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Re: Lynda Shaw - One murderer down, who's the other one?
« Reply #1 on: December 21, 2009, 01:15:54 AM »
And here is what Carol Taylor, mother of Lynda Shaw, had to say about a twice convicted murderer released back into society.

Police solve 15-year-old murder, but can't reveal killer's identity
Last Updated: Friday, August 12, 2005 | 10:38 PM ET
CBC News
The mother of a murdered university student in Ontario expressed disbelief and outrage Friday that justice officials released a convicted killer to strike again and kill her daughter.

Lynda Shaw was murdered 15 years ago. Police announced Friday in London that they now know the killer was on parole after serving a dozen years for two other killings.

Shaw's mother, Carol Taylor, had police deliver a blunt statement on her behalf.

"I feel that Lynda [and] our family have been betrayed by a federal judicial system that put a cold-blooded murderer back on the street," OPP Sgt. Ray Collins said on Taylor's behalf.

"Lynda certainly was not the first such victim, and regrettably, she will not be the last, as long as our elected politicians allow such a justice system to continue," the statement went on to say.

Police announced that they now know who killed Shaw, but they won't say who it is, citing privacy laws that protect the man's identity even though he's been dead since 1994.

OPP Det. Supt. Ross Bingley told reporters: "We now know without question" the man's identity.

"We now have learned that this person was a convicted killer," he said, adding that the man was on parole after serving 12 years for two other homicides.

One other suspect

Police say they're still looking for one other suspect in the case.

"A second person may be involved, possibly with the disposal of her body," Det. Supt. Randy Rosiak told reporters.

"We are looking for a man," Rosiak said, offering few other details except to say they do not believe this man is connected with any other homicides.

In April 1990, the 21-year-old engineering student at London's University of Western Ontario, was heading back to school to write an exam the following day.

She stopped off at a Burger King service station on Hwy 401 near Ingersoll, Ont., shortly past midnight. Her abandoned 1989 Dodge Shadow was found near the station a day later.

Six days later, Shaw's mutilated and partially burned body was found in a secluded woodlot near the highway. She had been sexually assaulted.

Until now, there was no break in the case.

Rosiak explained that DNA evidence that was analyzed in July linked the man to the crime.

"He was not a person of interest back in 1990 or at any time in this investigation," he said, adding that, at the time, the man did not have a record for sexual assault.

"This case is remarkable in that even many years after his death a genetic fingerprint still identifies him," Rosiak said.

Rosiak noted that, back in 1990, DNA testing wasn't available.

"Things have evolved and we do conduct investigations differently" today, he said.


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Re: Lynda Shaw - One murderer down, who's the other one?
« Reply #2 on: December 22, 2009, 07:36:45 AM »
"Inspector Rosiak says, "This individual should not have been on the streets. The original two murders that Alan Craig MacDonald committed were cold blooded. Lynda's murder was cold blooded."

But Rosiak says despite MacDonald's previous convictions there was no evidence in 1990 or in 1994 to link him in any way to Lynda's case."

I wonder how many of the original suspects were cold-blooded killers?  One would think that a convicted cold-blooded killer would be tops on the suspect list in a cold-blooded murder investigation.  To me, that is "evidence."

I hope the police have evolved their crime solving attitudes to include previous behavior as evidence.   :-[


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Re: Lynda Shaw - One murderer down, who's the other one?
« Reply #3 on: December 23, 2009, 11:37:21 PM »
MacDonald turned out to be a convicted double killer. In 1975, he had murdered a police officer in Dartmouth Nova Scotia along with a taxi driver who just happened to witness the crime.

MacDonald was sentenced to life in prison for the murders. But after 12 years he was released on parole. Just a few months before Lynda was abducted, MacDonald had moved into a rooming house in Brantford Ontario, just an hour from the crime scene.

12 years for killing a cop and then killing a witness?

I've heard before, the 70's were the peak of soft sentences. Who on earth would parole this guy after 12 years?