Carmen Noel Allgrove, 40, had left his hometown of London, Ontario and recently began living in Toronto, but had no fixed address. He was an alcoholic who had been kicked out of a home for men with drinking problems.
On August 29, 1976, Allgrove met Joseph Patrick Donoghue, 28, in a church park, hoping for sex. After they returned to Donoghue’s King Street East apartment, they had been kissing, and got into an argument because Allgrove refused Donoghue’s advances. Allgrove allegedly took Donoghue’s hinting knife from the kitchen and threatened to stab him when his back was turned. They struggled, going from kitchen to bedroom, where Donoghue stabbed Allgrove 30, possibly as many as 50, times.
I seem to be mopping forever
Allgrove staggered from the bedroom and collapsed in the hallway after searching for an exit. He collapsed and died in a pool of blood. Donoghue dragged Allgrove back to the kitchen, where he knelt in the blood and cut up Allgrove into quarters with a hacksaw and a knife. “I seem to be mopping forever,” Donoghue would later tell the court, referring to all the blood in the apartment.
The next day, Donoghue rented a car, put the pieces in three garbage bags, and left Allgrove’s remains in a field off Highway 115, 18 km north of Newcastle, about 1.6 km east of the junction with Highway 35. It was more than 80 km outside Toronto. A mushroom picker found the nude dismembered remains in two trash bags on September 4. A German shepherd named Scout, owned by the Ontario Provincial Police, found the remaining bag nearby. Allgrove, who had a criminal history, was identified by his fingerprints.
Donoghue, a part-time university student, was arrested and charged with second-degree murder after walking into police headquarters with a lawyer. It was noted by media multiple times during the trial that the jury was all male. Crown Attorney Mike Lynch explained that 48 women who were potential jurors were rejected: “I’m confident you will see why,” Lynch said at the opening of the trial.
I thought if you stabbed a body it would be very hard, but I remember something very soft
During the trial, Donoghue said he and his victim were in a life and death struggle, and that it was Allgrove who attacked him with a hunting knife. “I thought if you stabbed a body it would be very hard, but I remember something very soft,” Donoghue said in court.
A psychiatrist said during the trial the attack was probably the result of “an insane rage.” Another psychiatrist said the rejection by Allgrove would have “terrorized or very, very frightened” Donoghue. Dr. Jerry Cooper said gay men can become aggressive and explosive if their sexual advances are rejected and it “can end in severe physical harm or death to one of the partners.” Another psychiatrist said “He just got carried away completely.”
Justice Edson Haines described the attack as a “homosexual frenzy” and that the claim of self-defence was “probably concocted.”
Donoghue was described in court as having no remorse, only concern for his own legal situation. Justice Edson Haines described the attack as a “homosexual frenzy” and that the claim of self-defence was “probably concocted.”
On June 29, 1977, 10 months after murdering Allgrove, Donoghue was found guilty of manslaughter. He was sentenced to seven years.
He appealed his conviction on the basis of how the trial judge instructed the jury, but on June 7, 1978, his conviction was upheld with a dissenting opinion. One justice said he through there should be a new trial, while two others said that if there were deficiencies, “no substantial wrong or miscarriage of justice resulted.”
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Name: Carmen Noel Allgrove
Date of Death: August 29, 1976
Manner of Death: Stabbed
Location: King St East
Suspect Name: Joseph Patrick Donoghue
Conviction & Sentence: Manslaughter, seven years in prison