VANCOUVER EASTSIDE MISSING WOMEN
Serial Killer in 1995
Fifth body linked to serial killer
Thursday, April 17, 1997
The body of a prostitute who vanished from Vancouver's downtown eastside in 1995 has brought to five the number of women to have been murdered by a serial killer.
Police said yesterday they have identified skeletal remains found on Mt. Seymour in August 1996 as those of Mary Lidguerre. She is one of five women who disappeared in the summer of 1995.
A cause of death could not be established because of decomposition of the body, said North Vancouver RCMP Const. Tom Seaman.
He said Lidguerre was identified through dental records.
At the time of her disappearance, Vancouver police said they suspected she had fallen victim to the same man they believe is responsible for the murders of prostitutes Tracy Olajide, Tammy Lee Pipe and Victoria Younker.
The bodies of Olajide, 30, and Pipe 24, were found near Agassiz in August of 1995.
Both had been sexually assaulted and strangled.
A few weeks later police found the body of Younker, also known as Nicole Jean Johnson, in woods 30 kilometers from Mission.
Police confirmed Younker had died the same way as the two prostitutes whose bodies were found in Agassiz.
A fifth hooker who worked the same are of the downtown eastside is still missing.
A 42-year-old man -- who once suggested he could have become a serial killer like Clifford Olson -- was taken into custody on another offense and is still the prime suspect in the murders.
The man was given statutory release in July 1994 after serving two-thirds of a 17-year sentence for two counts of rape and two of attempted murder.
In 1982, he picked up a hitchhiker, raped her and shot her in the head. She survived.
He also picked up a woman in downtown Vancouver and stripped and raped her before trying to strangle her. She too survived.
Police have yet to lay any charges in the five murders.
The Vancouver Sun, Thursday, April 17, 1997
Prostitute's body found in North Van
The skeletal remains of a Vancouver prostitute missing for nearly two years have been found on Mount Seymour.
Mary Lidguerre, who was 30 when she went missing in July 1995, was likely killed by someone who picked her up, North Vancouver RCMP Constable Tom Seaman said Wednesday.
He said her remains were found near an area people often use to dump their garbage, a short walk from the road halfway up Mount Seymour.
At the time of her disappearance, Vancouver police said they believed Lidguerre might have been picked up by a serial killer. Police said five prostitutes disappeared in 1995. Three of their bodies were found near Agassiz and Mission.
The Province, Friday, September 26, 1997. Holly Horwood, Staff Reporter
Accused killer regular client of prostitutes
Terry Driver was a hyperactive youngster, diagnosed at two with mild brain dysfunction, which meant he had to spend his school years in group-care facilities.
At age 12, he was diagnosed with Tourette's syndrome, a neurological disorder that has tic-like symptoms and obsessive-compulsive aspects, which make him compulsively wash his hands and check doorknobs.
Driver's thought patterns are also affected, said his lawyer Glen Orris. But Orris stressed yesterday that Drive is fully aware of the impact of his actions.
"I want to be clear on this -- we are not leading this evidence to suggest this is a defense or there is a psychiatric defense," said Orris in opening the defense at Driver's murder trial, in which he has admitted to raping 16-year-old Tanya Smith.
"What he did, he knows is wrong. He knows it's wrong legally and it's wrong morally and there's no issue with that."
The court heard Driver graduated from a career-preparation program in printing at Vancouver Technical secondary and got a job at Abbotsford Printing. He married in 1990 and is the father of two.
Orris said Driver's "strong sexual impulses" prompted him to regularly use prostitutes when he worked in Vancouver in the early 1980s. (One of the notes given by Driver to police included a news clipping about the 1985 unsolved murder of a Vancouver prostitute).
"He has used hookers on a regular basis ...up until this event he has channeled this into socially acceptable ways -- but this is not a component of his personality."
Updated: August 21, 2016