476 Women/Children Murdered
Women/Children Murdered Since 1990
This is a list of women who were murdered and whose intimate partner was either charged or committed suicide since 1990, the first full year after the December 6, 1989 Montreal Massacre. This is a partial list only, taken from major media reports.
Veilka Milosevic, age 43, Willowdale Mother of 2 children Veilka died of multiple stab wounds inflicted with a kitchen knife. Her husband, Spasoje Milosevic, was charged with first degree murder.
Gabriella Christian, age 18 Toronto Stabbed repeatedly during a visit to her boyfriend’s house. Her “high school lover” was charged with second degree murder.
Monique Girard, age 26 North York Stabbed repeatedly to death. Her former “lover”, Segundo Cisneros-Ortiz, was charged with first degree murder and pleaded guilty to second degree murder. Sentenced to life.
Chiatsu Liu, age 32 Toronto Chiatsu was hacked to death with a meat cleaver at her apartment. She was separated from her husband, I’Che Liu, who was charged with first degree murder. There was a history of abuse in the relationship.
Dianne George Toronto Found strangled to death in a tent in the backyard of a boarding house. Her “on again/off again” boyfriend was charged with second degree murder.
Pamela Behrendt, Ottawa Mother of 3 children. Pamela’s husband killed her with a chain saw and then committed suicide with a hunting knife. They were found in a bedroom with the door nailed shut.
Ngoc Chau, age 32, North York Mother of 3 children. Stabbed to death in the master bedroom of her home. Her husband, Nien Chau, has been charged with second degree murder.
Comfort Amankwaah Etobicoke Comfort was stabbed to death by her former common-law partner who then fatally stabbed himself. The murder took place one year after Comfort had left the relationship because of abuse.
Nancy Turner St. Catherine’s Nancy was stabbed at least ten times. Her husband was also found dead at the scene.
Barbara Hardy Brampton Barbara was stabbed to death in the kitchen of her home. Police were called to her house at approximately midnight when Barbara’s daughter tried unsuccessfully to get into the house. Barbara’s neighbor said police and ambulance crews had been called to the house just before noon on the day she was murdered. Police would not say why there was an ambulance at the house earlier, saying it was “unrelated to the stabbing”, but neighbors said “they were having a fight”. Neighbors called the Hardys “everyday normal neighbors” and “very nice people”. Hardy was charged with second degree murder.
Donna Morris Keswick Stabbed to death. The attack began on the main floor of her house and continued as she tried to escape upstairs. She collapsed on her bed. Her husband then fatally stabbed himself. Police had been called to their home nine days earlier “over a domestic dispute” when the husband tried to kill himself. Despite his suicide attempt, police said “there was no way of knowing Morris was violent and would kill”. (suicide threats and suicide attempts by abusive men are signs of high risk lethality).
Gabriela Plassot Toronto Gabriela was stabbed to death. Neighbors said the house had been the scene of “violent arguments” over recent weeks. Gabriela was murdered on Saturday. Durham Regional Police confirmed they had arrested a man (Gabriela’s common-law partner) for being intoxicated on Thursday evening and turned him over to Metro detectives. Her partner was charged with first degree murder
Charnjit Kaur Etobicoke Charnjit was hacked to death with an axe in the parking lot of her apartment building while witnesses watched in shock. The building superintendent said that Charnjit came to him after one assault and asked him to call police. A neighbor said that Charnjit “was always being beaten”. Charnjit had left her partner and was living in another apartment in the same building at the time of her death. Her common-law partner was charged with second degree murder.
Valentine Wielguszewski, age 84 Toronto Stabbed to death. Her 74 year old husband was charged with second degree murder.
Janice Wright, age 37, Hamilton Mother of 3 children. Janice had just graduated from a retraining program and had moved into a new apartment to escape her violent husband, who had assault charges pending for a previous assault against her and had threatened to kill her. Janice had invited a male friend who had helped her move to have Thanksgiving dinner with her and her children as a token of thanks. Both she and the helper were attacked. The man was killed instantly. Janice was stabbed repeatedly as she was trying to crawl for help. Two of her children were at home at the time of the attack. Her estranged husband, Willis Wright, is charged with first degree murder.
Patricia Lopez, 23, Pickering Patricia went missing on April 10,1991. Her body was found slumped over the steering wheel of her car a few days later. She had been shot. An intensive search for her killer ensued. She had left home to take her dog for a walk, and disappeared. Her husband said he was attending a Bible class at the time that she left her home. He was later charged with first degree murder.
Cheryl Ann Baines, 20, Toronto Cheryl was strangled in her sleep, and her body stuffed into her parent’s freezer. She had told her boyfriend their relationship was over a few days before he killed her. Her ex-boyfriend waited until a guest had left the house and her brothers had gone to pick up her parents at the airport, before entering the house. Jeffrey Theys was, nevertheless, charged with and pleaded guilty to second degree murder.
Monica Rose, 29 Toronto Monica was killed in front of horrified onlookers by her ex-boyfriend, Urcil Kenneth Jack, who then killed himself. Monica was shot in the leg, and shot again when she tried to flee the car she was in with him. Then he reloaded the gun, shot her a third time, in the head, and then shot himself.
Dirinda Gower, Toronto Diranda died of multiple stab wounds. Her boyfriend, Maurice Roy, was charged with first degree murder. Roy had two other charges against him which were later stayed-breach of undertaking and threatening death.
Ellen Kavanagh, 39, Georgina Ellen was bludgeoned with an axe and repeatedly stabbed. Her estranged husband, Brian Kavanagh, was charged with second degree murder. The couple had separated after Ellen moved out of the house, several months before the murder. Later, her husband also moved and the house was put up for sale. Ellen had gone to clean the house for sale on the day she died, and her body was found in the backyard. Kavanagh turned himself in to police.
Ginette LaPlante, Toronto Shot to death. Her husband was charged with second degree murder.
Zenaida Tinao, 36, Toronto At the time police found Zenaida’s body they could not estimate her age because of extensive damage to her ace. She died from a severe beating. Her husband was charaged with second degree murder.
Anne Jean Blomme, 67, Toronto Anne was stabbed to death by her husband who was then shot to death by a police officer, after he turned the knife on police attempting to intervene. Two Metro Toronto police officers had responded after neighbors called about a fight. When they arrived, they saw Anne’s husband holding a metal pipe and a knife, and he was stabbing his wife.
Veronica Debbie Prashad, 30, Toronto The headline read: “Devoted Dad Kills Wife, Children, Self”. Veronica, her son David (10) and daughter Preya (6) were all shot to death, Nehru Prashad then killed himself. It was the Father’s Day weekend.
Fartoun Hassan, 18, Toronto Fartoun was fatally stabbed to death by her stepfather, Osman Hassan, who also stabbed and critically wounded her mother. He then leapt to his death from the 22nd balcony of the apartment where she and her mother lived. Fartoun’s mom had separated from her stepfather a year before.
Sharon Mohamed, 14, Ottawa Sharon was stabbed to death and her mother critically wounded in an attempt to murder her also. Her mother’s partner was charged and then released on bail of $500, five days after the murder (her mother was the only witness to the crime). Protests about the bail release resulted in charges being increased from second to first degree murder, and bail was finally denied.
Norma Derosie, 30, Toronto Strangled to death. Partner was charged.
Charmaine Thompson, 23, Ottawa Stabbed to death. Her boyfriend, who was visiting from outside the country, was charged with second degree murder.
Diane Harrison, 49, Kirkfield Shot to death. Ex- partner was charged.
Rachel Favreau, 20, Gloucester Shot to death. Her body was dumped into a produce trailer. Her and her partner had been to a wedding the day of the murder. Her partner was charged with second degree murder.
Clarene Panamick, 36, Manitoulin Her partner was charged with her murder.
Margaret Forget, 49, Sudbury Beaten to death. Her husband was charged. There had been numerous incidences involving violence against Margaret, but her partner had never been charged at the time of her murder.
Diane Carter, 31 , Oshawa Diane died of a brain hemorrhage. Her husband, David Alfred Carter, was charged with manslaughter.
Helen Michael, 46, Toronto Helen was stabbed to death. Her husband then killed himself. “They were just nice, ordinary people”, said their nephew.
Darlene LeBlanc, 35, Toronto Strangled to death. Her partner was charged.
Zenovia Mysyk, 42, Oshawa Zenovia died from a stab wound to the chest. Her husband was charged with first degree murder.
Reva Douglas-Bowers, Ottawa Reva, who had separated from her partner, was sot to death with a shotgun outside her apartment, in front of school children who were waiting for buses. Her partner killed himself.
Pamela Kasak, 50, MacTier. Shot to death. Partner charged.
Iona Lewis, 46, Brampton Iona was beaten to death. Her husband then committed suicide. Neighbors described Iona as a “nice woman” who “seemed happy”.
Katherine Moyer, 30, Hamilton Katherine died of multiple stab wounds. Her boyfriend has been charged.
Aline Marie Cote, 35, Hamilton Aline was found stuffed in garbage bags outside a Hamilton mall. Police would not reveal the cause of death. Charged with second degree murder was her boyfriend, who was later found dead in his jail cell. He was describe as “kind-hearted”.
Donna and Arnold Edwards, Hamilton Donna and Arnold were the parents of a woman who was trying to flee from attack and ran into their house for safety. They were both murdered as they tried to intervene. Donna Edwards was shot to death, her husband was stabbed repeatedly. George Harding Lovie, the woman’s ex-boyfriend was charged with two counts of first degree murder and one of attempted murder. He was out on bail for a previous charge involving violence against the woman. Lovie was described as “easy-going”.
Monica Drake, 19, Mississauga Stabbed to death. Her boyfriend was also stabbed in the attack. Her ex-boyfriend was charged with murder and attempted murder.
Joann Munroe, 45, Oshawa Joann was strangled to death in her home. Husband, Robert Munroe, was charged with second degree murder.
Anne Odstral, 63, North York Anne was found asphyxiated in the bedroom of her home. Husband, Joseph Odstral, died of self-inflicted stab wounds. Shocked neighbors described the couple as “private but pleasant”, and the marriage as “close”, since the couple were always together.
Graciela Montans, 42, Brampton Police responded to the scene of a staged car accident. Graciela a mother of three died in hospital. An autopsy found she was strangled to death, and her estranged husband was charged with second degree murder.
Kimberly Thompson, 30, Georgetown Died in her farmhouse of gunshot wounds to her face. Her boyfriend, Keith Alexander Bettridge, was charged with first degree murder. Neighbors re-victimized Kimberly by describing her as “all too fond of booze and drugs and a shiftless lifestyle”.
Carol McCormack, 43, Toronto Carol was stabbed to death. Husband Stephen McCormack, was charged with second degree murder. Neighbors said they saw the couple barbequing early in the evening, and everything was normal.
Eudoxia Kounelas, 73 Stabbed to death. Husband, Sam Kounelas, was charged with second degree murder.
Leanne Carnes, 30, Sault Ste. Marie Shot by husband, Phillip Carnes, who then shot himself. They had stopped at a rest stop on the Trans Canada highway.
Patricia Innis, 27, North York Slashed to death after opening the door of her apartment while her three year old daughter was being bathed by a friend in the next room. Ex-boyfriend, Wilton Anthony, was charged with first degree murder. Patricia was two weeks away from realizing her dream of becoming a nursing assistant.
Lorinda Lesniewski, 38, Ottawa Lorinda was stabbed repeatedly by her husband, Waldemar “Ben” Lesniewski, who later killed himself. She was the second wife killed by Lesniewski, who was serving a lifetime parole for stabbing his first wife in Oshawa in 1977. Neighbours, admitting they didn’t know the couple well, described then as “happy” and said they seemed “content and satisfied”, but relatives described a relationship where Lesniewski had isolated Lorinda from her friends and family over their three-year marriage.
Aline Peever, 45, North Bay Aline was killed by a shotgun blast from her estranged boyfriend, Jean Paul Sabourin, at a truck stop where she was working. He then turned the gun on himself. Sabourin had been following and threatening Aline for months. A handwritten note asking police to issue a restraining order against Sabourin was reportedly found beside the body. Women’s groups have called for an inquest into the death.
Muriel Morrison, 49, Barrie Found shot to death in her home after her daughter heard a gun-shot over the phone as she was speaking to her mother. Muriel’s common-law husband, Alvin Lloyd Barr, was also found dead at the scene.
Nicole Mattison, 52, Fonthill Nicole’s husband was David William Mattison, a Metro Toronto police sergeant at the time of her disappearance in December 1991. Mattison reported his wife missing after an argument in their car. Later police found a severed thigh in Lake Ontario and eventually traced it to Nicole. Mattison was subsequently charged with first degree murder.
Maxine Johnson, late 20’s Toronto Maxine was shot to death with a handgun by boyfriend, Rattington Reid. She was a single mother of five children, and pregnant with her sixth child at the time of death. Rattington shot himself and later died in hospital.
Airi Makinen, 46, Brampton Airi, a mother of our children, was attacked and beaten to death with a hammer in broad daylight as she walked home from a nearby shopping amll. Neighbors watched in horror. Her estranged husband, Runo Mark Cairenius, was charged with first degree murder.
Dung Nguyen, 30, Toronto Dung was shot in the neck and later died. Husband, Phi Van Vu, was originally charged with attempted murder by police. The couple had been married four months.
Helen Martin, 30, Delaware Helen’s estranged husband, Ronald Martin, broke into her home and shot her and a male friend, then killed himself. Three young children were in the home at the time of the murders.
Ranbir Sarao, 32, Hamilton Ranbir and her parents, Amrik and Surinder Sidhu, were shot at close range with a handgun. Ranbir had left her husband in Mississauga four days earlier, and sought refuge from her parents. Ranbir’s two children were in the home at the time of the shootings. Manjit Sarao tried to kill himself, but failed. He is charged with first degree murder.
Daphne Jean McGuigan, 61, Niagara Falls Daphne was shot to death. Estranged husband, Cyril Owne McGuigan, a former mayoral candidate in the city, was charged with first degree murder.
Suzanne Ferry, 43, Toronto Suzanne was found beaten to death in a burning house. Her husband, Peter Ferry, was charged with second degree murder.
Louise Zollerano, mid 20’s, Toronto Louise was shot to death by husband, Gusto Zollerano, who then killed himself. The couple’s two children, aged two and four were found blood-splattered and wandering in the neighborhood.
Barbara Amiri, 44, Hanmer Shot to death in her home. She had been seeing Antoni Ziolowski for about a year and the couple was planning to marry.
Maxine Lohen, Rexdale Found stabbed to death in her townhouse. Her two pre-school children were present at the time of her death, Husband, Kerwin Thomas, was charged with second degree murder.
Juanita Fields, 35, Windsor Juanita’s 12 year old son found her when he returned home from school. A man believed to be her husband was arrested.
Marianne Goulden, 47, Guelph Marianne had been a counselor at the Guelph Women in Crisis shelter, which had been years earlier named Marianne’s Place in recognition of Marianne. She was found stabbed to death in her home. Her husband, Timothy Weldon, was charged with first degree murder.
Erlina Mourao, 57, Scarborough Bludgeoned to death with a hatchet. Husband Jose Mourao, was charged with second degree murder.
Chantel Paquette, 33, Mississauga Chantel’s body, showing signs of violence, was found on the balcony of her sixth floor apartment after police received an anonymous call from a man. Alan David Hashe, was charged with second degree murder.
Audrey Roche, 29 Shot in the chest while her four-year-old son slept in the next room. Boyfriend, Michael Chin, was charged with second degree murder.
Isobel Allen, 55, Haliburton Isobel’s body was found in her apartment. Husband, Willoughby Allen, was charged with first degree murder.
Nora Gillis, 35 Bludgeoned to death with a hammer. Her boyfriend, Paul Kataqua-pit, was charged with first degree murder.
Donna Lachance, 23, Timmins Shot by fugitive boyfriend, Gordon Cardinal, before he killed himself with the same shotgun.
Fran McPherson, 60, Toronto Her bed has been doused with a flammable liquid and set ablaze, then her bedroom door held shut as the fire took hold. Her screams alerted neighbors. Fran died several weeks later in hospital. Her husband Aloysius McPherson, has been charged with first degree murder.
Kiveli Chadjiioannou, 65 Found dead of multiple stab wounds. Husband, Dimitrios Chadjiioannou, was charged.
Petra Ellbrecht, 20, Barrie Stabbed to death. Common-law partner, Peter McMaster, was charged with second degree murder.
Karen Kouvelas, 28, Hamilton Shot to death with a shotgun by husband, Nickolaus Kouvelas, who then killed himself. There were four children in the house at the time of the murder. They were rescued by the babysitter. Kouvelas’s brother-in-law describe him as a “good guy”.
Lori Pinkus, 21, Toronto Found strangled outside a high school. Police had been looking for her on a warrant of failing to testify against a man who had stabbed her in the chest in Ottawa earlier. The afternoon before she was killed, Lori asked her mother: “If I die, will you take care of it? Will you bury me?
Deborah Meneano, Thunder Bay Murdered in a 15 hour standoff with police. Her partner Alex Cheesequay, was charged.
Dominika Dutkiewicz, 10, Toronto Thrown from a tenth-floor balcony by Akadrusz Brewezyski, who, after attacking her mother and stabbing her several times, then leapt from the balcony to his death.
Sandy Bannon, 17, Carnarvon Shot by her father in a restaurant during an attack on her mother, who had recently separated from him. Ken Bannon then drove away from the restaurant and killed himself.
Krystal Senyk, 29, Ridgeway Killed after sheltering an abused woman in fear of her life. Ronald Jeffrey Bax, the abused woman’s husband, has been charged with first degree murder.
Catherine Irene Clark
Katherine Janeiro age 20, Barrie. Stabbed to death; no arrests
Barbara Brodkin age 41, stabbed once in the heart. She was discovered by her 6 yr old son when he woke up several hours after the slaying. Brodkin was in the final stages of divorce proceedings at the time of her murder.
Urmilaven Darji Brampton husband Mahendra Darji charged.
Wendy Burrell Toronto Wendy was stabbed to death by her estranged spouse before he took his own life.
Sandra Campbell Woodlawn. Sandra Campbell died on Christmas Eve 1993, of what was believed to have been a heart attack. It was only after six months that Ontario Provincial Police asserted that the 47-year-old mother of two had been killed. They charged Mrs. Campbell’s husband of 29 years, Robert, with first-degree murder. The charge followed forensic tests that allegedly discovered high levels of the heart drug digitoxin in the woman’s body.
Michelle Harkness (20) Michelle, was murdered by her husband. Her infant daughter spent 2 full days without food or water, when Michelle was found her daughter was cuddling her mother’s body.
Janet McKnight 52 Hamilton Janet, a nursing professor at McMaster University was stabbed more than 50 times with a bread knife. Her husband Dr. Robert McKnight was convicted .He was found dead in his room at the Pittsburgh Institution in July 2004.
Shelley Nadine Taylor
Marie Fernandez Levesque
Penny Wristen Toronto
Maxine Johnson: Toronto was killed by her spouse prior to him taking his own life
Mala Lachmen : died from asphyxia. Her boyfriend was charged with 2nd degree murder and sentenced to 10 years without parole
Joanne Mohanned: Gore Bay was stabbed by her husband who then committed suicide.
Gloria Morden, 54 Toronto, mother of 1 was shot by her estranged boyfriend who also shot her step-parents
Sonia Run, 47: was strangled by her boyfriend Ernie Westegard. He was sentenced to life without parole for 20 years
Anne Marie Bloskie
Bejawattie Ramkarran Toronto, was shot by her husband. He was convicted of 2nd degree murder.
Marilyn Jurko, 27 Angel Jurko 5, Kenora, Shot to death. Boyfriend charged with two counts of first degree murder. Marilyn’s 6-year old daughter, Christina, escaped by pretending to be dead after being shot. She called 911 after the killer left.
Victoria Alty. Mississauga. Victoria died of massive internal injuries after she was kicked and punched. Her husband was charged with second-degree murder. (June 1995)
Carmine Jeannot, 43, and Josiane Jeannot, 12. Gatineau. Joseph Jeannot, described by neighbours as a soft-spoken gentleman, shot his wife and daughter to death in their beds before fatally shooting himself. (June 1995)
Kamlesh Sodhi, 39. Mother of two children. Brampton. Kamlesh was found thrown on the side of a rural road in Halton Hills, Ontario. Her husband was charged with first-degree murder. (July 1995)
Marcia Hylton, 38. Mother of five children. North York. Stabbed to death in front of her two youngest children. Her 5-year-old son was injured trying to protect her from the attack. Her ex-partner, father of one of the children, then jumped to his death off her balcony. (July 1995)
Alayne Bryk, 26, Hamilton. Shot to death by her estranged husband, who then shot himself. Family and friends said they thought the couple were reconciling. (August 1995)
Donna Allison Currier-Burns, 32. Lansdowne. Mother of two children. Police found Donna inside her home and had not determined the exact cause of death. Donna’s common-law husband, Christopher Parmar was charged with second-degree murder. (September 1995)
Maryanne Matesic, 47, Hamilton. Maryanne had left her abusive husband, but had returned to the marital home, accompanied by her adult son, to collect her belongings. Her husband shot her to death. Her son grabbed the gun and shot his father. He was charged with second-degree murder. (October 1995)
Janis Marie Nelson, 43. Toronto. Janis died from blunt force trauma to her head. Her common-law husband was charged with manslaughter. (October 1995)
Georgina Liu, 22, Markham. Georgina was stalked and then beaten to death and dumped in a marshy area off Highway 401. She was studying to become an early childhood educator. Roderick Ballentino Brown was charged with first-degree murder after attempting to shoot himself in front of police. (October 1995)
Janie Marie Maxwell, 33, mother of one. Mississauga. Janie was beaten and kicked to death in an attack that went on for 20 minutes after an argument about a phone call she received from another man. Paul Anthony Beard was convicted and sentenced to seven years in prison. During sentencing, Judge John D. Smith described Beard as a man not known to be Aa particularly violent man, but he has a problem with alcohol.@ (November 1995)
Vanessa Ritchie, 24, and her two children, Tod, 7 and Fatima, 16 months. Ottawa. Vanessa, Tod and Fatima were shot to death by her husband. He then killed himself. (December 1995)
Donna Barr, 43, mother of three. Perth. Donna and a male friend were shot to death by Donna’s ex-husband, Kenneth H. Barr, who killed himself after the murders. Donna had been assaulted and threatened numerous times by Barr, but he received only a suspended sentence and an order to turn in his 20 guns. Neighbours described Kenneth Barr as “a very nice person and the best neighbour.” (January 1996)
Paula Joy Hill, 31, mother of one. Brantford. Stabbed to death in a motel room where she had checked in with her son. Her husband, Paul Frederick Hill, is charged with first degree murder. (April 1996)
Stella McNicol, 40, Scarborough. Stella was found dead in her home by police. Her boyfriend, Thomas Daniel Brenna was charged with second degree murder. (July 1996)
Bibi Hajra Alli, 37, mother of two. Bibi died of head injuries from a blunt instrument. Divorce papers had been served on her husband just days before the murder. Bibi had been separated from her husband for about two months. Neighbours were shocked, saying: “They were very nice–a calm family.” Mohamed Rafeek Alli was charged. (July 1996)
Marsha Ottey, 19, and Tami Ottey, 16. Toronto. Marsha and Tami were stabbed and slashed to death in the basement of their home. Marsha had broken up with her boyfriend eight or nine months before the murders. Her ex-boyfriend was described by acquaintances as Aobsessive.@ After an extensive search, Rohan Alonzo Ranger, Marsha=s ex-boyfriend, and Adrian Mathias Kinkead, were found and charged with two counts of first degree murder. (August 1995)
Juliet Reynolds, 28, mother of two. Scarborough. Juliet was slashed and stabbed to death in front of her six-year-old daughter and baby son while waiting for an elevator in their apartment building. Adrian Daniel, her estranged husband, is charged with first-degree murder. (May 1996)
Maria Sanchez, 33, mother of three. North York. Maria was slashed and stabbed to death in her apartment by an assailant waiting there for her. Maria had told police she feared for her life two weeks before the murder. Her former boyfriend, Salvador Valera-Landrian, was out on bail on charges of assaulting her. He has been charged with first-degree murder. (February 1996)
Shelley Morgan, 35, mother of one. Aurora. Shelley was battered to death in her home. Stewart Radford, Shelley=s common-law husband, was charged with second-degree murder. (July 1996)
Marilyn Woodland, 54, mother of one. Brampton. Marilyn was found stabbed and beaten to death in her home. Her husband, Keith Woodland, has been charged with murder. Family members described the couple as Avery close.@ (September 1996)
Fran Piccolo, 36, Jason Piccolo, 9, Alisha Piccolo, 7. Stoney Creek. Fran and her two children were stabbed to death in their home. Shane Allan Mulcahy, who had moved in with Fran and her children after she and her husband separated, has been charged with three counts of first degree murder. (September 1996)
Arlene May, 39, mother of five. Collingwood. Arlene was shot after three of her children escaped from their home where they and their mother were being held. Randy Iles, Arlene=s ex-boyfriend, who had been charged with assaulting Arlene more than once, but was out on bail under a restraining order, was charged with first-degree murder. Arlene=s murder will be the starting point of a Asuper inquest@ into domestic murders of women in Ontario. (March 1996)
Isabelle Holland, 50. Etobicoke. Isabelle was beaten to death after being stalked and assaulted one more than one occasion. Her ex-partner, separated from Isabelle for approximately two months, drove away in her car and was later found dead of apparent suicide. (March 1996)
Janice Lowery. Barrie. Janice was found strangled to death in a country field near her home. Her husband has been charged. (May 1996)
Carol Ann Leach. Kilworthy. Carol was found stabbed to death just hours after police attended a Adisturbance.@ A police chase resulted in charging of her husband several hours later. Her husband was out on bail following an assault on Carol Ann the week before her death. (March 1996)
Jan Marshall, 40. Alcona. Jan was found by police after a canoeing incident in which her husband told police their canoe capsized during a canoeing competition and only he was able to make it to shore. Winston Malcom has been charged with first-degree murder. (April 1996)
Stella Burdo, 40. Toronto. Stella was stabbed to death in her Ontario Housing townhouse while a friend watched helplessly. Her sister wanted everyone to know that Stella had been trying to get out of the townhouse she was living in. AI want it to be said that Ontario Housing is not that much of help when someone is in a crisis,@ she said, according to a Toronto Star article of June 29, 1996. (June 1996)
Carol Butler, 45. Croton. Carol was shot to death by her common-law husband, James Logan, with a gun returned to him by police after an earlier weapons charge against him, laid after a domestic call by police to their home, was withdrawn. Logan had also threatened to shoot Carol after a previous break-up. He committed suicide at the scene of the murder. Police described it as the Aperfect example of domestic violence@ but no one could explain why weapons charges had been dropped. (June 1996)
Gloria Jean Morden. Gore Bay. Gloria Jean was shot to death by her ex-partner, who also killed his adoptive parents at the same time. (August 1996)
Jasmine Vanscoy, 14. St. Catharines. Jamine was shot in her home with a gun stolen from a gun shop several years earlier. Jasmine had just had her picture taken in her new high school uniform. A 17-year-old youth has been charged with second-degree murder. (September 1996)
Patricia Abbott, 40, mother of one. Fergus. Patricia was shot several times in the head at her home. Her estranged husband, Gordon Ray Abbott, has been charged with first-degree murder. (October 1996)
Natalie Katherine Pawluch, 42 mother of one. Mississauga. Natalie was shot to death by her husband less than 24 hours after he was ordered to stay away from her. Henry Andrew Pawluch then shot himself (November 1996)
Danusia Nicolak, 68. North York. (November 1996)
Cheryl Hohner, 31 mother of one and pregnant with her second child. Cheryl was murder on Boxing Day, three weeks before she was to give birth. Her common-law partner, Alfred Scott, was charged with second-degree murder. (December 1996)
Margaret West, 66, mother of three. Pointe au Baril. Margaret was shot to death along with a male friend by her estranged husband, who then killed himself. (April 1997)
Stephanie Tanaskow, 36, mother of two children. Etobicoke. Slashed to death at her mother’s apartment. She had been charged by police the night before when she went to the police station to ask that a charge be laid against her husband. Her partner, Alex Tanaskow was charged with first-degree murder. (April 1997)
Valentina Mechko, 57, mother of two children. Toronto. Stabbed to death on her way home from an English language class. She had a restraining order on her ex-husband, who was charged with first-degree murder. (April 1997)
Helen Kirec, 36, and her four children, Ludvik, 15, Christopher, 14, Suzy, 12 and Nancy, 11. Orangeville. Shot to death. The children were on an access visit with father after separation
and Helen had gone, to pick them up. Her, ex-partner, Ludvik Kirec, also set fire to the house and then shot himself (April 1997)
Nevenko (Nancy) Cindric, 44, and two of her children, Josip, 17, and Kristina, 12. Toronto. Janko Cindric killed himself after shooting them. (July 1997)
Danielle Duchesneau, 26, Kingston. Danielle was assaulted in an alley in downtown Kingston by her boyfriend. She was taken unconscious to apartment where a friend of her boyfriend lived and left to die. Her boyfriend was charged with manslaughter and received a 5-year prison sentence. With the support of Danielle’s parents a fund was set up by Kingston Interval House in Danielle’s memory to help victims of woman abuse. (July 1997)
Nabella Ullah, 28, and her son Ahsan, 3. Brampton. Found in freezer. Cause of death not reported. Zafar Ullah was charged with two counts of first-degree murder. (July 1997)
Thi Lam Pham, 28, mother of two children, 2 and 4. Toronto. She was stabbed to death. Duy Linh Vu was charged with first-degree murder. (July 1997)
Luke Schillings, 3. Clarington. Luke was murdered by his father on his first court allowed unsupervised access visit. His was strangled and burned to death in the family home. Paul Schillings committed suicide at the scene. Luke’s Place, a family law resource centre for women and children was created in 2000 in memory of Luke. His mother, Kate, was very active in starting the centre. (August 1997)
Betty Jo Scott 20. Port Colbourne. (August 1997)
Jutta Weber, 48. Kingston. Jutta was murdered by her boyfriend, then dismembered in a bathtub before being dumped in a swampy wooded area outside of Kingston. Jim Wall was convicted of first-degree murder. He had spent time in prison prior to murdering Jutta for manslaughter. (August 1997)
Myrna Lelina, 39, mother of three. North York. Stabbed to death at a friend’s apartment. Her husband, Billy Lelina, was charged with second-degree murder. (September 1997)
Joyce Middleton, Fergus. Strangled to death by her ex-boyfriend. (September 1997)
Karrie Dulmage, 33. Oshawa. (September 1997)
Sholeh Taleshi, 42. Scarborough. Sholeh died from stab wounds to her chest. Her boyfriend, Nazim Bouhsass, was charged with second-degree murder. Bouhsass killed Taleshi because she had no intention of marrying him, and he wanted to gain landed immigrant status. (October 1997)
Karen Parsons, 3 1, mother of two children. Oshawa. Karen was stabbed repeatedly at her
apartment, where a man was later arrested and taken to hospital with minor wounds. Robert Jesus was charged with second-degree murder. (October 1997)
Fenny Campbell, 44, Sarnia. Fenny died of multiple injuries suffered when the Campbell vehicle struck the rear of a parked transport. An autopsy revealed she died of blunt trauma injuries. Her husband was charged with first-degree murder in October 1998. (January 1998)
Mary Lou Hyjeck 37, Windsor. Mary Lou died of asphyxiation. Her husband, Paul Hyjeck, was charged with second-degree murder. (January 1998)
Brenda Swartz, 50, mother of one child. Woodstock. Brenda died of multiple stab wounds. Her estranged husband, Kenneth, was charged with first-degree murder. (February 1998)
Jessica Romano, 45, Toronto, mother of one teenaged son. Jessica’s bloodstained body was found in her car. Her boyfriend jumped to his death from the Bloor Viaduct in Toronto hours after her body was found. (February 1998)
Yathra Jayaweera, 44. Mississauga. Yathra’s body was found in her apartment. A warrant was issued for a 46-year-old man. Police did not release a cause of death. (March 1998)
Maria Klymchuk, 36, mother of two pre-school children. Caledon. Maria’s body was found inside of her garage. Her husband has been charged with first-degree murder. (April 1998)
Joan St. Jean, 53. Kanata. Joan, who was a woman with a disability, was smothered to death by her boyfriend in her home. Her boyfriend killed himself. (April 1999)
Aimee Cunningham, 33, Scarborough. Aimee died Eom slashes to her neck in her home. Her husband, Paul Cunningham, jumped to his death from the Bloor Viaduct in Toronto. Ten years before, Paul Cunningham’s brother had killed his wife and daughter and later committed suicide by drowning himself in Lake Ontario. (April 1998)
Donna Bartman, 39, Owen Sound, mother of three. Donna was shot twice in the chest. The next day, the body of her estranged husband was found in the bush behind their home. A neighbour commented: “It’s not something you expect to find around here.” (May 1998)
Jasvir Plaha, 30, Mississauga, mother of two pre-school children. Jasvir was found in her apartment dead of chest trauma. Her husband, Baljinder Plaha, was charged with second-degree murder. Neighbours were shocked, saying: “They seemed like such nice people. They always waved hello when they walked outside.” (June 1998)
Sabrina Devittoris, 26, Woodbridge. Sabrina died of multiple stab wounds in an Oshawa motel. Her ex-boyfriend, Angelo Consiglio, was charged with first-degree murder after a three-
hour stand-off with police. (June 1998)
Maria Czibulka, 57. Maria was found dead with extensive bruising to her body on the living room floor of her home. Her husband called 911 and said his wife was unconscious and not breathing. Louis Czibulka was charged and convicted of second-degree murder, but the verdict was overturned in the Count of Appeal in 2004. A second trial again in 2006 again found him guilty of beating his wife to death. (June 1998)
Leslie Williams, 32, Niagara Falls. Leslie was found in her home dead of head injuries. Her husband’s body was later pulled out of the Niagara River where he had jumped from the Horseshoe Falls. (July 1998)
Beverly Gillett, Scarborough. Beverly died from stab wounds to the neck. Her husband has been charged with second-degree murder. A neighbour rescued their 2?year?old granddaughter and carried her out of the house to safety. (July 1998)
Linda Vickery, 38, Toronto. Linda died of multiple stab wounds. Her body was found in the kitchen of her apartment. Police issued a warrant for her boyfriend. (August 1998)
Elizabeth Bodnar, 61, Mississauga. Elizabeth was found dead in her townhouse. She died of massive head injuries. Her 75?year?old male companion, Stephan Orban, was charged with second-degree murder. (August 1998)
Jennifer Copithorn, 24, Bowmanville. Jennifer was ambushed and stabbed to death in front of her co?workers on her way to work. Her former boyfriend, Robert Appleton, was charged with first-degree murder. (August 1998)
Anna Pietras, 38, mother of one, Etobicoke. Anna disappeared after leaving for work. Her body has not been found. Her estranged husband was later found dead of a self?inflicted gunshot wound. (September 1998)
Barbara Teske, 38, mother of two, Hawkesbury. The remains of Barbara’s body were found in a ditch on a rural road not far from her home. Her husband, Peter Teske, was charged with second-degree murder. (September 1998)
Mitzi MacDougall, 27, Red Lake. Mitzi was drowned in the bathtub of her home. Her husband, Kenneth J. MacDougall, was charged with first-degree murder. (September 1998)
Micheline Cuerrier, 25, Wakefield. Micheline was slashed to death as she was on her way to work. Her ex?boyfriend is charged with first-degree murder. (October 1998)
Kathleen Hart, 35, mother of one, Toronto. Kathleen was beaten to death in an alley in the financial district of Toronto. Her companion, Martin Blackwind, was charged with second-degree murder. The couple was homeless. (November 1998)
Mandana Rastan, 43, mother of two, Richmond Hill. Mandana was strangled in her home, where police also found her husband with a self?inflicted stab wound to the chest. Medhi Merkhandan was charged with first-degree murder. (December, 1998)
Janet Anita Reynolds, 31, Scarborough. Janet was found shot to death in her apartment. Her boyfriend, Steven Morrison, was charged with second-degree murder. (January 1999)
Brenda Chillingworth, 38, mother of two, Lucan. Brenda was found shot to death outside a home north of London. A man found dead nearby was not identified. Police believed the deaths were a murder?suicide. (January 1999)
Betty Higgins, 69, Niagara Falls. Betty was severely beaten and died later in hospital. Her partner, Govril Durciul, was charged with second-degree murder. (January 1999)
Elena Nusca, 50, Hamilton. Elena was stabbed to death in her home. Her husband, Mario Nusca, was charged with second-degree murder. (February 1999)
Shirley Taylor, 36, Sudbury. Shirley died from loss of blood as a result of a cut artery in her neck. Her common?law partner, David John Saunders, was charged with second-degree murder. (February 1999)
Renate Marie Steinhoefer, 66, Manitoulin Island. Renate was shot to death. Her husband, Mathias Steinhoefer, was charged with first-degree murder. (February 1999)
Maria Wong, 44, Markham. Maria was found stabbed to death in the garage of her home. Her husband, Shu Kwan Wong was charged with the crime in August, 1999. Police allege he hired several people to carry out the murder. (February 1999)
Heather Burton, 43, Bond Head. Heather was shot to death. Her husband, Bill Burton, then killed himself. (March 1999)
Sandra Quigley, 32, Scarborough. Sandra was found dead of asphyxia in her apartment. Anton Franz Lorenz was recently convicted of second-degree murder. (March 1999)
Melissa Pajkowski, 21, Thornhill. Melissa’s body was found in a van after a traffic accident. She had been shot to death. Her ex?boyfriend, Peter Morrisey, was found in the van with self?inflicted wounds. (April 1999)
Sabrina and Nassima Benkartoussa, 34 and 37, Toronto. Sabrina and her sister were slashed to death in their high?rise apartment. Sabrina’s estranged husband then jumped to his death. Sabrina was the mother of a seven?month?old baby. Her husband had recently been arrested for assault against Sabrina and was under a court order not to contact her. (April 1999)
Halina Deborah Abraham, 30, mother of one, Scarborough. Halina was found dead in a parking lot in a van with her ex?partner, Anthony Alfred Williams, who had committed suicide. Williams was on parole at the time. (April 1999)
Katherine Wellwood, 54, Cookstown. Katherine died of a gunshot wound. Her husband of 31 years, Geoffrey Allan Wellwood, was charged. (April 1999)
Abigail Manu?Acheampong, 31, Mississauga. Abigail was found dead in an apartment, but police would not identify the cause of death. Her husband, Charles “Stanley” Gray, was charged with second-degree murder. (May 1999)
Donna Theresa Young, 32, Hamilton. Donna was strangled to death in the dining room of her home. Husband, Rodney James Young, was charged with first-degree murder. (June 1999)
Cindy Stevens, 35, mother of two, Niagara Falls. Cindy was found dead in her apartment by her teenaged son. Her common?law partner, James Anthony Hannah, was charged with first-degree murder. (June 1999)
Marjorie (Marg) Ellis?Byerly, 58, Pinewood. Marg was found dead of a gunshot wound. Her husband, Norman Byerly, was also found dead of a gunshot wound along with another man. Police believe it was a double murder?suicide. (August 1999)
Jenny Figueroa, 32, Toronto. Jenny’s body was found stuffed in a suitcase and dumped off Highway 401 near Kingston. Her boyfriend, John Errol McLeod, has been charged with second-degree murder. (August 1999)
Christine Norcia, 22, Toronto. Christine was stabbed to death. Her boyfriend, Nicola Capparelli, was charged with first-degree murder. (October 1999)
Dori?Lynne Caroll, 30, mother of two, Thunder Bay. Dori?Lynne was found strangled in her home. Her two children were asleep in their bedroom at the time the body was found. Her estranged husband, Bryan Caroll, was later found in his truck, dead of a self?inflicted shotgun wound. (October 1999)
Robin Pope, early 50s, St. Catharines. Robin was stabbed to death on the front step of her home after a man tried to break in. Her ex?boyfriend, Michael Juanetty, was charged with first-degree murder. (October 1999)
Valerie Lucas, 23, mother of two children. Oshawa. Valerie was shot point-blank three times in a parking lot where she had gone to provide child access to her ex-partner. Robert Richard Bateman was charged with first-degree murder. He fled the scene with the children and later turned himself in. The children were found later in a hotel room and turned over to child welfare. (December 1999)
Xiaoyan (Shirley) Liu, 28. Toronto. The body of Xiaoyan was found slashed and stuffed into a suitcase. A warrant was issued for the arrest of her boyfriend, Chuan (Charley) Cai, who disappeared after the murder. (January 2000)
LaMura Meere, 75. Sarnia. LaMura was beaten to death. Her husband, Arthur Meere was charged with second-degree murder. (January 2000)
Jane Fengzhi Huang, 36. Kanata. Mother of one. Jane was found raped, beaten and strangled to death in her bedroom across the hall from her 7-year-old daughter. She had in the past year graduated from Carleton University with a Masters Degree in computer science. Her husband, Yongsheng Liu was charged with first-degree murder. (February 2000)
Hemoutie Raghunauth, 28. Pickering. Mother of one child. Hemoutie was poisoned on Mother’s Day. An autopsy showed that she was pregnant with her second child at the time. Her husband, Ganeshram Raghunauth, was charged with first-degree murder two months later. (May 2000)
Haraap (Jay) Bolla, 29, Mississauga. Harjaap was stabbed to death and then moved to a van, which was then set on fire. Balbir (Bobby) Singh, her ex-boyfriend, then killed himself in the van by fire. Singh had been charged with criminal harassment and was under a peace bond not to go near Haraap or her family. (June 2000)
Gillian Hadley, 35. Pickering. Gillian was shot to death in a desperate bid to save herself and her baby on a street in Pickering. Her ex-partner, Ralph Hadley, dragged her back into her house after neighbours took her child to safety, then killing her and himself. Ralph Hadley had breached several court orders and was out on bail on charges of assault, criminal harassment and breaching orders. (June 2000)
Bohumila Luft, 27, and her four children, Daniel, 7, Nicole, 5, Peter, 3 and David, 3 months. Kitchener. Bohumila was stabbed to death. Her four children were then shot to death. Her husband, Vilem, then shot himself. (July 2000)
Laurie Lynn Vollmershausen, 35. Mother of two children. Stratford. Laurie was stabbed to death. Her two children, aged 8 and 10, ran from the house to get help before the murder. Police found her partner, Joseph Theodore Willemsen, in the house with self-inflicted, but not life-threatening wounds. He was charged with first-degree murder. (July 2000)
Jennifer Zumach, 21. Mother of one child. Orangeville. Jennifer was missing since early in 1999 but was not found until September 2000, when her head was discovered in a box on the back of her ex-partner’s motorcycle. Her remains were later found buried. Her partner, James Vernon Randall, who reported Jennifer missing, was charged with first-degree. (January 1999)
Michele Chiesa, 34. Ottawa. Michele’s body was found, bound and stabbed repeatedly, in the freezer of the bar where she worked. Her boyfriend, Michael Shott, was charged with first-degree murder. (September 2000)
Eva Papousek, 36. Mississauga. Eva was found dead in her apartment by police after her car, driven by her boyfriend, was involved in a road accident and police made a routine check on her residence. Janusz Rybak has been charged with first-degree murder. (October 2000)
Dienna Daw, 23. Burriss. Dienna’s body was found in a residence after police were called in a shooting incident. Michael Tetu was arrested at the scene and charged with second-degree murder. (November 2000)
Christine Marie Rockery, 35. Brantford. Mother of four children. Christine died of multiple stab wounds. Her husband, Paul Edward Rockery was charged with first-degree murder. (November 2000)
Donna Pritlove, 46. Keswick. Donna was shot to death at her home. Her partner, David Woods, was charged with first-degree murder. (November 2000)
Annaluxumy Perrambalam, 73. Toronto. Mother of four children. Annaluxumy was stabbed to death in the bedroom of her apartment. Her husband, Ponnabalam Perrambalam, was charged with second-degree murder. (January 2001)
Marcia Harmon, 42 and her daughter Danielle, 6. Pickering. Marcia and Danielle were stabbed to death in their home. Her husband, Montgomery Harmon was arrested and charged with two counts of second-degree murder and taken to hospital with self-inflicted wounds. He later died at the hospital. (March 2001)
Desvinder “Jessie” Kaur, 26. Malton. Desvinder was trapped in a basement apartment and set on fire. She was then prevented from leaving the room and a neighbour was prevented from fighting the fire or rescuing her. Her ex-husband, Harbhajah Singh, was identified as the one who set the fire. He was also set ablaze during the fire and later died in hospital. (May 2001)
Shelley Lynn Cowell, 38. Woodstock. Shelley died in her home of multiple stab wounds to the upper body. Her husband, Christopher Cowell, who disappeared after the murder, has since been arrested and charged in her murder. (May 2001)
Ruth Smith, 71. Woodstock. Ruth was found dead in the bedroom of her home. Her husband of 50 years, Bruce Smith was found hanging in the garage. A note left at the scene led police to conclude that the deaths were a murder-suicide. Ruth’s three daughters had expressed fears for their mother’s safety and had tried to take steps to intervene. (May 2001)
Delphine Adamson, 62. Sudbury. Delphine’s decomposing body was discovered by campers in a shallow gravesite. She died of blunt force trauma to the head and her identity was confirmed by dental records examination. Her husband, Michael Adamson was charged with first-degree murder. (May, 2001)
Jeanine Perry, 20. Kingston. Jeanine was shot to death by her ex-boyfriend as she was on her way to work. Michael Shawn Martin then shot himself. Jeanine’s father, who was had just dropped her off, witnessed his daughter’s murder. (May 2001)
Andrea Schneider, 38. Ajax. Mother of three children. Police discovered Andrea’s body stuffed in the trunk of her car at a shopping centre. They believe she died in the garage of her home as a result of blunt force trauma to the head. Her common-law husband, James Stewart Poland, was charged with second-degree murder. (June 2001)
Nancy Pimentel, 26. Brampton. Nancy’s decapitated and dismembered body was found in a garbage can near Cleveland. Her boyfriend, Gerald Lee Thompson, was arrested and charged with murder in Arizona. Nancy had met Thompson through the Internet and had moved with him to Ohio. (June 2001)
Lilawattee (Yvette) Budram, 41. Mother of two children. Mississauga. Lilawattee’s skeletal remains were discovered in a ditch in Flamborough in April of 2001. She had been strangled and beaten with a blunt object. Her husband, Mohan Ramkissoon, was charged with first-degree murder. (June 2001)
Barbara Hedberg, 43. St. Mary’s. Barbara was found shot to death in her home. Her husband, Joseph White was also found in the home dead of self-inflicted a gunshot. (July 2001)
Linda Miller, 48 and James Riordan, 30. St. Mary’s. Linda Miller was shot to death during a visit to her daughter by her estranged husband, who then turned the gun on himself. He had already shot to death the boyfriend of his daughter, who was screaming for help outside the home. Neighbours expressed shock and one was quoted as saying “he wasn’t out there fighting or chasing her around with a frying pan.” (July 2001)
Fatemeh Bakshei Tehrani, 86. North York. Fatemeh died of multiple stab wounds. Her husband, Hossein Ali Nakhostin Ansari was charged with second-degree murder. (August 2001)
Fatima Hasan, 36. Scarborough. Mother of two children. Fatima was killed while her children were moved to another room of the house. Police did not reveal the cause of death. Fatima had separated from her husband. Najib Anwar, the cousin of her ex-husband was charged with first-degree murder. (August 2001)
Deena Naw, 31. Ottawa. Deena was beaten to death in her apartment, after which her husband calmly called police to report the attack and wait for their arrival. Kolumbus Moo was charged with second-degree murder. (September 2001)
Fiona Davreux, 32. Hamilton. Mother of two children. Fiona was taken to hospital after a 911 call by her husband to say she had collapsed at their home. She was declared dead at on arrival and post-mortem exam showed that she had died of an insulin overdose, although she was not a diabetic. Two weeks later, after police had confronted her husband, a surgeon at a local hospital, with suspicion that he had injected the insulin, Dr. Christopher Davreux was found dead of self-inflicted poisoning. A year later, after an exhaustive investigation police determined that the case was a murder-suicide. (September 2001)
Tara Rutherford, 26. Mississauga. Mother of one child. Tara was found dead in a bedroom of her home. Her common-law partner, Trevor Lawrence, was also found dead. Police did not reveal the cause of death, but indicated that it was a murder-suicide. Lawrence was under court order to stay away from Tara. (September 2001)
Beverley Lloyd, 66. Belleville. Seventy-two year old Richard Lloyd stabbed his wife repeatedly until she died and then he turned the knife on himself and repeatedly stabbed himself in the chest. A police officer who had been a paramedic performed CPR on him while waiting for the ambulance. was He was convicted of manslaughter. (September 2001)
Heather Rapai, 47. Simcoe. Heather was beaten to death in the apartment she shared with her son. She was separated from her husband, Ervin Rapai, who was charged with first-degree murder. (September 2001)
Nicola Loughlin, 36. Scarborough. Police did not reveal the cause of death. Nicola’s husband, James Richard Loughlin, was charged with second-degree murder. (September 2001)
Suzanne MacDonald, 32. Kitchener. Mother of one child. Suzanne was shot three times and was found in a pool of blood at the door of her home. Her husband, Keith MacDonald was found dead of a self-inflicted gunshot in another room. The murder-suicide took place while Suzanne’s 6-year-old daughter slept in her bedroom. (October, 2001)
Lubica Maca, 44 and Desmond Perriera, 56. Scarborough. Lubica died of multiple stab wounds to the chest and abdomen. Desmond Perriera, a family friend, was also stabbed to death before Jiri Maca also killed himself. The Maca’s 22-year-old son was also injured in the attack. (October 2001)
Joyce Mattinson, 68. Scarborough. Joyce was found beaten to death in her home. Her husband, Bernard Mattinson, was found wandering in the area and was taken to hospital for observation. He later charged with second-degree murder, but police were awaiting results of the medical background before officially arraigning him. He is reported to be an Alzheimer’s patient. (November 2001)Patty Anne Killingbeck, 30. Kingston. Mother of two. Patty Ann was beaten to death in her home. The body was hidden in an upstairs closet for a day before the accused dumped her body in a wooded area north of Kingston. Patty had two daughters from a previous marriage who were 9 and 11 at the time of her death. Patty’s grave sight was found in December 2005. In April of 2006 police attended the grave sight and recovered her skeletal remains. Animals had got to her body as she had been left in a shallow grave, the bones were spread out over a larger area. Ian Esford was convicted of second-degree murder. Six months prior to her murder, Ian Esford assaulted Patty which was later found to mirror the last attack that ended in her death. (November 2001)
Nuzhat Amiji, 23 and her brother Naeem, 20. Mississauga. Nuzhat was stabbed to death and her brother also stabbed after she refused proposals of marriage from a man. Mahaboobbhoy Adamjee was convicted of second-degree murder and sentenced to life in prison with no parole for 15 years. (November 2001)
Kathleen Schembri, 53. Orillia. Kathleen was found shot to death in a burned-out car in the driveway of her home. Police found her common-law partner, Michael Martin, in the home with self-inflicted gunshot wounds. He later died in hospital. According to media reports, acquaintances described Martin as a “good guy”. His brother was reported to say, “This is a family thing and I would rather keep it that way.” (December 2001)
Tamara Helen MacInnis, 31. Hamilton. Mother of three children. Tamara was bludgeoned to death in her home. Her husband, Eric Campbell, was charged with second-degree murder. (December 2001)
Karen Grubb, 33. Walkerton. Mother of three children. Karen’s bloodied body was found by her brother-in-law in a tractor bucket on the farm where she lived during a neighbourhood barn-raising gathering. Cause of death was not reported. Her husband, Randy Grubb, was charged with first-degree murder. (January 2002)
Wadha Albadri, 29. Ottawa. Mother of three children. Wadha was repeatedly stabbed in her apartment while her 19-month old baby was nearby. A friend dropping off Wadha’s two older children later heard the baby crying and called police when she couldn’t get an answer at the door. Hussain Hassan Abdullah, her estranged husband was charged with first-degree murder. (January 2002)
Glenda LaSalle, 36. Barry’s Bay. Glenda was found shot to death in her apartment, shortly after returning from work. Her partner of 12 years, Bryan Crogie, was charged with first-degree murder. He was described by a friend as “a real good guy”. (February 2002)
Alexis Currie, 2. Scarborough. Alexis was stabbed to death during an child access visit with her father. Peter Currie was later charged with first-degree murder, abduction, possession of a weapon and carrying a concealed weapon. He had recently been convicted of assault against his ex-partner. (March 2002)
Marisa Pasqualino, 36. Woodbridge. Mother of four children. Police have not released the cause of death. Her husband, Cosmo Pasqualino was charged with second-degree murder. (May 2002)
Shirley Snow, 44. Shirley was beaten and then run down with a van in a shopping mall parking lot. Her husband, Angus Snow, was charged with first-degree murder after police found him in Thunder Bay suffering from a drug overdose. (May 2002)
Jessica Nethery, 21. Sarnia. Jessica died of multiple stab wounds in an underground parking lot. Her ex-boyfriend, Jeremy Molitor was charged with first-degree murder. (May 2002)
Maria Fitzulak, 26. Hanmer. Mother of two children. Maria was found dead in the basement of her home. Her body showed signs of severe blunt force trauma. Her husband, Michael Gareau, was found dead at another location of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. (May 2002)
Mary Ellen Filer, 48. Port Stanley. Mother of two children. Mary Ellen and her husband, David Filer were found by their teenage son shot dead in a suspected murder-suicide. Family members claimed there had never been a history of domestic violence and that rumours of domestic abuse weren’t true. (May 2002)Shannon Cruse, 23, her daughter Shaniya, 6, and her parents Mary and Donald Cruse. Grimsby. Mother of one child. Shannon was shot to death by her ex-boyfriend, Peter Kiss, who had crossed the border from the United States with a gun. Kiss then went to Shannon’s home and shot to death her daughter and her parents before turning the gun on himself. (June 2002)
Libuse Vesely, 77. Toronto. Libuse was bludgeoned to death in her home. Her husband, Eugene Vesely, then hanged himself. Media reported that Eugene Vesely had been diagnosed with terminal cancer before the murder-suicide. (June 2002)
Patrycja Skibinska, 17. Mississauga. Patrycja’s drowned and beaten body was discovered in a creek. Her boyfriend, Prabhjot Monty Singh was charged with second-degree murder one month later. (July 2002)
Karen Drinkwalter, mother of two, and her friend, Wes Goff. Lindsay. Karen was shot to death while her two teenaged daughters slept. Wes Goff was later shot at his home nearby. Wayne Drinkwalter, Karen’s estranged husband, was later killed in an accident after driving over a spike belt set up by police to capture him. Drinkwalter had been under conditions to stay away from Karen after previous charges of uttering death threats and two counts of assault. (July 2002)
Kelly Glover, 36, mother of two. Hamilton. Kelly drowned while on a camping trip to Bracebridge in August of 2000. Her husband, Richard James Glover, was charged with first-degree murder in June of 2002 after the death was ruled a homicide. Richard Glover has launched defamation lawsuits against the police as a result of the police investigation. (August 2000)
Cheryl Topping, 19. Peterborough. Cheryl died of multiple stab wounds. Her body was found under a water tower by someone walking their dog. The body of her ex-boyfriend, Joel Phillips, was also found there. He died of a self-inflicted stab would to the chest. (August 2002)
Robert Lawrence Mends, 2. St. Catharines. Robert was stabbed to death in the kitchen of his mother’s home. His father, Lawrence Frank Mends, has been charged with the murder and attempted murder of Robert’s mother Angela Glancy, his estranged partner. He was out on bail following a previous charge of assault and threatening to kill Angela. (August 2002)
Gail Bonita Blunt, 39, mother of two. Toronto. Gail died of a slashed throat and multiple stab wounds. She had left home to meet with her estranged husband at her office to discuss separation and custody agreements for their two children. Her estranged husband, Brian Blunt, was admitted to hospital with a drug overdose and was later charged with first-degree murder. (November 2002)
Ling Wang, 32. Toronto. Ling’s body was discovered by police inside a car parked behind an apartment building in East York. She had been stabbed several times in the chest. Her former boyfriend, Facial Labidi, was charged with first-degree murder. Police reported that Ling had been in the process of moving out of the apartment she had shared with the accused. (November 2002)
Patricia Loyol, 48 and her daughter Marissa, 13. Toronto. The bodies of Patricia and her daughter Marissa were found in an advanced state of decomposition under a blanket in the bedroom of her home. Cause of death was not determined at the time of the creation of this list. Patricia had suffered a stroke 18 months before her death and had been using a wheelchair since. Family members described the family as a “very close-knit, loving family.” Patricia’s husband, Telford Loyal, has been charged with first-degree murder. (November 2002)
Tracy Lynn Sweet, 32. Picton. The body of Tracy Lynn was found in the rubble of a house fire when fire officials entered the burned building. She had been shot to death. Also found on the scene was the body of her common-law partner, Dennis Allan Daniels, also dead of a gunshot. Police believe that Daniels shot Tracy Lynn before setting the house on fire and turning the gun on himself. (November 2002)
Betty Card, 15, Marmora. A post mortem examination revealed that Betty died as a result of multiple stab wounds. Her body was discovered by police in a wooded area, metres from an elementary school. William Michael Barton has been charged with second-degree murder. Neighbours reported that Betty had been in a relationship with the accused. (November 2002)
Vera Islamkin, 56. Thornhill. Vera was shot to death in her home and was found by her adult son after he arrived home. Her husband, Peter Islamkin, was found hanging in the basement. Neighbours said that Islamkin had been suffering from depression and had threatened to kill his wife. (December 2002)
Carmela Bruni, Toronto. Mother of one child. Carmela died in hospital after her husband called 911 on Christmas Day to report that she had suffered a head injury. Mel (Emilio) Bruni was charged with second-degree murder. (December 2002)
Victoria David, 52. Mother of three. Mississauga. Victoria was strangled to death in her home. Her husband, Emmanuel David, then killed himself. One Victoria’s daughters called 911 after she couldn’t get into her parents locked bedroom. (January 2003)
Laurel Price, 17. Scarborough. Laurel died of head injuries after her skull was fractured by a blow from an aluminum baseball bat. Her 17-year-old ex-boyfriend was charged with first-degree murder. (February 2003)
Laura England, 30. Oshawa. Laura was beaten to death in her home. After a four-month investigation, her husband, John Michael England, has been charged with second degree murder. (March 2003).
Marj Smrekar, 42. Mississauga. Mother of two children. Marj was found suffering from severe trauma in the basement of her home and later died in hospital. Her estranged husband, Vernon Nichols, was later wounded after an police chase resulting in an accident in Eastern Ontario. He was charged with first-degree murder. A family member was quoted as saying that she “was trying to get a restraining order on him, but the courts said she didn’t have any evidence”. (June 2003)
Alisse Phillips (Brown), early 20’s, Hamilton. Mother of one child. A terrorized Hamilton woman was killed in her sister’s apartment by an ex-convict boyfriend who then turn the gun on himself. He had just been released from prison and had made previous threats to harm her once he was released. (June 2003)
Natalie Gayle, 23, Brantford. Mother of two young children. She was shot at a her townhouse in the early morning. Her former boyfriend, Anthony McPherson, and father of her second child was charged with her murder. (June 2003)
Ibi Roncoaioli, 66. Thornhill. Ibi died in her home of “multi-drug intoxication” with drugs not prescribed. Her husband, gynecologist Dr. Joseph Roncoaioli, was charged six months later with crminal negligence causing death following a long police and coroner’s investigation. (July 2003)
Gilda Schaper, 52. Coldwater. Gilda died as a result of blunt force trauma, but police would not give further details. Her husband, Hans Vogel, was charged with second-degree murder. (August 2003)
Judy Um, 32. Etobicoke. Judy was found stabbed to death in her apartment. Her husband, Seung Joon Um was charged with second-degree murder. (August 2003)
Kui Shang, 30. Toronto. Kui was found strangled in her apartment. She had come to Canada from China to pursue university studies. Her husband, Bo Li, was charged with second-degree murder. (August 2003)
Julie Bernier, 29. Newmarket. Mother of two. Julie was found beaten to death in her living room. A 28-year-old unidentified friend has been charged with first-degree murder. (August, 2003).
Vanessa Bol, 17. London. Mother of one. Vanessa was shot to death in her apartment after neighbours heard loud voice and Vanessa crying, “my baby, my baby”. Her ex-boyfriend, Emerson Dominguez was charged with first-degree murder. (November 2003)
Frania Cardenas, 33. Toronto. Frania disappeared and was gone for five days before she was reported missing. Police alleged that her estranged husband called a cousin after her disappearance and confessed to murdering and burying her. A Canada-wide warrant for second-degree murder was issued on Yanga Wanji, who police allege boarded a flight to Kenya before Frania was reported missing. In November, 2007, Frania’s remains were discovered by a hunter in the bush near Doe Lake in Bracebridge. The cause of death has not been determined. (November 2003)
Mary Yeates, 57. Port Perry. Mary was found dead in her home by her elderly mother. Her husband was also found dead at the scene. Police referred to the deaths as possible murder-suicide. (December 2003).
Natalie Bobeika, 46. North York. Mother of one child. Natalie was stabbed to death in front of her 13-year-old son, who called police. She had been divorced from her husband for two years and was studying accounting in hopes of getting a job to support herself and her son. She had no relatives in Canada after coming from Russia; her son was placed in the care of friends. Her estranged husband, Iouri Bobeika, was charged with second-degree murder. (December 2003)
Zofia Bonder, 45. Mississauga. Mother of three children. Zofia was stabbed to death as her children slept. Her daughter found her bleeding to death and called 911. Her husband, Maciej Bonder was found in the home with minor self-inflicted wounds and charged. Police reported that there had been a history of problems in the relationship and police had been called to the home during the previous year. (December 2003)
Maureen Nicholson, 39. Kingston. Mother of one. Maureen was found shot to death by her 12-year-old daughter, who called 911. Her husband, Ian Nicholson, a police officer was also found dead of a gunshot in what police described as a murder-suicide. Police believed the gun was the constable’s service handgun, which should have been locked down at the police station while the officer was not on duty. (December 2003)
Christina Sukhdeo, 19. Etobicoke. Christina’s body was found dead of multiple stab wounds in a field after police officers had arrested a man described as her former boyfriend. She had been reported missing by her family five days earlier. Tarick Persaud was charged with first-degree murder. (December 2003)
Rebbecca Haney, 2. Woodstock. Rebbecca’s body was found in the basement of her home after her mother, Misty Haney, reported her missing from her bed on Christmas Eve. Misty’s partner, Melissa Babineau has been charged with second-degree murder. (December 2003)
Ilya Kapustyan, 14. Hamilton. Ilya was beaten and strangled to death in his home on Christmas night while his mother was working a nursing shift. On her return home she found his body. A burglar alarm had sounded in the home, but there was no response. The boy’s step-father was charged with first-degree murder. He had a restraining order against him and had been charged with assault on Ilya’s mother.
Adele Matinet, 22. Atikokan. Adele died in her home from internal injuries caused by blunt force trauma. She had been upgrading her skills and had plans to continue her education. Her Dennis Trout was charged with second-degree murder in her death. (February 2004)
Jo-Ann Robertson, Bracebridge. The bodies of Jo-Ann and her husband, Murray, were found inside their home. Jo-Ann had been shot in the back. Her husband then turned the gun on himself. Four years ago, a son died of natural causes and police reported that Mr. Robinson had been depressed ever since. (April 2004)
Angelika Pauls, 51. Grimsby. Angelika fell from a 15-metre cliff at a conservation area November 23, 2003. The death was originally ruled accidental after one autopsy, but a second autopsy was ordered after police received new information and her common-law husband was later arrested. Milorad (Mike) Polimac was charged with first-degree murder. (April 2004)
Irene Peteigney, 30. Mother of two. Barrie. Irene died in hospital of injuries received earlier in her home. Her children were present at the home when police arrived. Neighbours reported ongoing abuse and concern for the children, as well as reports to police. “He was a miserable guy and everybody knew he had a temper,” said one. Michael Peteigney was charged with second-degree murder. April 2004.
Yhonette Ying, 25. Mother of one child. Toronto. Yhonette as shot to death with a homemade weapon outside her home. Her common-law partner, Jason Lopie, was charged with second-degree murder. (May 2004)Janice Lewis, approx. 40. London. A nurse and mother of one and grandmother of a 10-month-old baby. Janice was found dead after an explosion and fire in her home. Her partner, Albert Howard, was charged with first-degree murder and attempted murder in the explosion that killed Janice and sent her granddaughter to hospital. (May 2004)
Hemattie Roopdial, 25. Mother of two children. Etobicoke. Hemattie’s body was found in a closet of her home several days after she and her estranged husband went missing. Relatives and her children were living in the home at the time, and a search had been conducted earlier by police. Police reported that there had been a history of “domestic disturbances” in the relationship and that the couple were about to divorce. Police are searching for Dillraj Roopdial as a suspect in the murder. (May 2004)
Sonia Abbas, 30. Ottawa. Sonia was strangled to death by her ex-husband, Michael Sterling, who then slit his own throat. (May 2004)
Brenda MacDonald, 52. Mother of two children. Nepean. Brenda was shot to death by her husband, Bruce MacDonald, who then turn the gun on himself. Her two children were asleep at the time and her 12-year-old son found her body and the body of his father the next morning when he awoke. One neighbour described the murderer as “a wonderfully bright and cheerful guy” and the couple as “very low-key people”. Another described them as “a nice little family”. (June 2004)
Henny Ann McAlpine, 48. Toronto. Henny Ann was found stabbed to death on the lawn of her apartment building and was pronounced dead at hospital. Her husband was found dead 30 minutes later after witnesses said he “hurled himself” into traffic and was struck by a car. Police determined that the deaths were a murder-suicide. Neighbours described the couple as “incredibly loving” and “nice people” but also said they didn’t talk to their neighbours and were “together all the time”. (July 2004)
Janice Cudjoe, 48. Oshawa. Mother of two children. Janice was stabbed to death inside her house. A friend who was with her to help her pack and leave her partner was also assaulted and injured, but survived. Randy Cudjoe, 47, was charged with second-degree murder. (July 2004)
Fernanda Santo Conceicao, 51. Toronto. Mother of three adult children. Fernanda was bulgeoned to death with a hammer in her home. Her husband, Manuel Dos Santos, 57, was charged with second-degree murder. Neighbours described Fernanda as a “happy woman” and her partner as a “nice guy”. (August 2004)
Rosaura Tolentino Ramos, 26. North York. Rosaura’s body was found in a penthouse highrise apartment after she was reported missing. Her husband, Juan Antonio Avalos, was being sought by police for questioning in the murder. (September 2004)
Susan Kilby, 39. St. Catharines. Mother of two children. Susan was found in the home of her estranged husband with her skull smashed in by blunt force trauma. She had been separated from her ex-husband for over a year and had gone to the house to pick up her children from an access visit. A phone call was placed to 911 and the dispatcher listened to sounds of an argument while sending police. By the time police arrived, however, Susan was dead. The children were nearby when the murdered occurred but police were not sure if they were witnesses to the murder. Patrick Kilby was charged with first-degree murder. Only a few weeks before the murder, community protests arose over a T-shirt being sold locally with the words “She was asking for it” accompanied by a picture of a hammer. Supporters of the T-shirt characterized it as a “joke” and one scoffed at the protests telling media that no one would really smash someone’s head with a hammer. (October 2004)
Diana Keeney, 34. Ottawa. Diana was choked and strangled to death in her apartment. She was living with a developmental disability and was a very trusting person, according to her brother. Christopher Baldwin, who had been in a relationship with Diana for a short time previous to the murder, was charged with second-degree murder. (October 2004)
Valerie Gutteridge, 50. Huntsville. Valerie was found dead at her home after a 911 call. A post mortem was scheduled to determine the cause of death. Her partner, Lloyd Alan Ingraham, was arrested at the scene and charged with first-degree murder. (November 2004)
Cimmeron Doncaster, 24. Mother of three children. Toronto. Cimarron was slashed to death in her home. Her new partner, Dean Plante, 30, then hung himself. Cimarron’s 7-year-old son woke to find his mother dead and the body hanging and guided his younger siblings, 4 and 3, to a neighbour’s house to get help. (November 2004)
Krystyna Zajaczkowska, 44. Mother to two young adults. Toronto. Krystyna was found stabbed to death in her home on New Year’s Eve. Her husband, Jacek Zajaczkowska, was arrested and charged with second-degree murder. Neighbours reported that it wasn’t the first time police had come to the house but said that the accused was “the kind of guy who takes his family everywhere. Every Sunday you’d see them jump in the car together and go to church. From what I could see, they seemed very calm.” (December 2004)
Aysegul Candir, 47. Toronto. Aysegul was ambushed and shot down in a parking lot after getting out of her car at a school where she taught ESL. Her estranged husband, Erhun Omer Candir, was charged with first-degree murder. He was originally granted bail with 23 strict conditions, but bail was later revoked before release after a public outcry. (December 2004)
Dorothy Halton, 40. Ottawa. Dorothy was found strangled to death in her condo. She was an emergency room physician who was described by her friends and family as compassionate, energetic and talented. Her ex-boyfriend, Burns Coutts, a senior policy advisor with Environment Canada, was charged with first-degree murder. (December 2004)
Laura Wilson, 23. London. Laura was found dead in her home of a number of stab wounds after a friend, also wounded in the attack fled and called police. Laura had recently broken off a relationship with her ex-boyfriend, James William VanDerSanden, who was later charged with first-degree murder in the killing. “Nothing like this happens around here,” said a shocked neighbour. (January 2005)
Heather Williams, 27. Thorold. Mother of two. Heather was shot to death by her estranged husband, Tony Williams, who then committed suicide. The couple were described at having many arguments, some publicly and her parents had been quoted as saying that they were “afraid” for her, but one friend said: “He looked rough and tough, but it was just his image. He wasn’t a mean or violent guy at all.” (February 2005)
Michelle Kennedy, 34. Trent Hills. Michelle was found shot to death in her home by a concerned relative. Her estranged husband, Darrin Kennedy was also found dead at the scene. Investigators determined that he shot Michelle and then himself. (February 2005)
Szilvia Veres, 35. Toronto. Szilvia and her husband were ambushed and shot in an underground garage by John Kovacs, a former boyfriend of Szilvia. Her husband survived but Szilvia died. Kovacs later killed himself in a Quebec hotel room. Kovacs had a history of threatening and criminally harassing Szilvia after the relationship ended and had been charged with four counts of criminal harassment and one count of threatening death. He was released on $1500 bail and a condition not to contact Szilvia. (February 2005)
Lydia Gayle, 24. Toronto. Mother of one. Lydia was found in her apartment bleeding to death from a stab wound to her chest. She died later in hospital. The single mother was living with her mother at the time. Her ex-boyfriend, Shawn Persaud, was charged with second-degree murder. (February 2005)
Monika Hummel, 36. Hamilton. Monika was beaten and strangled to death in her home. She had split up with her ex-boyfriend, Randy Gater, in the fall of 2004 and had started dating someone else at the time of the murder. She worked as a legal secretary, was well-liked and was active in the community. Randy Gater committed suicide two weeks after the murder. (February 2005)
Marilyn Fraser, 48. Port Rowan. Marilyn died of smoke inhalation in a fire at her home. Firefighters found her near a door where she was apparently trying to escape. She was living with a disability after falling off a ladder and breaking her back several years ago. Police charged her estranged husband, Doug Fraser, with first-degree murder. (April 2005)
Muluka Hassan-Ali, 23. Toronto. Mother of one. Muluka was shot to death in her apartment. Police issued an “Amber Alert” after the body was found to search for Muluka’s two-year-old son. The child was found safe the next day and a warrant for first-degree murder was issued for Amin Mohamed Kassim, the common-law husband of Muluka and father of the child. Kassim was also facing charges for allegedly firing shots as a taxi driver who transported him and his son to several locations in the Greater Toronto Area. Friends of Muluka reported that the woman had stayed at a local women’s shelter for a long period of time. Relatives of the arrested man described him as “a really good guy” who would never hurt his son. (May 2005)
Vanessa Sismar, 24. Kitchener. Vanessa was stabbed to death in her home. Police had been called because she was being assaulted and they brought her to hospital where she died. Her ex-partner, Rohan Hunigan, was charged with two counts of breach of probation and second-degree murder. (June 2005)
Yorn Mey, 49. London. Police responding to a domestic disturbance found Yorn dead in her home. A post mortem determined that she died of blunt force trauma to the head. Her husband, Ngeab Khin was charged with second-degree murder. (June 2005)
Donovan Clubb, 22 months. Chatham. Donovan’s remains were found in a wooded area near Cambridge after his mother’s ex-boyfriend was arrested. The disappearance of Donovan sparked an Amber Alert after his mother found that he wasn’t in the house. Her ex-boyfriend, who she had just separated from, had taken the boy on a fishing trip and returning to her home, claimed that the boy was asleep in the basement. In the morning, his mother found him missing and called police. Shawn Palmer was charged with first-degree murder. (July 2005)
Hafiza Chowdhury, 41. Mother of two. Scarborough. Hafiza was beaten to death with a hammer in her home and later died in hospital. Her children were in the home when the police arrived in response to a 911 call. One neighbour was quoted in the media as saying: “To me, they were a very good family. I was very close to the children. She (Hafiza) was very sweet and he was very hard working. Basically, it came as a big shock.” Her husband, Rafat Chowdhury was charged with second-degree murder.
Patricia Kirk, 60. North York. Police responding to the home found Patricia dead and her husband injured. Reports later said that she had been drowned. Her husband, Raymond Kirk, was charged with first-degree murder. (July 2005)
Linh Tran, 48. Burlington. Mother of one. Linh was murdered in the home that she had shared with her husband for the past 18 years. Her husband, Me-Ke Tran was charged with her murder. (August 2005)
Lois Mordue, 59. Woodstock. Lois died of multiple stab wounds to her chest. She had left her husband eight months before the murder. Her son said about his Mother: “I was so proud of her, all her worries were lifted, she took a fearless outlook to a new chapter in her life.” Police became alerted when they discovered her estranged husband wandering the streets with injuries that appeared to be from an apparent failed suicide attempt. Erland Wallace has been charged with second-degree murder. (August 2005)
Chui Wah Chan-Lee, 72. Markham. Chui died of a fractured larynx in her home. Her husband called police for help for his wife, but emergency workers found her dead when they arrived. After a 7-month investigation, police arrested Yiu-Wah Chan at Pearson airport and charged him with second-degree murder. (August 2005)
Deja Ducross, 25. Cornwall. Deja died of injuries in hospital after being found unconscious in her home by police and paramedics. Her sister described her as “insightful beyond her years” and said, “You could be feeling completely, totally horrible about yourself, but if you have a conversation with my sister, you walk out of there feeling like you’re the most amazing person on earth.” Terry White, who was in an “on-again, off-again” relationship with Deja, was originally charged with attempted murder and was awaiting a court appearance. (September 2005)
Edith Francomano, 62. Toronto. Edith was found lifeless in her home after a man reported her death to police. Cause of death has not yet been determined. Her husband, Mario Francomano, was charged with second-degree murder. (September 2005)
Jocelyn Juriansz, 29. Toronto. Jocelyn was attacked by her boyfriend of less than a year and left to die. He then fled, crashing his car into a wall where he died. The Jocelyn Juriansz Memorial Foundation was established in her memory and fundraises each year to support women experiencing abuse. (September 2005)
Lindsey Dibert, 23. Kingston. Lindsey was stabbed in her home and later died in hospital. Stephen Steacy has been charged with second-degree murder after being transported to hospital with undisclosed injuries. Lindsey’s aunt was quoted as saying: “She was so cheerful, always upbeat, she didn’t have an enemy in the world. She had a big, big heart.” (September 2005)
Sandra Schott, 32. Ingersoll. Mother of three children. Sandra’s body and that of her husband were found in a burned out car in a wooded area. Police had been searching for Sandra and her husband prior to the discovery in what police described as a “serious domestic situation” in which they believed Sandra had been abducted. Three weeks previously, police had escorted Sandra’s husband off the home premises after another incident. (October 2005)
Hee Jeung Choi, 33. Richmond Hill. Hee’s body was found by police in her apartment. No cause of death has been released and an autopsy has been scheduled. Her partner, Young Huan Lee was charged with second-degree murder and pleaded guilty to strangling his ex-wife in May of 2008. (November 2005)
Lori Dupont, 36. Windsor. Mother of one child. Lori was stabbed to death inside the hospital where she worked as a nurse. Her estranged boyfriend, who was a doctor at the same hospital, was later found unconscious in his car of an apparent drug overdose. He was later identified as Dr. Mark Daniel, an anaesthesiologist at the hospital. Lori had feared for her life and had applied for a peace bond, but the hearing was weeks away. The hospital said that it had been working with her on safety issues, and had at one point placed the doctor on leave, but also said that there “was not sufficient basis …to take any definitive action against him.” A first-degree murder charge was pending against the ex-partner when his death was announced. An inquest was called into the deaths by the Ontario Coroner’s Office and took place in November 2007 and the jury released 25 recommendations for change on December 11, 2007. (November 2005)
Maryann Davis, 25. Zhiibaahaasing First Nation. Mother of two. Mary Ann was shot to death two days before her partner, who was out on bail, was to appear in court to answer to charges of prior violence against her. An autopsy has been ordered to determine the exact cause of death. Her partner, Brent Kells, has been held in the killing. (November 2005).
Rose Marie McGroarty, 46. Toronto. Rose’s dismembered body parts were found in several locations around Toronto and were unidentified. Police concluded two weeks after the remains were first found that the murder was a ‘domestic’ and asked the public to examine any relationships in which a woman they knew was missing. A person in her neighbourhood called police as a result of this request for information. Robert Wiszniowski, her common-law partner, was charged with second-degree murder. (November 2005)
K’Leigh Cundall, 21. Ottawa. K’Leigh was stabbed 20 times in the neck, head and chest after answering the door to her basement apartment while on the phone with her boyfriend. Her boyfriend called 911. Police found her dead when they arrived. K’Leigh was a fourth-year biochemistry student, originally from Barrie, who was planning to become a doctor. Former boyfriend, Anthony Roach was arrested on the scene and taken to hospital, evidently suffering from a drug overdose. He was later charged with first-degree murder. (December 2005)
Rosalinda Concepcion, 32. Welland. Mother of three. Rosalinda was found strangled to death in her home after she failed to pick up her children from school. Police and child welfare authorities arrived at the home and discovered her and her common-law partner in the house. Leonard James Kelly was taken to hospital with a “medical condition” and later charged with first-degree murder. (January 2006)
Rose Boroja, 54. Markham. Mother of three. Rose was found in her home strangled to death, with “obvious signs of trauma” to her body after a relative placed an emergency call to police. Her husband, Pero Boroja later surrendered to police and was charged with second-degree murder. (January 2006)
Shao-Sang Liang, 38, her daughter Vivian Yuen-Yee Chau, 3 and her son, Ian Chau, 5 months. Toronto. Shao-Sang and her two children were stabbed to death in their basement apartment while neighbours listened to their screams. Neighbours had often heard banging and screaming in the home but had never intervened, but expressed disbelief and surprise that the murders had occurred. They alternately described the family as “anti-social”, “not normal”, and “nice people, like a happy family”. Media reports emphasized the trauma suffered by police when they entered the scene and the difficulty of police dealing with the deaths of children. Huc Minh Chau, common-law partner of the woman, was arrested at the scene and charged with three counts of first-degree murder. (February 2006)
Wendy LaFleche, 41, her daughter Victoria, 7 and her son, Jesse, 3. Aurora. Wendy and her children were beaten to death in their beds. Her estranged husband, John LaFleche, was caught in a police chase near Barrie as he fled and later charged with three counts of first-degree murder. In December 2007, he pled guilty to three counts of second-degree murder. (March 2006)
Fallon Mason, 23. Brantford. Mother of two. Fallon was found dead of injuries from “an edged weapon” in the townhouse that she shared with her two pre-school children, who were present at the time. Later police engaged in a lengthy standoff with a man who finally emerged from another home with injuries and blood-soaked clothing. He was said to have had a previous relationship with Fallon and had been charged in February with breaking into her home and harassing her. He was released on bail in that incident. The children were placed in foster care. Greg Christopher Martins was arrested and taken to hospital. He was later charged with first-degree murder. (March 2006)
Yvonne Marsh, 37. Wasaga Beach. Yvonne was found dead in her home after a man turned himself in to police in Toronto, saying he had killed someone. Reports said she had died as a result of an “axe attack”. Yvonne had started a new relationship with a man after separating from her husband. Her husband was not a suspect in the murder. Adam Newman was charged with first-degree murder. (March 2006)
Jared Andrew Osidacz, 8. Brantford. Jared was stabbed to death by his father at the home of the father’s girlfriend and her 8-year-old daughter. His girlfriend and her daughter were also stabbed, but survived and were taken to hospital. Approximately an hour later, police shot Andrew Osidacz to death at another resident where he was holding his ex-wife (Jared’s mother) at knifepoint. Osidacz had been convicted in 2003 of assault on his ex-wife. He was ordered to do 75 hours of community service and to give $300 to Nova Vita Women’s Shelter, as well as to participate in programs. Justice Lawrence Thibideau did not think the crime warranted incarceration. Osidacz was ordered to have no contact with his wife, but an exception was made for contact with Jared through a family court access order. (March 2006)
Francine Mailly, 37, and her three children, Jessica, 12, Brandon, 9 and Kevin, 6. Ottawa. Francine and her three children were shot to death before the house was blown up and engulfed in flames. Francine was estranged from her husband, Francois, who was found dead on the lawn of the house with a .22 calibre gun beside him. A note outlining his plan to kill the family was found in his van and Francine’s family reported that he had often said that if he couldn’t have her, nobody would. Francois Mailly had a history of contact with police as a result of domestic violence and other issues and was under a restraining order to have no contact with Francine at the time of the murders. Because Francine was in contact with him, police apparently said they could do nothing about his harassment and threats. Francois Mailly was in anger management counselling and the Children’s Aid Society also had a file on the family. His family and co-workers were surprised by the murders and described him as a hardworking family man who loved his children. Her family talked about Francine’s ongoing fear of him and the lack of police support for her. (April 2006)
Melody Burtis, 40 and her son, Harley Baxter-Burtis, 8. Sault Ste. Marie. Melody and Harley were abducted from their home and driven to a remote location where they were slashed to death, then taken to a cemetery where they were dumped. By coincidence, police officers were at the cemetery and saw a man near the bodies. Albert Francis Ouimet was arrested and has been charged with two counts of kidnapping and first-degree murder. Police have said that the couple were “known to each other” but have not clarified their relationship further, but others have indicated that Francis Ouimet was Melody’s new boyfriend. (April 2006)
Dale Cheryl Mapstone, 29. Toronto. Mother of two. Dale was stabbed to death in front of her 10-year-old son Treyvon, who tried to save his mother’s life by jumping on the assailant’s back, before running to a neighbour for help. Her boyfriend, Vaughn Maxwell Wilson, was charged with second-degree murder. (April 2006)
Meherun “Mita” Nessa, 35. Toronto. Mother of three. In a scenario eerily similar to the death of Dale Mapstone, Meherun was stabbed to death in her apartment in front of her 13-year-old daughter Jayba. Jayba was assaulted in the incident and tried to stop the bleeding, but her mother’s injuries were too severe. Her husband, Shabbir Mahmud, was charged with second-degree murder and assault. He had been arrested the year before but not charged. The Children’s Aid Society was called in. According to a friend, Meherun had said that her husband threatened to kill her if she ever called police. (April 2006)
Natalie Novak, 20. Toronto. Natalie was stabbed to death in a house where she was living as a student while she attended Ryerson University. Multiple calls were made to 911 and other students tried to intervene by forcing the door to her room, but it was too late to save her. Her ex-boyfriend, Arssei Hindessa was charged with first-degree murder. Police reported that he had also been convicted of assaulting Natalie the September before and was on probation with conditions to stay away from her. (May 2006)
Seema Badhan, 19. Toronto. Seema was thrown off the 10th floor balcony of the building where she had lived with her estranged husband. Neighbours reported hearings screaming and arguing but ignored it. Then one neighbour reported hearing a “huge, huge scream” and saw Seema lifeless on the ground below. Neighbours also described the man as “peace-loving” and the couple as “so in love”. Zohaib Shaukat was charged at the scene with first-degree murder. (May 2006)
Ashley Daubs, 15 and Stephanie Daubs, 12. London. Ashley and Stephanie were killed when, according to police, their father intentional swerved into a head-on collision with a dump truck, killing all three of them. Police first thought the collision was an accident but later changed their assessment in the light of additional evidence. John Daubs had been charged with uttering threats against his estranged wife, Debbie, the mother of the girls, and had been ordered to stay away from her. (May 2006)
Deborah Devine, 33. London. Deborah was found dead following a fire in her home. Her partner, Loranzo Kimpe, has been charged with second-degree murder and arson endangering life. (June 2006)
Cindy MacDonald, 29. London. Cindy was found with a knife through her chest in the backyard of her home. She sustained 9 stab wounds and 53 blunt force injuries to her body. Her boyfriend, Melvin Flores, was charged with second-degree murder. Flores was out on bail with a no-contact bail condition ordered in April after he was released on a charge of uttering a death threat against Cindy. After the killing, he called police and admitted the crime, repeating his admissions in court. (June 2006) Found guilty of second-degree murder June 2006, but a new trial was ordered March 2011 on judge’s charge re: ‘fault element’–failure to include evidence of “provocation by the victim and the frenzy of the attack.”
Kamlesh Dhingra, 58. Richmond Hill. Kamlesh was found by her adult son stabbed to death in her home. Her husband was also found unconscious in the home and was taken to hospital with injuries. Kamlesh had just moved into the house two or three weeks prior to her murder. Police would not call the incident a murder-suicide attempt. The estranged husband, Ved Dhingra, has been charged with first-degree murder. (June 2006)
Gwendolyn Pilgrim, 35. Toronto. Gwendolyn was found strangled to death in her basement apartment after her boyfriend, Donovan Morrison, turned himself in to police. He was charged with second-degree murder. Morrison had been charged in March with possession of a dangerous weapon and released on bail with conditions to stay away from Gwendolyn, but he had moved in with her again after he was charged. (June 2006)
Kathy Rajher, 66. Hamilton. Kathy was stabbed to death by her husband, Vinko Rajher, who then hanged himself. Kathy had repeatedly told her friend that her husband was going to kill her, but her friend would say that he wasn’t capable of that. Kathy had recently said that she wanted a divorce and the couple’s house had been put on the market several weeks before the murder-suicide. Police had visited the home on a number of occasions and Kathy had also taken refuge in a women’s shelter. (June 2006)
Malena Morales, 31. Brampton. Mother of two. Malena was found murdered in her home. No cause of death was reported except to say there were “signs of trauma” to her body. A Canada-wide arrest warrant was issued for her husband, Henry Morales. Police believe he has fled to Mexico. (July 2006)
Debra Ann Louise Rightmeyer, 23. Trenton. Debra Ann was found dead of “blunt force trauma” in a hotel room she was renting. She was in early stages of pregnancy. Her third cousin, 25-year-old Shawn Webb, who also lived at the residence, later walked into the path of a VIA train on the tracks next to the hotel. Police at first would not confirm a connection between the two deaths, but in November of 2006 ruled the deaths a murder-suicide in what they described as a “sensitive case”. (July 2006)
Audrey Gates, 85. Burlington. Audrey was strangled to death in her home. Her 85-year-old husband was found bleeding in another room from a self-inflicted knife wound and is currently in hospital. The couple had been married for 55 years. Ronald Gates has been charged with first-degree murder. (August 2006)
Angela Harkley, 33. Shrewsbury. Angela’s body was found in a shallow grave in a marsh-like area about 120 metres from a home she shared with her boyfriend. A post-mortem was scheduled to determine the cause of death. After an hours-long suicidal staff-off with police in an orchard, her boyfriend was taken from a car when he was overcome by fumes from a propane tank he had with him. Bradley Thomas Warwick was charged with first-degree murder. (September 2006)
Zofia Strojnik, 54. Mississauga. Zofia’s body was found in her home by police after they were called to the residence. Cause of death was not released. Her husband, Julian Strojnik, has been charged with first-degree murder. (October 2006)
Brenda Demoor, 39. Brockville. Brenda was found dead in her apartment after a 911 call to police, who are still investigating the murder. No cause of death was given but authorities indicated there was trauma to Brenda’s body. Neighbours said the apartment had been the site of a few disturbances in recent months. Donald Hutchinson, who lived with Brenda, was charged with second-degree murder. (October 2006)
Malini Thayakumar, 36, and her daughter Neruuya, 14. Toronto. Malini and her daughter were found dead in their townhouse after a call to 911 by her husband, “Kumar”, who had left and was at the apartment of Malini’s parents. He told 911 that he had killed his wife and daughter and was going to take his own life. He then jumped from the balcony and was killed. Malini died of wounds to her neck and Neruuya died from “pressure to the neck”. Two younger daughters were sleeping at the time of the murders and were unaware that their mother and sister had been killed until police arrived. (November 2006)
Thayalini Subramaniam, 31. Markham. Mother of three. Thayalini was found dead in her garage by her 7-year-old daughter. Cause of death was reported by police as “homicidal hanging with blunt force trauma injuries to the head”. Her husband, Sugirthanraj Kailayapillai was charged with second-degree murder. (November 2006)
Gnanalakshmi Raman, 29. Mississauga. Gnanalakshmi was found in her apartment suffering from “obvious signs of trauma” after police received a 911 call. She was pronounced dead shortly after arriving at hospital. Police said the cause of death will not be released. Gnanalakshmi had left her birth country in 2003 to join her husband after an arranged marriage. The couple had no relatives in Canada. Neighbours said they did not have any conversation with the woman and that she did not work outside the home. Her husband, Raman Varadharajan, was charged with second-degree murder. (November 2006)
Stephanie Stevenson, 33. Brockville. Mother of two. Stephanie was shot to death two days before Christmas as she was walking to her car in the driveway of her home. She was on her way to work as a maternity nurse. Stephanie and her estranged husband had been separated for a year when the shooting occurred. A neighbour said Mr. Stevenson was a “devoted father”, but reports indicated that he had not paid child support for a year. A relative of Stephanie reportedly said that her ex-husband had “bothered her in the past, again and again, and she couldn’t do anything.” Andrew Stevenson was charged with first-degree murder. (December 2006)
Elva Ashton, 36. Mother of two. Toronto. Elva died in her basement apartment as a result of multiple stab wounds to the chest. She worked taking care of elderly people. She had moved to Toronto from Grenada six years ago and had been seeing a new boyfriend for about a month. Her boyfriend, George McCleary, who was described as “jealous” called police and apparently confessed to the murder, then committed suicide by throwing himself in front of a train. (January 2007)
Vahida Blazevic, 42. Mother of two children. London. Vahida was beaten to death in her apartment. She was taken to hospital after the assault but died from her injuries. Police were called by Michael Ross, described as Vahida’s common-law husband. He was later charged with second-degree murder. (January 2007)
Nabila Asifa, 36. Brampton. Nabila was found dead in a van parked in the driveway of a house unrelated to the crime. They had been led there after a man walked into the police station and confessed to killing his wife. 41 year-old Shafqat Nagra was charged with her murder. The cause of death was not released. (January 2007)
Julie Crocker, 33 and Paula Menendez, 34. Toronto. Julie Crocker was a mother of two children who were present during the murders but apparently unaware of what was taking place. She worked in sales at a local radio station. Paula Menendez was a physiotherapist who had been married to radio personality that Julie Crocker was currently seeing while in the process of separating from her husband. Julie was stabbed to death in her home and Paula was found dead of “ligature strangulation” in the garage of the same house. Christopher Little, the estranged husband of Julie, called police to report that he had found the bodies. Although the crime was described as looking like a “murder-suicide”, police speculated that it may have been set up to look that way by the murderer. Christopher Little, who had been attempting to regain his relationship with Julie, was charged with two counts of first-degree murder. (February 2007)
Lyndon Wiper, 26. Mother of one child. Leamington. Lyndy, as she was known, was shot to death in her home she shared with her daughter and her parents, who found her body when they came from work. Lyndy was a press operator who, friends said, “loved life, loved animals and especially horses, which were her true love”. She had started a new relationship after breaking up with another man just a couple of months before because he had apparently become too controlling. Her ex-boyfriend, Jean Claude Gallant, was later found shot to death in his car in an apparent suicide. (March, 2007)
Rispah Adala, 32. Toronto. Rispah was strangled to death in her apartment where she lived with her husband. Rispah was described as a “friendly, outgoing, sweet, smart and generous person” by friends. She had an MBA and worked for a bank and she also dedicated time to raising funds for AIDS work and volunteering for a group supporting settlement of people from her native Kenya. Her husband, Julios Okiria Otukol was charged with second-degree murder. (March 2007)
Robin Griecken, 50. Cardinal. Police found Robin stabbed to death in the basement of her home after they received a 911 call. She had remarried her husband less than a year before the murdered and 15 years after she had divorced him after the first marriage, according to neighbours. Police had been called to the home in previous incidents. One neighbour was reported as commenting, “this is something you see in the big cities, it’s not something that happens here.” Gordon Griecken, Robin’s husband was found suffering from injuries outside the home. He was later charged with first-degree murder. (May 2007)
Amy Iam, 47. Scarborough. Mother of two. Amy and her mother, who was 78, were stabbed to death in their home in front of Amy’s 13-year-old daughter who ran from the house wounded and screaming for help. She had tried to stop the killings. Amy’s common-law partner, Alton Beckford, then killed himself. The murders took place only hours after Amy’s daughter had returned from her grade 8 graduation ceremony, where she had received awards for academic achievement. Neighbours who were interviewed described Beckford as both ‘happy’ and a good man, and abusive to the family. Police had been called to the home previously. (June 2007)
Eugena Smith, 33. Mother of one. St. Thomas. Eugena was found strangled to death in her bed after a relative called police. Her estranged husband was found beside her suffering from a drug overdose. Court heard that she had been separated from her husband and planning to leave the church they attended. Michael Smith, 37 was convicted of first-degree murder in June 2009 and sentenced to life in prison. (June 2007)
Name withheld, Hamilton. A 16-year-old girl was stabbed to death by a 16-year-old boy in a parking lot outside her housing complex. She stumbled to her house and was taken in by her mother, who only then realized that her daughter had been stabbed. The boy was identified as the girl’s ex-boyfriend. He is being sought by police. Family members asked that the girl’s name not be released. (July 2007)
Landon Day, 18 months. Akwesasne Mohawk Territory. Landon was found dead by police after responding to a 911 call by the boy’s mother, who was seriously injured. The woman was transported to hospital with a slashed throat and survived. Police have not released the autopsy results on the child. Carson Day, the father of the boy, was charged with first-degree murder and attempted murder. (July 2007)
Shelly Mathieu-Read, 45. Sarnia. Shelly was last seen in May but not reported missing until July. Her body has not been recovered. Her boyfriend, Thomas Moffit, has been charged with second-degree murder in connection with the murder. (July 2007)
Name withheld, 22. Toronto. Police responded to a street where they found the woman on the ground suffering from a severe head injury. She was later pronounced dead at hospital as a result of blunt force trauma consistent with falling out of a moving vehicle. A 38 year old man was later arrested and charged with manslaughter. Police have withheld the name of both the woman or the accused. (August 2007)
Shakaira Hogan, 25. Mother of one. Toronto. Shakaira was found dead in her home when someone who used to live there returned for some personal belongings. Her boyfriend later turned himself in to police. Police did not release the cause of death but said there were “obvious signs of trauma” to her body. A month after Shakaira’s murder, her boyfriend apparently posted comments on a website about violence against women claiming “never would I think of harming an innocent girl.” He also had a profile on Facebook saying in was part of a group called Stop Submission, which opposes Islamic teachings “if only because they radically oppresses (sic) females.” David French was charged with first-degree murder. (September 2007)
Kathryn Knudsen, 41. Sarnia. Kathryn was shot to death in broad daylight in the parking lot of a local park. Police reported that she had been in a “rocky relationship” for about 18 months. Her boyfriend, Douglas James Browne, committed suicide at the same time. (September 2007)
Name withheld, 27. North York. Mother of one daughter. “Jane” was found dead in her apartment in what police described as a murder-suicide. According to police, the man killed his wife, then took their daughter to a family member’s home, returning to the building to jump to his death. Police would not release how the woman was murdered and withheld the names of both the woman and man at the request of family. Police speculated that the murder was the result of “stresses” such as unemployment, finances and so on. One police officer said it was the first time he had been called to such a scene where there had been no prior police contact with the family and called it “unusual”. (September 2007)
Aysun Sesen, 25. Toronto. Aysun, who was pregnant at the time, was stabbed multiple times in the abdomen. Her mother-in-law was also injured in the attack. Aysun’s husband, Turan Cocelli, was arrested at the scene and charged with second-degree murder and aggravated assault. (October 2007)
Zu Ling He, 47. Daughters Xue Mac, 4 and Sin He, 22. King City. Toronto. The bodies of Zu Ling and her daughters were found burned beyond recognition in a van north of Toronto. All had been shot to death. Zu Ling’s husband had also been burned in the fire and police were called when he approached a house screaming for help because of his injuries. Police indicated that there had been previous contact with the family. They later charged the man with first-degree murder. (October 2007)
Joann Smith-Fairbairn, 44. Guelph. Joann was found in her home dead of “blunt force trauma.” Her husband had earlier turned himself in to police. Some neighbours talked about sharing happy neighbourhood get-togethers with the couple; others described the couple as “a couple you couldn’t get to know” because they kept to themselves. Steward Smith-Fairbairn was charged with first-degree murder. (October 2007)
Ashley Smith, 18. Naicatchewenin First Nation. Ashley’s body was found in the bush near a main road on the reserve. Police would not release the cause of death after an autopsy was performed. Bronson Green, a 20-year-old resident of Naicatchewenin, was charged with first-degree murder. (October 2007)
Amarjeet Brar, 46 and her two daughters Manmeet, 20 and Dildeep, 22. Ottawa. Amarjeet, Manmeet and Dildeep were found shot to death in their home when police investigated after a call from relatives concerned about lack of contact with the woman. Also found at the scene next to a rifle was Amarjeet’s husband, Santbir Singh Brar, who police say killed himself after murdering his wife and daughters. Co-workers of the man, who worked for the Ottawa transit system, described him as “very outgoing, always smiling and joking around,” and shocked neighbours thought the family was “very close-knit, although admitting they didn’t see much of the family.” A close friend of one of the young women, however, told of the man’s phone calls to monitor his daughter and said that he had “a bit of a temper.” (November 2007)
Maria de Los Santos, 51. Mississauga. Maria was strangled to death in her bed. Police found her husband, Angel de Los Santos, in the house with life-threatening self-inflicted injuries after a 911 call was placed. He later died in hospital of injuries consistent with a hanging. (November 2007)
Angela Sedore, 40. London. Angela was found near Peterborough shot to death in a van beside the body of a man first named as Ray King, also dead of a gunshot wound in the murder-suicide. The van had been pursued by police and was later found in a ditch with the bodies inside. Before the chase, a friend of Angela’s was injured by a gunshot in a London parking lot where Angela was taken into the van. Angela was a sixth-grade teacher at a London elementary school. Ray King was later identified as Ray Kovacs, who had been in a relationship with Angela until about two hours before the murder, when she had apparently broken up with him. (December 2007)
Ilidia “Lois” Zois, 22 and her brother, Jamie, 14. Etobicoke. Stabbed to death. Police found the bodies of Lois and Jamie in her apartment after another brother, suffering from stab wounds, escaped from a locked closet after being confined for 30 hours. A friend said Lois was afraid of her boyfriend and planning to move out of their home and one neighbour described hearing “lots of fighting” from the apartment. Lois and Jamie were murdered on Christmas Day. Nana Yaw was arrested and charged with two counts of second-degree murder, attempted murder and forcible confinement. (December 2007)
Stefanie Rengel, 14. Toronto. On New Year’s Day, Stefanie was lured to a meeting with a phone call, stabbed six times and left to die on the street in the snow. Her parents, both police officers, gave consent for her name to be released. Stefanie was described by friends as smart, funny and “an overall amazing happy person” who liked to write songs and poetry. A 17-year-old boy, an ex-boyfriend of Stefanie, was later arrested and charged with first-degree murder in the stabbing. Subsequently, a 15-year-old girl, said to be the current girlfriend of the boy, was also arrested and charged with first-degree murder. Both were denied bail and in an unusual move, the judge in the case stated that the motive for the stabbing was “senseless jealousy” on the part of the accused girl who “used” the co-accused an “instrument of her hatred.” (January 2008)
Tashina General, 21. Tashina disappeared in January from her home on the Six Nations Reserve after leaving her mother’s house to go to work. Family, community and police searched for her but her body wasn’t found until near the end of April. She had been strangled to death. Tashina was pregnant when she was murdered and buried in a shallow grave on the Reserve. Her ex-boyfriend, Kent Owen Hill, was found in North Bay where he was charged with second-degree murder and returned to Six Nations. (January 2008)
Jane Doe. Toronto. Mother of five grown children. This woman was found slashed to death in the penthouse apartment she shared with her husband. Police said her throat was slashed but denied that she had been decapitated. Her husband was charged with second-degree murder. Police would not release the names of either the victims or the accused, but the Toronto Sun newspaper reported that a poster at the building offered condolences to “the Khaire family.” (March 2008)
Nadine Parker, 36. Dunnville. Mother of three. Nadine was killed when the minivan she was riding in was deliberately driven into a concrete highway pillar. Her husband, former deputy mayor of the town, was driving. He later died in hospital. Police have determined that Nadine’s death was a homicide, but were unable to determine if the death of her husband, Norman Parker, was accidental or suicide. (March 2008)
Valerie Ferguson, 44. Mother of two. Elmira. Valerie was found dead in her home after police were called to check the well-being of a resident. The death was originally thought to be a sudden death, but an autopsy determined that Valerie had been strangled. Valerie was a devoutly Christian woman and a homemaker who taught Sunday school and participated regularly in church activities. She was also active in her children’s school and within the community. She was described as “a giving person” with “a heart for people.” Her husband, Ken Ferguson, was charged with first-degree murder. (April 2008)
Ildiko Szava, 46, mother of one and Karolyne Gallasz, 70, her mother. Toronto. The bodies of Ildiko and Karolyne were found after fire gutted two units of a townhouse complex. The body of Ildiko’s husband, Majid Ahmad, was also found after the blaze was extinguished. Autopsies found that Ilkido died from a stab wound to the heart. Her mother was strangled. The man was found with a gun beside him, but dies of smoke inhalation from the fire he set. The couple’s three-year-old son had been locked outside the apartment and sent to the complex superintendent with an apparent suicide note and phone numbers for family members. Majid Ahmad was known to police and had a criminal history of domestic violence dating back to 2005. (May 2008)
Michelle Barnoski, 33. Cobourg. Michelle was shot eight times in times in the head and neck. Her body was wrapped in a tarp and buried in her own backyard. Her teenage son (who cannot be named because he is a juvenile) and her ex-partner, Marc Vickers, were arrested after the murder. Michelle’s son is charged with first-degree murder and is currently on trial. Her ex-boyfriend is charged with second-degree murder and accessory to murder; he will be tried separately. (May 2008)
Carolyn Carroll, 44, Wahnapitae, and Mark Anthony Comeau, 46, Coniston. The bodies of Carolyn and Mark were found in a remote cabin on Thor’s Lake, 80 kilometres north of Sudbury. The cause of the deaths was not released. Carolyn was in the midst of divorcing her husband of 19 years at the time of the murder. Her estranged husband, John Reginald Carroll, was later charged with first-degree murder in the deaths. (May 2008)
Alicia Bateman, 28. Ottawa. Alicia’s body was found strangled to death in a Jeep in her garage. She had just broken up with her ex-fiancé the week before the murder. Police also found 28-year-old Ryan Sawchuk, who had dated Alicia since high school, hanging inside the home. He had flown back to Ottawa from their home town of Calgary, where he had been working. Family and friends were “shocked” by the crime and didn’t believe he was capable of it. (June 2008)
Lien Angelis, 42. Ottawa. Mother of two. Police found Lien’s body wrapped in a carpet in the apartment she shared with her husband after he called police to say his wife wasn’t breathing. Police said it appeared that she had been dead for several hours. The two children were inside the apartment when the murder happened. Police said the couple were divorcing. Demetrios Angelis, a senior policy analyst with the Public Health Agency of Canada, was later charged with second-degree murder. (June 2008)
Liana Matthewson, 44. Mother of two grown children. Peterborough. Liana was strangled to death and her body thrown in a dump 35 kilometres away from the city. Her daughters held an Aboriginal ceremony for her at the site of her death, and their friends organized a fundraiser to help cover the costs of funeral and travel expenses for the family. David Paul Dumas, who police described as an “on again, off again” partner to Liana, was charged with first-degree murder. (July 2008)
Karina Neff, 31. Mississauga. After Karina went missing, her family called police to investigate her disappearance. Karina’s body was discovered later in a wooded area near her home; she had been stabbed to death. Karina was developmentally challenged and often took walks in the neighbourhood with her dog, a Doberman pinscher. Neighbours described her as “always smiling, always talking” and her family described her as their “ray of sunshine.” Jason Osborne, who had what police describe as an “on-again, off-again” relationship with Karina, was charged with first-degree murder. (July 2008)
Yvonne Leroux, 58. Lindsay. Yvonne was found shot to death in a trailer park just south of the town of Lindsay. A number of people heard shots but thought that they were the shots of hunters in the area. Police conducted a manhunt across the region and about eight hours later, arrested her estranged husband after spotting his vehicle on Highway 7. Jack Hale was charged with first-degree murder. (September 2008)
Barbara Short, 48. Mother of two. Sarnia. Barbara was found dead in her home after a call from a family member. Police said she had sustained fatal injuries from an undisclosed weapon. She had recently filed for divorce from her partner of 28 years. Her husband, Craig Short, was charged with first-degree murder. (October 2008)
Susan Ryan, 57. Mississauga. Susan was found dead in her home after a 911 call to police. Police withheld the cause of death after an autopsy was performed, citing concerns about keeping the investigation pure and the jury pool unaffected, and a justice of the peace placed a ban on publication of any details on the case. Susan was a prominent real estate agent in her community who was involved in numerous community activities and causes. One of her activities was supporting Interim Place, the local women’s shelter. Lawrence Kenneth Ryan, Susan’s husband of 30 years and a recently retired officer with the Toronto Police Services, was charged with second-degree murder. (November 2008)
Wanda DeLong, 64 and her daughter Elizabeth Tompkins, 41, and her son, Richard DeLong, 38. Toronto. Wanda was found after the husband of her daughter came to the house to check on Elizabeth and found a note on the door: “Do not enter. Call police.” Inside the house was the body of Wanda and her two adult children stabbed to death. Wanda’s husband was found with them, shot through the head. Autopsies determined that Keith DeLong had stabbed his wife and children before killing himself. Wanda had been getting ready to leave the next day for a visit to her dying mother in Mexico. Neighbours on the street where they had lived for over 30 years described the couple as “wonderful” and “treasures” and said the double murder-suicide didn’t make any sense. (November 2008)
Zdenka Praljak, 53. Toronto. Zdenka was found stabbed to death in her home after police were called by a woman identified by neighbours as her mother. According to police, her husband, Mladen Praljak, was charged with second-degree murder while in hospital suffering from self-inflicted injuries. (December 2008)
Linda Eaton, 61 and her son, Daniel, 23. Waterloo. Linda and her son Daniel, were found in their home after emergency crews and firefighters were called to a fire that gutted the house. At first the deaths appeared to be related to the fire, but police later reported that both Linda and her son had been stabbed multiple times. Linda’s husband, John Eaton, later died of smoke inhalation in hospital. Two other university-aged children were not at home at the time. (January 2009)
Cybil Dawn Stoney, 37. Thunder Bay. Cybil was found dead in her apartment after a family member concerned for her safety called and asked police to check on her. Her ex-partner had been convicted a month earlier of uttering threats, breaching two court orders and assault causing bodily harm against Cybil. He had been sentenced to five months in jail and ordered into a substance abuse and anger management program based on First Nations teachings. Michael Shingabis was later apprehended by police at a nearby university and charged with second-degree murder and breaching his probation order. (January 2009)
Nadia Gehl, 28. Kitchener. Nadia was shot to death as she walked to a bus stop to go to her job as assistant manager of a local toy store. Her body was found by people nearby who were waiting for the bus. Police reported that someone was seen running from the scene and that neighbours heard the shots, but no leads immediately led to an arrest and police could not discover a motive for the murder. Nadia’s husband, Ronald Cyr, made an emotional plea on television for information about the killing and several months later talked to media about the pain and loss he was experiencing with her. He had previously worked for three years as a legal assistant to Nadia’s uncle, a prominent criminal defence lawyer in the community, but was working as a salesperson and with youth in the community at the time of the interview, according to press reports. In August 2009, police arrested Cyr, 31, along with two other men, Nashat Qahwash, 24 and Zdenek (Dennis) Zvolensky, 24, and charged all three with first-degree murder. (February 2009)
Muruwet Tuncer, 41. Mother of four. Hamilton. Muruwet was found dead with her throat slashed in a house she shared with other family members. Her 13-year-old niece, who witnessed the attack, was also stabbed a number of times but escaped and ran for help. Muruwet sought help more than once from shelters, police and immigrant services and had the support of family and friends in both Canada and abroad. She had been separated from her ex-husband, who was previously convicted of assaulting her, for four years but was ordered by family court to provide access to their 4-year-old son and regularly discuss the child’s upbringing with her abuser. Muruwet had also applied for permanent residency in Canada on humanitarian grounds because she had left France to escape an earlier life-threatening marriage. Her appeal was turned down. Her ex-husband, however, had previously been granted refugee status in Canada. According to her sister, police and probation knew that Muruwet was being harassed but did not follow-up, claiming there was nothing they could do about text messages she was receiving and that she considered threats. Her ex-husband, Cengiz Isiko, was charged with first-degree murder and attempted murder. (February 2009)
Laurie Funke, 48. Mother of four. Hamilton. Laurie disappeared and was reported missing by her family. Her body was found in the Niagara River at Fort Erie three months later, where it had likely been dumped, police reported, on the day she vanished. Police would not release details of how Laurie was murdered. Kenneth Knaus, 46, a man that Laurie had been seeing for about 18 months, has been charged with second-degree murder. Family expressed shock at the arrest and reported that Knaus appeared to be a “softy” who would never do anything like that. (February 2009)
Sherry Martin, 52. Mother of three grown children. Police responded to Sherry’s home after complaints of a disturbance. They found her body inside the home with “obvious signs of trauma”. Some neighbours reported that police had been to the house on previous occasions but that they didn’t know much about the couple because they kept to themselves. Sherry’s common-law partner, Ken Mullin, 40, was arrested at the scene and charged with second-degree murder. (February 2009)
Pamela Olara, 33. Mother of four. Toronto. Police found Pamela dead in her apartment after they were called, apparently by her teenaged son, who also told a neighbour that his dad was trying to stab his mom. Pamela’s husband, Felix Apoko, was shot by police and taken to hospital, where he was in critical condition. A police officer also suffered serious but not life-threatening stab wounds. The couple had recently separated, according to reports, but the husband had visited the apartment. The children were placed in foster care until family members can be found. Pamela worked in a child care program where a spokesperson reported that she was loved by the parents because she was loved by their children. The provincial Special Investigations Unit was called in to examine the incident because the man was shot by police. No charges have been laid in the death. (April 2009)
Helen Slichta, 71. Mississauga. Helen was bludgeoned to death in an attack that was targeted on her daughter, Heather, 44, who was taken to hospital in critical condition. Heather’s 25-year-old daughter was also injured in the attack. Helen was visiting her daughter’s home at the time of the attack and reports suggested she and her granddaughter had intervened in an attack on Heather. Horace Weekes, 59, the estranged partner of Heather was later found unconscious and suffering from hypothermia in a ravine area some distance from the home, and was taken to hospital. He was later charged with first-degree murder of Helen, as well as aggravated assault and attempted murder of Heather and her daughter. Weekes had a history of violence in the relationship and had been charged with assaulting and threatening Heather in 2005. Charges were withdrawn. Court records indicated that Heather feared for her safety. Just a month before the attacks, Weekes had been released from a 33-day jail term resulting from breaching a court order to stay away from Heather. (May 2009)
Ingrid Hutt, 61. Hamilton. Ingrid was found shot to death in a field in Ancaster, near Hamilton, beside the body of Helmut Roesslet, 79, who was also shot. The couple had been in a relationship but Ingrid lived alone. Friends did not see anything amiss in the days leading up to the deaths. Police would not say if the deaths were a murder-suicide or a “suicide pact”, but a lifelong friend of Ingrid’s said that she couldn’t believe that she would commit suicide because although she was upset because her daughter had delivered a still-born baby, she had plans to visit her another child and her grandchildren in the summer. Two guns were found at the scene. Roesslet was a hunter. He was described by friends and neighbours as a very nice gentleman. (May 2009)
Kerry Walters, 25, and her daughter Starla, 11 months. Carleton Place. The bodies of Kerry and her baby daughter were found hidden in a bedroom of their home after they were reported missing. Just hours previously, police had been called to the Queen Elizabeth Hotel in Montreal, where a man had apparently jumped from the 17th floor to his death. The man was identified as Lennox Walters, 28, Kerry’s husband, who had recently been released from the military after serving in Alberta. The couple had moved back to the Ottawa area where Kerry found work as a social worker and was closer to her family and friends. A weapon was seized from the murder scene and the deaths of Kerry and Starla were later ruled a double homicide, but police would not disclose the cause of death or the type of weapon found. Subsequent information suggested that Kerry and her husband were separating and that there had been abuse in the relationship. Lanark County Interval House organized a vigil in memory of Kerry and Starla with the consent of Kerry’s family. (May 2009)
Michelle Simon, 45. Mother of three grown and three adopted children. Barrie. Paramedics answering a 911 call found Michelle in her apartment suffering from stab wounds. She later died in hospital. Her husband of 21 years was charged with second-degree murder. (June 2009)
Dayna Jamieson, 34. Guelph. Dayna was found dead at her home by police. Police did not release the cause of death, but arrested her boyfriend, who was suffering from serious, but non-life-threatening lacerations, at the scene. Dayna had been living with Haley for about eight months. Friends and family remembered Dayna as a nature and animal lover who care for abandoned pets and was popular with many friends. Casey Haley, 34, was charged with second-degree murder. (June 09)
Maria Nzokilandevi, 53. Mother of three. Windsor. Maria was found stabbed to death by her two youngest children, one in kindergarten, after they arrived home from school. They ran crying and screaming for help to neighbours who called police. Maria and her children had moved to Canada from Burundi less than a year before her murder. She was described as a happy woman who, despite challenges with speaking a new language, was friendly and very nice to everyone. Her husband, Melkioro Gahungu, 57, was later found and charged with second-degree murder. (June 2009)
Hilda Agawa, 63. Batchewana First Nation near Sault Ste. Marie. Police were called to Hilda’s home after relatives became concerned for her. They found her murdered body in her bedroom with the body of James Dunn, 55, who died of a self-inflicted wound. Police would not provide any other details of the deaths than to say they were a murder-suicide. Hilda and Dunn were reported to be in a relationship but did not live together. Acquaintances and neighbours of Dunn said he was a quiet man who seemed to be a decent guy. No further information was provided but police reported that there had been no suggestion of past violence. (July 2009)
Heidi Ferguson, 39. Mother of two children. Orangeville. Heidi was shot to death by her estranged husband about 45 minutes after police responded to a disturbance call at her home about her ex-partner. By the time police had arrived her ex-partner had left but returned later to kill her. She staggered to a neighbour’s house saying “I’ve been shot by my husband, help me” but she died of her injuries later in hospital. Two hours after police responded to the house Hugh Ferguson, 42, shot himself at his million-dollar home in a nearby community as police surrounded the home. Heidi had separated from her husband 14 months before the murder-suicide. The case was turned over to the Special Investigations Unit of Ontario to review police response in the case. (September 2009)
Name withheld, 19, name not released at request of family. Toronto. This unknown young woman’s body was found strangled in her apartment after her boyfriend walked into a police station and turned himself in. The woman had moved to Toronto two years ago and had been in a relationship with the man for almost a year. He lived in New Orleans and had moved to Toronto six months before the murder. Policy claimed the motive for the murder to be “jealousy”. Binh Nguyen, 23, was charged with first-degree murder. (December 2009)
Tammy Lewis, 29. Mother of two. Oshawa. Tammy was found dead in her home after police responded to a 911 call. Police also found a man in the home with non-life-threatening injuries, who was transferred to hospital. It was just a few days after Christmas. The cause of Tammy’s death was not released. Shawn Pegg, 30, who had been living with Tammy for about two years, was charged with second-degree murder. (December 2009)
Stephanie Hoddinott, 20. Midland. Stephanie was shot to death in a residence just weeks before her 21st birthday. She had completed her studies in veterinary college and was planning to move with her cousin to Toronto to begin a new part-time job at the University of Toronto. He ex-boyfriend was found in a vehicle not far from the home suffering from a gunshot to the head. He was taken to hospital in Toronto. An arrest warrant was issued for Jacob Ferrier of Penetanguishene on a charge of first-degree murder but Ferrier later died of his self-inflicted injuries. (January 2010)
Ashley Boudreau, 24. Ottawa. Ashley was found dead in her apartment, along with her boyfriend, Andrew Ferguson, who was also found dead. Autopsy results indicated that it was murder-suicide. According to a family member, Ashley was planning to leave the relationship with the man she had dated off and on over a number of years. Nine days before, police had responded to a ‘domestic’ at the same address. The Special Investigations Unit reviewed police response to the earlier incident because it took place on the same day as the funeral for a slain local police officer and there were questions about the level of police intervention. The SIU determined that officers acted reasonably when leaving the scene despite failure to make contact with either Ashley or her partner. (January 2010)
Name withheld, 48. Mother of two children. Richmond Hill. A woman was found stabbed to death in her condo apartment after police were called. Efim Klimovich, 52, was charged with second-degree murder. Police would not speak publicly about the relationship between the accused and the woman, but characterized the murder as a “domestic homicide”. Neighbours reported that a couple had lived in the condo for about six years and had two older children. (January 2010)
Michelle Quemener, 46. Mississauga. Michelle’s body was found in a condominium apartment after police were called to the home. Eugene Wong, 60, of Toronto who was the owner of the condo was charged with first-degree murder. Police would not reveal the relationship of the accused to the woman but called the murder a “case of domestic violence”. The accused and the woman had apparently known each other for a long time. (February 2010)
Marie Roberts, 29. St. Thomas. Marie was shot to death and her body found in the Radisson Hotel in London. She had been reported missing after not returning from a trip to the city. David Hatch, 30, of Calgary Alberta was charged with first-degree murder. Hatch had moved to Calgary to work and had previously known Marie and her boyfriend. Police would not clarify the relationship of the accused to Marie but referred to the case as “domestic related”. Family and friends of Marie described her as a “total angel”. (February, 2010)
Bryce Smith, 3 mths. Sudbury. Bryce was taken to hospital after he was found by paramedics in his home in critical condition. He later died of his injuries in hospital. Christopher Smith, 21, the baby’s father, was later charged with manslaughter, criminal negligence causing death and failing to provide the necessities of life. He was also charged with assaulting his wife, Angele Bertrand and ordered not to communicate with her. After he was released on bail, he fled with Bertrand and was later charged with breaching the non-communication order. Angele Bertrand was also charged with being a party to the breach and released on bail on condition that she stay at a women’s shelter. (February 2010)
Lorena Sousa, 36. Leamington. Mother of two children. Lorena’s body was found in the basement of her home. Autopsy results confirmed that she had been stabbed to death. Her husband, Miguel Sousa, was also found bleeding in the driveway with his throat slashed. He later died in hospital. Neighbours described them as “the perfect couple”. (February 2010)
Hinda Tannous, 64. Leamington. Mother of five grown children. In a case eerily similar to the murder of Lorena Sousa, Hinda was found dead in her home after the body of her husband, Mohssen Tannous, was discovered in his driveway by a passerby. There was a knife nearby. Police said the couple died of edged weapons injuries. Police wouldn’t confirmed that the case was a murder-suicide but indicated that the public had nothing to worry about and that no suspects were being sought. The murder took place only several hundred meters from that of Lorena Sousa just weeks earlier. (March 2010)
Marion Deacon, 46. Whitechurch-Stouffville. Mother of three children. Marion’s body was found dead of blunt force injuries to the head after firefighters were called to a fire at her home. Her boyfriend, Paul Kenyon, 43, was found unconscious outside the home and taken to hospital. He was later charged with second-degree murder. Marion was described by her best friend as a “wonderful person, a great mother and a hard worker” who had worked as an aerobics teacher. (March 2010)
Tracy Hannah, 46, and her daughter, Whitney Hannah, 14. Ameliasburgh. Tracy and her daughter were shot to death and another daughter, Shannon, critically injured in the shootings but survived the attempt on her life. Dean Brown, 18, who had dated Shannon for a number of years previously to ending their relationship a month earlier, was charged with two charges of first-degree murder and one of attempted murder in the case. Another young girl who was staying at the home for the night escaped harm by hiding in a closet during the attack. (March 2010)
Carol Ann Brunet, 54. Renfrew. Mother of two and grandmother of four. Carol Ann was found dead in her home. Police have withheld details of the murder and the cause of death. Dugald Barr Jamieson, 47, Carol Ann’s former boyfriend, was charged with first-degree murder and breach of probation. Her sister told reporters that she suspected that Carol Ann was in an abusive relationship and had seen bruises on her, but that her sister wouldn’t disclose the abuse. (June 2010)
Charmaine Whitley, 38. Mississauga. Charmaine’s body was found in her home with obvious signs of trauma but police have withheld the cause of death. Police had been called by family to check on her when she didn’t go to work or answer her phone and email. Police attended to the home but didn’t go into it until the next day when family members drove to the city and once again called police to check the house. Charmaine’s fiancé, Timothy Turosky, 44, was also found at the home. He was arrested and charged with second-degree murder. (June 2010)
Ayan Osman, 28. Mother of three children. Ayan suffered multiple stab wounds to her body and was found dead in her apartment after police were called. Later a man was stuck by a transport truck on Highway 401 and taken to hospital with serious injuries. He was connected to the incident and later identified as Joey Shepherd, 26, the estranged boyfriend of Ayan. Reports were that he walked into the traffic on the highway. Police said there were a number of people in the apartment at the time of the incident who left when the incident took place. Friends told reporters that the couple had three children together, but police would not confirm how many children they had. Ayan had told neighbours that she was afraid something bad would happen and that she would be killed. She had received a restraining order against her ex-boyfriend the week before the murder. According to police there was a history of “domestic abuse” between them. Shepherd was charged with first-degree murder, aggravated assault and assault causing bodily harm. (June 2010)
Name withheld, 24. Toronto. This woman’s body was pulled from a burning rooming house after firefighters responded to a fire in the building. Later police determined that she had died of stab wounds and burns. Fashar Badakhshad, 27, was also found at the scene with burns to most of his body. He was transported to hospital and expected to survive but was in an induced coma. Police referred to him as a “person of interest”. He had been dating the young woman, who was entering her third year in university studying psychology and criminology. (July 2010)
Sereena Denesiuk, 26. Owen Sound. Sereena was killed on a farm south of Owen Sound after being hit by a tractor with a large farm implement on back. Also seriously injured in the incident was April Smith, 27, who was with Sereena. April’s common law partner, Laurie Porteous, 48, was charged with second-degree murder and attempted murder. Some months later he was granted bail with conditions not to contact the families of the victims, but reasons for the release were withheld. (July 2010)
Jocelyn Amber Bishop, 21. London. Jocelyn was reported missing by her family in June of 2010 and her body was found buried in a makeshift unmarked grave behind her home a couple of weeks later. She had been shot in the head. Her common-law partner had called her family looking for her, saying that they had had a fight and she left him. He later admitted to burying her body. Christopher Gale was charged with a number offences after the body was discovered, including gun and drug offences and causing an indignity to a body. He said that Jocelyn had shot herself during their argument with a gun he had built himself. A number of guns and ammunition were found around the house—although Gale apparently didn’t have a firearms licence, he had 18 weapons registered to him. Gale was eventually also charged with second-degree murder. (July 2010)
Kayleigh Ingram-Summers, 4 months. Cambridge. Kayleigh was taken to hospital with life-threatening injuries after a family member noticed that she was unwell. Questioning from the hospital led to police being called. Kayleigh father, Sean Michael Summers, 19, was arrested and charged with aggravated assault, but charges were later upgraded to second-degree murder. Summers was estranged from Kayleigh’s mother and in what he had described on facebook as a “complicated” relationship. He later identified himself there as single, apparently indicating that the relationship was over. (July 2010)
Aster Kassa, 32. Ottawa. Mother of one child. Aster died from multiple stab wounds in the apartment where she lived with her 18-month old daughter. She had recently left a relationship with the father of her child, Tamrat Gebere, 35, who has since been charged with second-degree murder. Aster had moved with Gebere to Ottawa from Toronto, having left Ethiopia after political unrest there. She had also left him a year previous to her death to return to Toronto, but had returned to the relationship some months later. A friend of the man told media that he was desperate to see his child who he “loved very much”. After his arrest, he was ordered to have no contact with her and she was placed into the custody of the Children’s Aid Society. Aster’s family hoped to adopt her. Gebere had also asked a priest for help and the priest reportedly had tried to contact Aster to “bring them together” but Aster had not responded. (July 2010)
Anne Julien-Guerin, 48. Sudbury. Mother of three children. Anne was stabbed to death in her home and later died in hospital. She was a teacher who worked in Sudbury for 25 years and was remembered for her smile and her kindness to students. She was an avid reader and a Scrabble champion that was “full of life”, according to her obituary. Her husband, Denis Guerin, 48, a laboratory technician at the hospital where Anne later died of her injuries, was found by police a short distance away from the crime scene after a 911 call. He was charged with second-degree murder. (September 2010)
Joanne Cooke, 36. Kearns. Mother of two children. Joanne was found shot to death in her home by her six-year-old daughter. Also found dead was Marco Gagne, common-law partner of Joanne, who committed suicide. The couple had been together for 17 years. Both police and community members in the small town near Kirkland Lake were “shocked” by the murder because everyone in the small community knew each other and police said they had had no contact before with the family. (September 2010)
Adrienne Roberts, 33. Arthur. Mother of one child. Adrienne was found dead by police after they responded to her home. Her 7-month-old son was given to her family for care. Adrienne was a paramedic based in nearby Guelph and was described as “always honest, pure in her thoughts and her passion always came through.” Friends said she had a great sense of humour, always had time for everyone and had a strong work ethic. In a tribute to her, Local 231 OPSEU described Adrienne as “a great activist, a respected co-worker, a good friend and most importantly, a wonderful mother.” Her husband, Terry Tremble, was charged with first-degree murder. (October 2010)
Wanda Taylor, 44. Sudbury. Wanda was found by police who responded to a 911 call. She was bleeding and suffering from multiple stab wounds. A man was also found beside her, unconscious. Both were taken to hospital where Wanda later died of her injuries. The man was treated and released the next morning. Police reported that the situation was similar to one where he had previously been convicted of a 2005 aggravated assault with a knife on an ex-girlfriend and sentenced to four years in jail. He had appealed the decision but the appeal was denied. Charles Sinobert, 51, was charged with second-degree murder and possession of a dangerous weapon. (October 2010)
Antoinette Lavoie, 69. Murillo. Mother of two adult children. Antoinette’s body was found in her home, along with the body of her husband, who had called 911. Murillo is near Thunder Bay. A post-mortem examination determined that she had died of a single gunshot wound. Her husband died of a self-inflicted gunshot. Police had charged Joseph Lavoie in October with assault causing bodily harm arising from a ‘domestic’ dispute in August. Police were trying to track the gun, which was unregistered, and where it might have come from. Lavoie had previously had five guns seized after charges were laid in the previous assault. Serious questions about police and court actions regarding the case were raised by local women’s advocates, but their concerns receive only slight response and a report of the systemic review in the murder-suicide was not publicly released. (December 2010)
Lillian Cardinal, 80. Caledon. Lillian was taken to hospital from her seniors’ residence with serious injuries. Two weeks later she died there. Lillian had become friends with another senior who had entered the residence at the same time. They spent most of their time at Lillian’s apartment and rarely socialized with other residents, keeping mostly to themselves. Other residents of the facility, however, reported frequent fights between the two and a rocky relationship. Lillian had even taken out a restraining order against the man in the months before her death. Adolf Graf, 80, was originally charged with assault; in August, over six months later, charges were upgraded to manslaughter. (February 2011)
Tunde Nemet, 46. Ottawa. Mother of three. Tunde was stabbed multiple times in her home in front of her 15-year-old son, who ran to neighbours telling them, “my dad’s stabbing my mom” over and over again. The family, which had settled in Sudbury after fleeing war in Serbia for peace in Canada, had been living in Ottawa for a couple of years. Less than two months before the murder, the woman’s husband had moved out of the house and was under orders not to communicate with the family after a charge of assault on one of his daughters was laid against him. According to a friend, he had been trying to make amends and get his family back. Said the friend: “After being 25 years with his wife and having those children, you know it’s not easy…He did everything he could, and his wife just didn’t want to take him (back).” Mihalj Nemet, 56, was charged with first-degree murder. (March 2011)
Maria Rosario Avidago, 43, Mississauga. Mother of two. Maria was stabbed in the kitchen of her home and later died of her injuries in hospital. A neighbor and friend called 911 after seeing Maria’s 13-year-old daughter standing in the street in the afternoon screaming that her mother was being stabbed. Apparently, Maria had returned home from her job as a dental hygienist to pick up a child car seat to give to her sister. One neighbor described her as a “beautiful soul, a loving mother, always smiling.” “There’s no one with a purer heart,” said a friend. When police arrived, they were confronted by Maria’s husband holding a knife. After a brief stand-off, they used a Taser weapon on him and arrested him at the scene. Victor Avidago, 46, was charged with second-degree murder. (March 2011)
Petty Mahabir-Chaitram, 43, Brampton. Mother of three. Petty was stabbed to death by her estranged husband, Mathura Chaitram, 46, who then committed suicide. Her body was found on the patio of the home where she had recently rented a basement apartment, the home owner said, “to get away from her husband.” She had moved with him to Canada a year before from Trinadad, where she had married Chaitram after her first husband and the father of her children had died. Her cousin and niece from Trinadad said that he had been abusive for a long time and very jealous, and that she left him when he started to “rough up the kids and be harsh with them.” Petty was described as very nice, quiet and kind. (April 2011)
Elaine Robertson, 61,Thunder Bay. Mother of three adult children. Elaine’s body was found at her home after her husband arrived at the police station to turn himself in. No cause of death, or very little else about the murder or about Elaine, has been reported. Police were reported to say that it “appears to have been a ‘domestic’ incident. Neighbours at the apartment building where the couple lived described them as “nice, with the husband looking out for his wife.” An obituary notice described Elaine as a “loving wife, mother and grandmother” who loved to watch her grandchildren play hockey, cook and spend time with family and friends. John Roberston, 63, was charged with second-degree murder. (April 2011)
Constance Fuhrmann, 43, London. Mother of three. Connie, as she was known, was found dead after police were called to respond to a highrise where a man had apparently fallen to his death. Police identified the man as Ken Fuhrmann, 47, the estranged husband of Connie Fuhrmann, who lived in a 10th-floor apartment of the building. An autopsy was performed but it did not confirm the exact cause of Connie’s death. Police later described the situation as a murder-suicide. Connie had recently separated from her husband and had moved from their home in nearby Thorndale. (April 2011)
Patricia Pacheco-Hernandez, 41, London. Mother of three. Patricia was found dead by police after a frantic 911 call from a neighbor. The cause of death was not released. Patricia and her husband had fled Colombia as refugees in 2002 after threats were made against the family by militants. She was a lawyer in her homeland and, although she liked Canada, was lonely for her family and country and missed her work there. In Canada, she worked as a cleaner and sold jewelry that she brought from visits back home. Reportedly she and her husband had been arguing in the weeks before her death; that she had wanted a divorce and that she wanted to return to Colombia. Patricia was described as a “remarkable mom” and an avid gardener who had recently become anxious. Friends said her husband was a “really nice guy” and a hard worker. Patricia’s family wanted to bring her body back to Columbia to be buried but could not afford the expense, so she was buried in Canada. Her husband, Daniel Jimenez-Acosta, 43, was charged with second-degree murder. (May 2011)
Marilyn Dellaire, 56, Mississauga. Mother of two adult children. Police found Marilyn in her home with obvious signs of trauma after they received a report of a ‘domestic’ disturbance. The specific cause of death was not released but a police source revealed that a weapon was used. Little was reported about her or her life except to say that she and her partner lived alone in the apartment and that the residence was apparently known to police. Her long-time common law partner, Doug McCoy, 48, was charged with second-degree murder. (June 2011)
Kamillah Keller, 19, Tweed. Mother of two. Kamillah, or Kami as she was known, was found dead in her apartment by police officers responding to reports of a “domestic” at the address. Police would not comment on how Kami died, but other sources said that she was stabbed. One police officer was also reported to have received serious injuries as a result of an attack by the suspect in an altercation at the home, where police then opened fire, shooting and injuring the suspect. Neighbours described both Kami and her partner as nice, polite and well-spoken and said they didn’t know of any conflict between them although one described their relationship as “rocky”. Kami had just returned to the home the night before the murder after staying with friends for a few days, and had reportedly taken the children to the apartment of the building superintendant at the time of an alleged fight. Kami’s partner, Nathan Williams, 22, the father of the children, was charged with first-degree murder and two counts of attempted murder. (June 2011)
Joanne MacKenzie, 23, Peterborough. Mother of one. Joanne disappeared on the morning of July 2nd and her body was found several days later in a rural area just north of the city. Joanne had recently moved back to Peterborough to find work after living in a smaller community. An autopsy showed that she died of ‘sharp force trauma.’ Members of her close circle of family and friends had been searching for her since she disappeared. “She was an angel,” one of them reported. “Anyone who knew her was blessed to have known her.” Her daughter, they said, was everything to her. Joanne’s estranged common-law partner and the father of her daughter, Robert McGregor, 25, was charged with first-degree murder and obstruction of justice. (July 2011)
Shaher Bano Shahdady, 21, Scarborough. Mother of one. Shaher was strangled to death in an apartment she had recently rented after leaving her husband. Although raised in Canada, she had been sent to Pakistan at 18 for an arranged marriage and returned to Canada for the birth of her child. She sponsored her husband to come to Canada and he arrived only two months before she was murdered. Neighbours reported hearing a loud fight and a child screaming in the apartment, but no one called police. Her two-year-old son was left in the apartment after the murder until Shaher’s father arrived to check on her 12 hours later. The case sparked media speculation of so-called “honour” killing because Shaher’s husband reportedly did not agree with her desire to go to school or work outside the home and opposed her use of Facebook. Her estranged husband, Abdul Malik Rustam, 27, was charged with first-degree murder. (July 2011)
Dawn Bailey, 27, Gilford. Dawn’s body was found after firefighters were called to the home where she lived with her parents. Neighbours had tried to enter the home but were driven back by thick smoke. Police later reported that she had been stabbed to death and the house set on fire. Dawn was an avid hockey fan, player, coach and mentor for younger female players in the Aurora Girls Hockey Association and the Barrie Women’s Hockey Association. Friends were reportedly “devastated” by her murder, calling her an “awesome person with an awesome attitude.” One of her teammates who thought of Dawn as a ‘little sister’ told media: “It’s so tragic and so sad. She was so young and had her whole life ahead of her.” Dawn’s ex-boyfriend, Ryan Kovacs, 27, of Bradford was charged with first-degree murder, two counts of arson and break and enter with intent to commit a felony. (July 2011)
Nasrin Toreihi, 47. Thornhill. Mother of two. Nasrin was found by police stabbed to death on her kitchen floor. Her ex-husband , Kaveh Tabatabaeim, 50, was found holding a knife and was shot and killed by police at the scene. Nasrin’s teenage daughter witnessed the attack and ran into the street screaming for help. Police had responded previously to the same residence and eight officers were dispatched to the call. Because the case involved a police shooting, it was investigated by the Province’s Special Investigations Unit and the officers cleared of any wrongdoing. The investigation reported that police found Mr. Tababahaeim alternately attempting to stab himself and lunge at the officers. They attempted several methods to subdue him but were unsuccessful and finally decided to shoot. Police did not have Taser weapons with them. A close friend of Nasrin told reporters that her friend had predicted her husband would one day come and kill her. (August 2011)
Raquel Junio, 42, Brampton. Mother of two. Raquel’s body was found in a pond near Bolton four days after she was dragged from her home and forced into a pickup truck. Shortly after her disappearance, her estranged husband was charged with kidnapping, forcible confinement and assault, but he did not provide any information about her whereabouts. A friend of the accused was also charged with her kidnapping. After Raquel’s body was found, charges against her husband were upgraded to first-degree murder. Raquel worked at a second hand store where co-workers described her as “an amazing human being” with a great sense of humour who talked a lot about her two children, but never mentioned her husband. Friends of the accused reportedly described him as kind, generous and “not violent at all” but that he was upset that the marriage was ending and he apparently thought Raquel was “taking everything from him.” Macdermid Ermacora, 42, was charged with first-degree murder, kidnapping and forcible confinement. His friend, Gary Murray, 42, was charged with kidnapping, forcible confinement and accessory after the fact to murder. (August 2011)
Rejina Kendy, 26, Kitchener. Rejina was found by police in her home dead of blunt force injuries. She was six months pregnant at the time and had been in Canada for only about a year, after being sponsored by her husband. Both had fled to Egypt to escape war in the Sudan and had married in 2009 in Cairo. She was described as an easygoing person who could get along with everyone and a very religious woman who believed that everything would work out with the help of God. Her husband was on bail at the time of the murder for a serious assault against Rejina only months after she arrived in Canada. Less than three weeks before the murder he was again charged with breaching his order to stay away from her when a child welfare worker reported to police that the couple was living together. On the breach charge, the judge decided to release him with the same orders to stay away and deemed the first assault “one single incident” with no indication of prior trouble. He was released on a $3,000 bond with no deposit, with a long-time friend as his surety. Four days before he was to appear in court on the assault charge, Rejina was found dead. Her husband, Ambrose Kose, 28, was charged with first-degree murder and two counts of violating bail terms. (August 2011)
Kiranjit Nijjar, 17, Mississauga. Kiranjit’s body was found by police with ‘obvious signs of trauma’ in a wooded ravine near her high school some hours after a 16-year-old youth jumped from a highway overpass. She had been stabbed to death. The youth later died of his injuries in hospital. Students who organized a vigil for Kiran, as she was called, said the pair had been very close friends for a long time, but that the youth had wanted to take the relationship to another level. Kiran reportedly did not want more than a friendship. The young man had battled depression and apparently bullying, and Kiran had tried to help him get support. School officials told media that everything that could be done was done for him. Before he leapt to his death he left messages on Facebook that indicated both would “RIP” and that he was “leaving this sad world today.” Kiran was mourned by friends as a kind, friendly and very smart young woman who always had a smile for everyone. (September 2011)
These women will be added to our list this year, but were murdered in previous years. Either charges were not laid until 2011, or the relationship of victim and accused was not previously reported
Therssa Wilson, 30. 2010 London. Mother of two. Therssa disappeared in November of 2010. Her badly decomposed body was discovered four months later on the banks of the Thames River near Chatham. An autopsy eventually revealed that she died of head trauma. At the time of her disappearance police described her as having a “high-risk lifestyle” because she had a history of drug use. Therssa was an Aboriginal woman with a large extended family whose parents had died years previously and who had just reunited with an older sister who had been put up for adoption as an infant. Almost a year after her disappearance, police arrested her boyfriend after finding blood spatter in the apartment that they had shared. Family members held out hope but feared the worst when Therssa did not contact family or call at Christmas, something they said she would never have done to her children. Her ex-husband and father of her children, with whom she maintained regular contact, described her as strong, smart and fun-loving. Bryan Robinson, 52, was charged with second-degree murder in October 2011. (November 2010)
Samantha Collins, 29, Bracebridge. Mother of two. Samantha’s remains were found by a caretaker at a Wood Lake cottage near Bracebridge in July of 2010. The cause of death has not been reported. Samantha had moved with her common-law partner to Bracebridge from the Toronto area before the birth of their second child and then in 2007 just vanished without a trace. Her sister has described her as a free spirit who just went off and did her own thing. At the time of the disappearance, her partner told family that she had just taken off to British Columbia. No one heard from her again. During her time in Bracebridge she made the front page of a local newspaper for helping to organize a public protest against impending closure of the hospital emergency room services she needed as a result of epilepsy. Her mother told media that she was “so beautiful, with so much potential.” She didn’t have any close friends in Bracebridge, however, so family had little to go on. Eleven months after her remains were found her estranged partner was arrested. According to family members, the couple was in a bitter custody dispute at the time Samantha vanished. Ian Charles Borbely, 35, of Orillia was charged with second-degree murder and indignity to human remains. (Month unknown 2007)
Whitney Van Der Wouden, 15, Sudbury. Whitney, or ‘Dolly’ as she was called, disappeared in April of 2009 after calling her mother to ask if she could stay with a friend overnight. She was told to come home, but never heard from again. In June, police investigating her disappearance found her burned and crushed remains in a campsite in the woods where two men, one a 17-year-old youth that she was seeing and “sweet on” and an older 28-year-old man had been living. She had been stabbed before her body was burned, dismembered and buried under the fire pit. The two men left town after the murder but were later arrested in Quebec after they turned themselves in. The older man told a friend of the murder saying that they murdered Dolly after she refused sexual advances. Dolly’s family described her as “rebellious,” but with a big heart. The two men had been at the family home for lunch on the day of Dolly’s disappearance. The youth (who cannot be named until his appeals are heard) and the older man, Kristopher Lavallee, 28, were charged with first-degree murder and indignity to human remains. The youth was tried and convicted of second-degree murder and sentenced as an adult in 2011. Lavallee will be tried in 2012. (April 2009)
Denise Bourdeau, 39, Waterloo. Mother of three. Denise was last seen leaving a restaurant with a man police described as a “close acquaintance” on New Year’s Eve, 2006. Her body was found on the banks of the Grand River four months later. The Native Women’s Association of Canada website for missing and murdered Aboriginal women described Denise as someone who could “light up any room” with her “easy, beautiful smile and her amazing sense of humour.” Although police said they were working the case and that it never went ‘cold’, it was four years later that an arrest was made. In July 2011, Denise’s mother, Amy Miller, was featured in a Kitchener newspaper recalling the murder of her daughter and calling for action on the case. The story described her frustration with lack of information from police and justice for her daughter. She said the man with Denise on the night she disappeared was her former common-law partner and that Denise had broken off the relationship before her disappearance. Two days later, her ex-partner was arrested. David Robert Thomas, 48, was charged with second-degree murder. (January 2007)
Lisa Roy, 27. Mother of two, and Jean Rock, 32. Both of Ottawa. Lisa disappeared in 1990 and was not reported missing. A neighbour reported that her husband told everyone she left him. Jean was never seen again after 2003. Her family didn’t report her disappearance because they thought she didn’t want contact with them. She was in a common-law relationship. The partner of both of the women was Camille Cleroux, 57, who was charged with first-degree murder in their deaths in June of 2010,
at the same time that he was charged with the first-degree murder of Paula LeClair, a neighbour in his highrise building whose apartment he took over. Cleroux told neighbours he had kicked Rock out because she was having an affair but paid one neighbour to write fake letters to her family with her signature. Cleroux would not tell police Roy’s location and claimed he didn’t know where Rock was. In November, 2011, human remains were discovered by construction workers in the backyard of a home
where Cleroux reportedly lived at the time of Roy’s disappearance.Neighbours described Cleroux as a loner who was agressive to women. In a jailhouse interview with a reporter, Cleroux said of the LeClair murder, ”I just lost it. I burned a fuse, that’s all.”
Xuyen Tran, 51. Hamilton. Mother of three. Xuyen was found murdered in her home after police received an emergency call. Although police withheld the cause of death, emergency responders reportedly said that she was stabbed to death. Her husband, 54-year-old Hiep Huynh, was also found at the scene with life-threatening injuries. He later died in hospital. A teenage son of the couple was present during the murder. Police have determined that the case was a murder-suicide. There had been a history
of violence against Xuyen, including calls to police in the 1990s. In August of 2011, a weapons charge was laid against him and then withdrawn with a peace bond agreement. The peace bond did not include “no contact” provisions. Neighbours were shocked at the news, saying the couple was nice and quiet and kept to themselves. A former co-worker of the abuser told media that he was a “gentleman” with a quick temper. As a basis for the murder-suicide, media honed in on stress within the family caused by Huynh’s job loss two years previously and subsequent financial issues, including gambling. (November 2011)