Author Topic: Molly Justice - January 18, 1943 - Age 15 - Murdered - Saanich  (Read 6956 times)

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Anneta Margaret "Molly" Justice
Age: 15
COD: Stabbed - multiple
Date last seen: January 18, 1953
Location last seen: Saanich, BC
Date found: January 18, 1953
Location found: Saanich, BC
Teen/Seamstress

http://www2.canada.com/victoriatimescolonist/news/story.html?id=9ad61f07-fa15-4073-8090-b64bb066f3d9

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Re: Molly Justice - January 18, 1943 - Age 15 - Murdered - Saanich
« Reply #1 on: June 20, 2009, 10:08:49 PM »
OMG this is so sad, due to lost evidence, this case may never be solved..Yes they say that it looks as if Hulbert was her killer.. but to never be able to close this file really sux.. I am glad that her surviving family has moved on, it must have been very hard for them to put this behind them..

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Re: Molly Justice - January 18, 1943 - Age 15 - Murdered - Saanich
« Reply #2 on: February 28, 2010, 05:38:00 PM »
The Canadian Press has listed this person as Anita Marguerite (Molly) Justice.

At the time of November 4, 1943, Warren Mitchell had already turned 50 years old (to give an idea of his birth year). One of the reasons he was acquitted was due to the instructions of Justice Coady. Coady instructed the jury that portions of the evidence of Frank James Hulburt, should be considered with caution if not suspicion. Mitchell's occupation at this time was listed as a logger.

In a Canadian Press article from June 18, 1943, Mitchell is again listed as 50 years old. It also mentions he was charged Thursday with the murder of Molly and was being remanded until the following Thursday for a hearing. It also says he was arrested the previous Sunday (and charged on Monday) in a downtown Victoria hotel on a unrelated statuatory offense.

Much later in an article by the Canadian Press on January 7, 1944, Mitchell was awarded damages for defamation of character action against the Victoria Times (Times, Printing & Publishing Co. Ltd.). The defamation arose out of an article dated June 19, 1943. Micthell was awarded $1,000 by Justice Bird after having filed for $50,000 in damages.
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Re: Molly Justice - January 18, 1943 - Age 15 - Murdered - Saanich
« Reply #3 on: February 28, 2010, 06:01:58 PM »
Background Info:

Canadian Press article dated January 20, 1943 says Molly was found stabbed to death. Her body was found Monday at about 10 pm after a man and a woman reported to the police they had found 2 blood-stained parcels while walking along the railroad tracks in the darkness. Molly's body lay near the railways tracks two blocks from her home and four blocks from the bus stop where Molly had dismounted on her way home. She was on her way home from working in a Victoria warehouse. Her mother, the widowed Mrs. Muriel R. Justice, had expected Molly home at the usual time of 7 pm. But when Molly did not appear, she assumed there was some transportation problems and did not call the police.

A Canadian Press article dated February 12, 1943 has Mayor Andrew McGavin of Victoria stating a contributing factor to the Molly Justice murder was the ordered "dim-out". McGavin said he was telephoned by one of the police commissioners on Thursday. The commissioner had said there had been 5 molestation attacks in Saanich Municipality in the past 3 weeks. McGavin contacted B.C. Premier Hart by letter to protest the dim-out regulations. Vancouver Mayor J.W. Cornett protested to Premier Hart a few days later. McGavin said the reasons for restricting lighting in Victoria have never been made public and that, to his knowledge, the city of Halifax was not under the same regulations.
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Re: Molly Justice - January 18, 1943 - Age 15 - Murdered - Saanich
« Reply #4 on: September 03, 2016, 12:25:47 PM »
https://archive.news.gov.bc.ca/releases/archive/pre2001/1996/9607jul/41molly.asp


Ministry of Attorney General

July 3, 1996

FORMER JUDGE WILL REVIEW MOLLY JUSTICE CASE

VICTORIA -- Attorney General Ujjal Dosanjh today announced the appointment of former B.C. Court of Appeal Justice Martin Taylor to review the case of Molly Justice, who was murdered in Saanich in 1943.

"Because of evident public concern over this 53-year-old case, I have asked that Mr. Justice Taylor examine whatever evidence is available and speak to anyone involved in the matter from those days," said Dosanjh. "I am hopeful that his review will get at the truth of any injustices done in another era."

Some specific issues Taylor will examine are whether the suspect in the murder, Frank Hulbert, should have been charged with the murder and with the sexual assault of another person and whether the deputy attorney general in 1943 or anyone else covered up evidence on behalf of Hulbert.

Dosanjh added that the relationship between police investigations and how charging decisions are made is very different today than in the 1940s. "Today by law, charging decisions are made independently by the Criminal Justice Branch. If a deputy attorney general or attorney general wished to direct the branch in a decision, that could only be done in writing and publicly."

Dosanjh said he was pleased Taylor agreed to review the case because Taylor brings to it his experience as a jurist and his skills as a legal historian.

Taylor's report will be made public, said Dosanjh.

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Media Inquiries:
Francesca Tisot
Tel. (604) 387-5008 (Victoria)

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Re: Molly Justice - January 18, 1943 - Age 15 - Murdered - Saanich
« Reply #5 on: September 03, 2016, 12:27:53 PM »
https://archive.news.gov.bc.ca/releases/archive/pre2001/1996/9609sept/56molly.asp

Ministry of Attorney General

September 4, 1996

AG RELEASES MOLLY JUSTICE REPORT NO COVER UP, SAYS FORMER JUDGE

VICTORIA -- An investigation into the case of fifteen-year old Molly Justice, murdered 53 years ago in Saanich, has found no evidence of a cover-up, Attorney General Ujjal Dosanjh said today in releasing the 147-page report of the investigation.

Former B.C. Court of Appeal Justice Martin Taylor, QC, conducted the investigation, announced by the Attorney General on July 3.

"Mr. Justice Taylor was asked to examine this case from another era because of continuing public concern over possible injustices in how the matter was handled at the time," said Dosanjh.

"As an experienced jurist and legal historian, Mr. Justice Taylor was well-suited to undertake such an investigation. I thank him for his thorough report and hope that it helps lay to rest unsubstantiated rumours and offers some closure and relief to those still living who were affected by these tragic events."

Taylor's report concludes there is nothing to support suggestions the deputy attorney general of the day, Eric Pepler, covered up evidence against a suspect in the case, Frank Hulbert. Neither could Taylor find evidence that Pepler was related to Hulbert, as had been suggested in the media.

The report points out that special treatment by Pepler for Hulbert is inconsistent with Hulbert's having been charged, convicted and punished for a sexual assault on another girl four months after Molly Justice's murder. Hulbert served two years and 10 months in prison at Okalla as a teenager for that and four other offences during Pepler's term as deputy attorney general.

In his report, Taylor states: "Reports concerning admissions made by Hulbert to provincial police officers, which it has been said were withheld from the Saanich police, contained information already known to the Saanich police before the reports were prepared. Eric Pepler twice suggested to the Saanich authorities that the Saanich police obtain copies of these reports from the provincial police."

Dosanjh said the uncertainty regarding the Hulbert case would be extremely unlikely today because the relationship between police investigations and how charging decisions are made has changed dramatically since 1943. "Under today's legislation, charging decisions are made independently by the criminal justice branch. If a deputy attorney general or attorney general wished to direct the branch in a decision, that could only be done in writing and publicly. In addition, there is today a formal process for police to appeal charge decisions."

Acknowledging criticism by Taylor that the justice system of the day did not inform a victim of a sexual assault by Hulbert that her assailant had been punished for assaulting her, Dosanjh said that careless disregard of the victim was shocking and unacceptable.

"This kind of re-victimizing the victim is why our government introduced the Victims of Crime Act, which came into force in July," said Dosanjh. "The act gives victims the right to information about their cases from investigation through prosecution, including the right to be informed about the status of the charged person or offender."

Dosanjh also responded to Taylor's recommendation for managing documents in the ministry. Taylor pointed out difficulties under the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act in receiving documents promptly for his investigation.

"A full review of the information and privacy act, mandated by the legislation itself, is coming up shortly, and I will ensure that Mr. Justice Taylor's recommendation is part of that review," said Dosanjh. "Also, our recently established special squad dedicated to unsolved murders in B.C., along with state-of-the-art DNA equipment and a forensic dentistry lab, will help decrease the likelihood that cases such as Molly Justice's will left unresolved."

Dosanjh joined Taylor in inviting anyone with further information about this case to come forward and contact either Taylor or himself.

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Media Inquiries:
Brent Thompson
Tel. (604) 387-5008 (Victoria)

Copies of Mr. Justice Taylor's report may be ordered from the Communications and Education Division of the Ministry of Attorney General, 10th Floor, 1001 Douglas Street, Victoria, British Columbia V8V 1X4.

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Re: Molly Justice - January 18, 1943 - Age 15 - Murdered - Saanich
« Reply #6 on: September 03, 2016, 12:35:25 PM »
http://twpaterson.com/in-ever-loving-memory-of-molly-justice-january-18-1943/He identified the killer as Frank Pepler, who was 15 at the time of the murder and stepson to Eric Pepler, British Columbia attorney-general for 20 years who, he charged, had intervened personally in the murder case and that of a sexual assault on an 11-year-old girl, four months later.

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Re: Molly Justice - January 18, 1943 - Age 15 - Murdered - Saanich
« Reply #7 on: September 03, 2016, 04:48:43 PM »
I thought I was seeing things and then seeing them missing, however now I see there were two threads on the go back some years.

http://www.unsolvedcanada.ca/index.php?topic=2741.msg26043#msg26043