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Title: Wendy Ratte - August 18, 1997 - Age 44 - Missing - Prince George
Post by: Desespere on August 28, 2008, 06:24:53 PM
Wendy Ratte
Age: 44
DOB:
Missing
Date last seen: August 18, 1997
Location last seen: Prince George, BC
Full moon

Wendy Ratte - August 18, 1997 - Age 44 - Missing - Prince George - Wendy, a substitute teacher, went missing from downtown Prince George on the morning of Aug 18, 1997. Wendy Ratte dropped her husband off for work and then she simply vanished. Her white Plymouth van was found in a parking lot at what is now Value Village. She is not listed as part of the official Highway 16 investigations.
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August 18, 1997 was a full moon.
Title: Re: Wendy Ratte - August 18, 1997 - Age 44 ? Missing ? Prince George
Post by: Chris on August 28, 2008, 11:05:22 PM
Weird one. I know this is generalizing, but her husband was the last person to see her alive.
Title: Re: Wendy Ratte - August 18, 1997 - Age 44 ? Missing ? Prince George
Post by: Chris on August 29, 2008, 04:18:53 PM
That is probably why. I bet the police already suspect the husband, but like so many cases in BC, they may be just short of having enough evidence without the body. And in that area, it could be anywhere.
Title: Re: Wendy Ratte - August 18, 1997 - Age 44 ? Missing ? Prince George
Post by: solvy on January 03, 2009, 09:43:19 PM
The Prince George RCMP Detachment with the assistance of ?E? Division Major Crime Section have continued the investigation into the disappearance of Wendy RATTE, who was reported missing on August 19th 1997.

On December 5th 2008, Denis RATTE, the husband of Wendy RATTE was arrested for her murder.

On December 6th 2008, Denis RATTE appeared before a Judicial Justice of the Peace and was remanded to appear in Prince George provincial Court Monday December 8th. Denis RATTE was charge with one count of 2nd Degree Murder.

At the time of her death both Wendy RATTE and Denis RATTE were residents of Prince George.

If you have any information on this file, please contact the Prince George RCMP at (250)561-3300 or call Crime Stoppers at (800)222-TIPS (8477).

All media are requested to contact:

Cst. Gary Godwin - Media Communications Officer, Prince George Detachment
Office: (250) 561-3321
Cell : (250) 961-0338

Released by:

Cst. Craig Douglass
RCMP North District Media Liaison
 
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Title: Re: Wendy Ratte - August 18, 1997 - Age 44 - Missing - Prince George
Post by: solvy on October 27, 2009, 01:10:21 AM
Prelim expected to start Nov 9 /09 in Prince george.
Title: Re: Wendy Ratte - August 18, 1997 - Age 44 - Missing - Prince George
Post by: solvy on November 19, 2009, 02:19:21 PM
nquiry starts for husband charged with wife’s murder      
Written by Frank Peebles
Citizen staff   
Tuesday, 17 November 2009


PRINCE GEORGE RCMP


Testimony is now underway in the case of Denis Florian Ratte, husband of Wendy Ratte who disappeared 12 years ago. Tuesday was the start of the preliminary inquiry.
Her body has never been recovered but in December, 2008, Prince George RCMP charged Denis Ratte with the crime. It was a major turn of events in one of northern B.C.'s most publicized disappearance cases ever.
While the contents of a preliminary inquiry are not eligible for publication - these are essentially the dress rehearsals for a main trial later - it was notable that many members of the Ratte family were in the Prince George Courthouse, some of them by subpoena.
Ratte was aided in the proceedings by a translator due to French being his first and most comfortable language. A family member said he has lived in English Canada for the majority of his life, but in such sensitive proceedings he wanted to be absolutely clear about what was being said. The translation caused testimony to be given haltingly, and with some repetition, but family members said it was well worth it to ensure all is understood.
Trial dates have not yet been publicly discussed. The preliminary inquiry is expected to continue on at the Prince George Courthouse at least until the end of this week.
Title: Re: Wendy Ratte - August 18, 1997 - Age 44 - Missing - Prince George
Post by: capeheart on November 19, 2009, 08:57:42 PM
See what tricks they use when they come to court. He knows English as well as you and I, but all this halting to have the testimony interpreted from English into French is a diversion. I took a hearing like that once, it was English to MicMac, but those men know the language as well as I did. It was just common everyday testimony. They had lawyers, so why do they need the interpretation of what is going on. Most people in the courtroom that don't have any legal knowledge, do not know what is going on. This is really great that he is finally getting to court after all this time. I just hope that he is convicted and is behind bars soon, just where he belongs. 8) 8) 8) 8)
Title: Re: Wendy Ratte - August 18, 1997 - Age 44 - Missing - Prince George
Post by: solvy on November 19, 2009, 09:11:12 PM
Yes Cape , a stall tactic and also hoping to muddy the waters with excess testimony.  I think he had all the extra time he didn't deserve already since its taken more than 10 years to get to this point.
Title: Re: Wendy Ratte - August 18, 1997 - Age 44 - Missing - Prince George
Post by: capeheart on November 22, 2009, 06:21:23 PM
Solvy, I totally agree. 8) 8) 8)
Title: Re: Wendy Ratte - August 18, 1997 - Age 44 - Missing - Prince George
Post by: Chris on November 24, 2009, 01:19:42 AM
Yeah I agree this is nuts
Title: Re: Wendy Ratte - August 18, 1997 - Age 44 - Missing - Prince George
Post by: solvy on October 13, 2010, 10:24:02 PM
 October 13, 2010

Rodney Venis
Citizen staff
rvenis@pgcitizen.ca

Denis Florian Ratte confessed to killing his wife Wendy and told Mounties he hid the body in a wooded area outside of Prince George, an RCMP undercover officer testified in court Tuesday in Prince George.

He also told officers that he poisoned a man after being cheated in a drug deal - a claim investigators discovered to be false.

Testifying before a jury of 10 men and two women, the RCMP officer - whose name is protected by a publication ban - detailed the elaborate sting operation that led to Ratte's arrest on Dec. 2008, 13 years after his wife Wendy disappeared after running errands in downtown Prince George. He has pled not guilty to a charge of second-degree murder.

The so-called "Mr. Big" ruse is designed to convince its target, usually a suspect in a long-running homicide investigation, they are being recruited into an international criminal organization. It usually culminates with the subject meeting the fictional head of the organization - Mr. Big - and being asked to confess to a past crime.

In the case of Ratte, the operation, conducted over the summer and autumn of 2008, neared its conclusion when regular members of the RCMP visited his Prince George home, warned him they possessed new evidence in the disappearance of his wife and told him his arrest was imminent.

Ratte had experienced a number of "scenarios" over the months, including a faked "robbery" where a member of the organization threatened another undercover officer with a gun, meant to convince him of the legitimacy of the fictional criminal operation. After the RCMP visit, he met with "Mr. Big", confessed to the murder of his wife and told the undercover officers the location of her body.

Police, however, could not locate remains of Wendy Ratte. Jurors were set to see video of Ratte's confession today.

Under cross-examination, the officer also testified Denis Ratte said he murdered a man with rat poison, literally because he "ratted" Ratte out. Subsequent investigation revealed Ratte's ostensible victim died of natural causes.

Wendy Ratte disappeared at 9 a.m. on Aug. 18, 1997 near what is now Value Village, close to the intersection of 15th Avenue and Spruce Street. She failed to show up for a meeting with Denis; police found no trace of her other than her van parked near the intersection.


Title: Re: Wendy Ratte - August 18, 1997 - Age 44 - Missing - Prince George
Post by: solvy on November 09, 2010, 04:39:41 PM
Hot off the press!!

Denis Ratte found guilty of 2nd degree murder of wife Wendy Ratte
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File # 1997-18021
2010-11-09 06:12 PST

On November 3rd, 2010, after a three week jury trial in Prince George, Denis RATTE was found guilty of 2nd Degree Murder, for killing his wife Wendy RATTE in 1997.

Wendy Ratte 44 years old at the time of her disappearance, was employed as a substitute teacher. She was initially reported to police as missing.   It was reported that Wendy had dropped her husband off for work in downtown Prince George on the morning of Aug 18, 1997 and was not seen since.  Her white Plymouth van was found in a commercial parking lot, shortly after.

"Denis Ratte was arrested on December 5, 2008, some 11 years later after Wendys' disappearance.
The investigation was initiated by the Prince George RCMP, then handed over for the long term efforts and led by the RCMP "E" Division Major Crimes Unit.  A sentencing date has not been set" stated Cpl Dan Moskaluk.

"This an example of how no matter how long it takes, our investigators will work these cases, carefully sifting through information piecing together factual history, that eventually leads to concrete evidence" added Cpl Dan Moskaluk.

Wendy Ratte was not listed as part of the official Highway 16 investigations.

Released by

Cpl. Dan Moskaluk
"E" Division Strategic Communications Section - Senior Media Relations Officer
South East and North District
1168 Main Street ,Penticton B.C. V2A-5E8
Office: (250) 863-7433
Cell: (250) 863-7433
Fax: (250) 491-2381
Email: dan.moskaluk@rcmp-grc.gc.ca
Title: Re: Wendy Ratte - August 18, 1997 - Age 44 - Missing - Prince George
Post by: solvy on December 10, 2010, 10:35:31 PM
PRINCE GEORGE - 13 years after his wife disappeared, a Prince George, BC, man has been sentenced to life in prison for her murder, but the couple's adult children remain conflicted about her death.  Wendy Ratte was 47-years-old when she disappeared while shopping in downtown Prince George in August of 1997.  Her remains were never been found, and the case remained unsolved for more than a decade, until her husband Denis Ratte was charged in 2008, after he confessed to police during a so-call Mr. Big police sting operation.  On Nov 3, Ratte was convicted of second-degree murder for shooting his wife in the head and dumping her naked body in a swamp.  (CBC)
Title: Re: Wendy Ratte - August 18, 1997 - Age 44 - Missing - Prince George
Post by: Chris on December 11, 2010, 12:14:28 AM
Great News!
Title: Re: Wendy Ratte - August 18, 1997 - Age 44 - Missing - Prince George
Post by: Kazoo on June 11, 2013, 04:41:57 PM
Ratte case to air on Dateline NBC

June 11, 2013
Citizen staff

The U.S. network television show Dateline NBC will air an episode this Friday on the 1997 murder of a Prince George woman and the subsequent conviction of her husband for second-degree murder 13 years later.

The show is set for 8 p.m. on King 5.

On Aug. 18, 1997, Wendy Ann Twiss Ratte, 44 at the time, was reported missing and the family's van was found parked at a supermarket, now Value Village.

The case had languished for years but in 2008, Denis, her husband, became the subject of an elaborate undercover operation, known as a Mr. Big sting, in which police officers posed as high-level criminals to gain the suspect's trust.

Police got Ratte to tell them details about the killing, and after his arrest, Ratte confessed, but recanted at trial.

A jury found Ratte guilty of second-degree murder in November 2010 and he was sentenced to 15 years in prison before eligibility for parole. The last of his legal options hit a dead end in May when the Supreme Court of Canada dismissed his application to appeal the verdict.

Dateline NBC producer Izhar Harpaz and cameraman Simon Doolittle were in the Prince George area earlier this year collecting footage and interviews.

In February, CBC's The Fifth Estate aired an episode on the same case.

http://www.princegeorgecitizen.com/article/20130611/PRINCEGEORGE0101/306119984/-1/princegeorge/ratte-case-to-air-on-dateline-nbc
Title: Re: Wendy Ratte - August 18, 1997 - Age 44 - Missing - Prince George
Post by: looking on June 14, 2013, 08:19:09 PM
If someone can post the location where the body was dumped, I could take a cadaver dog for a search.
Title: Re: Wendy Ratte - August 18, 1997 - Age 44 - Missing - Prince George
Post by: Acam1487 on August 19, 2015, 07:15:13 AM
Talk about reasonable doubt. Some supposed MR. BIG sting operation where some COP supposedly got a confession out of him. Ever think he was trawling for money opportunities and saw it in illegal organized crime? Ever think he was desperate and thought this was a way out, using his wife's disappearance as his ticket in by claiming involvement. And we are supposed to take the truth from some supposed undercover cop, and not the lie detector he passed (which are still fairly unrelyable.). And isn't it odd a body was never found, and he, in fear of having a harsher sentence, never revealed it's location? And the fact he's never confessed since. Wouldn't a guilty man facing life anyway, confess? I know, I know many will say we'll many people have denied responsibility even into their jailtime. Well many of those cases are also circumstantial and questionable and many have been vacated due to new DNA evidence (set free). I don't know I just fine some shady sting operation highly doubtful. And please if you don't believe me, just take a look at all the doctored, forced false confessions. How many mostly young, impressionable people have been sat in an interrogation room and fed specific, non public details about a crime and then told to just talk "hypothetically" and when they just say the wrong thing the detective goes, boom see you're guikty, here's your confession I myself wrote up all you need to do is sign it. Then they say well he knew things ONLY the killer would know, even though the interrogation tapes show they obviously didn't know and we're being fed the information and threatened and frightened and told, you can trust me we will help you prove you are innocent, if you'll just sign this. I'm sorry but there are so many cases like this that re doctored and peoplease are falsely accused with no physical evidence. I read about this case and it seems similar. And I don't like the fact that they think it is ALWAYS the spouse. For God's sake if my wife disappeared I could kiss my butt goodbye. I'm just trying to make people see it as I do, highly suspicious. Until there is concrete physical evidence and multiple witnesses, I refuse to believe this man is guilty. It seems in real crime cases it's guilty until proven innocent. Not to mention the only other corroborator is the daughter who says her father changed, turned to crime for money. OF COURSE, his life was blown apart, and all she says is oh well I think he was hiding something. Just because he was changed. If I lost a loved one, the police failed me and kept investigating me instead, and suffered financially, I'd be that way too. And the fact that they suddenly said oh his lie detector was suddenly "deceptive" (already suspicious wording in terms of the police), oh how convenient. they took him most vulnerable, most needing of money and promised him money, knowing that almost everyone knows come organizations only recruit people who have committed some sort of horrible crime, and took some man's convenient confession as fact. As I say police go for what is most convenient, not for what is most truthful or what has the most evidence. Just my opinion (I'm very wary of police) and I don't think they should confess with no physical evidence, and then call the convicted "psychopaths, killers, dangerous to society, or that they'll kill again.)
Title: Re: Wendy Ratte - August 18, 1997 - Age 44 - Missing - Prince George
Post by: Acam1487 on August 19, 2015, 07:34:47 AM
Oh and by the way. If I ever did anything that wrong, even some crime boss asking multiple times, oh tell me the truth, what happened to your wife?? Would strike me as severely suspicious. And I would never waver in my original story. That's a stupid thing to do. Luckily for me I am a terrific liar and can convince anyone of anything which stems from a severe mental illness I will not divulge here, since people will get the wrong impression and tend to freak out when they even so much as hear the word. Just look up "mental illness lack of empathy compulsive liAR manipulative". You'll find it. But I have to warn you it's not just one tier. Meaning not all of us are the same. There are different severities of it like there are of most illnesses. There are the ones that really do bad things and the ones that are more passive and more of victims of the horrible illness then perpetrators. I have the passive one, just a lack of friendships, relationships, trust and very much a recluse. Anyway, saw the confession video and this guy is an idiot. That mr. Big is so obviously an undercover cop. Why would a crime boss be so interested in his wife? It's laughable. Also, remember, even if the person did murder someone, there are always two victims, the one who got killed and the killer, and I say this because most supposed "murderers" who've only done it once with motive are generally not sociopaths as they're labeled. They usually are just desperate and see no other way out, impressionable, or have one psychotic break. They do not fit the description of a sociopath no matter what the police, courts and supposed prosecutor hired specialists say. Just because you kill someone doesn't always immediately make you a sociopath. Sociopaths are usually very intelligent, hard to track down or pin with a crime, usually do it more then once and are usually unbreakable (meaning they never truly confess to their crime stemming from their manipulative personality and easy ability to lie and string false stories and stick with them. They are also often very meticulous.) And I mean the more aggressive type of this illness (those who often are the ones to commit these crimes).
Title: Re: Wendy Ratte - August 18, 1997 - Age 44 - Missing - Prince George
Post by: jellybean on August 19, 2015, 08:51:08 AM
Acam1487: Thank you for your post, and welcome to Unsolved.

You have given me some "food for thought" regarding Mr. Ratte.  Mr. Big has been reigned in by the Supreme Court, last I heard.
The word came down that law enforcement must set up guidelines.  It is believed that there will be many cases which may be going before the courts for either re-trial or overturned, due to past tactics of Mr. Big.

I too would have been very suspicious of "sudden undivided attention" by new people entering into my life, and asking for truthfulness of my past.  (Not that I have a past to speak of - but you get the idea).  I think Mr. Big feeds into a persons weakness, ie:  needing money, or greed , as well as vanity and false self-importance.  It works most of the time.

I was looking at this board yesterday, and holy cow - multiple people (guests) were looking at Wendy Ratte's thread.
I was curious as to why, one right after the other.  I wonder if Mr. Ratte has appealed his conviction due to Mr. Big, thus the public's rush to read this thread. 

You are right about sociopaths and psychopaths.  Much to my astonishment, after reading up on the topic, many folks with this condition cope very well with it, marry and raise families.    I have learned that only a small handful commit crimes.   LOL, I think I have run into a few sociopaths in my lifetime, work place especially. 

And that is no lie!! :)

jb
Title: Re: Wendy Ratte - August 18, 1997 - Age 44 - Missing - Prince George
Post by: looking on August 19, 2015, 10:47:05 AM
He gave too many details in his story.  And then he takes them to where he left her and finds the tarp he had wrapped her up in. He did it.