Could the Cindy Halliday case be connected to Theresa's?
According to the RCMP’s website about the Violent Crime Linkage Analysis System (ViCLAS), links have been made in over 88,000 cases which means that “there are a large number of serial offenders committing crimes against people on a regular basis in Canada.” (http://www.rcmp.ca/techops/viclas_e.htm)
Dr. Kim Rossmo, a former Vancouver Police detective inspector who developed the geographic profiling system, said that in order for a crime to be linked--there has to be more similarities than differences.
Earlier this week, as I was watching the cold case of Cindy Halliday on Court TV's Crime Files with Sue Sgambati, those two statements were echoing in the back of mind. Could Cindy’s case be connected with Theresa’s, Louise Camirand’s or possibly Manon Dubé’s cases?
Cindy was murdered in 1992 near Barrie, Ontario. You can find info about her murder here:
By the end of the show, I thought there seemed to be more than a few similarities between Cindy’s and Theresa’s murders.
- Cindy was a 17-year-old brunette.
- She went missing on Easter Monday 1992. (Louise went missing in March 1977; Manon Dube was found on Good Friday 1978; Theresa was found on Good Friday 1979; )
- Cindy was picked up hitchhiking in a remote and small-town area of Ontario (Midland-Waverly--just outside Barrie. Major cottage country--similar to the Townships)
- Witnesses report seeing her accept a ride from a guy driving a 1979-1981 Chrysler LeBaron or Dodge Diplomat (I think the tv show mentioned something about it being maroon in colour...but I'm not certain. You can find photos of a 1979 LeBaron here: http://www.angelfire.com/ca/mikesspot/79chrysler.html; you can find photos of a 1979 Diplomat here: http://www.cardomain.com/ride/748624)
- Her body was discovered off the side of a remote logging/concession road
- Her wallet was discovered in a pond/bog at the side of another nearby secluded road
- Her jacket was found 10 days after the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) already conducted an extensive search of that same area. (The police say it's definitely a possibility that the killer returned to the crime scene and placed it there after he knew the area had already been searched.)
- Her body was found in a deteriorated state two months after she went missing. (I think the only thing they found was a skull.)
- Other than a jacket, most of her clothing was never found. (The OPP assume animals took off with it.)
- Forensic science hasn't been any help in producing additional evidence.
- The murder scene was in Ontario--not Quebec (but the offender could have moved between 1979 and 1992)
- Cindy was apparently stabbed. Theresa’s cause of death isn’t known for certain but it’s very possible she was strangled. Louise Camirand was strangled. (Police speculate Cindy was stabbed as she tried to get away from the killer while still in the car...and sensing that he was losing control of his victim, her killer slashed her.)
- The OPP said they fed Cindy’s case details into ViCLAS but it didn’t generate any “hits”. When did they do this? Cindy was murdered in 1992. Theresa’s info and Louise Camirand’s case details weren’t submitted to ViCLAS until 2004 and 2005 respectively. If the OPP checked ViCLAS prior to 2004, I’m not surprised they wouldn’t have seen a possible “link” between the three cases. Another possible reason why ViCLAS didn’t return a “hit” could be due to the fact that the Sûreté du Quebec (SQ) would have entered the information in French. I’m sure the OPP investigators aren’t francophones.
- Did the SQ do a good job in answering the ViCLAS questions in order to enter the case details of Theresa? I don’t know exactly what information the ViCLAS database requires but I would imagine some of the questions the police would have to answer include:
- What is the primary motive for the Theresa’s murder?
- What type of person was Theresa Allore?
- When did the crime take place? (Morning? Afternoon?)
- Was the body moved or was it found where the crime took place?
Did the SQ even have enough unbiased or informed case details to even feed into the system?
- The OPP said that they entered the description of the killer's car into some kind of national vehicle database. If the OPP could do this, why can't the SQ enter the details about the car linked to Louise Camirand's murder in the same database? (Long shot...but...what if the OPP checked to see what people in the Eastern Townships had a LeBaron or Diplomat that matched the description of Cindy's killer's car?)
- Let's suppose there is a link between Theresa's killer and Cindy's. What would cause the killer to choose the Barrie area to "set up shop"? Could he have moved for work? (There is a military base near the Townships and CFB Borden is not too far from where Cindy’s remains were found.) What industries would attract workers from the Townships to Simcoe County, Ontario? Is there a person who lived in the Townships with a family connection to Barrie?
Of course, I’m not a professional but it doesn’t hurt to ask the questions. Maybe there’s someone out there who remembers a family member or friend behaving strangely during the times these murders were committed. If someone remembers something, then I strongly suggest contacting the OPP, CrimeStoppers or even