In the week since Toronto detectives named Christine Jessop’s killer after 36 heartbreaking years, tips have come pouring in.
The big city cops decided to do what any good police service would do: Go public, take the leads and see where they go.
Christine was just nine years old when she was sexually assaulted and murdered in 1984. Generations of detectives were stymied, a man was wrongly accused, convicted and jailed.
But last Friday cops named Christine’s murderer, who killed himself in 2015.
His name was Calvin Hoover.
Now, detectives want to know: Did Hoover rape and kill before or after Christine? What were his movements? Where did he live?
Are there other victims?
Hoover’s dead but a murder of that sickening nature is seldom a one off.
In Windsor, Police Chief Pam Mizuno sees things quite differently than Toronto detectives, local politicians and the community at large.
When Windsor cops cracked the nearly 50-year-old cold case of six-year-old Ljubica Topic last December, not a peep. The child had been sexually assaulted and beaten to death and Mizuno refused to name the killer.
Nothing to see here, folks.
That month, her detectives also solved the 2000 murder of Carol Christou, 55, who was stabbed to death.
In that case, the public would never have discovered the case was solved if Christou’s family hadn’t informed our sister newspaper, The Windsor Star.
But no names because, uh… “can’t bring to court” blah, blah… “can’t defend himself”… blah, blah, blah.
Read this memo dear public: The murder of a child is none of your damn business.
Toronto Police spokesperson Meaghan Gray told the Star in an email: “By releasing (Hoover’s) name and photo, we are hopeful that people will recognize him and come forward with information, no matter how small or insignificant they feel it may be.”
In Windsor, the police chief seems to believe she’s the arbiter of what information should — and shouldn’t — be released. It is new age, bureaucracy-driven policing at its very worst.
Cold case criminologist Michael Arntfield stated the obvious when he told the Star, “you can’t libel a dead person.”