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« Reply #30 on: January 09, 2012, 10:18:26 PM »
Three more articles:

From Dec. 24, 1969, grouping the unsolved cases together, with specific info. Note that Georgia Jackson is included, whereas Helga Beer is not. The former may be due to her closeness in age to the others, and proximity to some of the Jackie English findings. Or perhaps LE had not considered the possibility of a Beer connection yet.

The July 8, 1972 article speculates that the 1969 reward offered be withdrawn (perhaps this is due to a change in the chief of police, or perhaps having the unsolved reminder lingering was embarassing?) I believe the reward was officially repealed though I don't seem to have the specific article on that handy.

The December 27, 1973 article specifically deals with Lynda White and Jackie English, with Det. Alsop saying that the police were working under the theory at that point that they were victims of the same man.
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Re: Project Angel January 1997 to June 2000
« Reply #31 on: January 11, 2012, 05:41:40 PM »
Thank you rkay for finding these additional articles. 
There is a mention of missing footwear, and for what it is worth, I compiled a list of footwear removed from victims who are thought to be  connected in someway to possibly the same killer.  I wonder if this is a sign that some were taken as a "trophy" which is attributed to serial killers, in order to relive the event or to continue the fantasy. In one case the footwear was removed and left with the body and in another the shoes were found many miles away after a tip was given to LE.  Some shoes could have come off in a struggle.

-Scott Leishman (summer 1968) missing one shoe
-Jackie Dunleavy (winter 1968) both shoes removed and left beside the body
-Lynda White (winter 1968) no footwear found with remains
-Frankie Jensen  (winter 1968)  both boots removed and never found
-Bruce Stapleton (summer 1969) missing one shoe
-Jackie English (autumn 1969) both shoes removed and found miles away (tip to LE)
-Soraya OConnell (summer 1970)  no shoes found with remains
-Donna Awcock (summer 1983) both shoes removed and never found

Edited: to add Donna who is considered connected to earlier cases

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Re: Project Angel January 1997 to June 2000
« Reply #32 on: January 11, 2012, 07:15:20 PM »
Thank you for the articles RKay and info on the lack of training LPD had at the time. Why wouldn't they have called in another police agency if that many people were being killed and they KNEW they were getting no where with solving them.

Have Faith... great question about the shoes. I agree with your idea of trophies or at least some kind of fetish perhaps?


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« Reply #33 on: January 11, 2012, 07:53:50 PM »
Well-compiled and very curious list, HF.


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« Reply #34 on: January 13, 2012, 11:42:38 AM »
Donna was wearing running shoes which I think would be difficult to accidentally fall off in a struggle. Same with Frankie's boots.

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« Reply #35 on: January 14, 2012, 12:07:51 PM »
Welcome foghorn!

The "tissue slayings" as you mentioned, are grouped by LE who determined that wads of tissue shoved down the victims' throats (in one case a plastic garbage bag) were done in an effort to silence screams.  This apparently determined a similarity in MO, not found in the other cases.  I have read that this is not an uncommon MO, therefore, I suspect that there may be details from the crime scene that LE withheld from the public, which may have further linked these cases. Just a guess on my part. There is also the possibility that this procedure was unnecessary in some instances, where there was no concern of screams being heard by anyone.  I have listed some details of these tissue slayings which show some similarities between the cases.  In Irene Gibbon's case, there is very little published information.

Jackie Dunleavy (1968)
-age 16
-got into killer's vehicle (willingly or not)
-long honey blonde hair
-body found in school driveway at edge of city, not far from home)
-wad of tissue stuffed down throat
-beaten about the face
-strangled (with her own scarf)
-sex act, but not raped
-nude from the waist down
-socks and shoes also removed
-clothing disarrayed and piled beside the body
-not determined if dump site is the murder scene

Frankie Jensen (1968)
-age 9
-got into killer's vehicle (willingly or not)
-long blond hair
-body found in Thames River (NE of London)
-wad of tissue stuffed down throat
-fractured skull (possibly by a brick)
-sex killing
-nude from the waist down
-boots and socks removed
- missing clothing, and lunch pail never found
-murder site not determined

Donna Awcock (1983)
-age 17
-got into killer's vehicle (willingly or not)
-long blonde hair
-body found down an embankment of Thames River (NE London)
-plastic garbage bag stuffed down throat
-badly beaten
-body masked by disheveled clothing
-running shoes removed and never found (as well as apartment key)  purse left at crime scene

Irene Gibbons (1975)
-age 66
-body found in bedroom of her home (Strathroy)
-wad of tissue stuffed down throat
-strangled with pair of her stockings
-no sexual assault
-some money missing from her purse

There is no mention of footwear in the other cases, except for the ones I noted earlier.
If I have missed noting any details, please let me know. Thanks.
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« Reply #36 on: January 16, 2012, 07:04:13 AM »
Thanks for taking the time to list the details of these cases.  Very useful reference point.


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The following appears courtesy of the 2/16/00 online edition of The
Free Press newspaper:
Wednesday, February 16, 2000

Area serial killer identified

By ROXANNE BEAUBIEN, Free Press Crime Reporter

  A man jailed for the 1971 murder of a Chatham woman is the serial
behind just-closed police files on two other area murders, The Free
Press has

Yesterday, a cold-cases police squad probing unsolved homicides in
Ontario dating back to 1956 said it has closed the books on three more
-- all three women, two of them from London and another from Merlin,

Although the two killers are dead, Project Angel officials won't
identify them
because of restrictions under privacy law.

But a police source confirmed the joint OPP-London police team has
pinned the
deaths of two women -- Londoner Jane Woolley, 62, and Edith Authier, 57,
Merlin, on Gerald Thomas Archer.

Both women were viciously stabbed and beaten -- Woolley in 1969, Authier
following year.

The same source confirmed the man police have nailed for the third death
Sandor Fulep, a Torontonian found to be insane when he confessed to the
killing of Victoria Mayo, 32, of London.

Sandor's body was exhumed from a Toronto cemetery last November, The
Free Press
has learned. DNA collected from the body matched blood and semen
collected at
Mayo's apartment.

Archer was 40 when convicted of the non-capital murder of Belva Russell,
57, a
Chatham woman killed in 1971 in the same manner as Authier and Woolley.

Sentenced to life in prison, Archer -- while marching out the courtroom
his wife -- said: "That's not the end of the ball game. That's just the

Whether Woolley and Authier were the second and third strikes is
something that
will never be tested in court. Archer died in 1995 of an apparent heart

At a news conference yesterday, the head of Project Angel said the man
pinpointed in the two cases confessed killing Authier to his wife and
a couple of years after the murder.

Evidence gathered indicated the man's family knew about Authier's
murder, said
OPP Det. Insp. Mike Coughlin. "When confronted with this (they) did
admit it,"
he said.

"The background of the three deceased ladies were so similar in nature.
He met
them in bars probably, they all were cleaning-type ladies in hotels and
moved around, so he knew all of them," said London police Deputy Chief

Though frustrated the men will never face trial, Balmain said: "I think
closure purposes -- that you know these predators are no longer out
around the community -- that should bring some sense of satisfaction."

Woolley was a chambermaid at the London House on Dundas Street. Her
naked and
brutally beaten body was found Feb. 3, 1969, by police and a friend
after she
failed to show up at work for several days. She was known to visit
hotel bars after work.

Authier lived in the former police village of Merlin, part of
Chatham-Kent. A
chambermaid at the William Pitt Hotel in nearby Chatham, she was found
by a
neighbour -- stabbed and beaten to death -- on Sept. 5, 1970.

Two bloody butcher knives were found at the scene.

Mary Gray, who found Authier's body on Sept. 5, 1970, said she's
relieved the
investigation is over but wishes police would release the killer's name.

"I found her in the back room where she had been killed. I don't even
like to
think about it. It wakes up a lot of old, bad memories," she said.

Russell, the woman Archer was convicted for killing, was a Chatham hotel
She and her boyfriend had made the rounds of hotel bars Jan. 23, 1971.
boyfriend left her to change clothes, but she was gone when he returned,
testimony showed.

The boyfriend later returned to their apartment and found the woman half
and beaten to death. Fingerprints and the boyfriend's testimony about a
man cinched the case.

Mayo, the victim in the third Project Angel case announced closed
was found dead in her London apartment in 1964. In what's believed to be
Canadian first, Coughlin said DNA from blood and semen collected at the
scene was matched to a man who died in 1996.

His body was exhumed last November. Testing by the Centre of Forensic
confirmed the match, Coughlin said. Fulep, his remains in Toronto's
Pleasant cemetery, walked into a Toronto police station in 1967 and
to killing a woman in London three years earlier.

Charged with Mayo's death, he was sent to a mental hospital in
for a psychological assessment -- after which the charge was dropped.

He was charged again but the case was thrown out because of insufficient


Mayo, mother of a five-year-old boy, was found Aug. 6, 1964, face down
on her
bed in her basement apartment at 194 Sydenham St. Wearing a nightgown,
she was
stabbed in the back several times. A large hunting knife was found in a

Yesterday's announcement brings to five the number of cold cases closed
Project Angel.

In January 1998, police began reinterviewing witnesses and family
members of
victims found beaten, stabbed, strangled or shot between 1956 and 1983.

Detectives at the time said they hoped new investigative techniques,
DNA testing, databases and behavioural profiling, would help close the

Last month, Donald Spindler, a 60-year-old former London bus driver, was

charged with second-degree murder in the 1978 disappearance of Irene
his common-law wife. Another former wife, Katherine McCoy, 58, also of
is charged with obstructing justice.

Last year, police charged Edward Gratton, 66, of London with culpable
murder in
the 1967 disappearance from the Parkhill area of 16-year-old Glenda

Coughlin said nine of the remaining Project Angel probes are being
because detectives have gone as far as they can. Investigators have
168 DNA samples from suspects for testing. Coughlin said victims'
families in
newly resolved cases expressed relief.

For investigators, seeing results is bringing a much needed boost. "It's
tremendous lift to the investigators within the project. A long
into this many cases is emotionally draining for the officers," he said.


Police are increasingly turning to high-tech tools to solve old murders
violent crimes. One method is by using DNA, the unique genetic code each
has in their cells -- and may leave at a crime scene. How the process
worked in
the case of Londoner Victoria Mayo, 32, found stabbed to death in her
in 1964:

- Investigators carefully collect evidence from the body and the crime
that may link to the killer. Samples gathered include the suspect's
blood and

- At the time of the killing, DNA profiling wasn't even conceived of,
police Deputy Chief Jim Balmain said. Now, science has progressed to
where a
single pin-prick of blood is enough to conduct a DNA test.

- Investigation of the Mayo case leads cold-cases squad detective
working in
Project Angel to a suspect who died in 1996.

- Police ask for permission from Ontario's attorney general to exhume
the man's
body to collect a DNA sample. Lead investigator OPP Det. Insp. Mike
says there's enough supporting evidence.

- In November 1999, the body of a man buried in Toronto is exhumed.
of Western Ontario anthropologist Michael Spence says a DNA sample could
taken from almost any part of the body, including brain tissue, flesh or
any remaining hair roots. "Getting DNA from (a body) that recent is well
the realm of modern science."

- Testing of blood and semen from the Mayo crime scene and the sample
from the
exhumed body is done at Toronto's Centre of Forensic Sciences.

- The results -- showing a match -- are sent to investigators who are
now able
to close the case.




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Re: Project Angel January 1997 to June 2000
« Reply #38 on: October 14, 2014, 10:33:44 PM »
He was the one that got away.

Detectives nicknamed him the "Porn Man" and privately admit they may have bungled the investigation into the suspected serial killer who operated over a three-year-period in the Port Stanley, Stratford and Tillsonburg areas.

Police had been watching the man for years; he had a long criminal record and had been in psychiatric hospitals.

They closed in on him when they started finding the body parts of one of his suspected victims, Priscilla Merle, in 1972, near Port Stanley, a small town on the shores of Lake Erie.

Merle's left arm was floating in Kettle Creek. Soon after, her upper torso was discovered near a marina in the same area.

Police believe the body of the 21-year-old woman had been cut up with a 35-centimetre (14-inch) power saw.

The separated mother of one had last been seen alive getting into a station wagon, a vehicle that resembled the one driven by the Porn Man.

Merle's death was the last in a series of murders starting in October, 1969, with the slaying of Jacqueline English, whose nude body was found floating in Big Otter Creek, near Tillsonburg.

The 15-year-old had been raped and murdered after hitchhiking home from her job as a waitress. Less than a year later, another 15- year-old, Soraya O'Connell, disappeared after hitchhiking home from a youth centre in London.

Her skeletal remains were found four years later in a garbage dump south of Stratford.

Police raided the Porn Man's home, where they made a grotesque discovery in his basement.

There were bags of feces stored in a chest, human waste he had collected for some bizarre reason. Along with the feces were pictures of naked children.

But the evidence wasn't strong enough to take to court, and he wasn't arrested.

Soon after, the Porn Man moved, and was last believed to be in the Toronto area.

In their eagerness to arrest the Porn Man, detectives now admit they may have moved in on him too soon.

"Looking back on the case, perhaps we could have played it differently. Perhaps tailed him more," said one detective.

"But one thing's for sure. After he left town . . . the killings stopped."

I think they should find this guy again. He's obviously a murderer and they even admit they knew.

And what happened to all that feces? They should have DNA tested it to see who's it was. And for the pictures of the naked children, where are those pictures and who are those children?!