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  1. Hey John,

    Once again, we have to commend you on your efforts, not only in Theresa’s case, but Sharron’s and Louise’s and Manon’s and all the other.

    I know it has taken a toll you on over the years but if not for you, many of these cases would not even be on the Internet. By bringing them up as you do, there is always a chance that someone, somewhere will read about one of the unsolveds and remember something that closes one or more or these cold cases.

    Hats off to you, bro.

    ‘Anon’

  2. John, I don’t know if you are familiar with the story of Robert Edward Brown of Athelstan. Brown was convicted of two murders that occurred in 1981 out west:

    http://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=2194&dat=19830118&id=K6QyAAAAIBAJ&sjid=Fu8FAAAAIBAJ&pg=1299,2959453

    Both victims were young, one a teenager. One was working alone at a convenience store. The other was taken from the side of a road, where her car had broken down. One victim was fully clothed at the time of her death.

  3. John, I cannot help but notice that the last murder on your list was in March 1981.

    In April 1981, a girl was abducted from the small town of Standard, Alberta. She was found dead in a reservoir two months later. Her name was Kelly Cook. Interestingly, Kelly’s family had come from the Montreal area. The murder has not been solved. No COD has been given.

    Robert Edward Brown, who is now deceased, had moved to Alberta at some point in 1981.

  4. Hey John,

    I’m reading through this post again and it almost seems like there was a Gary Ridgway type of monster patrolling the Sherbrooke to Montreal highway and area in the 70s and 80s, but instead of targeting prostitutes this guy just picked up whoever he was able to grab, be it a 10-year-old or 30-year-old female who was in the wrong place at the wrong time. He was nondescript enough to go under the radar and not draw attention to himself.

  5. Stumbled onto your website…. as a cartographer, couldn`t help but notice that all the bodies were found near a body of water, too. Even the ones in Longueuil, were near the few bodies of water in the area, near a road called du Lac…. hard to believe it`s coincidence.

    1. Well this is a good point, and one I have never really considered as the sample was originally so small (3), but you are right. Now that I look at it the following were found either adjacent to, or directly in water:

      Theresa Allore
      Manon Dube
      Helene Monast
      Johanne Dorion

  6. I don’t know if you knew this, but shortly after Katherine was killed, whoever it
    was that killed her called the police (twice) to tell them where her body could be
    found. She still wasn’t located for two days after that phone call. Do the police still have that recording? I know that approx 6 – 8 years ago when the case was reopened due to my getting in touch with the cold case dept in Montreal, the Hawkes family were interviewed on television, some local show I can’t remember the name. The recording of the man was played at that time. I hope it helps. The man that phoned was French.

    1. Thank you Nancy, I was aware of this. The show was called, Zone Libre. I know because Theresa’s case was also feature on this broadcast (so was William Fyfe): http://ici.radio-canada.ca/actualite/zonelibre/03-05/coldcase.html Sadly, the audio is no longer available for this show. When I asked the Montreal Police last summer for a copy of it, they refused, which is odd: it was already out there in the public domain, and therefore no longer of any evidentiary value.

  7. Hi John,

    Finally getting around to reading WKT? again, and am struck by something. The photo of the unidentified girl found in Longueuil…she looks so well-kempt and it’s hard to imagine that no family members (not a parent or sibling or cousin, or even a friend) recognize her. At least with the ones we know, someone is keeping the case alive (even if it is you), but this poor girl has no one fighting for her. Sad.

    1. It is very strange. I know she is a subject of interest for the Priors, so I imagine Longueuil police have seen it. I spoke with the SQ the day before yesterday: all they will tell me is that all of the information on this post was turned over to the cold-case unit. I do not know her height or weight, as you asked.

  8. One other thing John I can’t mention any names but spoke to a relative of Sharron Prior and he was a strong suspect in her case.

    1. Murder began to rise in the 60s in Quebec. It reached its apex in these years (75 – 81), and has slowly dropped… allowing for the biker-wars factor in the 90s.

      Good timing on your part. 🙂

  9. John, do you know if Quebec had rural pay phones that operated by dialling a number, waiting for the person to answer and then depositing coins for the call? If so, were these still in use when these murders were committed?

    This is relevant to the Kelly Cook murder in Alberta. Her killer reportedly did not know how to use a rural pay phone.

    I also found her father listed at the time as a director of a Montreal company run by his brother. Her father’s address in Standard p, Alberta was on the corporate registry.

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