Author Topic: Jacqueline McAllister & Brian Major - Murdered - June 28, 1991 - Blind River, ON  (Read 20768 times)

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Real Name: Jacqueline McAllister and Brian Major
Nicknames: No known nicknames
Location: Blind River, Ontario
Date: June 28, 1991

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Details: On June 28, 1991, Gordon McAllister, 62, and his wife of thirty-nine years, Jacqueline, 59, were asleep at the rest stop in Blind River, Ontario, when at 12:55 AM, a man claiming to be a police officer knocked on their door. When Jackie opened the door, the man had two guns with him and demanded all of their money and valuables. He then shot them as well. Gordon was able to jump out of the motor home and hide under it. At around that same time, Brian Major, 29, arrived at the rest stop and was also shot by the gunman. He then got into his van and drove off. Gordon tried to get help, but Jackie was already dead, along with Brian. Gordon was wounded, but survived. A witness later came forward claiming that the gunman nearly hit their car shortly after he left the rest stop. Gordon helped police make a computer composite of his wife's killer. However, the murders remain unsolved.

Suspects: Gordon described his wife's murderer to police as 5' 10" with a slight build, long stringy blonde hair, and approximately 30 years old. He has never been identified.

Extra Notes: This case originally ran on the March 10, 1993 episode (Unsolved Mysteries).

Results: Unresolved. On Feb 14, 2012, Gordon passed away without ever seeing his wife's killer charged. In 1999, a suspect named Ronald West was named in the case. He is currently in prison serving time for two unrelated murders, but has never been charged with the Blind River Murders.

http://unsolvedmysteries.wikia.com/wiki/Jacqueline_McAllister_and_Brian_Major
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 Trying to verify/ determine the end result of a specific murder that occurred in the Ontario or the Toronto area, unsure of date of occurance.  The crime (murder ) occurred  at a type of "Rest Stop" . A mature(older) husband and wife were attacked at gunpoint,  and the wife was murdered. The subject /Perpetrator was described as having Long light colored hair with missing hair on top of head. The crime was shown/described on a T.V "Crime Show" possibly called "Unsolved crimes", which was shown here in United States. I Wanted to know the end result of the investigation or if arrest was made. Personally, I contacted the investigating police agency/district  and provided what I thought was strong info on the perpetrator as to stature, looks height, and demeanor. I was then and now unable to determine if my information led to anything or even what  if anything had resulted by the Police agency concerned .. Wondering if any person here on this site has any information, or news, and/ or knowledge of the crime and the end result, or an arrest, conviction or developments. 

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I think this is who you are referring to, Lt.nypd retired:  http://murderpedia.org/male.W/w/west-ronald-glen.htm

A.K.A.: "The 22-calibre Killer"
 
Classification: Murderer
Characteristics: Toronto police officer - Rape - Robberies
Number of victims: 2 +
Date of murders: May 6/13, 1970
Date of arrest: August 27, 1999 (29 years later)
Date of birth: 1947
Victims profile: Doreen Moorby, 34 / Helen Ferguson, 38
Method of murder: Shooting
Location: Gormley/Palgrave, Ontario, Canada
Status: Pleaded guilty. Sentenced to two life sentences in prison on August 15, 2001
 
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 In May 1970, two suburban housewives are killed in their homes within a week of one another, leaving the inhabitants of the rural areas surrounding Toronto in fear.

Thirty years later, the murders are solved and the man responsible is caught, thanks to the meticulous collection and preservation of DNA evidence. But there is a surprising twist - Ronald West was a Toronto police officer at the time of the murders.

The first victim, Doreen Morby, was killed at her rural Gormley home May 6, 1970, while she was home alone with her 21-month-old son. She was shot five times in the head and twice in the back with a .22-calibre gun. Her son was left unharmed.

Seven days later, Helen Ferguson was shot once in the head and twice in the back at her Palgrave home after she answered the door to a man. Her nine-year-old son was unharmed in his bedroom.

A young constable involved in the investigation soon quits and moves away, all is relatively quiet for years. He returned to the Valley in 1988 and they once again plunged into a dark time. West's crime spree continued with a series of violent robberies in 1995.

The police had staked out his home for 48 hours, watching their suspect's every move from a boathouse next door. West was on a cell phone outside when a half-dozen cruisers swarmed the property. His house was searched but nothing extraordinary was found, he was convicted of the robberies and sentenced.

The next tenant of the West house found the stolen jewellery along with an old registration for a .22-calibre handgun (the same used in the nurse murders in 1970) and photos of a naked woman, all hidden in the bathroom.

In 2001 West plead guilty to the 1970 murders and is serving 2 life terms.
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Ronald Glenn West
While serving a eight-year sentence for robbery Ronald Glenn West, a former Toronto police officer, was charged with first-degree murder in the 1970 sex slayings of nurses Helen Ferguson and Doreen Moorby. He is also under investigation in a 1991 double murder at a picnic site just outside of Blind River, Ontario.

A jail employee at the provincial Maplehurst Detention Centre in Milton said West has would probably be assaulted by other inmates for being an ex-cop, being a suspected sex slayer, and for attacking seniors citizens. Because of the high risk for violence, West is being kept in a private cell which he cannot leave except to shower, shave and take a daily 20-minute exercise break in an interior yard.

West, who was called a quiet man by those who knew him, kept his dark side a secret from even those closest to him, his wife and sons.

When West was arrested in 1995, Blind River residents were shocked, never having suspected the man who lived in their community - one where people often don't bother locking their doors - was responsible for a string of violent robberies.

His sons are just as surprised by the latest charges as they were four years ago when police showed up at their riverside home on Woodward Ave., arrested their father and put them in foster care. "It's those who loved him and believed him who are most hurt by this," said Shelly Verreault, who was a foster parent to the West boys, Joseph, now 18, y Gavin, 17.

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Ex-cop probed in tourist killings 2 shot dead at Blind River Roadside Park in '91

Alan Cairns and Joe Warmington - The Toronto Sun

August 27, 1999, Friday

A former Toronto cop charged with two 29-year-old sex slayings is under investigation in an unsolved double murder eight years ago.

Ronald Glenn West, 52, was charged two days ago with first-degree murder in the 1970 sex slayings of nurses Doreen Moorby, 34, and Helen Ferguson, 38, north of Toronto.

The Toronto Sun has learned he is a suspect in a 1991 picnic-area robbery in which two people were slain and another left for dead.

Gord McAllister, 62, and his wife Jackie, 59, were asleep in their motorhome at a scenic Blind River rest stop in Northern Ontario at 1 a.m. on June 28, 1991 when they opened their door to a man allegedly claiming to be a police officer.

Jackie McAllister was killed instantly when the man opened fire with a rifle. Her husband was shot in the back as he tried to escape, but he survived.

Brian Major, 29, of Elliot Lake, was shot dead in his car when he unwittingly stumbled upon the murder scene.

The slayings occurred only a few kilometres from Blind River, where West lived with a second wife and two teen boys from a first marriage that was never dissolved.

West was arrested in 1995 for a robbery spree in the Sault Ste. Marie area and has served four years of an eight-year prison term. He came undone when he tried to pawn stolen rings and loose diamonds using his driver's licence and his home address.

OPP detectives searched West's van and his home for links with the rest- area murders, a relative said, but found nothing.

Blind River Officer

Investigators probing the Moorby and Ferguson homicides refused to say whether there are links with the Blind River slayings.

But The Sun has learned a Blind River OPP officer involved in the 1991 probe is working alongside Orillia-based major-crime-unit detectives, who say they unravelled the nurse slayings using DNA analysis of 29-year-old evidence.

West was working at Toronto Police 53 Division as a traffic cop during the period the women were killed and was off duty on the dates of the murders. He quit the force in 1972 after four years' service.

Police are trying to determine if there are similarities in the way in which the Toronto murders, the Sault Ste. Marie robberies and the Blind River slayings were carried out.

Doreen Moorby was at her rural Gormley home with her 21-month-old son on May 6, 1970, when she was sexually assaulted and shot five times in the head and twice in the back with a .22-calibre gun. Her son was unharmed.

Helen Ferguson was shot once in the head and twice in the back at her Palgrave home 13 days later.

Her nine-year-old son was at home and, after hearing a knock at the door and a man's voice, then heard gunshots. He saw a man wipe the doorknob of fingerprints and then drive off.

In 1991, the McAllisters were robbed by a man armed with a .22-calibre Lakefield Mossberg rifle and a 20-gauge shotgun, police say.

Gord McAllister recalled last night from Lindsay that the man who killed his wife and Major came to the motorhome door at 1 a.m..

He told them he was a police officer and they could not stay in the rest area overnight and would have to move, McAllister said.

'Going to kill both of you'

His wife opened the door and the man entered with a rifle in each arm, saying "I'm going to rob you, and then I'm going to kill both of you."

McAllister said he didn't believe the man would kill them, but after the gunman took their valuables he began shooting. McAllister's wife was shot in the trailer. McAllister was shot and left for dead outside the trailer, but he saw the gunman fire shots into the windshield of a car that just happened by.

Brian Major was sadly "in the wrong place at the wrong time," said McAllister, who recalled the killer having stringy blond hair.

In Sault Ste. Marie court on Oct. 4, 1995, West pleaded guilty to what Ontario court Judge Lawrence Whalen called five "shocking" robberies, each one "coldly" and deliberately planned.

In each case, West visited a home or business, using a ruse that he wanted to buy something or needed some work done. In each robbery, his victim was alone and either old or female.

West admitted to police that he visited Brian Langan in his Sault Ste. Marie home May 25, 1995, after Langan advertised a hospital bed for sale.

On the pretext of consulting his wife, West left, but then returned the next day.

Langan turned his back and never knew what hit him.

He woke up on the floor, with a bump on his head, a gag in his mouth, his face covered with an apron and his hands tied.

He was robbed of a wallet, keys and $ 400.

Since 1995, Langan has asked Correctional Services Canada (CSC) to advise him of West's whereabouts.

About a week ago, CSC told them he had been transfered to Joyceville maximum security prison.

"I was a little concerned ... I like to know what I'm dealing with," Langan, 69, told The Sun last night.

Langan noted his attacker's voice was low, fairly deep and raspy.

Five days after that attack, on May 31, 1995, West was on a tour of a Sudbury rental apartment when he struck the owner, Camillo Rovinelli, on the head three times with a steel wrench. When Rovinelli kicked at West in a valiant attempt to fight him off, West pulled out a knife and threatened: "I need money ... I need money ... I need money."

Rovinelli pulled $ 450 from his pocket and urged his assailant to leave. But West ordered Rovinelli into a bedroom. When Rovinelli refused to lie on his stomach, West warned him to do as he said because he didn't want to go back to prison.

When Rovinelli told West he feared bleeding to death, West replied: "You won't die, you're a tough guy."

Cut bindings

West tied Rovinelli's hands and feet and left him in a closet. After hours of struggling, Rovinelli knocked some coat hangers off a shelf. Putting one in his teeth, he managed to hook one around a lamp and break the bulb. He then used the broken glass to cut through his bindings.

On June 7, 1995, West entered the Holiday House gift boutique on Albert St. in Sault Ste. Marie and, after chatting with clerk Mary Sarlo and telling her he was from Thunder Bay, he coerced her to a corner of the store and pulled out a gun.

He forced Sarlo to the floor and tied her hands and feet and forced her into a closet.

He went through her purse and removed jewelry from the display case.

A week later, on June 14, 1995, West entered Valentino Furs in Sault Ste. Marie and pulled a black handgun on a female clerk.

After tying her to a coat rack, he put on a pair of surgical gloves and stole numerous watches and rings worth $ 40,000.

Former police chief Barry King, now chief at Brockville, recalled how he advised Soo residents to lock their doors.

"This was vicious," he said.

Elderly resident Ruth MacMillan recalled she was too afraid to go out at night.

Assistant Crown attorney Kelly Weeks recalled that the Valentino Furs robbery happened in the middle of the day and within a couple of blocks of the courthouse. It was as if the robber had no fear of police.

Two days after the Valentino heist, West called a Sudbury-area man about masonry work but was told by the man's wife, Paula Jones, that he wasn't home.

An hour later, West went to the house and, after she let him in the house because the mosquitoes were bad, he pulled a gun.

Before he gagged her with a rolled-up T-shirt and pulled three sweaters over her face, he pulled on a pair of yellow latex dishwasher gloves. He only got $ 15 and two cans of pop.

West's spree came undone on June 20, 1995, when he went to the Money Pit Pawn Brokers in Sudbury and pawned a ring. He used a driver's licence to identify himself and it gave his Blind River address.

The ring was one of those stolen from Valentino Furs.

Jewelry found

Ten days later, a North Bay officer recovered numerous stolen diamonds and rings.

Again, they had been pawned by West using his driving licence.

In the next few days, police found many stolen jewelry items in West's house and vehicles. A black replica handgun was also discovered. Many rings had been damaged by West in his efforts to remove the precious stones.

When he sentenced West, Justice Whalen noted that West had a previous record, but the offences were more than 20 years old.

"To his credit he has been able to lead a productive life free of crime for some considerable time" and was "a family man," said Whalen, who took the long gap in West's crimes and his age -- 48 at the time -- into account when giving him eight years in prison.

"I accept that he has been a good and caring father and that is to his credit," said Whalen .

West's former in-laws said it was his second wife, Rena, who looked after the kids.

But Whalen noted the vulnerability and the age of West's victims.

"All (offences) involved violence and all imposed terror.

"They were an outrage to the individuals and an outrage to the community," said Whalen.
 
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I guess West was the main suspect, but he wasn't charged?
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Personally, I contacted the investigating police agency/district  and provided what I thought was strong info on the perpetrator as to stature, looks height, and demeanor. I was then and now unable to determine if my information led to anything or even what  if anything had resulted by the Police agency concerned ..

.... very intriguing nypd.. to say the least!... I am left thinking/wondering how you came up with such info. on the perp. at that time  ::)  Is that all you can/will share about that guy?  I can't help but wonder if you were aware of, or suspected him, while he was committing such crimes.  ... no kind of disrespect intended btw. 8)

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interesting! if a person knows the exact "physical location" of a crime, there is a map on the following site which will dictate the police detachment responsible for policing the "said area".  Needless to say, this doesn't always indicate which detachment hold records for a specific case.  ... and the mounties are real good at losing track of records and reports.  http://www.opp.ca/ecms/index.php?id=420

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 ???...Sap; I don't get the Oba Chandler connection... after just a few posts on this thread, I'm already lost (pardon the pun).. I assumed it is the ex cop St...nypd is referring to.  explain please

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I'm slow Sap :-[ ..and not use to jumping from forum to forum... thus "miss a lot of things" between the lines.  So I am assuming that 

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A week later, on June 14, 1995, West entered Valentino Furs in Sault Ste. Marie and pulled a black handgun on a female clerk.

After tying her to a coat rack, he put on a pair of surgical gloves and stole numerous watches and rings worth $ 40,000.

Former police chief Barry King, now chief at Brockville
indicates that Chief Bary King... who became chief at "Brockville" in 1999 (four years after) would be a good contact for more info. re: the facts nypd attempted to put forward way back then... or at least "Brockville Chief" might be a logical starting point so far as someone to try to reach online - since he would certainly have been "in the know" about Northern Ontario crimes in the nineties etc.... wouldn't one think?

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I don't know this message ends up here on this site. To make things even more clear, as others here now understand as I explained, The gunshot shot survivor victim, Gord McAllister gave a description to the police and a Police Sketch artist under Mr McAlliater's direction effected a sketch for publication. That sketch is of an White ,face of unigue distiinct and apparently angry male, Long to the shoulders white hair, With oddly looking "balding" ( in usa that means thinning or lack of hair) on top of head. Remember that is how the survivor victim exactly described perp. Do not be confused with supposed, possible info that later Anaylst and "experts" super impose the true fact given by who was there > Mr McAllister. With that fact in mind then look at the sketch again and description. The perp is extremely odd looking. Think about  this: How many men over 35 yrs old have you seen/observed with shoulder length white hair with a baling(very thinning) top of head. Add to that the distinct characture look: Very angry, aggressive looking at the least. Well, you probably have never even seen one man like that. Previous to the info of crime I , on several occasions, observed what definitely appears to be that look, that person. Right down to the demeanor. I merely looked at him in curiousity and he caught my glance at him. He responded by giving a long cold , angry determined stare which needed little explanation of his character. Also that appearance is exactly as portrayed on the sketch. That "Distinct" look, action, hair and generally odd look is rare. Enough for me to remember. Then I saw that very same almost identical twin, hair and all on "Unsolved "Crimes"(believe it was that show.) And yes I saw him again twice after the show and again concluded it very well could be the Perp'. YES, I am a "Retired" Police Officer From New York City Police Department(NYPD) Yes, Because I am retired and under the H.R. 218 Law(now US Title code 18) I am armed( Yes, armed all the time). Yet I have NO other powers other than a Civilian "Power of Arrest". Maybe that lack of authority is a mistake by us legislature etc, but it remains a fact of my lack of enforcement power. Coupled with the fact that Ontario police did NOT give/confirm the case as active/solved , also considering I retired from NYPD (new York state), I observed Poss Perp. in California, and the crime occurred out of the country(Canada). I was left only with a choice of additional attempts to contact /inform OPP. All of which was discouraging. Now, again the issue has arisen, because now it appears the Perp. was Never identified. And still NOW I believe the person I saw before and after the "T.V. "Wanted" show is still "free" And unbelievably as it may seem  I believe with not too much effort the person (subject ) I am describing can even RIGHT NOW be found because I am familiar where I observed him at. And am aware of his other places he frequents.

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I want to add this fact: I again am trying to reach the investigating agency of the "Blind River" murders. I have again attempted to send E mails which apparently failed/ didn't reach "Blind River OPP".  Now Again after several phone calls years earlier, all of which in my opinion were negative in reply and action of OPP.  Now that I am aware that it is very possible that the perpetrator may be still at large to possibly pray again on the public(Yes, on you {(public} in Canada) I am again trying to reach OPP. Again today 1/1/13 I telephoned the "Blind River pd (OPP)". Again met with an answering machine. And again stated the purpose of the call, Re :Possible info on double Murder occurring in 1991 at "Blind River" rest stop. I fully identified myself again as a Retired Lieutenant NYPD to allow the OPP to verify my legitimacy. Now at this time I am awaiting a response from OPP. I hate to say it and / or put down the "Blind River OPP" but if they neglect or dismiss my communicae then it is more than obvious why they are identified as "Blind". I will definitely post here any /all the results. Maybe one of the readers here can copy all my notes and send them to whomever may be concerned. Maybe your newspaper or Police Commisioner ( whatever you address him as) or whomever may be concerned enough to follow through. It is actually difficult for me ,from California USA, to even find those of are concerned/supervising.  The last efforts totaled approximately 25 dollars in cell charges. Now at 49 cents per minute I am trying again. I don't care about the money but apparently its a waste of time and money on prior attempts to give information. I strongly believe that the OPP should at least investigate the information. Unless the case is actually closed with some "Results" other than "Unsolved".

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In one article I read, it says the OPP from Blind River were working with the OPP Major Crimes Unit, based in Orillia, Ontario.....but the article was an old one.

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And still NOW I believe the person I saw before and after the "T.V. "Wanted" show is still "free" And unbelievably as it may seem  I believe with not too much effort the person (subject ) I am describing can even RIGHT NOW be found because I am familiar where I observed him at. And am aware of his other places he frequents.

I understand that the crime you are referring to occurred in 1991, but am unclear how many years later it was that you watched a program in regard to this crime. You mentioned that you had seen this person a few times after the program aired, also. I'm curious as to how long ago that was, as your statement "And am aware of his other places he frequents" possibly makes it seem that it was more recent than it was. 

This crime occurred more than twenty two years ago and if the perp is still alive, it is unlikely he looks the same. If he was balding in 1991 (when the description was given) it is possible that he wouldn't have much, if any, hair left now.

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Again today 1/1/13 I telephoned the "Blind River pd (OPP)". Again met with an answering machine.

I don't believe it is unusual to have an answering machine pick up your call. I am not in the province of Ontario, but have dealt with the Cold Case Unit in my province of BC, many times. My calls have always been picked up by an answering machine and at times it has taken up to a week to receive a call back. I realize that you are not calling a Cold Case Unit, however since the crime occurred in 1991 your call may be passed to someone who deals with older cases. It may take a while to get a call back.

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Maybe one of the readers here can copy all my notes and send them to whomever may be concerned.

Would you consider doing this yourself? That way you can include your contact information in case someone wishes to ask questions. Perhaps someone living in the area could help you with an address(s).

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Here is the "detachment finder" you use to get the right place you are interested in.  There is a box/search space there where I typed in Blind River and it automatically filled in that it is East Algoma detachment. Once you are on the following page, you can also go to the headings at the top of the page and click on Contact Us and send your information.  I had done this once before with Toronto police, and it was about a week before they read my message and got back to me.... but they did get back to me.... Also, Lt.nypd... there is a 1-888 number there which should enable you to reach them free of charge... I also did that once, and they did call me back.  So it is best to use the following information.... also a good spot to bookmark/add to favorites for further reference.

http://www.opp.ca/ecms/index.php?id=326

modified to say:  I am going to use the above to see if I can locate where and if Chief Barry King is still in a position.
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EAST ALGOMA (Blind River)

Phone:  705-356-2244
Fax: 705-356-1374

Longitude: -82.935622
Latitude: 46.183304
 Location Address

Causley St., Hwy. 17
Blind River
P0R 1B0

Mailing Address
P.O. Box 400

Blind River
P0R 1B0
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That's great, lostlinganer.
 I believe Redbeard (a member here) has a chapter on Ronald West, in his book "Cold North Killers"-Lee Mellor.  I have not read it, but would like to.  I am going to see if I can find it on line.

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Lee's book popped up last night in a google search I did... however; I couldn't find chapter 17 there... only "sample chapters" ... and 17 has northern Ontario murder I think.