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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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


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    Do you know if they ever solved the disappearance of Caroline Case? I moved after she disappeared and don't know if they ever found her body or arrested anyone.


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    Quote Originally Posted by x117236 View Post
    Do you know if they ever solved the disappearance of Caroline Case? I moved after she disappeared and don't know if they ever found her body or arrested anyone.
    Case, a 47-year-old businesswoman, disappeared on October 2nd, 1991. Her skeletal remains were found on November 5th, 1992 in a Caledon field.
    From what I have been able to gather, police strongly suspected David Snow as her killer, but were never able to prove it. Snow murdered Nancy and Ian Blackburn at their Caledon cottage in April, 1992, and was later convicted of that crime and others. He was captured in B.C. after an intense manhunt.
    http://www.citizen.on.ca/news/2006/0...lumns/031.html


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    Thanks. I saw a tv show about the Blackburns this weekend that briefly mentioned David Snow and Caroline Case, but didn't say if she was ever found.


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    No problem. Yeah, Snow was quite a piece of work.


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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

    ●A hotel maid discovered the body of motorcycle gang member Donald Melanson, 40, on the 18th floor of the Novotel Hotel at 3 Park Home Ave. in north Toronto on Thursday, September 3rd, 1987. He had been shot twice in the head. The victim was scheduled to appear in court on drug trafficking conspiracy charges the following Thursday. He had booked into the hotel on Wednesday, and was supposed to meet with an unknown individual there. An automatic pistol was found not far from the scene. No further information, but the crime was still unsolved in late 1989, when it was last mentioned in the newspaper.
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    ●On Sunday, July 17th, 1988, 22-year-old Lisa Maas attended a house party in Woodford, Ontario, 200 km northwest of Toronto and 15 km east of her hometown, Owen Sound. After Maas left the get-together, she dropped a male friend off at his home and was never seen again. Two days later her green 1976 Plymouth Fury was found on an isolated bush lane not far from where she was last seen. Several subsequent searches turned up items belonging to Maas, but her body was never found.
    At the time of her disappearance, Maas was five months pregnant and had recently separated acrimoniously from her boyfriend.
    Newspaper article with pictures: http://www.owensoundsuntimes.com/ArticleDisplay.aspx?e=827106

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

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

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

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


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    Toronto is probably the scariest place in Canada, in my opinion. These crimes are spine chilling.


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