Stabbing Ends Burgeoning Career

Jeffrey "Jay Tripper" Parker, murder victim, with his dog
Jeffrey “Jay Tripper” Parker, murder victim, with his dog

Jeffrey Parker was known among friends as Jay Tripper. He was a “creative gun/illustrator/graphic designer/activist bringing back colourful psychedelic vibes from the sixties and beyond!” Tripper ran a graphic design and events business called Field Trip Designs & Psymbiotiq. Friend Tim Ellis said “He was building a space for people to come together and have a community. To know him was to love him.”

Tripper was planning to move to Montreal on December 8, 2017, but did not live long enough to make it. The 35-year-old was murdered at 4p.m. on December 7, one day before he was slated to leave. He was stabbed during an attack in his home on George Street, near Allan Gardens, and died at St. Michael’s Hospital.

Twenty-two-year-old Tyler Reynolds knew Tripper, and had been invited into his home. During a disagreement, Reynolds stabbed Tripper. Reynolds was quickly located at a nearby Harvey’s restaurant. The fast food joint is known in the area as “Hooker Harvey’s” because of its location on a stretch of Jarvis Street known for prostitution. Reynolds suffered minor injuries. He was arrested and charged with second-degree murder.

Jeffrey "Jay Tripper" Parker, murder victim, with his dog
Jeffrey “Jay Tripper” Parker, murder victim, with his dog

A memorial for Tripper was set for December 14, 2018, and more than 250 people went. Tripper was “a larger than life presence” whose kindness and thoughtfulness would not be forgotten. He “left his own impressive mark on the live and electronic music scene. He was the Poster Boy of Poster Boys. He marched to his own drummer, had a wicked sense of humour and a heart of pure gold.” Instead of flowers, the family asked that people donate to Covenant House or Sick Kids Hospital. They wanted people to “lend a hand to someone in need,” keeping Tripper’s memory alive.

Tripper’s partner, Kevin Flynn, was devastated by the murder, as were friends and family. “When I was 21, I had cancer and Jay threw a party for me. Almost 500 people showed up. It was really a defining moment in my life,” Daniel, a former roommate of Parker’s, told CTV News. “It was very, very difficult, very unexpected,” Daniel said. “He’s not the kind of person that would get into a conflict that escalated.”

Jeffrey "Jay Tripper" Parker, murder victim
Jeffrey “Jay Tripper” Parker, murder victim

Reynold’s first court appearance was December 13, 2018. He was remanded in custody. A trial date has not been set. To protect the integrity of the case, there is limited public information on the murder.

 


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Name: Jeffrey “Jay Tripper” Parker
Age: 35
Gender: Male
Date of Death: December 7, 2018
Manner of Death: Stabbed
Location: George Street near Gerrard Street
Suspect Name: Tyler Reynolds
Conviction & Sentence: not yet at trial

Stabbed in Allan Gardens

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

George Matthew “Peaches” Roach was murdered in Allan Gardens on October 24, 1981. His killer, a male prostitute named Larry Raymond Perrault, 22, was so compelling in court, one of the female jurors who convicted him visited him later in prison.

Roach, 46, of Edgewood Avenue, was found dead at about 8:30 a.m. on October 24 by a woman walking near the park greenhouse.

On November 9, Perrault was arrested and charged with second-degree murder.

Perrault said he never agreed to have sex with Roach because he was not offered money. Instead, he alleged Roach grab his hair. Roach allegedly pulled a knife on Perrault and threatened to kill him if he didn’t perform fellatio. Perrault said he grabbed the knife and stabbed Roach three times in the back.

Allan Gardens visitor Leo Munn points to police chalk marks where George Roach was stabbed. Photo by Gus Carlson, The Sun
Allan Gardens visitor Leo Munn points to police chalk marks where George Roach was stabbed. Photo by Gus Carlson, The Sun

During the trial, Perrault was unable to explain why Roach allegedly put down the knife he had and how, if Roach was attacking him, he was able to stab the man in the back, saying only that he “jabbed” at Roach’s belly a few times. He could not explain why he had no bruises or scratches although Roach allegedly held him tightly by the arm.

A jury of eight men and four women found Perrault guilty of the charge of manslaughter, and he was sentenced to prison for eight years.

Murderer Larry Perrault
Murderer Larry Perrault

Simone Gruenfelder was on Perrault’s jury and during the sentencing phase said she wanted to help the killer after his trial, and when he got out of court. “I cannot go and support everyone,” she told media who asked about how she left about Roach’s family. Gruenfelder said she had been visiting Perrault, who is Indigenous, at least once a week between the end of the criminal trial and the start of the sentencing trial.

Perrault appealed his sentence in 1984, but the appeal was denied.

 


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Name: George Matthew “Peaches” Roach
Age: 46
Gender: Male
Date of Death: October 24, 1981
Manner of Death: Stabbed
Location: 19 Horticultural Ave
Suspect Name: Richard Brian St. Armand and Larry Raymond Perrault
Conviction & Sentence: Armand was acquitted. Perrault was found guilty of manslaughter and sentenced to eight years

Hammer and Electrical Cord

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

David Murphy, 61, was a freelance artist, killed June 28, 1981 in his own Brimley Acres senior’s apartment at 2950 Lawrence Avenue East. He was found dead with his skull smashed in and he had been robbed. He sustained more than 20 blows to the face and head. An electrical cord was knotted around his neck.

Google black and white photo of Brimley Acres
Brimley Acres

Pathologists believe strangulation via the electrical cord is what killed Murphy.

Murphy had met his killers in Allan Gardens and had unknowingly invited the would-be murderers to his home.

David Clarence Marshall Thompson, 32, and Lloyd Edward Wilson, 38, both of Kingston, were charged with second-degree murder. Thompson had escaped from prison where he was serving time for two robberies, when he committed the murder. Wilson had been released from prison just three weeks prior to the murder.

Black and white photo of murder victim David Murphy

Wilson had confessed in a five-page statement to police on November 19, almost a month after Thompson was arrested. A psychologist testified in court that Wilson had a “pathological dependency” on Thompson, and Wilson said he confessed only to get Thompson “off the hook”.

Madame Justice Janet Boland of the Ontario Supreme Court noted that neither Thompson nor Wilson showed any remorse. “I have considered the gruesome details of the grisly event. This was not a killing but an execution,” she said.

Wilson was sentenced to life for second-degree murder.

Thompson was also found guilty of second-degree murder and sentenced to life in prison.

 


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Name: David Murphy
Age: 61
Gender: Male
Date of Death: June 28, 1981
Manner of Death: Strangulation and blunt force trauma
Location: 2950 Lawrence Avenue East
Suspect Name: David Clarence Marshall Thompson and Lloyd Edward Wilson
Conviction & Sentence: Second-degree murder, life in prison

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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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