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1981 Gerdina Kruidbos-murdered-solved
« on: May 23, 2010, 04:27:21 AM »
Dec 4, 1981 - Jeri Gerdina Kruidbos, age 34 - Edmonton, AB Solved

http://edmonton.ctv.ca/servlet/an/local/CTVNews/20100521/edm_case_100521/20100522/?hub=EdmontonHome

Updated: Sat May. 22 2010 13:39:03

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A 49-year-old Edmonton man has been charged in connection with a 1981 homicide of a 33-year-old woman.

Robert James Fletcher has been charged with first-degree murder along with rape, robbery, kidnapping and possession of an offensive weapon.


Police say they arrested Fletcher at an Edmonton residence on on Thursday.


Investigator say forensic testing played a key role in officers being able to move this 29-year-old case forward.

On December 4th, 1981 Gerdina Kruidbos was found dead in her taxi cab in the area of 144 Avenue and 72 Street. Police say she had last picked up a male at the Continental Inn at 16625 Stony Plain Road the night before she was found dead.


Police were able to determine that Kruidbos had been sexually assaulted and died from multiple stab wounds.


Fletcher is scheduled to appear in court on May 25th.

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Re: 1981 Gerdina Kruidbos-murdered-solved
« Reply #1 on: May 23, 2010, 05:41:54 AM »
WOW! This is great news!

I wonder if Kare had anything to do with this.

This man would have been 20 at the time.

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« Reply #2 on: May 23, 2010, 08:40:59 AM »
Yes!!
I did read in one article that Police ran a re-enactment or docu not so long ago and got some tips from that.


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« Reply #4 on: May 28, 2010, 10:08:18 AM »
I wonder why Fletcher doesn't rat him out, unless he doesn't remember the name of the friend. One would think if Fletcher could get out of a jail sentence he would turn him in. They probably have dna. What a horrible frightening ride this was for Geri!


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Re: 1981 Gerdina Kruidbos-murdered-solved
« Reply #6 on: May 31, 2010, 10:24:22 PM »
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His sentence officially ended Oct. 14, 2001.

I am confident they will look at every case they can where he was near, and see if there is any evidence to tie that case to him.

Clealry Kare was involved in this case which means they were probably looking at him already.

Very scary!

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Re: 1981 Gerdina Kruidbos-murdered-solved
« Reply #7 on: May 31, 2010, 11:05:11 PM »
This one needs to be listed as a dangerous offender for sure..Make sure that he rots away, and never gets to taste freedom again..

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« Reply #8 on: August 08, 2010, 02:07:09 PM »
This killer, should be declared a dangerous offender and never see the light of day.  But that is up to the prosecution to bring the dangerous offender label forward.  It will be interesting to see if this ever happens.  I wonder how many others, like him, are out there? We should demand that something is done with these animals.  He has had his chance at rehab, and it didn't work. Never does for this type.

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Re: 1981 Gerdina Kruidbos-murdered-solved
« Reply #9 on: November 04, 2014, 12:15:20 PM »
I realize this a Cold Case but I wanted to make everyone aware of the fact that this guy was ACQUITTED and could still be out murdering women. DNA just isn't good enough in this day and age apparently.

I also wanted to mention that this crime reminds me of another one in Thompson Manitoba -
http://www.unsolvedcanada.ca/index.php?topic=5120.0

He seems to stick close to Edmonton AB, but you never know. He was out of jail after serving time for his first Convicted murder when Lissa was murdered.

 

Edmonton cold-case acquittal stands in case of female cabby slaying
http://www.edmontonsun.com/2013/02/27/edmonton-cold-case-acquittal-stands-in-case-of-female-cabby-slaying

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Edmonton offender caught after leaving DNA on banana

BY TONY BLAIS, EDMONTON SUN
FIRST POSTED: MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 08, 2014 04:50 PM MDT | UPDATED: TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 09, 2014 07:20 AM MDT

 
Violent Edmonton offender Robert James Fletcher seems to leave his DNA in the darndest places.
 

The 54-year-old career criminal was charged with first-degree murder and rape in 2010 for the 1981 sex-slaying of cabby Gerdina Kruidbos after a sample of his DNA in the national DNA databank was found to be a match for DNA profiles created from a cigarette butt discovered in Kruidbos' cab and semen found inside her body.

Fletcher was released from custody in June 2012 after being found not guilty of the charges and police issued a public warning about him shortly after. A few months later, he was nabbed for breaking into homes.

On Monday, Fletcher pleaded guilty to a charge of breaking and entering with intent to commit theft and court heard he was busted as a result of his DNA being found on a half-eaten banana left on the kitchen floor.

Crown prosecutor Neil Wiberg told court a city man returned home from work on Nov. 6, 2013, to find his back door kicked in and various items stolen. He also spotted the partially eaten banana and alerted police to it as none of his family owned up to being responsible.

Officers seized the piece of fruit and it was sent to a police lab for DNA testing and the results later were found to be a match for Fletcher's DNA databank sample.

The judge in the case accepted a joint submission for an 18-month jail sentence which is to run concurrently with a three-year prison term Fletcher is currently serving after pleading guilty to two other city break-ins in May.

Kruidbos, 33, was last heard from as she was taking a fare to north Edmonton on Dec. 3. 1981. Her bloody, half-naked body was found the next day in the back of her cab, which had been abandoned at a home in the Kilkenny area.

A pathologist testified at Fletcher's trial that the cabby was stabbed 17 times in the chest area and said the homicide was classified as "overkill" or a "frenzy" killing.

The trial judge acquitted Fletcher of all charges after ruling a lot of the key evidence in the case was speculative and saying she was left in a position of having a "reasonable doubt" as to whether he was Kruidbos' killer.

The judge said she did not believe Fletcher's claim to police that he had consensual sex with Kruidbos in the cab and had then left and walked to a friend's place.

However, she said she was still left with a reasonable doubt based on the police saying there was a second man in the cab who is still being sought, a pathologist suggesting the killer was left-handed, while Fletcher is right-handed, and unreliable evidence from a woman who claimed she saw Fletcher driving the cab.

The judge had also earlier rejected proposed similar fact evidence stemming from Fletcher having served 16 years in prison for a 1984 attack where a 16-year-old prostitute was tied to a tree and sexually assaulted before being stabbed 16 times in the neck and chest and left to die.

http://www.edmontonsun.com/2014/09/08/edmonton-offender-caught-after-leaving-dna-on-banana

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Re: 1981 Gerdina Kruidbos-murdered-solved
« Reply #10 on: November 04, 2014, 12:43:03 PM »
Damn!!! This guy walked!! Unbelievable!!

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« Reply #11 on: November 04, 2014, 01:51:21 PM »
Makes me sick. I didn't follow the case closely at the time so I'm not sure what actually happened with his appeal and I haven't seen any court documents yet. The links have other links so maybe someday I'll get around to sorting it out.
I think he is a lifer and needed a break from the real world so he did something, knowing full well that DNA might get him caught again. Now that he is once again being fed, clothed and taken care of by Canadians, hopefully we won't have to hear about him for awhile, unless of course, it's for another murder charge linked by DNA.

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« Reply #12 on: November 04, 2014, 01:58:26 PM »
Oh I see he was jailed for B and E's. I missed that part because I thought it was pretty well the same as the first article since they were all in one post and i had not bothered to read it. So he is in jail for a few months, not long enough.

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« Reply #13 on: July 24, 2016, 12:43:54 PM »
So this sick deviant would likely be out of prison now and likely back to his old ways of survival and deviancy with the last sentence only 18 month. Unless someone in justice system grew a pair and slapped DO on him.
Here's a picture of him now, so you familiarize yourself with his face and keep away or run for your life if you see him anywhere.


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« Reply #14 on: July 24, 2016, 12:51:04 PM »
I believe the judge erred in her decision at the time of the Kruidbos murder. That being she stated he was right handed and the stabbings were done by a left handed person.
This was done in the back seat of a car!  From either side, he probably used his right hand to hold onto something for support and stabbed with his left hand. Have they never heard of a person using the opposite hand for anything? Really such a very flimsy excuse to let him off. The stabbings were similar, except in the stabbing of the teenager, she was not lying down and was strapped to a tree, probably facing the tree so her stab wounds were in different places.
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