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Title: Leah/Lora Sousa | Sept. 1, 1990 | Age 13/36 | Murdered | Cumberland Beach
Post by: Desespere on June 28, 2007, 07:30:46 PM
Leah Sousa/Lora Sousa
Age: 13/36
COD: Head trauma
DOB:
Date last seen: September 1, 1990
Location last seen: Cumberland Beach, ON
Date found: September 1, 1990
Location found: Cumberland Beach, ON

Leah/Lora Sousa - September 1, 1990 - Age 13/36 - Murdered - Cumberland Beach - The Government of the Province of Ontario is offering a total reward of fifty thousand dollars ($50,000) for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for the murder of thirteen year old Leah Salina SOUSA.

On Saturday, September 1, 1990, Leah SOUSA and her mother, Lora SOUSA, age 36, were asleep in their residence in CUMBERLAND BEACH, Ontario, when person(s) unknown entered the residence, attacked Leah SOUSA and her mother with a weapon.

Leah SOUSA died as a result of severe head injuries. Lora SOUSA suffered severe head injuries but survived. Any person having information regarding the person(s) responsible for the death of Leah Salina SOUSA should communicate immediately with the Director of the Criminal Investigation Branch, Ontario Provincial Police at 1-888-310-1122 or (705) 329-6111, their nearest police authority, or Crime Stoppers.
http://www.opp.ca/Intranetdev/groups/public/documents/investigative/opp_000953.pdf
Title: Re: Leah/Lora Sousa | Sept. 1, 1990 | Age 13/36 | Murdered | Cumberland Beach
Post by: Im_new_here2 on December 27, 2007, 10:15:41 PM
This is a Really Sad case it was alos featured on Court TV Canada . For some one to do that to rape and and torture for over an hour then use blunt force trauma to end a 13 year olds life is one sick human being this is one case I wish someone would come forword for...
Title: Re: Leah/Lora Sousa | Sept. 1, 1990 | Age 13/36 | Murdered | Cumberland Beach
Post by: Chris on December 28, 2007, 05:00:38 PM
That is just awful. If it was random, do people like this stop? Do they go on and do more like a serial offender?
Title: Re: Leah/Lora Sousa | Sept. 1, 1990 | Age 13/36 | Murdered | Cumberland Beach
Post by: Im_new_here2 on December 28, 2007, 07:30:38 PM
well heres the weird thing about this case .maybe you have heard of wasaga beach it draws millions and millions of people over the summer exspecially on may 2 4 weekend and where this happened is just outside of wasaga beach but still on the same stretch of beach so one they know for a fact this guy had to have been completley covered in blood there were parties going on all over for the 24 weekend fires outside bbq's its just a big party on that weekend so how so in this case i really do give a scrnario that it could have been an out of towner come up to wasaga to party and then left the sunday of the long weekend.i just think and hope that if anyone say there brother husband whatever come in covered from head to toe in blood i mean its been like 15 years now speak up jesus how u could keep that a secret is beyond me ..which is why i kinda like the weekend traveler theory which is fact is wasaga beach on long weekend they come from all over the world ..If you havnt heard of wasaga beach its the same place that summer before last u know the rapper 50 cent shot his movie get rich or die trying ..anyways one other bit of info the sousa familly was gone for too weeks out of state the night they returned home..this happend  luck that they were they or is there something more to that..15 years still cold case someone speaks up soon i really hope..   
Title: Re: Leah/Lora Sousa | Sept. 1, 1990 | Age 13/36 | Murdered | Cumberland Beach
Post by: Chris on December 28, 2007, 07:58:13 PM
Yes I have heard of that place.

What I find interesting is the number of people who 'Know' this kind of information but do not call the police about it. You are right, someone may have seen him come home bloddy or noticed his cloths were bloody or whatever.

So many people can solve a case if they would just phone the fuzz but for some reason they do not. On those cold case files, so many times the police learn information years later. And in the Pickton case, I think 10 or more people knew what was going on but said nothing.

I hope those people don't sleep well. No one should hold back  the truth.
Title: Re: Leah/Lora Sousa | Sept. 1, 1990 | Age 13/36 | Murdered | Cumberland Beach
Post by: Im_new_here2 on December 29, 2007, 03:00:29 AM
Ya chris i would have to say your absolutlly correct and i too hope they break oout in cold sweats and have haunting dreams of that little girls screams nightly..
Title: Re: Leah/Lora Sousa | Sept. 1, 1990 | Age 13/36 | Murdered | Cumberland Beach
Post by: Chris on December 29, 2007, 10:24:58 AM
I am sure this is one case the police have not closed the book on. It would not surprise me if they had the killers DNA and were just waiting to find the person. Someone out there knows something and I sure hope they have the courage to call the police and give the tip.
Title: Re: Leah/Lora Sousa | Sept. 1, 1990 | Age 13/36 | Murdered | Cumberland Beach
Post by: Im_new_here2 on December 29, 2007, 02:55:34 PM
yes i beleive your right chris they do have his dna they also have a perfect shoe print and it is a very very open case still..
Title: Re: Leah/Lora Sousa | Sept. 1, 1990 | Age 13/36 | Murdered | Cumberland Beach
Post by: Chris on December 30, 2007, 12:38:15 PM
Oh good, if they have his DNA, hopefully it is just a matter of time. The DNA DN the police use is getting bigger all the time. Hopefully they can run it thru the USA DB too. But something tells me this is a local person who probably had his eye on these people. I hope they get him before he dies of old age.
Title: Re: Leah/Lora Sousa | Sept. 1, 1990 | Age 13/36 | Murdered | Cumberland Beach
Post by: Chris on January 25, 2008, 06:43:48 PM
THanks
Title: Re: Leah/Lora Sousa | Sept. 1, 1990 | Age 13/36 | Murdered | Cumberland Beach
Post by: kindheart on January 25, 2008, 07:43:21 PM
Yes, you are right newbie4. I had a look at what you said and Cumberland Beach is about 45 kilometers NE of Barrie, Ontario. It is 40 kilometers from Midhurst and finally 60 kilometers from Wasaga Beach. I do not think a 60 kilometer drive from Wasaga would be totally out of the question, but why go specifically to Cumberland Beach from Wasaga to target this family, unless it was random? September 1, 1990 is a holiday weekend, come to think of it Cindy Halliday was killed at Thanksgiving only a few years later and picked up in Midhurst. Maybe the guy just comes back to visit family, i do not know. Des, your theory holds true in these cases, that holliday murders are relatively common.

Cumberland Beach;
44?41'59.15"N  79?23'33.82"W

Wasaga Beach;
44?28'58.40"N   80? 3'41.30"W

Title: Re: Leah/Lora Sousa | Sept. 1, 1990 | Age 13/36 | Murdered | Cumberland Beach
Post by: kindheart on January 25, 2008, 08:00:09 PM
Alexandra Flanagan's family was from Wasaga Beach at least that is what media reports said. Maybe Wasaga should be seen as important to these investigations? Good ideas Im new!! ;D ;D

Title: Re: Leah/Lora Sousa | Sept. 1, 1990 | Age 13/36 | Murdered | Cumberland Beach
Post by: zodi on February 17, 2008, 05:54:41 PM
Hi...this case still breaks my heart. I lived in the house next door to lora, leah and baby michael, for a couple of years. My husband and i moved away just shy of a year from when leah was murdered. I can't for the life of me understand why neighbours wouldn't have called the police, I'm sure there was God awful screaming going on. I remember Lora and Leah having arguments, (just typical teenager stuff) and we could hear them as plain as day. I had heard rumours that the neighbours had thought that there was a party going on! Oh how i wished that we had still lived there, i know that we could have probably stopped it! Lora never had loud parties, she was a very private person, she lived there alone with leah and her baby, she was always careful to keep the doors locked and the blinds drawn, she was just a tiny woman, and very respected by my husband and I. I have spoke with detectives on this case a few times and gave them any information that they asked for; I am still saddened that this case remains unsolved. Lora and Leah were beautiful people inside and out.
Title: Re: Leah/Lora Sousa | Sept. 1, 1990 | Age 13/36 | Murdered | Cumberland Beach
Post by: Chris on February 17, 2008, 08:58:18 PM
Hi Zodi, thanks for writing.

It does seem a large percentage of the population does not like to call police during disturbances. It probably would have helped out if the police were dispatched. On the other hand, it is quite possible the people were sound a sleep. I can sleep thru anything sometimes.

Do you recall if there was a suspect in this case? Or any theory going around at the time?

Thank you!
Title: Re: Leah/Lora Sousa | Sept. 1, 1990 | Age 13/36 | Murdered | Cumberland Beach
Post by: cougar50 on May 20, 2008, 06:41:10 PM
hi ...i'm new to this site...but i for a long time wondered if the murder of that young girl was solved and i'm sooooooooo sorry to hear that it is not...

i too...lived in washago when the incident happened and back then i was saddened as i am still today...

is there anyway ..we as a community...can get the police back on this case..

someone has to know something..

what about dna...
maybe the investigation wasn't done properly...

i don't know but i'd like to see justice come to this family and to the victims....

take care and god bless..
Title: Re: Leah/Lora Sousa | Sept. 1, 1990 | Age 13/36 | Murdered | Cumberland Beach
Post by: Chris on May 22, 2008, 03:50:15 AM
Hi cougar50,

Yes, I think there is a great chance at that. In fact, I would not be surprised if they are working on this right now. I guess in Canada, it can take up to 2 years for DNA resutls to get back. I wish it was faster, more funding should be given.

Cases like this, the police probably give a higher priority too. I hope it does get solved, someone who'd do this needs to be stopped and put in jail now.

Thanks for joining.
Title: Re: Leah/Lora Sousa | Sept. 1, 1990 | Age 13/36 | Murdered | Cumberland Beach
Post by: jimtaggart20 on September 19, 2008, 07:42:56 PM
Hi the police are working on this at this time, there is big billboard signs up asking for help, thats how i found this and had to let you all know they are working on it,  im shure they have some ideas, i think its someone local, a loner, someone who knew they were there and someone who knows their way around the area and still lives there today, its a matter of time  im shure they will find whoever did this,  it was not random.
Title: Re: Leah/Lora Sousa | Sept. 1, 1990 | Age 13/36 | Murdered | Cumberland Beach
Post by: Chris on September 22, 2008, 04:20:13 AM
Thanks jimtaggart20, that is great news! I think it is just a matter of time onw that this person is behind bars. It may not have been random. Since they have a billboard up, I am sure there must have been a break in teh case and they are ready to close in.
Title: Re: Leah/Lora Sousa | Sept. 1, 1990 | Age 13/36 | Murdered | Cumberland Beach
Post by: Sabra on October 09, 2008, 10:01:07 PM
This murder hits very close 2 home 4 me. Not only did I grow up in Cumberland beach, but my sons grandfather is 1 of the main suspects in this case and always has been. the opp is investigating and have even been 2 my mothers house asking questions. I personally feel that my sons grandfather did commit this murder. There are 2 many things that just don't add up. this mans ex told me he confessed 2 her. I was told that he sold a truck that he loved the day after the murder. I was also told that he lied about where he was that night. In addition I was told that his gf at the time had found some bloody clothes and threw them away thinking he had been in a bar fight. On top of all that i was told that he called his daughter that night and was very upset and that he had told her he did a very very bad thing but he wouldn't say what.         This man is very sick and has spent time in jail as well as mental hospitals. The opp has sent dna away 4 testing now we wait n keep our fingers crossed that they get the person(s) who did this so we can all have peace.
Title: Re: Leah/Lora Sousa | Sept. 1, 1990 | Age 13/36 | Murdered | Cumberland Beach
Post by: Chris on October 10, 2008, 01:40:23 AM
HI Sabra,

Wow that is interesting. I hope the police are aware of all that you mentioned. It would be wonderful if they could test DNA and somehow get a sample from that guy to compare. This case needs to solved.

Does he still live in the area? I get the feeling this case is still a priority so I have confidence if he is the killer, the OPP will get him.
Title: Re: Leah/Lora Sousa | Sept. 1, 1990 | Age 13/36 | Murdered | Cumberland Beach
Post by: Shwa on October 23, 2008, 12:59:25 PM
This is a weird twist - from today's Barrie Examiner:

Pair charged with mischief in Sousa murder case
Posted By canada news wire
Posted 1 hour ago
 

The Ontario Provincial Police have charged two men for Public Mischief in connection with the Leah Sousa murder

investigation.

The charges relate to information provided to the OPP by way of anonymous

letters in the early and mid nineties about the murder of Leah Sousa in

Cumberland Beach, Ontario in September, 1990. The individuals also provided

the OPP with information in connection with the Nation River Lady homicide in

which the body of an unidentified female was discovered in the Nation River,

east of Ottawa in May, 1975.

Charged is 61 year-old Morley Baxter of Barrie Road, Orillia with one

count of Public Mischief. He is scheduled to appear in court on Nov. 4.

Also charged with one count of Public Mischief is 67 year-old Richard

Eastcott of Cedar Street, Orillia. Eastcott is scheduled to appear in court on

Dec. 9.

The Sousa case has been described as one of the most brutal, violent

unsolved murder cases in Ontario.

Thirteen year-old Leah Sousa and her mother Lora were asleep in their

home when the vicious attack took place in the early morning hours of

September 1, 1990. Leah was severely beaten and died of severe head injuries.

Her mother Lora suffered severe head injuries, but survived.

The OPP have erected a series of billboards along Highway 11 in Central

Ontario, as part of a "Do You Know Who Killed Leah Sousa" campaign that was

launched by the OPP last month (September, 2008).

The Sousa murder investigation is being led by Detective Inspector Mark

Pritchard from the OPP Criminal Investigation Branch.

"Since we launched the campaign last month, we have and continue to

receive tips from members of the public in relation to Leah Sousa's murder,

and we are pleased that the case has invoked national interest", said

Det./Insp. Pritchard.

"We cannot stress enough the importance of people coming forward with any

information, regardless of how insignificant they deem it to be", he added.

Anyone with information regarding the person(s) responsible for the death

of Leah Sousa is urged to contact the OPP Criminal Investigation Branch at

1-888-310-1122 or (705) 329-6111, Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), or

Title: Re: Leah/Lora Sousa | Sept. 1, 1990 | Age 13/36 | Murdered | Cumberland Beach
Post by: Adrian on October 23, 2008, 01:29:19 PM


That is interesting, and spooky, as to why these guys would mis lead the police, causing an obstruction of justice, I believe.
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Sabra::
This murder hits very close 2 home 4 me. Not only did I grow up in Cumberland beach, but my sons grandfather is 1 of the main suspects in this case and always has been. the opp is investigating and have even been 2 my mothers house asking questions. I personally feel that my sons grandfather did commit this murder. There are 2 many things that just don't add up.
I hope the police have this information, it is vital.
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Leah Sousa was only 13 years old!!! My God, She was a child? What pathetic creep came into her home, and attacked both the mom, and daughter???

This seriously sucks! This killer has to be caught!
Title: Re: Leah/Lora Sousa | Sept. 1, 1990 | Age 13/36 | Murdered | Cumberland Beach
Post by: Chris on October 23, 2008, 07:48:04 PM
Wow that is weird
Title: Re: Leah/Lora Sousa | Sept. 1, 1990 | Age 13/36 | Murdered | Cumberland Beach
Post by: tissa_89 on October 25, 2008, 01:25:21 PM
I grew up in cumberland beach. It's a very small little community where everybody knows everybody.So I think it was somebody that new the family quite well cause if it was random why would who ever did it pick road that had many houses by it like there is some houses in cumberland beach that have there space around them and with it being such a close community somebody probably would of saw a stranger around and most like would of reported it you would think. But if they have seen that person before it probably wouldn't of even crossed their minds.
Title: Re: Leah/Lora Sousa | Sept. 1, 1990 | Age 13/36 | Murdered | Cumberland Beach
Post by: Adrian on October 25, 2008, 01:38:52 PM


Welcome Tissa, and thanks for your insights. It is good to speak to someone from there. I know people in  small communities, usually know, or are aware of each other. The person who did this, just may have come from there.

A stranger, would be noticed by someone for sure.Unless he hid, and took precautions. But believe me, most likely someone would have seen something, or someone suspicious.
Title: Re: Leah/Lora Sousa | Sept. 1, 1990 | Age 13/36 | Murdered | Cumberland Beach
Post by: Dott on October 26, 2008, 12:22:55 PM
I was 16 and lived in Ontario when this murder took place - I remember the coverage on the news. 

When I read about these two men being arrested for public mischief my thoughts were that these men are directly or indirectly involved with this murder. 

Why would two people work together and write letters to with false information to mislead police?  Are they trying to protect themselves? friends and/or family members?  There has to be something in it for them.  Otherwise why take the risk of getting caught?  I believe these two men have information about this crime. 

I hope the police can get them to talk now that they have been arrested.  What two sickos ...it's been 18 years and they never said a thing.

Also, let's remember that, yes,  Leah was murdered (horrible!!) but Lora the mother was also attacked.  She was beaten so badly on the head that she has no memory of the attack.  She was in hospital in coma and not expected to live.  I'm sure that the killer(s) thought she was dead.  Really they thought they murdered two people.

A video reenactment of this crime is available to view online at "GTA's Most Wanted" http://www.rogerstv.com/option.asplid=121&rid=51&pag=1&oth=3&arid=51&gid=46517

The video also includes a interview with Lora Sousa.

I truly hope this case will be solved. :(
Title: Re: Leah/Lora Sousa | Sept. 1, 1990 | Age 13/36 | Murdered | Cumberland Beach
Post by: Chris on October 27, 2008, 12:29:15 AM
I grew up in cumberland beach. It's a very small little community where everybody knows everybody.So I think it was somebody that new the family quite well cause if it was random why would who ever did it pick road that had many houses by it like there is some houses in cumberland beach that have there space around them and with it being such a close community somebody probably would of saw a stranger around and most like would of reported it you would think. But if they have seen that person before it probably wouldn't of even crossed their minds.

Good point, an observation only a local would know.
Title: Re: Leah/Lora Sousa | Sept. 1, 1990 | Age 13/36 | Murdered | Cumberland Beach
Post by: Chris on October 27, 2008, 12:30:26 AM
Quote
Why would two people work together and write letters to with false information to mislead police?

That is a good point. Might be why the police are now looking at solving it again. I do feel it will be solved.
Title: Re: Leah/Lora Sousa | Sept. 1, 1990 | Age 13/36 | Murdered | Cumberland Beach
Post by: Dott on October 28, 2008, 05:53:01 PM

Found this article on the web today...


Tipline sign vandalized

INVESTIGATION

Posted 12 hours ago
 

A vandalized sign that asks for tips in the murder case of Leah Sousa has caught the attention of police.

The sign, visible from the southbound lanes of Highway 11, near Oro-Medonte Township Line 14, has a name painted on it, declaring that person "did it."

"We're aware of it and we're following up on it. I can't really comment on what it may or may not mean," said Det.-Insp. Mark Pritchard of the OPP Criminal Investigation Branch. "We're going to take some steps to try and have it taken down by the end of the week."

Police continue to hunt for whoever is responsible for sexually assaulting and murdering Sousa in 1990. The Cumberland Beach girl was 13 years old. Her mother was also assaulted.

www.thebarrieexaminer.com/ArticleDisplay.aspx?e=1267942

 :-\
Title: Re: Leah/Lora Sousa | Sept. 1, 1990 | Age 13/36 | Murdered | Cumberland Beach
Post by: Im_new_here2 on October 29, 2008, 01:12:41 AM
This murder hits very close 2 home 4 me. Not only did I grow up in Cumberland beach, but my sons grandfather is 1 of the main suspects in this case and always has been. the opp is investigating and have even been 2 my mothers house asking questions. I personally feel that my sons grandfather did commit this murder. There are 2 many things that just don't add up. this mans ex told me he confessed 2 her. I was told that he sold a truck that he loved the day after the murder. I was also told that he lied about where he was that night. In addition I was told that his gf at the time had found some bloody clothes and threw them away thinking he had been in a bar fight. On top of all that i was told that he called his daughter that night and was very upset and that he had told her he did a very very bad thing but he wouldn't say what.         This man is very sick and has spent time in jail as well as mental hospitals. The opp has sent dna away 4 testing now we wait n keep our fingers crossed that they get the person(s) who did this so we can all have peace.

You Make no sence. My sons grandfather well wouldnt that be your father or your father in law . why do u keep saying my sons grandfather i mean that makes him your daddy or your wifes daddy ..and this was a home invasion he took the girl outside to the back yard but it had nothing to do with a truck there was never a tip about a truck so   who really cares if he sold it the next day what does that prove..im not trying to sound like an ass here but thats the woarst theory for a who done it i have ever heard in my life....
Title: Re: Leah/Lora Sousa | Sept. 1, 1990 | Age 13/36 | Murdered | Cumberland Beach
Post by: Shwa on October 29, 2008, 10:45:06 AM
Im_new_here2 think about it in these terms:

"my son's grandfather" could refer to the father of a divorced spouse where the "in-law" relationship no longer applies.  This is how I thought it was meant to be understood.  It could also refer to a relationship that "Sabra" does not want to be explicit about.

There is no *public* information about a truck, but a murderer, suspecting his vehicle was seen in the area, might well indeed want to get rid of it.  Especially if there was incriminating evidence in it.

So what Sabra is saying makes good sense if it is true.
Title: Re: Leah/Lora Sousa | Sept. 1, 1990 | Age 13/36 | Murdered | Cumberland Beach
Post by: Sabra on October 29, 2008, 03:36:13 PM
I was never married to my sons father n do not wish to be associated with them in that way. Yes it's true there was no mention of a truck however he did get rid of the truck which could indicate that there was evidence  in the truck. P.s. I have  been told that in cases like this there is no way to know what will Be viewed as helpful info! For that reason I will not leave anything out.
Title: Re: Leah/Lora Sousa | Sept. 1, 1990 | Age 13/36 | Murdered | Cumberland Beach
Post by: debbiec on October 29, 2008, 03:48:32 PM
You got the right idea Sabra, sometimes things that you may not even see as being important are, so it's a good thing not to leave anything out. You never know what will be the one thing that will turn out to be the break police are looking for.
Title: Re: Leah/Lora Sousa | Sept. 1, 1990 | Age 13/36 | Murdered | Cumberland Beach
Post by: mauvelilac on October 30, 2008, 09:52:38 AM
You know Sabra your thoughts are as good as any the police have come up with at this point. If more people came forward with strange stories like yours, I'd bet we'd solve a lot more murder cases.
Before you came along, I was wondering about Paul Bernardo(Teale). He wasn't into home invasions but he was a bold person and he might have followed them home and just taken it from there. He was relatively good looking so it's not like he wouldn't have blended in. He may have been up there before so he wouldn't have been viewed as a newcomer. He had a personal affinity for young girls.
But I find your story totally credible. There must be a way of coming up with DNA to substantiate him as a suspect. I know the police have been known to follow a suspect and pick up discarded cigarette butts and coffee containers.
BTW, I refer to my late mother as the woman who gave birth to me, so I know where you're coming from.((Hugggs)))))
Title: Re: Leah/Lora Sousa | Sept. 1, 1990 | Age 13/36 | Murdered | Cumberland Beach
Post by: never_lose_hope on November 20, 2008, 10:37:25 AM
Has anyone heard anymore about the name on the billboard? I am curious to know if this one has been solved.
Title: Re: Leah/Lora Sousa | Sept. 1, 1990 | Age 13/36 | Murdered | Cumberland Beach
Post by: Chris on November 22, 2008, 01:18:45 AM
It's not solved yet no, I don't think the police will annouce if the billboard got them any new tips just yet. I am sure they are looking into everything they have.
Title: Re: Leah/Lora Sousa | Sept. 1, 1990 | Age 13/36 | Murdered | Cumberland Beach
Post by: buddhachris on February 12, 2009, 07:29:10 PM
I lived two streets over from Leah. She lived on coronation, I grew up on lee ave. Leah was a really nice girl. you would always see her riding her bike through the neighborhood ( very small community ). I had a friend that lived directly across the street from her and we used to cut through her back yard, where her body was found. There were so many people in cumberland beach that weekend. That said, there are two or three people that in my mind at least should have been looked at seriously. As a result of her murder I am now a major true crime fan, especially unsolved cases because it just frustrates me so bad that so many years later the case is still open and there is so little evidence. More than any other case like Zodiac, jack the ripper or even the Kennedy assassination, this one bothers me, and i just have to know.
Title: Re: Leah/Lora Sousa | Sept. 1, 1990 | Age 13/36 | Murdered | Cumberland Beach
Post by: Chris on February 14, 2009, 12:39:53 AM
Hello,

Sorry about your friend. Were you just a kid then yourself?

These suspects you have, do you know if they have been checked out? It does seem to me, that the police are working on this again and I think they too have a very good idea who did it, but are just short on proof to satisfy the crown.
Title: Re: Leah/Lora Sousa | Sept. 1, 1990 | Age 13/36 | Murdered | Cumberland Beach
Post by: never_lose_hope on February 17, 2009, 02:57:00 PM
Hey all,

Been off in my own world for a little while doing nothing but not checking this board much. I was sleuthing today via facebook and finally found what was allegedly written on the board a member of the "Who Killed Leah Sousa" group claimed they saw the sign vandalized and it said

"Bondo did it"

Ideas anyone.. Chirs? Mauv?
Title: Re: Leah/Lora Sousa | Sept. 1, 1990 | Age 13/36 | Murdered | Cumberland Beach
Post by: capeheart on February 17, 2009, 05:05:48 PM
These dots will eventually all connect, but why the conspiracy of silence around solving a horrendous crime against a young child. This is a way overdue being solved. Anyone that has any information can always call crime stoppers and give their information and they don't even have to identify themselves. If I felt I had any knowledge that would solve a crime like this, I wouldn't sleep at nite. Anyone out there having vital information should at least write it all down and send it to a police officer who they know works on cold cases. At least then they will know they tried to help. Please do the right thing on this before some other person suffers the same fate. ??? ??? ??? ??? ??? ??? ??? ??? ??? ???
Title: Re: Leah/Lora Sousa | Sept. 1, 1990 | Age 13/36 | Murdered | Cumberland Beach
Post by: never_lose_hope on February 18, 2009, 08:27:03 AM
I agree, if someone feels that know something regardless of how small they should call crime stoppers or police and give that information sometimes it's the little details that crack the case! I hope this is solved, her poor mother must be exhausted from years of not knowing and trying to recover the memories she simply can not because of the head injury she her self reccieved in this awful crime. I hope the girl can rest in peace one this case is fully cracked open.
Title: Re: Leah/Lora Sousa | Sept. 1, 1990 | Age 13/36 | Murdered | Cumberland Beach
Post by: never_lose_hope on February 18, 2009, 08:29:37 AM
Found this article as well from the fall. http://www.orilliatoday.com/orilliatoday/article/120869
Title: Re: Leah/Lora Sousa | Sept. 1, 1990 | Age 13/36 | Murdered | Cumberland Beach
Post by: Adrian on February 18, 2009, 08:31:03 PM


This is an article from the link you provided. Thx.

Police mischief charges in ?Sousa? letters
October 24, 2008

Two Orillia men are facing public mischief charges in connection with an investigation into the murder of Leah Sousa.

Officials say the men sent anonymous letters to police in the early and mid-1990s regarding the brutal murder of the Cumberland Beach teen.

?They are long rambling letters that allege a specific individual was involved in the killing,? said OPP Det. Insp. Mark Pritchard, lead investigator in the Sousa case.

Police say the men also provided the OPP with false information in connection with the murder of a woman whose body was discovered in the Nation River, east of Ottawa in 1975.

?They alleged the same individual was involved in both murders,? Pritchard added.

Police ?followed up in depth various times over the years to determine if the contents were true, and who the writer was,? he added.

It was through the use of handwriting analysis and DNA testing that investigators were able to identify the individuals allegedly responsible for the letters.

?They are known to each other,? Pritchard added. ?I think it would be fair to say they collaborated.?

Two Orillia men ? aged 61 and 67 ? are charged with one count each of public mischief.

They have separate court dates, scheduled for November and December.

?This isn?t a well-meaning citizen or citizens who called in a tip that turned out to be incorrect,? Pritchard added. ?These are individuals who deliberately concocted a false story.?

Sousa, 13, was sexually assaulted and bludgeoned with a blunt instrument at her Cumberland Beach home in September of 1990.

She died of massive head injuries.

Her mother, Lora, suffered severe head injuries, but survived the attack.

Police in late August erected billboards along Highway 11 in an attempt to renew interest in the case. They read: ?Do you know who killed Leah Sousa?? and featured a photo of the teen.

In early September, police received a tip that evidence ? possibly the murder weapon ? may have been discarded in a wooden area west of Highway 11, at Cumberland Beach.

Investigators scoured the area but found nothing.

?(The search) helped to get the message out to the public that we are going to follow up everything,? Pritchard said.

Police have fielded ?numerous? tips from the public since the launch of the campaign last month, Pritchard said.

?We cannot stress enough the importance of people coming forward with any information, regardless of how insignificant they deem it to be,? he added.

Anyone with information related to the case can contact police at 1-888-310-1122 or 329-6111.

CrimeStoppers can be reached at 1-800-222-8477.
Title: Re: Leah/Lora Sousa | Sept. 1, 1990 | Age 13/36 | Murdered | Cumberland Beach
Post by: Woodland on October 11, 2009, 01:35:01 PM
I have a question for anyone that has any inside information not published on this case.

Reports indicate that the brutal assault on Leah took place inside her home.  She was then dragged outside.  There had to be a reason for dragging her outside.

My question is - was she posed after being taken outside?

This is morbid to say the least, however I have a reason for asking.  I first learned of this case earlier this year after a campaign by the OPP to reopen the case.  I called the officer in charge - Detective Pritchard - to point out that the brutality is similar in nature to the Christine Jessop case.  He was very smug when telling me that after running this case through VICAP - which is suppose to flag similar cases - nothing came up even remotely the same as the CJ case.

I pointed out to him that in both cases it was known to family, friends and neighbours in both cases that a male was not living in the household.  His smugness immediately disappeared.

That leaves 3 similarities - the age range, brutality and dynamics of the household.

If she was posed, then that would make 4 similarities.

The OPP is investigating this case - Toronto Police are in charge of the Jessop case.  It has been widely reported time after time that various police forces do not communicate with each other for the benefit of solving cases.  Need I mention the Bernardo-Homolka case?  Bernardo's DNA was sitting on a shelf at the Scarborough Police Station while he was committing more rapes and then murder.

Does anyone know how Leah was found?  I do believe Pritchard would have gone after the Jessop files, maybe nothing was there worth his while to look at any further.  Assuming he was given access to them.
Title: Re: Leah/Lora Sousa | Sept. 1, 1990 | Age 13/36 | Murdered | Cumberland Beach
Post by: Sleuth on October 21, 2009, 11:33:03 PM
This is a picture of Leah Sousa.

Title: Re: Leah/Lora Sousa | Sept. 1, 1990 | Age 13/36 | Murdered | Cumberland Beach
Post by: Sleuth on October 23, 2009, 06:29:00 PM
And here is a link to the Sunday Sun newspaper article of August 31, 2008.
Lora Sousa remembers a shadow, maybe of a left-handed person.
An image of a running shoe.
A description of two men overheard talking about the murder a day later.
The phone was smashed, Sousa, mother or daughter I don't know, had a broken hand suggesting she was calling for help.
A very well written article.

http://virtual.torontosun.com/doc/torontosun/0831/2008083101/14.html
Title: Re: Leah/Lora Sousa | Sept. 1, 1990 | Age 13/36 | Murdered | Cumberland Beach
Post by: Sleuth on October 23, 2009, 07:05:36 PM
And here is a video showing the house and the LE talking.

http://video.ottawasun.ca/video/featured/ottawa-and-region/5790928001/who-killed-leah-sousa/9918927001
Title: Re: Leah/Lora Sousa | Sept. 1, 1990 | Age 13/36 | Murdered | Cumberland Beach
Post by: capeheart on October 23, 2009, 08:54:43 PM
I cannot help but think about this case being similar to the case that was recently in the Boston area. A mother and her daughter were attacked while the mother slept, she was murdered and the child escaped. The 11 year old in that case survived, she had injuries and is still in hospital. She was expected to be in the hospital for two months. Her leg was broken and her toes were cut off, it was a brutal attack. Her mom did not survive. These were four teenagers who had planned the attack. They did not know what house they would go to, but knew they were going to kill someone, so evil it is unthinkable. They were all caught. Now, I think about this case and it almost sounds like the same kind of a case, young men who were evil and high on drugs, wanted to do something evil. This was a crime evil at it's worst. I say, look close to home and they will get the people that committed this crime. Now it is almost 20 years, it is time to bring them in. Someone has to know who committed this crime. With all the DNA that is available now, something should be happening to get justice for Leah and Lora. God Bless her mom, this would be a nightmare that would never go away. 8) 8) 8) 8) 8) 8)
Title: Re: Leah/Lora Sousa | Sept. 1, 1990 | Age 13/36 | Murdered | Cumberland Beach
Post by: Sleuth on October 24, 2009, 01:02:16 AM
And this part is taken from the Simcoe newspaper on September 3rd 2008.
QUOTE[Pritchard said evidence collected 18 years ago is undergoing an advanced form of DNA testing that was unavailable to investigators at the time of the murder.

Mitochondrial testing can be used to examine a strand of hair without a root, for example, where traditional nuclear DNA testing cannot.

“It is a really slow, painstaking process,” he added.

Police say they believe the attack was sexually motivated and that more than one person was likely involved.

Those responsible are likely living in the area or somewhere in central Ontario, Pritchard added.]UNQUOTE

And here is the link

 http://images.google.ca/imgres?imgurl=http://multimedia.simcoe.com/images/ed/08/13c3c8b54c24a0cb59134333f52f.jpeg&imgrefurl=http://www.simcoe.com/article/115325&usg=__KjXfK_ek_urKuhaPjsLIZWZLmQw=&h=243&w=324&sz=22&hl=en&start=2&um=1&tbnid=dwH86hWlL_uwtM:&tbnh=89&tbnw=118&prev=/images%3Fq%3DPictures%2Bof%2BLeah%2BSousa%26hl%3Den%26client%3Dfirefox-a%26rls%3Dorg.mozilla:en-US:official%26sa%3DX%26um%3D1
Title: Re: Leah/Lora Sousa | Sept. 1, 1990 | Age 13/36 | Murdered | Cumberland Beach
Post by: Sleuth on October 24, 2009, 01:11:42 AM
On Labour Day young people party hearty and stay up until the wee hours of the morning, someone had to have seen a man or men with blood on them, maybe even scratch marks, or brusing. And maybe someone did, but didn't think too much of it and then put it to the back of their mind. If anyone who was in the area the day of September 1st 1990 and saw anything out of the ordinary, please come forward and let the Investigating officer know. A mother and brother would like to see Justice for an innocent 13 year old girl.
Title: Re: Leah/Lora Sousa | Sept. 1, 1990 | Age 13/36 | Murdered | Cumberland Beach
Post by: Sleuth on October 24, 2009, 01:31:46 AM
and this from The Star,

 Published On Thu Sep 04 2008

 
Leah Sousa was killed Sept. 1, 1990.

CUMBERLAND BEACH, ONT.–Lora Sousa knows that someone remembers a lot about a hot August night in 1990.

It was the night her 13-year-old daughter Leah was raped and murdered in their small cottage just off the shores of Lake Couchiching, north of Orillia.

Lora Sousa, who was beaten and left for dead in her own bedroom while her daughter was murdered a few short feet away, is still reeling from the loss.

"I'm screaming inside," said Sousa, who now lives far from her former home at Beachview Ave.

The dozens of Ontario Provincial Police officers who have worked the case for the past two decades have interviewed nearly 1,500 people and have never given up hope of finding Leah's murderer.

And maybe that persistence has paid off.

Less than 10 days ago, OPP received a new tip from a source suggesting police might want to look in the ditches on the other side of Highway 11 across from Cumberland Beach for the murder weapon.

Yesterday, six OPP officers walked shoulder-to-shoulder in grid fashion along a 140-metre-wide swath of scrub, beating the bush with rakes and pitchforks as they searched for a heavy blunt object.

"We believe we're looking for something like a crowbar," said Det. Insp. Mark Pritchard of the OPP as they continued their search.

Pritchard believes the increase of the reward from $25,000 to $50,000, along with a new billboard campaign along Highway 11, north of Barrie, will increase their chances of putting the pieces of the puzzle together. The billboard shows a Grade 8 graduation photo of the beautiful blond girl, with a simple question: "Do You Know Who Killed Leah Sousa?"

They've doubled the number of detectives assigned to the case and are imploring the public to come forward with anything they can remember from the early hours of the morning of Sept. 1, 1990.

"No matter how insignificant a piece of information may appear, it may lead us to the clues we need," said Pritchard, adding, "Nothing is insignificant."

In addition to their renewed focus on the murder, Pritchard said new forensic testing capabilities are also offering police an opportunity to test trace amounts of evidence left at the scene a long time ago.

Although traditional nuclear DNA might not be available, he said, mitochondrial DNA – a very small yet prominent organelle within a cell – is now capable of being tested for clues to its owner. Recently, a sample of the mitochondrial DNA was sent to a laboratory in Pennsylvania for additional testing.

Lora Sousa suffered severe head trauma, was hospitalized for three weeks after the attack and, perhaps thankfully, has no memory of what the Orillia OPP have called one of the most violent, horrific unsolved murders in Ontario's history. Sousa's son Michael, the only witness to the murder, was only 9 months old when Leah was murdered.

"There's a cold-blooded killer out there – someone who knows what happened to my daughter – and they haven't come forward," Lora Sousa said, the anguish in her voice still fresh, as if the death happened only days ago.

"How would you feel if your only daughter was raped, brutalized and murdered? I am lost here on Earth. I often feel I don't belong here, that I should be in heaven with her."

The lead investigator, Deputy Commissioner Vince Hawkes of the OPP's Investigations and Organized Crime unit, is hopeful that finding the murder weapon and the new forensic analysis will enable his officers to continue their investigation.

"We now have new blood stain analysis, we can profile the murderers – this touches on a lot of different areas of expertise that we didn't have at the time," said Hawkes. "We will continue to work this file and I'm confident we'll find the people responsible."

http://www.thestar.com/article/490304
Title: Re: Leah/Lora Sousa | Sept. 1, 1990 | Age 13/36 | Murdered | Cumberland Beach
Post by: Sleuth on October 24, 2009, 01:48:34 AM
And here is the billboard sign with graffiti on it.

Title: Re: Leah/Lora Sousa | Sept. 1, 1990 | Age 13/36 | Murdered | Cumberland Beach
Post by: D1 on October 24, 2009, 02:29:31 AM
There was some speculation that Bondo was refering to Bernardo.
Title: Re: Leah/Lora Sousa | Sept. 1, 1990 | Age 13/36 | Murdered | Cumberland Beach
Post by: Woodland on October 24, 2009, 09:36:26 AM
Sleuth - great job on posting all of this info with links, it's sure to help.
Title: Re: Leah/Lora Sousa | Sept. 1, 1990 | Age 13/36 | Murdered | Cumberland Beach
Post by: Sleuth on October 24, 2009, 10:58:19 AM
I had thought the same thing D1, but I don't think that was Bernardo's style. Obviously someone thought it was him and took the time and effort to climb up and spray paint the words on, which had to have been tricky to do that. Could be a nickname, bondo, car bondo, someone who works in a garage. What the previous poster wrote about her son's grandfather sounds logical. I hope the Police looked into that.
Title: Re: Leah/Lora Sousa | Sept. 1, 1990 | Age 13/36 | Murdered | Cumberland Beach
Post by: Woodland on October 24, 2009, 03:12:39 PM
Just reread the great links provided by Sleuth.  The top guy in charge of this case is Deputy Commissioner Vince Hawkes - OPP Investigations and Organized Crime.
Organized Crime?

The top guy in charge of the Christine Jessop case from 2002 - 2008 was Det-Sgt Matt Crone, Toronto Police Guns and Gangs and Special Projects.
Guns and Gangs?

I would sincerely like to understand the workings of the various Ontario police forces, so maybe someone could help me out here.  Two of the most brutal rape and murder cases of a child in Ontario are/were both under the supervision of Organized Crime, Guns and Gangs cops in 2 different police forces.  What's with that?

Don't get me wrong, I'm sure these are superb investigators - but surely these 2 kids are not considered mob hits.  Right?  Surely these guys have a strong background in homicide investigation, right?

Has there been a directive from the Ontario Attorney General's office to steer cold brutal rape/murder cases of children to a division that does not have the word homicide in it?  I'm under the impression we have homicide and cold case divisions everywhere.
Title: Re: Leah/Lora Sousa | Sept. 1, 1990 | Age 13/36 | Murdered | Cumberland Beach
Post by: Sleuth on October 24, 2009, 03:39:30 PM
Has there been a directive from the Ontario Attorney General's office to steer cold brutal rape/murder cases of children to a division that does not have the word homicide in it?  I'm under the impression we have homicide and cold case divisions everywhere.

You wrote what I was thinking when I read the articles. Cold case divisions are being shut down due to lack of funding. I think the files are passed on to different detectives sometimes. Fresh eyes, a fresh slant and all of that. Yes it bothers me that there is not a special force dealing with just homicides. There is one female in Ottawa who is Superintendent Kate Lines with the OPP who is the first female criminal profiler in Canada. She, along with one other person within Canada attended Quantico Virginia and graduated from the program. I think, not positive, that she may be retired now. Now that I have written that, it put an idea into my head. 
Title: Re: Leah/Lora Sousa | Sept. 1, 1990 | Age 13/36 | Murdered | Cumberland Beach
Post by: capeheart on October 24, 2009, 07:17:12 PM
I'm really happy this case is getting renewed attention. It is great that the police are actively looking for clues and evidence, even after all this time. I feel that this case is going to be solved. I also feel that it is someone who knew that Leah and her mom were living there alone. For sure, it is someone that knew who was living in this home, I just feel that. I don't think it was random, they were targetted. Hopefully some answers will soon come to this terrible horrific crime, very hard to comprehend. ??? ??? ??? ???
Title: Re: Leah/Lora Sousa | Sept. 1, 1990 | Age 13/36 | Murdered | Cumberland Beach
Post by: Woodland on October 26, 2009, 06:02:51 PM
There is growing discussion at 2 other locations on this site --> Barrie --> Christine Jessop and --> Toronto --> Lizzie Tomlinson that 3 young girls in 1 decade were as brutalized as they were and that a significant amount of time was spent with these victims, before and after death.  Leah is one of them.

This is unusual.  As bad as all child abductions/attacks are, statistically (not always) they are taken, most often raped, asphyxiated in some way and then left.  Rarely does a killer spend time to do any more than that.

In these 3 cases, each girl suffered severe blows to the head, rendering them incapable of movement.  Lizzie and Christine suffered blows to the head that would have rendered them incapable of running but the blows did not kill them.  Leah's initial blows to the head may not have killed her, but cannot find a report directly saying this.  Christine also suffered superficial stab wounds that did not kill her.

Lizzie and Christine were alive when a brutal attack, including but not limited to rape occured.  Their bodies were further defiled - when Christine was deceased and when Lizzie should have been.
For some reason, after Leah was attacked inside her home, she was dragged outside where further brutalization took place.  Her mother lay inside immobilized from blows to the head.

Blows to the head, rape, prolonged brutality are only some of the common denominators.  Please keep reading all 3 cases and post questions/concerns.
Title: Re: Leah/Lora Sousa | Sept. 1, 1990 | Age 13/36 | Murdered | Cumberland Beach
Post by: D1 on November 03, 2009, 03:23:02 AM
Suggestion: in order to keep the individual threads pertaining to the person named, we just put a link to where we can discuss multiple connections.
like-
http://www.unsolvedcanada.ca/index.php?PHPSESSID=06491702892f114d403101305a7c2c72&topic=3094.msg29978;topicseen#msg29978 (http://www.unsolvedcanada.ca/index.php?PHPSESSID=06491702892f114d403101305a7c2c72&topic=3094.msg29978;topicseen#msg29978)
Title: Re: Leah/Lora Sousa | Sept. 1, 1990 | Age 13/36 | Murdered | Cumberland Beach
Post by: Woodland on November 03, 2009, 04:34:15 PM
Very helpful link D1 - thanks.
Title: Re: Leah/Lora Sousa | Sept. 1, 1990 | Age 13/36 | Murdered | Cumberland Beach
Post by: Woodland on November 11, 2009, 04:54:36 PM
Please see my post under Robert Brown - Missing 3 August 1968 Wilfrid, Ontario - Barrie.
Title: Re: Leah/Lora Sousa | Sept. 1, 1990 | Age 13/36 | Murdered | Cumberland Beach
Post by: Im_new_here2 on December 01, 2009, 03:10:30 PM
Hello people...

It's been awhile since i last posted on this site but i heard this on the radio yesterday so i thought i would mention it .Awhile back maybe a year i dont think that long but maybe the police were coming back out with some tips on her murder or murder'ers asking for tips saying they had a new lead which looks promissing to break this cold case well on the radio yesterday it said that the guy that gave the tips about who killed leah and there wasn't a name but someone else but back further in time anyway they said them man that provided the info on the people who done it well he is now in jail for tampering with evidence and oh im not sure what else but basically everything he told police was a lie for his own gain maybe the reword or to get back at the people he pointed out not sure wich so i guess its back to being a cold case but i do gotta say that crime was seriousilly brutall  i mean what kinda guy makes up shit about something like that.. scum if u ask me.
Title: Re: Leah/Lora Sousa | Sept. 1, 1990 | Age 13/36 | Murdered | Cumberland Beach
Post by: Woodland on December 01, 2009, 03:43:24 PM
Hi new - not only did this weirdo give false information, he had a buddy help him who is also up on charges.  Both are in their 60's - one would think they would know better.

The damage these people do is enormous - they cause the police to waste time and money running around checking info they know is false, and in turn the police become sceptical of those truly trying to help.  How do the police know who to believe and decide who has credibility?

The penalties are not yet strong enough to deter others from doing the same thing in the future when someone wants to get back at another for revenge.  House arrest without an ankle bracelet and probation is a slap on the wrist.  Judges need more appreciation for the collateral damage.
Title: Re: Leah/Lora Sousa | Sept. 1, 1990 | Age 13/36 | Murdered | Cumberland Beach
Post by: Chris on December 02, 2009, 02:58:22 AM
That is very unfortunate

Nice to see you again new
Title: Re: Leah/Lora Sousa | Sept. 1, 1990 | Age 13/36 | Murdered | Cumberland Beach
Post by: Im_new_here2 on December 03, 2009, 01:26:17 PM
Ya i tottally agree it is pretty dam sick and for me atleast it makes it even woarse when they used the case that they did anyone that reads up on what happened to this poor little girl.let alone what her mother is like now with steel plates in her dam head i mean what was she 11 i think ready for her first day of school to be raped and bludgoned in her back yard i dont know maybe its just me but what these guys did is bad enough but its even woarse when they used the case they did plus i remember at the time the cops were saying it was all but solved when i guess these to idiots did this think about all the familly members and the hope all for nothing . Its really really sad this case ,,this little girl has been in my heart ever since it happened takes a real real sick person to do something like what he sorry he/she  did..    P.S. Thanks guys /ladies  nice to be back..
Title: Re: Leah/Lora Sousa | Sept. 1, 1990 | Age 13/36 | Murdered | Cumberland Beach
Post by: haunted on January 29, 2010, 06:19:06 PM
http://www.ctv.ca/servlet/ArticleNews/story/CTVNews/20100129/w5_preview_100129/20100129?s_name=W5

W5 has a program tomorrow night on this case. Might provide more details.
Title: Re: Leah/Lora Sousa | Sept. 1, 1990 | Age 13/36 | Murdered | Cumberland Beach
Post by: capeheart on January 30, 2010, 06:09:47 PM
I just watched W-5 and saw the story about Leah and Lora Sousa. I do remember about this crime before being on TV. The male they spoke to, what evidence is there connecting him to this horrible crime. And I would like to know why he only received six years for attacking and stabbing a young woman to death. Did they make a plea deal as to him confessing the crime or what? There was not much information related to this crime. Was it a sexual attack on the woman or was it just an attack, there was no information put forth on that. It would be also interesting to know the circumstances of that case in relation to Leah and Lora's attack. As stated, his grandmother lived a short distance from where their home was located, which could put him in the area. Of course, he says he was not in that area that night and that he has 60 people to back him up. It may just be a coincidence that he did live in that area and he doesn't have anything to do with this crime. I am sure that maybe this program being aired and the reward that is offered, may bring forth some information. My thoughts are with Lora and hope that this case will be solved soon. A very violent and vicious crime. The person that committed this crime certainly should be found. It has to be very difficult to live in that area, knowing that the person has never been arrested for this crime. That is 20 years of fear for those who remember this crime.  8) 8) 8) 8) 8)
Title: Re: Leah/Lora Sousa | Sept. 1, 1990 | Age 13/36 | Murdered | Cumberland Beach
Post by: lostlinganer on January 30, 2010, 10:06:32 PM
20 years means the victim's family, and whomever else represents them, is entitle to "all previously held back info. about the case.  I hope W5 presses for that. >:(
Title: Re: Leah/Lora Sousa | Sept. 1, 1990 | Age 13/36 | Murdered | Cumberland Beach
Post by: capeheart on January 31, 2010, 04:29:30 PM
Lost, it is just unreal that this crime was never solved. I don't think the man they have in mind committed this crime. He was already sentenced for a violent crime, so why wouldn't he have been questioned at that time about the Sousa crime? If he was that violent a person, why would he still be walking around free, I don't understand it, especially if they suspect him. ??? ??? ??? ???
Title: Re: Leah/Lora Sousa | Sept. 1, 1990 | Age 13/36 | Murdered | Cumberland Beach
Post by: Woodland on January 31, 2010, 06:48:52 PM
I also watched the W5 story and thought Det Mark Pritchard (in charge of the case for the last 5 years) did a good job.  My heart aches for Lora Sousa - her loss is beyond my comprehension.

Here are a few highlights of the information released in this documentary.

Lora and Leah Sousa were attacked with a pipe or tire iron inside their home - Lora in her bedroom and Leah in the living room.  Lora had reached for the phone but was prevented from using it with a blow from the weapon, not only to her hand but also her head.  The attacker left her for dead.

Leah was dragged outside to the backyard after being subdued with the weapon and then raped - her injuries are described as mutilation.  She was found face down in the grass.

Someone dragging her outside to rape her baffles me to no end.  How could the killer have taken the chance that he would not be heard or seen by a neighbour?  He was already secluded in the house.

The quantity of blood was substantial - the killer would not have escaped the spatter.  A bloody footprint was found - a size 9 (possibly 10) Nike court shoe.

The police feel the home was targeted and the motivation was sexual.

Although it was not said in this show, there are suggestions in other stories that more than one person attacked these two.  It makes sense if they were targeted - having to subdue 2 people, both 100 lbs or more.

Det Pritchard describes the scene as 'horrendous', 'tremendous violence' and 'brutality off the scale'.  A criminal profiler (did not get his name or location) adds that this scene rates in his top 5 of brutal murders in his experience.

I would like to see Det Pritchard take on other cold cases of equally brutal murders with tremendous violence perpetrated on children - as in Christine Jessop and Lizzie Tomlinson.  Maybe he has by now, but previously his explanation for not doing so was that no 'hits' were made in their VICAP system.  Taxpayers do not pay for narrow views and untested attempts to bring killers to justice - this allows killers to roam free for 20+ years after a crime.

It seems to me Fantino could arrange this if he was so inclined - nothing else has worked so far.
Title: Re: Leah/Lora Sousa | Sept. 1, 1990 | Age 13/36 | Murdered | Cumberland Beach
Post by: lostlinganer on February 01, 2010, 07:02:06 AM
Quote
The person that committed this crime certainly should be found. It has to be very difficult to live in that area, knowing that the person has never been arrested for this crime. That is 20 years of fear for those who remember this crime.     
     

.....what gets me about manypeople in these severe cases, is the fact that they don't band together and push for the truth.  In reality, what many of them fear is "not what/who they don't know" but "what/who they do know" or have a good reason to suspect.....so they keep quiet in hope that  their silence (or their indifference) might keep this from happening to them, or someone they know or love.  ...imo
Title: Re: Leah/Lora Sousa | Sept. 1, 1990 | Age 13/36 | Murdered | Cumberland Beach
Post by: Woodland on February 01, 2010, 07:13:22 AM
Excellent point lost. 
Title: Re: Leah/Lora Sousa | Sept. 1, 1990 | Age 13/36 | Murdered | Cumberland Beach
Post by: capeheart on February 01, 2010, 01:47:59 PM
I got you Lost. I also believe there was more then one person to do this crime. I mean how could this person assault and remove one person in the house to rape and violently kill her and also go after the mother, who was possibly the second person to be attacked. If Lora was in the bedroom, she possibly was the second individual to be attacked when she tried to save her daughter. Yes, it sounds to me like two people did this crime. I mean this was Labour Day weekend, this was somebody who was planning this, I believe. They possibly were doing drugs and drinking and waiting for the early hours of the morning to strike, when most people were sleeping. These people had to be bathed in blood who committed this crime. Somebody knows who came home that night with blood on their clothing, they know and they are not telling. They could have been threatened that the same thing would happen to them. Why are these violent crimes not solved. Is there a DNA profile or was the FBI ever involved in this case???I believe they should have every available high profile homicide detective try and solve this case. ??? ??? ??? ??? ???
Title: Re: Leah/Lora Sousa | Sept. 1, 1990 | Age 13/36 | Murdered | Cumberland Beach
Post by: lostlinganer on February 01, 2010, 01:59:07 PM
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Leah was dragged outside to the backyard after being subdued with the weapon and then raped - her injuries are described as mutilation.  She was found face down in the grass.
I didn't see or read the facts on this case elsewhere; but isn't it possible that Leah dragged herself (badly injured) outside trying to get away.
Title: Re: Leah/Lora Sousa | Sept. 1, 1990 | Age 13/36 | Murdered | Cumberland Beach
Post by: Woodland on February 01, 2010, 05:27:10 PM
Lost - according to the W5 report, the police determined she was raped and beaten further after being dragged outside.

Inspite of a rape, there is apparently no DNA from the scene.  This is interesting considering it was 1990 and DNA was in it's infancy.  Most people would not have understood it back then, let alone realize the potential to convict or absolve of a crime.  Possibly the killer had a way to keep abreast of this type of development.  By this particular weekend, there had been 2 unsuccessful attempts at getting a DNA profile from the Christine Jessop crime scene.  Not sure how widely publicized this was at the time, it was much publicized later.

Title: Re: Leah/Lora Sousa | Sept. 1, 1990 | Age 13/36 | Murdered | Cumberland Beach
Post by: amIam on February 01, 2010, 05:46:31 PM
(Woodland)

I was unaware of the the fact you have stated. 
Title: Re: Leah/Lora Sousa | Sept. 1, 1990 | Age 13/36 | Murdered | Cumberland Beach
Post by: lostlinganer on February 01, 2010, 06:13:42 PM
Woodland; that sure gives me a different picture of the murder/s.  We could find so many words.....hostile, maniac, brutal, sadistic - that's typical; but now I'm thinking pragmatic and informed - being in the forefront of their profile for me right now. 
It's as though they planned, watched, and carried out a "particular act with a specific reason". >:(
Title: Re: Leah/Lora Sousa | Sept. 1, 1990 | Age 13/36 | Murdered | Cumberland Beach
Post by: capeheart on February 01, 2010, 09:00:54 PM
I feel that the persons who committed this crime did watch and wait as I've already posted. I believe that they drank and partied and waited for the wee hours of the morning and committed the horrific crime. As I have stated, somebody in that area does know something about this crime, because of so much blood. Why would they not have kept the clothing and blood evidence of this crime. They must have DNA that they can run through a databank and check to see if there is a match. Maybe things are being done that we are not aware of. ??? ??? ??? ??? ???
Title: Re: Leah/Lora Sousa | Sept. 1, 1990 | Age 13/36 | Murdered | Cumberland Beach
Post by: Nemesis on February 06, 2010, 02:44:22 PM
CIB Unsolved Investigations:Leah Sousa (http://www.opp.ca/cibui/html/displaycase.php?id=55)

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13-Year old female and her mother were attacked while sleeping in their home in Cumberland Beach Ontario.

Ontario Provincial Police Criminal Investigation Branch (http://www.opp.ca/ecms/index.php?id=434)
Title: Re: Leah/Lora Sousa | Sept. 1, 1990 | Age 13/36 | Murdered | Cumberland Beach
Post by: lostlinganer on February 06, 2010, 04:22:45 PM
what a beautiful young girl, Nemisis.   :'(There is no need in this world, of what was done here.  It really makes me wish and hope that people in her neighborhood would rise to the need, and find out who did this.  There are usually known savages everywhere; and I think the best info. comes right in one's own neighborhood.  I think the world was more civilized when vigilantes took care of things.....sorry.... I just don't feel police keep people safe any more.  They, for whatever reason, don't find these animals.  Half the time, they find them and can't get their sh@@ together to prosecute them.  They should let the names "slip out" to the public.
Title: Re: Leah/Lora Sousa | Sept. 1, 1990 | Age 13/36 | Murdered | Cumberland Beach
Post by: amIam on February 06, 2010, 05:08:50 PM
I watched the W5 program and I cannot believe no one has been arrested and charged with this horrific crime.  It is the same scenario repeated over and over here in small Ontario towns.  Is this a matter of small police forces not sharing information with other forces or do they just not care??  Or is it a case of small town police forces being untrained, inept and just putting in their time? More than likely a combination of all factors..JMO

Sorry for the rant...
Title: Re: Leah/Lora Sousa | Sept. 1, 1990 | Age 13/36 | Murdered | Cumberland Beach
Post by: capeheart on February 06, 2010, 06:00:26 PM
You have repeated what I said earlier Am, I just cannot understand why this vicious crime was not solved within about two weeks. What the hell about sharing information, get this psychos off the street and keep our citizens safe. When one cannot go to bed at night and feel safe in their own homes, where can you feel safe???? This should have been kept on the front burner every day for as long as it took to solve this. The people of that community should have rallied together and had a massive uprising about this crime, that it wasn't solved. Now this lady has to live in some place so she can feel safe from the murderer. This is unreal and the police have to come up with some more answers then what they have. I mean they point a finger at a man and say they think he did it, well now isn't that the easy way out. I do not think the man that they have pointed the finger at is guilty of anything. If he was, why wasn't he charged???If he committed another murder, why did he just serve six years???? So much hokey pokey going on, I don't have any faith in any of what went on here, it boggles my mind and I guess mostly everyone else on this site. Go for the jugler on this one, get the person that did this even after all these years. Was it the son of a prominent individual??? Was it someone who paid someone off, so that their son or relative or someone in the family wouldn't be charged??? There is something not adding up with this case, sorry, but I just cannot come to grips with it not being solved. ??? ??? ??? ??? ???
Title: Re: Leah/Lora Sousa | Sept. 1, 1990 | Age 13/36 | Murdered | Cumberland Beach
Post by: lostlinganer on February 07, 2010, 10:35:10 AM
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When one cannot go to bed at night and feel safe in their own homes, where can you feel safe? This should have been kept on the front burner every day for as long as it took to solve this. The people of that community should have rallied together and had a massive uprising about this crime, that it wasn't solved. Now this lady has to live in some place so she can feel safe from the murderer. This is unreal and the police have to come up with some more answers then what they have.

ECHO THAT cape!  >:(  It's time people in this area started expressing themselves and getting it up on posters in that area.  The police need to hang their heads for this.  They are useless - whether stupid or deliberate ...they  should hang up their hats and step aside for this.
Title: Re: Leah/Lora Sousa | Sept. 1, 1990 | Age 13/36 | Murdered | Cumberland Beach
Post by: capeheart on February 07, 2010, 12:57:21 PM
Lost, the FBI should have been called in immediately on this one. Every forensic person available should have been called in and the fear of God should have been placed on anyone who was withholding any information related to this case. I'll bet if they had've pounded the beat and looked closer to home, they would've found the killer. Why do they let things go so long???? They found Tori's killer, but I believe only because of the video. But there is not always video. Somebody in that community has a vital clue to what happened, they have a feeling on who did this crime and they will not come forward. Definitely somebody there knows who did this. The police do not feel it was someone from out of town that did this. This was someone who knew that two females lived there alone. They should not let this drift away at all, the person is still living who did this and should pay for what they did. ??? ??? ??? ??? ??? ???
Title: Re: Leah/Lora Sousa | Sept. 1, 1990 | Age 13/36 | Murdered | Cumberland Beach
Post by: lost_souls on July 23, 2010, 02:48:55 AM
I have been researching the Cindy Halliday case and I find it strange that her jacket was washed and placed back at the scene, anyway I came across a suspisious advertisement about a car similar to one described and I called it into CIB, I also ran it past a couple of people in law enforcement and they agreed it was suspicious too but I haven't heard anything. The advertisement has been removed. I may call back as I left a message. It is probably nothing but it is better that anyone that finds something strange,...call it in as it may be nothing but there is a chance, it could be something.
Title: Re: Leah/Lora Sousa | Sept. 1, 1990 | Age 13/36 | Murdered | Cumberland Beach
Post by: Fraser on August 01, 2010, 06:13:58 PM
In the Toronto Sun article, it said hair was found at the scene that did not belong to anyone who lived in the house and that it was being sent for DNA testing. Anyone ever hear of anything more on that.?
Title: Re: Leah/Lora Sousa | Sept. 1, 1990 | Age 13/36 | Murdered | Cumberland Beach
Post by: Woodland on August 04, 2010, 04:55:48 PM
Mitochondrial DNA is the best that could be derived from the scene - this came from the lead detective within the last 2 -3 years.  Not great but something.  That means that DNA from the perps mother is needed to confirm the donor.  Not impossible.

When was the Toronto Sun article posted?
Title: Re: Leah/Lora Sousa | Sept. 1, 1990 | Age 13/36 | Murdered | Cumberland Beach
Post by: MissM on November 23, 2010, 02:34:28 PM
Just so Everyone knows the post that im_new here2 made about Cumberland Beach being close to Wasaga Beach is not true at all, Wasaga is close to Barrie.

Wasaga and Cumberland Beach are about 45 Min apart. Im from Cumberland Beach and its not even a beach, its an Area just outside Orillia. What's close to is is Washago, I can see how the two could be confused. But thought I would set the record straight.
Title: Re: Leah/Lora Sousa | Sept. 1, 1990 | Age 13/36 | Murdered | Cumberland Beach
Post by: Woodland on November 23, 2010, 02:43:22 PM
Hi MissM - thanks for your post.

Did you live in Cumberland Beach at the time of Leah's murder?
Title: Re: Leah/Lora Sousa | Sept. 1, 1990 | Age 13/36 | Murdered | Cumberland Beach
Post by: Fraser on November 23, 2010, 05:54:12 PM
Thanks Miss M - I live in Orillia, at least for the next 24 hrs (moving tomorrow) and I that had confused me too as I know where Cumberland Beach is but it never occurred to me to let anyone know.
I really hope one day they catch the person(s).
Title: Re: Leah/Lora Sousa | Sept. 1, 1990 | Age 13/36 | Murdered | Cumberland Beach
Post by: jobo on November 23, 2010, 06:51:48 PM
MissM:  I was just reading back on this post, and understand you are from around Cumberland Beach.   I didn't know exactly where it really was, but have heard of it so I looked on google.  I see it is south of Washago, and I would bi-pass it on my way to Hwy #11 North, because I take the county road into Washago.   One thing I notice about that town, is a lot of scary looking guys in old pick-ups....or do I just get unlucky with the clientele when going through?    Anything we should know about?   
Title: Re: Leah/Lora Sousa | Sept. 1, 1990 | Age 13/36 | Murdered | Cumberland Beach
Post by: Chris on November 25, 2010, 01:56:56 AM
Thanks!
Title: Re: Leah/Lora Sousa | Sept. 1, 1990 | Age 13/36 | Murdered | Cumberland Beach
Post by: Concerned on November 25, 2010, 11:21:50 AM
I reviewed this thread today, and a thought struck. I may be way off. But it seems as if it is a crime of passion. Rage. Assuming that it was a targeted location (which it may not be) who would have a motive to target the mother and the daughter, but not the child?  Is there much known on the child's father?

As I understand it, the family went to the Ms. Sousa's sisters for six weeks?  What prompted such a long stay?  Was someone mad that they had left, perhaps without knowing where, thinking that the baby was being taken away from them? 

I have nothing to base this theory on other than new baby, baby unharmed, brutal attack of what seems to be rage, upon the immediate return after being away for six weeks.
Title: Re: Leah/Lora Sousa | Sept. 1, 1990 | Age 13/36 | Murdered | Cumberland Beach
Post by: Woodland on November 28, 2010, 12:40:04 PM
Did not realize Lora Sosa revealed in a book that her drug dealer brother had lived with her and Leah.  Attached article is from 2007, copied portion relating to Leah only.

http://www.theenterprisebulletin.com/ArticleDisplay.aspx?archive=true&e=756695 (http://www.theenterprisebulletin.com/ArticleDisplay.aspx?archive=true&e=756695)

LEAH SOUSA

Sept. 1, 1990 - It was the evening of Aug. 31, 1990, in Cumberland Beach, a cottage community on Lake Couchiching just off Highway 11 north of Orillia. Leah Sousa was a spunky, pretty girl just about to go into Grade 8 at Ardtrea Elementary School.

Leah, her mother Lora, then 36, and Michael, nine months, had just settled into bed on that warm Labour Day weekend.

Then one, possibly two or more people, broke into the small home. They attacked Lora in her bedroom and nearly killed her with a beating to the head (the infant, Michael, asleep in a crib, was not touched).

At the same time, or a few seconds later, the attacker, or attackers, grabbed Leah, who had been sleeping on a couch, raped her and beat her to death. The girl's body was found the next morning - sprawled on the back lawn - by a girlfriend who had come by to ask Leah out for breakfast.

In their investigation of the Cumberland Beach murder of Leah Sousa, 13, the OPP conducted 1,500 interviews and even followed leads overseas. Lora Sousa later wrote a book entitled Poetic Justice: The Search for Leah's Killers.

In her book, Sousa reveals her brother lived with her at Cumberland Beach. He was a drug dealer, she admits, who might have angered other dealers who possibly came to the house to punish him, but took their wrath out on Sousa and her daughter
Title: Re: Leah/Lora Sousa | Sept. 1, 1990 | Age 13/36 | Murdered | Cumberland Beach
Post by: Jessica- on March 17, 2011, 01:11:15 AM
Didn't see it on here so I have added the article.

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Date: Sat. Jan. 30 2010 7:02 PM ET

Lora Sousa was there the night her teenage daughter, Leah was murdered. A horrific tragedy that any parent would want to forget, but not Lora. She wants only to remember.

Leah was barely 13 years old and excited to be entering grade eight. That was almost 20 years ago. "She was so beautiful. She had a wonderful sense of humor and she was very bubbly", said Lora.

But Leah's dreams were stolen from her in the dark hours of a late summer evening on Labour Day weekend, 1990. She was asleep on the couch in the living room of her house in Cumberland Beach, a cottage community 135 km north of Toronto. Lora, a single mom, and her nine-month-old son, Michael, were asleep in the next room.

An intruder broke in. Lora was beaten, and left for dead. Leah was assaulted and killed in what police describe as one of the most brutal homicides ever in Ontario. Michael was left unharmed.

Cold case

Ontario Provincial Police Det. Inspector, Mark Pritchard, is the latest in a long line of investigators who have worked on the case since Leah's murder on Labour Day, 1990. According to Pritchard, "the brutality was off the scale." He said there was no chance for the Sousas to defend themselves as they were sound asleep and both were hit multiple times with what police believe was a pipe or tire iron.

Although police believe Lora saw her daughter's killer, she was so badly beaten that she has been unable to help them because her memory of that night has been erased.

"I really want to remember because the police have not been able to arrest the murderer," said Lora.

To try to recover her memories, Lora underwent hypnosis and was even injected with sodium pentathol, otherwise known as truth serum. But both failed to bring back any trace of her missing memories. Doctors told her to give up.

But Lora refused, finally heading to Sudbury, Ontario and a lab run by Michael Persinger, a renowned expert on the human brain. Using magnetic fields, the scientist tried to tickle brain cells in the injured right hemisphere of Lora's brain, in hopes that it would encourage any residual neurons that may be intact. Sadly, this too failed.

Human memory is not recorded instantly as it takes twenty to thirty minutes for experience to be permanently stored. This was critical time Lora did not get when she was assaulted.

"It would have been like turning off your computer without saving. It would be gone forever," said Persinger.

Seeking a suspect

The OPP believe that the family was targeted by someone who knew they were home alone; someone who knew Cumberland Beach. But they have almost no forensic evidence. Incredibly, for such a bloody scene, the killer left none of his own DNA behind. Despite massive searches over many years, neither the murder weapon nor clothing, which police believe would have been covered in blood, have ever been found.

There was one bloody shoeprint found inside the residence and by comparing the tread pattern, police were able to identify the exact type of shoe. A Nike all leather court or tennis shoe which police believe was either a size 9 or size 10.

The OPP homicide team still meets regularly to go over the case and have conducted more than 1,800 interviews in the past 20 years. Some of those people have been interviewed multiple times.

One of the persons interviewed multiple times is Brian Timothy Elson. Just four months after Leah Sousa was murdered, Elson stabbed and killed a teenage girl, 17-year-old Sandra Bannister. W5 discovered that Elson's grandmother lived just down the street from Leah and Lora Sousa. Police believe he was in the Cumberland Beach area the night of the murder.

Elson was convicted of the Bannister murder and served six years in prison. Convinced he was dangerous, the courts took a rare step and allowed police to monitor his movements for three years after he was released from prison.

W5 tracked down Elson, who is now living in Orillia, Ontario, about 20 minutes from Cumberland Beach. Asked by W5 reporter Sue Sgambati about the unsolved murder of Leah Sousa and about his interviews with police, Elson said police had accused him of the murder, had arrested him but that he was later released.

Elson also maintains he had nothing to do with the murder and denied that he was at Cumberland Beach the night of Leah Sousa's murder. "I got 60 people to back me up," he claimed. "All I know is I had nothing to do with it."

Despite Elson's denials, the OPP said they believe he was in Cumberland Beach the night of the murder. But Elson was released after questioning and has never been charged.

So the murder of Leah Sousa, and the vicious attack on her mother, Lora, which left her with no memories of that night remains a mystery, a cold case. Police believe there are people who have knowledge of what happened and who could help them solve the 20-year old homicide case, and have offered a $50,000 reward for information leading to the killer's arrest and conviction.

"As time goes on you worry that it's never going to be solved," said Lora Sousa. "My hope is that one day we'll know what happened and why it happened. I'm hoping that people won't forget."
Title: Re: Leah/Lora Sousa | Sept. 1, 1990 | Age 13/36 | Murdered | Cumberland Beach
Post by: Rorschach on July 31, 2011, 12:04:05 AM
A poster said her son's grandfather is a lead suspect, and she is convinced he is guilty.

If true that would make the killer(s) relatively old. Then, we have two men, aged 61 and 67, arrested for deliberately misleading the police.  And two men were overheard the day after, talking about the murder. That adds up perfectly.

Two things: can the poster confirm if her son's grandfather is one of the men arrested? And the two people overheard, was there age give at all?

As far as the victim being dragged outside, perhaps the murderer was so drunk he didn't know better? That's one possibility.

If there were two attackers, it would make sense why no family members saw them bloody, they could have both lived together.
Title: Re: Leah/Lora Sousa | Sept. 1, 1990 | Age 13/36 | Murdered | Cumberland Beach
Post by: timeflies on September 04, 2011, 07:33:39 PM
I just joined and I have been reading all the posts that have been written.  I met Leah in grade 6 when she moved to CuBeach with her mom.  I went to school with her and was friends with her.  It was really devastating when she was killed.  Even today, it still haunts me that her murder was never solved.  I remember when those billboards went up asking for any information and for people to come forward.  It wasn't until tonight that I found out what the name was that was written on the billboard.  "Bondo" does not refer to Bernardo or car bondo, it refers to a man who is nicknamed "Bondo Billy"  he was originally arrested in connection with Leah's murder but was released, I guess due to a lack of evidence.  I would really love to see this solved and this be put to rest.  I think about Leah, I still have a jacket that she wore in a school play that we did together.  I know how devastating it was to the person that found her, and I think about how profoundly that affected her and how I'm sure it still does.  We as a group of kids that were friends with Leah are bonded by that tragedy and always will be.  And groups like this are wonderful.  Hopefully one day we will all be able to know the truth.
Title: Re: Leah/Lora Sousa | Sept. 1, 1990 | Age 13/36 | Murdered | Cumberland Beach
Post by: jobo on September 04, 2011, 08:43:57 PM
Welcome, timeflies.  I am wondering if Bondo Billy is known to the family?
Title: Re: Leah/Lora Sousa | Sept. 1, 1990 | Age 13/36 | Murdered | Cumberland Beach
Post by: eyeswideopen on September 05, 2011, 04:32:31 AM
I also lived in Orillia, not far from cumberland beach at one time.  I had friends out in Cumberland beach and often stayed weekends out there.  One point I want to make after reading this thread.  It is in regard to the Writing on the bill board "Bondo did it"  I don't know if any one on here is aware that Bondo was also a mithical figure .  As in the character Wally in the kids book you find wally in the picture.  There were also books out like that when my oldest was young and it was find Bondo.  He was a character that was hidden some where in the picture.  Could be wrong but thought that it was a smart as kid that wrote that, geared from the find bondo book.  A definate possibility.  My daughter was born in 73 and I know she had some of those books when she was young. 
Title: Re: Leah/Lora Sousa | Sept. 1, 1990 | Age 13/36 | Murdered | Cumberland Beach
Post by: Im_new_here2 on September 06, 2011, 11:48:08 AM
Labour day weekend marked  21 years now and still no real awnsers . Such a sad story I wish this sick SOB would be caught and when he is my only regret then will be that we ebolished the DP because if anyone deserves it it's this low life. Sucha sweet little girl and torture for her mom .
Title: Re: Leah/Lora Sousa | Sept. 1, 1990 | Age 13/36 | Murdered | Cumberland Beach
Post by: Im_new_here2 on September 06, 2011, 11:54:06 AM
brian timothy elson ..great suspect he killed another little girl banister not sure of her first name and his grand mother lived a few houses down from the sousa's  .
Title: Re: Leah/Lora Sousa | Sept. 1, 1990 | Age 13/36 | Murdered | Cumberland Beach
Post by: millsy22 on February 10, 2012, 08:40:14 AM
I am new to the details of this case. One thing I keep wondering because I haven't seen it mentioned (be it relevent or not) is what happened to Leah's father and/or the man in her mother's life? There must have been someone recent as she had a 9 month old child as well.
Title: Re: Leah/Lora Sousa | Sept. 1, 1990 | Age 13/36 | Murdered | Cumberland Beach
Post by: Coral on July 14, 2012, 02:42:21 PM
I was visiting northern Ontario recently, and on the way home I realized that the signs about Leah Sousa are gone...or maybe I just didn't see them?  I decided to check this "thread" to see if there were any new developments, but sadly I see there are none. 

I think there is a big clue that thankfully the baby Michael was not hurt.  Who would be willing to hurt Leah and Lora, but not Michael?  Could it be a person related to Michael but not Leah?  Maybe they would get custody of him if the mother was gone?  The two children had different dads. Maybe they only wanted Michael.
At first I thought, maybe Leah was killed because she was a witness to her mother's death, but then why would they rape her too? It was almost as if they had to get rid of the mother so they would be free to do what they wanted to Leah.  Maybe it was a sick pervert who only wanted Leah, and had no use for Michael, so they just ignored him.  Did they come prepared to sexually assault her?  There was no evidence left behind, so were they covered head to toe in that heat, to avoid leaving anything behind? Is that why Lora only remembers a shadow figure?  Did they use a condom?  How could there be no evidence?  I wonder, if with today's advanced technologies, if Leah was exhumed, would they be able to find anything on her to provide DNA?  Was there someone "lurking" around?  Was there someone watching Leah in the days before this happened?  I wonder if anyone spotted a man or men in the area, who just didn't belong?  Was there anyone extra friendly with Leah, the ice cream truck man, a neighbour, a variety store clerk, someone at the park?
It is mentionned that a weapon used either or one or both of Lora and Leah was a tire iron/ crow bar.  A woman by the name of Snjezana Joksimovic was killed by her boyfriend/fiance, around 1996 with a tire iron/crow bar, behind an Indian temple in Malton.  I do not recall what the killer's name was, but considering the weapon used, it would be worth looking into where this guy was at the time of the murder if this is not a common weapon.  He had a violent temper and there was a restraining order against him to stay away from his previous wife and child. I've googled the case, but his name does not come up.  the police would have access to it in Peel region.
Title: Re: Leah/Lora Sousa | Sept. 1, 1990 | Age 13/36 | Murdered | Cumberland Beach
Post by: capeheart on July 14, 2012, 04:16:15 PM
I really believe it was a person that was living in the area for a period of time that saw there were two women living alone. This was a long weekend, if I remember correctly. This would be a very violent individual that did this crime. I believe this is not the first time this person committed violent crimes. It could have been someone from across the border or someone right in their own area. The police have investigated this case very closely, I do believe. But the person could be living right in the neighbourhood. I'd be looking at anyone who moved shortly after this crime was committed. This was horrific and a senseless act of violence. :o :o :o :o :o :o :o
Title: Re: Leah/Lora Sousa | Sept. 1, 1990 | Age 13/36 | Murdered | Cumberland Beach
Post by: jobo on July 14, 2012, 07:55:56 PM
I usually can come up with a scenerio in most threads I read....but for some reason I draw a blank on this child's murder and the attack on her Mom.
I agree, It truly was a horrific and senseless act of violence, very hard to fathom who would come into a single Mom's house and do this to her and her family.  And why. 
It may have been like you said, Coral, someone after Leah to sexually assault her.  He came in with the crowbar just in case, and then his rage just exploded once he got in the house. He tried to kill both, and probably thought he had when he left.  So, there was a shoe print...a running shoe (Nike all leather court or tennis shoe sized 9 or 10) that tells me someone younger (we are talking 1990).  Maybe athletic?
 Hard to believe he hasn't struck again though, if his motive was rape.  Or has he?
Title: Re: Leah/Lora Sousa | Sept. 1, 1990 | Age 13/36 | Murdered | Cumberland Beach
Post by: Sunshine31 on August 28, 2012, 08:13:21 PM
Soon it will be 22 years since Leah was murdered and the horrific beating of her Mom Lora. This is a terrible thing to have happened and all these years without answers or closure. I pray and keep families such as these in my thoughts.
Title: Re: Leah/Lora Sousa | Sept. 1, 1990 | Age 13/36 | Murdered | Cumberland Beach
Post by: Chrisdiane on September 23, 2012, 06:43:56 PM
I was in prison with a serial killer named Mike Wayne Mcgray. He described in great detail to me this murder....maybe because I am an ex-con or there is a 50 thousand dollar reward my credibility is questioned. Noone seems to take me seriously but I am telling you I interviewed the devil. I was a career criminal who thought I was a bad person until I met Wayne. I have never reoffended since my release from prison and I have turned my life around. I truly believe with all my heart this man did this crime which he described in great detail to me. I am ashamed to admitt I befriended him while in prison but sometimes you keep your enemies closer than your friends as the saying goes. I grew up on a small town on Vancouver Island and had no wayof ever knowingabout this crime. I dont care about the reward money allthough I would not refuse it. I have looked into this crime and i think the family deserves closure.....Mcgray told me if he was ever questioned about this crime he would not deny his guilt. Please someone hear this
Title: Re: Leah/Lora Sousa | Sept. 1, 1990 | Age 13/36 | Murdered | Cumberland Beach
Post by: SAP on September 23, 2012, 07:10:44 PM
I hope someone hears you Chris. The police should be able to discern facts that would only be known to them and the perp, so keep trying with them. Write it all down and present it in person until someone pays attention.

There's also another thread on Leah:

http://www.unsolvedcanada.ca/index.php?topic=502.msg92418#msg92418
Title: Re: Leah/Lora Sousa | Sept. 1, 1990 | Age 13/36 | Murdered | Cumberland Beach
Post by: leonagleant on September 23, 2012, 09:07:29 PM
http://news.nationalpost.com/2011/11/29/prison-couldnt-keep-michael-wayne-mcgray-from-killing-just-like-he-said-it-wouldnt/

This man sounds horrible and was obviously far too violently dangerous for Mountain Institution, where he murdered his roommate. He never should have had a roommate. Note he also murdered a mother and her 11 year old daughter, which is a rare thing to do, so that would also make him a very likely suspect in the Leah Sousa case.
Title: Re: Leah/Lora Sousa | Sept. 1, 1990 | Age 13/36 | Murdered | Cumberland Beach
Post by: debbiec on September 23, 2012, 09:17:16 PM
I have now merged the two threads for Leah and Lora Sousa. Thanks for bringing that to my attention SAP and Leonagleant.
Title: Re: Leah/Lora Sousa | Sept. 1, 1990 | Age 13/36 | Murdered | Cumberland Beach
Post by: jobo on September 24, 2012, 04:50:12 AM
I tried to read up about McGray.  Two different articles...one says he was born in Ontario, the other says Nova Scotia.  McGray says he murdered up to 16 people and the Police have only charged him with a few of these murders.  The latest being his cell-mate in B.C.
He has been charged with killing a mother and daughter, but seems to not want to admit he killed the child.....

I would love to know if he was in Ontario...Cumberland Beach in 1990.
One article I read says that he murdered two men in Montreal in 1991 while out of prison on a 3 day pass at Eastertime.  He had been in a minimum security jail in the Laurentians.   Where was he in September 1990?

Another article I read says Detective Bob Wilkinson Of the Toronto Police said they could find no links to unsolved in Toronto....although McGray says he murdered an alcoholic man downtown and buried him....
Title: Re: Leah/Lora Sousa | Sept. 1, 1990 | Age 13/36 | Murdered | Cumberland Beach
Post by: Fraser on September 24, 2012, 05:44:10 AM
Chris - I wish I knew someone on the police forces who I could contact and who would listen. I would assume you've contacted the hot line on the unsolved crimes with the OPP. I think this case is now in the hands of Toronto police but it was originally with the OPP.
Title: Re: Leah/Lora Sousa | Sept. 1, 1990 | Age 13/36 | Murdered | Cumberland Beach
Post by: capeheart on September 24, 2012, 10:31:59 AM
I was in prison with a serial killer named Mike Wayne Mcgray. He described in great detail to me this murder....maybe because I am an ex-con or there is a 50 thousand dollar reward my credibility is questioned. Noone seems to take me seriously but I am telling you I interviewed the devil. I was a career criminal who thought I was a bad person until I met Wayne. I have never reoffended since my release from prison and I have turned my life around. I truly believe with all my heart this man did this crime which he described in great detail to me. I am ashamed to admitt I befriended him while in prison but sometimes you keep your enemies closer than your friends as the saying goes. I grew up on a small town on Vancouver Island and had no wayof ever knowingabout this crime. I dont care about the reward money allthough I would not refuse it. I have looked into this crime and i think the family deserves closure.....Mcgray told me if he was ever questioned about this crime he would not deny his guilt. Please someone hear this

Quite interesting and it surely should be checked out. I mean they must have DNA from that terrible crime. I do remember the name, Wayne McGray for some reason. It is a familiar name that I've heard before. The police somehow or other get used to these crimes and it is like  they cannot be bothered looking into the information. Sure hope somebody picks up on this and does an investigation. It is a very important cold case and you should get in touch with the Cold Case Division in that area or even call Crime Stoppers.
Title: Re: Leah/Lora Sousa | Sept. 1, 1990 | Age 13/36 | Murdered | Cumberland Beach
Post by: jellybean on September 24, 2012, 01:38:40 PM
Chrisdiane:  Thank you so much for your wonderful post re the murders of these two people.  Your honesty should be commended. 
I am quite frankly, stunned that you found this site, and gave such enormous input in one post.

Obviously this has been bothering you for some time.

Glad to know that you turned your life around.
All things are possible, with determination!

Thanks, and good luck to you in your new life free of crime.  Being an honest citizen does have its benefits.
No cops - being able to sleep at nite - free to choose without looking over your shoulder.

Good for you!!

jb

Title: Re: Leah/Lora Sousa | Sept. 1, 1990 | Age 13/36 | Murdered | Cumberland Beach
Post by: jobo on September 24, 2012, 06:03:18 PM
I too, should thank you, Chrisdiane.
 How the heck do you feel knowing you had to befriend a guy that murdered his cell mate?  He freely admits he wants/needs to kill.  I know what you mean about keeping your enemies closer, but this guy is an enemy to many, many poor Victims.  I am glad you are on the outside, safe, and towing the line.
I find it interesting you say he will not deny his guilt in the crimes against the Sousas.  It would be nice if we knew where he was on Sept 1/1990.  He was all over Canada...between being in and out of jail 1985-1995.

Chrisdiane, you make it sound like the authorities don't believe you, that's too bad because the Sousa crime is UNsolved to this day, and that just isn't fair to the Mom, and the rest of their loved ones.  I would hope that the OPP would still look into the crime against the Sousas and where McGray was at that time.
He already killed a woman and child, so we know he is capable.  I thought I read that he wouldn't admit to murdering the child though, did anyone else read that?
Title: Re: Leah/Lora Sousa | Sept. 1, 1990 | Age 13/36 | Murdered | Cumberland Beach
Post by: capeheart on June 12, 2013, 12:18:50 PM
Well obviously if anyone is listening to Chris, they certainly can get this cleared up rather quickly. McGray's a violent creepy serial killer, chilling details of his crimes. I wouldn't doubt for one minute that he is possibly responsible for this. But he has been serving jail time for years, so I wonder if he was incarcerated at that time??? That is all the police have to do is get his DNA checked with items that were found at the scene of Leah's murder. I mean McGray is only sentenced to 25 years and that was in 2000. We are now to 2013, do the math, this SOB could be out and killing again. I am not sure if McGray was from Nova Scotia or NB. He has committed murders all over the maritimes and beyond. Hopefully DNA will confirm it and then they can lay charges in this case.

Also serial killers are known to take credit for very violent and shocking murders, like they want to take the attention for the crime. Sick as it is, they like to think that it is sort of fame for them. So he could have been just telling the story to Chris for attention and yet again, it could be the truth. DNA will clear it all up and the police can look elsewhere. :o :o :o :o
Title: Re: Leah/Lora Sousa | Sept. 1, 1990 | Age 13/36 | Murdered | Cumberland Beach
Post by: Im_new_here2 on July 18, 2013, 03:48:08 PM
If you google sue scambgatty forgive me on the last name you will see the most recent news and updates on this case and i am almost posative that they have DNA .This is as i have mentioned many times a crime that bothers me on a daily basis what he did to that poor girl knowing she went to bed so happy to wear her new clothing the very next day to her first day of school and have her bestie meet her at 7 am its sick and i would welcome the noose to return for this sick sob..Chris if what your saying is true you should be down there every single day untill they take u seriouslly every day.
Title: Re: Leah/Lora Sousa | Sept. 1, 1990 | Age 13/36 | Murdered | Cumberland Beach
Post by: Chrisdiane on July 27, 2013, 12:54:38 AM
This is chris here...if anyone wants to talk to me to help me out with this theycan call me at ******* this bothers me on a daily basis....and i cant understand why nothing has come of this
Title: Re: Leah/Lora Sousa | Sept. 1, 1990 | Age 13/36 | Murdered | Cumberland Beach
Post by: leonagleant on July 27, 2013, 09:02:29 AM
Chris: Have you called crime stoppers? Have you reported this to the police? Even if once, we know from experience that important tips can sit on the shelf, so why not try again? Where is the suspect now and how many more years is he serving for his other crimes?
Title: Re: Leah/Lora Sousa | Sept. 1, 1990 | Age 13/36 | Murdered | Cumberland Beach
Post by: D1 on July 27, 2013, 10:47:12 AM
I don't think McGray is ever going to be getting out after killing his cell mate. If so that may be part of the problem, saves them 50,000.00 plus not to invest any more time on the guy for any other crimes.

I believe they have already admitted that they believe McGray committed a whole lot more murders than he has been charged with. It is often in the detail where the Police are forced to investigate further even if they don't want to. Did McGray say anything that only the killer would know about this murder? If so, dna would have to be compared which is supposed to have been done automatically already due his status. Could the Police already know the answer and just be sitting on it? 
Title: Re: Leah/Lora Sousa | Sept. 1, 1990 | Age 13/36 | Murdered | Cumberland Beach
Post by: Im_new_here2 on August 19, 2013, 03:08:12 PM
NO in my mind no and if thats even a piece of truth we had all better be writing to harper and anyone else in ottowa because for one it was just like over a year ago they thought they had this case solved only to have it turn out to be a hoax and that raised some serious crap they never said who the person was but i know he served time for the hoax .Also as i said in a earlier post sue sgambaty when she did her last show i think it was about 3 years ago they had just put a whole new team on this case alone a new set of eyes so to speak that is costing alot of money so if thier still spending to solve it i dought they are letting it sit knowing the actuall perp. I don't dought what he has told chris but clearly this guy is a career criminal we need some proof even circumstantial is worth a look but taken on his word no not for me atleast .Simple has anyone even seen if this guy was out of jail and where he lived when this occured . This is a haunting sick disgusting case of the rape and murder brutal bludgoning murder committed outside if cops are sitting on that then something serious needs to take place with the POLICE FORCE that is is controle of this case ....anyone that can and has info into the criminal data base will you please do a background on this guy and see first if its even physically possible .that is a good place to start.
Title: Re: Leah/Lora Sousa | Sept. 1, 1990 | Age 13/36 | Murdered | Cumberland Beach
Post by: Chrisdiane on December 31, 2013, 05:55:48 AM
Hi everyone and thankyou for all the support and just taking the time to hear me. I have had alot of time to think and to put in perspective my time in prison with serial killer Mike Wayne Mcgray. I have read that sick people like him have used people like myself to try and take credit for crimes they have not commited. I dont believe this to be the case here. The details this guy had given me have been very similar to everything I have managed to dig up by reading anything I could find on this. He explained to me in great detail how he was staying in a boarding house in the area and had attempted to score some cocaine through a prostitute and she ripped him off for a hundred dollars so he assaulted her (i believe he said broke her jaw ) so to avoid police he ran and stole a car and began to drive around aimlessly and said he noticed the house. He said there was a light on which he had to break a window to gain entry into a small room where he turned the light off. He then said he entered the living room where a young girl was sleeping on a couch. He mentioned there was alot of school stuff for kids like books etc. He said he went to the bedroom and a woman was trying to call on her phone for help but he struck her with a tire iron or crow bar and hit her in the hand first and noticed her hand was all busted up. then proceeded to hit her in the head....and said there was a baby in a crib which he left alone. He said he returned to the living room and he dragged the young girl to the back yard....but didnt wamt to get into detail about that. He said he left a size 8 shoe print and i kmow he had small feet not size 9 like reports said...He also mentioned the weopon was found by workers after just off a highway....Thats enough for now ill continue later thats all i can handle at this time
Title: Re: Leah/Lora Sousa | Sept. 1, 1990 | Age 13/36 | Murdered | Cumberland Beach
Post by: D1 on December 31, 2013, 12:09:14 PM
Good to see you have returned Chris. Interesting after meeting and interacting with the devil that you have straightened yourself out. Maybe there is something to being scared straight.

Anyway, I think it would be good to document where you have gone to try and get your story looked into. You are on the right track with the detail you describe in the story. My experience was you have to be able to identify and describe details that are not mentioned in any news articles or known to the public. The Police often have hold back information they use to weed out the publicity seeker false confession types. Why the authorities are not responding to you is a bit of a mystery at the moment but stick with it til you get some sort of response.

McGray is an actual verifiable serial killer so passes the first requirement and he has been acknowledged as a poi in many more murders than he has been charged with. 
Title: Re: Leah/Lora Sousa | Sept. 1, 1990 | Age 13/36 | Murdered | Cumberland Beach
Post by: jobo on January 06, 2014, 07:45:36 PM
OPP Major Crimes Unit is in Orillia which is less than 15 minutes away....surely one of the officers there would be interested.
Title: Re: Leah/Lora Sousa | Sept. 1, 1990 | Age 13/36 | Murdered | Cumberland Beach
Post by: Sunshine31 on June 30, 2014, 03:32:13 PM
http://www.citynews.ca/2008/09/03/cops-offer-50000-reward-for-info-in-brutal-cold-case-murder/

Cops Offer $50,000 Reward For Info In Brutal Cold Case Murder
09/03/2008 12:00 PM CityNews.ca Staff
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There is nothing quite so frustrating for police than when a murderer gets away with a brazen and callous act. But when the victim is a 13-year-old girl, solving the crime becomes more than just a job – it can turn into a mission.

And that’s just one reason OPP investigators are offering a $50,000 reward for information that leads to an arrest in the killing of Leah Sousa. The teenager and her mother were both brutally attacked in their Cumberland Beach home near Orillia back on September 1, 1990.

Now almost 20 years later, the case is cold but the desire for a resolution is as hot as ever. It was reignited when authorities set up a new command post in the area on Wednesday, after receiving a still unspecified phone tip.

Whatever the caller said was convincing enough to get searchers to scour a brushy area, looking for something that may have been lost to history all this time.

“We had one tip that led us to a search across the highway here for potential evidence from 18 years ago,” confirms Det. Inspector Mark Pritchard. “We realized that it’s a long shot but we’re willing to follow up every tip we get from the public, no matter how insignificant it may seem.”

 

But cops refuse to say what that evidence might be, if they found anything or whether it’s likely to have survived all this time in such a remote spot.   

But it gives them a chance to recount the facts of this incredibly disturbing incident.

It happened on a stiflingly hot night right after the family, who had just returned from a six week vacation, had gone to bed. A killer broke into their home through a back door sometime between 1:30 and 3:30am.

Mother Lora Sousa was beaten and left for dead, eventually recovering in hospital from permanent injuries. Her daughter wasn’t as lucky. The same intruder sexually assaulted the terrified youngster before dragging her out to her own backyard and bludgeoning her with something similar to a crowbar. She died of massive head injuries.

A 9-month-old brother was left unharmed in his crib but grew up never knowing his older sister.

Leah Sousa’s friend discovered the carnage when she came to call on the family the next morning and ran for help.

Cops know the mom tried to get aid during her ordeal, but her broken hand and a destroyed phone prevented any chance of rescue.

The OPP calls this one of the most brutal and vicious cases they’ve ever dealt with – and they’ve never given up trying to solve it. A series of billboards is now up along Highway 11 giving the crime renewed publicity.

But there’s another new clue in this long stalled investigation and it’s something that wouldn’t have been available back in 1990. The OPP say they’re exploring a new avenue of DNA technology with help from American experts, in the effort to identify the killer.

While they’re waiting for sceince to make a difference, police hope the money will loosen some long shut lips. If you know anything about this baffling and terrible killing, call 1-888-310-1122 or Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).

For more on this case, click here.

Title: Re: Leah/Lora Sousa | Sept. 1, 1990 | Age 13/36 | Murdered | Cumberland Beach
Post by: Sunshine31 on June 30, 2014, 03:34:59 PM
I am aware that the article posted is from a few years ago however I wanted to bring Leah's thread to the top of the page as I feel this case deserves attention!
Title: Re: Leah/Lora Sousa | Sept. 1, 1990 | Age 13/36 | Murdered | Cumberland Beach
Post by: debbiec on June 30, 2014, 03:47:46 PM
It appears that the tip didn't lead to anything solid as the article was writtten in 2008.
Title: Re: Leah/Lora Sousa | Sept. 1, 1990 | Age 13/36 | Murdered | Cumberland Beach
Post by: Sunshine31 on June 30, 2014, 04:17:11 PM
 I guess it did not lead to anything solid (not that we know of anyways) but its always good to repost articles as some people might not have seen them the first time around. I have tried many links on this site that do not actually work. The page opens and then the heading "sorry the page you are requesting is no longer available". I hope to get more persons here looking at Leah's case. This one really needs to be solved!!
Title: Re: Leah/Lora Sousa | Sept. 1, 1990 | Age 13/36 | Murdered | Cumberland Beach
Post by: Sunshine31 on September 01, 2014, 07:02:23 PM
24 years today since this horrible crime. Still no arrest(s). Unbelievable!
Title: Re: Leah/Lora Sousa | Sept. 1, 1990 | Age 13/36 | Murdered | Cumberland Beach
Post by: jellybean on November 28, 2016, 06:40:59 PM
If the police strongly believe that the person with information as to this murder, is still living in this area, then what does that say?

People do move about. We do pack up and move to other cities, provinces, etc.

How can they be certain that the person is still living in that area after all of these years have passed, or that a witness is still living?  After all, this horrific crime took place in 1990!

If the cops are giving a message to a specific person, then how can it fly? 
This person got away with it, so whom would they expect to hear from?


I doubt if this plea will bring anything new. 

Just a waste of time...... Go back to the old written records, and put your back to it, track down the people, and start over........ or better yet, use 2016 science, and have the labs look into the genome, and come up with a likeness of the perp, and plaster this likeness all over the place.

It is time that Canada, advances forward with bio tech, like other countries and starts to do the same. 

Until, they do, it is just a waste of time. In my opinion.  And I must say, that anyone with common sense would agree with me.  The chances of solving this crime, with a shout out is very, very slim.

And don't get all excited about the working with the States on solving this, in 2008.  Eight years have passed.  It is time to move forward....

This brutal killing happened in 1990 - give the public a break. We are now in 2016!!
Get with it! Use all science presently available in 2016 to find this monster!
No excuses!!  It is time that Canada grows up, and we quit leaning on the Americans to solve our crimes though their labs!!.  They have enough crimes of their own!!

JB
Title: Re: Leah/Lora Sousa | Sept. 1, 1990 | Age 13/36 | Murdered | Cumberland Beach
Post by: Chrisdiane on April 25, 2017, 12:05:25 AM
Hi everyone its Chris here. ..I keep coming on here hoping to see that sick individual named Mike Mcgray has been charged with this murder. There is no doubt in my mind about this guy doing this. The details this guy gave me were so concise and specific. He had no facial expression while describing it to me...just an evil blank stare. Of course he tried to leave out the sexual assault and was quite surprised when I came back and told him I knew he left a few details out about the girl being sexually assaulted. He tried to downplay it by saying he may have played with her a little bit. The fact he was letting me in his little sick and twisted world in the manner he did is a scary and shocking reflection ogof just how close i came to getting killed myself. I was in Kent max with this guy and every hour our cell doors open for five mins and we can visit other inmates but we are locked together for the next hour. As soon as the door closed this guy would go to great lengths to ensure the window was covered and the bottom of the door sealed with a towel...Id be lying if i said i wasnt shitting my pants. This guy really hasnt had much interaction with other inmates as the vast majority were aware he was a monster and wanted nothing to do with him. I had a perhaps sick or morbid curiosity about the mind of a serial killer and provided this guy with smokes and drugs while I indulged his twisted little story time. I dont know how this guy hasnt been charged with this. I really need closure on this as does the family im sure. I need for another interview to be done with me perhaps ...just to hear some details i may have left out and obviously would have no way of knowing. I believe I told them where to look for the weapon involved and its been located...not sure but i think i read something in that regard. Theres some more things I may have left out thinking they were not important as I just assumed this was a slam dunk. I will bet my life this guy did this. He was suicidal and I honestly cant believe I never got killed by this guy after the stuff he confided in me. I will never be able to get the details of this crime out of my head...they haunt me. I will attempt to do the crimestopper thing again. I should have been more honest from the start when I was interviewed the first time. I was on the fence about talking to the cops as you just dont do that kind of thing having my background. ..im sure people understand. I still remember every little detail the guy said. Some of which ive never seen published and correspond to what has been. I have never been so sure of something in all my life. There are things discussed with this guy of course i will never repeat. I can assure anyone wondering that this guy trusted me to confide in because we had very similar backgrounds and childhoods. He truly made me understand how a serial killer thinks and feels. Of course sexual abuse isnt an easy thing for people to discuss.He had a horrific childhood. But then again so have lots of people. This guy is truly a murder addict..its his drug of choice. Its what he thrives on....hes sick and he knows it...anyways please help me expose this creep for what he is and done.

**edited to remove phone number - Please use PM
Title: Re: Leah/Lora Sousa | Sept. 1, 1990 | Age 13/36 | Murdered | Cumberland Beach
Post by: 2soccermom on August 20, 2017, 09:19:10 AM
Hi Chris --
I think it's very courageous of you to speak out about what you know; I'm sure we can see how it is eating you up inside to have all this knowledge and little support for communicating it. I can only imagine how difficult that must be and how it feels. I haven't really been following Leah's case fully although I'm going to try to catch up. I would suggest contacting LE in Cumberland Beach directly to see if someone can come out to do an in-person interview with you, even if you're not in the area, or arrange for local LE in your area to do this for CB. This is obviously worth pursuing, for many reasons, including your own wellbeing and obviously justice and potential closure in Leah's case. Don't give up until you get to give the interview again. It might be that the person you suspect is not responsible (sick attempt to claim violence not of his own doing) but clearly you have significant info to share and it would be disgusting if LE doesn't give you the chance to (re)tell it. But I really do believe LE in Leah's area or overseeing her area will be responsive - I'm sure they would do anything to help advance this case. But if for some reason not, tell them you'll go to a news organization with the info instead. And then do it.
I imagine this must feel like a heavy burden to carry around, Chris. But all you can do is tell what you know and leave it with LE. You can't feel responsible for solving this case.
I'm sorry that you had a painful childhood (you indicated a similar background experience to MM) but you are obviously someone with a deep sense of justice and care. I wish more people who knew things were willing to speak out. I hope you are practicing good self care (reminding yourself to be good to yourself etc) and thank you for being so vocal. Please do pursue this and let the UC family know if you feel you've been heard by LE.
It would be amazing if your info could actually lead to resolution. We can at least certainly hope for that.
Blessings and best wishes to you.



Title: Re: Leah/Lora Sousa | Sept. 1, 1990 | Age 13/36 | Murdered | Cumberland Beach
Post by: jellybean on August 20, 2017, 05:49:27 PM
This and many other unsolved major crimes might very well be solved if only the government were to form a special agency manned with retired Le and Lab people.They would in all likelihood work for free.It would not hurt some multi rich folk to throw in a few bucks for equipment and expenses.

Many of these cases sit dormant for far to many years . How many loved ones have to go through the years suffering with out answers ? How many killers are out there that have escaped facing justice ? and how many of these killers have committed multiple atrocities ?

I suspect the average person has no idea how many people go missing and how many murders go unsolved.



What a wonderful idea!!

jb