The popular bar manager, Alexander Sandy LeBlanc, 29, was murdered in his home at 16 St. Joseph Street on September 20, 1978. His body was found by three friends. He died from more than 100 stab wounds. LeBlanc was the second gay man to be murdered that week – Gerald Douglas White was murdered on September 18, and a man was charged in that crime.
Police Sgt. Julian Fantino, who had an uneasy history with the gay community and who would go on to become Toronto’s Chief of Police, was the lead investigator. Fantino requested assistance from the gay community, but received little help.
LeBlanc was manager and co-owner of various gay clubs and discotheques in the Carlton and Church St. area, including Club David’s and Studio II. David’s, at 16 Phipps Street, mysteriously burned to the ground after a New Year’s Eve concert in 1977/78.
“It’s treacherous… He was part of these homosexual overkill murders that occurred in Toronto after Emanuel Jacques and none of them were solved. Which tells you the cops know who did it but they didn’t bust him.”
Police said bloody footprints led from the carpet in the bedroom to a window overlooking the alley. Reports said the carpet was so thick with blood it squished when officers walked on it.
Police have never solved LeBlanc’s murder.
Steven Leckie, whose band played David’s Club the night it burned down, said, “Now the thing is, Sandy was Mob’d up and we knew that, and I thought that’s cool; I love that kind of shit. But after we played this big New Year’s Eve show, the place was set on fire. It was arson, and very soon after that Sandy was murdered.” Leckie is quoted in the book Treat Me Like Dirt, about Toronto’s early punk rock scene: “It’s treacherous… He was part of these homosexual overkill murders that occurred in Toronto after Emanuel Jacques and none of them were solved. Which tells you the cops know who did it but they didn’t bust him.”
Murder Village Map
Name: Alexander Sandy LeBlanc
Date of Death: September 20, 1978
Manner of Death: Stabbed
Location: 16 St. Joseph Street
Suspect Name: unknown