316: Morning Run Cut Short: The Murder of Marguerite Telesford

Episode 316: On January 18, 1987, 20-year-old University of Victoria student Marguerite Telesford disappeared during a morning jog in Saanich, British Columbia. Her bloody earmuffs, bloodstains, a discharged shotgun shell, and a pry bar were found, suggesting foul play, but her body was never located. In 1989, Scott Ian MacKay was convicted of second-degree murder concerning Telesford’s death despite maintaining his innocence. MacKay had a history of violent assaults on women. Recently, after serving a life sentence, MacKay was controversially granted day parole, raising concerns from the community and victim advocates about public safety risks and his lack of remorse.

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Marguerite Telesford – Mount Doug Alumni Association

Archive dive: The 1987 murder of a UVic student who vanished on her morning run

The 35th Anniversary of the Saanich Indian Territorial Declaration

Neighbourhood History Tillicum

“Marguerite Telesford” – Search – Newspapers.com™

1988 CanLII 2888 (BC SC) | B.C. (A.G.) v. Pac. Press Ltd. | CanLII

1992 CanLII 5990 (BC CA) | R. v. MacKay | CanLII

Dead Ends: B.C. Crime Stories

CANADA – Marguerite Telesford, Missing since January 18, 1987 from Saanich, Victoria, BC; 2nd degree murder conviction

Jack Knox: Marguerite Telesford murder a story without end

Jan 20, 1987, page 1 – The Vancouver Sun at Newspapers.com

Jan 20, 1987, page 3 – The Province at Newspapers.com

Jan 21, 1987, page 8 – The Leader-Post at Newspapers.com

Jan 22, 1987, page 4 – The Province at Newspapers.com

Jan 23, 1987, page 3 – Times Colonist at Newspapers.com

Apr 14, 1988, page 1 – Times Colonist at Newspapers.com

Apr 21, 1988, page 1 – Times Colonist at Newspapers.com

Jan 19, 1989, page 12 – The Province at Newspapers.com

Jan 19, 1989, page 1 – Times Colonist at Newspapers.com

Jan 19, 1989, page 9 – The Vancouver Sun at Newspapers.com

Jan 25, 1989, page 5 – The Province at Newspapers.com

Jan 25, 1989, page 13 – The Vancouver Sun at Newspapers.com

Jan 26, 1989, page 11 – Times Colonist at Newspapers.com

Jan 28, 1989, page 9 – The Vancouver Sun at Newspapers.com

Feb 02, 1989, page 3 – Times Colonist at Newspapers.com

Feb 04, 1989, page 3 – Edmonton Journal at Newspapers.com

Feb 05, 1989, page 8 – The Province at Newspapers.com

Feb 06, 1989, page 3 – Times Colonist at Newspapers.com

Feb 08, 1989, page 1 – Times Colonist at Newspapers.com

May 15, 1993, page 1 – Times Colonist at Newspapers.com

Jan 27, 1998, page 2 – The Province at Newspapers.com

Mar 17, 2024, page A4 – The Province at Newspapers.com

Man convicted of murdering UVic student 37 years ago gets day parole

‘Baffling’: B.C. murderer who killed university student granted day parole – BC

High-risk offender to reside in Vancouver – Vancouver Police Department

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