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Edith Authier - Merlin, ON - Murdered - 1970
« on: August 28, 2007, 09:22:21 AM »
1970 ? Edith Authier, 57, of Merlin in Kent County, was found stabbed,
beaten and sexually assaulted in her home Sept. 5 by a friend.


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Re: Edith Authier - Merlin, ON - Murdered - Sept 5, 1970
« Reply #1 on: May 31, 2011, 02:09:23 AM »
Edith Authier, 56 (media also reports age of 57), was a chambermaid at Wiilliam Pitt Hotel in Chatham. She was found slain at her residence on William Street in Merlin during the Labour Day weekend (September 5, 1970).

Mrs. Authier was a widow who lived alone.

Mrs. Authier was discovered in a pool of blood in a room to the rear of her home. She was dressed in a nightgown. She was found in the early morning of September 6th by members of a car pool calling to take her to work.

An autopsy revealed she had been slashed with butcher knives from her own kitchen and beaten on the head with her electric iron.

Note to the younger generation: irons back in the 1960's and 70's were of solid, heavier construction.

Three butcher knives were found at the scene, two of them with blood on them.

The police had received a tip shortly after that someone was heard running away from the Authier residence. A search of the area revealed nothing.

Police believe robbery was the motive.

On Monday, October 5, 1970, Edith's wallet and private papers were discovered at 5 p.m. on the Middle South Road about 1 mile south of Merlin. Her wallet was of the small plastic folder variety. The police believe her wallet was discarded shortly after her murder and was not found until October 5th.

On January 23, 1971, Isobel Russell, 57, was found severly beaten and lying in a pool of blood on a dining room floor at her Adelaide Street apartment. Police had received the call from a neighbour in a adjoining apartment.

Mrs. Russell was pronounced dead at the scene by coroner Dr. Michael Scott. Her body was removed to Grace Hospital in Windsor for a post mortem.

Mrs. Russel was employed as a chambermaid at the Chatham Hotel on the housekeeping staff for ten years. Police at the time did not believe the two cases were related.

She was not working for two days before her death due to a cold or flu.

Isobel was a Wallaceburg native and was buried in Maple Leaf Cemetery.
« Last Edit: May 31, 2011, 02:38:59 AM by BCID »


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Re: Edith Authier - Merlin, ON - Murdered - 1970
« Reply #2 on: May 31, 2011, 02:32:55 AM »
Officers involved previously in the Edith Authier case:

Inspector John McPherson - OPP Criminal Investigation Branch - Chatham
« Last Edit: May 31, 2011, 02:37:43 AM by BCID »


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Re: Edith Authier - Merlin, ON - Murdered - 1970
« Reply #3 on: July 28, 2011, 12:52:40 PM »
This links to an article that says cold case detectives have determined Gerald Archer was responsible for her death, along with Jane Wooley of London

He also served time for the murder of Belva (Isobel) Russell.


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Re: Edith Authier - Merlin, ON - Murdered - 1970
« Reply #4 on: August 06, 2011, 11:56:51 PM »
I didn't know that;  Thanks for posting.  I am going to try and look for more information if there is any.  I do not want to pay for the full text!  They mention his name; Gerald Archer but nothing else about him except that he had died now.  Wonder why they never said anything when he first confessed?  Always more questions........