Accusations of Murder for Hire

Black and white photo of murder victim Allan Lanteigne
Murder victim Allan Lanteigne and his dog

The body of Allan Lanteigne, 49, was found still dressed in his coat, face down in the front foyer of his home on March 3, 2011 just before 3:30p.m. He had been beaten to death.

Lanteigne was a caterer and an accounting clerk at the University of Toronto and, when he did not show up for work, a friend went to his home at 934 Ossington Avenue and, upon finding the body, called police. There were no signs of forced entry.

Lanteigne was married to but separated from Demitry Papasitiriou, 32. Police confirmed Papasitiriou, was in Switzerland studying for his doctorate in law at the time of Lanteigne’s death.

On November 2, 2012, police arrested Papasitiriou and charged him with first-degree murder. A warrant was issued for “business associate” Mladen “Michael” Ivezic, 52, for first-degree murder. The murder was labelled by police as a “domestic homicide.” Police would later say he and Papasitiriou were lovers and planned the murder together.

Mladen "Michael" Ivezic and Demitry Papasitiriou
Mladen “Michael” Ivezic (l) and Demitry Papasitiriou (r)

Prior to their arrests but after Laneigne’s death, Papasitiriou and Ivezic launched proceedings to collect on Lanteigne’s $2million life insurance policy, the money in his estate, funds from the sale of the house Papasitiriou owned (Lanteigne was not an owner) and to seek other financial gain from Lanteigne’s death. Before collecting, Papasitiriou was arrested.

The house on Ossington sold for $900,000, but Papasitiriou was in jail. Superior Court Justice Susan Greer ordered Papasitiriou’s portion of the proceeds frozen pending a future ruling, while his aunt and uncle, who co-owned the house, got their portions.

Following a three-week preliminary trial for both accused, on September 10, 2014, Ontario Court Justice Shaun Nakatsuru threw out all charges against Papasitiriou, stating “the evidence cannot reasonably support a finding of guilt.”

Black and white photo of murder victim Allan Lanteigne

However, the Crown sought to overturn the rare decision to dismiss charges of murder against Papasitiriou in October, 2014, by suggesting Justice Nakatsuru exceeded his authority by failing to consider the evidence as a whole. However, Ontario’s Attorney General issued a “preferred indictment”, and ordered the charges against Papasitiriou reinstated. He was re-arrested on October 29.

Six years after Lanteigne’s murder, the case had yet to go to trial. During this time, Ivezic was in jail awaiting trial and Papasitiriou, who by 2017 was referred to by media as Papasitiriou-Lanteigne, was out on bail. They went to trial on November 27, 2017.

The Crown presented evidence of an affair between Papasitiriou and Ivezic in the form of sexually charged emails, alleging the affair started in 2009.

Allan Lanteigne and friends
Allan Lanteigne and friends

Just a month after the trial started, Ivezic fired his well-known defense lawyer, Marcy Segal, and chose to represent himself. He requested the right to cross-examine a police witness regarding Lanteigne’s lifestyle, alleging his fetish for diaper porn and promiscuous sex life put him at risk of murder by someone else.

During the trial, Ivezic had his jailhouse computer and internet privileges cancelled after it was discovered he was looking at porn sites and had a Facebook account. Although he had been using the computer to prepare his case, he was also contacting journalists about his theories of police wrongdoing and how his DNA had been planted.

Papasitiriou did not testify, even though prosecutors said Lanteigne was lured to his home through emails from Papasotiriou, including this critical one at 8 a.m.: “Hi Allan, Just call me when you get home. There is a 7-hour time difference, so please don’t call me 7 in the evening your time as it will be 2 a.m. here… don’t dilly dally on your way home buying shoes and shirts and crystal balls.”

Prosecutors had convinced the jury that Papasotiriou-Lanteigne, while in Greece, orchestrated the murder by having Ivezic lie in wait until Lanteigne arrived home from his University of Toronto accounting job on March 2, 2011.

On June 7, 2018, Demitry Papasotiriou-Lanteigne, now 38, and his lover, Michael Ivezic, now 57, were found guilty of first-degree murder and sentenced to life in prison with no chance of parole for 25 years.

 


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Name: Allan Lanteigne
Age: 49
Gender: Male
Date of Death: March 2, 2011
Manner of Death: Blunt Force Trauma
Location: 934 Ossington Avenue
Suspect Name: Demitry Papasitiriou (Papasitiriou-Lanteigne) and Mladen “Michael” Ivezic
Conviction & Sentence: first-degree murder, life in prison with no chance of parole for 25 years

Money Was The Motive

Black and white photo of murder victim Harley Walker
Murder victim Harley Walker

Seventy-two-year-old Harley Walker was born in Manchester England and immigrated to Toronto in 1958 where he found employment with the CBC for 30 years. He went missing on October 13, 2006, after meeting a man, David Reid, on an internet gay chat room.

The two men exchanged messages, and met for coffee for several months. It was during this time Reid discovered Walker had a large investment portfolio.

Police suspected Walker’s murder was a kidnapping/extortion scheme gone wrong, as Walker’s bank account had been emptied and his Cabbagetown home should signs of violence. When they asked Reid to come in for questioning, he fled.

David Kenton Reid, 46, was arrested by OPP officers near Meaford, Ontario, a week after he had crashed his car and fled on foot. He broke into a nearby cottage and hid from police. Reid was an unemployed investment banker, married with a 10-year-old son, and was in significant financial trouble. When Reid was arrested, police had not yet found Walker’s body. However, police discovered Walker’s personal papers and identification in the wrecked car, along with evidence that his bank account had been tampered with.

Photograph of murderer David Reid
Murderer David Reid

Reid did not cooperate with investigators until after consulting with a lawyer. He then told police where he had buried Walker’s body. Walker was found by police on May 5, 2007, seven months after he went missing.

During the trial, Reid admitted stabbing Walker with a large kitchen knife in Walker’s home and burying his body near a camp on Monck Road, near the town of Norland, Ontario.

Reid was initially charged with first-degree murder but was found guilty of second-degree murder and sentenced to life in prison. Reid had asked Walker for money, and when he was refused, he killed Walker.


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Name: Harley Walker
Age: 72
Gender: Male
Date of Death: October 13, 2006
Manner of Death: Stabbed
Location: 22 Sackville Place
Suspect Name:  David Kenton Reid
Conviction & Sentence: Second degree murder with life in prison, no chance of parole for 17 years

Eccentric Man Murdered

Courtroom sketch by Alex Tavshunksky for the Toronto Star
Courtroom sketch by Alex Tavshunksky for the Toronto Star

July 7, 1999 was seventy-two-year-old Hugh Sinclair’s last day alive. Sinclair was murdered in his 42nd-storey apartment at 44 Charles Street West in the Manulife Centre. His murderer would be convicted before his body was found.

Black and white photo of murder victim Hugh Sinclair
Murder victim Hugh Sinclair

Sinclair was a retired Sun Life insurance company employee and an avid antiques collector. He met Timothy Culham, 29, five years previously and shared with him a love of art and antiques.

Sinclair was described as eccentric and an “antique hoarder.” He was known for wearing a Panama hat with tank top and shorts regardless of the season, and for keeping a regimented daily routines. It was the break in these routines that caught people’s attention.

Sinclair was a talkative man who was known to sit in a lawn chair beside a nearby parking kiosk and talk incessantly for hours with attendant Rod McEwan. After almost daily visits for five years, McEwan became so concerned with Sinclair’s sudden absence, he convinced the Manulife Centre security guard to come with him to perform a safety check. On July 12, the guard and McEwan entered Sinclair’s apartment but found nothing amiss. McEwan telephoned the apartment daily and filed a missing person report with police.

A few days after it is believed Sinclair died, neighbour Douglas Rutter, who had once worked in a cemetery as a youth, passed by the apartment that he thought smelled badly. “I told [partner Lawrence Schafer] it smells like something died; I recognized that smell,” he said at trial. However, the smell eventually vanished.

Eleven days after Sinclair’s death, Culham was spotted by the same neighbours moving out furniture. On July 18, he told Schafer and Rutter that he was Sinclair’s nephew and that Sinclair had asked him to do a favour to move some items out, and paint the apartment. Culham had gained access to the apartment “by using a forged note.”

Parking attendant McEwan continued to check for Sinclair and was eventually told by the building’s front desk personnel that Sinclair was away on holiday for 10 days. The next time he called, McEwan was told the police were involved.

Fortunately for police, Culham did not paint the apartment. However, he was arrested under suspicion of theft after police discovered he had sold many of Sinclair’s antiques to Toronto dealers. He was arrested as he slept on a park bench, and police found an electronic key to Sinclair’s apartment in his pocket. Culham had tens of thousands of dollars in cheques from local antique dealers in his pockets.

Murderer Timothy Culham
Murderer Timothy Culham

Sinclair’s blood was found smeared on the stove, kitchen floor and inside the front closet. Police matched the blood to DNA taken from Sinclair’s electric razor.

Culham rented a 1987 blue Chevrolet Cavalier five days after the murder and, police believed, transported Sinclair’s body to an area outside Toronto. Culham was known to frequent Casino Rama, in Orillia, and it was one of the areas, along with Nottawa, that police would focus their search on. The Crown argued Culham had a gambling addiction, and had killed Sinclair to steal his antiques and sell them. Police estimated the value of recovered items was about $300,000.

When arrested, Culham denied knowing Sinclair.

Police did not find Sinclair’s body, nor a murder weapon, before Culham’s trial, but based on other evidence, charged Culham with first-degree murder. Police asked that hikers and hunters keep an eye out for the body, saying it was likely within 50 metres of a road, would likely be burned, and a gas can would probably be nearby. Eventually police found the gas can and hacksaw with an associate of Culham’s whom he told he would not need the items anymore.

The defence suggested that Sinclair may have committed suicide, and questioned Dr. Erik Kotzer, Sinclair’s physician, if he had concerns that Sinclair killed himself. Dr. Kotzer said he was treating Sinclair for a variety of ailments including a 30-year addiction to Vallium, but had not heard anything regarding suicidal thoughts. Culham did not speak during the trial.

On June 14, 2001, with just two days of deliberation, the jury found Culham guilty of first-degree murder. Culham was sentenced to life in prison with no chance of parole for 25 years.

Just before Christmas, 2002, some of Sinclair’s remains were found near a highway by a land surveyor. His skull and other body parts were discovered in Utica, off Highway 12 between Toronto and Orillia. Dental records were used to confirm Sinclair’s identity but due to the deterioration of the remains, forensic examiners were not able to determine a cause of death.


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Vital Statistics

Name: Hugh Sinclair
Age: 72
Gender: Male
Date of Death: July 7, 1999
Manner of Death: unknown
Location: 44 Charles St. West
Suspect Name: Timothy Culham
Conviction & Sentence: First-degree murder, life in prison with eligibility for parole after 25 years

On A Rampage

40 Homewood where Michael Boley was murdered

Revenue Canada tax auditor Michael Boley, 56, was found dead on April 14, 1990. He was tied, fully-clothed, spread-eagle on his bed in his Homewood Avenue condominium. Four days later, police arrested Rodney William Glode, 24, of no fixed address, in his murder.

Boley was a long-time resident of 40 Homewood Avenue, which has extremely tight security including cameras. His body was discovered by an elderly disabled woman whom Boyle had cared for, for many years.

Glode had gone on “a four-week rampage against homosexuals that culminated in the death of a victim”, said reporter Thomas Claridge. Prosecutor Sandy Kingston described Glode as a dangerous person “who must be removed from society for a very long time.” Glode had attacked six other gay men during his rampage, and all seven victims had been bound, gagged and robbed. Boley is the only one who died.

Glode’s first victim, a bartender who invited him to go for drinks after hours, was attacked on March 18, 1990. He spent six weeks in hospital and was so badly head injured he has permanent balance problems. Glode’s other victims, all gay men offering money for sex, were attacked between March 20 and April 12. In most cases, the victims agreed to have their hands tied, but not to being foot-bound or gagged.

While in jail, Glode bragged to an undercover police officer he “robbed a faggot and he died. It was my luck he had a bad heart,” and that he was planning on returning to the building to steal more items.

An autopsy showed Boley had died of asphyxiation as a result of having a shirt, belt and tie used as a gag.

On May 16, 1991, Glode pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in Boley’s death, and to three robberies in which each victim suffered serious and permanent injuries. Glode was sentenced to life in prison with no chance of parole for 17 years for Boley’s murder, and a concurrent 10-year sentence for the robberies.

 


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Name: Michael Boley
Age: 56
Gender: Male
Date of Death: April 14, 1990
Manner of Death: Asphyxiation
Location: 40 Homewood Ave
Suspect Name: Rodney William Glode
Conviction & Sentence: Second-degree murder with no chance of parole for 17 years

Kew Beach Cruelty

Kew Beach photo by Toronto Daily Star
Kew Beach photo by Toronto Daily Star

Leslie William Gordon (Jack) Hern was a 36-year-old waiter who worked as a steward on CN trains in the “flashy railway dining car”. On the night of July 27, 1949, Hern met Harvey Southerby, who called himself Louis Martinello when they met. He also called himself Martinello when he was arrested and charged with Hern’s murder.

Southerby, a 21-year-old man jobless from Windsor, met Hern in a Bay Street hotel tavern when they spent some time drinking together. The older man offered him a ride. Forty-seven-year-old Joseph John Osborne said he was with Hern that night at the tavern and witnessed Hern offer the ride to Southerby, who was seated at a nearby table. He said the men left shortly afterward in Hern’s car. Defense Counsel C.L. Dubin asked Osborne if Hern had “a reputation for picking up young men and taking them home?”

Osborne answered, “I have heard that he had that reputation.” When asked why he did not accept a ride from Hern, he said, “I’m getting old – I don’t stay out so late anymore.”

Murderer Harvey Southerby
Murderer Harvey Southerby

Mrs. Llewellyn Hern said her son was friendly and generous. She and cousin Lulu MacMillan said he had been warned that acting like a millionaire and being too generous could be dangerous. Both women said he frequently picked up men he had never met before and drove them around in his “sleek, expensive car.” Sometimes he would bring them to his parent’s home for the night or weekend.

On the weekend before his death, MacMillan said Hern had brought a young man home and they had spent a couple of days together driving around in Hern’s car, and at the Hern home. Mrs. Hern said her son’s companions were usually “up and away” before she saw them, but on occasion when she did see them, the men looked to her like “undesirable companions” for her son.

Southerby took up Hern on his offer of a ride and after the two headed out to Kew Beach, the men got friendlier when they went for a walk by Lake Ontario. Hern’s brutally beaten, pantless body would be found with a spike driven through his head. Despite his fancy clothes and expensive watch, he had only $50 on him when he was killed.

Pathologist Dr. W. Burry said Hern’s left eye was closed and his left cheek bone broken. “The blows caused a cerebral hemorrhage which caused his death.” There were numerous cuts “not caused by a fall,” and four teeth were knocked out of Hern’s plate.

Hern’s body was shoved under a boardwalk on Kew Beach, and found early the next morning by three beach goers. Montrealer Ralph Cragg, one of the men who found Hern, told the court he was out with two friends when they began looking for a place to escape the heat at 2 a.m. Just as they saw the body, he said Southerby came out of the darkness and told them “That’s my friend… he’s drunk.” Thinking they were leaving Hern to sleep off the alcohol, the three friends walked away and slept the night nearby at the foot of Kenilworth Avenue.

Sunrise was at 6:01 that morning, and it was Cragg who returned shortly after to the same spot. Hern was shoved beneath the boardwalk and Cragg ran immediately to call police.

Murderer Harvey Southerby - photo by Central Press Canadian
Murderer Harvey Southerby – photo by Central Press Canadian

Police found Southerby at a different Bay Street tavern just two days later sitting with Hern’s friend Osborne. He was placed in a police identification lineup for Cragg and his visiting friends, Marion and her brother, Herbert Nelson.

Police officials said the motive was robbery, and declined to comment on “other angles” they were working on.

On November 3, 1949, Southerby was sentenced to 10 years for manslaughter. “You are extremely fortunate the jury did not convict you for murder as charged,” Justice Schroeder told him before passing sentence. “Your attack on Hern was brutal and could not be justified. But I must deal on the basis of the jury’s verdict.”

“This was not your first crime, but the others were comparatively minor. You have come from a good home, you have a kind and good father and mother, but you did not submit to their control,” Justice Schroeder said. “There is less excuse for you than for many boys who have maladjusted homes. You have given away to your own selfish whims and embarked on a life of crime. I think you are not beyond redemption.”


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Vital Statistics

Name: Leslie William Gordon (Jack) Hern
Age: 36
Gender: Male
Date of Death: July 27, 1949
Manner of Death: Blunt force
Location: Kew Beach
Suspect Name: Harvey Southerby aka Louis Martinello
Conviction & Sentence: manslaughter, 10 years