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    Canada - Sharin Morningstar Keenan, 9, Toronto, 23 January 1983

    In 1983, Dennis Melvin Howe kidnapped, raped, and murdered a little girl named Sharin Morningstar. He then stuffed her in a refrigerator and left town. This drifter is believed to have committed numerous other crimes, but he remains at large. Check out the link to the Toronto Police website...

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    Bumping this very scary story. He could be anywhere!!!


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    Justice for Sharin'

    I remember this story very well.

    The problem with trying to find this person, is that he is an underground person. Transient lifestyle.

    Unfotunately if he died, he would be buried in a "potter's field type of scene" as an unkown person, if the cause was natural or not.

    They even dug up a grave a few years ago in Canada on the off chance that it was him. To no avail.

    If he was in the USA, he would be a John Doe.

    The USA does not link to a Canadian Database for wanted criminals.

    His fingerprints would not have turned up, I could be wrong, but I don't think so.

    This case still haunts me to this day.


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    dennis melvin Howe

    Yes, this case continues to rip at me as well. I met up with someone from the www.doenetwork.com and we both shared the same passion regarding this case. We are conducting our own investigation into this case. if anyone has any information regarding this terrible tragedy, please contact me at olivertrio@shaw.ca. You don't have to leave your name, I just want the info. Thank you, todd


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    Dennis Melvyn Howe

    Dennis Melvyn Howe has not been seen or apprehended for over 22 years now. Check out the link in my first post to see computer enhanced images of Howe, as he may have looked in the 80's, 90's, and today.

    Sharin Morningstar Keenan is actually Howe's only KNOWN victim. She disappeared on 23 January 1983 after a witness had seen her talking with an adult male who seemed to be coaxing her to go with him.

    Nine days later, tenants in a rooming house on Brunswick Ave, Toronto told police that "Michael Burns" had not been seen since 24 January. When police investigated his premises, they found Sharin's body in the refrigerator, wrapped in a green plastic garbage bag. She had been raped and strangled.

    After a month of investigation, it was learned that Burns was really Dennis Melvyn Howe, son of a convicted sex offender. Howe's criminal career started as a teenager with convictions for break-ins, robberies, rape, and abduction. He had spent half of his adult years in prison. After being parollede, he disappeared in his birth place of Saskatchewan.

    Howe was 5 feet, nine inches tall and weighed about 165 pounds. He had a tanned, leathery complexion and brown eyes. His thinning brown hair has probably turned grey by now. He has a wrinkled forehead, a small gap between his front teeth, a partial upper denture, a hairy chest and arms, squarred shoulders, and a cleft chin with a scar on it. He is left-handed, known to wear a mustache, and has crooked little fingers.

    Howe drank Molson's beer and chain-smoked Players plain cigarettes. He was a loud mouth who called everyone and everything a "turkey". At other times he transformed himself into a withdrawn loner. He is known as a supreme con-man and quick-change artist. He is good at conconcting stories and covering his tracks.

    Howe would be about 64 years old now. When not in prison, he worked as a stock clerk, cook, roofer, janitor, millwright, electrician, carpenter, and metal worker.


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    Sharin...

    BY LARRY COLLINS. © 1983 BY THE READER’S DIGEST ASSOCIATION (CANADA) LTD.

    At 3 p.m. on Sunday, January 23, 1983, Lynda Keenan left her nine-year-old daughter, Sharin’ Morningstar, to play in Jean Sibelius Square, a small park near their home in Toronto’s polyglot Bathurst-Dupont section.

    "Be home by five," she said. It was the last time she saw her daughter alive.

    Ten days later, the child’s body was found stuffed in a refrigerator in a nearby rooming house. Sharin’ had been sexually assaulted and murdered.

    Six weeks later, a first-degree murder warrant was issued for Dennis Melvyn Howe, 42, alias Michael Burns, alias Wayne King, alias Ralph Ferguson, alias Jim Myers. Metropolitan Toronto Police, assisted by other police forces, have followed hundred of leads without success.

    To cast a wider net for Dennis Melvyn Howe, they asked Reader’s Digest to tell the story of Sharin’ Morningstar Keenan.

    She was a pretty child with long, dark hair, brown eyes and a dimple in her right cheek when she smiled. A Grade 4 student at Jesse Ketchum Public School, she loved art and drama, wrote plays and with friends put on puppet shows in the street. She once drew a poster of a girl with long, dark hair in a field of flowers, and wrote on it: "I love everything."

    About 4 p.m. that day, her father, Brendan Caron, walked to Jean Sibelius Square to pick up his daughter. There was no sign of her and Caron became alarmed. He hurried back home to 493 Dupont Street, and when he found Sharin’ wasn’t there, he looked around the neighbourhood. At 6:15 p.m. Lynda called the police. Soon a description of Sharin’ went out on the police radio.

    Caron, an unemployed printer who sold food dehydrators from his house, and Lynda Keenan, both 35, were products of the 1960s era with its emphasis on love of man and nature – and on sharing. To them the morning star symbolized love, and they named their eldest daughter Sharin’ Morningstar. Their second daughter, now seven, is name Celeste, and their son, five, Summer Sky.

    Police quickly searched the area around Jean Sibelius Square. By 10 p.m., a missing-person broadcast was going out over police radio every half hour. Sound trucks began spreading the message through the neighbourhood.

    At noon on Monday, two homicide detectives, S. Sgt. David Boothby, 39 and Sgt. Wayne Oldham, 37, were assigned to the case. Two constables were stationed at the Dupont Street house and a recording device was installed in case a kidnapper tried to phone the parents.

    On the mantel, Lynda Keenan burned a small white candle. "I think the light will help Sharin’ and me get through this," she said....
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    http://www.torontopolice.on.ca/homic...we.htm#Suspect


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    Thanks for posting this Richard. I have fervently wanted to see this piece of garbage caught for almost 25 years now. I was about the same age as the little girl at the time. My feeling is Howe is dead, as I don't see how a loser like him could successfully evade authorities for this long. He was (is) John Walsh's #1 most wanted, and has been profiled on AMW multiple times, but I don't think there has ever been so much as a confirmed sighting of him. To my recollection, a few years ago there were suspicions he was somebody who had died and was buried in an unmarked grave, but that person was exhumed and excluded.


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    Quote Originally Posted by CyberLaw View Post
    The USA does not link to a Canadian Database for wanted criminals.
    Are you sure? I was once pulled over for speeding near Montreal and after running my NY driver's license the officer knew of the two speeding tickets I had been slapped with in my state of residence (then NY state). Not only that but the demerit point he gave me (a great NY invention that has apparently been exported to Quebec as well) was immediately "credited" to my New York driver's record. I was also informed that I could pay the Quebec ticket to NY authorities "for my convenience" and that failing to do so would earn me a date in court in NY.

    So I figured if any cop in Canada can look up my US driving record at will and impose penalties that could be carried out by a US state then the opposite must be true, so I checked and it is indeed. This is pretty thorough integration. This leads me to believe that since states and provinces release this benign driving record info to one another at the touch of a button then surely someone wanted for murder must be in the system on both sides of the border? Seems to me that catching murder suspects is at least as important in the eyes of the law than monitoring casual traffic violators...


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    Here is an excellent, eerie documentary about Sharin' Keenan, her murder, and Dennis Howe:
    http://www.cbc.ca/video/#/News/Canad.../ID=1432634632


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    Thank you for posting that link -- I had tried to find it from the CBC website, without success. Eerie and excellent, indeed.

    I hope they manage to get this on some US networks, especially in Washington State and Montana, as it suggests that the Dennis Howe trail may lead there.

    Some other film clips, not included in the documentary, are here:

    ...and check the right-hand sidebar for an interview with the only eye witness to the abduction, and a couple of other relevant clips.

    Apparently, a new book is coming out in May which includes a long chapter about this case. The title is Unsolved: True Canadian Cold Cases. You can pre-order it from amazon.ca
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    Thanks for all that, palisadesk, including news of the upcoming book, which is definitely of interest to me. Yes, perhaps there should be some localized coverage in the Montana area, since the doc mentions that a stepbrother (?) of Howe's made multiple trips there for unknown reasons. Howe was on AMW several times, as I wrote earlier, but the airings only led to some dead ends.


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    The documentary didn't mention one part of the story that I remember vividly from the time of the search for Sharin'. The roominghouse on Brunswick, where Howe rented a room on the second floor, had a Vietnamese new immigrant family living on the first floor. Because they spoke no English, they did not know about the search for Sharin' or any of the media reports about Howe or the crime. However, when interviewed with a translator, they were able to give some horrific details: they had heard a lot of noise and thumping around and a child screaming on the night of Sharin's abduction. They had attributed it to a domestic dispute and didn't get involved (they did not know a crime was being committed). It was a chilling detail, to know that Sharin' had put up quite a fight and her ordeal had lasted for some hours.

    The documentary mentioned Howe's half-brother Eugene (forget the last name), who was known to have given him money from time to time, and was the only family member who had regularly been in contact with Howe before the crime (and likely afterwards, too). He was the one who had made at least a dozen trips to the US but these trips stopped suddenly as soon as he learned the police were watching him. That strongly suggests that they were linked to getting money, supplies or whatnot to his brother. Of course, he could then have arranged other ways of getting money to Howe -- through a third party, a bank account in another name, even cash in the mail or via a courier. I wonder if anyone audited his financial affairs, to see if he made regular withdrawals of cash, or turned money into US funds, or had a US dollar account in a Montana bank, or anything of the sort -- or a credit card in his name that was used on the south side of the border. Lots of possibilities there -- and also what about his estate when he died. He might have arranged for money to go to Howe through a trust or bequest to a third party.

    It does make you wonder. Howe could have obtained fake ID, and with his skills as mechanic and carpenter he could have worked cash jobs easily and stayed off the radar. He could easily still be alive. If smart, he would have kept his weight down, changed his hair colour, switched cigarette brands, and made sure he never used the word "turkey." Maybe AMW could profile him again , with drawings showing him as a thinner older man, with different hairstyles and with teeth fixed. He might even be incarcerated under another name -- men who commit sex crimes usually continue to do so.

    I often see comments from Sharin's father ( now living in Vancouver), as he frequently sends letters to the editor to the online Globe and Mail. I wonder how her brother and sister turned out. They would be in their late 20's now.


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    This is going to sound crazy but I knew a guy named Dennis from Toronto. He was friends with the ex and worked at the flea market. He claimed that he was here illegally and wanted because he didnt pay child support, he said he was here illegally because he never returned to Canada.

    He was about 5'9 bald (shaved) stocky build in chest. He was really weird and gave me the creeps to be honest. He also chain smoked. What was weird was the fact that he had a car and a license and even got a ticket once. So I always wondered if he had phony id and if his real name was Dennis Langley. He said he used to be an engineer. Do we know what this guy did for a living? I saw a picture and I have to tell you if you shaved off his hair he looks like him. Is this crazy or what?

    edit-I just saw from the first post what he did when not in prison sorry.
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    Sleuthster, are you sure the Dennis you knew couldn't be him? If there's any remote possibility, it's worth pursuing.

    Quote Originally Posted by palisadesk View Post
    The documentary didn't mention one part of the story that I remember vividly from the time of the search for Sharin'. The roominghouse on Brunswick, where Howe rented a room on the second floor, had a Vietnamese new immigrant family living on the first floor. Because they spoke no English, they did not know about the search for Sharin' or any of the media reports about Howe or the crime. However, when interviewed with a translator, they were able to give some horrific details: they had heard a lot of noise and thumping around and a child screaming on the night of Sharin's abduction. They had attributed it to a domestic dispute and didn't get involved (they did not know a crime was being committed). It was a chilling detail, to know that Sharin' had put up quite a fight and her ordeal had lasted for some hours.

    The documentary mentioned Howe's half-brother Eugene (forget the last name), who was known to have given him money from time to time, and was the only family member who had regularly been in contact with Howe before the crime (and likely afterwards, too). He was the one who had made at least a dozen trips to the US but these trips stopped suddenly as soon as he learned the police were watching him. That strongly suggests that they were linked to getting money, supplies or whatnot to his brother. Of course, he could then have arranged other ways of getting money to Howe -- through a third party, a bank account in another name, even cash in the mail or via a courier. I wonder if anyone audited his financial affairs, to see if he made regular withdrawals of cash, or turned money into US funds, or had a US dollar account in a Montana bank, or anything of the sort -- or a credit card in his name that was used on the south side of the border. Lots of possibilities there -- and also what about his estate when he died. He might have arranged for money to go to Howe through a trust or bequest to a third party.

    It does make you wonder. Howe could have obtained fake ID, and with his skills as mechanic and carpenter he could have worked cash jobs easily and stayed off the radar. He could easily still be alive. If smart, he would have kept his weight down, changed his hair colour, switched cigarette brands, and made sure he never used the word "turkey." Maybe AMW could profile him again , with drawings showing him as a thinner older man, with different hairstyles and with teeth fixed. He might even be incarcerated under another name -- men who commit sex crimes usually continue to do so.

    I often see comments from Sharin's father ( now living in Vancouver), as he frequently sends letters to the editor to the online Globe and Mail. I wonder how her brother and sister turned out. They would be in their late 20's now.
    Interesting. Yes, I wish there were some way to light a fire under this case again, but the media are in such a sad state these days that old cases can't complete for attention next to the latest celebformation/infotainment. I think AMW has given up on the case too; it hasn't been shown in years.


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    I am going to look for the box of pictures I have tommorow. I might have a pic of him. Not sure though. He definately seemed suspicious when I knew him through the ex. I even fixed him up one time with an older woman from work and the whole date (the ex, I, Dennis, and my friend Sherri) was just sort of akward. He was like sort of like he was being rude to her the whole evening.

    I pulled him up tonight on the people finder websites and oddly, he only shows one city and state, he's 66-68 (diff ages depending on the people search site) and I also found he has another first name which is weird because I found public records from a suit involving the MH park he lives in he was using that name but public records have his name as Dennis, no middle init. The other name(s) on there is Lenox (and Lennox)

    Probably making too much out of it but he does look like him just balder lol.
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