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Re: Michael Kent - February 11, 1966 - Age 6 - Murdered - Elmvale, ON
« Reply #15 on: October 31, 2010, 07:10:08 AM »
Inside the arena, the set-up is that if you were watching the ice, your back would be to the washrooms.   The snack bar is on the same wall as the washroom doors, so the snack bar people (if it was open, sometimes it isn't for practise) wouldn't see someone going in.   If there was to be a game, there would be someone at the 'gate' which would be directly facing the bathroom door, only feet away.     So it was practise night, not as many people there.  Some parents just drop their kid off for practise, and may not have even been there. 

Very easy to disappear into the darkness of the field, and magically reappear at your house in the villiage.    My opinion only.

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Re: Michael Kent - February 11, 1966 - Age 6 - Murdered - Elmvale, ON
« Reply #16 on: November 01, 2010, 06:07:21 AM »
I agree that my profile does fit the Woodville perpetrator too.  Without the specifics however, I'm painting in broad brush-strokes.  If the key was stolen this would totally change everything.  That shows significant pre-meditation and competence, which I don't believe is evident in the Michael Kent murder.  I don't spend a lot of time around hockey arenas, but I am guessing it is not common knowledge where the key to the bathroom is.  I would imagine the custodians have a copy, and perhaps the manager of the building. 

If we are to go with the theory that the key is stolen, here is the difference in psychology between the two offenders:

Elmvale killer - Look a kid who's on his own.  I'm gonna do it.  Here kid, come here.  Let's go outside.
Woodville attacker - I need to find a way to isolate a child so I can do my thing.  How do I do that?  Well grabbing one in the main arena and dragging them out one of the major exits is way to dangerous.  But there is that exit in the bathroom.  I need to get hold of the key.  Who has one? etc. etc.

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Re: Michael Kent - February 11, 1966 - Age 6 - Murdered - Elmvale, ON
« Reply #17 on: November 01, 2010, 06:19:46 AM »
I hope the last example clarifies my point a little.  Though the Woodville crime still shows an offender of low self-esteem, intellectual and social IQ, he displays a level of cunning, familiarity with the building and savvy that I see no evidence of in the Michael Kent murder.  One explanation is that it could indeed be the same guy, except now his modus operandi has improved with age.  It's highly doubtful though, mostly because of the timeline.  If the Elmvale murder was say 18 at the time, this would make him 62 now.  I think we would see more victims bearing the same type of m.o. or signature in the interim.  Certainly a possibility though.

If the key was stolen in the Woodville case, I'd say you are looking at somebody who spends A LOT of time at that building.  Either an employee, friend of an employee, somebody involved in running the league, or a hockey coach himself.  How else would they get hold of it?

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Re: Michael Kent - February 11, 1966 - Age 6 - Murdered - Elmvale, ON
« Reply #18 on: November 01, 2010, 06:33:04 AM »
I agree that the perp in Woodville would be a hanger-on of some type.   I also agree it was a pre-meditated crime, the perp knowing how quiet the arena would be that night, with practises, not games. 

 The more I think about it, the more I know that the key HAD to have been taken.   There is no other way to lock and unlock these bathrooms.

Woodville is out in the middle of the countryside, not much around the town.

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Re: Michael Kent - February 11, 1966 - Age 6 - Murdered - Elmvale, ON
« Reply #19 on: November 01, 2010, 05:07:58 PM »
Hmmm... so it's gotta be a local or from one of the surrounding townships.  Sounds like a pretty easy case to solve.  Is the kid in Woodville well enough to give an account of what happened?

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Re: Michael Kent - February 11, 1966 - Age 6 - Murdered - Elmvale, ON
« Reply #20 on: November 03, 2010, 02:21:01 PM »
I believe the little girl is at home now, and from what I gather, she was beaten really bad, no weapons, and I don't think there was a sexual assault (thank God for small miracles). 

I heard rumour this morning that the cops are zeroing in on a young local.

 I tend to believe it, as I said earlier: there is no way this crime could have been done without stealing the key.   I would think the staff at the arena would be able to give the cops enough info that they could narrow down the suspect list pretty quick.

This is small town Ontario, where we have a lot people so upset to think their little ones are not safe in their own community arena, now.    I am afraid if people knew who this perp is, he would not be too safe either, if this rumour is true.   






















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Re: Michael Kent - February 11, 1966 - Age 6 - Murdered - Elmvale, ON
« Reply #21 on: November 21, 2010, 07:58:43 AM »
A Woodville teen has been charged for the assault on the 4 year-old.

Teen charged after violent sex assault on girl, 4
November 20, 2010

Gloria Er-Chua


A 17-year-old male has been charged in connection with the violent sexual assault of a young girl in Kawartha Lakes last month.

The 4-year-old was taken from the washroom of the Woodville Arena, where she had been watching a hockey game with family members on Oct. 18.

Police believe the suspect removed her from the washroom using a side door that led outside. She was found minutes later in an adjacent field with serious assault injuries.

The girl was treated at Toronto's Hospital for Sick Children but has since been released.

The suspect, whose name cannot be released under the Youth Criminal Justice Act, has been charged with aggravated sexual assault, aggravated assault, abduction and forcible confinement.

He is scheduled to appear in a Lindsay court on Nov. 25 at 9:30 a.m. A publication ban has been issued on the proceedings.

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Re: Michael Kent - February 11, 1966 - Age 6 - Murdered - Elmvale, ON
« Reply #22 on: November 21, 2010, 09:21:52 AM »
Just last week in the Lindsay Post, there was an article on the arrest of a 17 yr.old Woodville boy, for stealing out of the change rooms.  At that time I figured it was the same perp that attacked the little girl.    I will go out on a limb and say it is.
Thanks for posting that, Woodland...I saw it on the 'news banner' on TV yesterday, and couldn't find details.
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Re: Michael Kent - February 11, 1966 - Age 6 - Murdered - Elmvale, ON
« Reply #23 on: November 21, 2010, 03:55:21 PM »
Great news.  The original profile I wrote was for the Michael Kent murderer but, according to the details so far (the perp's age), looks like it fits this one too.  We were correct about him being a local.  Too bad we're not gonna get more details because of his young offender status.  Would be interesting to know if he matched any other points.

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Re: Michael Kent - February 11, 1966 - Age 6 - Murdered - Elmvale, ON
« Reply #24 on: December 01, 2010, 06:21:53 AM »
Redbeard:   Some of the profiling points were right.   A local teen, a regular at the arena, and in a menial job, and no car.   He is from a successful family from town, and is the youngest of 4.   I hear he was into drugs, and the petty thefts that comes with addictions and not enough money.  I hear there was steps in place to help him with his addictions, when the attack took place.

I think that he was naive enough to steal from the change rooms a few weeks after the attack on the 4 year old. (he still had the key)....and was busted right there and then; at that point they must have got a confession out of him, because the news of the arrest on the attack came out shortly after.

It is shocking news to the community, and sad as most people from the area would know both families.   Thank God the little girl survived.   There is a publication ban in place....and tight security at the court dates.

I also like profiling, and feel I was pretty close on this one. 
Perhaps when keys to arenas (and such) go missing, they will take it a little more seriously in the future.

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Re: Michael Kent - February 11, 1966 - Age 6 - Murdered - Elmvale, ON
« Reply #25 on: December 01, 2010, 06:24:25 AM »
Oh, and to answer my own question:   Yes, he did go back to the arena, like nothing happened, after the attack.   But, was caught in the act of stealing.

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Re: Michael Kent - February 11, 1966 - Age 6 - Murdered - Elmvale, ON
« Reply #26 on: December 05, 2010, 09:56:34 AM »
Thanks for the details Jobo.  Sounds like between the two of us we cracked it.  It's too bad the Michael Kent murder is still open - I would bank on it being the same kind of individual.

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Re: Michael Kent - February 11, 1966 - Age 6 - Murdered - Elmvale, ON
« Reply #27 on: May 04, 2012, 07:58:07 PM »
I was searching the internet for the name of this little boy.  The horror of his death touched me in an odd way, and I've thought about him often over the years.  I couldn't remember his name...I was just a toddler when this happened.  The arena where he was found is our home arena and my family has enjoyed many years of hockey players and fans that have been blessed with the community found there.  The same winter that Michael was found (I feel a connection to him somehow) I went missing from the same arena.  Because it was so soon after this poor little boy's body had been found, the authorities had it locked down within minutes of the initial call.  My Mom tells me that I wasn't out of her sight more than a minute before she started raising bloody *$3L .. we were apparently at the snack bar and as she paid, I disappeared from her side.  I was found, unharmed, about 30 minutes later in the men's washroom tucked behind a sink or toilet (I can't remember what my Mom had said) and seemed to be completely unaffected by the experience.  No one ever knew for sure if I had simply wandered away on my own, or if someone had tried to take me out of the arena.  Because the police station was so close to the arena, there would not have been a chance for someone on foot to get out of the parking lot before the police would have come screaming in.  They would not allow anyone to enter or leave until after I was found.  Unfortunately, I was so young I don't recall the experience, nor was I talking well enough yet to explain what, who or how I managed to find myself in there.  The only part that baffled the police at the time was the washroom had been checked on more than one sweep through and they knew I had not been there the whole time.  They were also checking every single small child to make sure it wasn't me whom they had been looking for.  Where I had been for that 30 minutes or so is forever a mystery.  I've always felt like I dodged a really big bullet somehow.  It's always made me wonder if there were more children that somehow slipped away too.

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Re: Michael Kent - February 11, 1966 - Age 6 - Murdered - Elmvale, ON
« Reply #28 on: November 09, 2018, 03:14:19 PM »
https://www.yorkregion.com/news-story/7766375-cold-case-fear-gripped-elmvale-as-child-killer-escaped-into-the-snowy-night
COLD CASE: Fear gripped Elmvale as child killer escaped into the snowy night
News Nov 05, 2017 by Rick Vanderlinde Barrie Advance
Innocence lost

Mike Townes was only 12 the night six-year-old Michael Kent was stabbed to death outside the Elmvale arena more than 51 years ago. Townes, who now works at the curling rink, will never forget the night the tight-knit community lost its innocence to an unknown child killer. - Rick Vanderlinde/Metroland
Searching for a child killer

Michael Kent, 6, was stabbed to death outside the Elmvale arena in 1966 while his older brother played hockey inside. His killer was never found. - OPP/Submitted
Community gripped in fear

Newspapers headlines in the winter of 1966, like these in The Globe and Mail, portrayed a community gripped in fear. - Rick Vanderlinde/Metroland
Murder weapon found on roof

This fishing knife, believed to be the murder weapon, was found on the roof of the Elmvale Curling Club near where Michael Kent's body was found. - OPP/Submitted
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UPDATE: He was just a kid — a happy-go-lucky little boy from small-town Ontario.

One minute, Michael Kent was rambling around the Elmvale arena while his big brother played hockey. The next, he was lying dead in a snowbank just outside the curling rink next to the arena, stabbed to death by a killer who has evaded detection for more than 51 years.

A six-year-old boy without a worry in the world was taken from his family in a flash of inexplicable violence.

Mike Townes was there that snowy Friday night of Feb. 11, 1966. It is a night he will never forget.
"It must have been a psychopath. Someone really sick. I can’t imagine who would have done it." — John Kent, 1966

Only 12 at the time, Townes was playing goalie when he heard the news.

“Halfway through the game, I was called to the bench for a goalie change. That is when I first heard about the murder. Life in Elmvale changed that night.”

Townes, who now works at the very curling club next to which Michael was found, has kept his memory alive by writing a column in a local newspaper around the anniversary of his death every year.

“The family of Michael Kent needs closure. Elmvale needs closure. I know I do,” Townes wrote.

The OPP’s official facts on the case — the facts investigators are willing to release to the public — say Michael was stabbed seven times.

But, at first, no one realized he had been stabbed. Michael was wearing a heavy snowsuit and the first thought was that he had been the victim of a hit-and-run.

According to a Globe and Mail article at the time, Michael’s father picked up his limp body, put him in a car and drove him to the local physician, Dr. Douglas Patchel.

When the snowsuit was removed, it was obvious the boy had been viciously stabbed.

Townes said every OPP officer available descended on the Elmvale arena.

“Everyone leaving or coming had their cars searched for the murder weapon or clues that would help find the murderer,” he said.

The next day, police did find the murder weapon. An 8 ¼-inch (21-centimetre) fishing knife with a second serrated folding blade was found on the roof of the curling club about 12 feet (3.6 metres) above and 54 feet (16.5 metres) away from where Michael’s body was found.

There were no fingerprints, but it was a crucial clue police and the community hoped would lead directly to the child killer.

Police immediately began canvassing stores that may have sold the knife. Officers carried a picture of the weapon, hoping someone could identify it as they went door-to-door. But their efforts brought detectives no closer to an arrest.

To this day, OPP investigators see the knife, which was manufactured at the Ernst Gerling Company in Germany and ceased production in 1950-51, as a potential key to solving the homicide.

“This knife is very unique and I believe that someone would remember it if they had seen it,” Det.-Insp. Scott Naylor said in an email. “Every lead will be investigated and all available resources will be allocated to promising areas of investigation.”

Michael Kent was the son of John Kent, who was 38 at the time. John Kent was a town councillor in nearby Port McNicoll, where he operated a store. He, wife Ann, their three boys and two girls — John Jr., 12, Michael, 6, Kevin, 3 older sister Pamela and baby Allison — lived in an apartment complex they owned.

Five weeks after his son’s murder, he told The Globe and Mail he wanted the killer found for the sake of justice, but also to spare another family a similar agony.

“He was a friendly little guy, just a nice son. This is a horrible thing that happened, but I don’t mind talking about it now. It must have been a psychopath. Someone really sick. I can’t imagine who would have done it. I try to think it was no one in this community,” he was quoted as saying in the March 17, 1966, article.

Even though he was only 12 at the time, Townes remembers a feeling of suspicion and paranoia among Elmvale residents in the days, weeks and months after the killing.

“There were some people that thought it was somebody from here in town. We did have someone who committed suicide shortly after, so that was kind of suspicious, and he ran a sports store in town so that could link to the knife.”

A Globe headline at the time spelled out the tension: ‘Mothers in terror keep children home until killer caught.’

Some hockey teams from neighbouring towns even refused to play in Elmvale the rest of that season, the players’ parents too worried about a child killer on the loose.

“Kids that walked to the arena or any other place in town were now driven or accompanied by an adult,” Townes said. “Neighbours looked at each other differently as rumours ran rampant on who was being investigated.”

The murder of an innocent child weighed heavily on detectives, too, as dozens of leads and tips came in for the 20-officer team to pore over.

Insp. James McBride, a lead investigator from Toronto, told The Globe and Mail more than a month after the murder that there was no apparent motive to the “senseless killing.”

“A murderer, that’s what we’re looking for, and you tell me what a murderer looks like. As for suspects … well, everybody’s a suspect. I’m the only one I’m really sure about.”

Any person with information about the murder of Michael Kent can contact the Ontario Provincial Police criminal investigation branch at 1-888-310-1122 or their nearest police authority.

Editor’s note: A correction was made to this story on Nov. 27, 2017. Michael Kent also has two sisters — Pamela and Allison. Simcoe.com regrets the error.

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Re: Michael Kent - February 11, 1966 - Age 6 - Murdered - Elmvale, ON
« Reply #29 on: November 10, 2018, 10:47:47 AM »
- the boy's father was a person with position in town;  this puts the family out in the open, so to speak.
- the family owned an apartment complex;  this also puts the family in an open position.
- seems there would only be two likely scenarios for killing this little boy:
  - the child saw something he shouldn't have. (or)
  - someone rotten enough saw an opportunity to hurt the boy's family? father? relative?
It seems to me that people in a small town always know something but say nothing.  There has to be a reason for taking that little boys life.   >:(