The disappearances of Julie Surprenant and Jolene Riendeau.
The disappearances of Julie Surprenant and Jolene Riendeau.
Sasha Reid is a PhD candidate in Applied Psychology and Human Development at the University of Toronto, AND has spent 11 years studying serial homicide. Last summer Sasha contacted the Toronto police with a basic profile of the man she suspected was stalking the city’s LGBTQ community.
Early this year police charged Bruce McArther with six murders. The investigation into McArthur, a 66-year-old landscaper, has revealed that police found remains of at least six people at homes on Mallory Cresent, where McArthur mowed the owners’ lawn in exchange for storing work equipment in their garage.
Many of the characteristics of Reid’s profile matched the behaviors of McArthur.
On June 12, 1995 Joleil Campeau told her mom she was headed to a friend’s house nearby her home on Debussy St., in the North-West area of Laval. It was late afternoon, a Monday, The 9-year-old girl’s regular path to her friend’s house involved crossing through a wooded area behind her home.
Her body was discovered four days later, submerged in a creek in the wooded area. Whoever killed her had masturbated on her. A coroner determined she died of asphyxiation caused by drowning and declared her death a homicide.
The 1994 cold-case of Marie-Chantale Desjardins. A follow up on the American serial killer William Dean Christensen and his alleged Canadian victims Murielle Guay and Sylvie Trudel. The tragedy of Tina Fontaine.
This much is known. On April 27, 1982, 27-year-old Sylvie Trudel was found decapitated and dismembered in the downtown Montreal apartment of “Richard Owen.” That same afternoon a pedestrian discovered the dismembered body of Murielle Guay in trash bags in a wooded area of Mille-Îles northwest of Montreal.
Both murders have long been attributed to American serial killer William Dean Christensen (AKA “Richard Bill Owen”). So why is the Surete du Quebec continuing to pursue Guay’s case as a unresolved murder? (click here to go to their website)
Tracing the origins of misinformation on the internet reveals the following:
the sectioned corpse of Murielle Guay, 26, was found wrapped in trash bags at Mille-Isles, 50 miles northwest of Montreal. Police were initially reluctant to connect the crimes, noting that Trudel’s killer displayed “a certain amount of expertise,” while victim Guay was “really butchered,” but their doubts were resolved by April 29, with murder warrants issued in the name of William Christenson.
On February 25, 2012 the website Coolopolis reported that:
“[Christensen] also murdered Murielle Guay, 26, of Laval, whose body was found dismembered in Mille Iles, northwest of Montreal, decapitated as well, but with less skill, leading authorities to initially believe that it was not the same killer.”
Finally, in his book, Cold North Killers, published March 3, 2013 Lee Mellor writes:
So when did conjecture become internet fact? Difficult to say. When questioned, my friend and colleague Kristian Gravenor – who runs Coolopolis – stated that he was simply reporting what had been reported.
Fact from Fiction
It’s hard not to hold Christensen as a viable suspect. He was released in error from Montreal’s Bordeaux prison just two weeks prior to the murders of Trudel and Guay. Bordeaux is within striking distance from the Bar América on St-Laurent Street in Montreal, where Guay was last seen on April 17, 1982 (contrary to internet reports, Guay was 19, not 24 or 26).
I cannot find any news item that definitely links Christensen to the murder of Guay. A 1984 La Presse article state he was “thought to be responsible” for Guay’s murder. In 1985 La Presse reported that Christensen was “suspected” of Guay’s murder. In 1989 Le Nouvelliste merely states he was being “investigated” in her murder.
The Washington Post reported in 1985 that Christensen was “charged in the mutilation deaths of two women in Canada.”, but apparently those charges – at least in the case of Guay – were dropped. Currently Christensen is serving time in the United States for a Pennsylvania murder.
So who killed Murielle Guay? It’s curious. From memory I recall one other case of dismemberment: the 1989 case of Valerie Dalpe.
It’s also curious – and frustrating – why the Quebec media doesn’t show a greater interest in these matters. The Surete du Quebec have posted new information on over 60 cases. I’m sure they would welcome the attention, investigation, publication and support of media partners.
Apparently the Surete du Quebec no longer consider William Dean Christensen as a suspect, and are looking for answers.
A recap of the Melanie Cabay case. The dangerous offender Claude Larouche. Stephane Luce’s cold-case notices on transport trucks. Criminologist candidate Sasha Reid, and the case of alleged Toronto serial killer Bruce McArther.
A live performance of Bad Dream House recorded February 10th, 2018 at Sonorous Road Theater in Raleigh, North Carolina.
“Home Brew: John Allore
When: Sat., Feb. 10, 7:30 p.m. 2018
You might know John Allore from any number of roles: as an actor in Honest Pint Theatre’s The Night Alive, Burning Coal’s Blue Sky, or PlayMakers Rep’s An Enemy of the People; as the former managing director of Deep Dish Theater Company; or as the podcaster behind Who Killed Theresa? It’s this last item that will fund his appearance in Home Brew, a new series from Honest Pint that features North Carolina artists sharing personal stories over beer in a casual atmosphere. Allore’s tale, “Bad Dream House,” is about how the unsolved murder of a Chapel Hill resident named Deborah Key literally landed on his doorstep (the police showed up at the house Allore and his wife had bought to search for the body after the prior owner’s son came under suspicion) and led him to delve into the unsolved murder of his sister, Theresa Allore, who became the namesake of his victim-advocacy podcast about unsolved murders in Quebec in the 1970s. —Brian Howe”
The 1994 abduction and murder of 19 year old Melanie Cabay.
Detritus… Remains… Debris… STARSTUFF…
– The 1992 abduction and murder of 11 year old Marie-Ève Larivière, sexually assaulted and strangled in Laval.
– The Surete du Quebec expands it’s cold-case unit to 30 officers.
– The 2009 murder of Natasha Cournoyer by serial offender Claude Larouche.
The Sûreté du Québec is significantly increasing the number of officers assigned to its cold case squad.
The force intends to add up to 25 more employees to the five-person unit in the coming months, with a focus on unsolved cases involving women and children.
The unit solves a few crimes a year on average, but is hoping to dramatically increase the ratio.
It will have plenty of work as there are about 750 cases dating back to the 1960s.
When the squad was founded in 2004, it wanted to take advantage of relatively new investigative techniques like DNA profiling.
Lt. Martine Asselin says investigators have found that witnesses or tipsters are more willing to talk as time passes.
She says social media could be a new tool to help them solve cases.