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  1. Just speculating – the missing shoes are possibly a trophy for a sexual fetish and desire. These are sexual crimes, and taking girl’s and women’s shoes are part of the experience. He’ll go back and relive the moment with them in the safety of his home. A link to what he did. A link to what drives him. For the shoes he left with the bodies, there was specific attention paid to them.

  2. I’m not sure why you would say nobody in the Point knew Tammy. We all knew her. We all knew her sister, Donna. They went to school with us at Lorne…we lived at 847 Hibernia, we were out in our gallery at 855 pm saying goodnight to my sister, husband and new baby niece. When I woke up the next morning and my mom said Tammy Leakey was dead I knew who she was talking about…my mother was devasted that we didn’t stay out on the gallery another few minutes…

  3. As Nickie has stated, people in the Pointe did know Tammy. Not sure as to why you would say nobody knew her when she had many friends that lived in the area.

    1. I can’t recall the context of my mentioning that, but I’m pretty sure my point was she lived in Verdun, and was visiting Pte. Saint Charles. Coming from there, you would clearly have greater knowledge of the event than I would.

  4. Yes Tammy was known I was 5 at the time Tammy hung around with my aunt Kathleen and I can still remember like
    It was yesterday when we got the call about Tammy so so sad hopefully one day we can catch the ass who did this to her and she will finally be able to rest in peace.

  5. John, I was reading about the murder of Taylor Van Diest in B.C. in October 2011. Her killer (who in 2017 won the right to a new trial) was connected to a sexual assault of an escort in Kelowna In 2005, when DNA under Taylor’s fingernails matched DNA from the crime six years earlier. Here’s the thing: the DNA from the earlier crime was ordered to be kept for six years. If Taylor’s murder had occurred a few months later, in 2012, the two crimes might never have been connected. So evidence for unsolved violent crimes against persons still gets destroyed, apparently, which is hard to understand. This practice seems archaic, given what we now know about escalation and recidivism in cases involving sexual assault.

    BTW, Taylor’s killer attacked her from behind with a shoelace before bludgeoning her to death.

    Do you have an opinion on the use of familial DNA to connect family members of those who have had to supply DNA in criminal cases to other unsolved crimes? I understand this is being done in the United States. Apparently it is also known now that crime tends to run in families, which is why some American jurisdictions use this technique .

    1. Well my opinion is this: If I remember correctly, there is a dna database for unsolved homicides. There is also a dna database for sexual offenders. So the trick of it is to get these two databases to talk to each other. Complicating matters is the issue of missing persons, I believe in Canada it is not yet legal to collect familial dna in these instances to potentially match against unidentified human remains ( although many have been fighting for this for over 20 years).

      Ultimately it is a garbage in / out issue. Police agencies are not very good at loading dna from victims into the database, nor are they diligent about checking for matches. This is one – of several – reasons often given for why the homicide clearance rate in canada has not dropped in over 50 years despite: 1. improved technology and 2. an overall drop in the number of homicides / violent crime. (I believe the canadian homicide clearance rate has hovered around 85% as a national average for the last 5 decades.)… and of course, the Quebec clearance rate is about 10% lower… because Quebec criminal investigators are baffoons.

  6. Thank you, John. I had no idea that homicide DNA is not connected to sexual assault DNA in our country’s DNA registry/ies. This is a travesty.

    Law enforcement across this country seems to be devoid of any common sense. Any criminal with two brain cells to rub together could outsmart the lot of them.

    Also, very sad that there seems to be a cavalier attitude about entering DNA information into registries in the first place.

    This situation could be fixed, and should be fixed. Where there is a will, there’s a way. Families of victims deserve so much better than this. This should be a priority if justice is to be served. New technology needs a new approach. DNA evidence is only as effective as the procedures supporting it.

    And so much more…

    1. It is a travesty. I remember being at a conference in Canada in… 2003? and hearing a presentation by Judy Peterson, mother of Lindsey Nicolls who disappeared in 1993. Judy had done all the leg work. The government named the databank item “Lindsey’s Law” (which they always do, and is kind of degrading: name the legislation after a victim to make it look like they care about them), but then of course the item got tabled or something, governments changed… There’s Judy Peterson waiting 25 years for answers…

      The excuses I’ve heard are: No one wants to pay for it, and no one at the RCMP has put in the time to figure out just exactly how the thing would work.

      http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/missing-persons-dna-remains-databank-1.4095878

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