239: Delayed Justice — Part 2: The Murder of Monica Jack

In our last episode we heard of the murder of eleven-year-old Kathryn-Mary Herbert in Abbotsford, B.C. The 1975 murder went unsolved for nearly 40 years. 

Less than a year after Kathryn-Mary was killed, another girl from Abbotsford, Theresa Hildebrandt, 15, also went missing. Her body turned up in 1980, she’d been murdered. Two years after that and more than 200 kilometres from Abbotsford, another girl, Monica Jack, 12, went bike riding near Merritt, B.C. and was never again seen alive. Her remains were not found until 1995 near Nicola Lake, she too had been murdered. 

Police believed that all three murders were connected. They had only circumstantial evidence on one suspect they presumed had committed all three killings. 


2015 BCSC 1023 (CanLII) | R. v Handlen | CanLII

2018 BCSC 1330 (CanLII) | R. v Handlen | CanLII

2022 BCCA 304 (CanLII) | R. v. Handlen | CanLII

Garden Of Tears~Garden Of Hope

36 years later, Chilliwack woman believes daughter’s killer will be caught

New details emerge on alleged child killer’s history | CTV News

Are Kamloops and area murders linked to deceased American suspect? – Kamloops This Week

Family Of Theresa Hildebrandt Lives Four Decades Without Answers In Her Murder | Abbotsford News

Garry Handlen’s ‘Mr. Big’ Confession Could Have Been Fabricated, Judge Says | Abbotsford News

Garry Handlen convicted in Monica Jack killing: What the jury didn’t hear

Garry Taylor Handlen, accused child killer, evaded charges for 39 years | CBC News

Crown Proceeds by Direct Indictment in R. v. Handlen

Vancouver Sun — Handlen’s confession to murder of second B.C. girl not heard at trial

UBCIC Stands with Family of Monica Jack as her Murderer Appeals Conviction – UBCIC

B.C. court dismisses appeal of man convicted of 1978 murder of 12-year-old Monica Jack | CBC News

B.C. man convicted in young girl’s murder in 1978 loses appeal – Surrey Now-Leader

GRAPHIC CONTENT: Confession of Garry Taylor Handlen to the murder of Monica Jack | Vancouver Sun — YouTube

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