading to an arrest in connection with his murder. Skinner was killed on Adelaide Street in 2009. (CTV)
A grieving father is hoping an extra $25,000 will help find the person or persons responsible for his son's death.

Chris Skinner was murdered in October 2009 while walking along Adelaide Street after a night out.
At the time, I thought this outrageous murder would be quickly solved, firstly, because it happened in busy surroundings, secondly, because several people were involved, and thirdly, because an image, albeit a poor one, was captured of the suspects' vehicle.

http://www.thestar.com/videozone/714564--video-of-black-suv-in-skinner-case

dotr
05-11-2011, 10:22 AM
http://wn.com/Appeal_For_Info-Murders_of_Dylan_Ellis_+_Oliver_Martin_1800222tips
http://www.thestar.com/article/586999
Just before midnight on June 13, 2008, a gunman opened fire on an SUV sitting in front of a Richmond St. W. condominium.

The shooter approached the vehicle on the driver's side and began to fire. Ellis and Martin, both 25, were killed in a matter of seconds. Martin's girlfriend, who was huddled for cover in the backseat, survived.

Police have not been able to find a motive for the slayings, and say tips have dried up.

dotr
05-31-2011, 01:51 PM
http://cnews.canoe.ca/CNEWS/Crime/2011/05/31/18216061.html
Karen Caughlin’s battered body was discovered near what is now Plowing Match Road. She had been dropped off earlier at a friend’s house in Sarnia but never went inside.

Her purse was found on Highway 21, five kilometres from where her body was discovered by a passing motorist.

Police reopened the cold case eight years ago, vowing to turn up new leads and blitzing the community with calls for new tips on the murder

http://www.lfpress.com/news/london/2010/03/15/13240991.html
Karen's battered body was found March 16, 1974, in a shallow ditch off what is now Plowing Match Road near Petrolia. She had been dropped off about nine hours earlier at a friend's house on Brock Street, a short walk from her own home.

That was the last time she was seen alive.

Her coat and shoes were located a short distance from her body in a pile of branches.

Her purse was found on Highway 21 about five kilometres from where her body was found by a passing motorist.

An autopsy confirmed internal hemorrhaging as the cause of death and she was covered with cuts and bruises. The autopsy revealed she died of injuries consistent with being run over by a motor vehicle.

Purple paint chips found on Caughlin's clothing were traced back to 1970 or 1971 high-performance Chrysler vehicles such as a Barracuda, Challenger, Charger, Dart, Demon, Duster and Superbee. The paint was also used on Chrysler's Belvedere, Coronet, Satellite and Valiant models.

In 2004, DNA evidence in the case was found to be that of a male suspect.

"They just need a name," said Caughlin. "That's it."

dotr
05-31-2011, 10:03 PM
sorry for so many posts in a row, but it seems that the family has a suspect in mind..R.B.

http://www.newswire.ca/en/releases/archive/May2011/24/c6445.html
PT. EDWARD, ON, May 24, 2011 /CNW/ - The Caughlin family will hold a press conference to discuss and seek public support for an external independent review of their sister's 37- year unsolved homicide under the jurisdiction of the Ontario Provincial Police.

Bob Sauve, father of homicide victim Kim Sauve (1983), will be in attendance. Convicted killer, Richard Boudreau, remains part of both families' unease.

CrimeSolver
06-01-2011, 03:22 PM
Thanks for posting that case, which is new to me. The DNA will be able to include or exclude any known suspects. I, too, would be frustrated if I were the family; the OPP seems not very interested in solving this.


As an aside, I should have some new summaries up soon.

CrimeSolver
06-01-2011, 03:57 PM
Here's a touching video about the Caughlin case: Karen's Story from Rocketship Productions (http://vimeo.com/user2401573) on Vimeo (http://vimeo.com).

dotr
06-02-2011, 09:02 AM
That really is a very well done video,I thought the narrator was particularly good.I do not imagine that there were/are alot of purple cars ,someone must remember seeing one,who knows, it might be sitting in a junk lot or garage somewhere...

AbbeyR
06-05-2011, 08:04 PM
http://wn.com/Appeal_For_Info-Murders_of_Dylan_Ellis_+_Oliver_Martin_1800222tips
http://www.thestar.com/article/586999
Just before midnight on June 13, 2008, a gunman opened fire on an SUV sitting in front of a Richmond St. W. condominium.

The shooter approached the vehicle on the driver's side and began to fire. Ellis and Martin, both 25, were killed in a matter of seconds. Martin's girlfriend, who was huddled for cover in the backseat, survived.

Police have not been able to find a motive for the slayings, and say tips have dried up.

I remember these guys. I lived nearby and was shocked by this random and senseless crime. I've always hoped that they would find answers... very sad.

dotr
06-06-2011, 04:22 PM
http://wn.com/Appeal_For_Info-Murders_of_Dylan_Ellis_+_Oliver_Martin_1800222tips
[/B]I just realized that the anniversary of the brutal ambush of those young men is this forthcoming June 13( 2008).I feel very bad for the families, who 3 years on, have no idea who did this or why.When you see the videos (above link) of the boy's Mothers pleading for help in solving this case, truly one's heart could just break..
They say tips have dried up, but surely someone, knows someone- who knows what happened, I hope they speak up or at least pass the message on..

dotr
06-06-2011, 07:14 PM
http://yongeandroxborough.blogspot.com/
Monday, June 6, 2011
Memorial gathering for Oliver Martin and Dylan Ellis on Sunday
Alan Dudeck writes:
"Oliver Martin and Dylan Ellis were taken from us on the night of June 12/13 in 2008. This year, to remember “the boys” and share a few moments of reflection, music and very few words, a gathering is set for Sunday, June 12 at 11:30 pm in Ramsden Park (across from Rosedale TTC station) by the bench and tree which friends organized and paid for.
"Altho’ a sad event, it will give us all an opportunity to meet again and remember/celebrate the joyous lives of Dylan and Oliver."

dotr
06-07-2011, 07:19 PM
The picture in this link, shows the young men smiling and having fun minutes before they are murdered.

Initially, police released a description of a young, black male on a bicycle as a person of interest. Residents who looked down upon the scene from their windows saw this person, but detectives do not know how he fits into the narrative.


“Somebody knows and saw something and why they’re not coming forward and how I can reach them, I don’t know,” said Mr. Martin’s mother, Susan.



Read more: http://network.nationalpost.com/np/blogs/toronto/archive/2009/06/10/police-appeal-for-leads-in-ellis-martin-murder-and-release-photo-of-their-last-moments.aspx#ixzz1OdRCnf8z
Some interesting comments follow article.

CrimeSolver
06-08-2011, 03:09 PM
^^The girlfriend in the back seat has always been a bit of a mystery to me. Would she not have seen enough of the shooter to draw up a composite, describe him in more detail, or at least confirm that he was the man seen riding the bicycle?

A little over a month after the Ellis/Martin incident, there was a triple-homicide that also remains unsolved, but it has received almost no attention relative to the aforementioned case. Four men, later reported to have been gang members, were in an SUV westbound on the Gardiner Expwy. On the Brown's Line exit ramp, they were shot at from a passing SUV. The driver, though injured, managed to make his way to Lunness Rd., where he pulled over.
http://www.torontopolice.on.ca/homicide/case/90
http://www.thestar.com/videozone/463871--police-looking-for-other-shooting-scene

Here's a quick map I threw together:
http://i62.photobucket.com/albums/h104/DB_photos/Noname-19.jpg

AbbeyR
06-08-2011, 03:09 PM
The picture in this link, shows the young men smiling and having fun minutes before they are murdered.

Initially, police released a description of a young, black male on a bicycle as a person of interest. Residents who looked down upon the scene from their windows saw this person, but detectives do not know how he fits into the narrative.


“Somebody knows and saw something and why they’re not coming forward and how I can reach them, I don’t know,” said Mr. Martin’s mother, Susan.



Read more: http://network.nationalpost.com/np/blogs/toronto/archive/2009/06/10/police-appeal-for-leads-in-ellis-martin-murder-and-release-photo-of-their-last-moments.aspx#ixzz1OdRCnf8z
Some interesting comments follow article.

Yes, that Chicago case does sound very similar (the link in the comment no longer works but if you google the cited text articles come up). Since the police seem to have investigated Dylan and Oliver and not found any reason why anyone would target them, it sounds possible that it could have been something totally random like a gang initiation. Only, you don't hear very much about violent gangs in Toronto, other than the odd drug related shooting (which is rarely downtown).

Crimesolver, thanks for that info. I had never heard about that case. My guess about the girlfriend is that she may not have seen the man approaching the window and then once the gunshot went off she likely ducked down and hid during the second shooting? It is odd that he came so close to the car though.

dotr
06-08-2011, 07:21 PM
I don't recall hearing about the shooting of 3 young men in a SUV, luckily the 4th man survived - which might just be one reason that this case is 'low key," as his life might still be in danger. Gang or not, it is very scary to think that someone could coldbloodedly kill 3 people and just go about living as if that was normal, who knows.. maybe someone pays these people to do these things making it seem justifiable.
By the way Crimesolver, your "quick" map-making skills are awesome!

CrimeSolver
06-08-2011, 08:08 PM
My guess about the girlfriend is that she may not have seen the man approaching the window and then once the gunshot went off she likely ducked down and hid during the second shooting?
That's true. The event seems to have happened very quickly. A couple of words exchanged, then "bang bang".
I don't recall hearing about the shooting of 3 young men in a SUV, luckily the 4th man survived - which might just be one reason that this case is 'low key," as his life might still be in danger. Gang or not, it is very scary to think that someone could coldbloodedly kill 3 people and just go about living as if that was normal, who knows.. maybe someone pays these people to do these things making it seem justifiable.
Amazes and maddens me, too.:furious: Someone who blew away three human beings is walking the streets a free man...unless he's now behind bars for other crimes.
By the way Crimesolver, your "quick" map-making skills are awesome!Thanks, but it's really nothing more than Google Maps and MS Paint. Nothing special. Maps and locations fascinate me, especially in relation to crimes. I like to know as much detail as possible.
By the way, my map is a little inaccurate. The driver turned east (left) onto Valermo Dr. and then turned south onto Lunness Rd. and stopped. My map erroneously has him going one street farther south.
I do distinctly remember hearing/reading that the victims were shot on the Browns Line off-ramp and that bullet casings were found at that location, contrary to what it says at the TPS website. This probably occurred a little to the east of the southbound cloverleaf.

dotr
06-14-2011, 10:00 AM
A followup to previous posts about this case. This was in today's paper.
http://www.thestar.com/news/crime/article/1008010--shocking-double-murder-still-lacking-motive-suspects-three-years-later
Ellis, who was starting out as a photographer, was the grandson of the late Mariano Antonio Elia, a renowned Toronto philanthropist. Martin had just landed a job in the financial district with Russell Investments.

What makes this case so hard to solve is that detectives are still without a motive for what appeared to be a random killing.

With no motive, police “don’t know what type of person we are dealing with,” Det. Sgt. Gary Giroux said. “The motive is unclear, which is what makes this unique. There was no angry exchange.”

A possible theory is that Ellis may have clipped a cyclist and not known it. In a picture shot from the rear of the SUV by Martin’s girlfriend, both victims are seen laughing a few minutes before the shooting.

dotr
06-14-2011, 10:23 AM
This just in.
http://www.torontopolice.on.ca/newsreleases/pdfs/21209.pdf
On Tuesday, June 14, 2011, at 10:30 a.m., in the media gallery at headquarters, Detective Ali
Ansari from the Sex Crimes Unit will announce a $50,000 reward for evidence leading to the
identification of a man responsible for two separate sexual assaults in the early 1990s.


Update, includes sketch of suspect.
http://www.680news.com/news/local/article/239745--50-000-reward-offered-to-help-solve-two-sex-assaults-from-90s

dotr
06-14-2011, 01:20 PM
http://www.cp24.com/servlet/an/local/CTVNews/20110614/110614_sexual_assaults/20110614/?hub=CP24Home
" The first sexual assault occurred on Poulette Street, near Dundas Street East and Parliament Street, in November 1993.

A 19-year-old woman was attacked, police said.

In July 1994, a 46-year-old woman was sexually assaulted in a second-floor apartment in the Queen Street West and Bathurst Street area, police said."

"At the time of the attacks, the suspect was described as a white or biracial man who was 18 to 20 years old, had small hands, bushy brown hair, short dreadlocks, a moustache and beard, Ansari said."

He was wearing a multi-coloured kangaroo-style jacket and running shoes, Ansari said.

dotr
07-16-2011, 04:38 PM
http://www.cp24.com/servlet/an/local/CTVNews/20110716/110716_Charges_Dropped/20110716/?hub=CP24Home
Sat Jul. 16 2011 2:30:06 PM | The Canadian Press

Murder charges dropped against convicted killer
The bodies of Julianne Middleton, 23, Virginia Coote, 33 and Darlene MacNeill, 35, were found near Toronto's Sunnyside Beach between 1994 and 1997.

The Crown withdrew the charges "because there is no longer any reasonable prospect of conviction," Brendan Crawley, a spokesman for the attorney general's office, wrote in an email.

"I understand the police investigation into the murders is ongoing."

Breese Davies, who has been defending MacDonald in the case, said the Crown's decision shows police never should have charged him in the first place.

dotr
07-18-2011, 02:56 PM
http://www.torontopolice.on.ca/newsreleases/pdfs/21493.pdf
On Friday, July 15, 2011, the Cold Case Section of the Toronto Police Service Sex Crimes
Unit arrested a man in connection with a series of sexual assaults and other crimes in
Scarborough in June 1993.
In 2003, a joint investigation by the Sex Crimes Unit and Peel Regional Police Service
identified a suspect. Since 2003, attempts to extradite the suspect, incarcerated in the United
States, had been made. In May 2011, an order of extradition was granted.
On Friday, July 15, 2011, Alexander Winston Sylvester, 55, of no fixed address, was charged
with:
1) two counts of Sexual assault with a weapon,
2) Kidnapping,
3) Wearing a disguise with intent,
4) three counts of Forcible confinement,
5) three counts of Robbery,
6) four counts of Threatening death.

CanManEh
07-18-2011, 03:40 PM
I was watching the news over the weekend and they had arrested someone for basically a B&E but the reason iam mentioning this is i had never heard the charge untill this past weekend of wearing a disguise and then i just seen it again in your last post is this new ,is it just something they throw in to add more charges on top i just found it odd i had never heard of this charge before now iam seeing it alot..

dotr
07-19-2011, 04:17 PM
Wow, glad our local LE really pushed to get this guy back to Canada to face charges- this is a detailed link, with photo.
http://cnews.canoe.ca/CNEWS/Crime/2011/07/18/18436846.html
TORONTO — A man with a criminal record spanning decades is back in Canada awaiting trial for a number of historical sex assault cases, Toronto Police said Monday.
The suspect's alleged Canadian crime spree began in Toronto in 1980 after he arrived as a visitor from Jamaica.

Kimberly B
07-23-2011, 10:08 PM
Back in 1999, you wrote about Sarah Jean Carlin, details below. Sarah Carlin is my Grandmother and I remember this horrible day like it was yesterday. They have never found her killer and have long since stopped looking for him. (although in my heart, we know who it was beyond a shadow of a doubt). I'm wondering where you found this information as I have not found any other reference to her murder on the net, not even in the York Police Cold Case files. Any details you can provide me for points of reference on this would be appreciated as all I have is the original Toronto Star notice with the sketch of the "person of interest". Thanks in advance. For the record, she did not have a considerable amount of money in her home, it was in fact less than $2,000.00 and was not taken by her murder. The money was in an envelope, in plain site, in her room. Her killer for some reason, did not find this envelope, despite slashing her furniture and literally tearing her house apart.

●Sarah Jean Carlin, 78, was found beaten and strangled in her apartment in a seniors' highrise complex in Newmarket, 50 km north of Toronto, on Saturday, August 14th, 1976. She may have lain semiconscious for several hours before dying of a heart attack due to a blow to the head. The elderly woman, who was hard of hearing and had limited mobility, was found lying on her bedroom floor with her mattress and bed on top of her. She was last seen Friday afternoon at 5:30 by neighbours. Her apartment had been ransacked. She was known to be distrustful of banks, and may have had a considerable amount of money stashed in her abode. Additional info on this murder is very hard to come by.

dotr
07-25-2011, 12:32 PM
DNA stored in police fridge for 21 years credited with cracking case
http://www.thestar.com/news/article/1029826--dna-stored-in-police-fridge-for-21-years-credited-with-cracking-case
"Peel Const. David Emberlin sent the evidence from the 1981 rape to the Centre of Forensic Sciences for analysis. Science had improved since then and he was curious about what might be found.

Peel police crime analyst Hayley Giles was able to connect the same DNA to a 1982 rape in Peel that Sylvester was convicted of committing.

Giles then sifted through a raft of offenders’ addresses, descriptions and crime patterns until Sylvester surfaced as a “person of interest.”

Had (Emberlin) not done that, we could not have gotten that link with Toronto (sex assaults) from 1993,” Fitzpatrick said.

The connection Giles made was enough for Toronto police to obtain a warrant to take a sample of Sylvester’s DNA while he was in prison in Pennsylvania."

CrimeSolver
07-26-2011, 06:42 PM
Back in 1999, you wrote about Sarah Jean Carlin, details below. Sarah Carlin is my Grandmother and I remember this horrible day like it was yesterday. They have never found her killer and have long since stopped looking for him. (although in my heart, we know who it was beyond a shadow of a doubt). I'm wondering where you found this information as I have not found any other reference to her murder on the net, not even in the York Police Cold Case files. Any details you can provide me for points of reference on this would be appreciated as all I have is the original Toronto Star notice with the sketch of the "person of interest". Thanks in advance. For the record, she did not have a considerable amount of money in her home, it was in fact less than $2,000.00 and was not taken by her murder. The money was in an envelope, in plain site, in her room. Her killer for some reason, did not find this envelope, despite slashing her furniture and literally tearing her house apart.

●Sarah Jean Carlin, 78, was found beaten and strangled in her apartment in a seniors' highrise complex in Newmarket, 50 km north of Toronto, on Saturday, August 14th, 1976. She may have lain semiconscious for several hours before dying of a heart attack due to a blow to the head. The elderly woman, who was hard of hearing and had limited mobility, was found lying on her bedroom floor with her mattress and bed on top of her. She was last seen Friday afternoon at 5:30 by neighbours. Her apartment had been ransacked. She was known to be distrustful of banks, and may have had a considerable amount of money stashed in her abode. Additional info on this murder is very hard to come by.
Sorry for the belated reply, Kimberly B, but I was away. I'm so sorry about your loss. It may have been a long time ago, but one never fully heals, I imagine.

All of the cases I profile here I find in newspaper archives of the Toronto Star and the Globe & Mail, which can be accessed for free if you have a Toronto library card. Here's the portal: http://ezproxy.torontopubliclibrary.ca/login?url=http://proquest.umi.com/pqdweb?ReqType=301
I have no other details on your grandmother's murder. It must have been one of those instances where I found only a single article and no follow-up. Have you tried calling the York Region police for info?

CrimeSolver
07-26-2011, 06:45 PM
http://www.cp24.com/servlet/an/local/CTVNews/20110716/110716_Charges_Dropped/20110716/?hub=CP24Home
Sat Jul. 16 2011 2:30:06 PM | The Canadian Press

Murder charges dropped against convicted killer
The bodies of Julianne Middleton, 23, Virginia Coote, 33 and Darlene MacNeill, 35, were found near Toronto's Sunnyside Beach between 1994 and 1997.

The Crown withdrew the charges "because there is no longer any reasonable prospect of conviction," Brendan Crawley, a spokesman for the attorney general's office, wrote in an email.

"I understand the police investigation into the murders is ongoing."

Breese Davies, who has been defending MacDonald in the case, said the Crown's decision shows police never should have charged him in the first place.
Yes, I saw this in the paper the other day and was dismayed, but I suppose if there's not enough evidence it's better to withdraw the charges with the hope of finding more evidence than to forge ahead and risk an acquittal.

dotr
07-28-2011, 08:35 PM
http://www.thestar.com/news/crime/article/1031838--fugitive-accused-of-killing-toronto-businessman-returned-from-u-s

A man accused of killing Toronto philanthropist Paul Maasland has been extradited to Canada.

Todd Andrew Howley returned Thursday, and is now in custody at the Bracebridge OPP detachment.

dotr
08-29-2011, 02:46 PM
http://www.thestar.com/article/1046142--murder-victim-s-father-and-homicide-detective-form-unusual-bond-in-search-for-killer
Rarely has a murder brought a victim’s family and an officer together in such a supportive way for so long."

“We’ve become friends,” said homicide detective Dan Nielsen of Ed George, admitting “it’s a little unusual.”


They also need each other to solve the case because leads have gone cold.

Michael George was shot multiple times around 3:30 a.m. on July 29, 2007, as he stepped from his car at his girlfriend’s Wilcox Creek Pathway townhouse complex in the Morningside Ave. and Finch Ave. E. area. Police said he was targeted.

Surveillance photos caught a silver car speeding away at about the same time.

Michael’s girlfriend, who had heard the rapid-fire shots, ran out to the driveway to find him slumped in the blood-soaked driver’s seat.

Earlier in the evening, Michael had attended a party with Centennial College colleagues. Nothing happened to suggest someone wanted him dead.

He drove a friend home and then returned to spend the night with his girlfriend, with whom he had been staying off and on.

dotr
09-10-2011, 10:28 PM
http://www.680news.com/news/local/article/275766--family-police-seek-public-assistance-on-one-year-anniversary-of-murder
Family, police seek public assistance on one year anniversary of murder

Amber LeBlanc and 680News staffSep 10, 2011 13:47:58 PM
Spence, 27, was shot and killed on Greenbrae Circuit, in the Lawrence Avenue and Markham Road area last September 10.

Investigators with the Toronto Police Homicide Squad said at today's press conference and memorial that they have reason to believe Spence may have been the wrong target.

"Our investigation to date, indicate that there is a strong possibility that Jahmeel was the wrong person that was murdered," said Staff Insp. Mark Saunders.

Investigators also said that Spence had no previous criminal record, and he was killed on his way home from buying juice for his two young children.


"Please pay attention to anyone that had a light-blue Honda Accord a year ago, that may have altered that Accord since," Saunders said.

dotr
09-10-2011, 10:40 PM
This link includes pic. of victim.
http://www.citytv.com/toronto/citynews/news/local/article/153656--murder-victim-may-have-been-wrong-target-policePolice Appealing For Tips After Fatal Shooting Last Week

On the one-year anniversary of the murder of Jahmeel Spence, Toronto police are speaking out, saying the young man may not have been the intended target.

The 27-year-old was gunned down in the rear laneway at 30 Greenbrae Circuit, near Sedgemount Drive, in Scarborough around 9:30 p.m. on Sept. 10, 2010.

On Saturday, Spence’s family held a memorial for him at the scene, with police saying he may have been an innocent bystander.

“Our investigation to date indicates that there is a strong possibility that Jahmeel was the wrong person that was murdered,'' said Insp. Mark Saunders.

Police say that at the time of Spence’s death, a man was seen driving away in an older-model, four-door, light-blue Ho"nda Acura but the vehicle may have since been altered in appearance

dotr
10-03-2011, 12:50 AM
http://www.ottawasun.com/2011/10/02/family-still-wants-justice
Pamela Maragaret Rose Kosmack was a mother of two, a daughter, a sister. She loved and was loved.

But on June 4, 2008, she was found dead near a bike path in Britannia Park near Poulin Ave., just a short walk from her home. Her murder remains unsolved.

Murch was 36 at the time and in the three years since her sister’s death, she’s revisited time and again that very spot where Pam’s body was found beaten and partially naked. She’s been back too many times to remember."

dotr
10-13-2011, 04:19 PM
Followup to story of murdered Toronto philanthropist..
http://cnews.canoe.ca/CNEWS/Crime/2011/10/13/18820311.html
In a stunning turn, Marshall Ross has pleaded guilty to the first-degree murder of his "uncle" and millionaire philanthropist Glen Davis on May 18, 2007.

dotr
10-13-2011, 09:53 PM
http://www.ottawasun.com/2011/10/02/family-still-wants-justice
Pamela Maragaret Rose Kosmack was a mother of two, a daughter, a sister. She loved and was loved.

But on June 4, 2008, she was found dead near a bike path in Britannia Park near Poulin Ave., just a short walk from her home. Her murder remains unsolved.

Murch was 36 at the time and in the three years since her sister’s death, she’s revisited time and again that very spot where Pam’s body was found beaten and partially naked. She’s been back too many times to remember."

I am very sorry, but I have realized that this was the incorrect link for this thread,posted in error as it deals with the Ottawa region.

dotr
10-14-2011, 11:25 AM
http://www.citytv.com/toronto/citynews/news/local/article/160665--cousin-admits-organizing-murder-of-philanthropist-glen-davis
Another man involved in the plot, Jesse Smith, pleaded guilty to accessory after the fact, last year. In March 2010, he told a court he drove Davis' killer to the parking lot, helped him escape and then disposed of the gun afterwards by tossing the weapon in Lake Scugog.

Two other men are also charged with first-degree murder in the case -- Ivgeny Vorobiov and Dmitri Kossyrine.

dotr
10-18-2011, 02:01 PM
http://www.680news.com/news/local/article/289637--toronto-police-continue-to-search-for-killer-in-skinner-murder
TORONTO, Ont. - It's the two-year anniversary, Tuesday, of the murder of a 27-year-old Toronto man, and police appear to be no closer to finding his killer.

An appeal for information will be made Tuesday by investigators and members of Christopher Skinner's family.

They'll gather at the scene of the murder at the corner of Adelaide and Victoria streets.

In Oct. 2009, Skinner was walking along Adelaide after a night out. Police said a black SUV pulled up and the occupants got out and beat him, then went back inside the vehicle and ran over him.

There's currently $150,000-reward being offered in the case

CrimeSolver
10-18-2011, 07:12 PM
http://www.680news.com/news/local/article/289637--toronto-police-continue-to-search-for-killer-in-skinner-murder
TORONTO, Ont. - It's the two-year anniversary, Tuesday, of the murder of a 27-year-old Toronto man, and police appear to be no closer to finding his killer.

An appeal for information will be made Tuesday by investigators and members of Christopher Skinner's family.

They'll gather at the scene of the murder at the corner of Adelaide and Victoria streets.

In Oct. 2009, Skinner was walking along Adelaide after a night out. Police said a black SUV pulled up and the occupants got out and beat him, then went back inside the vehicle and ran over him.

There's currently $150,000-reward being offered in the case
Thanks. And once again, here's a video still of the suspect SUV:

http://www.cbc.ca/gfx/images/news/photos/2009/10/22/to-hitrun.jpg

dotr
11-08-2011, 09:07 PM
Mon Nov 7 2011
Did serial murderer Gacy kill Canadians?
Richard J. Brennan
According to reports, at least one Canadian family has responded to the sheriff’s invitation to contact his office, along with scores of others from 28 U.S. states.

While Sheriff Tom Dart has yet to contact the OPP, the provincial force is taking the initiative to start an investigation of its own to see what can be turned up between 1972 and 1978.

“We have two different units — the Unsolved Homicide Investigation Team and Missing Persons and Unidentified Bodies Unit. They will both be reviewing our outstanding cases during the interim while we await contact with the U.S. authorities,” OPP Insp. Dave Ross told the Star.

Until then, the question remains whether Gacy continued killing during his unspecified trips to Ontario or whether he lured any young Canadian men back to his Chicago-area home. It has not been revealed where or when he visited the province.

“How, conceivably, can you think of a guy that does these horrific acts, but yet he turns it off when he leaves town?” Dart told NBC News. “Actually, you would think the opposite. He’s leaving town, he’s even more free because people don’t know who he is. He can move around even better.”

http://www.thespec.com/news/ontario/article/621010--did-serial-murderer-gacy-kill-canadians

dotr
11-11-2011, 01:19 PM
"Cold-case investigators now say they have found at least one document, thought to be a restaurant bill from somewhere in Ontario in the late '70s, that was found among Gacy's belongings.

Kozenczak recalls taking a map, stabbed with pins, from Gacy's home."
http://cnews.canoe.ca/CNEWS/Canada/2011/11/11/18955326.html

casseole
11-14-2011, 10:19 AM
The string of prostitute murders in Toronto has always interested me. Many of them were found quite close to one another. I get the feeling its a serial killer but nothing has ever come from the investigation.

buffetoflies
11-17-2011, 01:30 PM
Case #2: The rape and murder of Lizzie Tomlinson

On Saturday May 24th, 1980, polite, shy 6-year-old Lizzie Tomlinson was playing with friends in a parkette known by neighbourhood kids as “Stinky’s Park” on the southeast corner of Shuter and Sumach Sts in the east of Toronto’s downtown region. At approximately 3:30 p.m. Horrifically, the killer had shoved the stalk of a weed up into her vagina and through her stomach and upper body until it came to rest near her right shoulder. She lived for at least an hour, and possibly for a few hours, after the insertion of the stalk, but was likely unconscious. Since she had been partially buried, police believed the killer had spent quite a bit of time at the scene.


BBM.

HRM. Just how did here killer manage to do that? You'd have though the 'weed' would have bent or broken. I can't imagine how that could have gotten up there all that way! If it ended up by her shoulder, I wonder how it managed to avoid bone? Or did it go thru bone? What. The. Eff. :waitasec:

CrimeSolver
11-21-2011, 12:15 AM
I didn't realize this thread was moved to a new section.

The string of prostitute murders in Toronto has always interested me. Many of them were found quite close to one another. I get the feeling its a serial killer but nothing has ever come from the investigation.
That's not quite true. Peter Dale MacDonald, 52, was arrested in Oct., 2010 and charged (http://www.thestar.com/news/crime/article/882276--man-charged-in-parkdale-prostitute-murders) in the deaths of three of the prostitutes, Darlene MacNeill, Julieanne Middleton, and Virginia Coote. Earlier this year, charges were dropped (http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/story/2011/07/16/macdonald-murder-charges-dropped.html) because there was no reasonable chance of conviction.
Just how did here killer manage to do that? You'd have though the 'weed' would have bent or broken. I can't imagine how that could have gotten up there all that way! If it ended up by her shoulder, I wonder how it managed to avoid bone? Or did it go thru bone? What. The. Eff.
I don't know. I'm just going by what is written in the paper. However, if you think of the type of stiff reed one finds in swampy areas, I can imagine that possibly doing the job.

CrimeSolver
11-21-2011, 12:18 AM
I finally got around to writing up five new summaries, but I'm running out of cases to cover. From now on, I will no longer write about cases from the 1990s onward. Many of those can be read about at the Toronto police website.
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●At about 10 p.m. on July 4th, 1979, 24-year-old Carri Cochrane allowed a man into her apartment on Generation Blvd., in the Hwy 401 and Meadowvale Rd. area, to discuss an ad she had placed to rent a room. After what the victim later described as a two-hour chat, the man attacked her, stabbing her twice in the throat, severing her jugular vein, then tying electrical cord around her neck and binding her hands. The neck ligature saved her life by blocking the flow of blood from the neck wounds. The assailant robbed Cochrane of $60 and three rings.
Cochrane’s roommate Gerald Kane found her at 1:15 a.m. when he arrived home from work. The victim was rushed to hospital where she went into a partial coma, but she survived.
On July 11th, police released a composite sketch of the suspect who spent two hours with the victim before viciously attacking her. Cochrane described him as in his early 20s, 5’4” to 5’6”, with light freckles on his face, a full moustache, and medium-brown shoulder-length hair with a reddish tinge.
Suspect:
http://i62.photobucket.com/albums/h104/DB_photos/CarriCochranesuspect.jpg

●At 7:55 a.m. on Friday, January 20th, 1989, 34-year-old William Dimitry Patrief was found on the north side of Bethesda Rd. east of Bayview Ave. in Richmond Hill, on the northern outskirts of Toronto. Patrief had massive head injuries. He was rushed to St. Michael’s Hospital in the city but died 36 hours later.
Patrief, single and unemployed, was last seen on the morning of Wednesday the 18th at his brother Tom’s Pickering home, where he had lived for four months. Tom believed his brother was the victim of a grudge going back to his days as the member of a biker gang when he was in his early 20s.
No further information was found.
Victim:
http://i62.photobucket.com/albums/h104/DB_photos/Patrief.jpg
Body dump site:
http://i62.photobucket.com/albums/h104/DB_photos/Patrief2.jpg

●Early on the frigid morning of Tuesday, December 23rd, 1969, the frozen body of Daniel Linehan, 57, was discovered under a fire escape in a laneway beside 50 Gerrard St. E. He had been beaten and left to die in the cold.
Linehan, who was single and lived in an apartment on Victoria Park Ave. with his brother, left a bar at Yonge and Gerrard Sts. at about 8:30 p.m. Monday with a man he had met there. Police believed he was offered a ride home and then accosted by that man and an accomplice, who kicked him viciously and robbed him.
No additional articles were found bespeaking the disposition of this case.
Laneway at 50 Gerrard St. E., where victim was found (has likely changed dramatically in appearance since 1969):
http://i62.photobucket.com/albums/h104/DB_photos/Linehan.jpg

●Plumbing contractors found the nude body of 47-year-old David John Westwater in his fourth-floor bachelor apartment on Gloucester St. at about noon on Monday, March 1st, 1982. Westwater had been brutally beaten about the face and head, and had sustained a fractured skull. Cause of death was severe internal hemorrhaging, which led to the victim choking to death on his own blood.
Westwater, an unemployed cook who was separated from his wife, had lived in the building for six months and was known to his neighbours as Toby.
No further information.

●22-year-old Pritam Chohan left his job at Central Bakery on Cawthra Ave. early on Monday, August 1st, 1988. He told his boss he had to go “somewhere far” to take care of some business. He was never seen alive again. His burnt body was found by hikers in some brush off 8th Concession near Claremont Conservation Area north of Pickering on August 11th. Little was left of the body and Chohan could only be identified by jewelry he had been wearing. A manner of death could not be established.
After months of investigation, police had several suspects, but could not build a case because of the uncooperativeness of the East Indian community. Police believed Chohan met his killers at around midnight on Aug. 1st, having been lured into a trap. An anonymous caller phoned his family the next day to say he was dead, and the family continued to receive phone calls for months afterward.
One of the theories police worked with was that Chohan, a peaceable sort, was killed by a radical Sikh group, the Babbar Khalsa, members of which he was trying to expose in letters to the Indian consulate. Another theory was that he may have been killed by one of the men whose wives he was reported to have dated.
The case was still unsolved as of the last newspaper article found.
Victim:
http://i62.photobucket.com/albums/h104/DB_photos/chohan-1.jpg

CrimeSolver
11-21-2011, 12:42 AM
I don't know why this thread was moved here to the "serial killers" section. It was much better off in the Cold Case subforum.

CanManEh
11-21-2011, 12:49 AM
Hey crimesolver , The carrt cochrane attack it doesn't say but from the sketch it looks like the man has something wrong with his one eye is that correct or just a bad copy of the sketh ..BTW what an idiot .Not that it's better if she had died .I just mean on his part .

CrimeSolver
11-21-2011, 01:01 AM
Hi, CanManEh. It looks like an identikit sketch, where the victim looked at sets of eyes in a binder, chose one that matched best, and the police artist pasted them on top of the facial sketch.

CanManEh
11-21-2011, 01:19 AM
What did you think of the W5 show about meriem i wont attempt the last name but the young girl missing from toronto she was here for about a month i think went to school never made it and has never been seen since .I didn't know anything about the father going off the deep end like he did thats pretty bizare. I like sue and W5 thay do some good stuff on missing person cases..

CrimeSolver
11-21-2011, 01:50 AM
I like Sue Sgambati a lot. She's an excellent, serious journalist, and I wish she would get a good cold case show of her own. She used to have one on CourtTV (Crime Files: Cold Case Edition), but it was kind of barebones. Sgambati would basically interview a detective for half an hour. Her W5 episodes have been much more interesting.
Still, I decided to skip the episode about Mariam Makniashvili because I assumed there would be nothing new to report, and I didn't want to see an hour of rehashed info. The father and family are suspicious, but I wouldn't rule them in as suspects. She could be a runaway or the victim of a sex kidnapper, but the latter is made less believable by the discovery near Yonge/Eglinton of her knapsack months after her disappearance.

CanManEh
11-21-2011, 02:31 AM
Yes I agree I also watched her show when it was on court tv and your right thats just how every case was told it was allways the same thing just different people. I said that on a unsolved canadian crime site kinda like this that we needed a good show like a nancy or jane valez but for canada. And your right there was nothing new other then what the dad has done to complicate matters .Myself i just can't see her being a runaway unless she somehow went back to her home land here she just didn't know enough people .

CrimeSolver
11-21-2011, 02:41 AM
Well, I believe there were unconfirmed sightings of her in Calgary or somewhere else out west. You're right, though. By all accounts she was very shy, and wouldn't have been the type to run away on her own.

casseole
11-21-2011, 04:18 PM
I watched the W5 episode about Mariam.I love Sue's reporting.

I'd heard so much about the case randomly when it was fresh in the news but it fizzled out a lot after the lack of leads. It was nice to see all of the information in one place and understand the case a little better.

I personally feel she either ran away or her father may have had something to do with it.

CrimeSolver
11-21-2011, 05:56 PM
I love Sue's reporting.
Yeah, I love her style. Earnest, and with few of the annoying mannerisms (head nods, hand movements, props, etc.) most reporters use. I hate those.
I personally feel (Mariam) either ran away or her father may have had something to do with it.
I agree, but we can't exclude the possibility, however remote, that she was taken by a sex predator.

CanManEh
11-22-2011, 05:36 AM
Somewhere along time ago in a meriam thread I had said that one of the things she had done was set up a facebook account when she came to canada also a seperate email address that had a password but her mom knows that password now ,My point is with her using facebook she would have talked to alot of people in the immediate area and she was a very pretty girl , I had put it out there that its very common for where her familly is from that when a girl does anything sometimes its rediculious and simple as showing her face and this some how brings shame upon the familly and very often she will be killed in what they call a Honor killing and with meriam using facebook and being a pretty girl i wonder if just conversation made the father go off the deep end and say she had brought shame upon the familly and did something about it like they would do back in thier home land.. and usually its the father and the brother or the fathers son i mean that carry it out. and the son her brother was the last one to see meriam...But i had said this theory when the case first happened ,,Its plosible exspecially after seeing what the old man did to 3 innocent people almost killing each one with a huge butcher knife.............

RubyRed
11-28-2011, 05:05 PM
I like Sue Sgambati a lot. She's an excellent, serious journalist, and I wish she would get a good cold case show of her own. She used to have one on CourtTV (Crime Files: Cold Case Edition), but it was kind of barebones. Sgambati would basically interview a detective for half an hour. Her W5 episodes have been much more interesting.
Still, I decided to skip the episode about Mariam Makniashvili because I assumed there would be nothing new to report, and I didn't want to see an hour of rehashed info. The father and family are suspicious, but I wouldn't rule them in as suspects. She could be a runaway or the victim of a sex kidnapper, but the latter is made less believable by the discovery near Yonge/Eglinton of her knapsack months after her disappearance.

She lost her credibility as a serious journalist during the W5 show. Had she done her research she would of known Mariam's father had a deviant sex charge in California, and would have questioned LE when they said the family checked out clean.

Why he was even allowed into Canada with that charge i has me wondering " Do we even care who comes into this country "? Obviously not.

Tough questions were not asked in that interview. It all came across as a mediocre interview.

dotr
12-16-2011, 01:19 PM
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/story/2011/12/16/donna-proian-charges.html

"Toronto police are expected to announce new details Friday in a 30-year-old cold case involving the killing of a secretary who originally hailed from Estevan, Sask.

Donna Anne Proian, 30, was found dead in her penthouse apartment on St. Patrick Street on June, 23 1981.

The University of Toronto secretary had been stabbed and strangled. News reports published shortly after her murder said Proian's husband, Charles Proian, found her sprawled in the hall of their apartment.

He had told police that on the morning his wife died, he left for work at 8:05 a.m. to walk to his office at Bell Canada headquarters. His wife usually left for work at 8:30 a.m.

Charles Proian told police he received a call at work from his wife's employer at 11:30 a.m. saying she had not arrived.

He returned to the apartment and found her sprawled in the hallway. News reports published after her death said Charles Proian told police he had to unlock the door when he returned to the apartment.

Some of her clothing had been knotted around her neck and she had been asphyxiated, the Toronto Star reported.

There was no sign of sexual abuse and nothing had been stolen from the apartment.

New reports published after Proian's death said she had worked in the registrar's office of the University of Regina in the early 1970s.

At the time of her death, Proian had been working as a secretary for the vice-dean of arts and sciences at U of T
"

CrimeSolver
12-16-2011, 02:12 PM
^^Interesting. That's a case I wrote about early in this thread. I'm looking forward to the update.

Hazel
12-16-2011, 02:23 PM
Police on cold case LIVE streaming

Toronto Police news conference about a cold case they may have solved

http://www.cbc.ca/video/#/News/Local_News/1221258968/ID=2177051662

oh no! missed it!

Hazel
12-16-2011, 02:38 PM
Police announce arrest in cold case
Fri Dec. 16 2011 2:25:58 PM |Chris Fox, cp24.com
On Friday, police announced that Ernest Westerguard has been charged with first-degree murder in her death.

Westerguard, who was already in police custody for unknown reasons, lived in the suite next to Proian's at the time of the murder.

According to Det Sgt Steve Ryan, Westerguard has been a suspect in the case from the beginning.

Ryan said forensic science plays a part in charges finally being laid.
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Westerguard is seen in a courtroom sketch. (Submitted) - - - - - - - A police handout shows the suspect in a 1981 murder. (CP24)
http://www.cp24.com/servlet/an/local/CTVNews/20111216/111216_Cold_Case/20111216/?hub=CP24Home

dotr
12-16-2011, 10:18 PM
http://www.torontosun.com/2011/12/16/toronto-cops-make-arrest-in-1981-slaying
"Homicide Det.-Sgt. Steve Ryan credited colleagues’ “diligent” investigative work and the Centre of Forensic Sciences for the first arrest in the June 23, 1981 slaying of Donna Anne Proian."



"Ryan thanked the Centre of Forensic Sciences staff for being “instrumental for the conclusion we reached today,” adding that “technology has changed” and great strides have been made in crime scene analysis in recent years.

Ernest William Westergard, 61, was charged with Proian’s first-degree murder and appeared briefly in a downtown court before the media briefing.

Westergard, who had lived in an adjacent apartment to the 1981 victim, was convicted of the first-degree murder 17 years ago of Sonya Run, the wife of a Mississauga jeweller.

Run, 47, was beaten, raped and strangled to death.

Westergard had “been on the radar right from the onset of the investigation,” Ryan said.

Ryan said he hopes families of cold case victims take comfort whenever an arrest in a long-unsolved case that their loved one’s murder will be solved.

“We never give up,” he said.
"

CrimeSolver
12-16-2011, 10:36 PM
Great news. Thanks for the updates. I haven't seen a newscast yet today.

Hazel
12-16-2011, 11:31 PM
CBC NEWS VIDEO : http://www.cbc.ca/video/#/News/Canada/Toronto/1305549802/ID=2177583217

Charge laid in cold case
December 16, 2011News > Canada > Toronto
Toronto Police charged Ernest Westergard, 60, with first-degree murder on Friday, in THE 30-year-old murder case of Donna Anne Proian, thanks to new forensic technology,

dotr
12-18-2011, 12:01 PM
More capsulized case descriptions:

●On Tuesday, June 23rd, 1981, 30-year-old Donna Anne Proian, a secretary at the University of Toronto, was stabbed and strangled to death inside her luxury penthouse apartment in the Village on the Grange complex on St. Patrick St. in downtown Toronto. Her husband Charles found her body soon after he received a phone call from the university at 11:30 a.m., informing him she had not shown up for work. Concerned, he walked home from his nearby workplace and discovered her body. He had last seen her shortly after 8 a.m. when he left for work. She would normally leave the apartment for work at 8:30 a.m.
According to the victim’s husband, the front door’s deadbolt was locked when he arrived, which would have required the killer turning a key from the outside. No one in the building reported hearing anything suspicious on the morning of the 23rd. Prioan was found with some of her clothing wrapped tightly around her neck, but there was no evidence of a sexual assault.

●On Monday, July 12th, 1982, on her 21st birthday, Claudia Geburt was viciously stabbed to death in a second-floor sitting room of her rented house on Leslie St., six doors south of Dundas St. Her fiancé found Geburt’s nude, blood-spattered body facedown on the floor when he called on her mid-afternoon.
On September 2nd, Geburt’s fiancé and best friend died in a murder-suicide pact. They had been extremely depressed in the wake of Geburt’s murder. Despite this bizarre, suspicious turn of events, police were never able to definitively solve the murder of Claudia Geburt, but police speculation at the time was that the killer was someone who had spotted the victim sunbathing on her deck.

●Vasilios Andriankos, 30, was shot to death by an armed robber on the night of Thursday, November 4th, 1971 in a Becker’s convenience store he managed on Vaughan Rd. at Kenwood Ave. A female customer who witnessed the shooting said the robber was enraged that Andriankos was only handing him $1 bills. Police later found the sawed-off shotgun used in the murder on the roof of a nearby garage, and a stolen car used by the killer was found still running behind 80 Vaughan Rd., ½ kilometre south of the murder scene.

●At 3:30 a.m. on Sunday, July 27th, 1997, club patrons Michele Gonzales and Ruddin Dexter Greaves, both 22, were killed after being hit by gunfire outside the Calypso Hut 3 at 1230 Sheppard Ave. W. A crowd of people was standing outside the club when a gunman opened fire with abandon, killing the two partygoers and injuring a third person. The three suspects were all described as Tamil-speaking male Sri Lankans in their early 20s, and may have been disgruntled patrons ejected earlier in the night. The Calypso Hut 3 had been the scene of previous trouble, including a murder in 1994, when it was under a different name and different ownership.

●Julia Ann Cox, 92, was found murdered in a closet in her basement flat on Queen St E. near Beech Ave. on Sunday, June 14, 1970. The elderly woman, who weighed only 77 lbs, had been dead about 1 week when police broke down her door based on concerns from the victim’s 84-year-old sister, who lived nearby. The killer, who entered through a street-level bathroom window, ripped off Ms. Cox’s clothes, then garrotted her with cord and clothes hanger and stabbed her in the head with a screwdriver. There was no apparent sexual assault. The attack must have happened in the evening or at night, because Ms. Cox’s lights were still on when she was found.

Here is Crimesolver's original post concerning Donna Proian. It is such great news that this case was solved, giving hope to all the families of other "cold cases"!

CrimeSolver
12-18-2011, 02:53 PM
Here is Crimesolver's original post concerning Donna Proian. It is such great news that this case was solved, giving hope to all the families of other "cold cases"!
Exactly. If a case this cold can be solved then there's hope for all others. Before I posted the Proian case a few years ago, I Googled her name - as I do with all cases - and not a single search result came up. That some indication of how cold it was.

Same goes for another thread I started in early '07: The Holmes Beach Murders in Florida. An unsolved quadruple murder from 1980 and the only Google search result was a small write-up of the case on a local Florida sheriff's website (which no longer exists). Since then the case has heated up again and many people are interested. Amazing what the internet can do.

dotr
12-29-2011, 05:40 PM
Lots more to this article.
Erin Gilmour, 22, was violated in her Hazelton Lanes apartment on Dec. 20, 1983.

Her half-brother Sean was 13 and says the pain does not heal -- especially when a sex-killer remains free.

"It's particularly hard at Christmas time," he said. "Finding her killer would be like a strange gift to our family. Our dream is to have it solved so I was relieved for the Proian family to get some news."




http://cnews.canoe.ca/CNEWS/Crime/2011/12/29/19177601.html
There are many unresolved murdered women in Toronto during that time -- including Lori Marilyn Pinkus and Cheryl Nelson in 1991, Patricia Ann Stewart in 1990, Kelly Mombouraquette in 1987, Lorelei Brose in 1985, Christine Prince in 1982, and Donna Stearne and Wendy Tedford in 1973.

All these cases remain unsolved and there is nothing to link any of them to Westergard.

"With every unsolved case we look for connections, " said Ryan. "We always keep an open mind."

OPP Commissioner Chris Lewis said his cold case squad also looks for matches for similar unsolved cases across Ontario.

As of now the cases of Gilmour, Tice and the others remain unsolved.

Who knows what 2012 brings."

CrimeSolver
12-30-2011, 08:13 PM
●Archibald McDougall, 61, was found stabbed to death on June 11th, 1971. A caretaker at Loreto Abbey private girls’ school in the tony north-Toronto enclave of Hoggs Hollow, McDougall was knifed and robbed of 75 cents on a walking path that runs through a wooded area between the school - which is on Mason Blvd. - and a pub on Yonge Street. The path is adjacent to McGlashan Rd.
Researching another murder case (Carol Lynn Millar (1976)), I came upon some information (http://groups.yahoo.com/group/transgendernews/message/8442) on the above-quoted murder. Police consider it solved, even though the suspect was never charged. At least he is (hopefully) still behind bars.


By Mark Bonokoski
For the Toronto Sun
Tue, March 1, 2005

http://www.canoe.ca/NewsStand/Columnists/Toronto/Mark_Bonokoski/2005/03/01/94593\
8.html (http://www.canoe.ca/NewsStand/Columnists/Toronto/Mark_Bonokoski/2005/03/01/945938.html)

On the day Archie McDougall's body was found, his face horribly mutilated by a
knife, two of his nephews were rousted from their mother's home as suspects in
his murder.

Larry Mullins was 21, his brother John 19. They were also innocent.

The night before, however, they had been drinking with their uncle at the old
Jolly Miller Tavern in Hog's Hollow. 'The next morning, the stabbed body of the
much-loved custodian at the Loretto Abbey private school for girls was
discovered by a school nun in a park across the street.

As far as the police were concerned, the two were the last to see their uncle
alive, and therefore the prime suspects in a murder that had all the brutal
ugliness of psychopathic overkill.

But they weren't.

The last person to see him alive had also been drinking in the Jolly Miller that
night, unnoticed and therefore undetected, and would follow him up the path
towards the school grounds where McDougall boarded and knife him to death for
what amounted to pocket change.

And that person was Douglas Lawrence McCaul -- a once-closeted transvestite and
psychopath who was ruled criminally insane years ago but who has since returned
to the public fore as the appellant in a writ recently presented to the Ontario
Court of Appeal.

McCaul, now 52, wants to be transferred out of the maximum-security wing of the
Penetanguishene Mental Health Centre and moved to a medium-security mental
facility, where he can have more freedom.

He has been inside Penetang, virtually non-stop, since being found not guilty by
reason of insanity for the 1976 beating death of Carol Millar, a 26-year-old
alcoholic whose frozen body was found in a compost heap.

But this is not about McCaul; this is about the man he killed five years before
he killed Carol Millar. This is about Archie McDougall.

Loved family, kids

"Archie was very, very kind, much like all my father's brothers," said his
niece, Mary Mullins, mother of the two original suspects. "His life was his
family. He loved family and he loved kids."

Larry Mullins, now 56 and a successful real estate agent, sat in his mother's
house the other day and reflected on the uncle whom he and his brother last saw
at the Jolly Miller Tavern.

"My brother and I asked him if he wanted us to walk him home," he said. "But he
said no, even though he didn't like walking through that park at night.

"And I still feel guilty to this day. And so does my brother, John. If we had
only walked him home ... if, if, if."

For almost 12 years, the Mullins family believed the murder of Archie McDougall
was in a cold-case file -- unsolved.

Then, in 1987, they read in my column about how a man in the maximum-security
wing at Penetang had summoned homicide officers and how, at the end of that day,
the cops had the man who killed Archie McDougall.

'I pray at night'

And that man was Douglas McCaul.

"I pray at night that McCaul's appeal will be denied," said Virginia Kanary,
another of McDougall's nieces. "No member of our family can see a day where
McCaul could ever be considered rehabilitated.

"For the injuries he inflicted on my uncle, and to show no mercy or remorse, and
then to go and do the same to Carol Lynn Millar, well, this is a very sick, sick
man."

McDougall was born in the Cape Breton town of Glace Bay, the last of seven boys.

He was wounded overseas in World War II, returned home to work the Cape Breton
coal mines, where his face was smashed in during a mining accident -- a face
broken so badly that steel wires and a metal plate were required to reconstruct
it ... the same steel wires and metal plate that Douglas McCaul would later
gouge out with his knife.

After that, he joined a brother working the ships on the Great Lakes, then it
was off to Toronto, where he worked for years as a meter reader and then
custodian for Consumers Gas before signing on at Loretto Abbey.

And they loved him so much there that they ran his picture in their yearbook.

"Uncle Archie would never come visit without a roll of quarters in his pocket to
hand out to the kids," recalled Larry Mullins. "A quarter was a lot of money
back in those days. You could buy a chocolate bar and a pop and still have
change left over."

Looking back, Larry Mullins still carries anger over how the police treated him
and his brother when they were considered the prime suspects.

'We're all there'

What angers him the most, however, is how he and his family spent all those
years thinking Archie McDougall's murderer was still on the loose -- only to
find out in a newspaper column penned by me in 1987 that his killer had
confessed back in 1976.

"I don't believe for a moment that attempts were made to get in touch with us,"
he said. "All the police had to do was go to the phone book. We're all there."

Because he had already been found not guilty by reason of insanity for the death
of Carol Millar, McCaul was never officially charged with Archie McDougall's
murder.

It has nevertheless been marked "solved."

dotr
02-23-2012, 12:47 AM
http://cnews.canoe.ca/CNEWS/Crime/2012/02/22/19411786.html
Three crime-scene DNA samples have been linked to the man accused of killing and sexually assaulting a retired hairdresser 28 years ago in Petrolia, Ont.

The evidence came from OPP identification officer Darren Soucie, the only witness to testify during the jury trial Wednesday.

The 44-year-old accused is charged with the first-degree murder and sexual assault of Velma Thomson in October, 1983, but cannot be identified under the Youth Criminal Justice Act because he was 15 years old at the time of the slaying.

Samples from Thomson’s pubic hair, along with semen and hairs found on her slipper, were compared to DNA from a blood sample taken after the man was arrested in June 2008.

dotr
02-23-2012, 03:20 PM
I hope they do not have plans to ever let this guy out...



|Michael Giroux, known as the "High Park rapist," was denied parole in Montreal and will continue to serve out his 20-year sentence after pleading guilty to 40 criminal offences in 1996.


The parole hearing Wednesday was another marker in the gruesome history of the now 50-year-old serial rapist; five women were sexually assaulted by the man — two in Toronto's High Park area — over the span of 10 years


Read more: http://www.ottawacitizen.com/news/Toronto+High+Park+rapist+denied+parole+Montreal/5951434/story.html#ixzz1nEovb3dX

oi vey
03-13-2012, 08:41 PM
Unfortunately Douglas McCaul is an almost free man, until recently. I am trying to get him restrained from entering a store where I work. He misrepresented his true identity to me in order to get me to come out and volunteer as a patient advocate for the Royal Hospital in Brockville.

He claimed he "worked" with law enforcement for 35 years in Toronto, and had me convinced he was ex-law enforcement.

I called the police this week to check on the case. I thought I saw him walking about, unaccompanied around town. I am not sure it was him, but if it was- it's a very sad thing this man is out.

CrimeSolver
03-14-2012, 01:11 PM
Thanks for sharing your personal experience, oi vey. McCaul should be in a mental institution for the rest of his life. He should be deemed a dangerous offender for the two vicious murders. He was never brought to trial for the Archie McDougal slaying, despite his confession. I think he should be, because then he might get that sentence of confinement for the remainder of his life.

oi vey
03-16-2012, 02:54 PM
The really crazy part about this is he was granted permission to go out into the community freely. And he was working as a patient advocate at the Royal Hospital in Brockville. He was talking about stigma for mental illness when I met him,which in hindsight is such a pathetic excuse for himself. Really?! I do know people who suffer from mental illness who are nice people, who are responsible for themselves and who are simply not themselves when they are sick. They don't kill people.

The man killed 2 people, and attacked a second woman when he was working and living in the St Thomas area. He was not held criminally responsible for that either.

The other thing that bothers me is the community doesn't get fair warning about this guy. Misrepresenting himself as law enforcement to get someone to trust him, is a red flag even if he never hurt anybody; and yet because he's "criminally insane" he's sent back to the psych ward, and will probably be let out again without warning to the community.

Woodland
03-16-2012, 05:51 PM
This is a very intriguing story - imo the convicted killer can't roam freely in the community without help from others. These 'others' seem to be jaded, have no empathy for others or they receive some sort of bonus for declaring this person cured by 'others'.

It seems to me the killer recognizes the 'weak' area (others) and uses it to their advantage.

Does anyone have names for the 'others' letting this killer, and other killers, roam the community?

dotr
04-07-2012, 12:54 AM
http://www.torontosun.com/news/columnists/mark_bonokoski/2009/01/11/7985756-sun.html
"McCaul, without question, is one disturbing piece of work. Back in 1976, the then-closeted transvestite was found not guilty by reason of insanity -- terminology which has since been replaced by "not criminally responsible" -- for the murder of Carol Lynn Millar, 25, whose badly beaten and semi-naked body was found frozen in a compost heap in a Toronto park by a man walking his dog."

The facts of the case were so grisly -- attempted sex with the corpse three days after the murder, for example -- that Ontario Supreme Court Justice Samuel Hughes barred the public and the press from the courtroom in "the interest of public morals."

Shortly after being sent to Penetang, McCaul confessed to a murder predating Millar's by five years -- that of a 61-year-old stranger, Archibald McDougal, a caretaker at Toronto's Loretto Abbey private school for girls whom he stabbed to death and mutilated with a paring knife.

Because he was already incarcerated at Penetang as a psychiatric inmate, the Crown saw no sense in putting McCaul on trial for the killing of McDougal."

dotr
04-07-2012, 01:30 AM
http://www.torontosun.com/news/columnists/mark_bonokoski/2009/03/08/8671816-sun.html
"When spring eventually breaks, and residents of the St. Lawrence Seaway city of Brockville happen to see what appears to be a woman in dire need of a shave strolling the park-like grounds of the Brockville Mental Health Centre, they will be gazing upon one of the most wacked-out psycho killers in Toronto's history.

They will looking upon Douglas Lawrence McCaul.

If he is walking towards the open gateway unescorted, they should call 911 immediately.

He is not ever to be walking alone".

dotr
04-10-2012, 12:10 PM
2004 coldcase new big reward, but must be before January 31!
http://www.thestar.com/news/crime/article/1158847--cold-case-detectives-like-a-challenge-cracking-the-triple-murder-at-the-mirage-spa

The bodies were found inside the SUV, 12 kilometres north in the rear parking lot of Victoria Square United Church on Woodbine Ave. at Elgin Mills Rd. E.

Why did the killers leave a bloody scene inside the massage parlour and take the victims to a church parking lot next to a cemetery?

Was this a message: Here are the bodies, go bury them?

So far, the killers have covered their tracks very well.

But York Region police are not giving up.

The Police Services Board recently approved doubling the reward for information to $200,000, in hopes of a break in the case."

dotr
05-09-2012, 12:37 PM
This coldcase was posted today in Missing persons f.b. page..

GTA's Most Wanted - 3 Missing Teens From Toronto - YouTube

dotr
05-09-2012, 12:47 PM
Dec. 13 2006

http://www.canada.com/nationalpost/news/story.html?id=202aff7c-e5f3-4038-88a2-24987f0d1a78

MYSTERY

Mr. Sit's cause of death has not been released because it is a detail known only to those who are responsible, police said.

The four teenagers went to school together, Det. Leone said, but students at Harbord Collegiate Institute on Harbord Street knew very little of the group.

If Eve were attending classes now, she would be in Grade 10, but classmate Samantha Burns said the girl is not well known.

"The school cares, but it depends who," she said. "Not too many people knew [Eve]. Nobody seems to care. The school is not making a big deal about it."

Eve's mother, Carmen Wu, is frustrated by the apparent malaise surrounding the investigation of her daughter's disappearance.

Ms. Wu believes Eve and boyfriend Jackie have been kidnapped by a "group of men," and said she hopes they are together so Jackie might be able to offer Eve some protection.

Speaking through an interpreter, Qi Tao, Ms. Wu said Eve did not know Philip Sit well and does not believe her daughter's disappearance is connected to that of Mr. Sit"

CrimeSolver
05-09-2012, 03:56 PM
Yes, I remember that case and I'm surprised they haven't been located yet.

dotr
05-10-2012, 12:40 PM
Again, this is an older article with some detail about this odd case - maybe someone will write a new article ( with a few more details for sleuthing)..
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/story/2009/08/27/f-crime-solving-social-networks.html
" Mills's own epiphany about the cyber world began after the disappearance of those three teens — Eve Ho, 17, her boyfriend Jackie Li, also 17, and Kevin Lim, 18. They vanished five days after the remains of their 17-year-old friend, Phillip Sit, was found in King Township, just north of Toronto in early August, 2006.

Mills was a truant officer at the time, monitoring some of the popular online chat groups to see what kids were up to. When Eve Ho's friends told her school principal at Harbord Collegiate Institute that Ho was missing, it was Mills who took their statement.

A big advantage

When leads dried up, Mills turned to YouTube to make his first appeal and sent those video links directly to the e-mail inboxes of some the disappeared teens' friends. "You don't have to rely on them catching the evening news," he says"

Woodland
05-10-2012, 02:03 PM
I applaud Mills for taking the initiative and reaching out for information - have felt for some time that LE should be doing a lot more of that, rather than 'waiting for the call'. It's so easy now.

Flossie JMO
05-14-2012, 08:01 AM
Not unsolved but for Toronto and Southern Ontario sleuths, A&E Killer Kids is featuring Peter Woodcock/David Michael Krueger tonight. Truly evil man, deceased now, murdered 3 very young children when he was a teenager.

Then along with a former Penetang psych hospital patient who was given permission to escort him on a day pass (this guy had murdered someone before and was now a security guard at an Ottawa court house) murdered another patient at the Brockville Psych hospital.
http://www.thestar.com/news/ontario/article/776986--the-serial-killer-they-couldn-t-cure-dies-behind-bars

Peter Woodcock - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

CrimeSolver
05-14-2012, 03:57 PM
Thanks, Flossie JMO. Unfortunately it's on the Biography Channel, which I don't get.

In my search for unsolved crimes for this thread, I came across this guy 3-4 years ago, and read quite a bit about the murders in the newspaper archives before reaching the point where Woodcock was captured.

dotr
05-17-2012, 12:04 AM
http://www.mashpedia.com/Peter_Woodcock

dotr
05-17-2012, 12:15 AM
http://www.biography.com/tv/killer-kids/videos/psychopath-killers-preview-2225041685

CrimeSolver
05-17-2012, 02:54 PM
Thanks, dotr. The show looks good. My favourite true crime shows emphasize archival footage, photographs, and other real elements, rather than re-enactments.

CrankyOldFart
06-09-2012, 01:51 PM
I must have missed or forgotten about this older article.
http://www.globaltoronto.com/Toronto+police+looking+Williams+cold+cases+victim+ brother/2546282/story.html
Gilmour's brother, Sean McCowan, told Global News he called Detective Sergeant Steve Ryan of the Toronto Police Cold Case Squad after reading the papers on Tuesday.


"(Det. Sgt. Ryan) just mentioned that the Colonel is a person of interest and they're going to take a look at it," McCowan says. "You start to think about Erin's case, and could this person be somehow involved."


Col. Williams graduated with a degree in economics and political science from the University of Toronto in 1987.

Gilmour was found dead in her Yorkville apartment in December 1983.

"I'm not sure how long he was here for, but theoretically it does fit," says McCowan.
Also,
,http://www.newstalk1010.com/News/localnews/blogentry.aspx?BlogEntryID=10166823
And Newstalk 1010 has learned that in the past three weeks, 27 people have been subjected to consensual DNA swabs

Russell Williams was a Boarder at Upper Canada College up until May/June 1982 a mere 3km's from Yorkville (Avenue Road and Bloor Street West).

CrimeSolver
06-11-2012, 12:01 AM
If Williams had killed Gilmour (and Susan Tice) we would know about it by now, because there was DNA collected at the scene.

dotr
06-12-2012, 08:40 PM
http://m.torontosun.com/2011/12/28/cold-case-arrest-provides-hope-to-slain-womans-family
"There are many unresolved murdered women in Toronto during that time -- including Lori Marilyn Pinkus and Cheryl Nelson in 1991, Patricia Ann Stewart in 1990, Kelly Mombouraquette in 1987, Lorelei Brose in 1985, Christine Prince in 1982, and Donna Stearne and Wendy Tedford in 1973.

All these cases remain unsolved and there is nothing to link any of them to Westergard.

“With every unsolved case we look for connections, “ said Ryan. “We always keep an open mind.”

OPP Commissioner Chris Lewis said his cold case squad also looks for matches for similar unsolved cases across Ontario.

As of now the cases of Gilmour, Tice and the others remain unsolved".

CrankyOldFart
06-13-2012, 07:10 PM
If Williams had killed Gilmour (and Susan Tice) we would know about it by now, because there was DNA collected at the scene.

and because there is DNA evidence we may assume that the murderer has not been convicted of a crime warranting Penitentiary time thus far. It is quite astonishing that a criminal that perpetrated these two crimes has not entered the justice system in Canada at some point in the over 25 years since these murders occurred by keeping their nose clean.

was it june 2000 that DNA sample collection of convicts came into law or is that the date the RCMP only ramped up it's dna database ? Were convicts in prison and those previously convicted and out on the streets having served their time retroactively sampled (my guess no as it would probably conflict with a Charter Right) ?

some DNA info Canada specific from : http://canadaonline.about.com/cs/crime/a/dnadatabank.htm

DNA Profiles

Under the Canadian Criminal Code, judges can order those convicted of designated offences to provide samples for DNA analysis. Young offenders can be included in the DNA Data Bank. The Canadian National Defence Act also lets military judges make DNA Data Bank orders.

For purposes of the DNA Data Bank, offences are designated primary or secondary.

Primary designated offences are the most serious criminal offences - for example, murder and manslaughter, sexual offences and aggravated assault. A judge who convicts a person of a primary designated offence is required to make an order for the collection of a DNA sample from the offender, unless the offender can convince the court that the impact on his or her personal privacy and security outweighs the public interest. Internet luring of a child, child pornography and criminal organization offences were added to the list of primary designated offences when legislation strengthening the DNA Data Bank was passed in 2005.

Secondary designated offences include less serious crimes like arson. For secondary designated offences, the Crown must apply for a DNA collection order and show the court that it is in the best interests of justice that it be granted.

When a new DNA profile is added to the DNA Data Bank, it is compared with profiles already there. If a match is found, the investigators are informed. Data comparisons and sharing information with foreign law enforcement agencies are permitted, as long as there is agreement that the information will be used to investigate or prosecute a criminal offence.

Privacy Protection of DNA Profiles

To protect the privacy of individuals, limits have been placed on the access and use of the DNA Data Bank and on communications about both profiles and the bodily substances used. The DNA Data Bank is used strictly for law enforcement purposes. All other uses, including medical research, are against the law.

Results of DNA Data Bank

By May 2006, the DNA Data Bank had nearly 100,000 entries in the Convicted Offender Index and over 28,000 DNA profiles in the Crime Scene Index. Since its inception, the DNA Data Bank has resulted in over 5,200 crime-scene-to-offender matches, and more than 750 crime-scene-to-crime-scene matches.

CrimeSolver
06-13-2012, 10:53 PM
That's right. The Tice/Gilmour UnSub has otherwise stayed out of serious trouble, though, who knows, he may have past arrests for peeping or stealing underwear, "petty" crimes for which the law doesn't allow the retrieval of DNA. I think this exemption should be reconsidered in light of how many sexually motivated killers and serial killers started as peepers and underwear stealers.

dotr
06-20-2012, 03:34 PM
I am wondering if the DNA retrieved from the T/G case could indicate the perps' ethnicity and hair colour? Maybe both women frequented the cafes or popular music spots in Yorkville and there- encountered the perp, who may have been a bar patron/worker, or with a travelling act as worker/fan?Maybe knowing some details like hair colour, might trigger a memory or connection for people.

dotr
06-22-2012, 11:37 AM
Not quite Toronto, but may apply..
http://cnews.canoe.ca/CNEWS/Canada/2012/06/21/19905861.html
BRANTFORD, ONT. - The trail went cold more than 29 years ago.

It ended somewhere in a field near the former Buns Master Bakery, where police found Mary Hammond's footprints.

Now, police believe they have picked up the trail again and have been searching a home and collecting evidence this past week".

"

dotr
06-25-2012, 04:12 PM
Could this guy be connected to Karen Caughlin case??
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/manitoba/story/2012/06/25/mb-homicide-arrest.html


"Accused serial killer charged in deaths of 3 Winnipeg women

Shawn Cameron Lamb, originally from Sarnia, Ont., faces 3 counts of 2nd-degree murder"

CrankyOldFart
06-30-2012, 08:46 PM
Could this guy be connected to Karen Caughlin case??

Shawn Cameron Lamb, originally from Sarnia, Ont., faces 3 counts of 2nd-degree murder"

Wouldn't Lamb have been 14 years old in 1974 ?

Police believe Caughlin's killer drove a metallic purple 1970-1971 Charger, Challenger, Duster, Demon or Swinger. The factory name for the paint was "Plum Crazy."

dotr
07-01-2012, 07:45 PM
Wouldn't Lamb have been 14 years old in 1974 ?

Police believe Caughlin's killer drove a metallic purple 1970-1971 Charger, Challenger, Duster, Demon or Swinger. The factory name for the paint was "Plum Crazy."

I see what you mean, the perp I suggested is not a good one because he probably would have raped then killed his victim. Although plenty 14 year old hooligans have been known to start criminal career by stealing cars ...
Sounds like they have a great lead in this case, hope it is solved soon!
http://eedition.sarniathisweek.com/doc/Sarnia-This-Week/sarniathisweekvpmay2/2012050201/#0

dotr
07-12-2012, 05:36 PM
http://www.lambtonshield.com/suspect-in-karen-coughlan-murder-may-be-deceased/
"Suspect in Karen Caughlin murder may be deceased
Crime, Lambton County — By jd on July 6, 2012 at 9:19 am

LambtonShield.com has learned that one of the suspects in the 1974 murder of Karen Caughlin may have died"

(I was thinking that Petrolia was not that far from Brantford where Mary Hammond was last seen alive...)

LadyL
07-12-2012, 08:41 PM
father & son arrested in the 1978 Michael Traynor case out of Barrie:

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/story/2012/07/12/toronto-barrie-explosives-arrest.html

dotr
07-13-2012, 02:48 PM
Connected to the suspects in Barrie coldcase,
http://cnews.canoe.ca/CNEWS/Crime/2012/07/13/19984166.html
"Police say they have found two cement bunkers behind the home, one measuring about 20x10, and about seven-feet high.

It contains both explosives as well as food and equipment to sustain people for a short amount of time.

Police said they have found wires and explosive devices, such as propane tanks and containers of gasoline, as well as at least five mechanisms that could explode.

A robot has been brought up from Toronto to assist the technicians in disabling the bomb-like appliances"

CrimeSolver
07-13-2012, 05:39 PM
father & son arrested in the 1978 Michael Traynor case out of Barrie:

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/story/2012/07/12/toronto-barrie-explosives-arrest.html
Thanks. I didn't remember having actually done a summary of this case until I heard about the victim having been bound to a tree. From post #42:
●Michael Traynor, 26, an unemployed plumber, vanished from his hometown, Barrie, Ontario, on Tuesday, September 12th, 1978, after spending an evening at a bar with friends. A hunter found Traynor’s decomposed body on Monday, October 2nd in a densely forested area north of Barrie. His hands were tied behind his back with copper wire and he had a gaping gunshot wound to the chest.

dotr
08-18-2012, 02:16 PM
This guy accused of sex assault and violence, seems to fly under the radar (at least media-wise) wondering if there is more to it ...
http://www.983flyfm.com/theflyfm/charges-against-kingston-man-revealed/
"Forty-one-year-old Christopher Edgar was arrested on Wednesday by Kingston Police and was charged with sexual assault, forcible confinement, break and enter, dangerous driving, flight from police and possession of stolen property."

dotr
10-02-2012, 10:15 AM
Trying to find a thread for Simone Sandler or a place to put info. (not that there seems to be anything new,) but just in case it relates to any other crimes past and present.

http://www.examiner.com/article/cold-case-friday-simone-sandler-21


"Media reports said that Sandler was last seen with a tall, thin, dark-haired, tattooed, young man known in the area as known as “Joe.” -- the Toronto Star reported that “Joe” was in a relationship with Sandler, a relationship which broke off a week before her disappearance.


Another anonymous caller said that they had witnessed the murdered woman getting into a dark-coloured sedan with a driver described as having a mulatto complexion and dark hair.


In 2008, Toronto Police reopened their investigation into the Simone Sandler homicide as the request of her family. To this day, no leads, suspects, or motives have ever emerged.


In the days, months, and years following the murder, Toronto Police interviewed more than 100 people, travelling to Vancouver, Saskatoon and Northern Ontario to conduct interviews"

CrimeSolver
10-03-2012, 06:07 PM
I'm almost positive I did a capsule synopsis of Simone Sandler's murder in this thread, dotr. I remember writing it. If not, it was a major oversight.

Edit: Yes, it's the fourth case in post #27.

dotr
10-05-2012, 07:10 PM
Wondering about this site which appears to be a complete duplicate of this thread "Toronto Crimes".??
http://club.cccgrapevine.com/showpost-1-659-1.html

dotr
10-05-2012, 07:17 PM
●At 8 a.m. on Friday, March 19th, 1993, the body of 41-year-old Barbara Brodkin was discovered by her 6-year-old son after he awoke; the boy called 911. The woman had been stabbed in the heart in the Balliol St. apartment where she resided with her son. She had been murdered sometime during the night as her child slept nearby. Brodkin was known to be a marijuana dealer, and police speculated the motive for her murder was robbery since a small cosmetics case belonging to the victim, containing drugs and money, was missing.

●On Thursday, September 1st, 1983, 23-year-old Toronto prostitute Claire Samson was seen in front of the Essex Hotel on Jarvis St. getting into a large, beige car driven by a balding older man. Samson was never seen alive again, and her body was found the following day in a wooded area off Oro Sideroad 20/21 near Highway 93, just north of Barrie, Ontario. She had been shot in the head with a small-calibre gun. In 1987 and 1989, this murder case was publicized by Crimestoppers, and a reward was offered, apparently to no avail.

●Anthony Carnovale, 30, was killed by shotgun blasts that hit his heart and lungs on Friday, January 11th, 1980, as he sat on a couch watching TV in his girlfriend’s apartment on Keele St. near Lawrence Ave. W. The two 12-gauge shotgun blasts that tore through the window of the apartment around 11 p.m. also wounded Carnovale’s girlfriend, Cathleen Pereira, in the shoulder and neck, but she survived. The gun was later determined to have been fired from no farther than 10 feet away. Neighbours saw a silver or grey Cadillac with a black vinyl roof fleeing the scene moments after the shooting.
At the time of his death, Carnovale was on parole and facing trial on drug trafficking charges. Police believe the killing was gangland retribution for something illicit in which the victim was involved. This crime was still confirmed unsolved in 1984.

●The body of Maladevi Latchman (age unknown) was found in the Humber River behind the Old Mill banquet hall on Tuesday, November 15th, 1994. An autopsy showed she had been brutally beaten, and it appeared her body had been thrown from a bridge over the river. No further information.

●At midnight on Tuesday, March 25th, 1969, 23-year-old Yvonne Dorion was walking home on Ferrier Ave., near Danforth and Pape Aves., just steps from the rooming house where she lived, when a tall man wearing a long coat jumped from the shadows of an adjacent parking lot and stabbed her in the back between the shoulder blades. Dorion survived the attack but was left partially paralyzed. An hour-and-a-half before the stabbing of Dorion, an elderly woman was attacked and robbed of her purse on the same street. She was physically unhurt. Dorion’s stabbing and recovery was a cause célèbre in the Toronto media for several months, but her assailant was never caught.

Thanks, go figure- the only post of yours I had not 'thanked", no wonder I missed it! thanks.

dotr
10-06-2012, 04:02 PM
Wondering who died in 2001 and where the mystery button (a symbol 8, or "eternity" came from?

Tuesday, April, 26, 2011 - 10:10:08 AM

"Veronica Kaye, 18, was found dead in Caledon on October 9, 1981. Her surviving family fears they may never learn who killed her."

By Heather Abrey, Enterprise Staff

http://www.caledonenterprise.com/news/closure-may-never-come-for-kaye-family/


"A few months ago police came to the family with a summary of their investigation. There is a person of interest, officers told them, but no suspect.
“All roads lead to this guy,” said Julie of the information she was given.
But, despite the “person of interest” status, this man, 45-years-old at the time Veronica was killed, will not face investigators in the interview room. He died in 2001, the family was told, and there isn’t enough physical evidence to say definitively that he was responsible for snuffing out the life of 18-year-old Veronica, or even to officially label him a suspect.
“This person wasn’t on our radar,” Julie explained. “The guy was a stranger. He was 45-years-old, lived [in Caledon], and he was working in Mississauga or Toronto. He came across my sister, who may have been hitch-hiking, and he took her and killed her.” Police told the family that this man was married and had children. He lived in the Caledon area for about four or five years and was an active hunter. But, despite the family’s appeal to have access to the executive summary of the investigation, they have been denied, and no one can tell them who this man was.
“I don’t know the name. People know the name, I just can’t get to it,” Julie said. “It’s the end of the road for us. There’s nowhere else to go. The suspect has died, and unless there’s a witness or evidence, it’s over.”
While Veronica’s sister is firm in her belief that this “person of interest” killed her sister, police were unable to find evidence to prove it.
“We met with the family back in November. We told them we’ve exhausted all of our possible investigative leads, so unless a witness or evidence comes forward [the case] will be marked inactive,” Karski explained. “We have no active lead or further investigative avenues to pursue.”
Officers provided as much information as possible to the family during the course of the investigation, but given that this man is not a suspect, his name is not an option.
“The definition of a person of interest is someone that we believe might have information about the incident or be involved,” explained Karski, reinforcing that there is not enough evidence for this man to be considered a suspect. “It’s unfair to that person that a shadow is cast on them and they can’t then defend themselves.”
Yet, despite not having the whole picture, police were still able to give Veronica’s family new information, and some of it was painful.
“I was so shocked by the age that I said it can’t be his first time,” Julie said of the man she believes is responsible. “Guys don’t just go out on their lunch hour, kill someone and go home… It actually hit home the viciousness of this guy to hear that it was so random. How many others? How can you have so much venom for a 5’4″ 18-year-old girl?”
The man, who is not officially a “suspect”, only a person of interest, did spend some time in jail for unspecified crimes, according to the Kaye family"

dotr
10-07-2012, 09:29 PM
From above link concerning Veronica Kaye..
“The fantasy is that somebody is going to come across a box, and in that box will be the physical evidence that links her to him,” said Julie, noting that the jeans that Veronica had borrowed from a friend just before disappearing were never found, and that the source of the strange button was never identified. “Everybody just wants to know the truth about what happened. Who did it?”"



(IMO)
So who could this possible person of interest be? A guy who may have picked up a possibly hitch-hiking Veronica, someone who was 45 years old at the time of her murder Oct.9 1981, lived in Caledon for about 5 years with a wife and kids, enjoyed hunting, worked in Mississauga or Toronto and died in 2001, when he was approx. 66 years old?
Wonder if any one he knew might have found odd items with his belongings after he died, wonder if they would have the courage to tell someone ?

CrimeSolver
10-08-2012, 05:48 PM
Wondering about this site which appears to be a complete duplicate of this thread "Toronto Crimes".??
http://club.cccgrapevine.com/showpost-1-659-1.html
Very bizarre.:waitasec:

dotr
10-08-2012, 07:24 PM
Slight correction to my above post #240 concerning Veronica Kaye - Her body was found Oct. 9 1981, but Veronica was last seen Nov. 7, 1980.

CrimeSolver
10-09-2012, 06:15 PM
Websleuths member Liquid Lounge is convinced her father killed Kaye.

dotr
10-18-2012, 10:32 AM
Not sure if this case was ever listed here, but it is solved, hope it is fine to post here.
http://cnews.canoe.ca/CNEWS/Crime/2012/10/17/20290051.html
TORONTO — A cash-strapped roofer who owed the Chinese mafia $30,000 over a drug debt testified Wednesday that he agreed to kill rich philanthropist Glen Davis for $150,000 in December 2005.

Tyler Cawley stated that Dmitri Kossyrine gave him $46,000 in one envelope and a photo of his murder target, Davis, plus maps pinpointing his home and office in another envelope"

dotr
10-18-2012, 11:40 AM
Websleuths member Liquid Lounge is convinced her father killed Kaye.
looking for a news link about reporter D.N. to post, but cannot find- in the meantime, wondering if this recently solved coldcase perp. could be responsible for any other crimes?
http://m.theglobeandmail.com/news/toronto/convicted-murderer-charged-in-30-year-old-homicide-cold-case/article4181353/?service=mobile

"It took Toronto police 30 years to crack open the cold case of University of Toronto secretary Donna Anne Proian’s homicide. When they were finally ready to reveal their suspect, police had to go to a Toronto jail cell to charge the man who was already serving a life sentence for the murder of a different woman.

Ernest William Westergard was charged Friday with first-degree murder in the 1981 homicide of Ms. Proian, Detective Sergeant Steve Ryan said.

Media reports dating back to the homicide said Ms. Proian, 30, had been strangled with her own clothing and stabbed several times in the face. Her husband found her body inside the locked apartment at 120 St. Patrick St.

Police wouldn’t say what caused them to re-examine evidence in Ms. Proian’s death, but it led to the arrest of Mr. Westergard, who used to live in a suite neighbouring the Proians.

“Westergard has been on the radar right from the onset of this investigation,” Det. Sgt. Ryan said. “You may think you’ve gotten away with a homicide, but in fact, you haven’t and you won’t. The scientific technology is so great that we will catch you. It may take time, in this case 30 years, but we will catch you.”"

dotr
10-18-2012, 05:47 PM
http://www.680news.com/news/local/article/413058--christopher-skinner-s-family-make-new-appeal-in-solving-his-murder
TORONTO, Ont. - The family of Christopher Skinner marked the third anniversary of his murder, Thursday, with a renewed plea for tips in the case.

Toronto police Det.-Sgt. Stacy Gallant and Skinner's father, Warren, and sister, Taryn, held a news conference at 10:30 a.m., saying they are hoping their appeal leads to some closure.

Skinner, 27, was beaten and then run over with an SUV at Victoria and Adelaide streets in the entertainment district on Oct. 18, 2009. He was out that night celebrating his sister's birthday and was engaged to be married"

CrimeSolver
10-19-2012, 03:51 PM
The Glen Davis murder went unsolved for quite a while despite decent-quality security camera images of the shooter. I was ecstatic the day the arrests were announced.

There is no news link about D.N., aside from articles he wrote for the Star in his capacity as a reporter, but if you manage to contact Liquid Lounge, she will fill you in on her certainty of her father's guilt. Plus there are the Youtube videos she posted, though I don't recall if she mentions Kaye in any of them. Here's her Yt page: http://www.youtube.com/user/Diggingfortruth3
And there's a lot of very interesting material in this thread, if you haven't seen it before.

Proian's murder has all the hallmarks of a classical sex-murder, so you are right in thinking this Westergard character could be a serial offender.

As for Skinner, we've posted about that here several times. I sure hope it is eventually solved.

dotr
11-15-2012, 11:47 PM
Today..(What a sad, sordid tale)
http://cnews.canoe.ca/CNEWS/Crime/2012/11/15/20360456.html
TORONTO -- A middleman who helped Marshall Ross orchestrate the murder of his first cousin and benefactor Glen Davis was convicted of first-degree murder Thursday.

A jury returned its guilty verdict against Dmitri Kossyrine, who showed little emotion. Justice Eugene Ewaschuk immediately handed Kossyrine the mandatory sentence of life imprisonment"

Chorley8
01-05-2013, 11:06 AM
Yes, I saw the article, too. Thanks for posting.

Another murder happened at U of T around the same time, and I'm not sure the case has been closed. I can't recall the precise details, but it involved a medical examiner, or something like that, who was murdered by a colleague. The victim was white; the perp was black and went on the run. I don't remember hearing about the killer having been caught. The Star's post-2000 search capabilities are quite useless, so I can't conjure up more info. The slaying happened in the late'90s or early-'00s.

Very weird case suspected perpetrator was Haitian or Haitian Canadian , worked with victim I believe preparing bodies for medical students to perform anatomy - his car found next day at Scarborough bluffs - after the murder they believe he burned down an historically important "Black" church around Bathurst and College where Marcus Garvey once preached. He drank beers early the next morning with friends as usual. Was Sunday school teacher at the Church I don't remember anyone saying they found him weird I think quite the opposite. There were macabre rumours that the perpetrator had "prepared" the victim as you would other corpses but these were somewhat dispelled later I believe. I will get details it was April 1998 some of what I write here could be wrong will check.

Chorley8
01-05-2013, 11:53 AM
Hi CrimeSolver,

Here are some links about the puzzling case to which I think you are referring:

http://www.cbc.ca/news/story/1998/04/17/fire980417b.html

http://www.cbc.ca/news/story/1999/07/23/body2299.html

http://ionelectric.tripod.com/_disc11/00000075.htm

I see nevinm had already linked some articles on this thread sorry missed it somehow.