Toronto, Ontario - Susan Tice had recently made the move from Calgary to Toronto before she went missing on August 17, 1983.
When her brother hadn't heard from her after reaching the city, he ended up flying to Toronto to check up on her. When he arrived, Susan was nowhere to be found and her mailbox was overflowing with mail. Upon entering the house to look around he wasn't prepared for what he saw in Susan's upstairs bedroom. She was the victim of a grisly stabbing murder. She had been raped and stabbed with a knife numerous times.
Susan was 45 years old and a mother of four children. She worked with disadvantaged children and had obtained a nursing degree from McMaster University and a master's degree in social work from the University of Toronto. She lived alone in her home at 341 Grace Street near Harbord Street. Her body was in the bedroom. Police believed she had been lying there dead for several days, and was likely killed on August 14. Police collected the DNA from the perp, but couldn't do much with it at the time.
Erin Gilmour was the next victim four months later after being discovered in her home in Yorkville a short walk away from Susan Tice's home. She suffered the exact same trauma and injuries that Susan Tice had endured and after the police conducted a DNA test in 2002, they discovered the same person had killed both women.
Erin's father is billionaire David Gilmour. The most famous of his businesses is Fiji Water which he founded in 1996. His other businesses include Barrick Gold and Zinio.
Erin Gilmour was trying to break into the fashion industry in Toronto. She aspired to be a fashion designer. Erin had studied fashion at Ryerson University. She had her own apartment in Toronto's glamourous Yorkville neighbourhood and worked at a high-end clothing boutique, Robin's Knits. She had recently moved into the apartment above the shop, 37B Hazelton Avenue.
On December 20, 1983, Erin was going to attend a Christmas party with her boyfriend Anthony Munk. Anthony is the son of Peter Munk, billionaire and business partner to David Gilmour.
Erin finished work at Robin's Knits at 8:45pm and closed up shop. She went upstairs to her apartment. At 9:20pm, only 35 minutes later, Anthony showed up to Erin's apartment above the shop, looking for her. Erin had been tied to her bed, raped and stabbed several times with a knife including a fatal wound to the heart. All this had happened only minutes before Anthony had arrived. By the time Anthony called the police, Erin was dead.
The two murders had occurred only a ten-minute drive apart from each other. Both women were sexually assaulted and stabbed multiple times. However, the victim profiles were very different and police did not definitively connect the two murders at the time.
Police received a tip that indicated that both Erin and Susan frequented bars and restaurants in the Yorkville area, where they may have met their killer. Police determined that since both were murdered in their own homes, the killer figured out where they both lived and started to follow them or knew the women personally. There was no sign of forced entry at either crime scene, which could indicate a familiarity to the killer. Police have also noted that in Erin's case she may have opened her door without thinking because she was expecting Anthony at around the time she was killed.
While police could not definitively connect the two crimes at the time, a break in the case came in 2000 when DNA technology proved that the two women had been murdered by the same perpetrator. Despite the new DNA technology, the DNA of the perpetrator did not match anyone in Canada's DNA database.
Police have not released the names of any suspects and have asked the public for their assistance in solving the case. The case of Erin's murder has remained high-profile because of her background and her family. Erin's family is offering a $200,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of the murderer. Police only need a name.
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