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Title: Project Angel January 1997 to June 2000
Post by: Woodland 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
Title: Re: Project Angel January 1997 to June 2000
Post by: Woodland on June 25, 2010, 11:57:30 AM
Suzanne Miller could have been the 20th case.
Title: Re: Project Angel January 1997 to June 2000
Post by: wantedwanted on July 05, 2010, 09:56:17 PM
Here is a similar article that has some very interesting info about some of these cases.

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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.
Title: Re: Project Angel January 1997 to June 2000
Post by: Woodland 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!
Title: Re: Project Angel January 1997 to June 2000
Post by: Woodland 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.
Title: Re: Project Angel January 1997 to June 2000
Post by: Woodland 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.

Title: Re: Project Angel January 1997 to June 2000
Post by: wantedwanted 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:

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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.
Title: Re: Project Angel January 1997 to June 2000
Post by: wantedwanted on July 08, 2010, 09:23:41 AM
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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.
Title: Re: Project Angel January 1997 to June 2000
Post by: Woodland 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

and,

- Unsolved Missing in Ontario
- Unsolved Murders in Ontario

both found at the bottom of the Ontario page.

Cheers!

Title: Re: Project Angel January 1997 to June 2000
Post by: Woodland 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.
Title: Re: Project Angel January 1997 to June 2000
Post by: Woodland 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.
Title: Re: Project Angel January 1997 to June 2000
Post by: jensen 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.
Title: Re: Project Angel January 1997 to June 2000
Post by: Woodland 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!!
Title: Re: Project Angel January 1997 to June 2000
Post by: jensen 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 parenting....my 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. 
Title: Re: Project Angel January 1997 to June 2000
Post by: Woodland 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.

Best regards
Title: Re: Project Angel January 1997 to June 2000
Post by: Concerned on October 24, 2010, 02:56:34 PM
Have faith, I am so sorry to hear about your childhood. I'm so very glad you are here with us and sharing. When we hear these stories, we often wonder, what could we have done. What can we do now. What will put this behind us in a much better way. Sometimes those that live it, may have better answers we never thought of.

I hope we can find those answers. So many other children don't have the memories still fresh in your mind, even today.
Title: Re: Project Angel January 1997 to June 2000
Post by: Chris on October 25, 2010, 02:14:34 AM
Wow. A lot of tragedy. very sorry about that.
Title: Re: Project Angel January 1997 to June 2000
Post by: rkay on July 03, 2011, 09:55:55 PM
Why there's always hope that these can be solved:

http://news.yahoo.com/police-train-ticket-helps-crack-1957-ill-killing-165142484.html
Title: Re: Project Angel January 1997 to June 2000
Post by: gibbons on July 04, 2011, 06:20:28 AM
Wow - thanks for posting this rkay!
Title: Re: Project Angel January 1997 to June 2000
Post by: chickapey on July 04, 2011, 10:42:47 AM
have faith... I can'y imagine how these murders have effected you. Just discussing them, looking at the pictures of the victims weighs pretty heavy on the heart but knowing the killers are still out there and never punished... unreal.

The only murder I can remember is that of Donna Awcock. The others either happened before I was born or in the case of Russell Johnson, during a time when I was too young to hear about it so adults must have guarded their conversations.

I have met Donna's family and try to help with their fundraising when I can. To actually SEE their pain years later is hard to see at times. Listening to her friends tell stories of how she was etc... you can't help wonder what she would have done in her life. The same really strikes me with Jacqueline English. Reading about the kind of person she is makes her death endlessly more tragic.

Thank you for sharing EVERYONE... who knows where it could lead?
Title: Re: Project Angel January 1997 to June 2000
Post by: sweetnurse64 on August 06, 2011, 11:44:05 PM
I am so glad that I came across this forum and these posts.  I was doing a Google search and then found out some intersting things that I had not known before and that led me to here!  I am 46 years old and NEVER even knew until today that there were two murders in my little home town of Merlin in 1970 and 1971.  I would have been 6 or7 at the time so I guess nothing was told to us.  We lived outside of Merlin in the countryside but I do remember a time when we started to lock our doors.  Previously we never ever locked them.  I am thinking now that was probably around the same time as the murders occured.   All I can find on it is one little article that says Gerald Archer was responsible for one (Edith Authier, Labor Day, 1970). You have to pay to read the whole text , I believe it is from the Starr.  So nothing else about him except that he is now deceased.  Thats it.  I shake my head at how much information has been held back from us such as no serial killers here and them only charging them with "one" murder because of the "cost!" .. That is not right at all. It seems like they might be starting to get it together some with that database the RCMP are working on.  What a lack of communication ect... there was.  If a cop retires who is working on a cold case it seems that it never got transferred to anyone else??   I too was NOT impressed by the last line of the first article.  "Well , the killer is not in our city anymore"!  ???  Well..... good for that city!... what about the rest?  I don't think a name was in the article of who said that!
@ wanted Thanks for all the information.   
@Have faith; Sorry to hear about all the murders in London and how young you were when they all happened.  It sure did end your innocence at an age when you are supposed to feel safe, secure and protected in your home with no worries. 
@Jenson; sorry to hear about your brother; that must have been so awful.  I can't imagine.  My brother is 8 years younger than me. 
RKay; that is a Great story!!  So good to hear something like that, gives a feeling of hope.  :)
Title: Re: Project Angel January 1997 to June 2000
Post by: gibbons on August 07, 2011, 12:39:40 PM
Sweetnurse '64

Did you manage to find a little about the other two women who's murders were attributed to Archer?  There is at least a little more information about him sprinkled throughout this forum.  There are two women in London, and another in Chatham that constitute the list that are attributed to him...but as he was leaving the courtroom after his sentencing his comments suggested that he may have killed others (the three were "just the first strike"...suggesting he had been in the batter's box for a while).   I believe that goNgo has some addiitonal articles on Archer.  In Archer's case, his role in the murders came to the surface when an ex-wife went to the police.  Hopefully, for the myriad of other cases on this unsolved site, something similar will happen - a relative etc. who may have been keeping quiet for decades, will finally come forward with crucial information.

Title: Re: Project Angel January 1997 to June 2000
Post by: Have faith on August 07, 2011, 07:08:02 PM
Welcome sweetnurse64.  I hope you will jump in and give your thoughts on these cases, as they are always welcome.

Chickapey..thanks for your empathy.  You are right, it is an unspeakable tragedy to realize that two, sweet, kind and lovable girls like Jackie English and Donna Awcock could be killed in this way.  That their cases are unsolved, to me, is like rubbing salt in the wounds.  Their families are true heroes, who keep up the fight for answers and justice. 

Have Faith
Title: Re: Project Angel January 1997 to June 2000
Post by: Have faith on August 07, 2011, 07:14:33 PM
Hi goNgo,

I would like to see more info on G. Archer also, if you have any, and the time to add it.  Is there a picture of him anywhere? Btw, I suppose his info should be under the "Serial Killers" thread, or his victims' threads, instead of Project Angel.

Thanks,

HF
Title: Re: Project Angel January 1997 to June 2000
Post by: sweetnurse64 on August 09, 2011, 05:19:34 AM
Sweetnurse '64

Did you manage to find a little about the other two women who's murders were attributed to Archer?  There is at least a little more information about him sprinkled throughout this forum.  There are two women in London, and another in Chatham that constitute the list that are attributed to him...but as he was leaving the courtroom after his sentencing his comments suggested that he may have killed others (the three were "just the first strike"...suggesting he had been in the batter's box for a while).   I believe that goNgo has some addiitonal articles on Archer.  In Archer's case, his role in the murders came to the surface when an ex-wife went to the police.  Hopefully, for the myriad of other cases on this unsolved site, something similar will happen - a relative etc. who may have been keeping quiet for decades, will finally come forward with crucial information.

Hi, Oh thanks! I was wondering if there was any more info on him.  I also read that they thought he might have been responsible for another murder in Merlin in Jan. /71 of a woman named Isobel Russell who was 57.  Those are the only two ever there that I know of and they were two years in a row.  I bet there are more too!  I will check out goNgo for more info ; thanks :)
@HaveFaith;  thanks :)
Title: Re: Project Angel January 1997 to June 2000
Post by: freeman on August 09, 2011, 07:07:22 AM
Archer was convicted of Russell's murder in 1971, in the article below they call her Belva instead of Isobel, must be a nick name, note the "only strike one " statement at the end of the article
http://news.google.com/newspapers?id=kjM_AAAAIBAJ&sjid=QlEMAAAAIBAJ&dq=belva%20russell&pg=5588%2C1606176

The two other murders he was connected to were Jane Wooley and Edith Authier according to this link

http://pqasb.pqarchiver.com/thestar/access/445642181.html?FMT=ABS&FMTS=ABS:FT&type=current&date=Feb+16%2C+2000&author=&pub=The+Guelph+Mercury&desc=Investigators+making+gains+in+cold+cases&pqatl=google
Title: Re: Project Angel January 1997 to June 2000
Post by: goNgo on August 09, 2011, 05:48:06 PM
Thanks for those links, Freeman!

And, now that everyone seems to think that I have some articles about Gerald Archer (thanks gibbons!), I thought it best to look for some!  Any previous information that I had came from this message board.  I'm not sure if some was deleted, since I don't see it now.  So, here is what I understand to be true about Gerald Archer (gleaned from previous posts, Freeman's links and the links I will add below):

Gerald Thomas Archer tended to murder older women who worked in hotels or frequented hotels.  Convicted in 1971 of one murder.  Paroled in 1985. Died in 1985.  (need to confirm dates)  Born  ~1932.  From London.  Had previous criminal record relating to robbery, B&E and possession dating back to 1950.
•   Jan 31/69  -  Jane Woolley (62).   Victim stabbed and beaten.  Last seen in hotel (where she worked) and found in apartment on York St. in London.  Project Angel announced solved.
•   Sep 1970  - Edith Authier (57).  Stabbed and beaten.  Found in her house in Merlin.  Project Angel announced solved.
•   Archer and his wife Mary (who was 19 years older than her husband) moved from Merlin to 203 Adelaide St S. in Chatham in Oct 1970.
•   Jan 23/71  - Belva Russell (57).  Partially nude body found on dining room floor of her Chatham apartment. Victim was a chambermaid at a Chatham hotel.  GTA convicted in June 1971 and sentenced to life; paroled 1985.


Here are the additional news article links for articles from June 16, 1971 in the Windsor Star:


Waiter Tells of Drinking with Accused on Day of Murder
http://news.google.com/newspapers?id=kTM_AAAAIBAJ&sjid=QlEMAAAAIBAJ&pg=5456,768541&dq=gerald+archer+chatham&hl=en (http://news.google.com/newspapers?id=kTM_AAAAIBAJ&sjid=QlEMAAAAIBAJ&pg=5456,768541&dq=gerald+archer+chatham&hl=en)

Court hears accused's wife

So there!  Please don't make me do all of that work again!   ;) ;)

I will set up a thread over in the 'serial killers' forum to replicate some of this information.

[Edited to try to fix link to second article.  Update #2:  Whoops! all I've succeeded in doing is messing it up completely. I will put the link in a new post.]
Title: Re: Project Angel January 1997 to June 2000
Post by: gibbons on August 09, 2011, 06:20:23 PM
goNgo

Brilliant!  Sorry about setting you up like that...but given the excellent work, I will try to think of something else now!

Gibbons
Title: Re: Project Angel January 1997 to June 2000
Post by: goNgo on August 10, 2011, 03:13:36 PM
Link to second story referred to in my post above (from the June 16, 1971 Windsor Star):

http://news.google.com/newspapers?id=kTM_AAAAIBAJ&sjid=QlEMAAAAIBAJ&pg=2690,1484275&dq=geral+archer+chatham&hl=en (http://news.google.com/newspapers?id=kTM_AAAAIBAJ&sjid=QlEMAAAAIBAJ&pg=2690,1484275&dq=geral+archer+chatham&hl=en)

(Sorry about that boss!)
Title: Re: Project Angel January 1997 to June 2000
Post by: rkay on January 09, 2012, 10:06:41 PM
I'm going to use this thread to post articles related to the cases as a whole or in conjunction, up to and including Project Angel.

This will likely not be exhaustive, as it would be ridiculous to go through every single LFP paper from the last forty years (likely the microfiche would cause me to go blind somewhere around 1977), but I'll try to fill in whatever I've run across. Certainly these articles come up during 'peak' periods and anniversaries.  If there's any anyone knows about that contains interesting comparisons, additional information, or photos (I know there's one that actually contains a picture of Irene Gibbons, for instance), please let me know.

The first article, from Oct 18, 1969, was published just over a week after Jackie English's body was discovered. The diagram of where abductions occurred and where the bodies were discovered is food for thought.

The second two articles, from Nov. 7-8, 1969, deal with London City Council debating the merits of an award being offered.

Besides the inherent panic in realizing that the murders over 1968-69 weren't likely isolated incidents (also seen in the high public alert and media discussion after Jackie was found), there are a couple of interesting facts to be gleaned here-- one is that the London Police Force at the time were NOT trained as homicide detectives. That training had yet to be approved and money had to be found to pay for that training. So perhaps it is not surprising how little headway was apparently being made at this time; the detectives just were not prepared for it. (Not sure what the status of the OPP team would be at this point or how they would specifically be working with the city police.)

Secondly, the police commission chairman, which would be in charge of investigating the criticisms levelled at the detective divsion, happened to be Judge W.E.C. Colter, who, one year later, would be the trial judge in the Glen Fryer case. So perhaps Judge Colter came in with an understanding that the criminal investigation may not have been as thorough as could have been hoped.

The fourth article is from Nov. 22 detailing the specific of the rewards being offered, focusing on the Dunleavy, Jensen, and English cases.


Title: Re: Project Angel January 1997 to June 2000
Post by: rkay on January 09, 2012, 10:18:26 PM
Three more articles:

From Dec. 24, 1969, grouping the unsolved cases together, with specific info. Note that Georgia Jackson is included, whereas Helga Beer is not. The former may be due to her closeness in age to the others, and proximity to some of the Jackie English findings. Or perhaps LE had not considered the possibility of a Beer connection yet.

The July 8, 1972 article speculates that the 1969 reward offered be withdrawn (perhaps this is due to a change in the chief of police, or perhaps having the unsolved reminder lingering was embarassing?) I believe the reward was officially repealed though I don't seem to have the specific article on that handy.

The December 27, 1973 article specifically deals with Lynda White and Jackie English, with Det. Alsop saying that the police were working under the theory at that point that they were victims of the same man.
Title: Re: Project Angel January 1997 to June 2000
Post by: Have faith on January 11, 2012, 05:41:40 PM
Thank you rkay for finding these additional articles. 
There is a mention of missing footwear, and for what it is worth, I compiled a list of footwear removed from victims who are thought to be  connected in someway to possibly the same killer.  I wonder if this is a sign that some were taken as a "trophy" which is attributed to serial killers, in order to relive the event or to continue the fantasy. In one case the footwear was removed and left with the body and in another the shoes were found many miles away after a tip was given to LE.  Some shoes could have come off in a struggle.

-Scott Leishman (summer 1968) missing one shoe
-Jackie Dunleavy (winter 1968) both shoes removed and left beside the body
-Lynda White (winter 1968) no footwear found with remains
-Frankie Jensen  (winter 1968)  both boots removed and never found
-Bruce Stapleton (summer 1969) missing one shoe
-Jackie English (autumn 1969) both shoes removed and found miles away (tip to LE)
-Soraya OConnell (summer 1970)  no shoes found with remains
-Donna Awcock (summer 1983) both shoes removed and never found


Edited: to add Donna who is considered connected to earlier cases
 

Title: Re: Project Angel January 1997 to June 2000
Post by: chickapey on January 11, 2012, 07:15:20 PM
Thank you for the articles RKay and info on the lack of training LPD had at the time. Why wouldn't they have called in another police agency if that many people were being killed and they KNEW they were getting no where with solving them.

Have Faith... great question about the shoes. I agree with your idea of trophies or at least some kind of fetish perhaps?
Title: Re: Project Angel January 1997 to June 2000
Post by: rkay on January 11, 2012, 07:53:50 PM
Well-compiled and very curious list, HF.
Title: Re: Project Angel January 1997 to June 2000
Post by: chickapey on January 13, 2012, 11:42:38 AM
Donna was wearing running shoes which I think would be difficult to accidentally fall off in a struggle. Same with Frankie's boots.
Title: Re: Project Angel January 1997 to June 2000
Post by: Have faith on January 14, 2012, 12:07:51 PM
Welcome foghorn!

The "tissue slayings" as you mentioned, are grouped by LE who determined that wads of tissue shoved down the victims' throats (in one case a plastic garbage bag) were done in an effort to silence screams.  This apparently determined a similarity in MO, not found in the other cases.  I have read that this is not an uncommon MO, therefore, I suspect that there may be details from the crime scene that LE withheld from the public, which may have further linked these cases. Just a guess on my part. There is also the possibility that this procedure was unnecessary in some instances, where there was no concern of screams being heard by anyone.  I have listed some details of these tissue slayings which show some similarities between the cases.  In Irene Gibbon's case, there is very little published information.

Jackie Dunleavy (1968)
-age 16
-got into killer's vehicle (willingly or not)
-long honey blonde hair
-body found in school driveway at edge of city, not far from home)
-wad of tissue stuffed down throat
-beaten about the face
-strangled (with her own scarf)
-sex act, but not raped
-nude from the waist down
-socks and shoes also removed
-clothing disarrayed and piled beside the body
-not determined if dump site is the murder scene

Frankie Jensen (1968)
-age 9
-got into killer's vehicle (willingly or not)
-long blond hair
-body found in Thames River (NE of London)
-wad of tissue stuffed down throat
-fractured skull (possibly by a brick)
-sex killing
-nude from the waist down
-boots and socks removed
- missing clothing, and lunch pail never found
-murder site not determined

Donna Awcock (1983)
-age 17
-got into killer's vehicle (willingly or not)
-long blonde hair
-body found down an embankment of Thames River (NE London)
-plastic garbage bag stuffed down throat
-badly beaten
-strangled
-raped
-body masked by disheveled clothing
-running shoes removed and never found (as well as apartment key)  purse left at crime scene

Irene Gibbons (1975)
-age 66
-body found in bedroom of her home (Strathroy)
-wad of tissue stuffed down throat
-strangled with pair of her stockings
-no sexual assault
-some money missing from her purse

There is no mention of footwear in the other cases, except for the ones I noted earlier.
If I have missed noting any details, please let me know. Thanks.
Title: Re: Project Angel January 1997 to June 2000
Post by: foghorn on January 16, 2012, 07:04:13 AM
Thanks for taking the time to list the details of these cases.  Very useful reference point.
Title: Re: Project Angel January 1997 to June 2000
Post by: jellybean on September 15, 2014, 07:54:13 PM
https://groups.google.com/forum/#!searchin/alt.true-crime/edward$20gratton$20trial$20london$20otario/alt.true-crime/k1ZXB8C0qaA/npIXb7MQpTYJ

The following appears courtesy of the 2/16/00 online edition of The
London
Free Press newspaper:
Wednesday, February 16, 2000

Area serial killer identified

By ROXANNE BEAUBIEN, Free Press Crime Reporter

  A man jailed for the 1971 murder of a Chatham woman is the serial
killer
behind just-closed police files on two other area murders, The Free
Press has
learned.

Yesterday, a cold-cases police squad probing unsolved homicides in
Southwestern
Ontario dating back to 1956 said it has closed the books on three more
killings
-- all three women, two of them from London and another from Merlin,
near
Chatham.

Although the two killers are dead, Project Angel officials won't
identify them
because of restrictions under privacy law.

But a police source confirmed the joint OPP-London police team has
pinned the
deaths of two women -- Londoner Jane Woolley, 62, and Edith Authier, 57,
of
Merlin, on Gerald Thomas Archer.

Both women were viciously stabbed and beaten -- Woolley in 1969, Authier
the
following year.

The same source confirmed the man police have nailed for the third death
is
Sandor Fulep, a Torontonian found to be insane when he confessed to the
1964
killing of Victoria Mayo, 32, of London.

Sandor's body was exhumed from a Toronto cemetery last November, The
Free Press
has learned. DNA collected from the body matched blood and semen
collected at
Mayo's apartment.

Archer was 40 when convicted of the non-capital murder of Belva Russell,
57, a
Chatham woman killed in 1971 in the same manner as Authier and Woolley.

Sentenced to life in prison, Archer -- while marching out the courtroom
past
his wife -- said: "That's not the end of the ball game. That's just the
first
strike."

Whether Woolley and Authier were the second and third strikes is
something that
will never be tested in court. Archer died in 1995 of an apparent heart
attack.


At a news conference yesterday, the head of Project Angel said the man
they've
pinpointed in the two cases confessed killing Authier to his wife and
daughter
a couple of years after the murder.

Evidence gathered indicated the man's family knew about Authier's
murder, said
OPP Det. Insp. Mike Coughlin. "When confronted with this (they) did
admit it,"
he said.

"The background of the three deceased ladies were so similar in nature.
He met
them in bars probably, they all were cleaning-type ladies in hotels and
he
moved around, so he knew all of them," said London police Deputy Chief
Jim
Balmain.

Though frustrated the men will never face trial, Balmain said: "I think
for
closure purposes -- that you know these predators are no longer out
moving
around the community -- that should bring some sense of satisfaction."

Woolley was a chambermaid at the London House on Dundas Street. Her
naked and
brutally beaten body was found Feb. 3, 1969, by police and a friend
after she
failed to show up at work for several days. She was known to visit
downtown
hotel bars after work.

Authier lived in the former police village of Merlin, part of
Chatham-Kent. A
chambermaid at the William Pitt Hotel in nearby Chatham, she was found
by a
neighbour -- stabbed and beaten to death -- on Sept. 5, 1970.

Two bloody butcher knives were found at the scene.

Mary Gray, who found Authier's body on Sept. 5, 1970, said she's
relieved the
investigation is over but wishes police would release the killer's name.

"I found her in the back room where she had been killed. I don't even
like to
think about it. It wakes up a lot of old, bad memories," she said.

Russell, the woman Archer was convicted for killing, was a Chatham hotel
maid.
She and her boyfriend had made the rounds of hotel bars Jan. 23, 1971.
Her
boyfriend left her to change clothes, but she was gone when he returned,
trial
testimony showed.

The boyfriend later returned to their apartment and found the woman half
nude
and beaten to death. Fingerprints and the boyfriend's testimony about a
fleeing
man cinched the case.

Mayo, the victim in the third Project Angel case announced closed
yesterday,
was found dead in her London apartment in 1964. In what's believed to be
a
Canadian first, Coughlin said DNA from blood and semen collected at the
murder
scene was matched to a man who died in 1996.

His body was exhumed last November. Testing by the Centre of Forensic
Sciences
confirmed the match, Coughlin said. Fulep, his remains in Toronto's
Mount
Pleasant cemetery, walked into a Toronto police station in 1967 and
confessed
to killing a woman in London three years earlier.

Charged with Mayo's death, he was sent to a mental hospital in
Penetanguishine
for a psychological assessment -- after which the charge was dropped.

He was charged again but the case was thrown out because of insufficient

evidence.

Mayo, mother of a five-year-old boy, was found Aug. 6, 1964, face down
on her
bed in her basement apartment at 194 Sydenham St. Wearing a nightgown,
she was
stabbed in the back several times. A large hunting knife was found in a
nearby
sewer.

Yesterday's announcement brings to five the number of cold cases closed
by
Project Angel.

In January 1998, police began reinterviewing witnesses and family
members of
victims found beaten, stabbed, strangled or shot between 1956 and 1983.

Detectives at the time said they hoped new investigative techniques,
including
DNA testing, databases and behavioural profiling, would help close the
files.

Last month, Donald Spindler, a 60-year-old former London bus driver, was

charged with second-degree murder in the 1978 disappearance of Irene
MacDonald,
his common-law wife. Another former wife, Katherine McCoy, 58, also of
London,
is charged with obstructing justice.

Last year, police charged Edward Gratton, 66, of London with culpable
murder in
the 1967 disappearance from the Parkhill area of 16-year-old Glenda
Tedball.

Coughlin said nine of the remaining Project Angel probes are being
suspended
because detectives have gone as far as they can. Investigators have
collected
168 DNA samples from suspects for testing. Coughlin said victims'
families in
newly resolved cases expressed relief.

For investigators, seeing results is bringing a much needed boost. "It's
a
tremendous lift to the investigators within the project. A long
investigation
into this many cases is emotionally draining for the officers," he said.

DNA: CRIME-FIGHTING ALLY

Police are increasingly turning to high-tech tools to solve old murders
and
violent crimes. One method is by using DNA, the unique genetic code each
person
has in their cells -- and may leave at a crime scene. How the process
worked in
the case of Londoner Victoria Mayo, 32, found stabbed to death in her
apartment
in 1964:

- Investigators carefully collect evidence from the body and the crime
scene
that may link to the killer. Samples gathered include the suspect's
blood and
semen.

- At the time of the killing, DNA profiling wasn't even conceived of,
London
police Deputy Chief Jim Balmain said. Now, science has progressed to
where a
single pin-prick of blood is enough to conduct a DNA test.

- Investigation of the Mayo case leads cold-cases squad detective
working in
Project Angel to a suspect who died in 1996.

- Police ask for permission from Ontario's attorney general to exhume
the man's
body to collect a DNA sample. Lead investigator OPP Det. Insp. Mike
Coughlin
says there's enough supporting evidence.

- In November 1999, the body of a man buried in Toronto is exhumed.
University
of Western Ontario anthropologist Michael Spence says a DNA sample could
be
taken from almost any part of the body, including brain tissue, flesh or
even
any remaining hair roots. "Getting DNA from (a body) that recent is well
within
the realm of modern science."

- Testing of blood and semen from the Mayo crime scene and the sample
from the
exhumed body is done at Toronto's Centre of Forensic Sciences.

- The results -- showing a match -- are sent to investigators who are
now able
to close the case.
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Title: Re: Project Angel January 1997 to June 2000
Post by: Besani on October 14, 2014, 10:33:44 PM
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."

I think they should find this guy again. He's obviously a murderer and they even admit they knew.

And what happened to all that feces? They should have DNA tested it to see who's it was. And for the pictures of the naked children, where are those pictures and who are those children?!