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Chrissy Nadine Predham â Age 28
Chrissy moved from Ottawa to St. John's, Newfoundland in October 2004 and started dating Raymond Newman. They married the following year. Chrissy was blessed with a baby girl. However, she soon discovered and expressed that her marriage was unhealthy and unsafe for both her and her daughter. She removed herself and her baby daughter from the matrimonial home and moved into her own home in November 2006.
Two months later, on Sunday, January 21, 2007 Chrissy was viscously attacked and brutally murdered in her new home. At the time of Chrissy's murder she was just 10 days away from her court date to begin divorce proceedings. That date was January 31, 2007. On January 31, 2007, I received her cremated remains. January 31, 2007 was her birthday. She would have been 29 years old.
After 29 months of investigation, the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary in St. John's arrested Raymond Newman, her estranged husband, and charged him with "second degree murder". Newman was denied bail in June 2009. Six months later an appeal by his lawyers, resulted in the Supreme Court of Newfoundland granting Newman bail in January 2010.
In May 2010 the Preliminary Inquiry commenced in St. John's and concluded in early November 2010 with the ruling that Newman is to stand trial on the charge of second degree murder.Â
It's been six years since Chrissy was brutally murdered, but her family is no closer to justice after the man accused of her murder was set free on November 28, 2012 by Judge Adams.
Adams ruled that Newman's Charter rights were violated; when he was questioned by the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary police on the night Chrissy's body was discovered. When Newman came to the police station to give a statement, he wasn't read his rights, stated Judge Adams, and therefore he ruled that Newman's statement was inadmissible. The search warrants that were subsequently obtained, and which produced the evidence that lead to Newman being charged with 2nd degree murder, was also thrown out, because the warrants were obtained based on his inadmissible statement, thereby rendering the search warrants and the evidence they produce inadmissible as well. The Crown has appealed the ruling.
Andrew â Age 28 and Zachary Bagby â Age 13 Months
Shirley Turner shot and killed our son Andrew Bagby on November 5, 2001, outside Latrobe, Pennsylvania. When it became obvious that police were focusing on her as the prime suspect, she fled to St. John's, Newfoundland, and was free on bail while fighting extradition in the courts. She delivered Andrew's baby on July 18, 2002, and named him Zachary. Kate and I moved from California to St. John's in June 2002 to observe the extradition process and to apply for custody of our grandson. Shirley retained custody, but we reached an access agreement.
Shirley was finally jailed on November 14, 2002 and, per agreement with Shirley, we took full custody of Zachary. But we had to return him to Shirley's care when she was again released on bail on January 10, 2003.
Sometime in the early morning hours of August 18, 2003, Shirley took Zachary with her into the waters of Conception Bay, Newfoundland, where they both drowned. Their bodies were found late that afternoon. Since then, we have been agitating for change in the Canadian bail laws to prevent a recurrence of this nightmare.
I wrote a book entitled 'Dance with the Devil', which was primarily a narrative of this story, but finished with an amateur legal argument to deny bail to persons accused of murder.
Andrew's friend Kurt Kuenne made a documentary film of this story - 'Dear Zachary: a letter to a son about his father' - which garnered rave reviews and drew the attention of MP Scott Andrews and Senator Tommy Banks. They are currently pushing a bail reform bill, C-464, through the legislative process.
Diana Lynn Keeney â Age 34
Diana was born on March 4, 1970 in Calgary and was adopted April 2, 1970 by Helen and Len Keeney of Ottawa. Diana was born mentally challenged, but in spite of her challenges she graduated from High School. She tried to maintain her independence as a young woman and lived on her own. She befriended Christopher Baldwin, a man who was described as of "limited intellectual capacity". On October 24, 2004 Christopher Baldwin choked Diana to death. He was arrested and charged with "second degree murder". This was later reduced to "manslaughter". He was sentenced to 8 years, however, he was awarded credit for his time spend in jail of just under a year, (the 2 for 1 perk) and this resulted in reducing his sentence to 6 years for choking to death this generous and gentle woman.
Phillip Love â Age 34
My only child Phillip was brutally murdered by two men in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia in January 2007. He was the loving Father of Drew age 16, and Brooklyn age 7. He had moved from Ottawa to Dartmouth in September 2006 to start his own dry wall business.
On Jan. 9, 2007, I received a call that changed my life forever. Phillip was in the Queen Elizabeth II Health Centre in Halifax in a coma. He had been brutally beaten by three men. He was critical. Would I get to Halifax in time to hold him and tell him how much I loved him? I did make it, but Phillip never regained consciousness. He remained in a coma for six days. He was irreversibly, clinically dead.
As I was standing by his bed, holding his hand, and looking at him from head to toe, I was trying to memorize everything about him. How could I let him go? And, then I was reminded of something a former Principal at St. Joseph's High School where I work, had said at one time. "Susan, you should always find good in everything and everybody." Well I couldn't find good in this situation, however, I could turn this negative into a positive by donating Phillip's organs. As Phillip's Mother I had to, as much as I could, keep a part of him alive.
Phillip died on January 14, 2007. Phillip donated his heart, kidneys, liver and pancreas. My son lives on in others, thank you God.
Two brothers Mathew and Shane Ward were charged with 2nd degree murder and a third man Bradley William Martin was charged as being an accessory after the fact. His case was been adjourned, until after the Ward brothers' trial finished.
After a grueling & heart wrenching six week murder trial Matthew Ward walked away with common assault, Shane Ward was found guilty and charged with 2nd degree murder. He is now serving a life sentence in the Atlantic Institution in New Brunswick. He will be eligible for parole in 16 years. One month after Shane Ward was sentenced to a life sentence, with no chance of parole for 16 years, he applied for an Appeal Hearing. The Appeal Hearing took place on April 7, 2011 in Supreme Court, Halifax.
The Appeal was based on evidence "heardâ¦in error which had a material impact on the outcome of the trial."
The Court of Appeal has reserved their decision to a further date.
Bradley Martin, who is charged with accessory to murder, has yet to have a trial date set.
Irene Rosa Powell, nee Suddaby
D.O.B.Â March 30, 1919
D.O.D Â Â November 3, 2005
Mum married my Father on September 20 1941 and celebrated their 60th. anniversary in Dartmouth, South Devon, England.Â My recollection of life with him around was always stressful you never knew when he would lose his temper, he was quite violent physically and mentally.Â Mother was gentle but became more and more introvert so that talking with her could be very difficult indeed.
Mother was very artistic and when I was very young she would draw all the Walt Disney cartoon characters for me.Â She was quite religious and took to flower arranging when I was quite young.Â She and Father were members of the Church choir and also joined many amateur operatic societies.Â They both sang in Church choirs right up until she was murdered and also continued flower arranging despite the fact she was quite blind by then. I have no idea why my Father murdered her and neither do the police and now that Father is now dead, I will never know.Â She now rests with my beloved sister.
Patricia Grace Ducharme - Age 40
On March 22, 1996, my mother, Patricia Grace Ducharme (40), was murdered by her boyfriend and former Vancouver Police Officer, Brock Graham.Â What began as their week of romance alone together and our spring break vacation with our father, ended up in an alcohol fuelled argument leaving my mother beaten, strangled and life-less.Â Brock had pleaded guilty to manslaughter claiming he was too drunk to know what he was doing.Â In April of 1997, he received a 2nd degree life sentence for my mother's murder, and in 2005 he admitted to, was convicted of and sentenced to a second life sentence for a murder he committed prior to my mother's death.
- Christopher Ducharme
Karen Louise Clarke - Age 34
D.O.B. October 19, 1968
D.O.D. January 1, 2003
Karen Louise Clarke was the only daughter of Janice Clarke and her husband William L. Clarke, deceased 1994 and brothers Derek and Bradlee.
Karen had been suffering for many years with a medical condition that was progressing, and she decided to sell her home and move back to be with her family in Ottawa, Canada. Her home had ready been sold, and a lady was helping Karen to pack and prepare to move out of her house by the end of December. The lady assisting Karen took ill and was hospitalized. She suggested to Karen that there were two people, who she vaguely know, however she did know the girl's mother, who were unemployed and looking for some work. Karen hired them to help her finish packing and empty the house for the closing date.
On January 1, 2003 Karen Louise Clarke was found dead from strangulation, in her home in Cooper City, near Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Her body was found by the new owner of the home. After 12 days Scottie Dean Allan, age 25 and Katie Kardeno, age 21 were apprehended near his mother's home west of Detroit, after fleeing Florida in Karen's car. They confessed to the killing, and were charged with lst degree murder. Upon their return to Florida, they appeared before a Grand Jury, who reduced the charges to 2nd degree murder, plus grand theft times two.
On July 28th 2003 Allan was sentenced to 25 years in Florida State prison for 2nd degree murder. In October after being charged with only grand theft auto, Katie Kardeno received a 2 year probation.
William James Charles Mason
D.O.B. June 27, 1978
D.O.D. February 24, 2006
My son Billy went missing in Hamilton, Ontario on February 24, 2006. I distributed and posted 3000 pictures of my son throughout the city over a four year period. At every opportunity I appealed to the public for any information on the disappearance of my son. Feeling helpless, I started fund-raising to establish a reward for information, and subsequently convinced the Police Services Board to contribute $10,000. I organized candle light vigils for my son, as well as for all missing persons. I reached out to other families who had a family member missing, and organized a walk to raise awareness of the thousands of missing persons in Canada. I obtained 6000 signatures on a petition for the establishment of a National DNA Data Bank for Missing Persons. I brought this petition to Ottawa. After two years no new information had brought us any closer to finding out what happened to Billy. I went back to the police and convinced them to increase the amount of the reward to $50,000 which was more in line with rewards being offered in other jurisdictions. Then in October 2010, the police arrested and charged two individuals with the murder of my son. One person was charged with accessory after the fact, and the other was charged with 1st degree murder.
I finally knew what happened to my son. Billy was killed on February 24, 2006 with a gunshot to his torso. Four days later they took his body to another location, set it on fire and waited for many hours until it was reduced to ashes. Billy's ashes were then scooped up with a shovel and put in cattle feed bags. There are no remains for me to bury, nothing left of Billy's body.
The person charged with accessory after the fact pleaded guilty, and was given 61/2 years in jail. The other person charged with 1st degree murder is in jail awaiting trial.
Brenda Ann Healey
D.O.B. February 13, 1981
D.O.D March 8, 2008
Brenda was 27 years old. A beautiful, musically talented young woman, happily in love and engaged to be married to her partner of seven years, when she was senselessly murdered by a repeat offender.
Stephen Daniel and Brenda worked for a private transportation company serving the disabled. Brenda worked as a driver, and Daniel was a dispatcher and her supervisor. On March 8, 2008 Daniel, a person in a position of trust requested that Brenda come to his house to collect her paycheque and turn in her driver's report.
Unbeknownst to Brenda, Stephen Daniel had a violent criminal past, which was known by his employer. Daniel had been charged with attempting to murder a woman in 1999 and was convicted of aggravated assault, after which he spent seven months in prison.
If the employer had disclosed to Brenda Stephen Daniels's violent criminal past, she would not have agreed to meet him after hours to pick up her paycheque, and she would be alive today. Unknown to Brenda, she was being stalked by someone who was infatuated and obsessed with her.
Brenda's body was found in the bathtub of Daniel's residence. She had been drowned. After killing Brenda he then took Brenda's car and drove into the path of a moving train and killed himself.
As a result of Brenda's preventable murder, the Healey family along with MPP Mr. Frank Klees supported and advocated in favour of Ontario Bill 168, Occupational Health and Safety Amendment Act (Violence and Harassment in the Workplace).
Bill 168 became law on June 15, 2010, and it represents a significant change in how, and to what extent, both workplace violence and workplace harassment are regulated in Ontario. It also broadens the definitions of workplace violence and places new requirements on Ontario employers.
The Healey family created in memory of Brenda, "Remember Me ~ Homicide Support Group" a social support network for friends and families who have lost a loved one to murder. The monthly meetings are held in Newmarket, Ontario.
D.O.B. October 31, 1979
Official D.O.B. April 25th, 2000
Easter Weekend 2000 began like many previous, with our family gathering for Easter Sunday Supper. At that time our Daughter Cory was a single 20 year old Mom raising her son.
She trained as a Health Care Aid and in June of 1999, graduated and began working in the Dementia ward of a Nursing Home. She would prepare for work on her days off by making crafts and cards for her patients, just to make their day a little brighter. It was during her nurses training, she met a man we would later become to loath. She was abused during her relationship with him, and we removed her from that environment, and set her up in her own security monitored apartment. With a restraining order in effect, we thought she would be safe. When Cory failed to drop off her three-year old son, we became alarmed. We went to Cory's apartment and found our grandson unharmed and asleep in his bed. We reported Cory missing.
Stephen James Treller strangled Cory in her home, and then hid her body beneath a Winnipeg Beach cottage his family owned. Treller pleaded guilty to second degree murder and received a life sentence with parole ineligibility for 10 years.
We attended our first parole hearing in 2010, where we heard how he fantasized, and planned on how to carry out her murder over a 3 month period. At his parole hearing he was deemed a moderate to medium risk to re-offend, and yet, because he completed all the programming in prison, he was granted day parole.
Katie Michelle Lazaro
D.O.B. August 11, 1979
D.O.D July 28, 2002
Katie was the oldest of nine children, two sisters and six brothers. From early on she was independent bright and passionate about life. She was passionate about sports, travel and social issues. She spoke four languages, English, Spanish, French and Japanese. After high school she went to the USA to live near her grandparents to obtain some work experience. After two years there she enrolled in Temple University to study Political Science. She had dreams of attending law school. She maintained a very high GPA. During her second year at Temple she met a young man who apparently had a sordid past and some questionable friends. During an argument on Sunday, July 28, 2002 she and her fiancÃ© (she had been engaged only 4 days) were gunned down by one of these friends in their home. Not only has her family lost a wonderful daughter and sibling, but so has those whose lives she would have touched had she been allowed the fundamental right to live her natural life, and fulfill her dreams.
The murderer was arrested, went to trial and received a sentence of life without eligibility of parole. Unlike Canada, in the United States, life means life. Katie's family will, at the very least, be spared the repeated traumatization of having to attend parole hearings and being subjected to reliving the events of Katie's senseless murder. She will be sorely missed by all her family and friends.
D.O.D May 6, 1990
The badly beaten body of our dear son Clayton Miller's age 17 was found on May 6, 1990. Clayton was found face down in a brook in an area, known as the nest, in New Waterford, Nova Scotia. There was no definitive cause of death. The medical reports stated that Clayton may have died from several causes from dry drowning, pulmonary emphysema to hypothermia.
Clayton was last seen on Friday, May 4, 1990 at a teenage party at the nest just before the police
Suspicion and a lack of cooperation from the RCMP have left our family for the last 21 years without any information regarding the investigation, or the results of the investigation. We undertook an investigation of our own, but can only compare our investigation with that of the one conducted by the RCMP upon release of their investigation records.
In May 2010 we made application to Access to Information in Ottawa for the RCMP files on Clayton's case. (A person has to wait 20 years before they can apply for them.) The Act allows for a certain amount of time to prepare the information for release. That time has long passed and 19 months later we still do not have the information. Our family has now hired a lawyer to query why this information has not been released yet.
Once we have this information we can compare the information the RCMP gathered to the information that we had investigated privately. We desperately need to have the events of that night made public, with the hope that it could lead to solving the murder of our son.
To read more on Clayton's case please go to www.unsolvedcanada.ca then click on Nova Scotia and then click on Clayton Miller.
D.O.D August 21, 2011
Matty was attending a house party to say good bye to one of his friends. It was an invitation only party. At one point in the evening, four young people showed up, who had not been invited. When Matty and several others guests ask them to leave, they refused. They were then asked a second time, at which point they then became threating and the confrontation escalated, resulting in Matty being fatally stabbed in the chest. Four people have been charged in connection with the murder. The case is still before the courts and a publication ban is still in effect pending the outcome of the trial.
Matty is sadly missed by his family, his friends and the community in which he lived. He was a member of the YMCA and his dream was to become a personal trainer. The YMCA have dedicated a work out machine his honour. His rugby number could not be retired because it is assigned to a position. So his school had new shirts made up with Matty's, "Never Give Up" mantra printed on each sleeve. His high school has also created a memorial wall in his honour. 2012 will mark the second year that of an annual poker tournament. The money raised goes to his high school to be used as a scholarship in his memory. The tournament also serves as time when his family and friends can gather together to celebrate Matty's life, albeit too short a life.
Matty was a loving son and good friend to many. He would lend a helping hand to anyone. He loved life, and he would do anything to put a smile on your face, be it a hug, a song or a dance.
Maurean Catherine (Brady) MacDonnell
October 14, 1975 - November 13, 2011
Maurean was the youngest child of two children. Her smile was as big as her heart. She loved music, crafts, and a great passion for animals. She was a young 36 year old Mother of three children Sarah, Sheamus, Meghan. She lived as a military wife in Petawawa, Trenton and Edmonton until her husband transferred to the RCMP. The family was posted to PEI. Maurean was involved in the children's school breakfast program, her church and community affairs. Maurean found employment at the Red Shores Casino where she made many new friends. Maurean was murdered by a co-worker in New Annan, PEI. We brought her home and had her buried in Pembroke, Ontario next to her father who has passed away in 1988. The end result of the RCMP investigation was Murder / Suicide and the case was closed. As her parents we tried to get answers to our questions only being told all records, coroners reports and related documents were sealed for 20 years and unable to be accessed. Maurean is missed every minute of each day.
Nicolle Katherine Hands
May 18, 1971 - October 5, 2003
Nicolle was "gift from heaven" when we adopted her at the age of 14 months. Nicolle had many talents skating, acting and voice lessons. She was a single mom of 3 children 2 boys and 1 girl. They were the love of her life. She taught them the ways of her native heritage. Nicolle took a 2 year course to become a Native counsellor, but that was not to be. Nicolle moved to Winnipeg to finish her course but found out that the course was not offered there.
Unfortunately Nicolle got into the "drug world." Her life ended in the kitchen of her house, leaving her 3 children, her mother and brother to grieve. Nicolle's case has never been solved; a murderer is still walking the streets of Winnipeg.
On July 13, 2012 an announcement was made that a joint force of RCMP and the Winnipeg police called Project Devote was organized to investigate 20 unsolved Homicides, and Nicolle's case was one. May Nicolle rest in peace and know that her children have developed into wonderful young adults.
March 1, 1985 - November 4th, 2010
Sabrina Patterson, 25, of Sackville, born in Moncton, was a much loved daughter of Dale and Carolyn (Smith) Patterson. Sabrina was a loving mother to her children Damien and Cassidy who filled her life with joy. Very compassionate toward others, she was always willing to do anything she could to help. Her friends and family were important to her and anyone who met her immediately wanted to know her. Sabrina did grow up independent and determined to find her own way through her short life. Had she been allowed to channel it, she would have had no boundaries to hold her from success in her chosen future.
Sabrina went missing on October 29th, 2010.
When it became known that she was missing, a number of search groups formed of their own volition to launch searches, from hunters - some of the Patterson's are well-known in the hunting community - ATVers, family members, to co-workers and even outright strangers. On November 6th 2010, a week after she went missing, Sabrina's body was found in a wooded area not 2 kilometers from her ex-boyfriendâs house. Her body was wrapped in a black garbage bag and dumped next to a dirt road. Fred Prosser, her ex-boyfriend was charged with first-degree murder in her death. He was also charged with, sexual assault causing bodily harm as well a number of other charges. On December 5th 2013 Fred Prosser was found guilty of 1st degree murder and sentenced to life behind bars with no chance of parole for 25 years. Sabrina will be dearly missed by her family and friends, a life that was so short but touched by so many.
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