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Toronto / Re: Leo Buswa, 42, Murdered, September 29, 2010
« Last post by SAP on October 13, 2014, 05:34:25 PM »

Kenneth Jackson
APTN National News
A First Nation woman who was struck and killed by a freight train in Toronto Tuesday night was also a witness in a murder investigation and had allegedly been receiving death threats about testifying according to people close to her.

Terra Gardner is believed to have been hit on the tracks near Young Street and Summerhill Avenue at about 10:25 p.m. close to a popular spot where people are known to drink by the tracks. Two other people are believed to have been with her at the time of her death.

Gardner had been receiving death threats and was being called a rat for providing information in the Toronto homicide of First Nations man Leo Buswa in 2010.

Buswa was beaten Aug. 29 that year and died a month later in hospital.

Last month Gardner testified at the preliminary trial of Blake Paul, of Moose Factory, Ont., who is accused of second-degree murder. Paul was arrested in 2012 in Cape Breton, N.S.

Gardner apparently was reluctant to testify and she was warned by officials that if she didn’t testify she would be held in custody until the trial, scheduled for later this year, according to Doug Johnson Hatlem, a street pastor with Sanctuary, an organization in Toronto that helps struggling people.

“They did not give her adequate protection for testifying…in a major murder trial where she is being called a rat and being threatened and we had to literally beg to get her a second night in a hotel and she was testifying for five straight days,” said Johnson Hatlem. “They just wanted to give her the first night. She’s homeless. She’s vulnerable.”

It’s not immediately known if Gardner’s death is being treated as suspicious by Toronto police but it’s leaving some to question the timing of the death.

“That’s a potential,” said Johnson Hatlem. “It also could have been an accident. We don’t know that yet but given the circumstances if this isn’t treated at least a little bit suspicious it’s going to be really, really maddening.”

Originally from Nigigoonsiminikaaning First Nation, located 40 km east of Fort Frances, Ont., Gardner was living in Toronto. She often went to Sanctuary for help.

On her Facebook page dozens of people expressed sorrow upon learning of her death.

“I just don’t want to believe it’s true and then I keep seeing everyone post about you being gone,” said one person. “The waves of sorrow are small right now but, I can feel them growing and it hurts more and more when I think I wont be able to walk do the street and see that beautiful smile of yours or get one of those super awesome hugs.”

Police said they couldn’t release any information.

Barrie / Re: Cindy Laura Halliday - April 20, 1992 - Age 17 - Murdered - Waverly
« Last post by SAP on October 13, 2014, 12:43:21 PM »
Have just been reading over page 1 of this thread and what makes me wonder is the mention that the perp supposedly washed Cindy's jacket and returned it to the crime scene. At a time when testing for DNA  was not as it is now ... who would have known that DNA sciences were evolving and knew enough to remove their prints or blood from a jacket? Perhaps police were looking at the wrong type of person (eg: men from the pool hall) in this case? Perhaps the perp was scholared, or could have also been in some police force?

Doesn't it sound as though he would have been taunting police and the family by taking that jacket and washing it and then returning it to the crime scene?  Having left the jacket and wallet near a roadway while the body was further away and hidden ... testing and taunting?
London / Re: Jacqueline English - London, ON - Murdered - 1969
« Last post by sandpiper on October 13, 2014, 10:43:37 AM »
Yes I may of read the date wrong, but I remember her being ill when the event occurred as the police were asking about a time before that date.    Anyway this is what I heard in the discussions when the police were at out home.  Thanks for the best wishes.  Sandpiper
Victoria / Re: 1959-00-00, HAMILTON, William "Bill" James Lawrence - missing
« Last post by billsdaughter on October 12, 2014, 10:37:12 PM »
Hi, and thanks for your post.  I am not actively searching for Bill now, just look once in a while.  Bill does have one living brother, but they did not look alike, his other brothers and father died long ago.  I have only seen two pictures of my grandfather, and  a couple of old snapshots of his brothers, when they were younger.   I did find an aging (morphing) program on the  web a few years ago,  and aged a picture of Bill, but he basically looked the same, but with silvery hair a a few lines.  Feel free to try with the pic of Bill I have up if you want to, it's ok with me.   Just google face aging program or morphing program, there are a few free ones.
Happy Thanksgiving! (in Canada)
Winnipeg - After 1990 / Re: Glenda Morrisseau - Unsolved Murder (Winnipeg 1991)
« Last post by jellybean on October 12, 2014, 07:11:36 PM »
This family has seen their fair share of tragedy.  I believe this is part of the Morriseau family.

Glen Robert Henderson

 HENDERSON, Glen Robert -  Peacefully, with his Family by his side, Glen Robert Henderson (affectionately known as "Fish"), Saturday November 24, 2012. Born in Pine Falls, MB, 1941-03-20. Predeceased by his parents, Andrew and Matilda Henderson, and his children: Dalton, Glenda and Maxine Morrisseau. Survived by his partner, Evelyn (Dolly) Morrisseau, Brothers: David (Laverne) and family, Brian (Janice) and family. Sisters: Velma (Gail) Alexander and family, Lorraine (Bob) and family. Children: Alvin (Denise) and Doreen and family. Grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and numerous relatives and good friends. The wake will be in Black River First Nation at the residence of David and Laverne Henderson from Saturday Nov. 24 to Tuesday Nov. 27. The funeral service will be on Tuesday Nov. 27, at 2 PM at St. Georges Anglican Church in Black River, MB, with Rev. Nancy Bruyere, Richard Bruyere and Ernest McPherson Sr. officiating. The Family thanks the Doctors and nursing staff at the HSC Medical Intensive Care Unit for their care and hospitality they provided to Glen and the family. The Family also thanks the Chief and Council of Black River First Nation, and the many friends and relatives for their support. Funeral arrangements entrusted to;  ROCK FONTAINE FUNERAL DIRECTOR Honour-Respect-Dignity In Winnipeg 223-2576 or toll free 1(866)499-260112134723 

London / Re: Jacqueline English - London, ON - Murdered - 1969
« Last post by Jesa on October 12, 2014, 02:00:44 PM »
Your info regarding Oct.3/69 is incorrect. Perhaps you may have confused this date with another event. M. was at work & she & Jackie were driven back into London by 2 men.
I understand your love & concern for your sister but FACTS can not be altered. There is no question about where M. was on the Friday night.
I hope you & your family nothing but the best.
London / Re: Jacqueline English - London, ON - Murdered - 1969
« Last post by sandpiper on October 12, 2014, 01:46:46 PM »
Hello, forgot to say thank you for the welcome.  I am the younger sister of Marilyn and as a child I grew up with the details of the murder as the police were at out house on a regular basis.  I try to remember what was said at that time listening to Marilyn.  There has been enough time with her, the answers are in bits and pieces.  I do remember Marion said she was sick on October 3rd and did not go in for her shift.  The remember that the two did hitch hike to get a ride over the overpass at least one time for sure.  They were picked up by two men one night and I remember the detectives getting the descriptions of them and there were some pictures that were drawn by an artist.  I remember the detectives in the living room showing her pictures.  They were at our house several times.

One day I was walking through the schoolyard near our house and I found a letter written regarding the case.  There had been a plea for anyone with information to forward any information (The London Free Press) to pass it to the paper even if there was not a name signed to it.  I took the letter to my mom and I don't know what happened after that to it.  It just seemed strange that I found the letter.  My parents kept information away from me but I did see and hear things.  I was 14 years old at the time.

I really don't think either girls were partying as we were expected home on time.  I think they did hitch hike and this is how they may of met some people.  I used to hitch hike and I ran into not so nice people from time to time.  I do not remember hearing the girls were at any parties, they both worked and went to school.  We were expected back home on time and do not recall a night where my parents were looking for the girls.  I believe they were teenagers hitch hiking as lots of people did in the late 60's and 70's.  It was a different time and parents did not give rides to children all the time, we were expected to walk or ride our bikes.  Sometimes there were boys, but perhaps there was two not so good men that night.  I do know that Marilyn called in sick by what my parents and the detectives were saying.  The overpass was a very scary thing at that time, it would be dark and cold on an October night. When I started working at the Superstore in the late 70's I walked over it several times to go to the bus, it was something I did not like to do by myself, but I did it because there was no other way to get home.  Any thoughts?   Sandpiper
London / Re: Jacqueline English - London, ON - Murdered - 1969
« Last post by sandpiper on October 12, 2014, 11:57:03 AM »
Hello, I wish I could of been at the bridge to walk but had to work.  I understand Chickapee (not sure I spelled that right) that she consented to the interview.  I just want you to know that she does thrive on the attention and I know they used to hitch hike over the bridge.  People with mental health issues have rights I am aware of, and she has a right to speak her mind on television.  I am just saying she has not been well since she was 14 years old.  Mental illness runs in my family and in her direct family there were 3 out of 6 that had or have been diagnosed with severe mental illness.  The interview affected her afterwards and the family has had to deal with the effects afterwards.  The interview did set her back and we are currently dealing with delusions again.  Please understand that she has the right to speak as the Mental Health Act permits her.  I wish the truth would come forward but it is apparent that she only knows bits and pieces that do not show the real truth.  At no time did I say she was not treated badly, she would be more than willing tell everyone what she thinks she knows or imagines.  Please understand during the interview this may not of been apparent, however her sister and I now have to try to get her focused on having some sort of quality of life as she is caught up in her delusions again.  Would you say that someone who thinks they were married to Harrison Ford is in their right mind?  I see the interview as not giving any information that was credible.  She only knew Jackie a short time, a period of time that changed people's lived forever.  I pray that the information she did give did help the case.  I really don't know if it did or not.  I wonder if it was worth it to set her back?  She seems to be getting better and we rarely engage in her conversations about the case.  The story changes all the time.  As said before if the interview helped then it was worth it.  It just seemed sad to me that she gave anyone false hope.  If you have mental illness in your family, I believe it would be understood.  Thank you for letting me speak about the situation.  Jackie is the most important person in these blogs and views, not my relative.  I just had to talk about the ripple effect from the interview.
Victoria / Re: 1959-00-00, HAMILTON, William "Bill" James Lawrence - missing
« Last post by Concerned on October 12, 2014, 11:49:52 AM »
Billsdaughter, I'm sorry you are still without answers and searching. It occurred to me that we may be able to tell what he may look like from pictures of his brothers, uncles or father at the age he would be today. Is there any pictures of the men in the family that may have resembled him then, and perhaps now? 
London / Re: Margaret Sheeler - London, ON - Murdered - 1963
« Last post by chickapey on October 12, 2014, 09:11:36 AM »
Maybe the police and paper said it was Sheeler because people living together weren't as accepted until much much later?  If they were married her name on the death certificate would have to be in her legal name which would be Sheeler and wouldn't the stone have to reflect that or at least have Sheeler in brackets? I wonder. If they were married he would be next of kin automatically and have some kind of say in what the stone said and as a grieving husband... wouldn't he insist on that? It just seems really odd to me.

As for waiting, I wonder if he did call police before and was told to call back after 24 hours since she was an adult and the police only go by the call they actually go out on but still... factoring in the weather and her being pregnant, you'd think there would be more cause for alarm. If he didn't call before then it just really makes me wonder what he was up to
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