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Title: Lynne Harper - 1959 - Murdered - Clinton
Post by: Desespere on September 23, 2007, 11:01:49 AM
Now that Steven Truscotte has been acquitted of Lynne's sexual assault and murder, I'm posting this here as an unsolved homicide.

Here are some details at the link

http://www.canada.com/montrealgazette/news/story.html?id=05952e5f-d90d-4fe9-9da0-a40d10f58c91&p=2

I want to note that three months to the date before Lynne was last seen - June 9, 1959 - and found June 11, 1959 strangled with her own blouse in Clinton, ON, one hour north of London, ON and near the waters of Lake Erie, also an air force base, a young girl was murdered in Toronto. Patricia Lupton was murdered on March 9, 1959. She too was strangled with a piece of her own clothing, a scarf. Sexual assault was attempted but not successful, she was found in a snowbank less than 2km from her home.

There are several cases of girls being strangled with their own clothing in this and the next decade in and around Ontario, such as ohio and michigan. Sound to me like the killer responsible for Lynne might also be responsible for Patricia.

I hope they reopen Lynne's murder and try to find the real killer.

Title: Re: Lynne Harper - 1959 - Murdered - Clinton
Post by: Adrian on September 23, 2007, 11:41:19 AM


I remember reading a while back, a long while back, that there were sex offenders in the area when that little girl went missing. I don not believe Stephen Truscott did it. He was, what 12, 13, and he gave the girl a ride,on his bike.

There were also vehicles around that area.I read, there were a couple of sex offenders were let out. It was along time ago, but the book covered a lot of basis for me.

This, other than the fact he was the last with her, so they say. I say the killer was the last person and, had his life ruined, by over jealous cops, that just wanted the crime solved, What evidense did the have at all,did they check for wheel marks, fingerprints, whatever?
Title: Re: Lynne Harper - 1959 - Murdered - Clinton
Post by: Chris on September 24, 2007, 12:29:37 AM
Wow! I did not know that. THis is why the police should hire you to investigate these things. These are rare crimes for that era, and they all are simular and relativly close to each other. Good job! (Police.... please take note of Desespere's work here.)

Now that Steven Truscotte has been acquitted of Lynne's sexual assault and murder, I'm posting this here as an unsolved homicide.

Here are some details at the link

http://www.canada.com/montrealgazette/news/story.html?id=05952e5f-d90d-4fe9-9da0-a40d10f58c91&p=2

I want to note that three months to the date before Lynne was last seen - June 9, 1959 - and found June 11, 1959 strangled with her own blouse in Clinton, ON, one hour north of London, ON and near the waters of Lake Erie, also an air force base, a young girl was murdered in Toronto. Patricia Lupton was murdered on March 9, 1959. She too was strangled with a piece of her own clothing, a scarf. Sexual assault was attempted but not successful, she was found in a snowbank less than 2km from her home.

There are several cases of girls being strangled with their own clothing in this and the next decade in and around Ontario, such as ohio and michigan. Sound to me like the killer responsible for Lynne might also be responsible for Patricia.

I hope they reopen Lynne's murder and try to find the real killer.


Title: Re: Lynne Harper - 1959 - Murdered - Clinton
Post by: amIam on February 03, 2010, 05:22:05 PM
I was a 9 year old living in a rural farmland area close to Saint John, NB when 14 yr old Steven Truscott was charged with Lynne Harper's murder.  It was huge news in the media down there and for me, a little kid, and a girl, I was scared skinny.  I remember much talk amongst my parents and other adults about this case.  Perhaps more sensible journalism was being reported there but I remember the adult consenses being that "this poor boy was being railroaded"  My parents were beside themselves when Steven Truscott was convicted and sentenced to hang.
At any rate and perhaps as a result of being old enough to recall this crime as have many Canadians, I have followed this along over the years.  Thankfully, Steven Truscotts death sentence was commuted, otherwise we would never have known the details of the facts in this case.
Sadly though, no one else was every charged with the murder of Lynne Harper.
Title: Re: Lynne Harper - 1959 - Murdered - Clinton
Post by: lostlinganer on June 11, 2010, 04:43:23 PM
I came upon this site today and the information on it blew me away.  I had always convinced myself that Alexander Kalichuk was Lynne Harper.s killer - not Steve Truscott.  What stumps me is why the military went to such lengths to keep Kalichuk out of jail if it wasn't him????  The military knew he was a serial rapist/pedophile...if they had any integrity, they would have put him in a mental institute themselves to protect the public.

....now I read about these three brothers! .... Why am I not surprised this was kept under wraps?....seems the worse these animals are, the more the "system" protects them.  It's like the police want to get somebody put away real quick; before the neighborhood went into vigilante mode or something similar.....plus, they didn't want to have to work in the heat for the rest of the summer.... plain and simple imo.  forlks just go to the link below and read the material available.  The following note is just one item that caught me real quick.



http://www.google.ca/images?hl=en&q=Alexander+Kalichuk&um=1&ie=UTF-8&source=univ&ei=PLYSTOXXDsOblgehtYSRCA&sa=X&oi=image_result_group&ct=title&resnum=4&ved=0CB0QsAQwAw
Title: Re: Lynne Harper - 1959 - Murdered - Clinton
Post by: amIam on June 17, 2010, 03:46:00 PM
I have read every book that was ever printed regarding Lynne Harpers murder and the rail roading of Truscott.  I have also read all the court documents and the recant of the coroner.  Good grief, he was 14 yrs old at the time and was sentenced to hang!

It has always been my opinion that this was yet another military cover up.  The military knew full well that Alexander Kalichuk was the perp.  The records show this.  Wherever he was posted, young women seemed to turn up dead.  They kept shifting him from base to base.  At one point prior to Lynne's murder he was based here in Trenton and caught during in some indecent act .he was fined 10 dollars.  Gawd only knows what he did but it made it's way above the military cover and was public..and that was was back in the 50's. 

Title: Re: Lynne Harper - 1959 - Murdered - Clinton
Post by: Sleuth on January 22, 2011, 01:16:00 PM
Here is a link on timelines.

http://www.citytv.com/toronto/citynews/news/local/article/16215--steven-truscott-case-timeline (http://www.citytv.com/toronto/citynews/news/local/article/16215--steven-truscott-case-timeline)
Title: Re: Lynne Harper - 1959 - Murdered - Clinton
Post by: Have faith on November 19, 2011, 08:18:09 AM
Hi Buster,

Could you please provide proof that GF lived or taught school in the Clinton area in 1959?  I would find this most interesting.

Thanks,
Have faith
Title: Re: Lynne Harper - 1959 - Murdered - Clinton
Post by: Have faith on November 20, 2011, 03:11:56 PM
Thanks for your reply Buster.  I'll need more than hearsay from those posters and I need help in finding record of GF's teaching history before he came to London.  I do know that he graduated with his teaching certificate from Stratford, not from the Normal School in London.

Any help would be appreciated in this regard.  Perhaps the London facebook posters could provide some further info.  I do not use facebook.

Thanks,

Hf

Title: Re: Lynne Harper - 1959 - Murdered - Clinton
Post by: Mom on November 20, 2011, 05:49:21 PM

Here is his profile from the Ontario College of Teachers:

http://www.oct.ca/PublicRegister/memberDetails.aspx?memberID=339150

Title: Re: Lynne Harper - 1959 - Murdered - Clinton
Post by: chickapey on November 20, 2011, 08:04:22 PM
Hi All... A link posted by a friend on facebook regarding Lynne:

http://www.thestar.com/News/Ontario/article/250921#.TslW3nYbQtM.facebook
Title: Re: Lynne Harper - 1959 - Murdered - Clinton
Post by: leonagleant on November 20, 2011, 11:31:05 PM
WOW. So many suspects and pedophiles around who could have killed Lynne according to that news article. This excerpt in particular is a jaw dropper and wish we knew more about this man and what year that would have been:

A minister and "accused sexual offender" who lived in Dungannon, a village just north of the Clinton base.

He has been accused of sexual assault by his grown daughters. One claims that when she was 6, she hid in her father's car and remained there when he took it out for a drive, stopped on a gravel road and opened the trunk. Moments later, she claims she saw him carrying the limp body of a girl towards a grassy, treed area, where he spent about a half an hour before returning to the car alone.

Title: Re: Lynne Harper - 1959 - Murdered - Clinton
Post by: Buster on November 20, 2011, 11:51:56 PM
Leona, I have read that this perp from Dungannon was an electrian and has fixed the family clothes dryer just before the murder....comments?
Title: Re: Lynne Harper - 1959 - Murdered - Clinton
Post by: leonagleant on November 21, 2011, 12:50:17 AM
Well Buster, the article or the spacing in the article makes it ambiguous whether the man was a minister or not, but there was also mention of an electrician who happened to fix the dryer in the Harper home some time before the murder, so he too was a suspect.
Title: Re: Lynne Harper - 1959 - Murdered - Clinton
Post by: Buster on November 21, 2011, 12:58:13 AM
What was the name of the electrian who fixed the Harper's dryer?
Title: Re: Lynne Harper - 1959 - Murdered - Clinton
Post by: leonagleant on November 21, 2011, 01:12:02 AM
I suggest you click on the link to the article that was quoted above by another poster called chickepey. However, the article doesn't name the dryer repair man.
Title: Re: Lynne Harper - 1959 - Murdered - Clinton
Post by: Have faith on November 21, 2011, 04:12:48 PM

Thank you "Mom" for uploading GF's education history.  Hopefully, some info will come out of Clinton, as to whether he lived or taught there.  In the meantime there are other suspects I have never heard about, (other than Kalichuk) as noted in the Toronto Star article posted on this thread, Nov. 20.
Title: Re: Lynne Harper - 1959 - Murdered - Clinton
Post by: amIam on November 25, 2011, 04:30:47 PM
I suggest you click on the link to the article that was quoted above by another poster called chickepey. However, the article doesn't name the dryer repair man.

No the dryer repair man for the DND base was never named,  in any book, anywhere. 
Title: Re: Lynne Harper - 1959 - Murdered - Clinton
Post by: Sunshine31 on May 17, 2015, 04:45:27 PM
http://www.goderichsignalstar.com/2015/01/04/the-search-for-lynne-harper

The search for Lynne Harper   By David Yates, For The Signal Star

Sunday, January 4, 2015 10:35:45 EST PM
     
This file photo shows where her lifeless body was found in Lawson’s Bush on June 11, 1959. Her killer has never been found, a mystery that still haunts her family and Huron County to this date. (QMI Agency file photo)
 
  Lynne Harper was raped and murdered. Her lifeless body was found in Lawson’s Bush on June 11, 1959.

 

The subsequent autopsy determined that she had been strangled with her own blouse. These are the only undisputed facts in what history calls the Truscott case.

The story of Steven Truscott, charged at age 14 with first-degree murder in the death of Lynne Harper is an oft-told tale. His trial, conviction and death sentence in the Goderich Courthouse need not be recounted here.

Although Truscott told journalist Bill Trent that he “hardly knew her [Harper], we were classmates but she was not among my friends,” their names would be forever linked. For too long, Lynne Harper has been the background prop in the longest legal drama in Canadian history.

Of the several books written on the Truscott-Harper case, it is difficult to determine who was Lynne Harper. It is easier to ascertain what she ate for her last meal than it is to find out what she was like as a young girl.

For the record, according to Isabel LaBourdais’ The Trial of Steven Truscott (1966), Dr. Penistan’s autopsy conducted in a Clinton ‘undertaker’s establishment’ determined that she had eaten white turkey, dressing, potatoes, peas, upside down cake with ham and bologna. Although the state of decomposition of her stomach contents would become tremendously important evidence during the trial, they reveal nothing about Lynne Harper.

What is known is that Cheryl Lynne Harper was born on August 31, 1946. Her parents, Flying Officer Leslie and Shirley Harper, were originally from New Brunswick. Lynne was the middle of three children. She had an older brother Barry in Grade 11 at Central Huron Secondary School and a younger five-year-old brother Jeffrey.

As the daughter of a commissioned officer, Lynne’s family formed part of the upper class of garrison society. While at R.C.A.F. Station Clinton, the Harper’s lived in the Permanent Married Quarters on Victoria Boulevard. She was a Grade 7 student at the A.V.M. Hugh Campbell School.

Maitland Edgar, who taught both Lynne and Steven in a split Gr. 7/8 class, recalls that Lynne was a “high spirited” girl. She was independent, determined and “quite forward” in her opinions. There was nothing disrespectful or ‘distasteful about her,” in fact, according to Edgar, she was very “well brought up.” However, he did have to ‘place’ her in the seat in front of the teacher’s desk to restrain her energetic disposition. Truscott, in comparison, sat in the back row by the window.

Her father, Leslie, was a teacher before enlisting in the R.C.A.F. in 1940. It can be assumed that a love for learning was instilled in the Harper children. Lynne was an “above average student” in all her subjects but, despite her small stature, she excelled in physical education.

On Lynne’s last afternoon, Miss Helen Blair, a Gr. 4 teacher at A.V.M. Campbell school and baseball coach gave her a ride home after an after school ballgame.

At home, she had dinner and wanted to go for a swim at the Officers’ Mess pool. As she needed parental accompaniment, she could not enter without a pass. Her determination to get a pass anyway led her to knock on the door of the pool supervisor, Mayor Johnson. Lacking adult supervision, a pass was refused and so she went home to help her mother with the dishes. According to Julian Sher’s book Until You Are Dead (2001), Lynne was a ‘dutiful daughter’ and helped her mother with housework often because of Shirley’s rheumatism.

The last time Shirley Harper saw her daughter alive was watching Lynne walk up Victoria Boulevard and turn down Winnipeg Road.

As Lynne was an active Brownie, she went to the schoolyard to watch the Girl Guide meeting. It was there that she approached a classmate, Steven Truscott, and started a conversation with him. Steven later claimed that she was more chatty than usual and asked him to give her a ‘lift’ to Highway 8.

In the most fateful bike ride in history, Truscott dropped Harper off at Highway 8 and after looking over his shoulder saw Lynne get into a car. It was the last time anyone would claim to have seen Lynne Harper alive.

In Bill Trent’s book Who Killed Lynne Harper? (1979). He repeats the ridiculous rumour that Lynne, at age 12, was dating some of the airmen, as if, somehow, she can be blamed for what happened to her.

It was an independent spirit combined with the trusting innocence of a twelve-year-old girl that impelled Lynne Harper to accept a ride in a stranger’s car. It was a car ride that would end in unimaginable horror.

Her concerned father reported her disappearance to the base Guardhouse about 10:30 that evening. Shirley and Leslie Harper asked friends and neighbours about the whereabouts of their daughter. The next day, June 10th, a few officers assembled and made a casual search of the area. They passed within yards of Lynne’s body.

On June 11, the O.P.P and military launched a massive search involving 250 police, airmen and local civilian volunteers. Maitland Edgar recalls his class, Truscott amongst them, watching the search parties comb the area from their classroom window. Within a short time, Edgar stated, they heard the sirens and knew a body had been found.

Edgar still remembers with emotion attending Lynne’s funeral service with her class at the base chapel. Girl Guides provided an honour guard for the casket. Another Girl Guide honour guard stood to attention outside Trivitt Church in Exeter, as the funeral procession took Lynne to her final resting place in the Unionville Cemetery.

The most enduring tragedy of the Harper-Truscott case is that there will be no closure for the Harper family. There are no websites or organizations demanding justice for Lynne Harper. There is no monetary settlement for the Harper family to compensate for their half century of suffering. That, in the end, is the ultimate tragedy.

Title: Re: Lynne Harper - 1959 - Murdered - Clinton
Post by: Sunshine31 on May 19, 2015, 08:35:18 PM
On June 9, 2015 it will be 56 years since that night that Lynne Harper was picked up at the corner of the County Road and Highway 8.  Now with Steven Truscott exonerated from this crime, I wonder if they will ever be able to find the killer of this young 12 year old girl. This was a very brutal crime and a violent attack on a child. I can't believe that so many of these crimes go unsolved for so long. I was at Lynne's grave the other day in the village of Union, and I could not help but think of how senseless this murder was. Poor little girl,  RIP Lynne
Title: Re: Lynne Harper - 1959 - Murdered - Clinton
Post by: jellybean on May 19, 2015, 08:49:01 PM
How  very thoughtful and kind of you to go to Lynne's grave, Sunshine31. Her spirit would know that she is remembered by your very presence.

In my own opinion, whomever did this is probably no longer living in amongst us. There is always that Final Judgement that everyone has to face.  His may not be kind.
RIP little Lynn Harper.
jb
Title: Re: Lynne Harper - 1959 - Murdered - Clinton
Post by: jellybean on May 20, 2015, 06:35:27 AM
about the rumour of Lynn sleeping around with Airmen, I am not surprised. Meaning that bases were quick to gossip and often it was ugly.  My Dad was in the Air Force, and some old biddy saw me talking to a chap who was doing construction in the pmq's.  Sure enough, word got around that I slept with construction guys.  I was 12 years of age!!

Optics were everything.  I'll never forget that!!  Thankfully the rumour faded away. Guess they found some other child to pick on. 

We heard about Steven as well, we were transferred to France, and not one of us in my family believed it for a minute.  Having lived through a vicious rumour ourselves, we were quick to come to his defence to anyone on the base in France who believed such a thing. Luckily few believed it.

JB


Title: Re: Lynne Harper - 1959 - Murdered - Clinton
Post by: George Fayne on June 03, 2018, 01:55:10 PM
It seems that folks are so fixated on the whole Steven Truscott business that many details pertinent to the Lynne Harper case have been forgotten.  Her death was clearly part of a larger series of necrophiliac killings that seemed strangely common in Southwestern Ontario at this time.  She went missing on the evening of June 9th, 1959 and was discovered on the afternoon of June 11th, 1959.

To summarize some of the physical evidence*:


My sources are:  Until You are Dead by Julian Sher, this document explaining the Ontario Court of Appeal's decision to exonerate Truscott (https://www.attorneygeneral.jus.gov.on.ca/english/about/pubs/truscott/section4.php), as well as this document detailing Truscott's 1967 appeal attempt (attached).

*which was notoriously mucked up in the Truscott investigation.  This, of course, confuses things.