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Project Angel January 1997 to June 2000
« on: June 25, 2010, 11:48:29 AM »
This is a brief outline of Project Angel for future reference.

Joint task force between London Police and OPP.  Announced in February 1998, but had been operational since January 1997.  Closed summer of 2000.

Their mandate was to look at 20 unsolved cases between 1956 and 1983 in and near London, Ontario with the advent of DNA and computer programs to compare crime scenes.  Project Angel revealed little of their progress, including which cases they managed to extract DNA for.  They did say 1 possibly 2 serial killers were at work between 1956 and 1983.  Their only announcement of a link was Irene Francis Gibbons - found with tissue in throat, similar to 3 others - not specified.

They solved 5 cases -
- Glenda Tedball.  Arrest and guilty plea announced 27 September 1999.
- Irene MacDonald.  2 arrests announced 15 February 2000.
- Edith Authier.  Suspect was deceased when announced 16 February 2000, but had confessed earlier.
- Jane Woolley.  Project Angel attributed JW's murder to same suspect as Edith Authier.
- Victoria Mayo.  Suspect exhumed, DNA match, also announced 16 February 2000.

Lynda White was not a part of Project Angel, although initially listed as such.  Other officers were working on her case.

15 cases remained unsolved when disbanded.  For some reason Toronto Star only has 14 of those names.  Possible mix-up with Lynda White.  The police continue to work on 6 - not specified.  The other 9 remain open but are not actively pursed - not specified.

In order of occurence, 14 of the victims are -

Susan Cadieux
Real Tessier
Margaret Sheeler
Jacqueline Dunleavy
Frankie Jensen
Scott Leishman
Helga Beer
Patricia Bovin
Robert Stapylton
Jacqueline English
Soraya O'Connell
Patricia Merle
Irene Gibbons
Donna Awcock
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Re: Project Angel January 1997 to June 2000
« Reply #1 on: June 25, 2010, 11:57:30 AM »
Suzanne Miller could have been the 20th case.


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Re: Project Angel January 1997 to June 2000
« Reply #2 on: July 05, 2010, 09:56:17 PM »
Here is a similar article that has some very interesting info about some of these cases.


Fourth of a five-part series. Elusive killers leave cold trail for police; [AM Edition]
John Duncanson and Nick Pron TORONTO STAR. Toronto Star. Toronto, Ont.: Apr 2, 1992. pg. A.4

He was lurking in the shadows, the orange-colored plastic bag in his hand, as the perky teenager left the grocery store.

It was just after 2 on a crisp fall morning, and the London, Ont., street was deserted. There were no witnesses, and that's the way he wanted it.

Donna Jean Awcock didn't like going out alone at night. For weeks, she was troubled by a feeling something awful would happen to her.

But the 24-hour grocery store was only a block away and she was out of cigarettes.

When Carol Awcock awoke that morning and saw Donna Jean's empty bed, she knew something was wrong.

Her 17-year-old daughter had been out babysitting the night before. She always phoned home if she had to stay overnight.

The call from the police came later in the day. There was a battered body in the morgue. They thought it might be Donna Jean.

Don Awcock started trembling as he stared down at his daughter's body lying on a cold gurney. There were bruises on her body from her neck to her thighs.

Shoved deep down her throat, just barely sticking out of her mouth, was an orange-colored plastic bag, like one used to collect garbage.

Detectives believe the bag was used to silence Donna Jean's screams as she was raped and strangled.

Donna Jean wasn't the only murder victim in the London area to die that way. In three other unsolved slayings, the screams of the victims were also muzzled, wads of tissue shoved deep into their throats.

Investigators won't say if the "tissue slayings" are the work of a serial killer, but the Awcocks are convinced the man who murdered their daughter eight years ago has killed before, and will strike again.

A Star investigation into unsolved female slayings in the province over the last two decades has found there are at least four serial killers who have eluded police.

Police agencies are aware that serial killers have been operating in the province for years, but never made that public.

The Awcocks think they know their daughter's killer, a man they say stalked her and has since disappeared out west.

"I just pray they find this guy dead somewhere so another family doesn't have to go through the same hell," said the teary-eyed mother, staring at a framed portrait of her daughter, a poppy on each corner of the frame.

"I hope they catch this guy in the States. Down there they fry 'em," said the angry father.

The first two tissue slayings were in London in 1968, Jacqueline Dunleavy and Frankie Jensen. About 7 1/2 years later, Irene Gibbons was slain in her Strathroy house. Eight years would pass before Awcock's murder.

Dunleavy, the 16-year-old daughter of a London police officer, was last seen getting into a car on Jan. 9. Her partially clad body was found within hours of her disappearance.

She had been strangled with her own scarf, a wad of facial tissue shoved down her throat.

Jensen, the 9-year-old son of a furniture dealer, was abducted on his way to school on a blustery, winter day - one month later.

The little boy's body was pulled from the Thames River, where Awcock's body was found.

He had been clubbed on the side of the head with a blunt object, likely a brick. Like the murder a month before, tissue was shoved in his throat.

Gibbons, a reclusive 66-year-old woman, had just returned home from doing some banking business when she apparently answered a knock at her door.

Her body was found in the bedroom. She had been strangled with a pair of her stockings; wads of tissue were in her throat.

* * *

There have been about 160 unsolved female slayings in Ontario over the past two decades, and the scenario with many of them is the same:

The victim either vanishes off the street or is murdered in her house; the police assign dozens of investigators to the case and start a massive hunt for the culprit, confidently predicting they will soon make an arrest. But then, months later, when they have run out of leads, they turn to the public for help.

One such case is the .22-calibre killer, a suspected psychopath who shot his victims in the back of the head.

It was in the spring of 1970 when Doreen Moorby answered the front door of her home in the town of Gormley.

Standing there was a dark-haired man in his late 30s, a big- eared, swarthy type who apparently talked his way into the house to use the phone, saying his car had broken down.

Once inside, he raped the 34-year-old former nurse and then shot her three times, once in the back of the head. She died with her baby in her arms. The child wasn't hurt.

The killer then calmly picked up the shell casings and fled in a tan-colored sedan.

A massive manhunt was started by police, who feared the demented killer might strike again. They were right.

Twelve days later in nearby Palgrave, just 40 kilometres (25 miles) to the west, another former nurse, Helen Ferguson, 37, was lured from her home by a man claiming he had a sick child in his car and needed help.

Ferguson's 9-year-old son was playing in an upstairs bedroom when he heard his mother and the stranger come back into the house. Minutes later, the boy ran downstairs when he heard a burst of gunfire.

He saw a swarthy man with big ears standing over his mother's half-naked body, which was lying on the floor. She had been raped and shot in the back of the head.

The gunman stared impassively at the boy for a moment before fleeing, driving off in the same tan-colored car. Once again, he had collected the shell casings.

The dragnet intensified as police questioned more than 3,000 suspects. But the trail grew cold.

Two years later, a woman's body was found against a fence in a deserted field near Georgetown, south of Palgrave.

Police suspect Janice Montgomery, 22, was hitchhiking when she was picked up by her killer, who drove her to the lonely field where he shot her in the head with a small-calibre gun.

All the labels had been carefully removed from her clothing. No shell casings were found.

A year later, the bodies of two teenaged North York women, who thumbed a ride, were found in a deserted field in Downsview. Donna Sterne and Wendy Tedford had been shot in the back of the head.

Detectives theorized they had been killed by a deranged maniac for no apparent reason.

The string of killings then stopped. Tips came in sporadically about the .22-calibre killer, the last one two years ago. But he has never been caught.

* * *

The slayings of elderly people in the Ottawa Valley started in 1975 and ended 12 years later.

That was when the Ontario Provincial Police publicly stated they believed the murders were connected. Although they had a suspect in mind, he was never charged.

While the focus of the investigation was eastern Ontario, there have been 10 other unsolved slayings of elderly women, most of them widows, in the southwestern part of the province during that same time.

Like the killings in the Ottawa area, all the victims were at home alone when they were slain, a Star investigation has found.

Some of the women were raped, while in other cases police could find no apparent motive, but suspected robbery.

While investigators have never publicly linked any of the murders in southwestern Ontario, there are several similarities.

A common pattern was the lack of forced entry, as most of the women apparently opened their doors to their killers.

In one case, police suspect the killer may have been a man making a delivery.

Police are looking for a truck driver from a plant nursery, a possible suspect in the 1988 murder of 80-year-old Thera Dieleman of Innerkip, near London.

He was driving a flatbed truck with white lettering on the doors. It was seen parked in front of the widow's house the day she was beaten and strangled to death.

The most recent unsolved murder was that of a 63-year-old Mississauga woman, who was raped and strangled in her apartment building last fall. Police believe Muriel Holland's killer may have followed her home from a shopping trip.

* * *

He was the one that got away.

Detectives nicknamed him the "Porn Man" and privately admit they may have bungled the investigation into the suspected serial killer who operated over a three-year-period in the Port Stanley, Stratford and Tillsonburg areas.

Police had been watching the man for years; he had a long criminal record and had been in psychiatric hospitals.

They closed in on him when they started finding the body parts of one of his suspected victims, Priscilla Merle, in 1972, near Port Stanley, a small town on the shores of Lake Erie.

Merle's left arm was floating in Kettle Creek. Soon after, her upper torso was discovered near a marina in the same area.

Police believe the body of the 21-year-old woman had been cut up with a 35-centimetre (14-inch) power saw.

The separated mother of one had last been seen alive getting into a station wagon, a vehicle that resembled the one driven by the Porn Man.

Merle's death was the last in a series of murders starting in October, 1969, with the slaying of Jacqueline English, whose nude body was found floating in Big Otter Creek, near Tillsonburg.

The 15-year-old had been raped and murdered after hitchhiking home from her job as a waitress. Less than a year later, another 15- year-old, Soraya O'Connell, disappeared after hitchhiking home from a youth centre in London.

Her skeletal remains were found four years later in a garbage dump south of Stratford.

Police raided the Porn Man's home, where they made a grotesque discovery in his basement.

There were bags of feces stored in a chest, human waste he had collected for some bizarre reason. Along with the feces were pictures of naked children.

But the evidence wasn't strong enough to take to court, and he wasn't arrested.

Soon after, the Porn Man moved, and was last believed to be in the Toronto area.

In their eagerness to arrest the Porn Man, detectives now admit they may have moved in on him too soon.

"Looking back on the case, perhaps we could have played it differently. Perhaps tailed him more," said one detective.

"But one thing's for sure. After he left town . . . the killings stopped."

That last line is so reassuring.
I'm getting the impression from this and other articles that quite a number of the female homicide victims in this area were mothers with young children who were present at the time of their mothers' murder but were left unharmed. Patricia Ann Bovin, found stabbed to death in 1969, Doreen Moorby & Helen Ferguson, both raped & shot to death in 1970, 12 days apart (the so-called '.22-calibre killer suspected in both their deaths), and Louise Jenner, found with her throat slashed in 1975. All of these women were killed in their own homes, with their children present. More recently, Lisa Leckie. Of course there will be similarities across many murders. It just seems a bit peculiar to me that so many mothers, particularly young mothers, were killed so brutally. Maybe this happens more often than I am aware.
Either way, that's a lot of unsolved cases. I found the 'Porn Man' story sick and extraordinary. The more I find out about unsolved homicides in my province, especially of women, the less I wish I knew. The reality is overwhelming.


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Re: Project Angel January 1997 to June 2000
« Reply #3 on: July 06, 2010, 06:05:35 AM »
That is truly informative wanted - thank-you.

Can you post the other parts of this series?  If you are posting from the Star's Pages of the Past, please advise how you do this!!  Mine always come up blank!


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Re: Project Angel January 1997 to June 2000
« Reply #4 on: July 06, 2010, 03:59:02 PM »
To summarize some of the info provided by wanted -

The 'tissue murders' in order of occurence -

Jacqueline Dunleavy, age 16, 9 January 1968
Frankie Jensen, age 9, 9 February 1968
Irene Francis Gibbons, age 66, 2 August 1975
Donna Jean Awcock, age 17, 13 October 1983

The age range, gender and dates are all over the place, yet all have a similar MO.  A killer who will take anyone they can for the sake of killing?

For what it's worth, I have always been of the opinion 'experts' on serial offenders, be it rape, murder, robbery whatever, know squat about them.  What they do know about is those that have been caught and have cooperated with someone to study them.  A drop in the bucket, worldwide, imo.

Will try to summarize the others under the areas they occured.  Will wait to see if the other parts of this Toronto Star series can be posted first.
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Re: Project Angel January 1997 to June 2000
« Reply #5 on: July 07, 2010, 10:10:46 AM »
Thanks gibbons - corrected the date.

If Frankie Jensen was the son of Jensen's Furniture founder, then that's 2 more or less prominent fathers losing a child within a month.  That does bring up many scenarios.  One might be was Frankie sacrificed to throw the police off the real killer of Jacqueline or vice versa?

One month after Frankie was killed, so was Scott Leishman (March 1968) then Helga Beer (August 1968), followed by Robert Bruce Stapylton and Jacqueline English, both in 1969.  This mix of would have baffled the London police for years.

Then 7 years after Jacqueline and Frankie, the same MO turns up when Irene Francis Gibbons, age 66 is killed in her home (August 1975).  Were the police closing in on someone?  8 years after that, similar MO for Donna Jean Awcock, age 17 (October 1983).  What a pressure cooker that must have been.


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Re: Project Angel January 1997 to June 2000
« Reply #6 on: July 08, 2010, 09:05:56 AM »
Hey guys, I've found some other parts of the same series - I'm getting these through LexisNexis Academic with my student library account. I figured I could put it to good use here - it's so hard to find older newspaper articles on the internet, and they can be really helpful in piecing together what was going on at the time on a community level. I've found getting detailed info from police services homepages isn't easy, the police aren't always forthcoming on a lot of these issues as we all know very well. Lately I've been browsing through these databases a lot, coming here to unsolved and trying to post anything that's relevant. Considering how tight-lipped the police always are with information, I feel like I've suddenly stumbled across a grail of information! Here's another article from the same series:

Unsolved murders: Are they linked?
The Toronto Star, March 30, 1992, Monday, ONTARIO EDITION, NEWS; Pg. A1/ FRONT, 1415 words, BY NICK PRON AND JOHN DUNCANSON TORONTO STAR

Over the past two decades, the murders of 160 females in Ontario remain unsolved. Some simply vanished off lonely streets, others were found mutilated.

These deaths have been portrayed by police as random incidents, not linked to each other.

But a Star investigation has discovered that at least 30 of them may have been committed by serial killers - the type of psychopaths most thought only existed in the United States.

About a dozen serial killers have been active in Ontario over the last two decades. Eight are now behind bars, although most have been convicted of just one murder, not a series of killings.

Some are applying for early release from prison - but authorities remain unaware of just how many they actually killed.

For years, police agencies across Ontario publicly denied the existence of the multiple murderers, often claiming that convicted child killer Clifford Olson is Canada's only serial killer.

But privately, it was another story.

Homicide detectives with various forces have been aware for some time that the most feared breed of killers - psychopaths who slay for their own perverse sexual gratification - have been on the prowl in Canada's most populated province, The Star found after numerous interviews with law enforcement authorities, researchers and other sources.

The existence of these killers is one of Ontario's darkest secrets, something that police investigators will discuss, but only reluctantly.

The three-month-long Star investigation also found:

There has been a serious breakdown in communication among police forces across the province, which has allowed some of the killers to continue operating.

At least one recent attempt to get Ontario police forces to share information about the murdered women ended in failure because of inter-force rivalries, disputes over investigative techniques and a general lack of awareness.

Of the eight serial killers who have been caught, most were never publicly identified as multiple murderers, getting convicted for only one or two of the slayings. Relatives of other victims were quietly told by investigators that, although they had a suspect, no charges would be laid, citing mounting costs of continuing the investigation.

In those cases, psychiatric review panels and the parole board were unaware of just how many murders the applicant for release really committed because "they were only on the books for one charge," said one source.

One police officer went to a killer's review hearings year after year, quietly reminding members of the panel just how many murders the man had really committed.

"My stamina is gone," he said, asking that his name not be used. "I just can't keep this up. It takes a lot out of you, going there year after year. I've had it."

The Star investigation uncovered at least eight serial killers in Ontario institutions; men who have killed three or more times with a "cooling off" period between each of the slayings - the FBI definition of a serial killer.

The eight, who have been caught over the past two decades, carried out an estimated 50 murders.

Most were committed to the psychiatric institutions for one or two murders each, although they had killed many others.

One detective who went to the families of other victims to explain why police wouldn't be laying charges said it all boiled down to a matter of money.

"After we got him for one, it was just too damn costly to carry on the investigation and do him for the rest," he said, adding that he wasn't happy with that outcome, but pointed out that was the way the system worked.

While some serial killers have been caught, at least four others have eluded police in Ontario, The Star investigation revealed.

They may have killed as many as 30 women in the Toronto, Ottawa, Barrie and London areas, sources say, slayings over the past 20 years that have never been solved.

Several of those cases have recently been reopened by the Ontario Provincial Police because of what one detective called some "interesting peculiarities" in the way the women died. He wouldn't elaborate.

In addition to those murders, police investigators are still puzzling over the brutal slayings of 130 other women in the province since 1970.

A list of the murders was compiled by The Star after reviewing archival material, collecting police reports and travelling to various police detachments across Ontario.

Police detectives admit they have never done a comprehensive examination of all the 130 cases to look for any similarities, the "calling cards" or the "signatures" left behind by serial killers.

In several investigations, detectives admitted they had to "start from scratch" in looking for other cases similar to their own, complaining about the lack of a central registry of cases.

Many of the cases were inactive after the investigating officers moved on to other duties, retired or quit the force. Spokespersons for the various forces maintain the murder cases remain open, but admit with each passing year the chances of ever making an arrest are slim.

Aside from those cases, there are dozens of other women officially listed as missing on police records, some of whom police suspect were murdered, but their bodies have never been found.

The majority of the 160 murders - 84 slayings - happened during two distinctive cycles, five-year periods at the beginning of the 1970s and 1980s. One investigator called the two waves the "killing seasons."

During the first cycle, the majority of the victims were between 10 and 17 years of age, according to a special computer run done for The Star by the Law Enforcement Program of Statistics Canada.

In the second cycle, the ages of the victims rose, and most of those killed were between 18 and 29.

The majority of the women killed since 1970 were single, and most were either strangled or beaten to death, the statistics show.

During that time, 25 of the victims were older than 60, and most of them - 19 - were widows.

Thirteen of the victims were children, 10 years of age and under.

Although police investigators in Ontario have known about the serial killers, talking about it publicly makes them uncomfortable.

Some investigators admit that they're embarrassed by the lack of communication between forces about murder cases, which has hindered investigations.

Then there's the fear factor.

"Police forces don't like to talk about serial killers because it is a very disturbing perception," said Royal Canadian Mounted Police Inspector Ron MacKay, head of the force's Violent Crime Analysis Section in Ottawa.

"You don't want to go around panicking people . . . but they (serial killers) are out there, and all the police forces are very well aware of them," he said.

"It's a chilling thought to think that these types of people are on the streets," said Halton Region police Inspector John Van Der Lelie. "But to deny their existence is like sticking your head in the sand."

The Federal Bureau of Investigation has stated there are as many as 35 serial killers on the loose in the United States. Several of the American killers have made forays into Ontario, sources say.

Candace Skrapec has interviewed six jailed serial killers in Canada - three in Ontario - for her doctoral dissertation at John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York.

Skrapec said she had a tough time getting research funds for her project because few people believed that there were any serial killers in Canada.

"There isn't any attention paid or publicity given to serial killers mainly because of a lack of resources in Canada to identify the problem," she said.

The men she interviewed have never been identified as serial killers because they had been jailed for only one murder each - a recurring pattern in numerous homicide cases reviewed by The Star.

"If these were Bay St. businessmen getting knocked off, people would be screaming for a royal commission," said Maria Crawford, who has researched nearly 1,000 female homicides in Ontario since 1974 for a provincial government report soon to be released.

While her report focuses on domestic slayings, she said she noticed disturbing similarities in some of the unsolved murders - the "stranger to stranger" homicides. She couldn't discuss any details because of restrictions imposed on her under the provincial Freedom of Information Act.

Unbelievable that it was 'too expensive' to put these men to trial for so many of their crimes. I could understand concerns about costs if this was something on the scale of Pickton's operation, but more of an effort has to be made. You can't let someone get away with murder in the eyes of the law, no matter how much money it may cost to legally pursue the suspect. When it comes to something like serial murderers, a country can't afford to be cheap. And why on earth wouldn't you want to publicly identify a serial killer as a serial killer? If that's why they're being kept in prison, the public deserves to know. I don't know if this bizarre policy is intended to be cruel, but that's how it comes across to me.

I'll post the other articles as I find them - some of them have no information specific to any unsolved crimes, but are instead interest pieces on the FBI or the development of ViCLAS. I'll try to include anything that might shed some light on these cases.


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« Reply #7 on: July 08, 2010, 09:23:41 AM »
The Toronto Star

March 31, 1992, Tuesday, AM

Police test computer to investigate murders
By John Duncanson and Nick Pron Toronto Star
Pg. A2

Canada's federal police force is setting up an American-style system for tracking serial killers in this country, The Star has learned.

For the past two years, the RCMP has been quietly developing a computerized network code-named VICLAS (Violent Criminal Linkage Analysis System) that will link police forces across the country in the hunt for psychopathic killers.

The super computer will store and analyze hundreds of unsolved murders across the nation in a centralized data base, looking for the trends and similarities that are the calling cards of a serial killer.

The system is modelled after the Federal Bureau of Investigation's VICAP (Violent Criminal Apprehension Program) computer system, which was featured in the movie The Silence of the Lambs.

"We're taking what we've learned from VICAP and other American systems, incorporating the best from each," said RCMP Inspector Ron MacKay, who is spearheading the project from the force's headquarters in Ottawa, along with Corporal Greg Johnson.

Once a pattern between murders is spotted by the computer, the Mounties will advise the various forces of their findings, suggesting they should be forming a task force to find the culprit. The actual investigation will be done by the respective forces, MacKay said.

The Mounties have already entered about 1,000 homicide cases in their data base from the past 20 years, Johnson said. They eventually hope to have about 7,000 cases.

Although police forces in Ontario have publicly denied the existence of serial killers for years, they have been working closely behind the scenes with the Mounties in developing the proposed tracking system.

The plan will go to senior RCMP officials for approval next month. But whether it gets off the ground depends on two key factors: funding and co-operation among the various forces.

In Ontario, a three-month Star investigation found that the absence of a centralized data bank on unsolved murders - along with a lack of communication between police forces - has hampered the hunt for the serial killers over the past two decades.

While eight serial killers have been caught in Ontario, at least four others have eluded police, The Star investigation found.

Although police agencies in Ontario have been aware of the serial killers for some time, it was only four years ago that attempts were made to start an an organized program to track them down.

The plan was to set up a central registry of unsolved murder cases, focusing mainly on female homicides. But the project failed miserably, numerous investigators candidly admit.

One investigator said the project just wasn't marketed properly, and not enough police officers even knew about it.

"The system just won't work if officers aren't adding their cases to it, or checking the file for similar-type murders," said a detective with one regional Ontario force.

Two years ago, the plan to establish a central registry was revived as the number of unsolved female homicides in the province climbed to more than 160.

"It was pretty obvious that something was going on in the province," said one senior officer with the OPP.

"There were just too many women being grabbed off the streets and getting murdered."

Investigators with the various forces realized they had to put aside their petty squabblings and work out a co-ordinated strategy to track the killers.

Establishing a national link between the various forces is crucial because some killers are drifters, MacKay said.

"The bad guys don't respect the borders," he said, adding the Canadian system will be hooked up with its counterpart in the U.S.

One convicted American serial killer who may have operated in Canada is Henry Lee Lucas, who claimed to have killed about a dozen people in Ontario between 1975 and 1983.

OPP investigators questioned Lucas about the slayings and later decided his claims were likely exaggerated. But they could not rule out the possibility he may have committed some murders in Ontario.

There were at least 35 unsolved female slayings in the province during the seven-year period when Lucas claimed to be in Canada, The Star investigation found.

When police profile serial killers they often look at transients, long-haul truckers and people who travel regularly between Canada and the U.S., such as carnival workers, investigators say.

One drifter convicted of murders in Calgary and Toronto is under investigation for three other murders in the Timmins and North Bay area.

But Danny Wood, now serving a life sentence in a Saskatchewan penitentiary, has refused to talk to investigators about the other murders: Julie Fortier, 18, of New Liskeard; Micheline St. Amour, 20, of North Bay; Sharon McCafferty, 32, of Timmins.

Another serial killer who was captured in Ontario travelled across the country in a camper van, killing his last victim at a Midland-area camp site.

Many of the unsolved slayings in Ontario reviewed by The Star took place near major thoroughfares, such as Highway 401 and 400.

In the slaying two years ago of university student Lynda Shaw, investigators looked for similar murders in at least five American states, according to detectives.

One theory investigators looked at in the mutilation murder of the 21-year-old Huttonville woman was that the killer may have been a drifter who regularly travelled along Highway 401, targeting her when she stopped at a restaurant on the 401.

Serial killers are known to dump the bodies of their victims hundreds of miles from where they abduct them, often stripping them of clothing or any identification to hamper the later investigation.

Some of Ontario's Jane Doe murders could be the work of serial killers, investigators believe.

Police have not been able to identify seven women whose bodies have been found dumped near highways around Ontario since 1970, The Star investigation found.


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Re: Project Angel January 1997 to June 2000
« Reply #8 on: July 08, 2010, 10:31:48 AM »
Wanted - this is so informative.  Not everyone will look under this thread so can you copy to

- By Decade - Murdered and Missing People, Comparing MO's in Canada - accessed from the first page of this site


- Unsolved Missing in Ontario
- Unsolved Murders in Ontario

both found at the bottom of the Ontario page.



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Re: Project Angel January 1997 to June 2000
« Reply #9 on: July 08, 2010, 01:23:13 PM »
Wanted - you make a very good point on the choice not to spend money to prosecute when evidence exists for a serial killer.  This sort of decision filters from the top down.

The next generation could and should demand better.  With all the spending scandals this country has had over the years, the lack of money is not the reason.


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« Reply #10 on: July 18, 2010, 08:00:22 AM »
Gibbons - my request to have the LFP sent to my local library from the London library was turned down.  My call to the London library produced a yes you can borrow it through your library, but when they tried the request was turned down as only 1 copy exists.

Apparently the Ontario Archives do not have copies of the LFP for the sixties and seventies.

Will try again though.

If anyone else can go to the London library or access the LFP - where was Frankie Jensen found on or about 7 June 1969?  Thanks.


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Re: Project Angel January 1997 to June 2000
« Reply #11 on: August 05, 2010, 11:03:21 AM »
To Woodland, wantedwanted and Gibbons
I came across your investigations of Project Angel and am curious to know about the three of you.  I'd need to know of your motivation in exploring these cases. Is it simple curiosity or is there true dedication to solving these cold cases?  I, like some of you, believe that there is someone out there who might have answers and therefore think it's imperative that the names of the victims should never be forgotten.  Not sure if I'm ready to join you but I do know that I might be able to help.


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Re: Project Angel January 1997 to June 2000
« Reply #12 on: August 05, 2010, 05:50:14 PM »
Hey jensen - speaking for myself - simple curiosity, true dedication and motivation to help solve a case captures all of what I want to do here.

I will at some point read the London Free Press from June 1969 to whatever - and possibly discover nothing.  You helping me/us out is as valuable as is gets here.

This is not an investigation of Project Angel btw - if we can add to what they uncovered, then society will be served.

Look forward to hearing more from your perspective and whatever help you can provide.  Take the lead - it's yours!!


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Re: Project Angel January 1997 to June 2000
« Reply #13 on: August 06, 2010, 01:32:38 PM »
Woodland and Gibbons
I'll start by saying that it's good to know that there are people who still remember Frankie and are curious enough to still want answers after 42 years.  I was in my 17th year and Frankie is my little brother.  I don't speak of him in the past tense because I feel he's been with me my entire life...I've chosen not to let go of him.  You are right in assuming that he is the son of Frank and Krista Jensen, owners of Jensen's Guild House.  The store, at the time of my brother's disappearance was located on King St. downtown and did not move out to Hyde Park until many years after Frankie's death.  Up until a few years ago you could have read about Frankie, a wonderful lady named Mrs Brownstone and The Block Parent Program of Canada.  It was Mrs Brownstone who started the Block Parent Program in Canada (originated in the US) because of Frankie's demise.  I was saddened to learn that Frankie and Mrs Brownstone's names are no longer referenced on their site because  I do believe that as long as their names were out there, there was a chance that his case might one day be resolved.  For me, searching is not about "closure"...that, in my opinion is a ridiculous term.  For anyone that has traveled this road there is no such thing as "closure"  What happened to Frankie is part of the fabric of our family, it is part of who we are these 42 years later.  I'm happy to tell you that though we lived an undescribable hell and suffered a tremendous loss, our family came out of this tighter and stronger than ever.  We are not the norm in these situations.  I credit strong and optomistic Father's favourite line was always "nothing is so bad that it isn't good for something" and the good that came from this was The Block Parent Program.
We will forever miss our brother and we speak of him often.  I'd also like you to know that I have most of the original clippings from the LFP from Feb.9 1968 on as it pertains to Frankie.  I would be happy to copy these for you if you think it will help your exploration of his case. 


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Re: Project Angel January 1997 to June 2000
« Reply #14 on: August 06, 2010, 03:22:45 PM »
What an honor it is to make your acquaintence.

I would love to read more about Frankie on this thread - as you have demonstrated, you never know who might drop by.

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