Hell, I guess I don’t mind the press, I just wish I knew about it. Find My Killer: Crimestoppers: Homicides by Cal Millar is another new book that features Theresa’s unsolved murder:
Hot on cold cases
Veteran crime reporter Cal Millar hopes his new book Find My Killer does just that
In the 27 years since Delia Adriano vanished from Oakville, police have never closed her casebook.
The attractive 5-foot-5, slender secretary was only months from marriage when she was seen struggling with a man near her parent’s home, escorted there earlier by fiance Danny Dutra.
Despite appeals, hundreds of hours Halton detectives spent seeking clues to who left her naked in woods at nearby Campbellville, Adriano’s murderer and a motive remain unknown.
An autopsy failed to determine what killed her and police have not disclosed results of recent scientific tests.
The 25-year-old’s photo opens a chapter on 38 Canadian homicides in a new book about 264 North American unsolved cases.
Veteran crime reporter Cal Millar of Burlington hopes revisiting the slayings will spark memories or consciencences to provide answers.
Friends and neighbours may forget, based on human nature, “but families and police never do,” he said in an interview.
Find My Killer — Crime Stoppers: Unsolved Homicides offers riveting, gritty stories, though Millar attempted to avoid sensationalism and unhelpful details.
Some murders had multiple victims.
High-profile slayings include “hits” such as those on Markham massage parlour workers Yan Jan Liu, Yan Walter Xiao Chen Zhang and Zhu Xia Lin in 2004 and the 2007 shooting of Randy “Koo Koo the Clown” Rankin, 46, in his Morewood home southeast of Ottawa while preparing to tip police about racehorse dopers.
There are also cop slayings such as the execution-style shooting in 1984 of undercover OPP Corporal William McIntyre, 32, in Oakville.
Other top cases include robbery-homicides, arsons and child murders such as that of Mahamed Adbi Warsame, 16, savagely beaten in a Scarborough stairwell 12 hours after being reported missing in 2008.
Millar focused on cases since 1976, the year Greg MacAleese launched Crime Stoppers when the Picton, Ont. native was an Albuquerque, New Mexico detective, deliberately choosing ones that “escaped national media attention.”
SPARKED AMBER ALERT
Unusual slayings include the beatings in 2007 of retired federal Judge Alban Garon, wife Raymonde and friend Marie-Clair Beniskos in a high-security Ottawa condominium, the girl who sparked Amber Alerts, two children whose kidnapping was overlooked after a major San Francisco earthquake, and 16 U.S. murders in retaliation for the terrorist plane attacks in 2001.
Drive-by urban shooting victims are sadly more common, including innocents like Veronica Gonzales, 13, in Bell, Calif. in 2004, and robberies such as the failed holdup stabbing of Shon Hart, 31, in Oshawa three years ago.
Home invasions are also too regular, such as the shooting and stabbing of Toronto hostel worker and aspiring cop Edwardo Daley, 24, in his Willowridge Rd. flat in 2003 — where no one will admit knowing the men involved.
Many cases soon vanish from public attention, said Millar, whose career included the Peterborough Examiner, Windsor Star, Toronto Telegram, the Toronto Sun and Toronto Star, until retiring in 2004.
Working almost two years in his book- and papers-piled den, he sometimes visited crime scenes, including retracing David Keeffe’s last movements from his Sayres, Penn. office to the family hilltop wooded estate where the wealthy, high-profile lawyer and wife Carol were gunned down in 2006.
Millar balanced research from newspapers and police interviews with knowledge from 40 years of talking with victims, families, criminals, witnesses, and countless investigative contacts.
Few people remember details, event that North America’s highest-profile kidnapping remains an unsolved murder, he found.
Amber Renee Hagerman was nine when a mystery man dragged her into a pickup in 1996 while bicycling in Arlington, Texas. Found in a ditch four days later, her throat was slashed.
Donna and Richard Hagerman worked with local police and media on what became the template for the well-known alert system.
Theresa Allore’s case took 24 years to be labelled a homicide.
The now-retired lead detective still believes the New Brunswicker’s death in 1978 in Lennoxville, Quebec, was suicide.
Five months after vanishing en route from school to her temporary residence, the 19-year-old’s almost-nude, decomposing body lay in a creek.
A death cause couldn’t be determined. Drugs, initially suspected, weren’t detected. Nor was sexual assault.
Her younger brother later convinced authorities to consider murder after describing investigation inconsistencies, Millar notes. John Allore also “remembers the frustration his parents went through as they struggled to get assistance from law enforcement agencies and others who were reluctant to consider the disappearance of their daughter anything more than a runaway situation.”
Sadly, police discarded all her possible DNA material and that of Manon Dube, 10, whose body was dumped almost 10 months earlier in a stream 2.5 km from where Theresa’s was found.
Hope for old cases to be solved prompted Millar to seek a new approach for Crime Stoppers, which he has been involved with for 25 years, in Toronto and now Halton.
“Crime Stoppers and police do a tremendous job to get the word out, but media only goes as far as its circulation reach or broadcast signal,” he said.
People today are very mobile and, within hours, killers can cross continents or escape to another country. They may also still live next door.
Police exchange information via the Internet, but Millar said a national Crime Stoppers database is still being designed, with Toronto Police school program Const. Scott Mills heavily involved.
Meanwhile, Millar hopes his book will rekindle interest and tips, especially if read in prisons, where inmates may have learned key information and share either as a bargaining tool for their sentences or cash rewards.
After the book’s publication in late September, he learned police had solved one U.S. case. Other officers “are sending me information about homicide cases they would like profiled.”
Millar is working on a sequel. Published by Createspace.com, his print-to-order book is available at amazon.com for $21.95 U.S.