Author Topic: Kelly Cook - 15 - Murdered - April 22, 1981 - Standard, AB - PART 1  (Read 422816 times)

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Re: Kelly Cook - 15 - Murdered - April 22, 1981 - Standard, AB - PART 1
« Reply #705 on: June 22, 2011, 03:41:48 PM »
.....gonna go out on a limb here ::) .... it's ok if I get jumped for off-tracking;  maybe, just maybe, at a public function sometime beforehand, or in a bar, coffee shop, whatever .... some jerk saw the figure skater on television news, newspaper, local poster or ad (or even just knew her by chance) and decided he was going to have her.  Just maybe, I'm saying here.... that the abductor was responsible to get this "figure skater",  ....maybe owed the jerk, and was afraid to tell him he couldn't get her....or the jerk had something  "big time" on the abductor .....abductor didn't let on he was picking up a substitute.  Just maybe, he hoped and/or assumed these figure skaters were all very similar, and the guy would be satisfied.  Just maybe, when he picked up poor little innocent Kelly .... he realized she was just an ordinary girl .... not especially glamorous or assuming to be such .... just a nice decent competent girl!  Just maybe he had no choice but to dispose of his mistake, and get out of the area.  ...Maybe even abduct another girl soon after to save himself from running forever?   (I wonder if there was another elsewhere not long after that!)

or maybe he did deliver her, and the jerk blew up,  and told him "this is not her; the deal's off!" ....then  maybe the jerk  killed them both, and dumped the abductor elsewhere .... or else the two went on their way together after Kelly was disposed of. 

Then I think of someone (whose identity was never described fully) going to the funeral parlor at a very odd time when others weren't there.  So if this guy was not the original abductor (or just someone nosy) it could be the "jerk" making sure this was the girl he turned down... that she was dead for sure, (as he had ordered) because she could identify him (and he had no way of knowing for sure the abductor/partner did the job).... just another lose theory.  However, we've run into further stretched situations where a girl was murdered, and strange plans of other sorts came out in the wash or got confessed.  I also had this thought in the very beginning.  Of course that's me; always thinking conspiracy.

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Re: Kelly Cook - 15 - Murdered - April 22, 1981 - Standard, AB - PART 1
« Reply #706 on: June 22, 2011, 03:45:24 PM »
Everything is possible Lost, and you made some great points.  Do we know if this cold case is being actively worked upon by LE?

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Re: Kelly Cook - 15 - Murdered - April 22, 1981 - Standard, AB - PART 1
« Reply #707 on: June 25, 2011, 05:39:26 PM »

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Re: Kelly Cook - 15 - Murdered - April 22, 1981 - Standard, AB - PART 1
« Reply #708 on: June 25, 2011, 07:38:23 PM »
Lack of information from LE means that there is almost nothing upon which to judge plausibility. That could be due to lack of evidence. After 30 years at a standstill, is it a good idea to look at other possibilities and consider alternatives? I guess it depends on how willing you are to accept the status quo.

Thanks for the information about the fertilizer plant. I was wondering if that's where Walter Cook worked. I am also wondering where the father of the other girl who was targeted worked. Another thing I noticed was the short distance from Cheadle to Carseland, if that is where Walter Cook worked.

There's no implication that the Cooks did anything wrong here.
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Re: Kelly Cook - 15 - Murdered - April 22, 1981 - Standard, AB - PART 1
« Reply #709 on: June 29, 2011, 12:08:16 PM »

Calgary Herald newspaper, Kelly Cook's body found in canal, Tuesday, June 30, 1981, p. A1 (front page)

Some interesting details from this newspaper article include the following:

1) 'The body was found by citizens out motorcycling about 180 metres east of the Chin Bridge around 4 p.m. on Sunday [June 28]' - as per previous articles I've cited, her body was found on the north side of the lake, and this article verifies it was found to the east of the bridge

2) 'Chin Lake is a natural reservoir for an irrigation system... an increased demand for water last week caused the level of the reservoir to drop substantially, exposing the body...' - this confirms the reason for the water drop, but does not say any low water level records were set - it's also interesting in that the water level drop occurred in the week immediately prior to Kelly's body being found

3) '... positive identification of the girl had been made from a comparison of dental charts by a dental surgeon' - this is not surprising given that her body was badly decomposed

4) 'Police believe the man who identified himself to Cook as Bill Christensen had been gathering information on another Standard girl before he finally abducted Kelly. It is believed the man had phoned the other girl from the Standard Hotel Bar four days prior to Cook's abduction, asking her to babysit for him, but she refused. When he asked her if she could recommend any other babysitters, he was given Cook's name' - I found it interesting that he made this particular call from the hotel bar, whereas the call to Kelly on April 22 was made from a service station outside of town


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Re: Kelly Cook - 15 - Murdered - April 22, 1981 - Standard, AB - PART 1
« Reply #710 on: June 29, 2011, 12:39:19 PM »
[quote4) 'Police believe the man who identified himself to Cook as Bill Christensen had been gathering information on another Standard girl before he finally abducted Kelly. It is believed the man had phoned the other girl from the Standard Hotel Bar four days prior to Cook's abduction, asking her to babysit for him, but she refused. When he asked her if she could recommend any other babysitters, he was given Cook's name' - I found it interesting that he made this particular call from the hotel bar, whereas the call to Kelly on April 22 was made from a service station outside of town
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Wouldn't it be interesting to see "police notes" concerning the guest list of the hotel at the time..... and all hotels request the make and license of their guest's vehicle/s.... for "parking rights and security reasons" ...at least any I have ever used did so.

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Re: Kelly Cook - 15 - Murdered - April 22, 1981 - Standard, AB - PART 1
« Reply #711 on: June 30, 2011, 04:10:41 AM »

Calgary Herald newspaper, Another girl was phoned before Kelly, Wednesday, June 17, 1981, front page (A1)

Kelly Cook would probably be at home with her family celebrating her 16th birthday Thursday if another Standard Alta. girl had taken a babysitting job from a man police believe abducted Kelly.
That girl, however, turned down an offer to babysit for the man who telephoned her, and instead referred the caller to Kelly. Four days later, April 22, Kelly accepted a babysitting job and was abducted.
Investigators believe the man who abducted Kelly had been gathering information on the other girl for two months prior to Kelly's disappearance.
"We know of one other call." RCMP Inspector Len Jerritt said in an interview. He wouldn't elaborate.
Jerritt said had that girl accepted the babysitting job, "we might be looking for the other girl rather than Kelly Cook."
He added whoever was responsible for Kelly's abduction was a man "intent on getting his hands on a girl."
Strathmore RCMP Corporal Craig Green in charge of the investigation said the man who telephoned the other girl, about 4 p.m. April 18, may have made the call from the Standard Hotel Bar.
Green said a stranger who used the telephone inside the bar at the same time the girl was called at home fits the description of Kelly's abductor. The tanned and heavy-chested man is described as having "abrupt mannerisms."
Recalling the chain of events Green says, "he walks directly up to the bar and almost demands to use the telephone. He makes the call, buys a case of beer and gets annoyed about his change and leaves without even saying thank you."
Green said the caller asked the girl if she would babysit for him that evening and the girl refused.
Green said the man then asked the teen-age girl "can you recommend any other girls?" and she says Kelly Cook and another girl. He said "thank you" and hung up.
When a man who called himself Bill Christensen telephoned Kelly the morning of the day she was abducted, he told her he knew where she lived and identified by name a neighbor who lives across the street from the Cook house.
He also told Kelly she had come highly recommended as a babysitter.
"It appears we're dealing with a man who has some knowledge of the Standard area," Jerritt said.
As far as Jerrit is concerned, the girl who first turned down the babysitting job is the "key" to solving the case.
Investigators have been trying to determine why the man wanted her as a babysitter... and why... he was trying to gather information about her.
Police have questioned the girl on countless occasions in an attempt to determine if she had ever been in contact with the suspect, but Green said she can't recall ever seeing or talking to the man prior to the phone call.

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Re: Kelly Cook - 15 - Murdered - April 22, 1981 - Standard, AB - PART 1
« Reply #712 on: July 01, 2011, 07:45:40 PM »
Thank you AaronP for claryifying. Things are no longer muddled up.

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Re: Kelly Cook - 15 - Murdered - April 22, 1981 - Standard, AB - PART 1
« Reply #713 on: July 05, 2011, 01:01:30 PM »

Calgary Herald newspaper, 'Dead end' hit in Kelly manhunt, Wednesday, July 8, 1981, page B2

The search for Kelly Cook's killer has hit a dead end and RCMP are appealing to the public for help.

While they have made some progress in the case, Superintendent Emil Beaulieu, commander of the Lethbridge RCMP substation, said they still need all the information they can possibly get on the 15-year-old girl's killer.

"One break and the case could break wide open," Beaulieu said Tuesday. "We've sort of hit a dead end, I guess. What we need now is a lot of information."

They have decided, Beaulieu said, to ask each of the 18 RCMP detachments in the Lethbridge subdivision to circulate their sketch of the man to motels, cafes, service stations, taxi companies, and vehicle dealers throughout all of southern Alberta, in hopes that someone will recognize Cook's killer.

The description police are circulating estimates their suspect as between 40 and 45 years of age, about five feet, 10 inches tall, and about 160 pounds with a medium to heavy build.

He has a round face with a swarthy complexion. His face and hands are weather beaten. He was clean shaven and had short dark hair which just covered the ears, with no sideburns.

The RCMP, Beaulieu indicated, aren't working 100 per cent in the dark.

They do have an autopsy report compiled by Dr. John Butt, the chief medical examiner for Alberta

"We are not releasing any information whatsoever in the findings of the autopsy, as this may jeopardize the investigation," he said.

No cause of death has been released.


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Re: Kelly Cook - 15 - Murdered - April 22, 1981 - Standard, AB - PART 1
« Reply #714 on: July 06, 2011, 08:53:37 AM »

Calgary Herald newspaper, Murder remains mystery, Thursday, July 2, 1981, page B1

Four days of an RCMP investigation into the murder of 15-year-old Kelly Cook, whose rope-bound body was discovered in an irrigation canal near Taber, have failed to yield any new clues about her killer.

A Lethbridge RCMP spokesman said, in addition, that police have been unable to establish a cause of death for the teen-age girl, abducted from her Standard home, about 80 kilometres east of Calgary, April 22.

Police divers continued to drag the irrigation reservoir Wednesday in search of clues to Kelly's murderer but came up empty-handed.

Kelly's father, Walter Cook, asked Wednesday that in lieu of flowers for her funeral, which will be held Friday, donations be made to the Calgary Rape Crisis Centre.

"We don't know that Kelly had been raped but, had she come home, we would have been dealing with the Rape Crisis Centre in Calgary," Cook said in an interview.

"We felt that these people would have been helping us so, in lieu of flowers, we wanted donations to be made to them," he said.

Kelly's badly decomposed body was brought to Calgary for an autopsy after it was discovered Sunday on the north shore of Chin Lake, about 50 kilometres east of Lethbridge and about 16 kilometres south of Taber.

According to Lethbridge Constable Vern Maerz, investigating the murder, the girl's body, bound by ropes, was found about 180 metres east of the Chin Bridge which spans the lake about 170 kilometres southeast of her small farming community home.


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Re: Kelly Cook - 15 - Murdered - April 22, 1981 - Standard, AB - PART 1
« Reply #715 on: July 06, 2011, 10:06:05 AM »
hmmm, still curious about this part. Over time reports of this detail have ranged from Kelly being bound at the hands and feet by rope attached to concrete blocks to various versions of rope bound references. the latest-

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rope-bound body / According to Lethbridge Constable Vern Maerz, investigating the murder, the girl's body, bound by ropes,

Do we know which is the true and correct version?

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Re: Kelly Cook - 15 - Murdered - April 22, 1981 - Standard, AB - PART 1
« Reply #716 on: July 07, 2011, 09:42:59 PM »

I referenced the following articles:

(1) Alberta Report, July 10, 1981, p. 36

(2) Alberta.com Special Report, April 22, 2001, "Who Killed Kelly?"

'Bound at the hands and feet by ropes, the girl's body had been anchored to the bottom of the lake, by two concrete blocks'. (1)

'Exactly what happened to the 15-year-old Grade 10 student after that was unclear until two months later, June 28, when a youth riding his motorcycle along the north shore of Chin Lakes discovered her fully-clothed body. The water line of the irrigation canal had dropped over a period of time, exposing the corpse. Kelly's decomposed body was rope-bound and anchored by concrete blocks'. (2)


Both articles allude to her body itself being rope-bound, with the Alberta Report article going so far as to specify her hands and feet were bound with ropes. 'Rope-bound' is an expression which implies rope is wrapped around something or someone. Newspaper and magazine articles do not always spell things out to the nth degree, as per the need for brevity. Suffice it to say that the above quotes are from reputable news sources, so those are the facts per se.

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Re: Kelly Cook - 15 - Murdered - April 22, 1981 - Standard, AB - PART 1
« Reply #717 on: July 08, 2011, 02:07:14 AM »
The first article has detail over and above the generic expression "rope bound"

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'Bound at the hands and feet by ropes, the girl's body had been anchored to the bottom of the lake, by two concrete blocks'. (1)
Thats pretty specific.

The Calgary Herald newspaper, Murder remains mystery, Thursday, July 2, 1981, page B1 states body bound by ropes. 
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rope-bound body / According to Lethbridge Constable Vern Maerz, investigating the murder, the girl's body, bound by ropes

Seems to be some discrepancy but if I read this in the context of a generic reference to a body being bound somehow, would it be logical to assume from these articles that Kelly was indeed bound by the hands and feet? 

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Suffice it to say that the above quotes are from reputable news sources, so those are the facts per se.

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Re: Kelly Cook - 15 - Murdered - April 22, 1981 - Standard, AB - PART 1
« Reply #718 on: July 12, 2011, 12:37:26 PM »

Calgary Herald newspaper, 600 scour prairie in vain for Kelly, Thursday, April 30, 1981, page A1

STANDARD - Kelly Cook's parents don't know how to repay the hundreds of people who spent an exhausting day Wednesday searching in vain for their missing daughter.

... the search by more than 600 residents of this village and neighboring communities who trudged over 1,000 square miles of dusty, rolling prairie and rough coulee ended... in frustration.

Disappointed neighbors and friends of the family were unable to come up with any clues to Kelly's whereabouts as they reported back to the community hall with nothing but stiff legs and grim faces.

"It's discouraging, really, to think we didn't come up with a tire track or even the car or a coat or something," said Gordon Grant, who scoured an 18-square-mile area north of the village with a team of 22 people.

"It's the sort of thing that we had to do," said Simon Jensen, who was part of a 20-member team which blanketed a large area south of the village.

"A search like this is not 100 per cent. In this area, you'd have to check under everything to make it 100 per cent. But I think we've done the best we can."

Some 200 Standard-area neighbors, in eight teams, trudged through the flat farmland around the village while another 400 searchers spread out to neighboring communities in this rural area, 80 kilometres east of Calgary.

They searched on foot, on horseback, in four-wheel drive vehicles, on motorcycles and in airplanes, stopping only for lunch. But they all came up empty-handed.

Colin Grant, range patrol coordinator of the search, said he's confident the entire region has been searched as thoroughly as possible.

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Re: Kelly Cook - 15 - Murdered - April 22, 1981 - Standard, AB - PART 1
« Reply #719 on: July 14, 2011, 01:07:18 PM »

Calgary Herald newspaper, Massive search for Kelly, Wednesday, April 29, 1981, page A1

STANDARD - Hundreds of residents from this farming community and neighboring towns today began a massive ground and air search in yet another attempt to find missing 15-year-old Kelly Cook.

Green [RCMP Corporal Craig Green] said he hoped the search would be wrapped up by this evening with every possible barn, ditch, and coulee in Standard and nearby Rockyford, Nightingale, Gleichen, Hussar, and Rosebud, thoroughly searched.

In an interview RCMP Sergeant Wayne Daye said police officers, in the week since Kelly's disappearance, knocked on every door within a 700 square mile area around Standard.

"Kelly's a bright kid," Flipping [Bill Flipping, Kelly's uncle] said. "She's 15 going on 100. She knew since she was 14 years that 'when I grow up I'm going to be a lawyer because I feel that's the area I could do the most help.'"

Kelly's father, Walter, said earlier Tuesday that the wait for news of his daughter is becoming more difficult every day.