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CANADA Canada - Renee Sweeney, 23, Sudbury, Ont, 27 Jan 1998

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  1. dotr

    dotr Well-Known Member

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    http://www.thesudburystar.com/2015/01/27/sudbury-murder-case-still-open-police

    "A jacket linked to her murder scene remains the best piece of evidence in solving Renee Sweeney’s murder, Greater Sudbury Police investigators believe.

    Sweeney was brutally stabbed to death while working at a now closed Adults Only Video outlet on Paris Street on Jan. 27, 1998.

    Sweeney was a 24-year-old Laurentian University student on her way to having a honour's bachelor of arts degree in music and history. She played the trombone for the Sudbury Symphony Orchestra.

    Her killer walked into the AVO store in the morning. He stabbed her more than 30 times before fleeing with less than $200 and ran directly past two friends who were coming to see Sweeney."
     
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    dotr Well-Known Member

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    http://www.sudburycrimestoppers.com/Crime Files/Rene Sweeney.aspx

    "Description of Suspect

    White Male
    Early 20s
    Height: 5'10" - 6' (178 -183 cm)
    Weight: 140 - 150 lbs (64 - 68 kg)
    Hair: short and dark
    Build: slim
    Wearing glasses, jeans, running shoes and a grey-hooded top underneath a light weight teal coloured jacket
    A short distance from the scene the suspect abandoned a lightweight jacket and white cotton gloves which was located by police dog track. The light-weight jacket is of particular interest. It is a High Sierra make, made in Korea, and is a size large. Inside the left breast area of the jacket was a large diaper pin"

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    http://www.northernlife.ca/news/policeandCourt/2010/01/sweeney-case280110.aspx

    “Renée had received a number of hang-up phone calls (at home) during the two weeks prior to her murder,” Toffoli said. “She had a different behaviour. She used to park her car at work on the opposite side of the parking lot, but it was a dark area of the parking lot. In the week prior to the murder, she changed the location of her parking, and she parked directly in front of the store, which she had never done before.

    “We’re assuming she did this because she was scared of someone, or something happening to her. We’ve never found out what she was scared of. She never told her family, her friends, or her co-workers.”

    The crime, whether it was supposed to be a robbery or a murder, was premeditated, Toffoli said. “He entered the store with gloves, a knife, and very light clothing for the cold temperature that was outside,” the sergeant explained."
     
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    We had the same music teacher. She was a bright, talented young student. Her death lingers in my mind. How can the killer still be unknown after all this time?
     
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    The amazing and horrifying thing, is that although Rennee was stabbed 30 times, she managed to crawl behind the counter whilst the killer, assuming she was dead, washed up in the store bathroom. When he returned and saw that she was still alive, he attacked her again until she died!
    The monster grabbed $200 from the cash register, but i wonder if the money was a "bonus" or red herring, for him, or if the motive was straight up robbery?
    If it was a robbery, why was it such a violent overkill?
    Since Rennee received nuisance phone calls at home prior to the murder, yet was not scheduled to be at work on that day, could it be that the killer was watching her home and knew she was at the store?
    Did he confuse her for a different female employee?
     
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    http://www.thesudburystar.com/2015/01/28/pov-sweeney-murder-still-haunts-sudbury

    "Renee Sweeney would be 40 today if she were still alive. There's no way of knowing for sure, but it would be nice to think she would be happily married with a couple of children and in the midst of a successful music career.

    She would have been there for her younger sister Kim, herself the mother of two children. And she would have been there for her mother, Carol, as she battles MS, and for her stepfather, Bill Strachan, before he died in 2013.

    Renee was stabbed to death on Jan. 27, 1998, at the now-defunct Adults Only Video on Paris Street. She wasn't even supposed to be at work that day; normally she would have been off, but had switched shifts so she could take part in a Sudbury Symphony Orchestra performance, Kim Sweeney told The Star last year.

    Renee was a talented music student at Laurentian University, working at the video store to help pay for her education.

    Her killer, who has never been brought to justice, would also likely be in his 40s, if he's still alive"

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    Lengthy article,rbbm.

    http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/sudbury/sweeney-murder-dna-1.3250941

    Renee Sweeney's murder suspect has 'good DNA profile' — but no hits yet
    Investigators wonder if the DNA databank system is working as it should

    CBC News Posted: Oct 01, 2015

     
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    rbbmhttp://www.thesudburystar.com/2015/01/27/sudbury-murder-case-still-open-police
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    Renee Sweeney (left) poses with younger sister Kim for a studio portrait in October, 1997, three months before Renee was murdered.






     
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    Just a wild thought, concerning the large diaper pin in the suspect's pocket- besides all the usual uses a pin might have, if someone lost a kilt pin, maybe they would temporarily use a baby pin?
    Did Rennee ever play in a marching band or something where a kilt is the uniform?
    imo. speculation.
     
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    Bumping for Renee with description of eye-glass wearing suspect.
    Wanted on murder.
    http://www.rcmp-grc.gc.ca/en/wanted/murder-suspect
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    Wondering, but assuming that the diaper pin was tested , perhaps for drugs, but considering the suspect was in an "Adult store " maybe the pin was a part of some fetish, perhaps one that the victim laughed at, or if it involved kids, perhaps threatened to report?
    January in Ontario and most other Canadian locales, would be very cold- one would be unlikely to wear white clothing and a light jacket, imo. The jacket was apparently only sold in California, could the perp be a visitor from there?
    imo, speculation.

    https://www.sudbury.com/police/sweeneys-murder-remains-unsolved-16-years-later-248912
    Jan 27, 2014



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    http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/sudbury/new-tech-for-gsps-1.3947875
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    We'll bring you more information throughout the day.
     
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    Updated.
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    So glad this new technology is being used, hopefully it helps solve this case... Crazy thought: When I watch the Ancestry.com commercials, they always talk about being able to run your DNA to help find long lost relatives. I wonder if this type of thing has ever been done with the suspects DNA? It may not lead us directly to HIM, but could link him to family members? Would certainly narrow down the search if they had a family tree to start weeding thru. Like I say, maybe it's a crazy thought.
     
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    We share the same crazy thought, in my fevered little brain sometimes wonder if occasionally dna sites are in fact mined for familial connections in these cases.
    Renee was so brutally murdered in the morning, practically in public too and she almost might have saved herself if the guy did not attack her yet again - so, imo, if LE can find her killer using any method necessary to accomplish that, all the better!
    imo, speculation.
     
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    Do you think he looks like Luke Dilenardi who lived in Sudbury at the time, but disappeared without a trace from Sault Ste. Marie in 2005? The age would be about right. I think that the original police drawing of the accused looks more like Dilenardi than the techno snapshot.

    http://www.gsps.ca/en/crimefiles/historicalmissingpersons.asp
     
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    Cannot believe how bold ( or crazy ) that guy was to do what he did, then wash his hands at the store and all while customers were arriving!
    Maybe he is from " Northern Europe " and not concerned about getting identified, imo.
    Hoping that Wsers from that part of the world might read this thread and send tips if they happen to recognize this guy or his" style of crime".
    imo, speculation.

    http://news.nationalpost.com/news/c...police-release-sketch-of-suspect-based-on-dna
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