Jane & Cathryn Johnson Killer - Alberta - 1996 Feb 23, 2017 8:25:52 GMT -5
Post by HeadMarshal on Feb 23, 2017 8:25:52 GMT -5
Photo Credits: Royal Canadian Mounted Police
Location : Turner Valley, Alberta
Details : Jane JOHNSON and her daughter Cathryn were murdered in their home on the evening of September 3rd, 1996. The culprit(s) set fire to the residence in an effort to conceal the crime.
It is believed that this was not a chance or random act perpetrated by someone committing a break-in or an assault as evidence gathered does not support this. Further, it is believed the killer(s) knew the victims and were aware of their day-to-day patterns.
Jane and her daughter infrequently stayed at the house as Jane was involved in a relationship and both mother and daughter spent a good deal of time with this person at his residence.
On the night of the murder it is alleged Jane and her daughter returned to the residence so Cathryn could start school the next day from her own home.
Sometime during the night or early morning, the suspect(s) entered the residence, committed the murders and set fire to the house. The fire smouldered for some time before its discovery by neighbours.
Several suspects were identified but there is insufficient evidence to conclusively implicate or eliminate them from suspicion.
A reward of $50,000.00 is being offered for information leading to the arrest of person(s) responsible.
If you have any information about this case, please contact "K" (AB) Division, Serious Crimes Branch South Airdrie at 403-420-4900 or Crime Stoppers 1-800-222-8477.
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Thoughts? Based on what I've been reading through online news reports, the RCMP has always just needed more definitive evidence before making an arrest. I have a feeling that one of the identified potential suspects is probably the killer but it is not safe to bring that person to trial and risk the killer getting acquitted due to a lack of evidence. Murders that are covered up by fire are not easy to solve due to evidence being destroyed, so it's going to take a member of the public to come forward with additional information.