James Douglas Taylor, a 41-year-old house painter, was killed in his home on February 11, 1976. He was killed by a baseball bat.
Taylor was found at 147 Elmhurst Avenue [based on the map provided by Toronto Police] after police responded to a 911 call. A pick-up truck was seen at his house just before the murder. The murder has never been solved, and few details are available. However, Taylor’s death was one of 13 murders of gay men in a 3 ½ year period, with more than half being unsolved. These included Neil Wilkinson, Harold Walkley, Bernard Guay, Brian Latocki and James Stewart Kennedy.
Rev. Brent Hawkes said gay men are reluctant to work with the police because of the negative stigma of homosexuality [at the time], and the increase in violence was making gay men “very cautious.”
Four years later and apparently not related to James’ murder, Claire Taylor, James’ 47-year-old brother, was beaten to death with a hammer. An arrest was made in that case.
Murder Village Map
Name: James Douglas Taylor
Date of Death: February 11, 1976
Manner of Death: Blunt force trauma
Location: 147 Elmhurst Avenue
Suspect Name: none