Identified! Canada - Casselman, Ont, 'Nation River Lady' WhtFem 239UFON, 25-50, May'75 *POI charged* - Jewell Parchman Langford

From ^ crime article “Nichols voluntarily gave investigators a DNA sample, prosecutors said. This allegedly matched the partial male DNA profile collected in 2011 from the green cloth wrapped around Langford’s face and neck.”.
Very interesting and good news. JMO, it sounds like they could get a conviction even without his confession. There are quite a few geriatric killers finally spending time in prison these days for cold case murders. They spent most of their lives free to have careers, raise families, take vacations and enjoy life, something they denied their victims. They should be held accountable, JMO.
 
Oct 3 2023

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A photo of Rodney Nichols taken from the South Florida Sun Sentinel. Nichols is facing extradition to Canada from Florida to face charges related to the death of Jewell Parchman Langford. (South Florida Sun Sentinel)

''It is now up to the U.S. secretary of state to make the final decision on whether to surrender Nichols to Canada.

If the surrender is granted, Nichols must turn himself in to the U.S. Marshal.

Reached by phone Tuesday, Langford's niece, Denise Chung, said she hopes Nichols will be extradited and face trial, which she plans to travel to Canada to hear.

"It'll never bring her back, but at least we'll have a little bit better closure," she said.

"I feel like he should have to stand trial for what he's accused of doing."
 
Wonder when photo was taken. Rudimentary assessment shows a well dressed elderly man with hair cut, glasses perched on nose to assist with filling out form, has his "murse" with him to stay organized. No oxygen, cane or walker (unless not in frame). Right handed, no rings, nails slightly dirty but could be photo. Able to fill out a list or questionaire, but can he comprehend what he is filling out? Appears alert. Looks like he could stand trial to me, but photos often belie the truth. Lawyers will have a hay day, but he did confess.
 
Dec 1 2023 rbbm
''Officers from the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) have gone to Florida to repatriate a former Montreal resident charged with the murder of his former girlfriend, who was found strangled in the Nation River in eastern Ontario 48 years ago.

Rodney Nichols, now 81, is expected to make his first court appearance by video link on Saturday.''

''This will be Nichols's first appearance in Canada in relation to her killing, after being extradited from the United States to return to stand trial. He has lived for years in a retirement home in Hollywood, Fla.

Nichols, who has limited mobility and suffers from dementia, returned to Ottawa aboard a private air ambulance. The flight left Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport early Friday afternoon.

Parchman Langford's murder is one of Canada's oldest cold cases.''

"I was very concerned that they would try to use his current situation to argue that he should not be held accountable. But in my opinion, he knew what he was doing back in 1975 when he committed this, if he is found guilty. So I feel like it's very important for our family, for closure, for him to have to go to trial," said Denise Chung.''

''According to the documents, he told investigators he killed her after realizing that she had lied to him about her age. At the time of her death, the Tennessee woman was 48 years old and Nichols was 32.''
 
I believe she wanted to leave him.
Either he was abusive toward her.
or she found out something about him perhaps a con man.

Agree, there was money involved, JMO. He either stole from her or convinced her to give him money under false pretenses. Possibly, when she demanded he return the money, he killed her. JMO

Typical of a narcissist con man to blame the victim for making him kill them.
BBM
ETA: From linked article above:

The two bought a house in Montreal and moved in together on April 18, 1975.
BBM

He moved very fast. Her family lost contact with her on April 22.
 
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From the notice of extradition linked here: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/ottawa/rodney-nichols-extradition-order-florida-1.6984973

"a Coroner's report, dated September 3, 1975, concluded that the Victim's cause of death was strangulation by ligature of the neck. The presence of swelling of the wrists around the ligatures suggested to Canadian authorities that the Victim was alive when her wrists and ankles were tied. "

There's no mention in the document of any other signs of assault, such as other fractures, however a cloth tied completely around her head had blood on it, as well as some of Nichols' DNA, so that was likely also applied before she was strangled.

IMO, from what we know, her death does not appear to be the result of him caring about her too much to let her go, or suddenly getting upset and 'accidentally' killing her during an argument.

IMO, it sounds completely cold-blooded and pre-planned, as was the method of disposing of her body.

Perhaps he was surprised to learn she had kept in touch with her family, and that they noticed her missing, and gave police enough information to track him down. I hope at least the family eventually got all her possessions back from him, so he didn't actually profit from this.

JMO
 
Wonder when photo was taken. Rudimentary assessment shows a well dressed elderly man with hair cut, glasses perched on nose to assist with filling out form, has his "murse" with him to stay organized. No oxygen, cane or walker (unless not in frame). Right handed, no rings, nails slightly dirty but could be photo. Able to fill out a list or questionaire, but can he comprehend what he is filling out? Appears alert. Looks like he could stand trial to me, but photos often belie the truth. Lawyers will have a hay day, but he did confess.

in dotr's post above:

Nichols, who has limited mobility and suffers from dementia, returned to Ottawa aboard a private air ambulance
 
Wonder how this is going? Is he still in custody, or did they fly him back?
 
Dec 1 2023 rbbm
''Officers from the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) have gone to Florida to repatriate a former Montreal resident charged with the murder of his former girlfriend, who was found strangled in the Nation River in eastern Ontario 48 years ago.

Rodney Nichols, now 81, is expected to make his first court appearance by video link on Saturday.''

''This will be Nichols's first appearance in Canada in relation to her killing, after being extradited from the United States to return to stand trial. He has lived for years in a retirement home in Hollywood, Fla.

Nichols, who has limited mobility and suffers from dementia, returned to Ottawa aboard a private air ambulance. The flight left Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport early Friday afternoon.

Parchman Langford's murder is one of Canada's oldest cold cases.''

"I was very concerned that they would try to use his current situation to argue that he should not be held accountable. But in my opinion, he knew what he was doing back in 1975 when he committed this, if he is found guilty. So I feel like it's very important for our family, for closure, for him to have to go to trial," said Denise Chung.''

''According to the documents, he told investigators he killed her after realizing that she had lied to him about her age. At the time of her death, the Tennessee woman was 48 years old and Nichols was 32.''

Ok, fine. Ive had a date lie about his age to me before. It didnt work out, obviously. I can understand Nichols was angry or disappointed but it is absolutely no reason to kill someone. I believe there is more to the story (money, alcohol, maybe other substances, a hidden history of abuse, maybe?).

Jmoo
 
Dec 15, 2023 Daniel Leblanc ·
''Rodney Nichols's lawyer wants experts to check if the 81-year-old man facing a murder charge over the 1975 death and disappearance of Jewell Parchman Langford is fit to stand trial.

During extradition proceedings this summer, Nichols's American lawyers said he had "full onset dementia."

Speaking in front of the Ontario Court of Justice on Thursday, Toronto-based defence lawyer Laura Metcalfe said a nurse at the Ottawa-Carleton Detention Centre (OCDC) also recently raised questions about her client's mental capabilities.

Metcalfe said she shares "those same concerns" and is seeking a five-day assessment of Nichols's fitness to stand trial.

The request could be authorized by the court as early as Friday. The assessment would take place at OCDC, where Nichols is currently held.''
 
I wouldn’t settle for any dementia assessment unless done by an expert from Baycrest.
A prison nurse rarely has these credentials, but she would be able to assess acted out behaviour, and activities of daily living. A cognizant senior would have no trouble feigning a behaviour. Surely The Royal- Ottawa has fair psychogeriatric assessors on staff, even some with criminology credits?
interesting he’s being held in OCDC, it has a nasty history, and not especially comfortable.
 
Dec 15, 2023 Daniel Leblanc ·
''Rodney Nichols's lawyer wants experts to check if the 81-year-old man facing a murder charge over the 1975 death and disappearance of Jewell Parchman Langford is fit to stand trial.

During extradition proceedings this summer, Nichols's American lawyers said he had "full onset dementia."

Speaking in front of the Ontario Court of Justice on Thursday, Toronto-based defence lawyer Laura Metcalfe said a nurse at the Ottawa-Carleton Detention Centre (OCDC) also recently raised questions about her client's mental capabilities.

Metcalfe said she shares "those same concerns" and is seeking a five-day assessment of Nichols's fitness to stand trial.

The request could be authorized by the court as early as Friday. The assessment would take place at OCDC, where Nichols is currently held.''

Testing is fine. I hope they have professionals who are good at evaluating criminals facing murder charges.

@AddyFinch , I agree. Nichols appears to have a history of conning people. They need to have experts experienced in these assessments, specifically in criminals.
 
Feb 13 2024
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''More time is needed to assess whether the man accused in the 1975 killing of Jewell Parchman Langford is fit to stand trial, court heard Tuesday.

Rodney Nichols, 81, was extradited from the U.S. to Canada this past fall to face a charge of murder. During extradition proceedings, his American lawyers said he had "full onset dementia."

After he arrived at the Ottawa-Carleton Detention Centre, a nurse there also raised questions about his mental capacity.

Nichols's Canadian lawyer, Laura Metcalfe in Toronto, told Superior Court in December that she shared the same concern and requested a five-day assessment of her client's fitness to stand trial.''
 
Nichols's Canadian lawyer, Laura Metcalfe in Toronto, told Superior Court in December that she shared the same concern and requested a five-day assessment of her client's fitness to stand trial.

The order was made on Jan. 2, but Nichols wasn't admitted to the Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences in Whitby, which works with the elderly, among others, until Jan. 18.

A report on Feb 9 was inconclusive, so they need more time to evaluate. IDK, it sounds like he's probably able to fake having cognitive impairment, but occasionally lapses.
 

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