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Re: Kimberly Ann McAndrew - August 12, 1989 - Age 19 - Missing - Halifax, NS
« Reply #30 on: September 03, 2010, 01:27:32 PM »
I am repeating my post from page 2 of this thread:

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Please read this site folks.....
It seems the police in Halifax, not only know who murdered Kimberly McAndrew, but they are deliberately hiding it.

http://www.thecoast.ca/halifax/dead-wrong-halifaxs-unsolved-murders/Content?oid=1403387


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At 4:20pm on Saturday, August 12, 1989, Kimberly McAndrew, a 19-year-old cashier at the Quinpool Canadian Tire store, punched off work, walked into the parking lot and...disappeared.

Tom Martin was a young undercover drug squad officer at the time, but he---like virtually everyone else on the force---pitched in during the investigation's early stages, in part because McAndrew, like MacCullough, was a pure victim and, in part, because her father, Cyril, was a Mountie, a fellow cop.

It was an RCMP informant who first convinced investigators Kimberly had been abducted by pimps. While the tip had to be pursued, Martin says, with the benefit of hindsight and experience, it's clear investigators fixed on it to the exclusion of other possibilities. "Investigation 101. Don't believe your informant too much."

Or well-meaning, supposed eyewitnesses. One woman insisted she'd seen Kim in a Penhorn Mall flower shop the day she disappeared. That tip became so embedded in the investigation it's still on the department's website as her last sighting.

Martin says that doesn't make sense but believing it again kept early investigators from considering other possibilities.

In 2004, when Martin finally officially got the McAndrew cold case file--- "I'd been working it anyway; it was the case everyone wanted to solve"---his first step was to sit down with Kim's family. "Let's go back to square one," he told them.

He wanted to know everything about Kim, from her favourite singer (Bryan Adams) to the fact she was still a small-town girl so nervous of the big city she would rather go home to her parents in Parrsboro than stay overnight alone in the Halifax apartment she shared with her sister.

"This was not a girl who was going to go on a safari to Dartmouth," Martin says. Besides, if she wanted to buy flowers---it was her boyfriend's birthday---there was a flower shop along the most logical route from work to her apartment. "My instincts and experience tell me Kim never got out of that parking lot," Martin says today.

But that raises a question. Given Kim's skittishness, wouldn't she have screamed if someone had tried to abduct her in a parking lot filled with Saturday afternoon shoppers?

She would have. Unless...

In October 1997, police in Nanaimo, BC---following up on complaints that a man driving a Pontiac Grand Am with Nova Scotia licence plates had been posing as a police officer to lure young girls into his car---arrested former Halifax resident Andrew Paul Johnson. They found a developmentally challenged 20-year-old woman locked in his car, along with what police described as a rape kit: pornographic magazines, a Halloween mask, handcuffs, a meat cleaver, lubricating gel and packing tape.

Halifax police had been looking for Johnson, too. In 1992, he had pleaded guilty to confining and sexually assaulting his Halifax girlfriend. In 1997, he'd been caught masturbating in his car while watching girls at play in Hammonds Plains. There was a warrant for his arrest for harassing a 12-year-old Whites Lake girl while posing as a teen fashion representative. And, shortly before turning up in BC, he had disappeared from a Dartmouth sexual offender treatment program---but not before turning in a chilling assignment. Psychiatrist Joseph Gabriel asked participants in the program to write an essay about a sexual assault from the point of view of its victim.

Johnson had written his about the rape and murder of Kimberly McAndrew.

Gabriel notified the Halifax police, who quickly set up a task force to investigate. Although Martin---busy with several other investigations---wasn't directly involved with that investigation, he says its members did a "phenomenal job" putting together the puzzle pieces of Johnson's life.

Intriguingly, at the time of Kimberly's disappearance, the telephone directory lists Johnson's girlfriend as living in an apartment in a complex across from the Canadian Tire parking lot. "If someone had identified himself to Kim as a police officer," Martin suggests today, "she---being the daughter of a police officer---might have gone with him."

The task force uncovered other evidence in its investigation, too---including some which linked Johnson to other unsolved murders in Halifax.

On January 1, 1992, a 22-year-old Vancouver woman named Andrea King had arrived at the Halifax International Airport with dreams of enrolling at Dalhousie Law School...and disappeared. Her body was found nearly a year later. During their investigation of Johnson, police found Andrea's eye shadow compact.

Police sent several pieces of evidence for DNA testing, but the science wasn't yet sophisticated enough to give them what they needed to charge Johnson.

Confronted with what they knew, however, investigators hoped Johnson might confess. By that point, Johnson, who'd pleaded guilty to abduction charges in the Nanaimo case, was facing a dangerous offender hearing that could---and did---put him behind bars indefinitely. Johnson refused to talk to the Halifax investigators.

In May 2001, days after a court in BC declared Johnson a dangerous offender, HRP disbanded its task force, without explanation---and without laying any charges. Why?

Three years later, when Martin---now officially a member of the cold case unit---began his back-to-square-one re-examination of the McAndrew file, he went looking for a piece of DNA evidence he knew the task force had collected. Martin hoped advances in testing procedures might produce a breakthrough. But the evidence was missing. He shakes his head. "No one could find it."

He also asked the RCMP for a copy of the file from the "unusual" parallel investigation it had run into McAndrew's disappearance. "I asked for it, but I never got it." He doesn't know why---"I didn't just ask once"---but believes there were turf wars left over from when the local major crimes units merged with the Mounties' squad after municipal amalgamation in 1996. "Whatever," Martin says. "I never did get the file."

"From where I sit, in charge of operational policing," Chris McNeil begins, "one unsolved murder is too many for me." Though he says he isn't familiar with the clearance rate statistics I'd asked him about, the city's deputy police chief says his force's clearance rate for the past two years---10 of 14 homicides in 2007-08---is a "very respectable" 70 percent.

"There's always going to be some ex-somebody telling me how I should do my job better," he says of Martin's criticisms. "But some of the very cases you're talking about happened at the heyday of when Tommy and other very experienced investigators were here. They didn't solve those cases."

And to Martin's point that the department has lost a lot of experienced investigators in recent years, McNeil sees it as a positive. "We're a younger force today. There's a whole new energy, and people are getting opportunities that weren't available to me as a young officer. And now we've lived through that period of transition. I have a lot of young but very experienced investigators.

He says he's "not one to look back with rose-coloured glasses. We will always have unsolved homicides." Many involve bad guys killing bad guys, and investigators can't break that subculture's code of silence. Or investigators may be hobbled by "procedural protections" built into the Charter of Rights and Freedoms. "Things that were done 20 years ago couldn't be done today." While McNeil doesn't dispute the legitimacy of some of those new protections, the result is that solving cases has become "10-fold" more complex than before.

McNeil says financial incentives---the province is offering up to $50,000 for useful information in a number of cases, including MacCullough and McAndrew---provide investigators with "another tool" but, he adds, "the reward system has not led us to solve a single serious crime so far."

Neither, in truth, has the force's cold case unit. Unveiled amid much fanfare in 2000, the five-member squad was initially going to focus on 15 homicides and eight missing persons cases, including McAndrew. Today, its murder caseload has more than doubled to 34---now including MacCullough---but no one will say how many officers are assigned to it. "We don't give information on our deployment numbers," HRP spokesperson Brian Palmeter told me. Neither will the department indicate the unit's budget.

Tom Martin suspects that may be because there's no one besides sergeant Jeff Clark, the officer nominally in charge, minding the store. "You need to go out and pound the pavement," he says. "Re-interview. Re-think. That's how you solve cases. It's about results. To my knowledge, the cold case unit has not laid one single criminal charge in nine years. To me, that's unacceptable."

For his part, McNeil says the public may simply expect too much from cold case units. "I call it the CSI factor. People think you find a piece of forensic evidence and, 40 minutes later, case solved. There's no panacea like that." Even if a cold case investigator finds new evidence worth pursuing, he adds, the department then has to put together a "resource-intense" task force like those in the MacCullough and McAndrew cases.

"There's always a challenge deciding which ones you work on and which ones...there's no point in pulling off the shelf," McNeil acknowledges. "It's not like you're ever guaranteed results but I have to believe there's something here that can be pursued and that there's a likelihood that this is going to produce results." Or else?
OK, boys...Pack it up...Back to what you were doing...We're done here...

When I ask Tom Martin about McNeil's argument that some of what are today's unsolved murders occurred on his watch, Martin is quick to fire back. "Investigators," he says, "can only do what their bosses let them do. Investigators didn't shut down the MacCullough investigation. The deputy chief did."

As for being an ex-somebody, Martin says, "I'm an ex-somebody with experience."

He says McNeil is a "micro-manager" who makes critical decisions about cases "even though he has never been involved in a major investigation himself." Martin adds that other key players in the chain of command---superintendent Mike Burns and staff sergeant Frank Chambers---have "little or no" investigative experience either. He shakes his head. "These are the bosses makings the decisions on these cases."

One more example. On January 6, 2003, 61-year-old businessman Larry Rhynold died during a mysterious fire in what news accounts at the time described as his "expensive, plantation-style home" in the city's south end. Rhynold, who had been through a messy divorce, faced myriad "financial, legal and personal troubles." Days before the fire, friends say, he'd been beaten up by two men outside his own home. Within days, fire investigators concluded the blaze had been deliberately set.

After weeks of on-scene investigation, witness interviews and forensic analysis, police investigators ruled the incident a homicide. The brass disagreed.

"I argued with staff sergeant Frank Chambers for weeks trying to prove to him that this was a homicide," Martin says. "The department's policy is that every death is to be treated as a homicide until proven otherwise. I was just trying to convince my boss to follow the department's own policy. In my career, I don't recall Chambers ever being the lead investigator in a homicide case or even being assigned a homicide case. But he was my boss."

Eventually, Martin says, he did win his point and Rhynold's death was designated as a homicide. Shortly after he left the department, however, the case disappeared from the list of murders. Not listing it as a murder, of course, makes the department's clearance numbers look better.

Why is Tom Martin saying all this now? He says he has nothing to gain by going public, but "I have spent too many years sitting with the families of murder victims promising them we would do all we could to solve their case, and that's not happening. The numbers of unsolved just keep getting higher."

Map of Halifax's Unsolved Murders

Forty-eight. Plus Kimberly McAndrew... Plus Larry Rhynold... And getting higher.
View Unsolved Murders in Halifax in a larger map

Map data culled from the Department of Justice's Major Unsolved Crimes page and Halifax Regional Police Force's Major Unsolved Crime page. Have a tip on any of these cases? Send it to The Coast or contact Integrated HRP/RCMP Major Crime Unit at (902) 490-5333.

again: go to the site for more
http://www.thecoast.ca/halifax/dead-wrong-halifaxs-unsolved-murders/Content?oid=1403387

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Re: Kimberly Ann McAndrew - August 12, 1989 - Age 19 - Missing - Halifax, NS
« Reply #31 on: September 07, 2010, 05:59:12 PM »
iwish; maybe you should write out a statement, take it to a justice of the peace and have him notorize your signature, and send your statement to Kimberly's Parents.  Just a thought; it's what I would do.  I would also make an awfully good attempt to find at least one other witness to do that same.

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Re: Kimberly Ann McAndrew - August 12, 1989 - Age 19 - Missing - Halifax, NS
« Reply #32 on: September 07, 2010, 09:29:49 PM »
I agree with lostlinganer. It would at least be helpful to them. They are probably just waiting and praying for that kind of info.

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Re: Kimberly Ann McAndrew - August 12, 1989 - Age 19 - Missing - Halifax, NS
« Reply #33 on: September 08, 2010, 11:44:28 AM »
IWish, I defnitely would give this information to someone and sign a paper with the information. I do not know why the police would not be interested in every bit of evidence or tip that comes in. I would l give the information to her sister so she would have it. ??? ??? ??? ???

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Re: Kimberly Ann McAndrew - August 12, 1989 - Age 19 - Missing - Halifax, NS
« Reply #34 on: September 13, 2010, 03:50:31 PM »
omg iwish;  No wonder you're frustrated!  :(  I am going to suggest something to you.  This is just a suggestion mind you, as it is what I what do at this point.  It seems you have no where to turn.  It is so like a lot of what has been going on in BC and Alberta.

I suggest you call "The Coast", and ask to speak to the writer of the story on the ex-cop who tried invain to do something about the cases that were unsolved due to "orders from the top".  Make sure you get the right person, and ask him/her respectfully if you could meet with them.  Don't tell them anything on the phone except that it's about Kimberly McAndrew.  just my suggestion!

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Re: Kimberly Ann McAndrew - August 12, 1989 - Age 19 - Missing - Halifax, NS
« Reply #35 on: September 13, 2010, 06:52:59 PM »
It has been more than twenty years since Kimberly Ann McAndrew vanished after leaving her cashier job at a Canadian Tire in Halifax.

http://www.c2cjournal.ca/blog-articles/view/canadas-sex-traffickers-c2cs-investigative-report

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Re: Kimberly Ann McAndrew - August 12, 1989 - Age 19 - Missing - Halifax, NS
« Reply #36 on: October 05, 2010, 07:04:36 PM »
This case has intrigued me since the day it happened. Mainly because Kim and her family used to live near my hometown and was once friends with my sister when she was younger. I was a little younger than Kim so I wasn't yet living in Halifax when she disappeared, but I moved to Halifax for school a couple of years later and actually lived on Quinpool in the same complex as Canadian Tire. It is amazing to me how someone could go missing on such a busy street in the middle of a summer's day. Even the back parking lot is busy and several apartment buildings are on the opposite side of the lot. Many theories have been discussed on this message board. I would love to know the truth behind whether she was in fact last seen at the Penhorn Mall. This detail seems unclear and there is no mention of when she was seen at Penhorn Mall, if in fact this is true. I would just like to know how much time separates the time she left work, around 4:20pm, to the time of the siting in Dartmouth. It doesn't make sense that she would have gone all the way to Dartmouth to pick up a balloon and rose for her bf. She didn't have a car with her and her sisters and bf were supposed to pick her up, so it  makes sense that she would have made her way home had she gotten off early, especially since she appeared to be nervous of the city. My personal opinion is that she was either conned into getting into a vehicle and then abducted, or someone quickly grabbed her. I hope that this mystery is solved some day. Her family deserves to know what happened. I also want to thank  the hard work of everyone that has helped with this investigation over the years. I am sure everyone has done their best.

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Re: Kimberly Ann McAndrew - August 12, 1989 - Age 19 - Missing - Halifax, NS
« Reply #37 on: October 17, 2010, 03:01:46 PM »
Valleyman, the fact that these to officers were in the Port Hawkesbury area and their children went to school in PH, I definitely believe there is a connection here. I did not know that Kimberly went to school in PH, I thought she went to school in Halifax. This throws a whole different light on these two cases. I actually think there could be a connection here. As you say, did those officers tick somebody off in the criminal world or in the legal world???? When you think about these two people disappearing without a trace, right off the face of the earth and their father's possibly knew one another, it sounds like a novel. I believe every avenue should be investigated to see if there is a connection in these two cases. Wishing I was now a detective, I'd be right on this case and going back in time to investigate.

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Re: Kimberly Ann McAndrew - August 12, 1989 - Age 19 - Missing - Halifax, NS
« Reply #38 on: October 17, 2010, 07:10:40 PM »
Quite an article and it sure is mind boggling why this case did not go forward. There is a lot of mystery surrounding this case and the case of Kenley Matheson. Just astounding that these two young people vanished off the face of the earth.  :( :( :( :( :(

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Re: Kimberly Ann McAndrew - August 12, 1989 - Age 19 - Missing - Halifax, NS
« Reply #39 on: October 17, 2010, 07:45:48 PM »
If only the evidence that was previously collected could be found, this mystery could well be solved. It certainly sounds like Johnson may be the culprit. Too bad he will not cooperate with the Halifax authorities. 

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Re: Kimberly Ann McAndrew - August 12, 1989 - Age 19 - Missing - Halifax, NS
« Reply #40 on: October 17, 2010, 09:25:42 PM »
I disagree valleyman.  The evidence was documented and admitted to by the officer who quit the force over all this.  In addition to that, Johnson wrote about murdering Kimberly in his psych work shop sessions.

In addition to that, Johnson's girlfriend lived across the street from CT and could see her coming out of the job that time.  In addition to that, he used to use the "ruse" that he was a policeman.  In addition to that, a poster on here described a man, actually picking Kimberly up over his shoulders, and throwing her in a car.  The poster claims he/she reported it to police, and nothing was ever said or done.  This same poster also claimed later that the perp who did that, had done the same thing to her.  ... and that this perp is considered important or "untouchable" by police.  .....Normally we take that as someone of high standing in the community.  Yet it seems in these days, that is more likely to be a gangster that police fear or co-operate with.  You will notice in the Coast Report, BC police notify Halifax that they have Kimberly's murderer, and they refuse to acknowledge it.
If that poster is still reading on here, she/he should know if it is Johnson!

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Re: Kimberly Ann McAndrew - August 12, 1989 - Age 19 - Missing - Halifax, NS
« Reply #41 on: October 30, 2010, 05:23:47 PM »
i have to say that this has bothered me for a number of years after dropping off my son at the day care behind the parking lot of canadian tire on quinpool rd i always went over to tim hortons for my morning coffee which was located on quinpool

the school year was in and the kids from st pats used to gather for there coffee as well there was on more than one occassion a man that seemed to be bothering one of the young girls i had noticed that she seemed a little uncomfortable so i sat down with her as he was sitting there as well.

i had asked if everything was okay and he jumped in and had asked me if i was a police officer i replied back that i was he evantually left

nearly every morning when i went there for my coffee i sat with or the young lady sat with me there were a couple of other times that he showed up there but everytime he noticed me his stay was very short finally i never saw him again as the school year came and went the young girl (who was very thankful by the way) was gone hopefully to university

i had often wondered over the years if this was the man that caused all those deaths to these young ladies i have left messages on the police recordings giving them a little info but with no return call

i would love to here from the young lady that i met just to see how she is doing she must be around 38 to 40 years of age. maybe between us we can piece something together

does anyone have a picture of this andrew johnson i would love to see it i truly believe that the man that i possible scared off was up to no good with this young girl if i'm not mistaking he was trying to bait her for a ride in his car


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Re: Kimberly Ann McAndrew - August 12, 1989 - Age 19 - Missing - Halifax, NS
« Reply #42 on: November 01, 2010, 12:18:42 AM »
Did you ever see that guy again? How likely is it that Kimberley might have been that Tim Hortons too?

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Re: Kimberly Ann McAndrew - August 12, 1989 - Age 19 - Missing - Halifax, NS
« Reply #43 on: November 01, 2010, 07:52:49 AM »
never saw him again. just those times at tims. funny how he just disappeared after he asked me if i was a officer

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Re: Kimberly Ann McAndrew - August 12, 1989 - Age 19 - Missing - Halifax, NS
« Reply #44 on: November 01, 2010, 10:41:16 AM »
Bob57, that is incredible information that you had there. I just wonder if the police had come down there in plain clothes and got his ID. It is too bad that young lady did not inform police herself of these unwanted attentions. She should have called them and told them and I am sure they would have acted on her complaint. It is a good thing that you were there at the time. And if it was at this time with all the tech of cell phones on cameras, you could've gotten his picture or anyone could have. This sure sounds like a dangerous individual that the police should have checked out immediately, especially if there was a complaint. You could have saved that young woman's life. I hope she sees your message on here and contacts you. :o :o :o :o