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EDMONTON'S COLD CASES - as of Nov, 2011
« on: November 28, 2011, 02:33:24 PM »
This is part of a series and so I will post each series on this thread. If we have some of the cases on our forum, you will also find it under the individual.  I think that is important that the cold cases (series) also be contained together in one place.

No suspects in three cold case killings

By Pamela Roth,Edmonton Sun

 First posted: Monday, November 28, 2011 07:59 AM MST | Updated: Monday, November 28, 2011 08:05 AM MST

Cheryl Lynn Black. Her burned body was found in a dumpster in 2004. (SUPPLIED)

Cheryl Lynn Black lived a hard life.
The 46-year-old small-framed woman, originally from the Siksika First Nation west of Calgary, was a convicted killer and alcoholic living on the streets of Edmonton, picking bottles to survive.
On May 18, 2004, Black's hard life came to a violent end when somebody set her on fire and left her body in a dumpster behind the Walterdale Playhouse at 83 Avenue and 103 Street in Old Strathcona.
She was so badly burned that it took three months for police to identify her. Since she had no teeth, hospital x-rays were used to find out her name.
Det. Ron Johnson of the city police was one of the investigators working on the case and described the crime scene as "ugly."
In order to find out who the woman was, police started with a list of 98 homeless women who might fit the description of the body and then whittled it down.
"That was really grim," said Johnson about the crime. "There was no fingerprints to go on. We beat the bushes for a couple of months."
Who killed Blac remains a mystery, but she made some enemies over the years.
In 1992, Black stabbed her 31-year-old common-law husband Greg Goodine to death in the Calgary home they shared.
She was convicted of second- degree murder, but was later sentenced to seven years for manslaughter.
A family member later said Black lived in fear that Goodine's family would track her down for revenge.
But investigators pointed out that finding her on the streets of Edmonton wouldn't have been an easy task.
As far as finding the killer, Johnson said police didn't have any witnesses to the crime, but there were a couple leads to follow.
At one point, he was convinced cops had a viable suspect. That man was picked up and interviewed, but ad a "perfect logical explanation" for every question.
In 2005, investigators were planning torch a dead pig in a dumpster to see if that could determine what kind of fuel was used to burn Black's body. The test was can-celled, however, due to high winds and never re-scheduled.
Johnson believes the killing was completely random, but could still be solved with a single tip.
"Those are always tough to solve," he said. "There is no rhyme or reason to it."
Black is on the list of many random unsolved homicides that have gone cold for several years.
One of those homicides involves Mir Hussain, who was working as an Imperial Parking employee in January 2004 when he was stabbed in the torso during an argument while on duty at the intersection of 121 Street and 104 Avenue.
The family is still struggling to cope with the 44-year-old's death.
In January 1999, the body of Carlos Mejia was found by his 19-year-old daughter in his bedroom of the family's northeast Edmonton townhouse.
Police believe the 39-year-old had been slain in the room sometime between 10 p.m. and 11:45 p.m. the night before when his daughters were out helping a friend move.
When they came home and saw his door closed, they assumed he was sleeping. He was found the next day when his daughter went to wake him up for work.
The single father of three was a welder from El Salvador who enjoyed dancing and bodybuilding in his spare time. He was last seen socially by his friends dancing at La Habana at 10238 104 St. on Jan. 8.
The case stumped investigators, who had no significant leads.
"That was a brutal murder. There was no sign of forced entry," said Johnson. "We never found anybody that wanted anything wrong with the guy or he made an enemy out of. It was just a real whodunit."
A $40,000 reward is still available in all three cases. The information would have to lead to the arrest of the killer.
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Re: EDMONTON'S COLD CASES - as of Nov, 2011
« Reply #1 on: November 28, 2011, 02:37:00 PM »

Rewards light fire under cold cases 2

By Pamela Roth,Edmonton Sun

 First posted: Monday, November 28, 2011 07:55 AM MST | Updated: Monday, November 28, 2011 07:58 AM MST
A staggering $1.2 million in reward money is available to breath new life into city cold cases.
There are currently 30 Edmonton police cold cases with $40,000 each available to those who may be holding the missing piece of the puzzle.
The idea behind posting a reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for a killing is to solicit information when all other avenues have been exhausted.
Deputy Police Chief Darryl da Costa doesn’t recall any rewards being paid out in recent history, but that doesn’t mean it hasn’t been an effective tool.
“I think it’s always helpful to be able to raise the awareness of the crime in the community,” said da Costa.
“It gives us an opportunity to get more information even if it doesn’t lead to an arrest.”
At the moment, city police have 30 outstanding homicide rewards posted at $40,000 each, even though there are far more unsolved homicides than that.
When selecting which cases will grant reward money, an investigator determines the value on a file-by-file basis.
Rewards typically range between $10,000 and $40,000, and are reviewed every three years.
Some cases have been renewed more than five times.
Ultimately, it’s up to the Edmonton Police Commission to approve the request for rewards, determine the value and the length of time the reward will be offered.
So far, no requests have ever been turned down.
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Re: EDMONTON'S COLD CASES - as of Nov, 2011
« Reply #2 on: November 28, 2011, 02:38:28 PM »
As of Nov 2011 - here is a list of Edmonton's cold cases

Cold case reward files
1. Adolph Gurnick, 52
 found beaten and stabbed in an alley at 12943 122 Street May 2, 1992.
2. Avion Brown, 22
 shot in the head in a car parked at 3615 Millwoods Road July 4, 1994
3. Joanne Ghostkeeper, 24
 found strangled in her apartment 11925 34 Street on Dec. 26, 1996
4. Isaac Middleton, 18
 stabbed to death after a fight with several men near 99 Street and 60 Avenue Sept. 19, 1997.
5. James Milliken, 23
 fatally stabbed during a physical altercation with a group of people on the northeast corner of 34 Street and 118 Avenue on May 17, 1997.
6. Karen Ewanciw, 11
 found beaten to death in a ravine on April 24, 1975.
7. Carlos Mejia, 39
 found lying on the floor of his bedroom in his residence near 133 Ave and 47 Street on Jan. 11, 1999. The cause of death was multiple stab wounds.
8. Charlotte Baas, 18
 found in her bedroom after someone poured gasoline on the living room floor of the home and set it alight on Dec. 18, 1983.
9. Robin Thorn, 11 months
 found with numerous puncture wounds to the abdomen and chest on June 27, 1997.
10. Lisa Kopf, 17
 found in a farmer’s slough near 118 Avenue and 184 Street on Aug. 5, 1998. Someone had held her face down in the mud until she suffocated.
11. Wayne Kreutz, 46
 shot and killed outside his used car lot at 15607 128 A Avenue on Oct. 31, 1998.
12. Travis Kope, 21
 gunned down outside a home near 115 Street and 71 Avenue Oct. 17, 2002.
13. Mir Hussain, 44
 an Imperial Park employee, died after he was stabbed in the torso during an argument while on duty at the intersection of 121 Street and 104 Avenue on Jan. 2, 2004.
14. Cheryl Lynn Black, 46
 Burned body was found in a dumpster behind 10322 83 Avenue on May 18, 2004
15. Huy Le Nguyen, 25
 died in a drive-by shooting outside the Calgary Trail Noodle House on Nov. 20, 2004.
16. Samuel Sagoniuk, 73
 found stabbed to death in his downtown apartment May 23, 2003.
17. Dilbag Sandhu, 29
 was working at the Mac’s Convenience store at 4412 36 Avenue when he was shot during an armed robbery that was committed by two unknown persons on June17, 2005.
18. Rose Decoteau, 43
 strangled in the Royal Western Motel Oct. 5, 2005.
19. Dylan McGillis, 20
 stabbed by an unknown individual after leaving a Whyte Avenue bar Nov. 19, 2006. Police have recently charged one man in the case.
20. Omar/Mohammad Abdalla, 19
 shot to death in the area of 108 Avenue and 115 Street on Feb. 12, 2006.
21. Deng Bulgak, 23
 found shot to death in an alley near 133 Avenue and 82 Street on May 15, 2007.
22. Juk Ring, 24
 shot in the area of 133 Avenue and 82 Street May 15, 2007.
23. Farhan Hassan, 27
 found dead at Fulton Plate Community Hall after responding to a call of gunshots on Sept. 2, 2007.
24. Kasim Mohamed, 28
 found dead at Fulton Plate Community Hall after responding to a call of gunshots on Sept. 2, 2007.
25. Nasir Said, 22
 found dead in the field at Balwin elementary/junior high school. Police believe he had been shot and killed some time during the late evening of Sept. 15 and Sept 16, 2008.
26. Abas Abukar, 21
 died from a gun shot wound after he was discovered in Northmount Park by a passerby Oct. 31, 2008.
27. Abdul Mohamoud, 23
 found beaten and shot to death in a park located near 109 Street and 130 Avenue on Dec. 2, 2008.
28. Ahmed Abdirahman, 21
 found shot to death in the parking lot of a condo complex in north Edmonton Dec. 2, 2008.
29. Abdulaziz Isse, 21
 shot near 131 Wolf Willow Road on Nov. 12, 2009.
30. Robleh Mohamed, 23
 shot in the area of 106 Avenue and 105 Street Nov. 29, 2009.


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Re: EDMONTON'S COLD CASES - as of Nov, 2011
« Reply #3 on: November 29, 2011, 10:09:34 AM »

Teen's life taken in 1983 blaze

By Pamela Roth,Edmonton Sun

 First posted: Monday, November 28, 2011 07:43 PM MST | Updated: Tuesday, November 29, 2011 07:52 AM MST

Charlotte Hazel Baas was found dead in Edmonton on December 18, 1983. In the early morning hours personnel from the Edmonton Fire Department responded to a house fire at 10606 - 151 Street in Edmonton, Charlotte Hazel Baas was found dead inside. GARY BARTLETT/EDMONTON SUN QMI AGENCY
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Terri Baas can’t help but wonder what her eldest daughter’s wedding would have been like or how many grandchildren she would have had to spoil.
It’s been nearly 28 years since the life of her daughter, Charlotte, was cut short by the hands of a killer, and that killer has yet to be brought to justice.
“That hole is always there. It gets smaller as time goes by, but I do miss her,” said Terri, 67. “Her life was just beginning and it was snuffed out.”
Early morning fire
In the early morning hours of Dec. 18, 1983, emergency crews were called to a fire at 106 Avenue and 151 Street. There, they found Charlotte dead inside the home where she had been living with friends.
The 18-year-old was found in bed with a dead dog curled up beside her, after the blaze was extinguished.
Police later said the blaze had been intentionally set using gasoline. Charlotte died from carbon monoxide poisoning.
The previous evening, Charlotte had been at her parents’ home to celebrate her father’s birthday. She was adamant she had to return to take care of the dogs and plants, so her father gave her a ride home. The fire started later.
The next day, a homicide detective showed up at the Baas residence to deliver the grim news about their daughter.
For Terri, the news was devastating.
“I think I just hit the floor. I couldn’t believe it,” she said.
“You see it on TV and you hear it from others, so you think it’s not going to hit you, but it can hit you.”
Terri remembers Charlotte as an animal lover who had a zest for life, loved nature and had a willingness to try almost anything new.
Since Charlotte’s untimely death, life for Terri and her family hasn’t been easy.
Terri has kept busy, which has allowed her to move forward and not dwell too much on the past. She found the strength to pull through her darkest times with the support of her minister.
Conflicting stories
Still, Terri harbours much anger as she continues to wait for answers to her list of questions. Throughout the years, she has heard conflicting stories about her daughter’s death.
One involves a vehicle stolen by someone who was out to get even with another person, but got the wrong house.
According to Terri, police had suspects in the case, but it never amounted to any arrests.
Adding to her anger, Terri feels the case was overshadowed by other high-profile murder investigations going on at the time, and not enough attention was spent on the hunt for Charlotte’s killer.
Although much time has now passed, she remains hopeful that whoever killed her daughter will eventually step forward or slip up and tell the wrong person.
“We all have to be accountable for our actions. I am hoping that maybe it will come to a conclusion,” said Terri.
“The weight is not so heavy on the shoulders, but you still wish that he would be caught.”
A $40,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person responsible is still available.
Police spokesperson Clair Seyler said police have exhausted all leads in the case and fresh tips are needed.
That’s why it’s important for anyone who knew Charlotte in any way to come forward and speak with investigators


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Re: EDMONTON'S COLD CASES - as of Nov, 2011
« Reply #4 on: December 01, 2011, 01:45:55 PM »

Christmas cold case 2

By Pamela Roth,Edmonton Sun

 First posted: Thursday, December 01, 2011 07:50 AM MST | Updated: Thursday, December 01, 2011 10:09 AM MST
 Joanne Ghostkeeper's gravesite. The 24-year-old was found strangled in her apartment Dec. 25, 1996. (EDMONTON SUN FILE PHOTO)
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The Christmas of 1996 is a year Mary Willier would like to forget.
But she can't. No matter how hard she tries.
The 64-year-old knew there was something terribly wrong when her daughter Joanne Ghostkeeper failed to show up to have Christmas dinner with her children.
During their last conversation, Ghostkeeper, 24, talked excitedly about spending Christmas with her family and hoped her children would enjoy her gifts.
But those gifts were never delivered.
With no word from her daughter, Willier phoned her ex-husband, asking him to go to Ghostkeeper's east-side apartment and see if she was there. When there was no response, he phoned police.
What happened next is something nobody could ever prepare themselves for.
On Dec. 25, 1996, police found the vibrant mother of two strangled with an electrical cord in her fourth-floor apartment at 11925 34 St.
She was last reportedly seen two days before at the Beverly Crest Motel. She was with a woman and a few men. The group was eventually cut off by the bartender and moved on.
The moment Willier thinks about her daughter, her voice starts to quiver and her eyes fill up with tears.
"It just lingers every minute of the day. I remember how she used to laugh and have fun," said Willer. "We haven't had a good Christmas since then."
Police maintain the case is still active and continue to investigate any leads regarding Ghostkeeper's death.
According to police, Ghostkeeper was known to live a high-risk lifestyle.
She is among a list of more than a dozen sex-trade workers found slain in the past two decades. Many of those cases are still unsolved.
A $40,000 reward remains for information leading to the arrest and conviction of Ghostkeeper's killer.
The same reward is posted for 43-year-old Rose Decoteau, found strangled in a room at the Royal Western Motel in October 2005. She lived a transient lifestyle and was a known drug user, said police.
In 2006, Willier was hopeful her daughter's case would be solved when she gave investigators pictures of two men she found in Ghostkeeper's belongings. After publicly releasing the photos, cops tracked down the two men and spoke to them, but they were ruled out as suspects.
Willier has her suspicions about who killed her daughter and believes the case could easily be solved. But it's been years since she's heard anything from police, and her faith dwindles every year her daughter's killer roams free.
"I do remain hopeful, but I don't really have much faith with anything that they are doing," said Willier, who has many unanswered questions and has visited a psychic to try to get some answers. "It's frustrating that they are not doing anything."
For the past 15 years, Willier has helped raise Ghostkeeper's two children, who are now 20 and 22.
Growing up without their mother has been difficult.
Willier suspects they are holdings things in and sometimes they question her about the mother they barely knew.
She tries her best to stay strong for the family, but admits sometimes it's hard to control her emotions.
One of the things that brings her comfort is a box of Ghostkeeper's belongings she stores in her Edmonton home.
"I was thinking of going through them and maybe letting go, but I don't know if that would solve anything in my mind or in my heart," said Willier. "Sometimes I get so frustrated, I just start ripping things up. I don't know how much more I can plead to anyone."


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Re: EDMONTON'S COLD CASES - as of Nov, 2011
« Reply #5 on: December 01, 2011, 04:46:18 PM »
Jellybean, Is this really a cold case?

Robin Thorn, 11 months
 found with numerous puncture wounds to the abdomen and chest on June 27, 1997.


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Re: EDMONTON'S COLD CASES - as of Nov, 2011
« Reply #6 on: December 01, 2011, 05:46:45 PM »
Scot, yes this little boy is apparently a cold case.  So sad. 1997 and on the cold case file. :'(



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