Toronto Police Service
Cold Case Files Homicide #6/1976
Victim:  James Douglas TAYLOR
Age: 42
Gender: Male
Murdered on: February 11, 1976
Location: 32 Division
Details of Investigation:
On Wednesday, February 11, 1976, at about 10:20 a.m., police responded to a 911 call
on Elmhurst Avenue near Quilter Road.

On February 11th, 1976, James Douglas Taylor, 41, was murdered with a baseball bat in a robbery at his home on Elmhurst Ave.  Neighbours told police a pickup truck had been seen at the home where Taylor lived alone.


Police Sketch of Suspect.

Four-and-a-half years later, Taylor’s brother Claire was also beaten to death, this time with a hammer. While Claire’s killer was quickly arrested, James’s has never been identified. His murder was one of a spate of murders of gay men in the mid-to late-‘70s, which raised fears in the homosexual community.



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