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Title: (SOLVED)Neighbours mourn Cape Breton senior's suspicious death Angus MacLean
Post by: whispersoftly on December 10, 2010, 11:20:47 AM
Figured I'd post it anyways.. if it get solved in a few days It can be moved to solved..until then here it is. I wonder what happened. random attack or planned, or suicide?

http://www.cbc.ca/canada/nova-scotia/story/2010/12/10/ns-angus-maclean-death-investigation.html (http://www.cbc.ca/canada/nova-scotia/story/2010/12/10/ns-angus-maclean-death-investigation.html)
From CBC
People who knew an elderly Cape Breton man who died under suspicious circumstances are remembering him as a kind gentleman.

Angus MacLean, 82, was found dead in his country farmhouse in Colindale, N.S., on Wednesday by a neighbour. The neighbour called the RCMP, who responded to the call at 7:47 p.m on the western shore of Cape Breton.

The Mounties have launched an intensive investigation into MacLean's death. They are not saying how he died, but they are calling the death suspicious.

"He was a very nice man, I knew him quite well," said John M. Beaton. "He was very easy going, I thought a lot of him."

Colindale Road, where MacLean lived, is about five kilometres northeast of Port Hood and is dotted with farmhouses.

Margaret Beaton, who lives on the same road, said MacLean kept to himself.

"Angus was a kind gentleman, loved children, never missed a Halloween coming to our house and bringing our boys pumpkins when they were small," she told CBC News.

"Lived his own quiet life and didn't bother anyone."

Inverness RCMP Const. Brad Anderson said on Thursday that while there is likely to be an autopsy, it has not been scheduled yet.

"We have Inverness identification services are there, our police dog services are assisting, we have Northeast Nova Major Crime Unit is assisting, Inverness district RCMP and in addition to that, we have Inverness district street crime enforcement unit assisting," he said.

John M. Beaton said given the large police presence in the area, residents are fearing the worst.

"Doesn't make me feel very good, come a little too close to home. I hope, if it's murder, whoever the hell did it, they'll get him for it," Beaton told CBC News.

Neighbours said MacLean was a retired farmer who lived alone in his home. They said he never married and had no children.

"He would go to the dances in West Mabou on Saturday nights. He was a fantastic step dancer but very shy. He was the kindest man. He was always there to do anything for anyone. A very quiet, good man," said Rita MacInnis.

"He was all alone. It's so devastating if someone did that to him."


Read more: http://www.cbc.ca/canada/nova-scotia/story/2010/12/10/ns-angus-maclean-death-investigation.html#ixzz17jKq6yAm (http://www.cbc.ca/canada/nova-scotia/story/2010/12/10/ns-angus-maclean-death-investigation.html#ixzz17jKq6yAm)
Title: Re: Neighbours mourn Cape Breton senior's suspicious death Angus MacLean
Post by: debbiec on December 10, 2010, 01:44:00 PM

This is so sad. It sounds like Angus was a kind and gentle soul, well liked by those that knew him. I hope he did not meet a violent end.

RIP Angus.
Title: Re: Neighbours mourn Cape Breton senior's suspicious death Angus MacLean
Post by: lostlinganer on December 10, 2010, 02:45:20 PM
Cape Breton seems to be "right up there" lately as far as drugs, murders and attacks go!  The place seems to have reach  a point of people with "no conscience" and people who don't notice anything.

The lastest was a 60 yr. old gentleman (name not yet realeased) who was out putting up xmas lights yesterday when his dog ran off.  He got in his vehicle to go get the dog.  Just up the road a bit, he got out of his vehicle to go get the dog, when a blue truck comes along (approx. 5:30 pm) struck and killed him, and kept going ..... there was also a small make vehicle behind this truck .... that car didn't stop either.  I hope the police resolve this pretty quick.  It has reached beyond the point where people don't seem to care what happens to others .... or don't notice.  ....they fly around on neighborhood roads ....especially in rural areas like Lingan.  Something is bound to happen with this reckless selfish attitude.  Police are way too scarce in rural areas... and it just can't be helped.  It time people started using their cell phones for something good.  They use them enough when they shouldn't... causing accidents and taking lives.  Let's see where this one goes!  RIP,  and God Bless this family who are left hurting so bad this season.
Title: Re: Neighbours mourn Cape Breton senior's suspicious death Angus MacLean
Post by: whispersoftly on December 12, 2010, 02:28:25 PM
Now confirmed a homicide

From cbc
Nova Scotia RCMP say the death of an elderly Cape Breton man was a homicide.

A neighbour found 82-year old Angus MacLean dead Wednesday in his farmhouse in Colindale in western Cape Breton, police said.

An autopsy was completed in Halifax on Friday, but police won't say how the retired farmer died.

Const. Brad Anderson of Inverness County RCMP said police encourage the public to come forward with any information that might help the investigation. Police especially want to talk to anyone who had contact with MacLean on Dec. 7 or Dec. 8 and with anyone who saw unusual or suspicious activity in the area.

Anderson would not say whether police have any suspects.


Read more: http://www.cbc.ca/canada/nova-scotia/story/2010/12/12/ns-rcmp-confirm-death-of-elderly-man-a-homicide.html#ixzz17vnigdSy (http://www.cbc.ca/canada/nova-scotia/story/2010/12/12/ns-rcmp-confirm-death-of-elderly-man-a-homicide.html#ixzz17vnigdSy)
Title: Re: Neighbours mourn Cape Breton senior's suspicious death Angus MacLean
Post by: capernan on December 13, 2010, 07:28:33 AM
Rumor has it in the community that there has been an arrest. 
Title: Re: Neighbours mourn Cape Breton senior's suspicious death Angus MacLean
Post by: whispersoftly on December 13, 2010, 08:01:26 AM
okay well as soon as I can find it on a news site that there has been an arrest... i'll ask someone to move it to solved.. because I dont know how to move it there myself.
Title: Re: Neighbours mourn Cape Breton senior's suspicious death Angus MacLean
Post by: whispersoftly on December 13, 2010, 09:31:56 AM
C.B. man murdered, autopsy confirms
Motive for killing 82-year-old unclear
http://thechronicleherald.ca/Front/1216838.html (http://thechronicleherald.ca/Front/1216838.html)

An elderly Cape Breton man found dead in his farmhouse on Wednesday evening was murdered, police say.

An autopsy was performed Friday on Angus MacLean, 82, who had lived alone in his Colindale home, near Port Hood. His death had previously been referred to as suspicious. As is often the case with murder investigations, police won’t say how the man was killed.

Inverness RCMP and the RCMP’s Northeast Nova major crime unit are investigating the homicide. The RCMP are asking anyone with information to call them at the Inverness detachment or call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

Investigators would especially like to speak with anyone who spoke to or had contact with MacLean on Tuesday or Wednesday. They would also like to hear from anyone who witnessed any unusual or strange activity in the area.

Const. Brad Anderson of the Inverness RCMP said officers kept busy on the case Sunday.

"They’re continuing to interview people in the general area, not necessarily just the neighbourhood, but the community, and (are working on) a few other things that I can’t get into for fear of jeopardizing the investigation."

Anderson said police released the house back to MacLean’s family Saturday morning.

People in the area are keen to help police, he said.

"With a crime such as this, the community is rather nervous. It remains to be determined whether the victim was specifically targeted, and that’s always worrisome."

Even if MacLean was targeted at random, Anderson said people are rightfully concerned that the killer could be "free and wandering around."

Asked about comments from neighbours who believed MacLean’s death was the result of a robbery that went bad, he said investigators were still trying to determine the motive for the killing.

"I can’t comment one way or the other."
Title: Re: Neighbours mourn Cape Breton senior's suspicious death Angus MacLean
Post by: capernan on December 13, 2010, 01:50:00 PM
I may have spoken too soon, perhaps it's just community talk.
Title: Re: Neighbours mourn Cape Breton senior's suspicious death Angus MacLean
Post by: whispersoftly on December 13, 2010, 01:57:17 PM
they could have someone arrested but they may not be saying anything just yet... who knows?
Title: Re: Neighbours mourn Cape Breton senior's suspicious death Angus MacLean
Post by: whispersoftly on January 15, 2011, 06:49:11 AM
People in the Port Hood, Cape Breton say with the killer of Angus MacLean still at large, many senior citizens are living in fear.

The 82-year-old was murdered in his rural farmhouse on Dec. 8.

"Where everyone cared so much for Mr. MacLean, it's not going to leave our minds very quickly," said neighbour Margaret Beaton.

RCMP Sgt. Brigdit Leger said the North East Nova Division is following up on leads and tips that have come in, but RCMP are still hoping for new information.

"Anyone who was in the area on the night of this horrible event, we are requesting them to think back to anything that they may have noted, anyone in the area, anything suspicious in nature, any suspicious vehicles, persons, again, they may feel it is irrelevant or not applicable," said Leger. "Bring it before the police and let us decide if it's relevant to this investigation."

Margaret Beaton said until the killer is caught, many people in the area will be afraid.

"Absolutely, especially the elderly, people that live alone, they're still wondering and keeping their doors locked. They are a lot more cautious than they were previously," said Beaton.

MacLean's niece, Mary Chandler, said she knows the RCMP are doing their best, but she is afraid that with the passage of time, people will forget the details.

She is urging anyone with information, no matter how small, to bring it forward to police before the details are forgotten.

Read more: http://www.cbc.ca/canada/nova-scotia/story/2011/01/14/ns-port-hood-residents-in-fear-of-seniors-killer.html#ixzz1B6k04llc (http://www.cbc.ca/canada/nova-scotia/story/2011/01/14/ns-port-hood-residents-in-fear-of-seniors-killer.html#ixzz1B6k04llc)
Title: Re: Neighbours mourn Cape Breton senior's suspicious death Angus MacLean
Post by: jellybean on January 15, 2011, 12:44:05 PM
No family, got along well with everyone.  How terrible.  This smells of Juvenile druggies if you ask me. Out looking for any prescrip's they can find and money.

Peace
JB
Title: Re: Neighbours mourn Cape Breton senior's suspicious death Angus MacLean
Post by: whispersoftly on April 08, 2011, 09:05:35 AM
Man charged in C.B. senior's murder

By MARY ELLEN MacINTYRE Cape Breton Bureau
Fri, Apr 8 - 11:50 AM

http://thechronicleherald.ca/Front/9020499.html

RCMP charged a Port Hood man with first-degree murder today in the Dec. 8, 2010 death of 82-year-old Angus MacLean of Colindale.

The charge was laid in Port Hawkesbury against James “Jimmy” Spears, 51, of Port Hood.

The murder hit neighbours hard in Colindale, a rural Inverness County community near Port Hood.

“Oh, it's a big relief for a lot of people around here that they arrested someone,” said Burke MacInnis, a long-time friend of the murdered man.

“I miss him very much. He was a good old friend,” said MacInnis.

Police have not revealed the cause of death.

The accused has been remanded to Burnside Correctional Centre until his next court appearance in Port Hawkesbury on April 18th.


And from CBC
Murder charge in senior's death
CBC News
Posted: Apr 8, 2011 11:34 AM AT
Last Updated: Apr 8, 2011 11:34 AM AT

Police have charged a Port Hood man with first-degree murder in the death of 82-year-old Angus MacLean.

James Edison Spears is in custody until his court appearance later this month.

MacLean was found dead in his rural farmhouse in Port Hood on Dec. 8.

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/nova-scotia/story/2011/04/08/ns-maclean-murder-charge.html
Title: Re: (SOLVED)Neighbours mourn Cape Breton senior's suspicious death Angus MacLean
Post by: whispersoftly on April 09, 2011, 08:07:21 AM
And of course it's someone with a history of violent crime..almost always is

Serial offender charged in slaying
Man, 82, was found dead in his home on Colindale farm
By MARY ELLEN MacINTYRE Cape Breton Bureau
Sat, Apr 9 - 4:54 AM

A Lower Sackville man was charged Friday with first-degree murder in the death of an elderly Colindale man last December.

James (Jimmy) Edison Spears, 60, formerly of Old Rocky Ridge Road in Port Hood, appeared in Port Hawkesbury provincial court Friday and was remanded until his next court appearance.

Spears was already in RCMP custody in Lower Sackville on unrelated charges when he was arrested Thursday for the murder of Angus MacLean, 82, who died on Dec. 8.

Spears has a record of 19 criminal convictions dating back to 1993, including assault, two counts of uttering death threats and two counts of impaired driving.

MacLean was found dead at his Inverness County home, about a five-minute drive from the former home of the accused.

The victim lived alone with his dog on his family’s 150-year-old farm overlooking the Gulf of St. Lawrence. He was believed to be the last Gaelic speaker to live on his road in Colindale.

MacLean was known far and wide as a kind man who nursed both a brother and a sister before they died, never married and had a great love of step-dancing.

His death hit his neighbours hard.

"Oh, it’s a big relief for a lot of people around here that they arrested someone," said Burke MacInnis, a longtime friend of the murdered man.

"I miss Angus very much. He was a good old friend."

Const. Brad Anderson agreed there was a lot of concern in the community.

"I know they’ll be relieved," he said.

Police have not revealed the cause of MacLean’s death.

Spears has been remanded to the Central Nova Scotia Correctional Facility in Dartmouth until his next court appearance in Port Hawkesbury on April 20.

http://thechronicleherald.ca/Front/1237510.html
Title: Re: (SOLVED)Neighbours mourn Cape Breton senior's suspicious death Angus MacLean
Post by: Burchell13 on April 09, 2011, 09:39:08 AM
good to hear the caught the monster that did that to him. 
Title: Re: (SOLVED)Neighbours mourn Cape Breton senior's suspicious death Angus MacLean
Post by: debbiec on April 09, 2011, 10:10:32 AM
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RCMP charged a Port Hood man with first-degree murder today in the Dec. 8, 2010 death of 82-year-old Angus MacLean of Colindale.


This sickens me. Seniors are among the most vulnerable people in our society. It sounds like Angus was a good man. To think he was murdered in his own home where he should been safe, is unthinkable.

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Spears has a record of 19 criminal convictions dating back to 1993, including assault, two counts of uttering death threats and two counts of impaired driving.


Why was this guy still walking around at all?
Title: Re: (SOLVED)Neighbours mourn Cape Breton senior's suspicious death Angus MacLean
Post by: whispersoftly on April 09, 2011, 10:33:49 AM
Spears was already in RCMP custody in Lower Sackville on unrelated charges when he was arrested Thursday for the murder of Angus MacLean, 82, who died on Dec. 8.

Sorry I dont know how to just quote a sentence..it seems that at least at the time of his arrest he was in custody on unrelated charges, which means that he must have been out roaming the streets at some point >:( >:( >:(

arghhhh. I think our judges,lawyers,politicians, and even some police need a good smack in the head and have news articles like these placed infront of them and be made to honestly tell us why these people are roaming around in society. Because I think the answer would truly be shocking to some.


Title: Re: (SOLVED)Neighbours mourn Cape Breton senior's suspicious death Angus MacLean
Post by: jellybean on April 09, 2011, 03:35:27 PM
Blame it on our lax criminal laws, and sentences. They have cost an innocent Senior his life.  We cannot reform such monsters, but we can reform our laws.

peace
jb
Title: Re: (SOLVED)Neighbours mourn Cape Breton senior's suspicious death Angus MacLean
Post by: Trouble445 on June 03, 2011, 07:57:52 AM
Man charged in N.S. senior death returns to court

By THE CANADIAN PRESS
Fri, Jun 3 - 10:33 AM

PORT HAWKESBURY — A man charged in connection with the death of a Nova Scotia senior is scheduled to return to court today.

Sixty-year-old James Edison Spears of Port Hood faces a charge of first-degree murder in the death of Angus Archie MacLean.

RCMP officers found the body of the 82-year-old victim at his home in the Colindale area near Port Hood in December.

Spears, who was arrested in April, was sent for a 30-day psychiatric assessment last month.

http://thechronicleherald.ca/Front/9021030.html
Title: Re: (SOLVED)Neighbours mourn Cape Breton senior's suspicious death Angus MacLean
Post by: whispersoftly on December 05, 2011, 06:28:08 PM
Cape Breton man gets life sentence for murder of 82-year-old senior
PORT HAWKESBURY, N.S. - A 61-year-old man has been sentenced to life in prison for the stabbing death of a Cape Breton senior last fall.

James Edison Spears pleaded guilty Monday in Nova Scotia Supreme Court in Port Hawkesbury to second-degree murder in the killing of 82-year-old Angus Archie MacLean.

The elderly man was killed in his home in Colindale on Dec. 8, 2010.

Judge Simon MacDonald said Spears will have to serve at least 14 years of his sentence before being eligible for parole.

Three victim-impact statements were read in court by relatives of the murdered senior.

Spears, of Port Hood, was arrested last April and originally charged with first-degree murder.

He chose not to address the court during sentencing.

Crown lawyer Kathryn Pentz was pleased with the outcome.

"We're satisfied that the appropriate charge was laid and pled to and that the parole eligibility was appropriate," she said outside court.

Pentz said Spears confessed to police while being questioned on another matter. She said he was extremely remorseful for his actions.

"We certainly did have to take that into account in the sentencing recommendation but it certainly does not in any way diminish the horrific offence that was committed," she said.

(CIGO)


http://www.bellaliant.net/news/articles_stories/regional/?storyId=26822298
Title: Re: (SOLVED)Neighbours mourn Cape Breton senior's suspicious death Angus MacLean
Post by: solvy on December 05, 2011, 06:41:49 PM
Thank you whisper for bringing this to the forum.  I always like to see the outcome from charges laid.  It is so sad to see Mr. Mclean lived such a long life only to be snuffed out like that. So terribly sad all around. Rip Angus McLean.
Title: Re: (SOLVED)Neighbours mourn Cape Breton senior's suspicious death Angus MacLean
Post by: Mom on December 05, 2011, 06:55:06 PM

What a coward and piece of trash this Spears guy is.

My heart bleeds for Mr. MacLean's family.  Rest in Peace, Sir.
Title: Re: (SOLVED)Neighbours mourn Cape Breton senior's suspicious death Angus MacLean
Post by: capeheart on December 06, 2011, 04:09:51 PM
Justice for Mr. MacLean. And so good to see this SOB put behind bars for life. He shot that man for no reason whatsoever. My prayers to the family of Mr. MacLean, to know that there was justice for their loved one.