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Other Locations / Thera Dieleman (80) | Murdered | Innerkip, ON | 1988
« on: August 28, 2018, 07:21:56 AM »
OPP to reveal new details about 1988 homicide

Thera Dieleman of Innerkip, was a murder victim who died in her home at the age of 80
A 30-year-old Southwestern Ontario murder is expected to take a new twist Tuesday, with investigators of an 80-year-old widow’s slaying saying they’ll reveal new suspect information.

Ontario Provincial Police have called a news conference to discuss the unsolved homicide of Thera Dieleman, whose strangled and beaten body was found near the front door of her Innerkip home, north of Woodstock in Oxford County, on Sept. 16, 1988.

Dieleman had lived in Indonesia, then a Dutch colony, and survived three years in an internment camp after the Japanese invaded the country during the Second World War.

The elderly woman likely resisted and injured her attacker before dying, police have said.

It’s the second time this summer police in the London region have gone public in a bid for help solving decades-old unsolved cases, a tactic one expert says can pay off, in part because so many years have gone by.

“Often, the passage of time allows people to become less reluctant to speak and all they need is a bit of a prompt or a nudge to come forward with what they know,” said Mike Arntfield, a former London police detective who’s now a Western University sociology professor and author of a best-selling book on cold-case killings.

The OPP held a news conference 10 years ago about the Dieleman case and said they’d recovered a man’s DNA from her body but needed someone to name the person responsible for her slaying.

The DNA didn’t match any of the persons of interest in the case, nor did police find the suspect among those in the national DNA databank, they said at the time.

No arrests were made, despite a $50,000 reward.

Last seen alive on Sept. 15, 1988, after being dropped off at her home following a day in Goderich, Dieleman didn’t answer the phone when friends tried calling her the next day. Witnesses reported seeing a red, flatbed truck in Dieleman’s driveway on the day her body was found.

Tuesday’s news conference is scheduled for 11 a.m. at the OPP’s regional headquarters in London.

The OPP also went public last month,  to try to solve another old case, the death of Suzanne Deborah Miller, 25, whose body was found in a wooded area near Thorndale, on Oct. 12, 1974.

Police posted a video describing Miller’s killing to the OPP’s YouTube channel and shared it across social media. Bus ads and a minivan outfitted with information about the case were used to prompt people with information to call police. A reward for information about the Miller case was increased to $50,000.

But Arntfield criticized the OPP for their track record of not releasing enough information to the public in the early stages of death investigations.

“Unfortunately, with this agency, the public is never kept in the loop during the initial, critical, first phase of the investigation. These pressers, 10, 20, 30 years later, are often the first piece of information that they’ve ever publicly confirmed,” he said.

“I guess we’ll wait and see what they have to say.”

Windsor / Autumn Taggart (31), Murdered, June 10/2018, Windsor, ON
« on: August 08, 2018, 11:01:33 PM »

Police look for vehicle in Windsor murder case and release cause of death
Investigators believe victim's child was inside the home where the homicide happened

June 23, 2018

Windsor police release photo of homicide victim Autumn Taggart, also known as Maya Madolyn. (Windsor police)
Just a day after Windsor police released the photo of a recent homicide victim, authorities now say they're looking for more information about a vehicle possibly involved with the case.

Police are seeking a dark, newer model SUV that was parked behind the apartment building where Autumn Taggart's body was found on June 10 around 8 p.m. The apartment building is located at the corner of University Avenue West and McKay Avenue. It's believed the vehicle was there from 3 a.m. to 7 a.m. earlier that same day.

Investigators also say her 9-year-old child was inside the home when it happened.

The cause of death has been listed as blunt force trauma to parts of Taggart's body. The 31-year-old woman also goes by the name of Maya Madolyn.

Windsor police investigating woman found dead in her apartment as a homicide

With hopes of engaging more people who aren't connected to social media, police will have the mobile command post stationed at the intersection of McKay Avenue and University Avenue West on Saturday and Sunday.

Authorities are asking neighbours in the area to look around their yards for items that don't normally belong there.

Other Locations / Three Elderly Women Murdered, Huron County, 1970s
« on: May 24, 2018, 10:27:27 PM »
Three elderly women were killed in their homes in Huron County in the early 1970s.  They all lived alone.

I'm not sure if these murders are necessarily linked, but I'm curious to know if anyone living in Huron County at the time knows of any of these cases.

The first victim was a retired high school teacher named Katharine Macgregor (70), from Clinton.  She was stabbed in her home in January 1970.  She was found fully clothed. 

The second victim was a 76 year old from Crediton.  Pearl FahnerUnfortunately, I cannot find any further information about her, aside from the fact that she was brutally beaten in November 1970.  A teenager was charged shortly after.

The third was Jane McMurtrie (93) from Hensall.  She was strangled and sexually assaulted in her home.  Nothing was taken.  The crime seems fairly planned.  I've started a separate thread for her here.

Other Locations / Jane McMurtrie (93)-Murdered-Hensall, ON-1973
« on: May 24, 2018, 09:55:11 PM »
Is anyone from the Exeter/Hensall/Zurich area familiar with this crime?

From the Zurich Citizens News (11 October 1973):  Links here and here.

Police Continue Hunt for Possible Clues

Police are still looking for some type of evidence which might give them a lead in the strangling death of a 93 year-old Hensall widow, found in her home last Friday afternoon.

Mrs. Jane McMurtrie was found naked in her upstairs bedroom by neighbours.  She had been last seen by neighbours raking leaves on her front lawn Thursday afternoon.  Her home is on the main street of Hensall near the westerly limits of the village.

Mrs. Fred Vivian who made Mrs. McMurtrie one main meal a day, brought her groceries and helped with some housework, said he [sic] went to the house at 1:20 pm Friday and found the rear door unlocked.

She said she was suspicious, went next door and attempted to telephone Mrs. McMurtrie but found the telephone was no working. 

Police said the telephone line at the victim's house had been cut, but added that workmen had been repairing the line earlier in the week.

Insp. Tom Lennon of the OPP criminal investigation branch in Toronto said the cause of Mrs. McMurtrie's death was not immediately apparent.  There were no external signs of violence.  An autopsy Saturday at Stratford General Hospital revealed the strangulation. 

Police said forensic laboratory experts are trying to determine if she was sexually assaulted. 

Insp. Lennon said there were signs of attempted entry in two locations at the large tree-shaded frame house where Mrs. McMurtrie had lived for 35 years. 

Police called in from Sebringville and Goderich to assist the Exeter OPP detachment made [sic] a house-to-house canvass Sunday and Monday to determine if anyone had seen anything that could be of assistance.

Police and the victim's niece, Mrs. Stewart Bell of Zurich Road, described Mrs. McMurtrie as "in good health for her age."

Mrs. Bell said her aunt was able to do many chores in the house and around the yard although she couldn't walk well.  She was "a good church goer and a good giver," Mrs. Bell said.

Mrs. McMurtrie had lived along [sic] for 11 years since the death of her second husband.  She had moved to the King Street house after the death of her first husband, a farmer. 

"She had no family, no children," Mrs. Bell said.  "She had those two cats--they were barn cats--and they were her children.  She called them her children."  Mrs. Bell took the cats home. 

Police said the house was not ransacked, nothing was taken, and there was no apparent motive for the killing.

It was the third slaying involving elderly women who lived alone in this area in the past three years.

A 70 year-old Clinton woman was stabbed to death in January 1970, and a 76 year-old Crediton woman was beaten to death in November of the same year. 

Funeral service for the late Mrs. McMurtrie was held Monday at Bonthron Funeral Chapel, Hensall, with internment in Baird's Cemetery.  Rev. Donald Beck officiated.

From the Zurich Citizens News (29 November 1973):  Link here.

Remand Suspect in Hensall Murder Case

Lloyd George Salter, of RR#3, Kippen was remanded to November 29 when he appeared in provincial court at Goderich Thursday on a charge of non-capital murder of a 94 year old Hensall woman.

Salter was arrested Tuesday at Hensall where he was employed as a sheet metal worker. 

The naked body of Mrs. McMurtrie was found October 5, in an upstairs bedroom of her home. 

She had been strangled and sexually assaulted.

From The Globe and Mail (5 April 1974):

Goderich--Lloyd George Salter, 39, of nearby Kippen, was acquitted yesterday in a non-capital murder charge in the Oct. 5, 1973 slaying of Jane Burton McMustrie [sic], a 93 year-old widow.  The Ontario Supreme Court jury deliberated for 3 1/2 hours at the end of a nine day trial in this community, 55 miles northwest of London.

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