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In the mid-1960s, a senior air force officer at the Clinton air force base made a discovery that, decades later, raises grave questions about the integrity of the investigation of Lynn Harper's murder. He found a misplaced psychiatric file from 1959 and, reading it ... he felt a chill. The subject of the file was a sexual predator ... who also sounded like a killer.
The file subsequently disappeared for nearly 40 years. An investigation by the fifth estate, assisted by the National Archives in Ottawa, retrieved that file -- part of a 900-page dossier on Sgt. Alexander Kalichuk:
A week later, a judge dismissed the
charge for lack of evidence. Before he let him go,
the judge gave Kalichuk a stern lecture ... making
it clear that he knew what he'd been up to.
It seems unlikely that the police wouldn't
have felt the same - and kept an open file on him
- even though he'd walked away scot free this
time. This was only 12 days before Lynn Harper was
murdered. See a military
document which summarizes the case.
Here are two
stories that appeared in the local newspaper,
the Exeter Times Advocate.
He then purchased another brand
new 1959 car, this time a tan Oldsmobile, and this
car was kept for about a decade. The picture which
follows is of Sgt. Kalichuk's own car taken in 1961:
What Truscott said he saw at the corner of the County Road was a grey 1959 Chevrolet Belair which he said he was able to recognize from the fins and the cats' eye shape to the tail lights. There is no way of knowing if the car seen by Truscott had anything to do with her death or if it was the last car she got into. The picture to the right is from the manufacturer's advertisement.