Samuel McClelland, a 51-year-old post office employee, was beaten to death in an east-end parking lot on Sunday June 15, 1969. He was found the next day lying between a parked car and a truck behind an automotive repair shop at about 410 Eastern Avenue (the block was owned by Campbell Lubricating Specialities Ltd.). He was close to his Empire Avenue home, and had suffered severe head injuries, possibly from a pipe or club.
That evening, McClelland had attended a house party on Broadview Avenue, where he met his killer.
Twenty-two-year-old Lawrence Whiteley worked as a tire vulcanizer. Upon his arrest at home at 270 his Roncesvalles Avenue about 12 hours after the discovery of McClelland’s body, he confessed to police while in the police car after his arrest. “I did it sir. I beat him. He made a pass at me.” Justice Campbell Grant said he accepted Whiteley’s version of events, “But there was not excuse for the extent of this violence,” he said.
When questioned by Justice Grant that “You’re not going out to teach the average man to love these individuals?”, Gray said “No, my Lord, that is not part of our approach.”
Dr. Kenneth Gray, a court psychologist said Whiteley was very homophobic, and that Whiteley had a pronounced aversion to homosexuals, “greater than the average man’s” aversion. When questioned by Justice Grant that “You’re not going out to teach the average man to love these individuals? [gays]”, Gray said “No, my Lord, that is not part of our approach.”
Whiteley was charged with non-capital murder and pleaded guilty to manslaughter, which the Crown accepted. He was sentenced to six years.
Murder Village Map
Name: Samuel McClelland
Date of Death: June 15, 1969
Manner of Death: Blunt Force Trauma
Location: 410 Eastern Avenue
Suspect Name: Lawrence Whiteley
Conviction & Sentence: Manslaughter, six years