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The Strange And Bizarre Murder of Byron Carr

Byron Carr

Byron Carr


January 2024

After 35 years, Charlottetown police have made an arrest in the 1988 killing of 36-year-old Byron Carr.

Chief Brad MacConnell said on Friday, January 26, 2024 that 56-year-old Todd Joseph Gallant, also known as Todd Joseph Irving, of Souris, PEI has been charged with one count of first-degree murder and one count of interfering with human remains. Gallant is scheduled to appear in court on February 1.

February 2024

At a brief hearing in PEI Provincial Court Thursday morning, February 1, the case was adjourned until March.

"That will give everyone an opportunity to understand the case and understand the allegations that are being made against Mr. Gallant so that we can figure out what the next steps should be in the process," defence lawyer Chris Montigny told reporters outside the courthouse.

Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island — With Todd Joseph Gallant's arrest, Charlottetown police are working with other law enforcement agencies to determine a timeline of his movements over the past three decades.

November 11 Tragic Event

Byron Carr was last seen alive at approximately 3:00 am, Friday November 11, 1988, which was the beginning of a long Remembrance Day weekend. He was found dead in the bedroom of his home, 24 Lapthorn Avenue, Charlottetown, 31 hours later.

Time of death was determined to be between 3:00 and 9:00 am, November 11. Evidence at the scene indicated his death followed a sexual encounter with another male. Carr was strangled, stabbed and the killer left a note saying; "I WILL KILL AGAIN!"

Andrew still holds out hope for closure. He was friends with Byron Carr and recalls him fondly. He remembers Byron the host — an introvert, but one who loved to be with people. He remembers the music Carr liked — rock and roll and other things — and the dinner parties he threw.

But those memories are tinged with sadness because Carr's 1988 murder has never been solved. "I'm saddened for his family, and I'm sad for his friends," said Andrew, who spoke to SaltWire on the condition his surname is withheld.

"I hope and pray that this will get solved somehow. My second thought is, he has a lovely family."

On Friday November 11, 1988, a witness reportedly saw Byron Carr parked talking to a man on a bicycle at Prince and Richmond Streets. Carr pulled away, drove north up Prince Street in the direction of his house. The man on the bike appeared to follow. This is the last known sighting of Carr alive. Police believe the cyclist may be his killer.

Carr, a 36-year-old gay teacher who tried to keep his sexuality a secret, was known to cruise the Queen Square area of Charlottetown, a place where other gay men commonly frequented. In the early hours of Friday, Nov. 11, 1988, Carr dropped off a friend in the city's downtown area. He was last seen Friday between 3:30 a.m. and 4 a.m. driving a white Ford Tempo west on Sydney Street approaching Great George Street. Next day Saturday, at 2:30 a.m., residents in his area reported hearing Carr's dog barking, which wasn't common, and a vehicle leaving the area at a high rate of speed.

Police believe the murderer and a second man returned to the house, and this is what the dog was barking at. It was at this time, they believe, the message "I will Kill Again" was written on the wall and Carr was stabbed with a long-handled kitchen knife.

Police believe the two men were looking to retrieve items from the house that might identify the killer. A pair of socks was left behind in the kitchen garbage.

Concerned that Carr has not appeared at a family function, relatives went to the house. They found the kitchen door ajar and the dog in his kennel. Carr's body was discovered in his bedroom at 11a.m.

Byron Carr Obituary

  • Name: Byron Carr
  • Birth: June 1, 1952 — Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island
  • Death: November 11, 1988 (aged 36) — Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island
  • Burial: Saint Mark Anglican Cemetery — Queens, Prince Edward Island
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  • For the LGBTQ community in Prince Edward Island, Todd Joseph Gallant's arrest brings a long-waited sense of relief and closure. It acknowledges the collective pain they have endured.
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Random violent crime seems less common. There are definitely people caught in the wrong place at the wrong time that end up victims, but generally the serious assaults/stabbings are between people known to each other.

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