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  1. #1
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    MI - Jane Snow, 31, Loon Lake Rest Area on I-75, 15 May 1979

    Okay . . . this is my last post for tonight.

    Obviously, unsolved crimes have been taking up space in my memory for some time and this one happened when I was a teenager in northern lower Michigan--and, like many friends who remember this story, I NEVER stopped at a rest area again . . .

    The murder of Jane Snow at the Loon Lake Rest Area tapped in to many of the fears inherent in women traveling alone: as her two young children waited for her in the car, she was the victim of a brutal stabbing by an unknown assailant. Her children discovered her body. Sad. Sad. Sad.

    And it SEEMS like this crime should have been solved, but it remains a cold case.

    Here are some links:

    http://news.google.com/newspapers?ni...g=1147,1563799

    http://articles.petoskeynews.com/200...urder_24050109

    http://coldcaseshardcopy.blogspot.co...t-gaylord.html

    I will add additionally links as I come across them.

    Blessed be--
    graceless

    The world breaks everyone ... those that will not break it kills. It kills the very good and the very gentle and the very brave impartially. If you are none of these you can be sure it will kill you too but there will be no special hurry.

    ERNEST HEMINGWAY
    A Farewell to Arms

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    This is a crime I definitely remember "hearing" about to warn of the dangers of rest stops; however, I never knew the full details.

    How horrific that her sons were with her and discovered the body.

    This murder just seems so random with no apparent motive and very little evidence. Though it is a shame, I can see why it has not been solved. Sad.

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    Hmmmm...

    Just across the border, at Blind River, in Canada, "The town of Blind River made headlines in 1991 for a double murder which occurred at the local rest stop off the Trans-Canada Highway. On June 28, 1991, an unknown assailant shot an elderly couple from Lindsay, Ontario, Gord McAllister, 62, and his wife Jackie, 59, and 29-year-old Brian Major. The killer gained entry into the McAllisters' motor home by posing as a police officer. Jackie McAllister and Brian Major died of their wounds. The case was profiled in 1993 on NBC-TV's Unsolved Mysteries. No one has ever been charged in the murders, although a suspect, Ronald Glenn West (a former Toronto police officer convicted of two rape-murders in Toronto in 1970, for which he is currently serving two life sentences, and of a series of robbery-assaults in Sault Ste. Marie in 1995), remains under suspicion. Gord died on February 14, 2012."

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blind_River,_Ontario

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    I remember Blind River from Unsolved Mysteries (if that's what it was on); I know it was on some crime TV show. Regarding them or Jane, I wonder if either might have been the inspiration for the film Rest Stop. It's actually a decent movie, at least until they introduce a supernatural element.

    Maybe Hanratty could be another inspiration.
    This my opinion and to the best of my knowledge, that is, if I'm not joking.


    Stan Reid

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    Students are working on unsolved cases in Michigan. Hopefully they will help solve some of these murders. Even if they only solve one case it will be worth it.

    http://wsbt.com/news/local/student-i...es-in-michigan

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    Is this the John McGawley who was arrested for Jane's murder? Seems to fit:

    https://arrestmugshots.org/arrests/j...d_7844371.html

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    yeah, that's him. He wasn't charged and I don't think he did it.
    Nina
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    Quote Originally Posted by JL Cauling View Post
    yeah, that's him. He wasn't charged and I don't think he did it.
    Thanks. Yes, the evidence against McGawley is circumstantial at best, but you never know. It was reported that he'd had a row with his wife that night. Perhaps he was harbouring some pent-up aggression and took it out on the unsuspecting Snow.

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    If he'd killed her, wouldn't the state trooper who picked him up 10-30 minutes later have noticed that he was covered in blood from the 20+ stab wounds he'd just delivered? Wouldn't he be sweaty, agitated? McGawley has been in a lot of non violent trouble since 79.
    Nina
    Host of the Already Gone Podcast.



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