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.
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.
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.
'The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated'
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.
●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.
●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 fianceť 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.
●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.
●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.
●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.
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).
●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.
●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.
●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
-Audio recording of murder (warning: disturbing, and there are a few expletives): 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.
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●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/...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.
●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.
Thanks for posting your personal recollections, downsview 57. Do the police know about the incident the previous week, with the girl and the boat?
●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:
●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:
●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:
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●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:
●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:
●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:
●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:
●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:
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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.
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?
I choose to walk to path less travelled, and that has made all the difference
^^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.
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I choose to walk to path less travelled, and that has made all the difference
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. "
I choose to walk to path less travelled, and that has made all the difference