A more thorough investigation on each case will be added in the coming weeks.

Note: Locations are approximate

Name: Anstey, Lisa Lynn

Lisa Anstey

Location: 393 Front St. E., Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Sex: Female

Age: 21

Date: Monday, May 12, 1997

Murder or Crime: Beating

Found beaten to death in a desolate downtown parking lot behind the Street City hostel.  Anstey, a prostitute and known crack-cocaine addict worked the corner of Wellesley and Bleeker Sts.

Any connection to the beating death of Leonard Oliver Ferguson in 1992.  Philip Henry Buchegger found not responsible due to mental health issues.  Was he released and re-offended?

Name: Brose, Lorelei

Location: 295 Jarvis St., Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Sex: Female

Age: 19

Date: Sunday, November 17, 1985

Murder or Crime: Shooting

At 2:15 am the body of Lorelei Brose, 19, was found with a bullet to the head in a room in the Inglewood Arms hotel on Jarvis St.  She was found fully clothed and had not been robbed.  Police were alerted after hotel employees received complaints of a woman’s screams.

Brose was a prostitute who frequented the Jarvis St. and Gerrard St. areas.  Many of Brose’s fellow prostitutes raised the theory that Brose had been slain by a contract killer hired to settle a personal dispute.  Brose was known to rip off her clients.

Name: Siegel, Susan

Location: 435 Sherbourne Street, Toronto, Ontario, Canada (Last seen alive)

Location: 17 Ethel Ave., Toronto, Ontario, Canada (Body found)

Sex: Female

Age: 20

Date: Sunday, December 16, 1984

Murder or Crime: Strangled

Note: Neatness or clothes missing

The unclothed body of 20-year-old prostitute Susan Siegel was discovered at 7:30 in the morning alongside railroad tracks near the Ontario Public Stockyards in an industrial area of west Toronto.  She had been strangled.  Since the victim’s clothes were absent from the scene, police concluded she had been killed elsewhere and dumped at the desolate Ethel Ave. site.  Is there a connection with Daniel Harvey Atkinson a landscaper from Parry Sound who was convicted of strangling a prostitute he picked up near Allen Gardens and attempting to kill her in 1998?  He drove a pickup truck.

Siegel was last seen alive the evening of December 16, 1984 leaving a hotel in the Queen and Dufferin Sts. area but was known to frequent the Jarvis and Gerrard Sts. area, a favourite hangout for prostitutes.  Police learned that a small truck and a young man in his late 20’s or early 30’s might be involved in the murder, but even with the help of a $50,000 reward they have been unable to come up with a name of the suspect.  Investigators believe she last seen entering a vehicle in the area of Isabella Street and Sherbourne Street, on December 16, 1984, at about 8:00 pm.

Name: Tarantino, Bonnie (Benita Rosa)

Location: 81 Ulster St., Toronto, Ontario, Canada (approximate home location)

Location: 4330 Teston Rd., Woodbridge, Ontario, Canada (body found)

Location: 179 Gerrard St. E., Toronto, Ontario, Canada (last seen alive)

Sex: Female

Age: 17

Date: Saturday, September 28, 1985

Murder or Crime: Unknown

Note: Neatness or clothes missing

A prostitute since the age of 13, she left her home to visit friends – one day after getting engaged to her boyfriend – and never returned.  Mushroom pickers found her body on Monday, October 26th in a wooded area on the north side of Teston Rd. between Pine Valley Rd. and Weston Rd. in Vaughan.  Her clothes were missing.  An autopsy failed to unearth a cause of death.

She had been working as a prostitute in the Pembrooke Avenue and Gerrard Street area.  She was reportedly last seen alive during the late evening and early morning hours of September 27 and 28, 1985, and is believed to have gotten into a a vehicle and driven away from the area.

Is there a connection with Daniel Harvey Atkinson a landscaper from Parry Sound who was convicted of strangling a prostitute he picked up near Allen Gardens and attempting to kill her in 1998?  He drove a pickup truck.

Name: Nelson, Cheryl Roseann

Location: 3 Shoreham Court, North York, Ontario, Canada (approximate location of home)

Location: 129 Eddystone Ave., North York, Ontario, Canada (body found)

Sex: Female

Age: 20

Date: Saturday, March 9, 1991

Murder or Crime: Stabbed, Beating

Officers patrolling parking lots in a deserted northwest Toronto industrial zone at 2 am found the body of Cheryl Roseann Nelson, 20, behind a factory.  Nelson, a prostitute well liked by everyone who knew her, had been stabbed multiple times.  Police believed her killer was most likely a violent john.

She had also been badly beaten. 

Name: Pinkus, Lori Marilyn

Location: 90 Croatia St., Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Sex: Female

Age: 21

Date: Sunday, September 8, 1991

Murder or Crime: Strangled

The body of Lori Pinkus was found outside Brockton High School.  The young woman, a high school dropout who worked as a prostitute and was addicted to drugs, had been strangled and left partially clad behind the school.

Sister of convicted murderer Martin Pinkus.

Name: Samson, Claire

Location: 300 Jarvis St., Toronto, Ontario, Canada (last seen alive)

Location: 2693 Sideroad 20 & 21 W, Barrie, Ontario, Canada (body found)

Location: 145 Marlee Avenue, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Sex: Female

Age: 23

Date: Thursday, September 1, 1983

Murder or Crime: Shooting

23-year-old Toronto prostitute Claire Samson was seen in front of the Essex Hotel on Jarvis St. (now the Ramada Hotel and Suites Downtown) getting into a large, beige car driven by a balding older man.  Samson was never seen alive again, and her body was found the following day in a wooded area off Oro Sideroad 20/21 near Highway 93, just north of Barrie.  She had been shot in the head with a small caliber gun.  Discovered on Friday, September 2 by a beekeeper at 3:30 pm about 75 yards from the road.  She hadn’t been dead long prior to being found.

Is there a connection with the murder of Cindy Halliday?  Both were last seen getting into a light coloured car.  The car Cindy Halliday was seen getting into was identified as a light-cololured 1979-81 model Chrysler Lebaron or Dodge Diplomat. 

Is there a connection with Daniel Harvey Atkinson a landscaper from Parry Sound who was convicted of strangling a prostitute he picked up near Allen Gardens and attempting to kill her in 1998?  He drove a pickup truck. Picked up downtown Toronto and driven long distance and dumped off Hwy. 400.

Name: Ford, Lyle

Location: 172 The Esplanade, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Sex: Female

Age: 42

Date: September 9, 1990

Murder or Crime: Strangled, Bitten

On Sept. 9, 1990, a couple walking their dog found her body around 7:30 a.m. in Crombie Park at the Esplanade and Sherbourne St. Her clothes were dishevelled and the pants she was wearing were pulled down.

An autopsy revealed that Ford — originally from the U.S. — had been strangled to death. She had suffered bite marks in the attack and had been sexually assaulted.

Name: Oglive, Donna

Location: 130 Carlton Street, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Sex: Female

Age: 24

Date: Sunday, March 8, 1998

Murder or Crime: Strangled

Donna Oglive was a resident of British Colombia.  She had been in Toronto for the past 5 weeks.  Donna had been known to travel between Vancouver and Toronto.  She had been working as a prostitute in the Gerrard Street East and Church Street area of Toronto.  On Sunday, March 8 at approximately 7:12 am, a resident of Carlton Street called police to advise of unknown trouble at the rear parking lot of 130 Carlton Street.  Upon the arrival, police discovered the body of Oglive

Name: Do, Cassandra

Location: 60 Gloucester St., Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Sex: Trans

Age: 32

Date: Monday, August 25, 2003

Murder or Crime: Strangled

Police responded to an emergency call at 11:34 PM (some reports say 10:30 PM.  The victim was discovered inside an apartment residence, suffering from medical trauma, and obviously deceased.  She went by the name “Tula”.  Believed to have booked a client for the late afternoon of the time of her death.  Cassandra was transgendered and worked via the ads in Toronto’s NOW and EYE Weekly newspapers, as well as the internet.  Note: There may be a connection to the murder of Lien Pham.  There have also been at least two strangulation murders of sex pros in the Hamilton area.  http://murdervillage.com/2003/08/25/sex-worker-strangled/

DNA discovered at the scene of this murder has been linked to DNA found in a sexual assault case that occurred in Toronto in 1997.  That sexual assault case involved a female sex trade worker.  The victim of that occurrence described her attacker at the time of the offence, as follows:  Male, black, 20 to 35 years of age, approximately 6’3″ in height, muscular build, over 230 pounds, close shaved haircut, no facial hair, and wearing glasses.  He may have used the name “Victor” and had ties to Jamaica.  After a description of Cassandra Do’s killer had been reported on CFTO TV on October 6, 2003, four sex pros contacted the station to report that they too, had been beaten and sexually attacked by a guy meeting that description.  On October 20, 2003 a sex pro had an incall with a man matching the description of the suspect.  The man got worried and fled when the sex pro pretended to talk to someone else in the apartment.  The cell phone of the man was 416-xxx-1634.  November 29, 2003 – Parkdale area.  A trans woman was sexually assaulted by a client matching the description of the suspect.  He said he got her number from her ad in EYE magazine from an edition from August 2002.  He removed the condom he was wearing and took it with him and he was completely shaven, without a hair on his body.  His phone number was passed on to the police.

Name:  Lien, Pham

Location: 24 Mabelle Ave., Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Sex: Female

Age: 39

Date: Monday, October 13, 2003

Murder or Crime: Strangled

The body of Lien Pham, who’s working names were May-ling and/or Kim, was found at her apartment at 24 Mabelle Ave., Apt. #1817.  Mayling was strangled.  There are similarities to the death of Cassandra Do.  Both were Asian, both were strangled, both were incalls and both were found dead in their bathtubs.  Also neither women’s apartment building had video surveillance in the lobbies. Note: There may be a connection to the murder of Cassandra Do.  There have also been at least two strangulation murders of sex pros in the Hamilton area.

Note: Police believe the murder may be connected to Cassandra Do.  If so, the following applies:  from the Cassandra Do file – DNA discovered at the scene of this murder has been linked to DNA found in a sexual assault case that occurred in Toronto in 1997.  That sexual assault case involved a female sex trade worker.  The victim of that occurrence described her attacker at the time of the offence, as follows:  Male, black, 20 to 35 years of age, approximately 6’3″ in height, muscular build, over 230 pounds, close shaved haircut, no facial hair, and wearing glasses.  He may have used the name “Victor” and had ties to Jamaica.  After a description of Cassandra Do’s killer had been reported on CFTO TV on October 6, 2003, four sex pros contacted the station to report that they too, had been beaten and sexually attacked by a guy meeting that description

Name: Picoulas, Tina

Location: 445 Rexdale Boulevard, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Sex: Female

Age: 19

Date: Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Murder or Crime: Smothered

Note: Is there a connection to a sexual assault that took place on December 9, 2014 at a hotel close to the airport?

Room #1013.  Found dead in a room at the Comfort Inn, the teenaged stripper’s death is initially ruled accidental.  Months later on August 27, 2008 the Coroner’s Office finds the Niagara Falls girl was murdered.  Some reports list the murder as suffocation.

Name: McLaughlin, Kathleen

Location: 38 Cedarland Dr., Markham, Ontario, Canada (body found)

Location: 166 Carlton St., Toronto, Ontario, Canada (last seen alive)

Sex: Female

Age: 33

Date: Tuesday, July 31, 1979 (date body found)

Date: Wednesday, June 27, 1979 (date last seen alive)

Murder or Crime: Bludgeoned

While working the streets in downtown Toronto, Kathleen McLaughlin went by a handful of aliases: Katherine Lyle, Katherine Moore, and Katherine Descoteaux.  To her family, she was simply Kathleen McLaughlin, a 33-year-old mother of three. Kathleen’s body was found by surveyors in a cornfield near Warden Avenue, south of Highway 7, in Markham on July 31, 1979. An autopsy later determined that she had died as a result of blunt-force trauma.  Note: Is there a connection to Benita Tarantino?  Both were prostitutes who worked in Cabbagetown where they were last seen, but it was also a big prostitute area.

She was last seen alive more than one month earlier, on June 27 in Toronto’s Cabbagetown neighbourhood, where she worked as a prostitute. Police believe she may have got into a vehicle in a hotel parking lot near Sherbourne and Carlton Streets in the dark of night.  That vehicle, possibly brown or cream coloured, was never identified.  There was no evidence she had been sexually assualted.  There is no DNA or tire tracks.  The type of injuries were NOT consistent with a beating.  Possibly hit by a john’s car over a trick.

Name: Gillings, Helen

Location: 483 King Street East, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada

Sex: Female

Age: 19

Date: Friday, February 17, 1995

Murder or Crime: Strangled

Helen Gillings was 19-years-old at the time of her murder and frequented the area of King Street East and Emerald Street North in Hamilton. She was a sex trade worker working in the area and often attended a former bar called the Straw Hat at the corner of King and Emerald Streets.

At approximately 5:00 p.m. on Friday, February 17, 1995, Helen’s body was discovered in an alley behind 483 King Street East. Her body was found a short distance away from Emerald Street North and the former Straw Hat Tavern. Helen had been last seen alive on Thursday, February 16, 1995, at approximately 1:00 a.m. when she left the Straw Hat Tavern and entered the alley with a male. Through extensive police investigation this male has now been identified by police.

It seems the male she entered the alley with was identified but it seems no charges have been laid.

Name: Tolgyes, Kimlyn

Location: 2198 Kerns Road, Burlington, Ontario, Canada

Sex: Female

Age: 19

Date: Thursday, August 29, 2002

Murder or Crime: Bludgeoned

On August 29, 2002 the naked body of 19 year old Kimlyn Tolgyes was found in Kerncliffe Park on Kerns Road in Burlington. A postmortem examination revealed the cause of death to be blunt force trauma to the head.

Kimlyn Tolgyes was transient and resided in downtown Hamilton. Kimlyn was last seen alive late on the 23rd or early on the 24th, August 2002 in the area of Main Street and Grant Street in Hamilton.

Name: Jugaru, Jeanette

Location: 6624 Culp Street, Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada

Sex: Female

Age: 26

Date: Friday, July 9, 2004

Murder or Crime: Unknown

The early Friday morning of July 9, 2004 at 6624 Culp St. in Niagara Falls was busy for an entirely different reason. It was 6 a.m. that fateful day when the body of Jeannette Jugaru was found in the parking lot of Princess Margaret school.

Name: Floriani, Felicia

Location: 98 Hadeland Avenue, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada (last seen alive

Location: 883 Church Road, Wellandport, Ontario, Canada (body found)

Sex: Female

Age: 15

Date: Monday, June 10, 2002

Murder or Crime: Unknown

Felicia promised to meet her friend at the corner of Upper Paradise and Hadeland at 2 p.m. on June 10, 2002. But she never showed up. It has always been suspected Felicia was murdered. She was among the eight Hamilton victims focused on by Project Advocate, a massive joint task force formed by Hamilton and Halton police in March 2003 to investigate attacks on five sex workers, the disappearance of two others — Felicia and 39-year-old Susan Gourley — and the murder of another, 19-year-old Kimlyn Tolgyes, whose body was found at Kerncliff Park in Burlington on Aug. 29, 2002.

At first there was one suspect. He was thought to drive a white car and cruise the streets of Hamilton looking for vulnerable women. Over time though, investigators began to suspect there were two men preying on the city’s sex workers. In the 15 months it operated, Project Advocate resulted in the arrests of two men for sex crimes. Peter Conka was found mentally unfit to stand trial at first then later convicted of sexual assault on one woman. He has since been deported to the Czech Republic. John Crouse pleaded guilty to sexual assault. He is incarcerated on unrelated charges. Neither man has been charged with murder. After they were jailed, the attacks stopped.

Name: Lambert, Samantha

Location: 592 Schisler Road, Welland, Ontario, Canada

Sex: Female

Age: 19

Date: Sunday, February 17, 2019

Murder or Crime: Unknown

Samantha Lambert was last seen in Welland/Niagara Falls on September 4th by her father.

On February 17, 2019 Niagara Regional Police were contacted by a member of the public who discovered human remains along the edge of Schisler Road, in Welland. The remains were identified on February 26 as those of Samantha Leigh Lambert, a 19 year old food bank volunteer from St. Catherines who had been reported missing last September.

Name: Sheppit, Melinda

Location: 179 Murray Street, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada (body found)

Location: 298 Dalhousie Street, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada (last seen alive)

Sex: Female

Age: 16

Date: Sunday, September 30, 1990

Murder or Crime: Strangled, Missing Article of clothing

Note: Some say Mark McCaskill was involved. He later committed suicide but there was no evidence to convict him. Almost certainly not him at all.

Melinda Sheppit’s nearly naked body was found next to a dumpster in a downtown parking lot. She had been strangled and one of her snakeskin stilettos was missing. She was last seen near Clarence and Dalhousie Streets. Some reports say she was seen getting into a car. A psychological profile said the killer was likely an introverted night owl, a 25-to-35-year-old who still lived with his parents and had little self-confidence. Melinda, a student at St. Patrick’s High School, was pregnant at the time of her death. Friends and family said she was confused and unhappy, and a woman who knew her said she was living with her pimp who wouldn’t let her come home each night unless she has earned $600. Police interviewed one man for 10 hours but released him.

In 1993, another woman was picked up on the streets and beaten. Her assailant, who was scared away from the scene by a passer-by, reportedly told the woman he was Ms. Sheppit’s killer. Nothing came out of that. A few months later, yet another prostitute was attacked. She was choked, but not killed, then dumped in Hull. Despite the similarity to the Sheppit case, police could not make a link between the cases.

Name: Morriseau, Kelly

Location: 388 Rue Gamelin, Gatineau, Quebec, Canada

Location: 242 Montfort Street, Vanier, Ontario, Canada

Location: 335 Cyr Avenue, Vanier, Ontario, Canada

Location: 115 Boulevard du Plateau, Gatineau, Quebec, Canada

Location: 30 Rue des Frenes, Gatineau, Quebec, Canada

Sex: Female

Age: 27

Date: Sunday, December 10, 2006

Murder or Crime: Stabbed

Kelly Morrisseau was found dying by a pedestrian on December 10, 2006 around 5:40 a.m. in the P3 parking lot of Gatineau Park (near Gamelin Street). She died shortly thereafter from a massive hemorrhage due to multiple wounds inflicted by a cutting weapon. 27-year-old Kelly Morriseau, a pregnant prostitute was found naked and bleeding from at least 12 stab wounds in the P3 parking lot near Gatineau Park in 2006. Morrisseau died in hospital. Kelly Morrisseau, a mother of three, was several months pregnant at the time of the murder. According to evidence gathered during the investigation, the victim and the suspect probably met up to exchange sexual favours. The suspect may have solicited other women for such favours before or after the murder. Between 4 and 5:40 a.m. on December 10, 2006, the suspect vehicle used the lane reserved for emergency vehicles between Promenade de la Gatineau and boulevard Saint-Raymond. That reserved lane no longer exists and is now a bike lane or path.

Kelly Morrisseau was last seen alive on December 10, 2006, around 4 a.m. on Montfort Street in the Vanier sector of Ottawa. She was with a man, and was seen getting into his car, possibly a 1985 to 1990 Oldsmobile Cutlass Ciera or Calais.  That man remains the main suspect in Ms. Morrisseau’s murder. A composite sketch was released a few months after the crime, based on information received from the public and through investigations. The suspect’s appearance may have changed over the years. The suspect vehicle and the individual in the composite sketch may have been spotted in the Vanier sector in the days leading up to the murder. Items belonging to Kelly Morrisseau and evidence were found in ruisseau des Frênes (near boulevard du Plateau) and behind the business at 115 boulevard du Plateau in Gatineau. Thus, the suspect drove around in that sector, and likely stepped out of his vehicle more than once in the early hours of December 10.

Name: Mancuso, Carrie

Location: 358 Lafontaine Avenue, Vanier, Ontario, Canada

Sex: Female

Age: Unknown

Date: Thursday, September 7, 1995

Murder or Crime: Strangled

Carrie Mancuso, 32, was found in her apartment on Lafontaine Street in Vanier in September 1995. She had been strangled in her bed with her own cross necklace in a killing that’s still unsolved. Friends said that while it was reported that she was an addict and worked in the sex trade, they remembered her as a devoted daughter who wrote poetry. Years later, Mancuso’s mother, Carol-Ann Johnson, still hoped for answers but wasn’t holding out hope for an arrest. “The best I can hope for is to keep people talking about it,” she said.

Last seen in her building in early morning with man in late 20s/early 30s — he had short brown hair, tattoos on both arms, wore a light-coloured kilt.

Name: Fillion, Sophie

Location: 408 Churchill Avenue North, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada (body found)

Location: 407 Laurier Avenue, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada (last seen alive)

Sex: Female

Age: 23

Date: Tuesday, November 16, 1993

Murder or Crime: Strangled

Sophie Filion, 23, was an occasional sex worker whose body was only wearing a slip and was stuffed into two garbage bags and left in a Westboro parking lot in early December of 1993. The mother of two young children was strangled. had turned to prostitution to support her children and unemployed boyfriend. Filion was seen leaving her Vanier home on Maisonneuve Street on Nov. 15 at 10 p.m. Police believe she was going to the ByWard Market to look for johns. She had been missing for more than two weeks and was last seen getting into a white delivery van downtown near Kent and Laurier. Police later said they narrowed the investigation to a single suspect, but no arrest has been made.

Note: Could the murder of Sophie Fillion be connected to this?

Lucy (street worker) – This one time, a client picked me up, dragged me into an alley way. He knocked my head on the brick wall and strangled me till I went under. I had black and blue marks on my neck for about three weeks, I wasn’t able to swallow. He left me there, thinking he had killed me. A couple of weeks later, I saw him trying to pick another girl up. I was shaking. I called the police from a restaurant, anonymously. He got arrested. The police were already looking for him; he was the guy who had put a girl, her body, in a bag, in an alley. The whole time he was bashing my head against the wall and strangling me, he was yelling ‘I hate hookers’, ‘I hate sluts’, ‘I hate women’.

Name: Paul, Amy

Location: Vanier, Ontario, Canada (last seen alive)

Location: 2953 Nixon Drive, Manotick, Ontario, Canada (body found)

Sex: Female

Age: 27

Date: Tuesday, September 3, 2013 (last seen alive)

Date: Tuesday, September 17, 2013 (body found)

Murder or Crime: Unknown

Her body was found partially clothed and decomposing in a rural south Ottawa hay field on Sept. 17, 2013. Relatives told CBC News that she worked in the sex trade and had disappeared from her home in Vanier. 

Two sex trade workers have accused Jacques “Porkchop” Rouschop  Rouschop, 44, of vicious sexual assaults and choking. One woman testified that he was so violent, she thought he was going to kill her. Apparently he was never charged in the Amy Paul murder. Rouschop has an hours-long alibi he didn’t initially know he had. The longtime wheelman for a Vanier booster was in another town on the night in question, stealing commercial lawn tractors. That’s if she was killed on September 3, as police seem to believe.

Name: Painter, Holly

Location: 218 Warden Avenue, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Sex: Female

Age: 18

Date: Monday, June 26, 1995

Murder or Crime: Missing

Cops initially put the June 26, 1995 disappearance of Holly Ann Painter down as a missing person. Her body has never been recovered. Police said in a statement yesterday that Holly Anne Painter was seen leaving her home at 359 Dawes Rd. Painter, 18-years-old at the time, was last seen at the intersection of Warden Ave. and Kingston Rd. in Toronto. It’s believed the last people to see the young woman were two friends, Steven Warner, 33, and Susan Livingstone, 25. Warner would later tell detectives that Painter had become upset and fled the Ford Bronco.

Two nights later, a note was pinned to her parents’ door reading: “I’ve had enough. Don’t try to find me.” As a result, she wasn’t reported missing until two weeks later. The note is now considered bogus. Warner later admitted using Holly’s bank card in Cheektowaga, NY. He had voluntarily left Canada because of an “immigration matter.” Toronto detectives consider him a “person of interest” in Painter’s disappearance.

Name: McLean, Faye

Location: 321 Jarvis Street, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Sex: Female

Age: 25

Date: Wednesday, September 25, 1968

Murder or Crime: Strangled

The former Vancouver woman’s nude body was found in a Walsingham Hotel room. She was Faye McLean, also known as Joanne Wilson, Faye Stack and Faye Allen. She last lived on Silverbirch Ave. in Toronto’s Kew Beach area. It is believed she kept an appointment with a man who registered in the room Tuesday afternoon. She was strangled and suffocated with a pillow.

There seems to be some discrepancy of whether this is solved or not. An article from 1997 in the Toronto Star lists it as unsolved, but the Toronto Police cold case site doesn’t include it. Police said Miss McLean frequented hotels in the Jarvis St. area. She was identified by a prescription for birth control pills found i her purse. This was all that was found in the second-floor room.

Name: Melanson, Therese and Harrison, Florence

Location: 274 Sackville St., Toronto, Ontario, Canada (last seen alive)

Location: 318 Parliament St., Toronto, Ontario, Canada (bodies found)

Sex: Female

Age: Both 32

Date: Sunday, January 5, 1997

Murder or Crime: Shooting, Drugs

At 3 p.m. two prostitutes were found shot to death in the blood splattered sixth-floor stairwell of an apartment building.  The women didn’t live in the building, but the area was known to be frequented by drug dealers and hookers.

Residents had heard gunshots shortly after 3 a.m., but no one had called police.  A cook at a drop-in centre said she saw Melanson at 2 a.m. in the doorway of the Golden Ring restaurant on Parliament St., just north of Dundas St. E., just a five-minute walk from the murder scene.  Later, rumour had it the two women had taken a drug dealer’s merchandise without paying and borrowed his car without permission.

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