On July 16, 1963, Ronald John Grigor, a 30-year-old bank account, met and was murdered by Glen John Seip, just 15 at the time. Grigor was found dead in his Shelborne Ave. apartment two days later by police.
Grigor had taken Seip home and was murdered for his “homosexual advances,” according to Seip’s defense, which made Seip “crazy with fear”. Seip was in court described as “an old hand at homosexuality”.
Defence counsel Walton C. Rose asked the jury to find Grigor’s murderer not guilty, saying that although Grigor was a credit to his community, he had “set out in a cold-blooded manner to seduce Seip.”
Grigor’s murderer then stole his convertible, some clothing and headed with two female and one male friend to Kitchener and Wasaga Beach for two days of fun in the sand. Grigor’s friends would later testify that “Seip paid for gasoline with credit cards and for food with money he said he got ‘from a queer.'”
Lorne Albert Snider, 18, of Toronto, was charged with the theft of Grigor’s car and was held as a material witness.
The November trial ran for 8 days before being turned over to the hands of the jury. Defence counsel Walton C. Rose asked the jury to find Grigor’s murderer not guilty, saying that although Grigor was a credit to his community, he had “set out in a cold-blooded manner to seduce Seip.” Seip claimed to have been murdered Grigor after three “violent homosexual attack(s)”.
Crown counsel W. H. Langon said Seip purposefully went home with Grigor to rob him, knowing he was gay, saying it was Seip who was “deliberate and cold-blooded”. Langdon contended Seip used “grossly excessive force” when murdering Grigor.
On November 29, 1963, Seip was found not guilty of “capital” murder, instead being found guilty of non-capital murder, after striking Grigor with a 2-foot wrench, 20 times. It was reported that Seip cried when he was sentenced to life in prison.
A finding of guilty of capital murder would have meant the death penalty for Seip. On July 14, 1976, Canada eliminated the death penalty.
MURDER VILLAGE MAP
Name: Ronald John Grigor
Date of Death: July 16, 1963
Manner of Death: Blunt Force Trauma
Location: Shelborne Avenue
Suspect Name: Glen John Seip
Conviction & Sentence: Non-capital murder, life in prison