TV show points to convicted killer as possible suspect in Ont. teen Jackie English's 1969 slaying

Jackie English. (File Photo)

Jackie English. (File Photo)

Jane Sims, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 8:50 AM ET

LONDON, Ont. -- She knows his name.

She knows his face.

Now, Jackie English's sister wants the OPP to get on board and investigate the findings of a celebrity sleuth's probe into the London teen's homicide four decades ago that points to a convicted killer as the prime suspect.

"We're not going away. We deserve some answers," Anne English-Cremers said after the airing Saturday of To Catch A Killer, which profiled her sister's death.

"And the poor little kids that were killed certainly deserve that," she said, referring to the string of unsolved cold case murders in the London area during the 1960s and 1970s.

The head of the OPP's criminal investigations branch said Sunday investigators continue to probe the case and were aware of the show's contents.

"I want to assure the family as well as the general public... In this matter as in any other matter, the OPP will follow all leads and tips and make use of all information. If there is a new lead, we will make use of it," Det.-Supt Dave Truax said.

"We certainly sympathize with the families and friends of victims of unsolved homicides, and the challenge and frustration is that we cannot share the results of the investigation... It would be wrong to assume that because we have not talked publicly about a lead in an investigation it has not been investigated," he said.

Truax said investigators welcome the publicity swirling around To Catch A Killer.

"Bringing an investigation forward in this forum, though many many years have passed, may certainly elicit someone's memory to come forward with information that may be very pertinent to this investigation," he said.

The Oprah Winfrey Network show, the brainchild of London police and Western University professor Mike Arntfield, revealed a man named "David" who had a home base west of Tillsonburg, Ont., fits the profile of who killed English, 15, in October 1969. He was convicted of non-capital murder in the 1970s and doesn't live in the area.

The full name and details about his crime were obscured in the show for legal reasons.

A report by the civilian investigators leaked to QMI Agency links English's slaying with the deaths of Lynda White, 19, who vanished in 1968 and Soraya O'Connell, 15, who vanished in 1970.

The report suggests the person responsible was a sexually motivated serial killer with an attraction to corpses who was willing to travel long distances and may have kept souvenirs of his slayings.

The killer also would deposit personal belongings in various locations far away from the eventual spots where the bodies were found.


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