Death of Theresa Allore

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Theresa Allore
Theresa Allore.jpg
Theresa Allore in 1978
Disappeared Lennoxville, Quebec
Body discovered Compton, Quebec
Nationality Canadian
Known for Unsolved death for 39 years, 9 months and 1 day
Height 5 ft 6 in (1.68 m)
Weight 115 lb (52 kg)

1978 Disappearance & Discovery[edit]

Theresa Allore was a 19-year-old Canadian college student who disappeared on Friday, November 3, 1978 from Champlain College Lennoxville in the Eastern Townships of Quebec.[1] Five months later, on April 13, 1979, her body was discovered in a small body of water approximately one kilometer from her dormitory residence in Compton, Quebec. [2] Upon her disappearance police initially suggested she was a runaway. When her body was discovered police then suggested that she was the possible victim of a drug overdose, perhaps with the assistance of fellow college students. [3]

2002 Re-investigation[edit]

In the summer of 2002, the family of Theresa Allore enlisted the support of an investigative reporter and friend, Patricia Pearson, who produced a series of articles for Canada's National Post newspaper that presented compelling evidence that Theresa Allore was a victim of murder, and that her death was possibly linked to two other unsolved local cases; the death of 10-year-old Manon Dube in March 1978, and the murder of Louise Camirand in 1977.[4] The theory was supported by geographic profiler and then FBI consultant, Kim Rossmo, who suggested a serial sexual predator may have been operating in the Quebec region in the late 1970s and advised police to investigate the three deaths as a series.[5] Rossmo later gained notoriety when, in 1998, he suggested that Vancouver police create a serial killer task force to investigate the multiple cases of missing women from Vancouver's downtown Eastside. [6] Robert Pickton was eventually arrested and found guilty of six murders, though he was accused of, and implicated in, an additional 26 murders of Vancouver missing women. [7]

The deaths of Theresa Allore, Manon Dube, and Louise Camirand remain unsolved cold-cases.[8]


Since 2002, John Allore - who maintains the website, Who Killed Theresa? - has continued the investigation.[9] Allore has geographically identified 15 unsolved murders from 1975 to 1981 which may be associated. The related cases are: Sharron Prior [10], Lise Choquette [11], Louise Camirand [12], Jocelyne Houle [13], Chantal Tremblay [14], Johanne Dorion [15], Hélène Monast [16], Katherine Hawkes [17], Denise Bazinet [18], Manon Dube [19], Lison Blais, Theresa Allore, Nicole Gaudreaux, Tammy Leakey, and Johanne Lemieux.[20]

The Surete du Quebec's Cold Case Squad[edit]

For years John Allore lobbied for the creation of a Surete du Quebec cold case unit. In 2004 the squad was created, with a mandate to solve over 600 cases under its jurisdiction. The first case added was Helene Monast. [21] In 2018 the Surete du Quebec added 25 officers to the unit, significantly increasing its capacity. [22] By the spring of 2018 all the major cases referenced by John Allore that were under the Surete du Quebec's jurisdiction - Louise Camirand, Chantal Tremblay, Helene Monast, Denise Bazinet, Manon Dube and Theresa Allore - had been added to the Surete du Quebec's cold case website. [23]

Continued Investigation[edit]

Beginning in 2018 John Allore started to focus on Quebec cases from the 1980s and 1990s, cases that further suggest systemic failures in Quebec criminal justice. The related cases are: Lyette Gibb [24], Sophie Landry [25], Chantal Rochon [26] , Valerie Dalpe [27], Marie Eve Lariviere [28], Melanie Cabay [29], Marie Chantale Desjardins [30], Joleil Campeau [31], Debbie Buck [32], Johanne Beardoin, Danielle Laplante, Jolène Riendeau [33] , Julie Surprenant and Cedrika Provencher.


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  2. ^ "Dad Identifies Dead Co-Ed". The Sherbrooke Record. April 17, 1979. 
  3. ^ McCully, Sharon (August 19, 2002). "Family Seeks Closure in Daughter's Murder". The Sherbrooke Record. 
  4. ^ Pearson, Patricia (August 10, 2002). "Who Killed Theresa?". The National Post. Retrieved August 10, 2010. 
  5. ^ Pearson, Patricia (August 12, 2002). "Who Killed Theresa?". The National Post. Retrieved August 12, 2002. 
  6. ^ Hall, Neal (January 24, 2012). "Former VPD detective Kim Rossmo testifies bosses nixed serial killer warning". The Vancouver Sun. Retrieved January 24, 2012. 
  7. ^ Fournier, Suzanne (January 24, 2012). "Former profiler expected to tell Pickton inquiry why the police ignored his serial-killer warning". The National Post. Retrieved January 24, 2012. 
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  10. ^ Lachapelle, Judith (July 29, 2004). "Le jour où Sharon a disparu". La Presse. 
  11. ^ Garnier, Camille (August 2, 2017). "The Murders are Similar". Le Journal De Montreal. 
  12. ^ McCaghey, John (March 28, 1977). "Sherbrooke Woman Murdered Near Magog". The Sherbrooke Record. 
  13. ^ Gonthier, Valerie (January 15, 2018). "La SQ s'attaque aux meurtres non résolus". Le Journal De Montreal. 
  14. ^ "Chantal Tremblay". Surete du Quebec. 
  15. ^ Levesque, Caroline (January 15, 2016). "L'espoir renaît après 38 ans pour la famille Dorion". Courrier Laval. 
  16. ^ Feith, Jesse (August 21, 2016). "Cold Cases Leave Familes In The Dark". The Montreal Gazette. 
  17. ^ Bayly, Joanne (January 30, 2017). "Fewer homicides in Montreal, but fewer solved, too". CBC News. 
  18. ^ Feith, Jesse (August 21, 2016). "Cold cases leave families in the dark". The Montreal Gazette. 
  19. ^ Bouchard, Marie-Christine (January 26, 2018). "Une mort impunie depuis 40 ans". La Tribune. 
  20. ^ Bayly, Joanne. "Quebec cold cases: Families of 8 dead women call for public inquiry". CBC. CBC. Retrieved 2016-04-18. 
  21. ^ "Helene Monast". Surete du Quebec. 2004-01-01. 
  22. ^ "Sûreté du Québec beefs up cold-case squad to try to crack unsolved suspicious deaths". The Canadian Press / CBC. January 15, 2018. Retrieved January 15, 2018. 
  23. ^ "Surete du Quebec / List of Cold Cases". Surete du Quebec. May 30, 2018. 
  24. ^ Charbonneau, Jean-Paul (December 11, 1999). "8 murders unsolved in the region". La Presse. 
  25. ^ Cherry, Paul (August 17, 2013). "Convicted Killer, Sex Offender given brief leave". The Montreal Gazette. 
  26. ^ "Chantal Rochon". Surete du Quebec. May 30, 2018. 
  27. ^ Cedilot, Andre (October 18, 1992). "It has been 3 years since Valerie Dalphe was murdered by a butcher". La Presse. 
  28. ^ "L'émission sur le meurtre de Marie-Ève Larivière porte fruits". TVA Nouvelles. May 17, 2005. 
  29. ^ Trottier, Eric (July 6, 1994). "Is it the body of Melanie Cabay?". La Presse. 
  30. ^ Turenne, Martine (July 22, 1994). "Marie-Chantale Desjardins was murdered". Le Devoir. 
  31. ^ Cherry, Paul (August 5, 2016). "20 Years Later Joleil Campeau's Mother Speaks Out". 
  32. ^ Gravenor, Kristian (December 4, 2010). "Debbie Buck - Murder in Mirabel". Coolopolis. 
  33. ^ Cherry, Paul (October 31, 2014). "Mother of slain girl gets discharge for assaulting suspect". The Montreal Gazette. 

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