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Title: Karen Caughlin (14) - Murder - Sarnia, ON - March 16, 1974
Post by: Chris on September 24, 2007, 12:20:20 PM
The Government of the Province of Ontario is offering a reward in the amount of fifty thousand dollars ($50,000) for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person(s) responsible for the murder of Karen CAUGHLIN.

On the early morning of March 16, 1974, Karen CAUGHLIN, age 14, was dropped off on Brock Street South in SARNIA, Ontario, in front of her girlfriend?s house. She never entered the residence and her body was discovered later that day in a shallow ditch at the edge of a gravel side road a few miles northwest of the Town of PETROLIA, Ontario.

Any person having information regarding the person(s) responsible for the murder of Karen CAUGHLIN should communicate immediately with the Director of the Criminal Investigations Branch, Ontario Provincial Police at 1-888-310-1122 or (705) 329-6111, their nearest police authority, or Crime Stoppers.

This reward will be apportioned as deemed just by the Minister of Community Safety and Correctional Services for the Province of Ontario and the Commissioner of the Ontario Provincial Police.

Julian Fantino,
Commissioner
http://www.police.sarnia.on.ca/unsolvedhomicides.asp?fldTITLE=Karen%20Caughlin (http://www.police.sarnia.on.ca/unsolvedhomicides.asp?fldTITLE=Karen%20Caughlin)



Video about this case
Karen's Story (http://vimeo.com/13187175)

http://www.fixmagazine.ca/about.html (http://www.fixmagazine.ca/about.html)
Title: Re: Karen Caughlin (14) - Murder - Sarnia, ON - March 16, 1974
Post by: kindheart on January 30, 2008, 02:59:04 PM
Way to go Kathy!!! They MUST keep this unit in place.
~kindheart

No plans to disband cold case squad
OPP inspector says unit might even expand beyond Ontario
Posted By Scott Dunn
Posted 37 mins ago

The Ontario provincial police inspector who oversees the force?s cold case squad expects it to be around for at least another year.
Dave Cardwell, a deputy-director in the Criminal Investigation Branch in London who oversees the Historical Investigations Unit, said
Thursday he expects the squad's term will be extended for another six months come April "and the following six months I honestly don?t see any changes again."

Cardwell?s remarks came a day after Kathy Caughlin sent an e-mail to OPP Commissioner Julian Fantino, among others, pleading on behalf of victims for the cold case squad to continue its work. The long-grieving woman, who has never given up hope her sister?s killer will be brought to justice, contacted the commissioner after reading on The Sun Times website the series about unsolved local mysteries that was published in December. Caughlin lives in Calgary.

Some officers in the six-member OPP Historical Investigations Unit told The Sun Times they were worried the squad might not survive,
given Fantino?s stated priority of tackling violent crime and road safety issues. Caughlin?s 14-year-old sister, Karen Caughlin, was found dead, beaten unrecognizable, 34 years ago near Petrolia, Ont. Before Historical Investigations Unit detectives got involved, she said tips passed on to police would sit on an investigator?s desk for months without being pursued. People who gave the tips started telling the family police never followed up on them.

Caughlin said 28 years passed without hearing from police despite requests to be updated on developments. Then in 2003, out of the
blue, police contacted her family with a request to meet with them.In 2005, tests confirmed police have DNA evidence, thanks to
technology which has emerged in recent years.Caughlin?s letter expressed surprise the cold case squad has had to apply for six-month extensions since it was formed three years ago. If the squad is shut down, she and the 64 other families whose missing or dead loved ones on the squad?s radar would lose all hope of justice, she said.?Will our hopes be subject to six-month reviews alongside the
operation of the Historical Homicide Unit?? the letter says. ?This will be yet another difficult emotional rollercoaster ride to endure,
as our hopes for justice hang in the balance.? Cardwell said if ?different techniques? to investigate cold cases arise, he couldn?t say what would happen to the squad. But for now ?there is no current plan to disband it.? The OPP recently introduced a results-driven policing ?accountability framework.? The goal is to better allocate resources to meet the commissioner?s priorities, the 2007 OPP business plan says.
 
Cardwell said the efficiency and success of the squad must be evaluated regularly. "The focus that the commissioner has set out is
we have to show that this is efficient and it's an optimal way of doing business for us and it supports the front line. And the answer
to that is yes it does." There is top-to-bottom review of OPP operations which is reporting this year and questions of whether to expand the squad beyond southern Ontario should be addressed by the end of this year, Cardwell added. ?Are we looking at it? Definitely.?
The OPP Historical Investigations Unit grew out of the solving of the Lynda Shaw case in 2005 under the direction of Det.-Insp. Randy Rosiak. Shaw, a University of Western Ontario engineering student, was raped and murdered in 1990. Her body was found in the bush, four kilometres from her car, which had been abandoned along Highway 401. In 2005, police matched crime scene DNA with DNA the suspect himself had provided years earlier. But her killer committed suicide in 1994 and never faced charges.

Article ID# 873153
http://www.owensoundsuntimes.com/ArticleDisplay.aspx?e=873153&auth=Scott+Dunn
Title: Re: Karen Caughlin (14) - Murder - Sarnia, ON - March 16, 1974
Post by: Chris on January 30, 2008, 11:37:09 PM
I hope they keep it up. Or merge it with the RCMP who could do a national cold case division. at least it makes the killers feel the heat, and that must be a horrible feeling always wondering if this is the day they get busted.
Title: Re: Karen Caughlin (14) - Murder - Sarnia, ON - March 16, 1974
Post by: kindheart on January 31, 2008, 12:30:07 AM
As far as i am aware, but i may be wrong but i think they can get "hits" on unknowns, but you need the suspects DNA to get break... If one case say from an Windsor B&E enters the system, hoping for a DNA match to a name, and then another from say Leduc related to a homicide does the same-they may get a hit as being the same DNA but have no ones name to match it to.Either way, that creates leads in terms of geography and potential suspects, no matter how many years or miles apart. ;D

National DNA Database cases on profile;
http://www.nddb-bndg.org/cases_e.htm

National DNA Database report;
http://www.nddb-bndg.org/train/docs/annual_report_2006-2007_e.pdf
Title: Re: Karen Caughlin (14) - Murder - Sarnia, ON - March 16, 1974
Post by: Karens Voice on February 06, 2008, 10:11:18 AM
Thank you for your continued and much needed support.  Cold Case families have a battle ahead of us to keep the OPP's Historical Homicide Unit running.  The OPP state the Unit will remain open for at least the next year...then state the Unit may expand...then state it will be subject to efficiency reviews to decide its' fate.  This is called talking in double meaning and getting the press off your ass!  My letter has yet to be responded to by Commissioner Fantino and I am going after a long term commitment from him.  One year in a Cold Case investigation means "nothing."  Investigators in any homicide investigation follow methodical protocols.  For example...while I was home this past summer (2007) to hang Crime Stopper's posters I received alot of tips directly from the public.  These tips are still under investigation and they were received 6-months ago.  I have posted my letter below to help you understand this issue a little better. 

My Letter on Behalf of all Cold Case Victims and Their Families~~~~~
January 23, 2008


Ontario Provincial Police
The Commissioner?s Office
777 Memorial Ave.
Orillia, Ont.  L3V 7V3

Subject:  OPP Historical Homicide Unit ? The Voiceless Victims

Commissioner Fantino:

My name is Kathy Caughlin, I am writing to you regarding the future of the Ontario Provincial Police?s Historical Homicide Investigations Unit. My 14-year-old sister Karen Caughlin is amongst the many victims whose lives were brutally ended at the hands of unidentified killers. My family was never advised the OPP?s Historical Homicide Investigations Unit was a temporary project attached to a 3-year mandate. Needless to say we were emotionally unprepared.  We are very concerned about the recent media release outlining the undefined future of your Cold Case Unit. In the coming months as you examine the worthiness of the Unit; please realize that our hopes for justice hang in the balance.  I feel a grave issue such as this cannot be fairly reviewed without deliberations from the people who?s lives it will have a profound affect on?the survivors of unsolved homicides who live with the daily torment of no accountability and years of endless mourning.

Canada?s New Government has demonstrated tremendous respect for this country?s victims of crime, through the recent appointment of Canada?s first Federal Ombudsman for Victims of Crime, a long overdue investment in victims? support services that will make a significant difference in their Journey for Justice.
In 2005, the Federal government made a prior investment and conducted research into the needs of cold case families to better assist us in our Journey for Justice. A bold acknowledgement to cold case victims and their families who have been riding the back of the justice bus for far to long.  We are a group of people that suffer the most in the land of injustice. The anguish is a life sentence when murderers are still living free as a breeze. We are trapped inside a cage of suspended grief, an experience only comprehendible to those who live it. Justification of ?money? spent, brings no confidence or sense of compassion or significance to voiceless victims and their families in the aftermath of unidentified killers.  We are very troubled that we are about to endure another roadblock in our journey for justice.   
   
Cold Case Investigators are unfairly deemed presumptuous regarding the resolve of these cases when other investigators failed.  There are various mitigating circumstances attached to unsolved homicides.  Whatever the reasons behind a failed investigation, the end result is victimization.  The police are the only people who have the power and resources to change this outcome for the victims who have paid the ultimate price at the hands of their killers and for their families who live in the hell of no resolve. 

Commissioner Fantino, if I may share with you my family?s experience over the course of the last 34-years.  There is positive and negative to what we have experienced but perhaps if both aspects are taken into consideration, it can be used in a beneficial way. The murder of my sister Karen Caughlin has remained unsolved for 34-years, under the control of the Ontario Provincial Police. It is one of the oldest unsolved homicides in the province of Ontario. 

SNAPSHOT:
1) Her case was actively investigated from March of 1974 to 1976.
2) 1977 to 1999 Karen?s case was shelved and no investigative measures were taken.
3) 1999 the OPP began submitting crime scene exhibits to the Toronto Centre of Forensic Science in search of suspect DNA.
4) In October of 2003 the OPP contacts my family after 28-years of silence.
5) In March of 2005 the Toronto Centre of Forensic Science obtained suspect DNA.  This successful outcome took 6 very long years.
6) All avenues, tips and resources have yet to be exhausted after 34-years.

 The number of years attached to unsolved homicides represents a degree of deception to most except for the families who live with the reality of its? true definition. With consideration of how long a cold case was actually actively investigated in conjunction with inactivity; is a reality to only the families who remain in a moment of time controlled by a killer. The outcome for my family is, over a 34-year period Karen?s case has been actively investigated for approximately 2-hours per week. 
I am in agreement that there is a ?limit? to how long police can reasonably spend on cases that may be 15 or more years old.  However, the ?limit? certainly cannot be judged in measurement of years in order for reasonable conclusions to be reached.
Technology is what a lot of these cases have been waiting for yet now it is a cost issue.  Many investigations could have been left by the way side because current crime issues from prior decades took priority?only proving to be the end of the investigation?as in Karen?s case. When technology has proven to heat a cold case because significant evidence is uncovered: are we to expect these important developments will become subject of a back seat investigation?  You have come so far yet you are turning back now?  It doesn?t seem reasonable to take ten steps forward followed by twenty steps backwards.  Are our murdered loved ones becoming a chronic after thought in our justice system? 
     
A vital, crucial phase of solving historical homicides is:  life must be brought back to the victims and the circumstances of the crimes that ended their lives. The public?s assistance is essential to the resolve of cases that have been on ice for decades. This responsibility falls on family members, as it should, for the police certainly do not have the time or funding for this undertaking.  I can advise from the experience, this is an extremely painful and ?timely? process. Families are putting forth tireless efforts resulting in hundreds of TIPS to the investigations. But, we can?t continue to keep our murdered loved ones alive in the public eye, keep moving forward in our journey for justice if the OPP is seriously considering moving backwards in their approach to solving cold cases.
 
My family has previously experienced (2004 to 2005) Karen?s investigation outside the Historical Homicide Unit under the structure of back seat investigating. We know what happens to an investigation when focus, efficiency and precedence are not a requisite in solving Cold Cases. Investigators are only human and there are only so many hours in a day.  TIPS pile up on an officer?s desk because he/she is expected to deal with current crime issues. TIPS are subject to aging along with the investigation itself.   After a significant period of time (months) tipsters are compelled to contact family members with their TIPS because they believe the OPP has lost their information. The ?confidence and trust? the victims? families and the community are supposed to have for the OPP quickly dissolves. The anxiety for families under this type of arrangement is truly beyond words. The degree of stress for assigned investigators must be vast. 

I have enclosed a photo of a child? a client of the Historical Homicide Investigations Unit. If I had obtainable photos of all the cold case victims, they certainly would be included.
Karen was a beautiful 14-year old child. Look at the life in her eyes and the innocence of her smile.  This is what Karen looked like before her killers were finished with her.  Her beaten, broken, crushed 90lb body was dumped in a ditch like a piece of garbage on the night of March 16, 1974, outside the Town of Petrolia, Ontario. Left unrecognizable to her family.  Her killers walked away? went on with life?like she was insignificant. It is unknown at this point whether Karen?s killers have killed again?

Families should not be forced to endure the inefficiency and cruelty of back seat investigations.  The OPP?s Historical Homicide Investigations Unit, in service under the dedication, focus and relentless efforts of the officers who operate it, signifies commemoration for the voiceless men, women and children of undying injustice. Today our ? hopes for resolve? are under the monetary microscope.  If the future of this specialized unit is NO future, the Scale of Justice will once again be tipped towards the advantage of criminals. Families will continue to endure the crippling effects of the unknown, which leaves us with the inability to heal. Unidentified murderers will be calmed and reassured of their continued freedom knowing they are again at the bottom of the justice chain.
 
I am pleading with you, on behalf of all the victims and their families that you permit the men/women of the Historical Homicide Investigations Unit to continue their diligent work to find Justice for our murdered loved ones. We need to know that the Ontario Provincial Police are not giving up, so we can continue on our Journey for Justice.  If the police renounce ?where does that leave us?  Please don?t push us back to the back of the bus or request that we get off at the next stop.

Commissioner Fantino, I would deeply appreciate you addressing this serious issue at your earliest possible convenience.  How will we be notified if our ?hopes? are to be terminated?   This will be yet another difficult emotional roller coaster ride to endure, as our hopes for justice hang in the balance!  If God had an address he would be copied in on this letter. 
 

Sincerely,


Kathy Caughlin

Encl: photo


Cc: Honourable Steve Harper, Prime Minister of Canada
      Honourable Dalton McGuinty, Premier of Ontario
      Honourable Chris Bentley, Ministry of the Attorney General
      Honourable Steve Sullivan, Ombudsman for Victims of Crime
      Honourable Jack Layton, Leader, NDP Party
      Honourable Stephan Dion, Leader, Liberal Party
      Honourable Rick Bartolucci, Minister of Community Safety & Correctional Services
      Honourable John Tory, Leader, P.C. Party
      Honourable Robert Runciman, Leader of the Opposition     
      Mr. Bob Baily, MPP Sarnia Lambton
      Ms. Patricia Davidson, MP Sarnia Lambton
      Your Worship Mike Bradley,Mayor of Sarnia,Chair/Sarnia Police  Commission         
      Mr. Murray Chitra, Chair, Ontario Civilian Commission on Police Services     
      Detective Chief Superintendent Bob Goodall, CIB/Ontario Provincial Police
      Detective Superintendent Mark Van Zant, CIB/Ontario Provincial Police
      Detective Insp.Ian Maule, CIB/Case Manager/Historical Homicide Unit, Ontario Provincial Police
      Detective Constable Mike Vorshuk, Historical Homicide Unit, Ontario Provincial Police
      Det-Insp Randy Rosiak, Former Case Manager/Historical Homicide Unit, Ontario Provincial Police
      Detective Constable Mark Dew, Sarnia Lambton Crime Stoppers, Ontario Provincial Police
      Mr. Gary Rosenfeldt, Director/Victims of Violence     
      Mr. Heidi Illingworth, Executive Director/Canadian Resource Center for Victims of Crime     
      Ms. Colleen Simms, Executive Director/Victim Services, Sarnia Lambton     
      The Sun Times, Owen Sound, Ontario
      Sarnia Observer
      Sarnia This Week
      London Free Press
      Toronto Sun
      Toronto Star     
      Globe and Mail
      Windsor Star
     
Title: Re: Karen Caughlin (14) - Murder - Sarnia, ON - March 16, 1974
Post by: Chris on February 07, 2008, 12:33:44 AM
Wow, what a great job! Yes this is a very important subject and I am so glad you took the iniative to send that to all those people. It would be a huge disappointment if they shut this down for it would demonstrate a lack of faith or concern for the cases that site cold.

If anything, they should EXPAND this and fund it better so evidence can be processed in weeks rather then years.

Thanks for posting this here, keep up updated when you can.

Chris
Title: Re: Karen Caughlin (14) - Murder - Sarnia, ON - March 16, 1974
Post by: Carol-Lynn on February 07, 2008, 10:07:01 AM
Hi Karen welcome to the board,I am glad you joined and told us your story.I wish you all the best in your fight.
Title: Re: Karen Caughlin (14) - Murder - Sarnia, ON - March 16, 1974
Post by: Karens Voice on February 08, 2008, 06:51:33 AM
Thanks Carol-Lynn for your warm welcome and your best wishes.  This is a very common mistake but I am Kathy, Karen's sister.  Our fight will truly end the day Karen's life is honoured through Justice!  Then my family can finish grieving for her and say goodbye....until we meet again. 
Karen's killers will never do the amount of time inside a prison, compared to the prison my family has been in since Karen's horrible death. An eye for an eye would be acceptable!


Title: Re: Karen Caughlin (14) - Murder - Sarnia, ON - March 16, 1974
Post by: Carol-Lynn on February 08, 2008, 10:39:52 AM
And a tooth for a tooth.I Pray you will find justice for her and your family.
Title: Re: Karen Caughlin (14) - Murder - Sarnia, ON - March 16, 1974
Post by: Karens Voice on January 16, 2009, 06:36:03 AM
Just thought I would let everyone know especially the people who have unsolved murder cases in the province of Ontario that the OPP's Historical Homicide Unit has and continues to expand through out the province.  This is great news for those of us that are "counting" on the Unit to stay active.  Due to present day crime issues this is the only chance we have to one day get "Justice" for our loved ones whose lives were brutally ended at the hands of killers who still live free from accountability.  The Unit has already experienced some successes and continues to focus on cold case victims throughout Ontario within OPP jurisdiction.
 
My advise to anyone who has a murdered loved one is to persist and push for Justice with the investigating police depts.  Do what you have to do generate TIPS in your cases...hang posters....web-sites...etc.  My family has posted over 8000 posters over 4-years and the TIPS are still coming in.  Unfortunately we have not yet received the ONE TIP that will end our "Journey for Justice for my sister Karen.  It is a horrible life long roller coaster ride to be on, not knowing what happened to someone you loved and the person or persons responsible have gone on with their own cruel, miserable existence.  As Mr. Manion, in the Kathy Wilson case chose to do with his life and now his own children will suffer because of it.  My prayers go out to the innocent lives that will be affected by these outcomes but JUSTICE must prevail for the innocent lives taken at the hands of cold blooded killers. 

My family will not give up until Karen's killers are held accountable!!!!
Title: Re: Karen Caughlin (14) - Murder - Sarnia, ON - March 16, 1974
Post by: Chris on January 27, 2009, 01:06:09 PM
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My advise to anyone who has a murdered loved one is to persist and push for Justice with the investigating police depts

Good point. I agree that this does help get cases solved. Good work!
Title: Re: Karen Caughlin (14) - Murder - Sarnia, ON - March 16, 1974
Post by: Nemesis on February 06, 2010, 01:57:19 PM
CIB Unsolved Investigations: Karen Caughlin (http://www.opp.ca/cibui/html/displaycase.php?id=17)

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Karen was 14 yrs old at the time of her death. She was a grade 9 student at Sarnia Collegiate Institute and Technical School in Sarnia. Described at 5 ft 5 in tall (167cm) and weighing 106 lbs (46kgs), she had long (mid-back) dark brown hair and hazel eyes. She was wearing a pair of GWG blue jeans and an off-white sweater, with a Mickey Mouse watch on her wrist.

Ontario Provincial Police Criminal Investigation Branch (http://www.opp.ca/ecms/index.php?id=434)
Title: Re: Karen Caughlin (14) - Murder - Sarnia, ON - March 16, 1974
Post by: Sleuth on February 06, 2010, 02:59:11 PM
I'm putting up a picture of this once vibrant girl to remind everyone what the world lost when someone took it upon themselves to commit a heinous act. If anyone out there knows something, even after all these years, that little something that keeps recurring to you, it means something! so please pick up the phone and call someone who can take what you know and fit it into the puzzle pieces. A killer has gone about his life, make someone accountable for their unmitigated actions.

Title: Re: Karen Caughlin (14) - Murder - Sarnia, ON - March 16, 1974
Post by: Chris on February 06, 2010, 07:18:52 PM
Thanks for the link.
Title: Re: Karen Caughlin (14) - Murder - Sarnia, ON - March 16, 1974
Post by: Nemesis on February 07, 2010, 11:49:52 AM
Rose Gardens was located on the west side of Canatra Park (http://maps.google.ca/maps?source=s_q&hl=en&q=Canatara+Park&sll=42.96699,-82.404555&sspn=0.003886,0.00692&dirflg=w&ie=UTF8&hq=Canatara+Park&hnear=Canatara+Park&cd=1&geocode=FdAukAId96kW-w&z=14). The rink closed in 1974.

Karen was dropped off in front of 238 Brock Street South. Karen lived at 171 Brock Street South.

Brock Street South, Sarnia, Ontario (http://maps.google.ca/maps?f=d&source=s_d&saddr=238+Brock+St+S,+Sarnia,+ON&daddr=171+Brock+St+S,+Sarnia,+ON&geocode=FbCbjwId_5oW-ykxlXlM2ZwliDHSFCk05868Nw%3B&hl=en&mra=ls&dirflg=w&sll=42.965936,-82.404609&sspn=0.007772,0.01384&ie=UTF8&z=17)

This is what the weather conditions likely were the day Karen was murdered.

Hourly Data Report for March 16, 1974 (http://climate.weatheroffice.gc.ca/climateData/hourlydata_e.html?timeframe=1&Prov=XX&StationID=4789&Year=1974&Month=3&Day=16)

OPP has released photographs (http://www.opp.ca/cibui/html/cases/1974/2003052/4895080f10d7ce0129eb03c61a640b6d.pdf) and maps (http://www.opp.ca/cibui/html/cases/1974/2003052/88100e73e767f59c5e89c6406451e895.pdf) regarding this unsolved murder.

   
Title: Re: Karen Caughlin (14) - Murder - Sarnia, ON - March 16, 1974
Post by: Karens Voice on March 06, 2010, 09:05:11 AM
UPDATED: OPP TURNS UP HEAT ON COLD CASE

(http://)
JACK POIRIER

The Observer

Having recently cracked two of Ontario's highest profile cold cases, provincial police have set their sights on the 36-year-old unsolved homicide of a Sarnia teen.

The Ontario Provincial Police Criminal Investigations Branch has scheduled a March 8 media conference at the Lambton OPP headquarters in Petrolia to discuss the historical homicide of Karen Caughlin. It comes eight days before the 36th anniversary of her death.


The 14-year-old's battered body was found on March 16, 1974, in a shallow ditch off what is now Plowing Match Road near Petrolia.

"We're making some good advances in many of our cases," Det. Insp. Ian Maule of the OPP's unsolved homicide investigations team said Tuesday, adding police are "actively investigating" the Caughlin murder.

Maule said next week's news conference will reveal new information in the case with the goal of stimulating public interest and fresh leads.

"Every time we do a major media outburst on the case we do receive more tips," he said.

Police officials will also announce a new initiative in the case. A $50,000 reward is still being offered for information leading to an arrest and conviction in Caughlin's death.

Maule said police do have "persons of interest" in the case, while others have been eliminated as suspects because of DNA evidence.

Police believe Caughlin was killed at another location, before her body was dumped west of Petrolia on Plowing Match Road, between Churchill and Lasalle.

Purple paint chips found at the scene were traced back to 1970 and 1971 high performance Chrysler vehicles, such as Chargers, Darts, Challengers, Dusters, Demons and Swingers.
Her purse was found in a third location, on Highway 21, about five kilometers from where her body, lying in a pool of blood, was found by a passing motorist.

An autopsy confirmed internal hemorrhaging as the cause of death and her body was covered with cuts and bruises.

Karen's sister, Kathy Caughlin, still chokes back tears thinking about her freckle-faced kid sister.

Her flowing hair and charming smile were hard to ignore, and her funeral was one of the largest Sarnia has ever seen.

Caughlin said the family still hopes justice will be served for Karen. When police contacted her with details of the March 8 news conference she became emotional, she said.

"I'm very touched by the interest of this investigator (Maule) in my sister's case," she said Tuesday.

"We are hoping, of course, that this will assist police in solving the case. Hope is fragile but hard to kill."

The unsolved homicide unit's track record has been pretty impressive the past two years.

In June 2008, Maule and his investigators announced an arrest in the 1983 murder of Petrolia's Velma Thomson. The 70-year-old widow was found stabbed to death in her home. Police have charged an Owen Sound man with first-degree murder and aggravated sexual assault. He was 15 at the time of Thomson's death.

In January 2009, police arrested 61-year-old Barry Manion for the 1970 murder of 12-year-old Katherine May Wilson on the outskirts of Kirkland Lake. The convicted killer later hung himself in his jail cell.

jpoirier@theobserver.ca

Article ID# 2473197
Title: Re: Karen Caughlin (14) - Murder - Sarnia, ON - March 16, 1974
Post by: Sleuth on March 06, 2010, 01:29:08 PM
Thank you Karens Voice for posting the newspaper article. That is an interesting article and shed's more light on that awful event. We will keep our fingers crossed that someone steps up to the plate and gives the Police information that they have been holding back. Do you know what time Karen was last seen and where?
Title: Re: Karen Caughlin (14) - Murder - Sarnia, ON - March 16, 1974
Post by: Karens Voice on March 07, 2010, 01:03:03 AM
My sister was last seen at 12:50 am on March 16, 1974 when she was dropped off in front of her girlfriend's house where she planned to spend the night.  Her girlfriend's house was a block away from our residence on Brock Street south in Sarnia, Ontario.  She never entered her girlfriend's residence and she never made it home.  She was found 9 hours later in a ditch on an isolated dirt road near the town of Petrolia. The place where her murder took place is not known for she was already deceased before her killers dumped her on the side of the road like a piece of garbage.  Karen's cold case is heating up and my family feels they are getting closurer to capturing the pieces of sh$%& that have gone on with their own lives for 36-years on March 16, 2010.
Again, I encourage families like mine to start riding the asses of their local police departments....start hanging posters to generate public TIP information.  We are doing bumper stickers this summer for Karen.  We have been at this for 7-years now and have hung up in access of 8000 Crimestoppers posters and it is paying off.  Karen's case is a priority with the OPP and we will be there to make sure it remains a priority until someone is accountable for brutally murdering our young, innocent, beautiful sister.  More and more police departments are generating their own cold case squads and this is where policing has come a long way in the past 10-years.  The OPP have an awesome new web-site and the section for their unsolved homicides is very high tech.
www.opp.ca    Go to their crime files section then go to unsolved investigations.   
     
Title: Re: Karen Caughlin (14) - Murder - Sarnia, ON - March 16, 1974
Post by: Sleuth on March 07, 2010, 01:46:00 AM
Thanks for the information Karens Voice. You wrote killers........in the plural, you think it was more than one person involved?

One hundred yards from the side of the road to Karen's girlfriends front door and Karen vanished? Right off the bat that tells me some one lied when questioned.

Yes I do understand your anger at someone going about living their life while a lovely young girl who was about to bloom into a beautiful adult was cut short in such a brutal manner. I hope this person is living a shitty life.

I salute you and yours for keeping at the Police and thinking outside the box to keep this case in the forefront of people's minds.
Where may we obtain bumper stickers and posters for those who wish to help?

Yes you are correct when you say the OPP now has a better web site, about time they came into the new millennium, a decade late, but better late than never.

God Bless and God speed. My prayers are with you.
Title: Re: Karen Caughlin (14) - Murder - Sarnia, ON - March 16, 1974
Post by: Karens Voice on March 07, 2010, 10:33:47 AM
NO CHILD KILLER SHOULD TAKE SOLACE IN THE PASSAGE OF TIME!!!

Thanks Sleuth for your prayers and kind words. Homicide survivors do not experience anger they experience RAGE and it does not subside while the investigations go unsolved, no matter what amount of time passes.  We learn to careful mask our rage in order to lessen the isolation this brings to your life.  People do not want to hear about something they don't understand.  The only way they would understand this kind of devastation is if they experienced it. I have had many people tell me, while out hanging posters for Karen to "get over it."  A lot of people just can't handle our reality!  We have learned to accept this! 

We were advised in 1974 there was 2-sets of different footprints at the scene where Karen's body was discovered. Your thought process about someone lied while being interviewed is shared. 
If you supply me with an address I can assure you receive some posters and bumper stickers....they are actually door stickers which will do no damage to your vehicle and are easily removable. 
My sister will be attending the press conference on Monday (Mar 8th, 2010) and she will be making a family statement, which will include speaking directly to Karen's killers.


Kathy/Justice for Karen
 
Title: Re: Karen Caughlin (14) - Murder - Sarnia, ON - March 16, 1974
Post by: lostlinganer on March 07, 2010, 11:02:36 AM
Karens Voice; my heart aches for you and yours.  I know how you feel.
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Thanks Sleuth for your prayers and kind words. Homicide survivors do not experience anger they experience RAGE and it does not subside while the investigations go unsolved, no matter what amount of time passes.  We learn to careful mask our rage in order to lessen the isolation this brings to your life.  People do not want to hear about something they don't understand.  The only way they would understand this kind of devastation is if they experienced it. I have had many people tell me, while out hanging posters for Karen to "get over it."  A lot of people just can't handle our reality!  We have learned to accept this! 
You are sooooo right.  You guys are to be commended, and supported.  Thank you for standing up and making a difference.   Something tells me you will be rewarded.  And needless to say; for every family who keeps on hammering until they get the job done, many more will benefit in the long run.  God speed!
Title: Re: Karen Caughlin (14) - Murder - Sarnia, ON - March 16, 1974
Post by: Sleuth on May 06, 2010, 12:22:32 AM
Hi Karen's voice. I have not forgotten about you nor your sister Karen. I think of you and your sister often and say a little prayer that soon two pieces of scum will be held accountable. Are the Police getting closer to a closure? 
Title: Re: Karen Caughlin (14) - Murder - Sarnia, ON - March 16, 1974
Post by: Chris on October 15, 2010, 06:18:30 PM
Here is a video about this case
http://www.fixmagazine.ca/about.html (http://www.fixmagazine.ca/about.html)
Title: Re: Karen Caughlin (14) - Murder - Sarnia, ON - March 16, 1974
Post by: Karens Voice on May 25, 2011, 05:13:30 AM
Media Advisory

1974 Unsolved Homicide - 14-year old Karen Caughlin


From: Caughlin Family     Date:  May 31, 2011       Time: 10:00AM

Location:  Pt Edward Holiday Inn, 1498 Venetian Blvd., Room: East Hall

Victim’s Family To Request For OPP Commissioner Chris Lewis to Order An External Independent Review of the OPP’s Criminal Investigation into the Unsolved Homicide of Karen Caughlin

(Pt. Edward, ON)  The Caughlin family will hold a press conference to discuss and seek public support for an external independent review of their sister’s 37- year unsolved homicide under the jurisdiction of the Ontario Provincial Police. 
Bob Sauve, father of homicide victim Kim Sauve (1983), will be in attendance.  Convicted killer, Richard Boudreau, remains part of both families’ unease.
The Caughlin family will bring forward new information related to Karen’s whereabouts prior to her murder.  They are seeking support for an independent review of Karen’s investigation in the interest of truth and justice. 

(http://)
Title: Re: Karen Caughlin (14) - Murder - Sarnia, ON - March 16, 1974
Post by: Chris on May 27, 2011, 02:37:02 AM
That is great news! I sincerly hope after all this time, a courageous person who can help solve this case will come forward and help solve it!

Glad this is going to get some attention and another look!
Title: Re: Karen Caughlin (14) - Murder - Sarnia, ON - March 16, 1974
Post by: Karens Voice on June 05, 2011, 06:49:52 AM
The OPP denied the request within one hour of the press conference.  We requested that OPP Commissioner Chris Lewis meet with us before making his decision, but he refused.  What kind of police leader refuses to meet with a family who has been forced to deal with his organization for nearly 4-decades?  The OPP's liaison person (the cop in charge of Karen's case) threatened us the last time we met with him.  This is the person we are advised to talk with.  Commissioner Lewis states; his officers have been professional in every sense of the word, THIS IS BULLSHIT!  He also states Karen's investigation is being thoroughly investigated and this is not the truth and we can prove it!  If Commissioner Lewis would take 5-minutes out of his day and review the minutes of the meetings we have had with the OPP, he would have to retract such a statement, but the loyalty prevails in the boys club.  Commissioner Lewis is in Sarnia Ontario today (June 5, 2011) on  Crimestopper's business yet he couldn't give my family 5-minutes of his time!  What is to be respected about this? 
My message to Commissioner Lewis is...this is far from over and I will fight to have Karen's case reviewed by someone other than the OPP for as long as it takes, because both you and I know Karen's case will not be solved while it is under your jurisdiction.  People will be shocked to learn what has been going on!  What our private conversation would have been is now going to be made public!

Your question regarding why people will not come forward with TIPS regarding an unsolved homcide?  In Karen's case...why are the OPP not investigating TIPS from people who have come forward with pertinent information regarding her murder?   The OPP are in receipt of TIPS 7-years old that they refuse to investigate....and we can prove it!!  The TIPS are regarding convicted killer Richard Boudreau and his close associates in 1974.  Just because Boudreau's DNA didn't match doesn't mean he wasn't there!!!!!!!  The OPP have confirmed there was more than one person involved in Karen's murder.  The OPP have put huge effort into dodging Richard Boudreau.  How do you think the public will react to knowing Richard Boudreau was involved in Karen's murder?  How do you think the Sauve and Brazeau families will react, knowing Karen's investigation was botched by the OPP in 1974?
If someone is allowed to independently review Karen's case, they will discover TIPS associated to Richard Boudreau are not being investigated.  This is why the review has been denied!
Title: Re: Karen Caughlin (14) - Murder - Sarnia, ON - March 16, 1974
Post by: rkay on June 05, 2011, 02:26:50 PM
The police are trained from the get-go to never say 'sorry', so I'm not surprised in the least they would refuse to admit mistakes or wrongdoing, or allow themselves to be seen as not doing their job. Infuriating.

Here's links to the articles below; I don't think the London Free Press actually printed these in the paper and are available only online. I'll post jpegs of a printed copy of each though in case the links disappear.

"Murdered girl's family: Cops botched investigation" (May 31, 2011):  http://www.lfpress.com/news/canada/2011/05/31/18216096.html (http://www.lfpress.com/news/canada/2011/05/31/18216096.html)

"OPP Nixes Murder Review" (June 1, 2011):  http://www.lfpress.com/news/london/2011/06/01/18221536.html (http://www.lfpress.com/news/london/2011/06/01/18221536.html)
Title: Re: Karen Caughlin (14) - Murder - Sarnia, ON - March 16, 1974
Post by: Karens Voice on June 10, 2011, 06:54:01 AM
Timeline of the request of the Independent Review.

1)  In 2008 we asked the OPP (Case Manager & Superindent of CIB) for an external independent review?
Their response was : "We don't have a problem with an independent review."

2)  As 2009 approached we asked when the review was moving forward?
Their response: "Many things have to be considered first and this is not a good time."  The OPP begin to moon walk out of their orginal agreement to the review." I also contacted an officer from the FBI who stated in was interested in reviewing Karen's case but he would have to be invited in by the OPP.  The OPP refused.  I also contacted a firm in Victoria, BC which is run by retired police officers who implied they were inerested but would have to be invited in by the OPP.

3)  In 2010 the OPP did their campaign for Karen.  We asked if the campaign was being done to derail the independent review, since the reason a campaign would be done is to garner more TIPS.  Our family had already hung up in access of 8000 crimestoppers posters and distributed over 600 car decals from the years ranging from 2004 to 2009, which generated hundreds of TIPS.
We were advised in a very unprofessonal fashion that there will not be an independent review.  No explanation was given to my family and we were advised they are no closer to solving Karen's murder than they were 37-years ago. In the same meeting the OPP Case Manager admitted the (2004) TIPS involving Richard Boudreau had not been thoroughly and completely investigated.  Some of Richard Boudreau's associates from 1974 had NOT been investigated and were linked to TIPS received by the OPP, in 2004.

Karen's investigation is not being viewed with "fresh eyes" as the Commissioner states.  Between 2004 to present day, two different case managers have reigned over Karen's investigation and they both ignored the uninvestigated TIPS regarding Richard Boudreau and his associates at the time of Karen's murder. Subsequently leading 6-primary investigators down the same unexplored path.  Boudreau and his associates lived near our family home in Sarnia, Ontario.

WHY were we advised by the OPP, the OPP did not have a problem with an exernal independent review in 2008?  We as Karen's family do not have another 40 more years to give to the OPP, to solve Karen's murder.  Both our parents are now dead and Karen's siblings are now in our 50's.

In the UK, it is policy, if a serious crime remains unsolved for one year, the case is subject to an independent review.  This policy has resulted in an 93% success rate.  When a police officer is investigating a serious crime, they know if they are unsuccessful at solving it, their work will be reviewed within one year by his/her peers.  This policy promotes accountability and enhances the chances the crime will be solved, because a police officer becomes more mindful of being thorough with less errors.  The policy also allows, before years pass, for mistakes to be rectified before the investigation becomes riddled with more mistakes originating from one crucial mistake.  This is a policy which encompasses the rights of the victim.  When victims of crime become victims of botched police investigations JUSTICE becomes a mockery.  John Walsh of America's Most Wanted can attest to this.   

This is far from over regarding the OPP and the Caughlin family and our quest for Justice for Karen!!
Title: Re: Karen Caughlin (14) - Murder - Sarnia, ON - March 16, 1974
Post by: amIam on December 19, 2011, 04:59:34 PM
Karen's Voice;  I read about your sister Karen's murder years ago.  I am not certain as to what program I watched as it was years ago..W5? or something Canada related re your sister.  At any rate there seemed somewhat of a re enactment of some sort and the double set of foot prints was mentioned.

As for the new person heading up the OPP, Chris Lewis and his refusal to meet with your family and all the double talk.  I agree, the double talk in my opinion had much to do with butt covering.  There is and has been much of the same happening regarding other cases in Ontario.  Too bad, Fantino didn't stay on but I feel it was a special effort when choosing Lewis as Fantino was a man who stood by the creed of truth.

There is more but far to long to state.  Good luck in your quest for answers and justice for Karen.
Title: Re: Karen Caughlin (14) - Murder - Sarnia, ON - March 16, 1974
Post by: rkay on January 30, 2012, 10:02:18 PM
Just wanted to draw everyone's attention to Trevor Dailey's weblog entry about Karen from about two years ago. It contains an virtually encyclopaedic wealth of information on Karen's case, which makes for compelling reading:

http://trevordailey.wordpress.com/2010/02/08/

One might also want to see the update from May 30, 2011, which contains the PDF of the Caughlin family's news conference. Definitely worth reading:

http://www.execulink.com/~tdailey/Backgrounder-Speaking%20Notes.pdf



Title: Re: Karen Caughlin (14) - Murder - Sarnia, ON - March 16, 1974
Post by: Karens Voice on February 23, 2012, 04:53:04 AM
http://www.sarnialambtoncrimestoppers.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/02/Karen-Caughlin-Poster-Crimestoppers.pdf

Title: Re: Karen Caughlin (14) - Murder - Sarnia, ON - March 16, 1974
Post by: Sleuth on February 23, 2012, 01:47:48 PM
In The Toronto Sun of February 22 2012

This kid was 15 years old at the time of his committing this crime. And Karen's crime was in 1974, so he would have been too young in 1974.

SARNIA, ONT. - Three crime-scene DNA samples have been linked to the man accused of killing and sexually assaulting a retired hairdresser 28 years ago in Petrolia, Ont.

The evidence came from OPP identification officer Darren Soucie, the only witness to testify during the jury trial Wednesday.

The 44-year-old accused is charged with the first-degree murder and sexual assault of Velma Thomson in October, 1983, but cannot be identified under the Youth Criminal Justice Act because he was 15 years old at the time of the slaying.

Samples from Thomson’s pubic hair, along with semen and hairs found on her slipper, were compared to DNA from a blood sample taken after the man was arrested in June 2008.

It's highly probable DNA from the semen found on the pubic hair belongs to the accused, according to a report form the Centre of Forensic Sciences in Toronto, where the DNA analysis was done.

The probability that another unrelated person could have been the DNA donor was set at one in 1.5 quadrillion (1,500,000,000,000,000).

The OPP identification officer presenting the report only submitted the samples and there will be further evidence regarding DNA testing, said Toronto defence lawyer John Norris.

Norris raised no objections during the officer’s testimony, but said the defence’s silence should not be taken as any kind of admission.

Last week jurors heard DNA from chewing gum in the accused man’s garbage was not from the same source as crime scene DNA. That testing compared DNA from the gum and a vagina swab from Thomson.

A re-examination of crime scene exhibits in 2008 found hairs on Thomson’s slipper that had been found adjacent to her body in October 1983.

In 2010 the slipper was sent to the forensic centre to be tested for bodily fluids and DNA analysis.

That testing showed it was highly probable semen DNA on the hairs belonged to the suspect.

The likelihood of another unrelated person being the donor of that DNA was set at one in 51 billion.

Soucie’s testimony about prior exhibit-handling, including the accused man’s blood sample, consumed most of Wednesday’s trial time.

Defence cross-examination, regarding the exhibit-handling, is expected Thursday. The doctor who did the post-mortem examination is also expected to testify.

Thomson had turned 70 a few days before her body was found by a neighbour in the converted garage of her home that had served as a hairdressing salon.

Her throat had been cut and she had an apparent stab wound in her back.

nbowen@theobserver.ca

http://www.torontosun.com/2012/02/22/dna-links-accused-to-1983-murder-scene
 

 
Title: Re: Karen Caughlin (14) - Murder - Sarnia, ON - March 16, 1974
Post by: Karens Voice on February 23, 2012, 07:06:36 PM
I am pretty good at math and I am already aware this kid was too young to have murdered my sister!!!! That was not my point of bringing this case forward!!
Title: Re: Karen Caughlin (14) - Murder - Sarnia, ON - March 16, 1974
Post by: Sleuth on February 24, 2012, 06:14:47 PM
Sorry, it does come across as duh...when I was typing that I was actually pondering something that didn't make sense. So I will ponder out loud. Karen and her friend arrived at the roller skate rink. This was a Saturday. Karen left the roller rink with another female and made tentative plan's to sleep over at her house. Did Karen phone home and ask permission, or to let her parents know that she was sleeping over at her friend's hosue? Karen's female friend went home. Did this friend have a curfew? If not why did she go home at that time and leave her friend with boys Karen felt comfortable with? They ate and then Karen asked to be dropped off at her friends house at 1:00 in the morning.  Which meant that Karen would have to knock at the door, or ring the door bell. Would/was her friend still awake and doing something? Or was Karen's friend asleep and the parents? Would Karen chance waking up her friends parents by knocking on the door at that time in the morning? Or did Karen tell her friend that she would be at her house at approx 1:00 in the morning? Did the friend hear the vehicle arrive and the slamming of a vehicle door? Did the guys in the vehicle watch while Karen walked up to the house, or did they immediately drive away? What time did Karen's friend say she went to bed? What are the odds of a girl walking what, a hundred yards from the road up to the door and vanishing? Very slim. Who were this friends neighbours at that time? Any one with a criminal history? Or anyone with a criminal history visiting and being up and outside at this time? Would Karen scream if she was being taken from that spot? I would have to say yes because she fought at the place she was left at and injured one of her killers. She would have screamed and fought and dropped her purse, maybe, in the process. To me it doesn't make sense for Karen to ask the guys she was with to drop her off at her friends house at that time in the morning when her own house was just down the road. My mind keeps coming back to that and gnaws away at it.
Title: Re: Karen Caughlin (14) - Murder - Sarnia, ON - March 16, 1974
Post by: Karens Voice on February 26, 2012, 10:07:24 AM
You have some of your infomation wrong and you failed to consider this!!  What if when Karen was dropped off at her friends house (friend B) and she actually entered the house?  This house had no parents home at the time!  What if Karen and her friend went out somewhere together and this girl has been lying all along?  Karen went to the roller rink with one friend (friend A) from school and met up with another friend (friend B), where she was dropped off.  The girl Karen went to the roller rink with was not aware until she got dropped off at her house around 11:00 pm that Karen had changed her plans.  She fully expected Karen to get out of the truck when she did.  Something at the roller rink changed Karen's mind about staying with friend A and she decided to stay with friend B. She had been hanging out with friend B at school!

My parents were not aware Karen was not coming home!  She did not have permission to stay out! This was also on Friday night, she was dropped off technically 1:00am Saturday morning and her body was found nine hours later @ 10:00am on Saturday morning.   The boys who dropped her off on Brock St (block away from our family home) did not wait and or look back to see if Karen entered the house.  I believe she entered the house where friend B was waiting with other male individuals.  NO PARENTS WERE HOME ALL NIGHT LONG!!!!
Title: Re: Karen Caughlin (14) - Murder - Sarnia, ON - March 16, 1974
Post by: Karens Voice on February 26, 2012, 10:17:38 AM
I also wanted to say thank you, to all the people who run this web-site....thank you for caring about our sons...daughters....brothers...sisters....nieces....nephews....grandchildren and friends who have been brutally murdered at the hands of other human beings and who continue to enjoy their freedom with no regard to human life.  Our pain, torment and grief is endless as injustice continues to prevail.  Everyone eventually meets up with death's door and God will see that justice is done!  I commend you all for your efforts and you level of compassion you so clearly have for us unsolved homicide survivors.  The tears running down my face are tears of gratitude to you all!!   
Title: Re: Karen Caughlin (14) - Murder - Sarnia, ON - March 16, 1974
Post by: Karens Voice on February 26, 2012, 10:26:13 AM
(http://)  UNSOLVED HOMICIDE SURVIVORS learn very quickly they must wear a mask to survive in a world where very few understand the depths of our pain, torment and endless grief.
Title: Re: Karen Caughlin (14) - Murder - Sarnia, ON - March 16, 1974
Post by: Karens Voice on March 21, 2012, 07:03:09 AM
****ATTENTION*** THE COMMUNITY OF SARNIA

We would like to hear from anyone who has come forward to do their civic duty pertaining to the unsolved murder of Karen Caughlin.  If you have received NO response from the OPP, Crime Stoppers and or were rejected by the Sarnia Police Dept.  and you believe your TIP information has never been investigated by the Ontario Provincial Police, we would appreciate if you would please contact us @ caughlink@shaw.ca

If you received a business card from an OPP Detective Constable and the phone number provided on his/her card has been disconnected, we would also appreciate hearing from you.
 
Unfortunately we have no choice but to work with the OPP. Our independant review request was swiftly rejected by the OPP last year. We are asking the community of Sarnia to help us re-do what should have been done years ago. So please, if you had called in a TIP and have had no response email Kathy. Please help us demand JUSTICE FOR KAREN!  Thanks for your continued support.
 
Deeply appreciated,
The Caughlin Family
Title: Re: Karen Caughlin (14) - Murder - Sarnia, ON - March 16, 1974
Post by: kitnkrazy on April 03, 2012, 12:03:11 PM
There was an article printed in the Sarnia Observer a few years ago from a woman claiming to know information. It was a huge spread. This woman claimed that one of the people involved confessed on their death bed. The police seemed to find they were a unreliable source of information. Did they even check into it? I found it disturbing that there was this huge article about it and nothing was ever said more about it?
Also I heard years ago that there was a car that matched the description that was burned to bits from the Corunna area, but again, was that true or was it just gossip?
I find it so hard to believe that in a city...or county...as small as Sarnia, Lambton, that no one knows anything.
I am the same age as Karen and our class actually went to her funeral.
Just remember that these people can be anyone...maybe they are being protected by someone.
This latest person found guilty of killing the woman in Petrolia should have the DNA compared to his.
Title: Re: Karen Caughlin (14) - Murder - Sarnia, ON - March 16, 1974
Post by: kitnkrazy on April 05, 2012, 07:12:16 AM
What about going to the RCMP? Don't they interject if you have info that is possibly involving OPP?
Is it true that when this all happened that a car matching the description was found burned in Corunna? If so, that is very suspicious and it does not sound like it was followed up too much.
Cops kid a suspect of interest....how interesting?
There must be other avenues that can be forced to take a look? What about a private investigator? I know that would probably cost a bundle, but I wonder if they would find anything. I also found it interesting when I read that all of the leads in your sisters file went missing before it went to OPP, is that true?
Title: Re: Karen Caughlin (14) - Murder - Sarnia, ON - March 16, 1974
Post by: Karens Voice on April 07, 2012, 12:37:52 PM
We have discovered by asking many many questions after the OPP showed up again after 28-years of silence, that there was an over abundance of information missing from the case file.  My family believes the information never made it into the case file.  When you ask the OPP the same questions but with years in between and get different responses, this pretty much sums up what is going on!
I remember the OPP received a report of a burned out car out towards Corunna back in 1974 because we brought the issue up with present day investigators.  The response we got was there was a note in one of the police officers notebooks reflecting the information but it has never been confirmed the information was investigated.  Which doesn't surprise me considering the OPP did not even look for evidence on Brock St....the last known place Karen was seen alive.  I believe if the person(s) responsible for Karen's murder  walked into the OPP and confessed...they still wouldn't solve Karen's murder.  They have destroyed our trust, confidence and faith in our justice system.  They worry more about their image than a victim of crime.  They are not the Ontario Provincial Police...they are the Ontario Political Police! 
Title: Re: Karen Caughlin (14) - Murder - Sarnia, ON - March 16, 1974
Post by: kitnkrazy on April 09, 2012, 06:30:05 AM
How very sad, thank God, you and your family have never given up on your sister. I am sure that some day this will come to light. I am also sure there are a lot of others out there keeping an ear to the ground for information. They caught the person from the Petrolia crime so many years later, so there is always hope.
Keep on persuing the OPP and I would also contact the RCMP and anyone else that I could think of. You are doing all you can for now.
Title: Re: Karen Caughlin (14) - Murder - Sarnia, ON - March 16, 1974
Post by: D1 on April 09, 2012, 02:59:07 PM
I have been reading and don't really know what to say except it has been a very long time to be given so little. Clayton Millers family has been trying through freedom of information to force disclosure and that is well worth keping track of. There is potential for many others to follow the same procedure if and once it is worked out.
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http://www.unsolvedcanada.ca/index.php?topic=2017.0

It is of note that there are at least two other discussions of victims with somewhat similar circumstance involving children of Police officers involved in the murder. One the Amber Kirwan murder has the same potential lurking but has had the thread shutdown on here and very little being said in the news out where it happened.
http://www.unsolvedcanada.ca/index.php?topic=5383.0 (http://www.unsolvedcanada.ca/index.php?topic=5383.0)

Then there is the disturbing situation facing the family of Dana Turner. The suspect is the son of a former high ranking Police member. The son has been charged but only after a loud outcry from Dana's mother. She even threatened a lawsuit after finding video surveillance evidence the Police originally claimed was not there.
http://www.unsolvedcanada.ca/index.php?topic=5282.0 (http://www.unsolvedcanada.ca/index.php?topic=5282.0)

There are lessons to be learned from every individual situation we find on here. I hope something can be found that will be useful to you all. Sorry to the family and congrats for staying the course all those long years.

Title: Re: Karen Caughlin (14) - Murder - Sarnia, ON - March 16, 1974
Post by: Karens Voice on April 10, 2012, 07:19:03 AM
Thanks for your reply and information.  I am also a strong believer in lessons learned can assist others.  I was determined many years ago to educate myself and if the police refused to give me the answers I was seeking regarding the numerous aspects of my sister's unsolved homicide...I went to people who could answer them.  The more you know the better the chances are of getting to the truth.  Unsolved homicide families face many WALLS with the police especially when a question reflects something that should have been done in the initial investigation that was not done.  BUT these investigatice issues that were not done have a great impact on what direction an investigation should be going decades later to get to the truth.  When pieces of an investigation are being eliminated or avoided because there was mistakes made by the police decades ago, pretty much determines the present day investigation will FAIL!!  Victims' of homicide deserve JUSTICE, they don't deserve to be used as pawns in a game of police politics. Not to mention the torture families continue to endure while faced with this!!  Learn to climb WALLS and educate yourself!!   
Title: Re: Karen Caughlin (14) - Murder - Sarnia, ON - March 16, 1974
Post by: Karens Voice on April 24, 2012, 08:49:00 PM
http://eedition.sarniathisweek.com/doc/Sarnia-This-Week/sarniathisweek/2012042401/#0

Title: Re: Karen Caughlin (14) - Murder - Sarnia, ON - March 16, 1974
Post by: leonagleant on April 24, 2012, 10:34:44 PM
Not to follow up that tip about the car seems so glaring an oversight that it almost causes one to wonder if it was sheer incompetence or something more sinister. Like protecting the owner of the car because it belonged to the son of a police officer or something like that.
Title: Re: Karen Caughlin (14) - Murder - Sarnia, ON - March 16, 1974
Post by: D1 on April 24, 2012, 11:15:15 PM
Makes one wonder??? Who paints a car like that with a roller?
Title: Re: Karen Caughlin (14) - Murder - Sarnia, ON - March 16, 1974
Post by: kitnkrazy on April 27, 2012, 10:13:11 AM
This is why I would be going to the RCMP with info like this. I found it ridiculous and absurd how the lead investigator said it was investigated to death. How horrible. Maybe even a private investigator could follow up on the car.
Title: Re: Karen Caughlin (14) - Murder - Sarnia, ON - March 16, 1974
Post by: Karens Voice on April 29, 2012, 09:17:22 AM
Thanks I will give it a shot!
Title: Re: Karen Caughlin (14) - Murder - Sarnia, ON - March 16, 1974
Post by: lostlinganer on April 29, 2012, 09:50:27 AM

 any wonder I spend countless hours dedicated to unsolved murders and missing people!!!!

 It's a prime example of police doing what they want (which is often more like "not doing" what needs to be done) in order to accommodate something about their other interests.... by what?

It' is left to people like us to do the work ourselves....  and if they could stop us they would.  Clearly somebody is benefitting by keeping this oppressed, and it is definitely not precious little Karen, nor her broken hearted family and friends!  so who is benefitting by keeping this case stifled?  the actual perps?  someone paid to keep this under wraps?  who do you think?

http://eedition.sarniathisweek.com/doc/Sarnia-This-Week/sarniathisweek/2012042401/#0
Title: Re: Karen Caughlin (14) - Murder - Sarnia, ON - March 16, 1974
Post by: Karens Voice on April 29, 2012, 12:31:58 PM
The lead investigator's comment rattles my family to the core and it is not the first time we have been subject to this kind of unprofessionalism when they have been caught ignoring TIPS in this investigation.  If the TIP was investigated "to death" as the lead investigator states; why is it they have YET to forensicly examine and photograph the car?  This car is from the US and this was one of the OPP's first grave errors in this investigation in 1974.  Sarnia is a border city and they never alerted the US/Canadian border officials of ANYTHING pertaining to Karen's murder! What kind of experienced investigator would make such a grave mistake?  When the police do not investigate TIPS in an unsolved homicide it pretty much sends the message that they already know who committed the murder.  We felt this in 1974 and when history continues to repeat itself and we keep going around and around, always ending up at the same disturbing spot, I would say someone has decided this case will never reach the inside of a court room.  THIS CASE NEEDS TO BE INDEPENDENTLY REVIEWS OUTSIDE OF OPP JURISDICTION!!!!   Karen is a child victim of homicide and she is their client and they have failed her at every turn and they should be fired!!  At least this is what happens in the real world when people fail to do their jobs! 
Title: Re: Karen Caughlin (14) - Murder - Sarnia, ON - March 16, 1974
Post by: Karens Voice on April 29, 2012, 05:27:13 PM
http://blueline.ca/articles/the_long_arm_of_political_control



THIS IS A MUST READ!! 
Title: Re: Karen Caughlin (14) - Murder - Sarnia, ON - March 16, 1974
Post by: kitnkrazy on May 03, 2012, 06:47:29 AM
I have read the articles in the paper. I am glad the paper is behind you and wish you the best in getting this solved.
Title: Re: Karen Caughlin (14) - Murder - Sarnia, ON - March 16, 1974
Post by: Karens Voice on May 03, 2012, 06:58:52 AM
Part Two of the recent media coverage on OPP not investigating TIPS.

http://eedition.sarniathisweek.com/doc/Sarnia-This-Week/sarniathisweekvpmay2/2012050201/#0

Part Three will be on June 9th, 2012.
Title: Re: Karen Caughlin (14) - Murder - Sarnia, ON - March 16, 1974
Post by: Karens Voice on June 13, 2012, 06:58:41 AM
A PEACEFUL PROTEST WILL BE HELD ON AUGUST 18TH, 2012 AT THE OPP PETROLIA DETACHMENT DEMANDING AN INDEPENDENT REVIEW OF THE UNSOLVED MURDER OF MY SISTER KAREN CAUGHLIN!! Five days after the investigative reporting in a April 25th, 2012 article ran, revealing the uninvestigated TIPS the OPP had in their possession for 2 1/2 years, the lead investigator opts to retire. This article was released today!

http://www.sarniathisweek.com/2012/06/12/opp-investigator-on-unsolved-murder-retires-caughlin-says-timing-right-for-independent-review
Title: Re: Karen Caughlin (14) - Murder - Sarnia, ON - March 16, 1974
Post by: kitnkrazy on June 15, 2012, 07:34:28 AM
Very interesting that he retires now. I truly believe there is a big cover up in place. Protecting whomever must be exhausting. There is no reason to not have  a review except that maybe something may come out.
I hope they reconcider. This needs to be solved.
Title: Re: Karen Caughlin (14) - Murder - Sarnia, ON - March 16, 1974
Post by: Karens Voice on June 20, 2012, 06:10:33 AM
OPP Protest Date Set!

http://eedition.sarniathisweek.com/doc/Sarnia-This-Week/sarniathisweek/2012061901/4.html#3

That's Not About to Happen

http://eedition.sarniathisweek.com/doc/Sarnia-This-Week/sarniathisweek/2012061901/4.html#4
Title: Re: Karen Caughlin (14) - Murder - Sarnia, ON - March 16, 1974
Post by: soccermom on June 20, 2012, 08:07:01 AM
To Karen's family: I'm so sorry for this multiple violence --
both in the loss of your loved one and the difficulties you are encountering in seeing justice in her case. (Myself, I have been fortunate to have worked with outstanding members of LE -- but I know this isn't everyone's experience and certainly doesn't seem to be yours.)  Perhaps someone has already suggested this, but: I imagine a program like W5 (the title refers to the investigative Qs "who, what, where, why, when") might be interested in this story. W5 has a huge Canadian platform; I watched one program investigating efficacy/coverup in the SIU, "Special Invesyigation Unit: a toothless tiger?" so I know at least they are interested in investigating police investigations....

I do think the public spotlight you are placing on this case will help galvanize more action. There are many women and men in LE who are at once  honourable and efficient; hopefully some of these brave (young?) folks will move in and take some leadership -- officially or otherwise. Hang in there. And keep fighting the good fight.
Title: Re: Karen Caughlin (14) - Murder - Sarnia, ON - March 16, 1974
Post by: soccermom on June 20, 2012, 08:16:27 AM
The more I think about it, the more I think W5 would be a perfect outlet for media spotlight on this case; the show could address the issues of underresourcing in/for LE, investigative turnaround, citizen involvement, the crimestoppers system (this is hotly topical following the tragic travesty of the citizen report on the Luca Magnotta video record of murder) a family's refusal to give up, and histories of police coverup in Canada -- not that I'm certain this latter applies specifically here. But possibly even consideration of a "watchdog" national/international news program taking up this case might further push renewed work on the case and greater accountability -- even if the show doesn't take this story?
Title: Re: Karen Caughlin (14) - Murder - Sarnia, ON - March 16, 1974
Post by: Karens Voice on June 23, 2012, 08:08:15 AM
Thanks Soccermom for your kind words, comments and advice.  I will try W5 AGAIN!

INJUSTICE ANYWHERE IS A THREAT TO JUSTICE EVERYWHERE!!
No child killer should take solace in the passage of time. The OPP have granted a child killer decades of freedom by derailing the justice process. It's our duty as human beings to be pissed off at injustice.

The Leadership Of OPP Commissioner Chris Lewis

We comprehend a leader needs the arrogance to believe he can make a difference but he must also possess the wisdom to cultivate the humility to know he can learn from everyone around him.  When a police leader is willing to embrace the questions but is not willing to give up the need to possess all the answers is a recognized factor in major crime investigations to derail the justice process. This is legally observed as “the containment of justice.” 

If I may reflect on Commissioner Lewis's Sarnia interview with the community (Sarnia, on) newspaper on June 4, 2011, where he endeavoured with the intent to make our request appear unrealistic, unworkable and obtuse by making the following public assertion, “we're just not going to start sending cases around for other people to look at. That just doesn't happen." At the time he made this statement he was acutely aware of the OPP’s involvement in the external independent review of the unsolved murders of Alban Garon, Raymonde Garon and Marie-Claire Beniskos. These individuals became victims of homicide on June 30, 2007, in the City of Ottawa under the jurisdiction of the Ottawa Police Service.

Are we and the people of Ontario to conclude external reviews of unsolved homicides is justly realistic, workable and effective for other policing organizations and with prejudice and futile to only the Ontario Provincial Police?  Commissioner Lewis, being a LEADER; yet why is he so against and critical of a viable alternative investigative avenue regarding the unsolved homicide of a child, yet he supports the OPP participating in the equivalent?  Why do other police LEADERS in Canada and abroad identify and ascertain the potential in external reviews of unsolved major crimes and he  only sees regression?  Is it possible their quality of leadership has surpassed the need to possess all of the answers in the best interest of justice for victims of crime?  How many more years of freedom for a child killer will be acceptable to Commissioner Lewis before he recognizes an alternative investigative avenue??  WE WILL CONTINUE TO FIGHT FOR AN INDEPENDENT REVIEW OUTSIDE OF OPP JURISDICTION!!

Update:   The OPP have still not gone out to forensicly examine and photograph the car they failed to investigate after having the information in their posession for 2 1/2 years.  This has become a pattern with the OPP.  When they make mistakes and those mistakes are known to others, it would be an admission of error on their part if they now went and did what they should have done 2 1/2 years ago.  This segiment of the investigation will now become invisible!! 

When pieces of the investigations are being ommitted because they are riddled with mistakes...the investigation becomes doomed to fail.  This is why an independent review is vital to the resolve of Karen's murder! 
Title: Re: Karen Caughlin (14) - Murder - Sarnia, ON - March 16, 1974
Post by: soccermom on June 23, 2012, 08:25:34 AM
Hi Karen's Voice --
sorry; I didn't realize you had already tried W5; I wonder if the program knew there was a growing community supporting you on UC (I don't know if you are also posting on Websleuths) if that would make a difference? Good for you for keeping up the fight. I imagine it is both hard to do, and hard to do otherwise. I hope you and your family will be able to take some time together this summer for a little holiday to enjoy each other, out all of this pain.

I think when you (re)petition the show, if you do, that you need to make it clear (if you haven't already) that Karen was not the victim of a hit-and-run. That was my first impression, in the first (middle-ish) posts I read (I haven't read all of the thread here; apologies); I didn't realize for quite a while that Karen had been beaten (I'm so sorry) and perhaps murdered in a different location and by different means (possibly) than the vehicular assault. Although someone who could leave a person after striking them down by car must also be brought to justice, it is much more significant in your cry for justice that Karen was the victim of murder and not accident.

Someone recently on this thread suggested a private investigator might help -- perhaps you could track the owner of the car at the time of Karen's murder? (Maybe some PI might be willing to do this at a lower cost or as a volunteer service, if there is some possibility later for recognition by solving the case or a TV profile of it?) 
Title: Re: Karen Caughlin (14) - Murder - Sarnia, ON - March 16, 1974
Post by: Karens Voice on June 23, 2012, 09:01:04 AM
The PI's I have approached state in order to do a realistic investigation that they will need access to the case file.  Most as you know are retired police officers.  I so strongly believe in my heart that my family should not have to doll out thousands of dollars, which we don't have, in order to obtain JUSTICE in this country.  Especially through what we have experienced with the Ontario Provincial Police. It is shocking!!  Every time they change out investigators who have flat lined our trust, we listen to "well I am not him."  When trust is breached by people in positions of trust it doesn't come back because there is a new face assigned.  The OPP know it but we are told to suck it up!!  We are done sucking it up!!

Karen was beatin and then "run over" by a vehicle, not "hit" by a vehicle.  We have been advised by the OPP, the persons responsible for her murder were attempting to make her murder appear to be a traffic accident.  There is more than one person involved in her murder, because there was two sets of footprints found at the location her body was deposited.

Sometimes in Life You Just Have to Take a Stand!
 
To the world you maybe just one person, but to one person you maybe the world! Courage doesn't always roar, sometimes courage is the little voice at the end of the day that says I will try again tomorrow. My little voice is Karen's voice! The question isn't who is going to let me, the question is who is going to stop me from fighting for JUSTICE for my little sis? 


Title: Re: Karen Caughlin (14) - Murder - Sarnia, ON - March 16, 1974
Post by: D1 on June 23, 2012, 11:27:04 AM
It is harder to stay the course for eternity (or so it seems) than to fire off the entire quiver once and for all and forget it. I understand both and there is a balancing act to life in these situations. loved your words,  Bravo..   

More and more this sort of thing is being exposed, crimes that should have been solved but weren't because of incompetence, bungling, budgetting concerns, lack of manpower or something else?? Its the something else that is more and more being questioned when the Police hold all the cards and they themselves stand in the way of justice. Many on here are asking the same thing, how do you get around that? 
Title: Re: Karen Caughlin (14) - Murder - Sarnia, ON - March 16, 1974
Post by: Karens Voice on June 23, 2012, 05:00:20 PM
It is extremely hard Di, and the only people who serve a life sentence with homicide is the famlies who decades later have no answers from the police. We are left emotionally crippled by the unknown, unable to heal!   It is also very hard to keep balance in ones life when you are fighting a justice system that is very broken.  I have made several attempts to walk  away and to ask God to help me accept things the way they are, that justice will be served one day but not perhaps on this earth.  BUT...something always happens to draw me back in like tipsters contacting me with very viable information only to find out the OPP have not investigated them.  These actions not only affect my family they affect many unsolved homicide families and it is just simply WRONG!!  Sadly these actions will affect a family who has not yet had to deal with the homicide of someone they love. Stock piling unsolved homicides is just WRONG and it needs to stop!
 
I don't know what the answers are, but I do know I always have ALL unsolved homicide families in my heart as I continue on my journey for justice for my sister.  Perhaps one day it will be recognized within policing communities that if a homicide goes unsolved for 1-year it immediately undergoes an independent review.  Many elements of a homicide investigation you can't get back once years and decades have passed.  There are many many positives to independent reviews and it ups the chances of resolve and also promotes public safety and accountability within policing. 

What External Independent Reviews Can Offer Canadian Law Enforcement

UK Homicide Success Rate - Over 90%


Outside reviews can play an important role in major crime investigations.   Police procedures in the United Kingdom require an independent review of unsolved homicide cases after one year.  This produces two results.  First as the assigned investigator is aware of this policy, he or she is careful to be thorough and less likely to leave possibilities unexplored.  Second external reviewers, for all psychological and organizational reasons are more apt to notice mistakes and omissions.  This is the basis for scholarly peer review, a foundation of scientific research.  It is a mistake to contribute lack of investigative success to offender cleverness before determining if any internal problems exist.  External independent reviews of all unsolved homicides after one year, promotes accountability, enhances public safety and improves the chances of a successful outcome…JUSTICE!
 
Title: Re: Karen Caughlin (14) - Murder - Sarnia, ON - March 16, 1974
Post by: Woodland on June 23, 2012, 06:24:13 PM
You write very powerfully Karens Voice.  Maybe that is the answer.
Title: Re: Karen Caughlin (14) - Murder - Sarnia, ON - March 16, 1974
Post by: Karens Voice on June 23, 2012, 07:44:29 PM
Such a nice compliment Woodland...thank you.  Sadly I have learned over the past 10-years to leave the emotional crippling aspect of homicide out of my fight with our "broken" justice system.  You come to realize very quickly after the murder of someone you love that it becomes very, very isolating because there is no one on this earth who would understand this kind of devastation, unless you have experienced it first hand.  So most of society, the police and our wonderful disfunctional government will not listen to something they don't understand and could not possibly comprehend.

It is ironic because I told my older sister 10-years ago the only way we will ever get justice for Karen is if we beat them at their own game. From my experience, the police will use your emotions against you!  So I began educating myself!  When the police know, you know what you are talking about, they listen a bit more closely to what you have to say.  I also DO NOT like complaining about any issue without presenting a solution.

 It is my dream to one day get Justice for Karen and to also have an independent review system incorporated into all policing communities.  It has already been proven to have a very high success rate in the UK!  After all is this about jurisdicitonal policing or is this about VICTIMS OF CRIME?? Apparently Commissioner Lewis believes this is about the OPP!

How does Commissioner Lewis transform an investigative failure into a mindset that it will accomplish nothing to listen and learn from the experience of others through an independent review?  Someone please explain to me what part of this paradox is about a child victim of a brutal unsolved murder? 

No legal body has the right to contain justice and control its’ due process because of their own failure.

I continue to pray and fight for all unsolved homicide survivors!  I do this in honour of my beautiful sister Karen!
 
Title: Re: Karen Caughlin (14) - Murder - Sarnia, ON - March 16, 1974
Post by: Woodland on June 23, 2012, 07:59:43 PM
Once again Karens Voice, powerful words seem to come easily to you.

Ever tried sending your written experiences and knowledge to various newspapers and magazines?  You don't seem to need anyone to get a message out for you.

The pen is mightier than the sword - especially yours.

Cheers.
Title: Re: Karen Caughlin (14) - Murder - Sarnia, ON - March 16, 1974
Post by: kitnkrazy on July 03, 2012, 08:55:27 AM
Have you thought about approaching a lawyer in say Toronto and suing the OPP and any other Government affiliate you can think of for miscarriage of justice? If you find the right lawyer, they may work pro bono with the understanding that they get paid if you win and get money. There are a lot of TO lawyers that would love the exposure. I would have every police officer that worked on the case at all subpoenaed.  Maybe with this type of pressure, answers will come.
Title: Re: Karen Caughlin (14) - Murder - Sarnia, ON - March 16, 1974
Post by: 67Shawn on July 07, 2012, 01:23:46 PM
I gave information long ago about a purple car in the same make they are showing in the picture, and not sure if they followed up on it.

Title: Re: Karen Caughlin (14) - Murder - Sarnia, ON - March 16, 1974
Post by: kitnkrazy on July 11, 2012, 01:29:10 PM
I was reading your press conference and I must say, that there was a lot of information that I had not known before. Thank you for being so persistent. I wonder if you can say who the 3 boys were that were with her that night?? It is hard for people to relate if names are not used. It should not have to be kept secret, they were there and it should be public knowledge. Also I never would have connected Rick Boudreau, but yes, I'm sure he had lots of connections that may have been involved.....see his name is mentioned as a contributor....I think you should put all names on your site, it may be the only way to get people talking about it again. Listing people as friend A B C D really is no help. The friend she was with should not care if she wants to help.
Just saying?
http://www.execulink.com/~tdailey/Backgrounder-Speaking%20Notes%20copy.pdf


Title: Re: Karen Caughlin (14) - Murder - Sarnia, ON - March 16, 1974
Post by: kitnkrazy on July 11, 2012, 01:30:55 PM
Why do the police have to give permission to exhume a body?? It is your family so you should be able to do it??
Title: Re: Karen Caughlin (14) - Murder - Sarnia, ON - March 16, 1974
Post by: Karens Voice on July 18, 2012, 07:06:51 AM
To 67Shawn, could you send me a private message and tell me what you told the OPP?  I will look into it with the OPP.

 The girl who Karen was suppose to be staying with that night does not want to help.  In fact my family has always felt she was not telling the truth. We believe because Karen changed her mind at the roller rink about staying with the girl she went to the roller rink with, that something happened to change her mind at the roller rink.  I believe she did enter the house on Brock St. even thou this girl claims Karen never showed up. Her parents were not home and I believe they went out somewhere and this is when Karen was murdered.  We do know Karen and this girl were in Richard Boudreau's company 72-hours prior to Karen's murder.  The OPP continue to choose to ignore these FACTS!!  We have had witnesses come forward to substantiate this information in the past 2-years and they were also ignored by the OPP.

I will take everyone's advice under serious consideration including the lawyers.  It is just to bad that money and lawyers have to be the key factors in providing a child victim of homicide JUSTICE in our country.  I am ready for a new plan...the first thing on my list is the August 18, 2012 Protest against the OPP. 

This article is in today's local newspaper and Karen is on the front page. 


http://www.theobserver.ca/2012/07/17/new-manager-on-caughlin-cold-case-file

Thanks for everyone's support it means so much!

Kathy Caughlin

   
Title: Re: Karen Caughlin (14) - Murder - Sarnia, ON - March 16, 1974
Post by: D1 on July 18, 2012, 08:41:34 AM
Great article! More and more people are asking some of these same questions. The illusion of an active investigation keeps many a victims family quiet but what else can you do? I totally agree that independant reviews are necessary. Canada is becoming notorious for not sharing information with anyone not even other law enforcement in other countries, not even the US. What do we have to hide?

from the article above-

Quote
“I can talk to you about generalities. I can tell you if we receive information on tips, we follow them up ... to protect the integrity of the case, we usually can’t tell the source ... that doesn’t mean we’re ignoring the information.”

Avery said he is “diligently” working on the Caughlin case.

“We’d like to bring it to a successful conclusion both for (the family’s) sake and for Karen’s sake.”

But Karen’s sister, Kathy Caughlin, says that’s not good enough.

From her home in Calgary, she is organizing a protest in Lambton County outside the OPP’s Petrolia detachment on Aug. 18.

Pickets will repeat demands for an independent review, Caughlin said.

“A new case manager could be good news but what do you do with all the mistrust?” she asked. “There’s so much conflicting information between what the initial investigators said in 1974 and what the investigators now say.”

Caughlin insists tips in her sister’s file haven’t been investigated.

“This is the third new case manager and the same issues come up every time,” she said. “We know tips aren’t being investigated. We just can’t take it any more.”
Title: Re: Karen Caughlin (14) - Murder - Sarnia, ON - March 16, 1974
Post by: SAP on July 18, 2012, 10:03:08 AM
Karen's Voice:

Quote
“I don’t know if there’s going to be 10 people or 100 people,” she said. “I don’t care if it’s only me. I’m doing it.”

Just a thought Karen ... there are several people here on this site from Ontario. Perhaps you might ask for a hand of help from the surrounding communities to help with your protest. I would if I were down there. More power to you.
Title: Re: Karen Caughlin (14) - Murder - Sarnia, ON - March 16, 1974
Post by: 67Shawn on July 18, 2012, 07:35:40 PM
Message sent Karens Voice.
Title: Re: Karen Caughlin (14) - Murder - Sarnia, ON - March 16, 1974
Post by: Karens Voice on July 22, 2012, 04:47:29 AM

This is the most recent article run in a local paper on July 18, 2012 in Sarnia, Ontario.  The new case manager says things in this article that I just have to scratch my head on, as he begins his damage control PR campaign for the OPP. In 1974 to date the OPP refuse to work jointly with the local Sarnia Police Service.  I guess this could be viewed as a baby step in the right direction???

http://www.lambtonshield.com/new-case-manager-in-caughlin-murder-case-bringing-local-insights-fresh-set-of-eyes-to-investigation/

" The newest case manager investigating the murder of Karen Caughlin, which occurred some 38 years ago, says being the first such OPP employee who is from the area may improve the chances of eventually seeing results." 

From a letter I sent Commissioner Lewis on Sept. 13, 2011 after he rejected my request for an independent review.

"Unsolved major crimes under your authority necessitate that you as a leader recognize the OPP is an outside policing entity and lack a vital investigative channel into the core of communities across Ontario policed by municipal police services. A community connection and its’ dynamics is essential to solving crimes and is an earned knowledge through pro-active policing. It is not something accessible by way of computer reports, crime scene photos, technology or forensic analysis."
"New Method - Perhaps serious consideration should be given to a disciplined practise that would increase the chances of apprehending killers who deposit their victims outside their community boundaries.  It has been long established a very high percentage of homicide victims know their killers subsequently an exalted probability that killers reside in the same communities as their victims.  Would it not be more logical and in effect increase the prospect of resolve, if the police service who has primary jurisdiction over the geographical area of where a victim dwelled become the primary investigative body? They obtain and maintain a community connection, a valuable insight into the community they police, which is crucial to the swift detainments of criminals who kill. The OPP are at an immediate investigative disadvantage because they are outsiders. The OPP’s jurisdiction solely consists of Ontario highways, waterways, trails, rural communities and vast unpopulated areas of the province. The endless revolving door of OPP investigators who derive from all over the province, supports homicide investigations are continually examined by police officers who do not maintain a connection to any community, outside the OPP’s authority.  Past criminal behaviour in conjunction with hundreds of investigative failures attests it would be of significant value to an investigation, if where a murder victim resided be the deciding jurisdictional factor not where a victim is located after death. As you know when offenders have the means (access to a vehicle) and they believe their association with the victim near the time of death was witnessed or known by others, they will attempt to transport or conceal a body in hopes of either delaying or preventing discovery of the murder. Offenders will drive away from their geographical areas of residence to isolated rural areas to further detach themselves from their crimes improving their chances of not being witnessed or connected to their crime."

"When the National DNA Data Bank is unable to supply OPP investigators with a suspect HIT from crime scene evidence, how do you envision outsiders (OPP) who live in London, Petrolia, Owen Sound, Orillia, etc., to obtain knowledge of a community and its’ dynamics after a crime has taken place without a community connection?  How are your investigators to obtain essential information on civilian relationships 37-years ago, without a community connection? Four decades later jurisdictional blindness remains and lessons are squandered.

  Does the Ontario Provincial Police not recognize the disturbing element in allowing unsolved homicides to reach such alarming proportions without identifying something drastically needs to change in the best interest of justice and public safety?  Things would be very different for our family Mr. Lewis, if we could see where the OPP has learned from their grave mistakes, but unfortunately we continue to experience that nothing has progressed in 38-years regarding the territorial mindset of the OPP.  This fuels the rage we have been forced to live with over Karen’s brutal unsolved murder and her killers’ continued freedom."
Title: Re: Karen Caughlin (14) - Murder - Sarnia, ON - March 16, 1974
Post by: Karens Voice on August 08, 2012, 11:55:21 PM
http://www.theobserver.ca/2012/08/08/a-cry-for-justice-in-karen-caughlin-case 
Title: Re: Karen Caughlin (14) - Murder - Sarnia, ON - March 16, 1974
Post by: D1 on August 09, 2012, 02:17:50 PM
Hey action! I happen to agree with all you say. Others are more and more realizing the same and looking at doing the same.  I hope you meet with some success somehow after all this.  Keep us informed. A new thread is inquiring into some of the details regarding hold back evidence.
http://www.unsolvedcanada.ca/index.php?topic=6258.msg93059#msg93059 (http://www.unsolvedcanada.ca/index.php?topic=6258.msg93059#msg93059)
Title: Re: Karen Caughlin (14) - Murder - Sarnia, ON - March 16, 1974
Post by: Coral on August 10, 2012, 06:28:50 AM
Karen's Voice,
I went back to the beginning of this thread and re-read the letter which you sent out in 2008 and cc'd to a lot of important people.  What kind of a response if any, did you get?  I would have expected all those elected officials to do something.  I would have expected at least one to make it their personal goal to help you out.  I think you should try again.  New people are in place now.  Someone may have a heart and find it their duty to help you.  I also think the media has to be made you best friend.  Befriend a well know member of the media. Have them question one of those political figures on the evening news..."Did you receive a letter from Karen's family?" "What have you done to help?"  It can't be just a small town newspaper.  It has to be a big city tv station.  None of these politicians wants to be shown as not caring and not helping.  Find an MP or an MPP.  Someone needs to have a connecton to the Premier or Prime Minister.  I have previous experience with a letter writing campaign, and I discovered that if you write "Personal and Confidential" on the outside of the envelope, the bigwig's secretary or staff will not open the letter.  The person themself will receive it and have to open it.  You have to get your case in the hands of someone big, and when they try to pass the buck, get the media.  Many people in your family's position fall appart. They are destroyed.  I am glad that you are able to be strong and fight this fight.  You are doing it for so many, who can't do it themselves. I am hopeful that you will get results and hopefully changes will be made in our useless system.
Title: Re: Karen Caughlin (14) - Murder - Sarnia, ON - March 16, 1974
Post by: Karens Voice on August 10, 2012, 10:07:03 PM
Coral, I have received many rejection letters right up to the Justice Minister of Canada for 10-years now. "Can't get involved in a police investigation." I no longer believe the OPP are accountable to anyone.  So much dishonesty, so many mistakes and conflicting information.  It ties you up in emotional knots most days.

I so appreciate your advise and will consider your approach.  I have nearly fallen apart a few times. I have tried many times over the past 2-years to walk away and try to accept things the way they are.  But it never fails, my phone starts to ring and yet another Tipster wants to know why the OPP have not contacted him or her and why the OPP have not investigated their information pertaining to Karen's murder?  This is very hard to walk away from knowing my family's hell could end through the uninvestigated information.  This is just so WRONG and SO CRUEL!  My sense of right and wrong is what keeps me driven today!  I hope and pray I can make a difference for others through my journey, in honour of Karen's life.  I no longer believe this will ever be right for my family.  I don't believe the OPP will ever allow Karen's case to reach the inside of court room, where their dirty laundry would be aired.   We have seen and experienced to much through the conduct of the OPP. The only chance we have for JUSTICE is to get Karen's case independently reviewed with fresh unbiase eyes. After almost 40-years I don't believe that is too much to ask!  I don't believe another human being  (Commissioner Lewis) has the right to deny Karen justice through another viable investigative avenue.  Justice denied because of what...the OPP's own failure?  I will continue to challenge his leadership because of his unlawful decision.  Commissioner Lewis is worried if he agrees to the review, he will have to deal with the families from the other 424 unsolved homcides the OPP have been stock piling since the early 70's.  WE ARE ALL FED UP AND WANT JUSTICE FOR THE PEOPLE WE LOVE!!  We would prefer to face killers in a court of law not from a cemetery plot.     
Title: Re: Karen Caughlin (14) - Murder - Sarnia, ON - March 16, 1974
Post by: Coral on August 11, 2012, 06:07:13 AM
Karen's Voice,
I can hear your pain and suffering as well as your frustration with the injustice, in your words and in your writing.  I sincerely feel bad for you, and your family, as well as all the other families who are going through this.  Commissioner Lewis has to protect #1, himself.  He wants to retire with a nice pension.  He cannot open up a can of worms and displease his superiors.  If he does what you ask, the incompetence of so many will be exposed.  He will be to blame.  Currently, only those 400 or so families are aware that the OPP are not as competent as we thought.  If you are granted your wish, the media will expose it to everyone in the world just how incompetent they were.  He does not want to be the scapegoat.  He doesn't want to be responsible for that happeneing.  It would be very different if it was his child or his sibling lying in a grave, and the person who put them there was living free.  He would do everything that you are doing to ask for justice.
In government, every once in a while, there is an actual human, with a human side to them, who realizes that their coworkers did wrong, and they fix it.  A few years back, someone realized that the head tax imposed on Chinese immigrants many years ago, was wrong, and although it wasn't enough and didn't rectify the hardships these people went through, they offered a settlement and paid back the families for this injustice.  Maybe one day soon, the Commisioner will have a heart and realize that it was not his fault the OPP messed up.  It's not his fault that his coworkers didn't do their jobs right.  An admission that some of the officers did the best that they could with what little training or mental capacity or resources they had, is not accepting the blame for them.  But it would allow justice to be done.  It would allow those that can solve the crime, to do so.  I pray that very soon, someone at the OPP wakes up and realizes it is time to do what is right.  It's not about covering their tracks, nor about avoiding lawsuits, it's about solving crimes.  The time has come for killers to be caught and justice to be done for all those murdered and taken from their families unjustly.  It's time to say sorry, we f'd up, and we're willing to let independent inquiries be made.  If the Commisioner is reading this, I would ask him to close his eyes, think about a person that he genuinely loves and cherishes, and now imagine that person slaughtered.  I'd ask him to think what he would do, what would stop him form pursuing justice?  How can he stop you?  It is just plain an simply wrong.
It has also been my experience that when you truly want or need something badly, it is all about who you know. Examine your networks.  Look at every single person that you know, and think hard about who they know.  Who are they related to?  Who has a summer cottage next door to theirs?  We all know people who get jobs that they are not qualified for, but they knew someone or were related to someone.  You may get a lucky break.  Someone you know may have a connection to someone who can help you.  People may not be willing to help you when there is a record of it, a paper trail.  But somebody out there may be able to get you a face to face meeting with the Commisioner off the record, or one of his superiors, or someone else who has even more influence.  Don't ever doubt yourself.  You are doing what is right, and don't let anyone or anything stop you.  But, easier said than done, don't let it consume you and take over your life. I pray for your success!
Title: Re: Karen Caughlin (14) - Murder - Sarnia, ON - March 16, 1974
Post by: Karens Voice on August 11, 2012, 09:39:16 AM
Coral...thank you...I am so inspired by your words. For the past 10-years the OPP have attempted many, many different strategies to make my family go away! If they could only put this much thought and effort into solving Karen's homicide! I am proud to say they have also failed miserably at this. I refer to these tactics as "Operation, make the Caughlin family go away." Sadly, most families do go away under these practised strategies.

I remain steadfast to my goals for not only Karen but for the hundreds of other victims, their families and friends who need justice for their loved ones. There is right and wrong but from what I have experienced people in positions of trust should never attempt to turn wrongs into rights through EXCUSES. Admit the wrongs…learn from them and make positive change that will have a profound impact on many lives. I realize but apparently Commissioner Lewis does not....without mistakes there is no experience, failures are the foundation of successes and with failure comes the opportunity to begin again only this time more wisely. A true leader knows this and perhaps an independent review of Karen's case would offer Commissioner Lewis the opportunity to become a stronger leader, and lead a stronger and more efficient police force. It would bring meaning to the empty words he presently speaks, when he refers to the hundreds of victims under his jurisdiction who are crying out for justice. Maybe one day he will hear their cries and since they no longer have voices, we must make him hear their cries!

Thank you for your much appreciated and impacting advice.
Title: Re: Karen Caughlin (14) - Murder - Sarnia, ON - March 16, 1974
Post by: Karens Voice on August 16, 2012, 04:49:04 PM
http://eedition.sarniathisweek.com/doc/Sarnia-This-Week/sarniathisweekaugust15/2012081301/13.html#12
Title: Re: Karen Caughlin (14) - Murder - Sarnia, ON - March 16, 1974
Post by: soccermom on August 16, 2012, 06:34:30 PM
All best wishes for the protest Saturday. Wish I could be there for support. Karen's Voice, your sister, despite the horror of what happened to her, was very lucky to have a family who loved her so much and who is fighting so hard for justice for her. I hope there are so many of you Saturday that you won't all fit at the detachment! But even if you are a small group, I know you will be a powerfully vocal one. Bless you for all that you are doing for right and good. 
Title: Re: Karen Caughlin (14) - Murder - Sarnia, ON - March 16, 1974
Post by: Coral on August 21, 2012, 07:54:29 AM
Hello Karen's Voice.  I hope your protest went well.  Can you update us as to how you were received or if you achieved any success with the OPP?
Title: Re: Karen Caughlin (14) - Murder - Sarnia, ON - March 16, 1974
Post by: Karens Voice on August 23, 2012, 08:29:59 AM
I am finally home in Calgary after my trip to Ontario for the Protest for Karen against the OPP.  In my eyes the protest was a success. Lots of support...more and more people are getting their eyes open to the injustice of it all and are learning what this is all about for us as unsolved homicide families!   When I made the decision to do the protest I knew it was only the first baby step towards my goal of getting Karen's case independently reviewed outside the OPP and I had no expectations regarding the OPP. I didn't see one OPP officers the whole time I was in the province of Ontario and when the media contacted the OPP about the protest it was their typically textbook responses.  I guess in a nutshell I knew the protest was not going to bring the end result I am looking for.  I am acutely aware the OPP will fight us to the end on this!  Perhaps next year a protest should be planned for Orillia in front of the Commissioner's office, with all unsolved homicide families who are currently being held captive under their unjust methods of solving cold cases? 

I have recently learned, the Solicitor General/Attorney General does have the power to make a special request for an independent review of an OPP investigation. In order to have the Attorney General issue that request, there would have to be demonstrated incompetence or unlawful act on the part of the OPP. The type of 'incompetence' that needs to be established is a mishandling of evidence or procedural errors.

Having said that, this is now my focus and I will spent the next few months amass the ton of information I have regarding both these requirements and hopefully I will prove to him that there is something terribly wrong with Karen's investigation, regarding both the incompetence aspect and procedural errors aspect.  I will also continue to challenge Commissioner's Lewis's leadership regarding his decision to not allow Karen's case to be reviewed outside of his jurisdiction.  No one has the right to deny a victim of homicide justice.  An independent review is a very VIABLE ALTERNATIVE INVESTIGATIVE AVENUE and after 38-years of no justice under his jurisdiction lends power to this very statement.  The OPP themselves take part in independent reviews for other policing communities but according to Commissioner Lewis no one is allowed to provide this service for the OPP.  Commissioner Lewis abviously sees the potentical in independent reviews or he would not lend his own officers to participate in the same for other police jurisdictions.  A double standard is the application of different sets of principles for similar situations, or to different people in the same situation.  A double standard, thus, can be described as a sort of biased, morally unfair suspension (toward a certain group) of the principle that all are equal in their freedoms. Such double standards are seen as unjustified because they violate a basic maxim of modern legal jurisprudence: that all parties should stand equal before the law. Double standards also violate the principle of justice known as impartiality, which is based on the assumption that the same standards should be applied to all people, without regard to subjective bias or favoritism based on social class, rank, ethnicity, gender, religion, sexual orientation, age or other distinctions. A double standard violates this principle by holding different people accountable according to different standards. 

I have attached the recent articles/video written re: the protest. 

So I am going to take a break...I'm a little tired and then I will move forward. I may come up against another wall with the Attorney General but I have become accustomed to climbing walls!! 

VIDEO:

http://video.stcatharinesstandard.ca/video/featured/latest/1418394179001/protesters-rally-for-karen/1793977816001

I am Not Done Yet:

http://eedition.sarniathisweek.com/doc/Sarnia-This-Week/sarniathisweekaugust22/2012082001/#0


The What If's

http://eedition.sarniathisweek.com/doc/Sarnia-This-Week/sarniathisweekaugust22/2012082001/27.html#26
   
Title: Re: Karen Caughlin (14) - Murder - Sarnia, ON - March 16, 1974
Post by: Coral on August 23, 2012, 08:16:44 PM
Re:The What Ifs
Ms. Bryce commented that it's difficult to ignore and not think about it when it's in your face.  Maybe the simple cross at the sight when Karen was found, is not enough.  Maybe it could somehow be arranged to put a picture of Karen with a subtitle "Who Killed Me?" on a BILLBOARD or two in town, to trigger a few more "in your face moments" to help people "remember". Maybe if certain people had to drive by the billboard daily, as they travel to and from work, they might suddenly remember an impotant clue. Maybe if there was a billboard near the OPP station, the case would be in their face daily, reminding them to follow through on calls and tips, and to solve it.
Title: Re: Karen Caughlin (14) - Murder - Sarnia, ON - March 16, 1974
Post by: Karens Voice on August 23, 2012, 08:39:04 PM
Coral...thank you for your comments.  I think you are missing the big picture.  I have hung up in access of 8000 posters, there are hundreds of car decals every where in Sarnia to date and we have also put up the billboards you mention, which are very expensive.  Karen's face has been in the public eye non-stop for the past 10-years because of my family and the community of Sarnia's efforts to assist the OPP with Karen's unsolved murder.  What is the point of doing all of this when the OPP are not investigating the TIPS they are receiving from all of what you say we should do and the fact that we already done it all??
We know we can't solve Karen's murder without the police but to find out they are not investigating TIPS is to much to bear.  I received reports when I was home that right now the OPP are investigating TIPS that were given to them 7-years ago.  What kind of crap is this? Some people who came forward 7-years ago are now dead!  It is apparent they are not as eager to solve Karen's murder as her family and her community are...so give it to someone else who is willing and able to solve it! 
Title: Re: Karen Caughlin (14) - Murder - Sarnia, ON - March 16, 1974
Post by: Karens Voice on October 02, 2012, 06:56:13 AM
Another rejection letter from our wonderful government.
Title: Re: Karen Caughlin (14) - Murder - Sarnia, ON - March 16, 1974
Post by: jobo on October 02, 2012, 11:38:46 AM
They love to pass the buck....with our tax dollars.
Title: Re: Karen Caughlin (14) - Murder - Sarnia, ON - March 16, 1974
Post by: francis20041 on November 10, 2012, 09:48:02 AM
Hello Cathy.  We emailed somewhat, about three years ago when I had called the OPP with info that I considered might be worth looking into.
I was in Sarnia recently to visit my sister and got thinking about Karen and your family so I hooked up on here.
I never recieved any information back from the investigators that were sent out to interview me. So I emailed him a couple times and he replied that they were following up and progressing. I cant remember his name and lost his card.  I'm not sure if the information that I gave them was relevant or not.
Sorry to hear they have not gotten any farther along. I've read all the posts here and surely hope that your family gets the independant reveiw you deserve.
Find a way to contact me and I will tell you what I told them. Again I'm not sure if it is relevant but since I have no idea if they followed up on it or not
then I'll give you the info.      Prayers sent..
Title: Re: Karen Caughlin (14) - Murder - Sarnia, ON - March 16, 1974
Post by: Karens Voice on November 10, 2012, 11:44:06 AM
Thanks for the message.  I sent you a private message and I so appreciate your prayers for Karen and my family.

Title: Re: Karen Caughlin (14) - Murder - Sarnia, ON - March 16, 1974
Post by: freeman on March 13, 2014, 06:58:42 AM
I saw this today on the CBC web site, I don't see a thread for her case.

Karen Caughlin homicide to be revived by OPP after 40 years
OPP to release case chronology video and make public appeal at 11 a.m. ET today
The Canadian Press Posted: Mar 13, 2014 8:30 AM ET Last Updated: Mar 13, 2014 8:30 AM ET

Ontario Provincial Police hope a new appeal to the public will help reinvigorate an investigation into a four-decade-old homicide.

Karen Caughlin, 14, of Sarnia was dropped off early on March 16, 1974, in front of a friend's house on Brock Street  South in the city.

Investigators say Caughlin never entered the home, and a farmer discovered her battered body later that morning in a shallow ditch by a gravel sideroad northwest of Petrolia.

Police have said the autopsy revealed that Caughlin's injuries were consistent with having been struck by a vehicle. However, circumstances such as her purse being located several days later in a ditch north of Petrolia, led investigators to rule her death a homicide.

Even a $50,000 reward for information leading to the conviction of her killer hasn't led police to an arrest in the case.

Karen Caughlin's sister, Kathy, is unhappy with the way police have dealt with the case.

She claims they haven't followed up on some tips.

Two years ago, she organized a protest outside the OPP office in Petrolia, demanding an independent review.

OPP say they plan to release a case chronology video at 11 a.m. ET today and launch a public appeal to anyone with information in the case.

With files from CBC News

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/windsor/karen-caughlin-homicide-to-be-revived-by-opp-after-40-years-1.2570828
Title: Re: Karen Caughlin (14) - Murder - Sarnia, ON - March 16, 1974
Post by: D1 on March 13, 2014, 01:59:51 PM
Awesome! Troubling that it has to come to this but public pressure from family and supporters can generate action. Will have to see what this translates into.. Great job Kathy..
Title: Re: Karen Caughlin (14) - Murder - Sarnia, ON - March 16, 1974
Post by: jobo on March 13, 2014, 04:48:43 PM
I googled his name and came across an article written in 2007 and said Boudreau was 48...that would make him 55 today and 23 in 1974.  If my math is correct.
Title: Re: Karen Caughlin (14) - Murder - Sarnia, ON - March 16, 1974
Post by: freeman on March 13, 2014, 07:17:17 PM
If he was 48 in 2007 then he was born in 1959 and 15 in 1974
Title: Re: Karen Caughlin (14) - Murder - Sarnia, ON - March 16, 1974
Post by: jobo on March 14, 2014, 01:35:35 AM
lol...thanks freeman....my math was wrong.....so he was born in 1959 as you figured.
Title: Re: Karen Caughlin (14) - Murder - Sarnia, ON - March 16, 1974
Post by: eyeswideopen on March 14, 2014, 08:39:12 AM
I just want Karens voice to know some of us are silently following this .  I have been all these years but have been unable to respond as it is too close to home, I went through the same battle with the opp to the point of selling my home to fight to find my brothers body and his killers.  Well we did eventually get most of his body but the killers although no long police officers still walk the streets.  I have sillently followed and prayed for resolution for your family.  Never stop .
Title: Re: Karen Caughlin (14) - Murder - Sarnia, ON - March 16, 1974
Post by: chickapey on March 27, 2014, 07:55:44 AM
Unreal. The OPP have things handed to them... tips, common sense etc and don't act on it. What is it going to take?

Was Karen's case suggested as one of the ones featured on To Catch A Killer?
Title: Re: Karen Caughlin (14) - Murder - Sarnia, ON - March 16, 1974
Post by: Karens Voice on April 12, 2015, 11:21:20 AM
Very Good Question....what is it going to take???    They still are refusing the independent review, we still have no answers...we still  have no justice for my beautiful sister Karen...  One can only conclude that Karen's unsolved homicide is about them (OPP) not about a child victim of homicide. It has been 12-years since they dusted off Karen's case file, which they claim today they have never stopped working over the past 41-years, which is a blatant PR lie and still nothing.  Still my family receives phone calls from people who have been waiting for the OPP to respond to their phone calls....same crap different decade....and all the while my family is suppose to maintain a normal happy existence.
God help us to move forward and heal our shattered hearts.....
   
Title: Re: Karen Caughlin (14) - Murder - Sarnia, ON - March 16, 1974
Post by: chickapey on July 23, 2015, 06:58:53 AM
I find it suspicious that the girl Karen was supposed to be seeing won't help. Any normal, innocent friend would be right there to do anything they could. Why are the police not leaning on her? There was also a case in Windsor from 1971 where the police recently released some 'hold back' information. Why are the police here not doing the same thing? Before that though, I'd be more inclined to lean on the 'friend' It seems from anything I've read about this case that the police are really covering up for the previous generations mess ups
Title: Re: Karen Caughlin (14) - Murder - Sarnia, ON - March 16, 1974
Post by: jellybean on November 11, 2016, 04:36:28 PM
The video will not work for me - but here is a run down of Karen's last nite, according to another site. This adds even more details as to her last night.   
[/b]  I don't believe these details have been posted.  Apologies, if they were.

The following 4 posts is a general recap - I have also quoted from Karen's Voice, and included a post that has a news article about Boudreau, whom is mentioned by Karen's Voice.


Post 1 of 4
What happened in 1974?

On March 15, 1974, Karen went to school as usual. She was a ninth grade student at Sarnia Collegiate Institute and Technical School, in Sarnia.

Since several friends are involved in the story, we will identify them for now by letter.

We know that Karen had made after-school plans. She went to a friend’s home. Let’s call her friend A. Later, Karen and A went to the Rose Garden roller rink located in Point Edward around 7:00 p.m.

 Karen stayed with A the whole afternoon until they left for the skating rink. They had also made tentative arrangements for Karen to stay overnight at A’s house.

Karen and A left the rink around 11:00 p.m. and accepted a ride from a couple of boys, friends B and C, and left in a pick-up truck. Karen’s friend A was dropped off at her home a short time later.

Karen continued to drive around the area with B and C before picking up a third teenage boy, friend D.

The four teenagers (Karen and friends B, C, and D) continued to drive around the city, stopping at the A & W for a root beer, and visiting other friends (unidentified) until Karen was dropped off near her friend A’s house on Brock Street around 1:00 a.m. on the 16th of March, 1974.

This was the last time that we know that Karen was seen alive. The boys who last saw Karen, friends B-C-D, have all been cleared and are not suspects.

It seems that Karen was struck by a vehicle and was left for dead in a shallow ditch on the side of Plowing Match Road (formally known as Side Road 6-7) in Enniskillen Township, a couple kilometers northwest of the town of Petrolia. Her body was located on the 16th of March, 1974, around 9:50 a.m., by an area farmer, Mr. Fred Bygrove. He stated that he drove by and spotted her body. According to his statements in the papers, his son-in-law had driven by an hour earlier and he claimed that he did not see anything along the shoulder. If Mr. Bygrove and his son-in-law are correct about the time it means that Karen was placed in the ditch between 9-950am!

Karen’s coat and shoes were located a short distance away from her body in a pile of branches.

Her purse was discovered several days later in a ditch just north of Petrolia, south east of where her body was located.

Police has been able to identify the types of vehicles that may have been associated with this homicide. Paint chips were found on Karen’s clothing.

Those paint chips indicate that the vehicle involved was a 1970–1971 Chrysler/Plymouth/Dodge product with metallic purple paint commonly known as “Plum Crazy Purple.” This type of paint was used predominantly on Chrysler’s performance vehicles such as the Barracuda, Challenger, Charger, Dart, Demon, Duster, and Superbee. This paint was also used on Chrysler’s Belvedere, Coronet, Satellite, and Valliant models.

Police feel confident that someone in the Sarnia area knows who owned the vehicle that struck Karen and possibly knows who the driver was that night.

(cont)
Title: Re: Karen Caughlin (14) - Murder - Sarnia, ON - March 16, 1974
Post by: jellybean on November 11, 2016, 09:29:00 PM
Post 2 of 4

You have some of your infomation wrong and you failed to consider this!!  What if when Karen was dropped off at her friends house (friend B) and she actually entered the house?  This house had no parents home at the time!  What if Karen and her friend went out somewhere together and this girl has been lying all along?  Karen went to the roller rink with one friend (friend A) from school and met up with another friend (friend B), where she was dropped off.  The girl Karen went to the roller rink with was not aware until she got dropped off at her house around 11:00 pm that Karen had changed her plans.  She fully expected Karen to get out of the truck when she did.  Something at the roller rink changed Karen's mind about staying with friend A and she decided to stay with friend B. She had been hanging out with friend B at school!

My parents were not aware Karen was not coming home!  She did not have permission to stay out! This was also on Friday night, she was dropped off technically 1:00am Saturday morning and her body was found nine hours later @ 10:00am on Saturday morning.   The boys who dropped her off on Brock St (block away from our family home) did not wait and or look back to see if Karen entered the house.  I believe she entered the house where friend B was waiting with other male individuals.  NO PARENTS WERE HOME ALL NIGHT LONG!!!!
Title: Re: Karen Caughlin (14) - Murder - Sarnia, ON - March 16, 1974
Post by: jellybean on November 11, 2016, 09:29:40 PM
Post 3 of 4

To 67Shawn, could you send me a private message and tell me what you told the OPP?  I will look into it with the OPP.

 The girl who Karen was suppose to be staying with that night does not want to help.  In fact my family has always felt she was not telling the truth. We believe because Karen changed her mind at the roller rink about staying with the girl she went to the roller rink with, that something happened to change her mind at the roller rink.  I believe she did enter the house on Brock St. even thou this girl claims Karen never showed up. Her parents were not home and I believe they went out somewhere and this is when Karen was murdered.  We do know Karen and this girl were in Richard Boudreau's company 72-hours prior to Karen's murder.  The OPP continue to choose to ignore these FACTS!!  We have had witnesses come forward to substantiate this information in the past 2-years and they were also ignored by the OPP.

I will take everyone's advice under serious consideration including the lawyers.  It is just to bad that money and lawyers have to be the key factors in providing a child victim of homicide JUSTICE in our country.  I am ready for a new plan...the first thing on my list is the August 18, 2012 Protest against the OPP. 

This article is in today's local newspaper and Karen is on the front page. 


http://www.theobserver.ca/2012/07/17/new-manager-on-caughlin-cold-case-file

Thanks for everyone's support it means so much!

Kathy Caughlin

   
Title: Re: Karen Caughlin (14) - Murder - Sarnia, ON - March 16, 1974
Post by: jellybean on November 11, 2016, 09:35:08 PM
Post 4 of 4

and who is Richard Boudreau?  The person whom Karen was with 72 hours before?

w.theobserver.ca/2013/08/21/missing-them-stil
By Tara Jeffrey, Sarnia Observer
Wednesday, August 21, 2013 4:31:23 EDT PMl

Some say time heals everything.

But for Sarnia mothers Pauline Brazeau and Sandy Sauve, the pain is as raw as it was 30 years ago when their teenaged daughters were brutally murdered.

“I remember everything, every detail. It seems like just yesterday – like right now, even,” said Brazeau, at the same kitchen table where she sat the night her daughter Shelley and her best friend Kim Sauve went missing.

“I still remember sitting here waiting that night” she said. “I knew they weren't coming back. I said to my husband, 'they're dead,' and he told me I was crazy.”

But Brazeau's worst nightmare was all too real. Days later, the girls' bodies were found bludgeoned to death in a Plympton Township cornfield.

“Nothing has ever been good since that day. There's just nothing to look forward to,” said Sauve, seated with Brazeau, looking through old photos of their daughters, who were inseparable.

At the tender ages of 16 and 15, Brazeau and Sauve were going into Grade 11 at St. Pat's when they were killed.

This time of year is still the hardest for the two sets of parents, including fathers Charles Brazeau and Bob Sauve.

Among the foursome, post-traumatic stress, insomnia, anxiety, depression and financial struggles are challenges that have only worsened over the years.

The fact that convicted killer Richard Boudreau is still behind bars — serving a life sentence for the girls' murders — doesn't come with much solace, Sauve said. He’s putting in his time in condo-style prison housing at a medium-security institution near Bath, Ont., much like where schoolgirl killer Paul Bernardo recently requested to be transferred.

“He's got the life of leisure over there, yet we're struggling day after day just to keep our heads above water,” she said of Boudreau, who’s been allowed conjugal visits with the woman he married four years into his sentence. He also visits with the two children he adopted from the woman's previous marriage.

Boudreau, who is now in his 50s, has maintained his innocence since the 1984 murder trial, during which he blamed the girls' murders on three unnamed London drug dealers.

Still, he has declined his right to every parole eligibility hearing since 2003.

His next hearing is in 2015, although he can submit applications for a parole review before then if he wishes.

The families are notified each time Boudreau is allowed outside the prison grounds, which lately has been for frequent hospital visits, they're told.

At this point, the Brazeau's and Sauve's – now in their late 60's – just want to outlive their worst enemy.

“If he could only die soon, maybe we could be at peace more,” said Brazeau. “Just knowing he'll never be able to hurt anybody.”

She says she's haunted by dreams at night of her daughter coming home.

“But I know it's never going to happen,” she said. “They say it gets easier, but it never does.”

Earlier this year, the tragic murder of Sarnia teacher Noelle Paquette – whose body was found in a woodlot off Mandaumin Road – was a horrific reminder of what happened to her own daughter.

“It brought it all back,” Brazeau said. “I just cried – I didn't know her, but we can imagine what they did to her.”

Shelley Brazeau and Kim Sauve went missing the evening of Aug. 21, 1983 and Sarnia police first dismissed their disappearance as a case of runaways.

But the parents persisted and learned the girls were last seen with Boudreau. The next day, all four parents tracked down Boudreau to his Cedar Crescent home, demanding to know where their daughters were.

When a bag owned by one of the girls was found near Greenwood Golf Course, police didn't search the area.

Instead, Sauve and Brazeau enlisted the aid of their union brothers with the IBEW Local 530 and pipefitters to search nearby cornfields. About 300 showed up and searched for hours before finding the two battered bodies in Plympton Township.

The girls – who were best friends from the time they were toddlers – were cremated together and share a hilltop grave at Our Lady of Mercy Cemetery.

During Boudreau's sentencing, Justice Coulter Osborne called him “a walking advertisement for capital punishment.”

At the time, Bob Sauve was one of the first in Canada to read a victim impact statement in a courtroom. The Sarnia father pushed to have a victim advocacy group in the area and today it exists in the form of Victim Services Sarnia-Lambton.

Now, at 68, Sauve suffers from fainting spells and a bad heart, his wife said.

Kim was their only child.

“So that was it for us,” Sauve said.

The Brazeau's have one other daughter, Rachelle, who was four years younger than Shelley. Her own daughter is now 16 – the same age as Shelley when she was killed.

“She's my angel,” Pauline Brazeau said of her granddaughter with tears in her eyes, admitting she's overprotective of the teen.

“I have anxiety – I'm so scared something will happen to her.”

She recalls the words her husband used to say to their two young daughters years ago.

“Take care of your sister, you only have one,” she said. “If only we knew.”

tara.jeffrey@sunmedia.ca

Title: Re: Karen Caughlin (14) - Murder - Sarnia, ON - March 16, 1974
Post by: Have faith on March 27, 2017, 09:59:51 PM
Karens Voice,

I sincerely hope this new information to the OPP cracks this case open. They must feel that they have a good lead...finally! I am confused as to how a party in Petrolia, the day before Karen went missing is relevant, but I assume this info it is directed at people who know what the OPP are talking about.  The Rose Garden rolling rink definitely seems to be the key connection here. Please chime in with your thoughts, or clarification of the release if you feel it would be beneficial. I understand if you decide not to comment at this time. Here's hoping and praying!

http://www.heartfm.ca/news/local-news/police-rehashing-cold-case-murder-from-1974/


Police are still investigating the death of 14 year old Karen Lee Ann Caughlin who was murdered sometime between Friday March 15th, and Saturday March 16th in 1974. OPP are rehashing the case after getting some new information. They are looking to speak with anyone may have attended or hosted a social gathering in Petrolia after going to the Rose Gardens roller skating rink, perhaps the day before Karen was last seen alive. Some people may remember attending the party, but may not have known that Karen may have considered attending.

Karen was killed 42 years ago and her body was discovered near the side of the then-6th Sideroad or Freer Road, which is now known as Plowing Match Road, between Churchill Line and Lasaille Line in Lambton County.

The OPP continue to engage followers on the OPP West Region’s social media platforms. The public is encouraged to share social media postings and to watch a review of the available information during a Periscope broadcast with Detective-Inspector Chris AVERY at 9:00 a.m. on Wednesday, March 16th. Connect to Periscope through the OPP West Region Twitter account @OPP_WR.

Anyone with new information on the Karen Lee Ann Caughlin case may call Lambton County OPP at 1-519-882-1011. If a caller prefers to remain anonymous, they can call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or submit information online at https://www.tipsubmit.com/.