You Killed For That?

College St. YMCA front counter photo by Mike Slaughter, Toronto Star
College St. YMCA front counter photo by Mike Slaughter, Toronto Star

James Edward Downing, 23, worked as a night cleaner at the College Street YMCA in Toronto’s central core. He lived, and died, on Ontario Street, in the east central area on the outskirts of the Gay Village. He was found lying in his bed by his 15-year-old sister, stabbed to death. She had gone to check on him after not getting an answer on the telephone.

He was murdered on October 25, 1979. His killer was arrested just three days later and pleaded not guilty to second-degree murder.

Police said Downing was stabbed in the back during an argument by James Gordon Donald Ashley, 22, of Bleeker Street. Bleeker St. is just one street west of Ontario St. Ashley had tried to take Downing’s “most prized possession,” a $2,000 stereo system, from his apartment. Two thousand dollars in 1979 is valued at more than $8,200 in 2018 dollars.

Ashley used a knife with a six and a half inch blade and stabbed Downing with such force the handle broke off.

Demolition of College St YMCA photo by Bruno Spremo for the Toronto Star.
Demolition of College St YMCA photo by Bruno Spremo for the Toronto Star. Demolition made room for the new Metropolitan Toronto Police Headquarters.

Ashley said he and Downing were casual friends, and he had loaned Downing hundreds of dollars in the past. He decided to take the stereo as “collateral” for that debt, although Downing was not home at the time. While dismantling the system, Downing came home and started an argument.

When police arrested and questioned Ashley, Metro police Inspector Ron Meadows said Ashley suddenly confessed, and said Downing “was a beautiful guy. I loved him. Put me on murder one, put me away.”

Ashley told the inspector he was bisexual and that he and Downing had been lovers. He said he loaned $200-$300 to Downing to buy a pound of pot and when he could not pay in back when Ashley wanted it, he decided to take the stereo. Ashley consumed 20 bottles of beer and smoked between five and seven pot joints before doing to Downing’s home.

“The next thing I know, we are in the bedroom, he was lying on his side… with the knife stuck in him… All I can remember, we were in the kitchen area and I must have grabbed [the knife].” He said he followed Downing into the bedroom. Ashley testified in court that he had no recollection of attacking Downing. “I don’t know what happened,” Ashley said.

Girlfriend Jennifer MacDonald testified during the trial that Ashley told her he had killed a man because of a $200 debt. When she said “You killed for that?”, Ashley said yes.

The jury deliberated less than three hours. Ashley was found guilty of second-degree murder, and Justice Coulter Osborne sentenced him to life in prison with no chance of parole for 10 years.

 


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Name: James Edward Downing
Age: 23
Gender: Male
Date of Death: October 25, 1979
Manner of Death: Stabbed
Location: Ontario Street
Suspect Name: James Gordon Donald Ashley
Conviction & Sentence: Second-degree murder, no chance of parole for 10 years

No Clear Motive

Murder house at 45 Badgerow Avenue, Toronto

Thirty-six-year-old Diane (Brian or Bryan William) Edwards was not the only person attacked when someone broke into a house at 45 Badgerow Ave. at 4:30 in the morning on October 21, 1979. Micheline Ferland, 35, Rosemary Doohan, 30 and Casey Doohan, 6, were also beaten. Edwards was the only one who died.

Edwards, whom police described specifically as a transvestite (and who may have been scheduled for gender reassignment surgery a week later) was brutally attacked with a butcher knife and baseball bat. The bat was later found in an alley two doors away. The knife was found in the home.

“He was after Diane in particular,” said Ferland. He said he was going to kill “the gearbox,” she said. Gearbox is a derogatory name for a gay man. Ferland said she and Doohan tried to prevent the attack. “Three of us ended up in hospital and one of us is in the morgue.”

Michelle Ferland photo by Don Dutton, Toronto Star
Michelle Ferland photo by Don Dutton, Toronto Star

Edwards, who was asleep on the couch at the beginning of the attack, was stabbed in the heart and severely beaten with the baseball bat.

Gregory Thomas Cooper, 25, also known as Robert Douglas Anderson, was arrested shortly after the murder, and charged with second-degree murder and three counts of attempted murder.

Police officer guards door of murder house- Photo by Jim Wilkes, Toronto Star
Police officer guards door of murder house- Photo by Jim Wilkes, Toronto Star

At trial, psychiatrist R. Wood Hill testified that Cooper experienced a “command hallucination” telling him to kill, but there was never a clear motive for the murder. After the initial attack, Cooper drank a beer and attacked Edwards again, who was still alive. He then slashed Edwards’ throat and left. Cooper had consumed about 20 bottles of beer prior to the killing.

On May 27, 1980, Cooper was found not guilty by reason of insanity on all charges and Justice John Osler sentenced him to be confined indefinitely at a maximum security hospital. His sentence will be reviewed annually.

 


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Name: Diane (Brian or Bryan William) Edwards
Age: 36
Gender: Female
Date of Death: October 21, 1979
Manner of Death: Blunt force trauma, stabbed
Location: 45 Badgerow Ave
Suspect Name: Gregory Thomas Cooper also known as Robert Douglas Anderson
Conviction & Sentence: Not guilty by reason of insanity, confined indefinitely at a maximum security hospital, sentence reviewed annually

Murderous Love

The Church of the Holy Apostles photo by Beyond My Ken.
The Church of the Holy Apostles photo by Beyond My Ken. This church performed gay “wedding” ceremonies in the 1970s.

David Albert Manship once loved James MacDonald so much, he deliberately tried to get sent to jail just to be with MacDonald. But on April 8, 1979, Manship, 36, killed MacDonald, 35, in his King Street West apartment.

Manship said the two had a tumultuous relationship that began 15 years previously. During the Christmas season of 1973, the two men went to New York City to get “married” at a chapel which performed ceremonies for gay people.

Manship and MacDonald both had extensive criminal records, and had met in 1960 in prison. They were released, and they moved to Calgary where they committed additional crimes. After robbing a store with a gun, both were sentenced but Manship was paroled first. Manship left the province and returned to report himself for breach of parole, just so he would be jailed again with MacDonald.

On April 9, 1979, Manship went to a lawyer and advised him of where to find MacDonald’s body.

Manship had shot MacDonald once with a sawed-off .22 calibre rifle. MacDonald was found by police lying on his back with a pillow under his head and blanket over him. When police arrived, they arrested Manship and charged him with second-degree murder.

During the trial, Manship was represented by well-known criminal lawyer Edward Greenspan. Manship pleaded guilty to manslaughter on January 30, 1980 and was sentenced to nine years in jail.

 


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Name: James MacDonald
Age: 35
Gender: Male
Date of Death: April 8 1979
Manner of Death: Shot
Location: King Street West
Suspect Name: David Albert Manship
Conviction & Sentence: Manslaughter, nine years

Nine Stab Wounds

Black and white photo of Toronto skyline

James Francis McIntyre, 33, was stabbed with such force that the knife penetrated six inches into his brain. He suffered eight additional stab wounds, and died nine hours later in hospital on March 18, 1979. His lover would plead guilty to manslaughter on August 19, 1980.

Paul Maurice Monette, 32, told police that McIntyre instructed some people to beat him up. In a subsequent argument, they had a fight. “He was cursing at me and I went into the bedroom and he would not shut up so I stabbed him.”

Monette lived on Gifford St.

 


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Name: James Francis McIntyre
Age: 33
Gender: Male
Date of Death: March 18, 1979
Manner of Death: Stabbing
Location: Gifford St.
Suspect Name: Paul Maurice Monette
Conviction & Sentence: Manslaughter, sentence unknown

A Strange, Hollow Sound

Police removing William Robinson's body, photo by CBC News
Police removing William Robinson’s body, photo by CBC News

William Duncan Robinson, 24, was found by his sister when she became concerned that he did not show up to work for two days. He was found November 28, 1978, “horribly mutilated” in his 205 Vaughan Road apartment. Robinson was a “shy, well-dressed” man who, police believe, may have met his killer at the St. Charles Tavern at 484-488 Yonge St. A neighbour reported hearing a “strange, hollow sound” coming from his apartment on Saturday.

Black and white photo of murder victim William Duncan Robinson
Murder victim William Duncan Robinson

His death triggered media coverage regarding multiple similar deaths of gay men. He was the 14th gay man to be murdered in three and a half years. Police released a composite sketch and description of the suspect, and said he greasy brown hair and dirty hands, “walked in a clumsy manner and had extreme body odor.” He was trying to buy drugs at the tavern, and rolled his own cigarettes.

Police at scene of William Robinson's murder, photo by CBC News
Police at scene of William Robinson’s murder, photo by CBC News

A $10,000 reward for information leading the arrest and conviction was put out by police. No one been charged in the murder and it remains a cold case for Toronto police.

Police composite sketch of murder suspect in William Robinson murder
Police composite sketch of murder suspect in William Robinson murder

 


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Vital Statistics

Name: William Duncan Robinson
Age: 24
Gender: Male
Date of Death: November 28, 1978
Manner of Death: stabbing
Location: 205 Vaughan Road
Suspect Name: none

Unsolved Murder of Club Owner

16 St Joseph Court photo by CBC News
16 St Joseph Court photo by CBC News

The popular bar manager, Alexander Sandy LeBlanc, 29, was murdered in his home at 16 St. Joseph Court (now 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.

Black and white photo of Sandy LeBlanc
Sandy LeBlanc

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 punk rock concert in 1977/78.

Inside David's nightclub
Inside David’s nightclub

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.

Advertisement for punk band Viletones playing at David's, Sandy LeBlanc's club
Advertisement for punk band Viletones playing at David’s, Sandy LeBlanc’s club

 

 


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Name: Alexander Sandy LeBlanc
Age: 29
Gender: Male
Date of Death: September 20, 1978
Manner of Death: Stabbed
Location: 16 St. Joseph Street
Suspect Name: unknown

Flowers and Feathers

Headlines from various Toronto newspapers on Gerald White's murder
Headlines from various Toronto newspapers on Gerald White’s murder

On Sunday September 17, 1978, Gerald Douglas White headed to a friend’s Rosehill Avenue apartment to feed some budgies and water flowers. He was beaten to death that day by Paris Colin Rogers, 23, of no fixed address.

White, a salesman who lived at 44 Charles St West, had invited Rogers back to the Rosehill Avenue apartment in the early morning hours of Monday September 18, as his friend was away on vacation. During an argument, Rogers attacked White and struck him on the head.

Rogers was arrested shortly afterward and charged with second degree murder. Police found White’s car on the following Tuesday.

Rogers was sentenced on February 19, 1979 to six years for manslaughter. Rogers said White, 39, made a pass at him, and that he was unable to control himself, beating White to death.

 


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Name: Gerald Douglas White
Age: 39
Gender: Male
Date of Death: September 18, 1979
Manner of Death: Blunt Force Trauma
Location: Rosehill Avenue
Suspect Name: Paris Colin Rogers
Conviction & Sentence: Manslaughter, 6 years

Robbed And Beaten To Death

The Barn and Stables in Toronto, where Colin Nicholson met his killer
The Barn and Stables in Toronto, where Colin Nicholson met his killer

Colin Nicholson, 41, was found robbed and beaten on August 27, 1978, and died of severe head injuries on September 4.

Police reported that Nicholson and his roommate Albert Homer Durnan, 56, met two men at the Stables, at 418 Church St., and brought them back for drinks to their 26 St. Joseph Street apartment. A third man joined them later.

At about 1:30am, Nicholson and Durnan were attacked with a heavy iron skillet. Durnan was also robbed during the attack. The thieves stole cash, clothing, silverware and liquor before fleeing. Nicholson and Durnan both regained consciousness and contacted police. Durnan was treated and released.

Charged were Brian Robert Pasher of Tichester Road, Kerry Pierre Gallant of Lawrence Avenue West and John Stephen Sharkey Jr. of Broadoaks Drive.

Sharkey was 19 years old, and was sentenced to seven years in prison for manslaughter.

 


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Name: Colin Nicholson
Age: 41
Gender: Male
Date of Death: September 4, 1978
Manner of Death: Blunt Force Trauma
Location: 26 St. Joseph Street
Suspect Name: Brian Robert Pasher, Kerry Pierre Gallant and John Stephen Sharkey Jr.
Conviction & Sentence:  Sharkey Jr. was sentenced to seven years in prison for manslaughter. Pasher and Gallant are currently unknown.

Swimming Leads To Murder

Police remove Shirley Hauser's body from schoolyard, photo by Boris Spremo
Police remove Shirley Hauser’s body from schoolyard, photo by Boris Spremo

Shirley (Peter Christopher) Hauser, 23, was stabbed to death on August 19, 1978 on the school grounds of Western Technical Commercial High at 125 Evelyn Crescent. Police reported that Hauser, who lived on Westminster Ave., was a trans woman, dressed as a woman and was undergoing a sex change. She was stabbed in the back, neck and chest. In all, there were 17 stab wounds.

Shirley Hauser also went by the name Christine. Hormone pills were found in her purse “way above therapeutic dosage,” said Dr. Luciano Sereno, who performed the autopsy. Hauser had gone to the school with a man at about 4 a.m., having met earlier in the evening at the Sunnyside swimming pool.

Photo of the man who found Ms. Hauser's body, photo from Toronto Star
Photo of the man who found Ms. Hauser’s body, photo from Toronto Star

Police found four pools of blood in a trail leading away from the body, making them conclude it was not Hauser’s. The wandering trail lead to Glendonwynne Road where it weaved back and forth along the street.

Continued investigation led the police of an apartment three kilometres away, where they found a blood-spattered motorcycle and a white helmet. The building superintendent told police she had been cleaning blood off the front stairs, and stairs leading to the second floor. That tenant told police they had been visited by a friend who was wounded and bleeding badly.

William Richard Andes, 20, of San Romano Way in North York, was charged with her second-degree murder.

We think this is Shirley (Peter Christopher) Hauser's grave marker
We think this is Shirley (Peter Christopher) Hauser’s grave marker

In court, Andes claimed he flew into a rage upon discovering Hauser was a transsexual, stabbing her 17 times. He pleaded guilty on April 9, 1979, but claimed he had originally walked away. Andes claimed Hauser had somehow gotten his knife and stabbed him, before he gained the knife back and murdered her.

Upon hearing the sentence, a newspaper reported that his mother shouted “Oh no. Don’t punish him for the homosexual. Oh please he is the victim. Don’t punish him.”

 


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Name: Shirley Hauser, aka Peter Christopher, aka Christine
Age: 23
Gender: Female
Date of Death: August 19, 1978
Manner of Death: Stabbed
Location: 125 Evelyn Crescent
Suspect Name: William Richard Andes
Conviction & Sentence: Manslaughter, 8 years

Victim Was An Assailant

Toronto Lawn Tennis Club, photo from TLTC
Toronto Lawn Tennis Club, photo from TLTC

Police were stymied by the murder of 47-year-old Donald Rochester, a bartender and handyman for the Toronto Lawn Tennis Club, on February 13, 1978. Rochester had worked at the Club at 44 Price Street for more than 15 years and was well-liked by his colleagues. He left behind a wife and two children.

Rochester was found at the exclusive private club by other employees arriving for work. He had been shot in the head. Police originally believed burglary was the motive, because he did not have a wallet. However, police later found the wallet with cash still inside, locked in the trunk of his car.

Rochester was wearing only an undershirt. Police speculated he may have been forced to remove his clothes to prevent him from giving chase to the thief. It was almost two years later that his 19-year-old murderer, 16 at the time of the shooting, would tell his father about being sexually assaulted and shooting the assailant.

Photo of murder victim Donald Rochester
Photo of murder victim Donald Rochester

The youth, Frederick Savage, and his father were turned away by a lawyer who advised they were under no obligation to talk about it. Eventually, Savage, who was described as “slow learner of borderline intelligence,” could not handle the nightmares and fears and confided in a teacher. The teacher put him in touch with another lawyer, who took Savage to the police to confess on January 22, 1980.

Savage was charged with second-degree murder. Police admit that without Savage coming forward, they would never have solved the case.

On November 21, 1980, Savage pleaded guilty to manslaughter and upon listening to the facts of the case, sentenced Savage to two years less a day in reformatory.

When Rochester tried to assault Savage, Rochester produced a gun to force Savage into “sexual acts.” During sex, Rochester placed the gun down and Savage grabbed it and fired a shot.

The first shot missed Rochester, but when Rochester tried to approach Savage, the youth shot him in the head, then walked up to him and shot him again twice, then sat down and cried.

Savage was also placed on three years probation, ordered to take psychiatric treatment, and prohibited from possessing firearms for the rest of his life.

 


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Name: Donald Rochester
Age: 47
Gender: Male
Date of Death: February 13, 1978
Manner of Death: Shot
Location: 44 Price Street
Suspect Name: Frederick Savage
Conviction & Sentence: Manslaughter, 2 years less a day

Stomped To Death

530 Yonge Street, former site of the Parkside Tavern
530 Yonge Street, former site of the Parkside Tavern

Neil Robert Wilkinson, 35, was found beaten, stabbed and asphyxiated in his Charles St. East apartment on December 15, 1977. Wilkinson “was known to hang out at the Parkside and St. Charles” taverns. Wilkinson left the Parkside on December 9 just after 1 a.m. with two friends.

He was found nude on his bed, dead, after he failed to show up to work at the Royal Bank for four days. Wilkinson died from asphyxiating on his own blood. His killer was arrested the next month.

Twenty-four-year-old James Allan Walker of no fixed address was arrested on January 30, 1978, in the Parkside Tavern and charged with first-degree murder. Walker pleaded guilty to manslaughter, but the Crown rejected the offer. Justice Donald Morand ordered the trial by jury to proceed.

Photo of murder victim Neil Wilkinson
Photo of murder victim Neil Wilkinson

After alcohol and marijuana, Wilkinson started to talk about sexual fantasies including young children, and that made Walker enraged. A witness testified in court that Wilkinson was interested in bondage. Walker “kicked and stomped” Wilkinson to death and then showered before leaving. Walker’s feet were injured as a result of stomping on Wilkinson’s face. He could not explain why he was also naked, saying “I don’t know… Sorry, I can’t think of an answer.” He later testified that he took his clothes off to stop Wilkinson from taking them off.

Walker was found guilty of second-degree and sentenced to life in prison with no possibility of parole for 12 years.

 


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Name: Neil Robert Wilkinson
Age: 35
Gender: Male
Date of Death: December 15, 1977
Manner of Death: Asphyxiation
Location: Charles St. East
Suspect Name: James Allan Walker
Conviction & Sentence: second-degree and sentenced to life in prison with no possibility of parole for 12 years

Mugging Becomes Murder

Allan Gardens photo by James Victor Salmon
Allan Gardens photo by James Victor Salmon

Sixty-two-year-old Bernard Guay was murdered in Allan Gardens park at 19 Horticultural Avenue. He was discovered alive on May 5, 1977 at 12:15 a.m., suffering from blunt force trauma. He was immediately transported to hospital, and died on May 11.

Newspapers described Guay as “an old, nearly blind man who was beaten to death by muggers.” Guay, a Quebec native, had lived in Toronto for 25 years and had worked in restaurants until being forced out because he was losing his eyesight. He was living with Herni Carboit, a 32-year-old unemployed restaurant worker.

Photo of murder victim Bernard Guay
Photo of murder victim Bernard Guay

Guay was in a section of the park described by police as “the favourite haunt [of homosexuals]” when he was attacked by three youths.

Inspector George Sellar of the police homicide squad said “Here you have a quiet old man minding his own business and three yahoos come along and kick him in the head.” As people approached the scene to lend assistance to Guay, the attackers fled.

His murder is unsolved.


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Vital Statistics

Name: Bernard Guay
Age: 62
Gender: Male
Date of Death: May 11, 1977
Manner of Death: Blunt force trauma
Location: 19 Horticulture Ave.
Suspect Name: 3 unknown men

Tied and Tortured

Grave marker for murder victim Brian Dana Latocki
Grave marker for murder victim Brian Dana Latocki

Brian Dana Latocki was 24 years old when he was murdered. On January 25, 1977, a still-unknown assailant stabbed Latocki in his home at 141 Erskine Avenue. Police said he was believed to be the “victim of a homosexual assault” after his nude body was found tied to his bed. He had been tortured, stabbed and strangled. There were knife wounds in the back and chest, but no knife was found on scene.

Photo of murder victim Brian Latocki
Photo of murder victim Brian Latocki

At about 9:40 a.m., police received a call to the residence, where they found him inside an apartment. Some items were stolen from the home, and the murderer took extreme care to remove his fingerprints from the scene.

By the end of 1977, Latocki and other gay men – Neil Wilkinson, Harold Walkley, Bernard Guay, James Stewart Kennedy and James Douglas Taylor – were dead within a two year period (1975-1977), and police were concerned about a serial killer stalking the gay community.

Police sketch of the suspect in Brian Latocki's murder
Police sketch of the suspect in Brian Latocki’s murder

Police Inspector George Sellars said he had not proved all the murders were related, but Latocki, like many of the other victims, “frequented Yonge St. homosexual bars” and had hitchhiked home from the St. Charles Tavern the night before.

In November 1978, Latocki was included in the list of 14 gay men murdered in 3 and a half years in Toronto.

 

Photo of murder victim Brian Latocki
Photo of murder victim Brian Latocki

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Vital Statistics

Name: Brian Dana Latocki
Age: 24
Gender: Male
Date of Death: January 25, 1977
Manner of Death: Blunt force trauma, strangulation, stabbed
Location: 141 Erskine Avenue
Suspect Name: unknown

Last Seen at St. Charles Tavern

St Charles Tavern photo from City of Toronto archives
St Charles Tavern photo from City of Toronto archives

On the morning of Monday September 20, 1976, police responded to a 911 call and found the body of James Stewart Kennedy. He had been beaten to death.

Photo of murder victim James Kennedy as a young man
Photo of murder victim James Kennedy as a young man

Kennedy, 59, lived at 262 Jarvis St., and worked at the Department of National Revenue. He was found beaten and strangled. A towel had been knotted around his neck and he was severely beaten in the face. He was last seen alive the previous Saturday at a gay bar, the St. Charles Tavern on Yonge St.

Police do not have a motive, and his case remains open.

 


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Vital Statistics

Name: James Stewart Kennedy
Age: 59
Gender: Male
Date of Death: September 20, 1976
Manner of Death: Blunt Force Trauma, strangulation
Location: 262 Jarvis St
Suspect Name: unknown

Rage At Rejection

OPP bring in a canine to help search for Carmen Allgrove's remains. Photo from Canadian Statesman newspaper
OPP bring in a canine to help search for Carmen Allgrove’s remains. Photo from Canadian Statesman newspaper

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 hunting 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.

OPP constable McKay at the site of Carmen Allgrove's remains. Photo from Canadian Statesman newspaper
OPP constable McKay at the site of Carmen Allgrove’s remains. Photo from Canadian Statesman newspaper

Allgrove 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.

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. 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 owned by the Ontario Provincial Police, found the remaining bag nearby. Allgrove, who had a criminal history, was identified by his fingerprints.

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.

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
Age: 40
Gender: Male
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