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    Canada - Unsolved murders of young people in London, Ont, 1960s-70s

    Much belated, but there are many unsolved murder of young people in London Ontario Canada back in the 1960s and 1970s. While a couple of serial killers were arrested, many other cases remain unsolved.

    These unsolved cases have recently attracted the attention of various people, including a LE officer, Dr. Mike Arntfield, who happens to be a university professor. "Dr. Mike" felt compelled to bring some of this information public through a TV show, particularly in light of the trove of information that was brought forward by the son of the key detective originally involved in the investigation of the murders of these young people.

    The London Free Press published this article today:

    http://www.lfpress.com/2014/03/21/bo...-serial-killer


    Included in these unsolved murders in the London area:

    Jacqueline Dunleavy, 16, disappeared, in January 1968, on her way home from work at a variety store. Her body was found less than 2 hours later a few miles from work in the northwest area of London.

    Frankie Jensen, 9, disappeared on his way to school in February 1968, only a couple of miles from where Jacqueline Dunleavy's body was found. His body was found a couple of months later in a river northeast of London.

    Scott Leishman, 16, disappeared in March 1968, from a village northeast of London (Thamesford). His body was found in the mouth of a creek, near Lake Erie, southeast of London.

    Lynda White, 19, a university student in London Ontario, disappeared after writing an exam in November 1968. Her body was found many miles SW of London a few years later. It was nude and in a very shallow grave.

    Bruce Stapylton, 11, disappeared in June 1969. His body was found a few miles north of London in a woodlot.

    Jackie English, 15, disappeared on her way home from work in October 1969. Her body was found, nude in a creek, a few weeks later and her clothes and personal belongings were found in various places south and southeast of London.

    Soraya O'Connell, 15, disappeared while hitchhiking home from a community centre at 10 pm in August 1970. Her body was found many mile east of London, under limbs and leaves.

    There are a number of other crimes against young people, or young adult women, during this general time period, however it is clear that a predator, or predators will operating in the area.
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    wow - this is creepy

    I had no idea about these cases!

    they're all over the board age and gender-wise ... makes me wonder if they could be victims of more than one serial killer

    also, notice how the locations of bodies found are:

    northwest
    northeast
    southeast
    southwest
    north
    south/southwest
    east

    makes me wonder if a) - there's some kind of pattern there and b) - one serial killer was operating in the north end of the city and the other towards the south

    ok, off to read more!

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    Aside from youth, I wonder if the victims had a connection?
    Same church or dentist or family tax person or piano teacher or?
    My posts are opinion and speculation only, and may not be used for any purpose outside of this forum.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LadyL View Post
    wow - this is creepy

    I had no idea about these cases!

    they're all over the board age and gender-wise ... makes me wonder if they could be victims of more than one serial killer

    also, notice how the locations of bodies found are:

    northwest
    northeast
    southeast
    southwest
    north
    south/southwest
    east

    makes me wonder if a) - there's some kind of pattern there and b) - one serial killer was operating in the north end of the city and the other towards the south

    ok, off to read more!
    Whoops! I noticed that I mistakenly said that Lynda White was found SW of London, when in fact she was found well SE of London. Almost all of the bodies were found either in London or East or Southeast of London.

    In the Jackie English episode of 'To Catch a Killer' that aired tonight, the investigators believe that she was murdered by someone from a town South/Southeast of London. Jackie's body was found dumped from a bridge into a creek just east of this town. Her clothes were scattered in a few various sites. Her shoes were found very near where the coat of another teenage female murder victim's coat was found. (The subsequently convicted killer was still at large at the time.)

    What they don't state, for legal reasons, is that the town is Aylmer, Ontario.

    I didn't even mention another victim, Priscilla Merle, from London, whose dismembered body was found in yet another creek, south of London.

    Really, there are an amazing number of unsolved murders from back at that time!! And that doesn't count the solved murders. In addition to the solved case I mention above, two serial killers were arrested in yet other sex-related murders. Both Russell Johnson and Christian Magee are still incarcerated at Penetanguishene, in the unit for violent, criminally insane individuals, for multiple murders each.
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    Another killer convicted for a murder in that area, at that time was David Bodemar. He was convicted in 1972 for the murder of Georgia Jackson in Feb 1966, leaving him at large for 6 years.

    GJ was last seen after work, her clothing was found spread around various areas for many miles and she suffered a single blow to the head after an assault - same as JE. GJ was found in a wooded area, JE in a creek.

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    I think you should add Karen Caughlin to your list. Aged 14, picked up on Brock St S in Sarnia in March of 1974. Found murdered near Petrolia the following day.

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    Also Robert Stapylton

    1969 -- Robert Bruce Stapylton, 11, of London, disappeared from his
    Piccadilly Street home June 7. His body was found in a woodlot in London
    Township, six kilometres from his home. Police could not determine the cause of
    death and there was no evidence of sexual assault.

    And

    1982? Donna Jean Awcock, 17, of London, was last seen leaving a
    convenience store near her Cheyenne Avenue housing complex. Her strangled,
    partly clad body was found about 15 metres down an embankment overlooking
    Fanshawe Dam. She had been sexually assaulted.

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    Looking back at my original post in the light of day, it is clear that I should have taken more care and time. My apologies for the various typos, but more important for sloppy errors I made. I mentioned that Scott Leishman disappeared from Thamesford, when in fact he disappeared from Thorndale. (I always get those two town names mixed up.)

    As well, here is a link to the WS thread for Donna Jean Awcock, that airplanelamp mentions.

    http://websleuths.com/forums/showthread.php?p=10287820
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    I wouldn't be surprised to find that the murders of the 3 boys, Frankie Jenson, Scott Leishman, Robert Stapylton were connected.

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    http://www.calgarysun.com/2014/03/24...jackie-english



    "TV show points to convicted killer as possible suspect in Ont. teen Jackie English's 1969 slaying"


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    http://www.theobserver.ca/2014/03/23...e-some-answers

    "The report suggests the person responsible was a sexually motivated serial killer with an attraction to corpses who was willing to travel long distances and may have kept souvenirs of his slayings.

    The killer also would deposit personal belongings in various locations far away from the eventual spots where the bodies were found.

    The starting point for the investigators was the discovered memoirs of a deceased OPP officer Dennis Alsop, who led the investigations and was bothered that they were never solved.

    English-Cremers said she was shocked when “David” was revealed to her by Arntfield and his team to be the main suspect.

    She and a small group of amateur sleuths dedicated to solving English’s killing were aware of the man and noticed similarities in the cases."

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    Quote Originally Posted by dotr View Post
    http://www.theobserver.ca/2014/03/23...e-some-answers

    "The report suggests the person responsible was a sexually motivated serial killer with an attraction to corpses who was willing to travel long distances and may have kept souvenirs of his slayings.

    The killer also would deposit personal belongings in various locations far away from the eventual spots where the bodies were found.

    The starting point for the investigators was the discovered memoirs of a deceased OPP officer Dennis Alsop, who led the investigations and was bothered that they were never solved.

    English-Cremers said she was shocked when “David” was revealed to her by Arntfield and his team to be the main suspect.

    She and a small group of amateur sleuths dedicated to solving English’s killing were aware of the man and noticed similarities in the cases."

    And...to continue with the OPP's response the next day:

    It’s not the first time she has been confused by the OPP’s conduct about her sister’s death. Over decades she was told little of progress in the investigation. “‘It’s none of my business” is the feeling I get,” she said.

    “They want you to go away.”

    The “lame excuse” she was routinely given by the OPP was “this is an open case.”

    “That’s basically their answer for everything they don’t have to answer to,” she said.

    “At 16, I understand why you did it. But I’m 60 years old and I can handle it.”

    The OPP said late last week that the case is still open but that Arntfield’s show had no connection to the their probe. On Sunday, Truax said Arntfield has never contacted the OPP about his findings in the English case, nor has Ocean Entertainment.
    http://www.lfpress.com/2014/03/23/we...e-some-answers


    The OPP has had more than 40 years to solve these cases and yet they aren't willing to accept help or tell anyone what they are working on.

    These families deserve answers. If answers can't be provided, then the families should at least be provided with respect and help. Let's just drop the 'circle the wagons' mentality in LE. LE doesn't have an easy job. We know that. But please don't forget who you work for.

    Here's hoping that at least a few of the unsolved London cases will be solved!!
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    http://www.torontosun.com/2014/03/22...ario-cold-case

    "The civilian investigative team, using some clues left behind by a deceased OPP detective and modern investigative tools, narrowed the search down to a man convicted sometime in the 1970s of non-capital murder.

    The full name of the suspect, his original hometown and other details about his previous crime were obscured during the show for legal reasons.

    The show, the brainchild of London police officer and Western University professor Mike Arntfield, re-examined the cold case murder of English, who vanished on Oct. 4, 1969.

    Her naked body was found in Big Otter Creek near Tillsonburg, Ont., four days later.

    A map shown during the broadcast pinpoints the suspect’s home base to west of Tillsonburg."



    >>>Snip>>>


    David,” the show claims, is alive and well and no longer living in the area.

    English's diary was also studied by the private investigation team".

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    London cold-case slaying thrust under new spotlight

    http://www.lfpress.com/2014/04/18/lo...-new-spotlight
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    Unfortunately a linkage analysis is almost impossible without crime scene photos, autopsy protocols, and autopsy reports.

    These cases could be the work of a serial killer, multiple serial killers, or not at all.

    Given what's listed, at least 2 of the cases, are possibly the work of A Serial predator working the area, at the time.. again this is based, solely on media reports

    there's also s strong possibility there was (is) more than 1

    However there's simply not enough info (here) to general a psychological or general profile of the offender, with what's listed, its impossible to say definitively this is an individual with a deep interest in necrophilia etc... though I cant discount it either without those materials

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