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    Friday, October 28, 2005

    Monsters Walk Among Us
    by Expat

    Somebody, somewhere, has to have seen something.

    It is becoming entirely too common. A woman going about the errands of daily life disappears. Her battered body is later located. A murder investigation begins.

    As the United States is currently on edge after recent cases such as that of the Groene's, Jessica Lunsford, Taylor Behl, and Olamide Adeyooye, Canada is also dealing with a woman's disappearance and violent death.

    Julie Croteau left her home in St. Liboire, Quebec at 6:30 am on Tuesday. She was to pick up a friend and then they would ride together to work in Ste. Madeleine. Only Julie never showed up.

    Julie worked as a nursing assistant, holding down three jobs in three different clinics. She worked at a St.Hyacinthe clinic one day a week. Yesterday, her car was discovered within sight of that clinic. Spray painted on the walls of a nearby building where the words "I kill 4 fun" and "Life is 4 the strongest" in blood red paint. Inside the trunk of the car, police found Julie's battered body.

    The horrific story can be found here:
    Victims Remains Found in Trunk of Her Car.

    These disappearances are all too common.

    If you have information relating to the case of Julie Croteau or have seen her grey, two-door, 2004 Honda Civic with Quebec license plate WTE 318 in recent days, call 1 (800) 659-4264.

    If you have information relating to the case of Olamide Adeyooye or have seen her missing dark green, 1996 Toyota Corolla with Illinois license plate LBG927, call police at (309) 454-9726. The passenger seat of Olamide's car is broken and is permanently reclined. There is a rosary hanging from the rear view mirror. This car could be anywhere.

    These women deserve justice. Their families deserve closure.

    Society deserves to be safe.

    Protect yourself and protect your children.

    Always be mindful that monsters walk among us.

    Posted by Expat at 10:15 AM

    Do you think Canada has more females who disappear due to violent crime, or do you think that it just gets publicized well because the country is smaller than the US? I don't know of any stats on this, but wow, it seems that I can recite from memory the names of women who've gone missing in Canada during my lifetime... Elizabeth Bain, Leslie Mahaffy, Kristin French, Cecilia Zhang, Holly Jones, Linda Shaw, Samantha Toole, and two more whose names escape my memory -- the little girl who was murdered back in the 1970's and the "mentally slow" male neighbour was arrested (and released from prison a few years ago), as well as a blond woman who was abducted from a bus stop in Toronto in the early 1980's. That's an awful lot for me to just be able to pull up from memory while sitting at my computer on an average morning. Wait, one more -- a little girl who disappeared from her apartment complex in Toronto, also back in the mid-to-late 1980's. Those are mostly just Toronto-based crimes... I'm not sure what goes on in the rest of the country that I miss.

    So then, to summarize -- do you think Canada publicizes these crimes better than the US because the population is smaller, or do you think Canada has an odd predilication for crimes against women and children (as committed by strangers)?

    Such happy thoughts before I go eat my breakfast...

    Posted by Anonymous Anonymous at 12:35 PM, October 28, 2005  

    I am not sure Leigh-Ann. I am actually more inclined to think that the US publicizes their missing persons cases to a greater extent than Canada does.

    I think back to all of the women who disappeared from Vancouver's downtown eastside. How long did it take before police figured out that there was a serial killer preying on them? What about all of the women who have disappeared from the streets of Edmonton like Delores Brower? It has taken police entirely too long to realize that there is a serial killer on the streets of Edmonton.

    I think that it is more a matter of the Canadian media not covering missing persons cases to the same extent as the US. A quick look at this missing children's website shows that there is no shortage of missing kids in Canada. Sadly, very few of them have ever had their cases publicized and, as a result, very few of their names and faces are familiar.

    In fact, as of 4:15pm today, there is only one hit through Yahoo News for "Julie Croteau". It is the article that I linked to this morning. That article is not even on the first page of One would have to dig for it to find it. How terrible is that? Her case demands publicity, especially at this point when people still have fresh memories.

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