Author Topic: Spencer Middleton - Age 14 - murdered | Stonewall, Mb (1980)  (Read 27728 times)

Willythickfoot

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Hi everyone.I have been looking for information regarding a friend who was  taken from us in 1980 and I have wound up here.His name was Spencer Middleton.(I underlined his name in red) It may be my poor search tactics but this small line is the first evidence I have found that shows Spencer even existed.I see there is no info on the status of his case so I am happy to add his killer got life with no chance of parole.I believe it is the first manslaughter conviction to receive this sentence.The officer responsible for his conviction was Randy Gushulak and he will always be a hero to me. He spent alot of time with me preparing me for the courtroom to testify against the defendant.If anyone can give me any tips on how to find more on Spencer's case I would be thankfull.I would also like to add the Spencer was from Stonewall Mb.We were all hanging out at the arena the night he disappeared.He said he had to go.I waved and never saw him again.

Thanks for your time, Dave



This is the order of boys I know of. Locatio is where they were found or where they were last seen.

1957/12/24 - Larry Nelson - Age 3 - Calgary, AB - Missing - http://www.unsolvedcanada.ca/index.php/topic,1900.0.html

1966/02/11 - Michael Kent - Age 6 - Elmvale, ON - Murdered - 25km N. Barrie - http://www.unsolvedcanada.ca/index.php/topic,2492.0.html
1967/Spring - Richard Hovey - Age 17 - Schomberg, ON - Murdered - 50km S. Barrie http://www.unsolvedcanada.ca/index.php/board,58.0.html
1967/Spring - Unknown Male - Age 15-22 - Coboconk, ON - Murdered - 100km E. Barrie - http://www.unsolvedcanada.ca/index.php/topic,510.0.html
1968/02/09 - Frankie Jensen - Age 8 - Murdered - Thorndale, ON - 22km N. London - http://www.unsolvedcanada.ca/index.php/topic,717.0.html
1968/02/15 - Scott Leishman - Age 16 - Murdered - Port Burwell, ON - 70km S. London - http://www.unsolvedcanada.ca/index.php/topic,919.0.html
1968/08/03 - Robert Brown - Age 12 - Missing - Pefferlaw, ON - E shore Lake Simcoe-http://www.unsolvedcanada.ca/index.php/topic,2491.0.html
1969/06/07 - Robert Stapylton - Age 11 - Murdered - London, ON - http://www.unsolvedcanada.ca/index.php/topic,710.0.html

1975/05/07 - Cameron March - Age 4 - Missing - Burlington, ON - 135km S. Barrie - http://www.unsolvedcanada.ca/index.php/topic,851.0.html
1977/11/11/- Robin Windross - Age 21 (mentally challenged) - Missing - Orillia, ON - 38km E Barrie - missing-u.ca - OPP - has mental age of 6

1980/04/04 - Spencer Middleton - Age 14 - Murdered - Winnipeg, MB -  No info if solved. Found in a gravel pit.
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1980/04/24 - Jeffrey Dupres - Age 3 - Missing - Slave Lake, AB - Similar to Cameron - http://www.unsolvedcanada.ca/index.php/topic,336.0.html
1981/02/?? - Lonnie Boudreau - Age 11 - Missing - Ottawa, ON -    http://www.unsolvedcanada.ca/index.php/topic,1818.0.html
1981/03/?? - Richard Nutall - Age 21 - Missing - Ottawa, ON - no other details
1981/06/?? - Rene Laflamme - Age 24 - Missing - Ottawa, ON - no other details
1981/08/24 - John McCormick - Age 15 - Missing - Caledon, ON - 100km S. Barrie - http://www.unsolvedcanada.ca/index.php/topic,765.0.html
1981/08/24 - Eric Larsfolk - Age 14 - Missing - Caledon, ON - 100km S. Barrie - http://www.unsolvedcanada.ca/index.php/topic,765.0.html
1981/11/?? - Wayne Martin - Age 22 - Missing - Ottawa, ON - no other details
1982/12/01 - Robert Heintz - Age 12 - Missing - Kearns, ON - 40km E. Kirkland Lake - http://www.unsolvedcanada.ca/index.php/topic,2493.0.html
1983/04/30 - Tyler Bowe - Age 14 - Missing - Whitehorse, YK - http://news.webshots.com/photo/2889307150064924833TOJcHE
1984/10/31 - Scott Dove - Age 17 - Murdered - Thunder Bay, ON - found in a gravel pit -http://www.unsolvedcanada.ca/index.php/topic,863.0.html

1991/03/24 - Michael Dunahee - Age 4 - Missing - Victoria, BC - http://www.unsolvedcanada.ca/index.php/topic,52.0.html
1996/01/19 - Scott Lottery - Age 18 - Murdered - London, ON - http://www.unsolvedcanada.ca/index.php/topic,1892.0.html

1998/09/25 - Jong Donohue - Age 18 - Missing - Edmonton, AB - http://www.unsolvedcanada.ca/index.php/topic,2008.0.html
1999/10/28 - Matthew Richard - Age 16 - Missing - Sicamous, BC - http://www.unsolvedcanada.ca/index.php/topic,1897.0.html

2002/08/04 - Joseph Andrews - Age 10 - Missing - Salmon Valley, BC - 30km N. Pr. George - http://www.unsolvedcanada.ca/index.php/topic,2494.0.html
2005/06/22 - Josh Wales - Age 14 - Missing - Mirror, AB - http://www.unsolvedcanada.ca/index.php/topic,1938.0.html

After the last date we have a rash of 20 somethings, young men, missing in BC. I know this list is far from exhaustive, but there appears a pattern in the Ontario cases. Not enough to really narrow anything down, except the killer of Katherine Wilson in 1970 in Kirkland, near Kearns, Timmins, was from London, ON and recently arrested.

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Re: Re: Spencer Middleton - Age 14 - murdered
« Reply #1 on: June 29, 2010, 11:23:09 AM »
Welcome Willythickfoot! I'm so sorry to hear about your friend. Kudos to Officer Randy Gushulak! :) Maybe when Chris or Des happen along, they can move your post and a thread can be started for Spencer Middleton. Was Spencer ever found and brought home?

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Re: Re: Spencer Middleton - Age 14 - murdered
« Reply #2 on: June 29, 2010, 12:30:15 PM »
Willy - the Winnipeg Free Press has some coverage of the trial, but not very much in the way of detail.

Glad the case was solved.

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Re: Re: Spencer Middleton - Age 14 - murdered
« Reply #3 on: June 29, 2010, 05:56:50 PM »
Thank you. His remains were found by locals in and old quarry not far from Stonewall.When he walked away his skates were slung over his shoulders and were still there when he was found.I believe his hands were bound.Its been 30 years now but I still remember his moms voice when she called us early the morning looking for him.

  Dave

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Re: Re: Spencer Middleton - Age 14 - murdered
« Reply #4 on: June 30, 2010, 01:14:18 AM »
Thanks for the information Willythickfoot. Is the perp still in prison? Do you know if the perp committed any other crimes before Spencer? I do understand fully about receiving a early morning phone call and how it stays with you for the rest of your life. Also when something minor triggers recollections out of the blue at the oddest times.

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Re: Re: Spencer Middleton - Age 14 - murdered
« Reply #5 on: July 03, 2010, 11:43:06 PM »
Hi, Yes he should still be on the inside.He received life with no parole for manslaughter.Spencer was taken when we were 14 yrs old.I cant remember the date but I was already with my wife and I met her in 1990.I'm guessing I was with her for maybe a yr or 2 when I appeared for the prosecution.I'm figuring he'll be out in 2017. I believe his last name is Skinner.He lived in Stonewall.We all new him.Spencer's dad was a pharmacist and it is believed Skinner was making Spencer take stuff from his dads work and Spencer's death is the result of a scare tactic.
Officer Gushulak received a promotion to detective and requested this cold file. Skinner was in jail at the time and Gushulak had an informant on the inside who was able to get close to Skinner and get enough out of him to make an arrest.I wish I could give more detail but 30 yrs is a long time.I can tell you that he was a really nice kid and good friend who didn't deserve to be tossed into a hole and left to die like he was.I wish I would have walked with him that night,things could have been so different.

Dave

Mods,could you please move these posts to their proper location? Thx
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Re: Spencer Middleton - Age 14 - murdered
« Reply #6 on: July 04, 2010, 11:02:00 AM »
Thanks for the information Willythickfoot. You did help your friend, by testifying against the perp. You are the 7th person to tell me you wish you were with your friend that night. You can't beat yourself up over not being with your friend. If you had been, the perp would have chosen another night when Spencer was alone. Too bad the perp is getting out in 2017, not too many years from now. Life should mean life, to the last breath taken.
Do you have a picture of Spencer to post? God Bless.

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Re: Spencer Middleton - Age 14 - murdered
« Reply #7 on: July 04, 2010, 08:01:29 PM »
  The most recent picture I remember of Spencer was our school photos.It was the Winnipeg free press or the Tribune that ran the photo after he went missing. My parents are what you might call hoarders so the thought of trying to find an old class picture in their place scares the hell out of me.If anyone has access to news paper archives I would appreciate anything you could share on the board.The only hit I have ever found was on this site.I'm afraid my search tactics dont come up with much.


  Thanks, Dave

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Re: Spencer Middleton - Age 14 - murdered | Stonewall, Mb (1980)
« Reply #8 on: July 05, 2010, 02:48:46 AM »
Hello, sorry about your friend. So this case was actaully solved?

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Re: Spencer Middleton - Age 14 - murdered | Stonewall, Mb (1980)
« Reply #9 on: July 05, 2010, 03:50:13 AM »
Thank you and yes it was.I personally dont think he acted alone but I dont recall anything to support my opinion coming up at the trial.

I should add that this is just my opinion.
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Re: Spencer Middleton - Age 14 - murdered | Stonewall, Mb (1980)
« Reply #10 on: July 06, 2010, 02:14:46 AM »
Willythickfoot, what makes you think Skinner did not act alone? I know it's your own opinion, but sometimes something stick's inside one's mind to make a person think that.

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Re: Spencer Middleton - Age 14 - murdered | Stonewall, Mb (1980)
« Reply #11 on: July 06, 2010, 02:58:39 PM »
I don't think Skinner knew the area well enough. If he was just looking for a place to abandon Spencer I doubt he would have just stumbled onto this pit by chance. Skinner lived in an upstairs apt over a garage on main street Stonewall. I think that he associated with people who would better know the area Spencer's remains were found.

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Re: Spencer Middleton - Age 14 - murdered | Stonewall, Mb (1980)
« Reply #12 on: August 28, 2010, 06:42:17 PM »
Hi Willythickfoot,
I am very interested in learning about whatever, you may know about this case.  I had heard about this case once before, but never really put too much thought into it.  This interests me so much, because my fiance grew up out in Stonewall Manitoba, and I have been out there, when I have been with him.  You say good bye to him one minute and the next minute he is gone.  Its scary to think about because, this kind of stuff doesn't  happen out in Stonewall.  I would like to personally say that I am sorry that you had to loose a friend in such a way.  Do you know how the perpitrator was caught.  Did it take a long time after the killing to find, out the killers identity.

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Re: Spencer Middleton - Age 14 - murdered | Stonewall, Mb (1980)
« Reply #13 on: October 05, 2010, 10:01:51 PM »
I remember Spencer.  This is the first place I have found any information about his case.  Thank you. 

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Re: Spencer Middleton - Age 14 - murdered | Stonewall, Mb (1980)
« Reply #14 on: January 21, 2011, 10:46:58 AM »
Sorry to hear about your friend it was a shock to all of us who lived in Stonewall.  I am 47 years old and lived in Stonewall at the time of his murder. I used  the same railroad tracks to get to the rink  and back since my house was right beside them.  I knew Spencer not as a friend, just thru association, his father and my father used to curl in the same league and of course we went to the same school albeit a couple of grades higher. When he was found in the pits that day, a group of us had a party out there the night before.  This is the first time my search for Spencer Middleton on the internet has come back with something.  The only other time was reading an article by Gordon Sinclair who was writing a story about an investigator named  Sangster from the  RCMP who was retiring.  Sinclair wrote about two of his biggest cases and one of them was Spencers murder.  He wrote it was a 10 year old cold case but found out who the murderer was and went out to B.C. before he finally found and arrested him,  he didn't mention in the article who the murderer was thou.  Skinner is a name I remember but I can't put it to a face.