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Re: Peter Sopow & Lorraine McNab - Unsolved Murder - Pincher Creek (1997)
« Reply #15 on: November 13, 2011, 06:07:39 PM »
Was there by any chance a grieving or jealous "ex" of either victims?

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Re: Peter Sopow & Lorraine McNab - Unsolved Murder - Pincher Creek (1997)
« Reply #16 on: November 13, 2011, 11:23:05 PM »
Considering the info in post number 13 by Jason van Rassel, it would seem to appear that a teacher in the same school may have had a twisted one way love yearn for Ms. McNabb. Perhaps she didn't share his feelings? He has/had a similar vehicle to one noted stalking McNabb's acreage. He was under psychiatric care and investigation. Refuses to answer questions. Owned a 22 calibre rifle that is "lost". They just seem to need the real evidence which seems well hidden. IMO, if it walks like a duck, it's a duck.

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Re: Peter Sopow & Lorraine McNab - Unsolved Murder - Pincher Creek (1997)
« Reply #17 on: November 14, 2011, 12:46:43 AM »
Video released by Sun/Calgary Sept/2011. They will be showcasing 10 unsolved deaths/murders. re-interviews to be done, including one with a woman.

What a peaceful view/area Lorraine lived at. Tragic that so many lives were shattered by this cowardly shooting.

http://www.lfpress.com/video/1193110398001

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Re: Peter Sopow & Lorraine McNab - Unsolved Murder - Pincher Creek (1997)
« Reply #18 on: November 14, 2011, 07:09:03 PM »
No one has mentioned "ex spouses" or "ex family members" in this case....were there any ex-family members who were unhappy with this new relationship?

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Re: Peter Sopow & Lorraine McNab - Unsolved Murder - Pincher Creek (1997)
« Reply #19 on: November 15, 2011, 02:37:22 AM »
They both had ex's and children from their previous marriages but to my knowledge I haven't seen anything untoward from the ex's. Lorraine went back to her maiden name it appears and was raising her son age 15. Peter's children must have been older as they were living away in Vancouver. I have no idea where his ex wife was living. I would wager that police already interviewed the ex's first.


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Re: Peter Sopow & Lorraine McNab - Unsolved Murder - Pincher Creek (1997)
« Reply #21 on: July 29, 2014, 04:21:04 PM »
Thank you SAP for the update.  Thought I would put up part of  the article before I lose all of my freebies with the Sun .

http://www.calgarysun.com/2011/10/03/planned-hit


Cold cases
 Planned hit  18
Police looking for answers in deaths of Mountie, teacher

 
First posted:  Sunday, October 02, 2011 11:04 PM MDT  | Updated: Wednesday, October 05, 2011

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Re: Peter Sopow & Lorraine McNab - Unsolved Murder - Pincher Creek (1997)
« Reply #22 on: July 29, 2014, 04:32:03 PM »
Article # 2 from SAP's post


File Remains Open In Southern Alberta Double Homicide


 LETHBRIDGE:   It's a case that is unsolved but not forgotten.

 Sixteen years ago, a Southern Alberta RCMP officer and his girlfriend were killed near Pincher Creek. Every year at this time, Country 95 News revisits the case in hopes that someone will come forward with information or evidence which will help Police bring the case to a conclusion.

On December 13th 1997, 52-year-old Peter Sopow and his 47-year-old girlfriend, Lorraine McNab, were shot to death on her acreage just south of Pincher Creek. The victims were ambushed and shot outside and their bodies were then dragged into a horse trailer on the property. The bodies were found in that locked horse trailer just before noon on December 15th.

Sopow, a 32-year veteran of the RCMP at the time of his death, was the father of two grown children, and a Sergeant with the Fort Macleod detachment.

McNab was a kindergarten teacher at Canyon School in Pincher Creek and was the mother of two teenaged children. She and Sopow were both divorced and had been dating for about six months. For both of their families, 16-years is a long time to wait and wonder about who took the lives of their loved ones.

 Immediately after the murders, an intense investigation included experts in ballistics, metal detection and even a soil analyst. Police pleaded for information about an older model red or maroon two door car, similar to an early 1970's Mercury Cougar. The vehicle, or one similar to it, was seen in and around Lundbreck the day after the murders.


Over the course of several years, numerous searches were undertaken around Southern Alberta fields and waterways, in an effort to locate the missing weapon but, it was never found. Details about the gathered forensics were never released.

 In 2001, the RCMP received two anonymous, handwritten letters from somewhere in southern Alberta which left investigators convinced the individual had information about the murders. However, the writer never made further contact, in spite of guarantees of anonymity. The contents of the letters were never revealed either.


While a Pincher Creek man was arrested shortly after the murders, he was later released without charges.

Over the past years, a number of RCMP officers have been tasked with combing through the Sopow-McNabb murder case file. In 2009, former RCMP Sergeant Patrick Webb, spoke of the frustration at not being able to solve a case that involved one of their own. Webb confirmed the RCMP do have a suspect. All they need is that one missing piece of the puzzle.

The Sopow-McNabb case is still an active file. It is now overseen by RCMP Constable Norman Mercier, who confirmed a new team has been put together to investigate, "We're going through the entire file, finding out which tasks could, conceivably, be followed up on. As well, we still get leads coming in on this file, we still get firearms being turned in that have been located and that we compare to see if we can get evidence to support whether that firearm is, or is not, involved (in the case)".

 When Mercier refers to firearms, it is noted that the one major piece of evidence that is still needed, is the murder weapon, a .22 calibre rifle.

It's possible that someone can offer a clue to the whereabouts of the weapon. Or, perhaps, the conscience of the person responsible for taking these two lives weighs heavier with the passing years.

 If you have information, it isn't too late to come forward. You can call the Pincher Creek RCMP Detachment at 403-627-4425, Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS or the Major Crimes Division of Calgary RCMP.
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I have no doubt that the killer's conscience has taken it's toll on this individual - either by abuse of alchohol, pharmaceutical drugs or both.  It is a deep dark secret that would eat away at a person over time, and no doubt affect others around them.

JB

 





Posted on Friday, December 13, 2013 at 7/29/2014 4:14:25 PM
Source: Dori Modney (On Twitter - Dori_Modney) -- Country 95 News / Photos taken from Country 95 archive and originally provided by RCMP
 
 
 
 
 



 
 
 
 
 

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Re: Peter Sopow & Lorraine McNab - Unsolved Murder - Pincher Creek (1997)
« Reply #23 on: July 30, 2014, 09:03:32 AM »
Thank you JB.

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Re: Peter Sopow & Lorraine McNab - Unsolved Murder - Pincher Creek (1997)
« Reply #24 on: July 30, 2014, 09:23:07 AM »
Wonder why the killer would bother to drag the bodies into the trailer and lock it.  They were going to be found eventually, so why hide them?  Did he already know there was a lock on the trailer?  Was he familiar with the place or horse trailers?  Were there drag marks leading to the trailer or had they been carried?  Guess they didn't recover prints from the lock.

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Re: Peter Sopow & Lorraine McNab - Unsolved Murder - Pincher Creek (1997)
« Reply #25 on: July 30, 2014, 09:42:56 AM »
It would be my guess that the killer(s) felt they were buying themselves time by placing the bodies in the trailer. Even then it didn't take long before they were discovered, as a family member went to the property when they could not be reached by phone.

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Re: Peter Sopow & Lorraine McNab - Unsolved Murder - Pincher Creek (1997)
« Reply #26 on: September 24, 2015, 09:45:44 AM »
There seems to be a belief that these murders were related to Lorraine McNab, not Peter Sopow. What if Peter Sopow alone was the target, and the murders were due to something he had uncovered in his line of work?

In small communities, RCMP used to be rotated out every few years. A certain amount of detachment from the local community is necessary to maintain unclouded vision. People can be "untouchable" in small communities, when those who have power and influence use it to remind others of their place in the social strata.

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Re: Peter Sopow & Lorraine McNab - Unsolved Murder - Pincher Creek (1997)
« Reply #27 on: December 13, 2016, 08:37:29 PM »
It's been 20 years.

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Re: Peter Sopow & Lorraine McNab - Unsolved Murder - Pincher Creek (1997)
« Reply #28 on: December 13, 2016, 10:04:53 PM »
rainstorm , do you live in the area  where this happened?  If so wht is the gossip in the town   or to much   to even speculate

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Re: Peter Sopow & Lorraine McNab - Unsolved Murder - Pincher Creek (1997)
« Reply #29 on: December 18, 2017, 01:49:09 AM »
Police apparently have a suspect in mind, probably just not enough evidence for a slam dunk.

From page one, Jason van Rassel Calgary herald, investigative reporter.


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The RCMP definitely has a POI -- and it's not a Mountie. I won't say any more because I don't know how much was ever released publicly but I know from covering the case over the years that the POI is a civilian.