Real Names: Jacqueline McAllister and Brian Major
Nicknames: Jackie (Jacqueline)
Location: Blind River, Ontario
Date: June 28, 1991
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Details: Sixty-two-year-old Gordon "Gord" McAllister and his fifty-nine-year-old wife Jackie were from Lindsey, Ontario; they had been married for thirty-nine years. On June 27, 1991, they stopped at a rest stop in Blind River, Ontario, to spend the night. They were on a vacation trip to Winnipeg, traveling in their RV. At 12:55am on June 28, a man claiming to be a police officer knocked on their door. He claimed that they had to move their RV.
When Jackie opened the door, the man had two guns with him and demanded all of their money and valuables. She put her rings and jewelry in her purse and then gave it to him. Then, for no apparent reason, he shot her. Gord was able to jump out of the RV and hide under it as the man fired at him.
At around that same time, Brian Major, a twenty-nine-year-old husband and father from Elliot Lake, arrived at the rest stop and asked the man if he needed help. When he noticed that he had a gun, he tried to get back into his car and start it. He was then shot by the gunman. After that, the gunman got into his van and drove off.
Gord went out to the highway and tried to get help, but Jackie and Brian were already dead. Gord was wounded, but survived. Police began investigating and soon distributed a composite of the killer. A witness came forward, claiming that the gunman nearly hit their car shortly after he left the rest stop. He was driving a blue van, which continued driving east towards Sudbury, Ontario. Unfortunately, the witness did not see what license plates it had. A search of vehicle records proved fruitless.
After the murders, Gord helped police make a computer composite of the gunman (shown below). However, the case remains unsolved.
Suspects: Gord described the gunman to police as 5'10" to 6'0" with a slight build and long stringy blonde hair; he was approximately thirty-years-old at the time. He has never been identified. He used two different weapons in the attack: a .22-caliber rifle and 20-gauge shotgun. He was believed to have been driving a blue full-size Chevrolet van. It was a mid-1980's model with white full-size mirrors and white mud flaps.
Extra Notes: This case first aired on the March 10, 1993 episode.
Results: Unsolved. In 1999, police identified a suspect in the case: fifty-two-year-old former cop Ronald Glenn West. He is currently serving a life sentence for two unrelated murders from 1970 and several home invasion robberies from 1995. Although he has never been charged with the Blind River Murders, there is some circumstantial evidence that links him to the crime. At the time of the murders, he lived in Blind River, about twelve miles away from the crime scene. He also owned a .22-caliber rifle and a 20-gauge shotgun, the same type of weapons that were used in the murders. His ex-wife also noted that he owned a blue van and looked similar to the composite, but with a blonde wig.
Sadly, Gord passed away on February 14, 2012, without ever seeing a resolution to Jackie's murder.
- Jackie and Brian on Unsolved.com
- Blind River on Wikipedia
- Google Groups Articles on Case
- Two killed, police start manhunt - June 29, 1991
- Gunman kills two at picnic rest stop - June 29, 1991
- Canada wide alert issued after two shot at rest spot - July 2, 1991
- Hunt increases for Ontario gunman - July 3, 1991
- Killer may have fled to U.S., say police - July 3, 1991
- Families, friends devastated in the aftermath of killings - June 18, 1992
- Killings often shatter survivors' lives - June 19, 1992
- Unsolved Mysteries hopes to catch killer - March 6, 1993
- Ontario killings an Unsolved Mystery - March 8, 1993
- Ronald West investigated in double murder - August 27, 1999
- Ex-cop probed in tourist killings - August 27, 1999
- Man charged in '70 murders is suspect in '91 murders - August 28, 1999
- Former cop linked to other Ont. killings - August 28, 1999
- Police should look 'somewhere else' for killer in '91 slayings - August 28, 1999
- Trans-Canada Hwy double homicide still unsolved after 26 years - October 29, 2017
- Ronald Glenn West: Where Is the Canadian Serial Killer Cop Now? - February 5, 2019
- Obituary for Gord McAllister
- Jackie and Gord McAllister on Find a Grave