Does this surprise anyone?

Mon, June 20, 2005
Slaying links to B.C. were rumoured

EDMONTON — Speculation of links between prostitute slayings in Edmonton and Kamloops, B.C., has existed for months on the street, Sun Media has learned.

Kamloops River of Life church pastor Lydia Gilbert, who works with prostitutes and street people, said she had already heard rumours the Edmonton murders and three unsolved cases in her city might be related.

The Canadian Press reported RCMP were investigating possible links between the slayings of Edmonton prostitutes linked to a “serial offender” and the Kamloops killings.

Kate Quinn of Edmonton’s Prostitution Awareness and Action Foundation, visited Kamloops in April with other members of her organization. They were there to talk with Kamloops city council and discuss funding concerns with their B.C. counterparts.

“One thing we discussed was that the Yellowhead is a link between Edmonton and Kamloops,” said Quinn. “Just as women can be transported via the Yellowhead across the prairies, so could a killer.”

Alida Irving, the mother of one of the three slain Kamloops prostitutes, said she asked RCMP about the possibility of a link months ago, but got no clear answer.

“I just want him caught. I don’t want him to get away with what he did,” said Irving.


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