On the evening of April 21, 1984, the Saturday evening before Easter, undercover O.P.P. officer William McIntyre was found dead inside his home at 1300 Marlborough Court in Oakville, Ontario.
McIntyre was off-duty but was overdue for a meeting that was part of an undercover work assignment when he was killed. Over the years, there has been speculation as to who killed him. Was it a direct result of his undercover work? Did it have to do with details of his personal life? No one has ever been charged in connection with the murder. Currently, there is a $100,000 reward for anyone who assists with information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person responsible for his death.
While the story of McIntyre's murder has often been re-visited by the local media, Case Cold's team has spent months reviewing newspaper archives, researching online, and interviewing people who have knowledge of the case. The resulting story is presented here in several unique formats:
- The 360-degree film below is best viewed in browsers that support 360-degree content (Chrome and Firefox). For a full virtual reality experience, you can also view it using an Oculus Go.
- Scroll down further to explore a multimedia version of the story. There are video clips from recent interviews, an interactive 3D recreation of William McIntyre's apartment, and embedded historical news clippings about the case.
- A podcast that includes additional audio from recent interviews.
April weather in Southern Ontario can be unpredictable. April 2020 was chilly, and even snowy at times, but the Easter weekend in 1984 was sunny and pleasant. Given the weather, most people were probably out enjoying the warm spring temperatures. The Town of Oakville is only about 30 kms west of downtown Toronto. It is connected to the city by the Queen Elizabeth Way (QEW), a major traffic artery that also connects Toronto to the American border at Buffalo, New York. Today, Oakville is a busy part of the GTA (Greater Toronto Area), but in 1984 Oakville's population was only around 80,000 and would have felt apart from the bustle of the city.
The neighbourhoods to the north of the QEW in Oakville were newly constructed in 1984. The Oakville Place mall, which is just north of the QEW at Trafalgar Road, opened in 1981. Just a few blocks north of the mall, the sprawling Sheridan College campus had opened a decade earlier when the surrounding area was still primarily farmer's fields. Across Trafalgar Road from Sheridan College, a new neighbourhood had been built that included attractive single-family homes and several large apartment buildings. The Villas, located at 1300 Marlborough Court, was a six-floor apartment complex built in 1974 that included 110 units. It was on the fourth floor of this building that a killer aimed and fired a gun at William McIntyre's head sometime during that Easter weekend.
At around 9:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 21st, a loud bang was heard on the third floor of The Villas. The tenant who reported the noise learned later that the noise had been caused by a colleague of Mcintyre's, who had booted down the door to William's apartment. William had failed to show up to work so his supervisor had sent the colleague to check on him. This colleague had not been able to get an answer on the building's security phone, but he found William's car in the parking garage, and he could hear William's pager beeping through the door to his apartment. Kicking down the door may seem an extreme action given the circumstances, but William did not live a normal life. William's colleague was from the same elite undercover police unit that William was a member of. The threat of violence was a constant in his life, despite the quiet, suburban setting of his apartment. Once inside William's apartment, the colleague climbed the stairs to the second level of the apartment. He passed the entrance to the family room and the spare bedroom and found William's body lying near the door to the master bedroom. He was dead and had a gunshot wound in his forehead. Police determined later that he had been shot with a .22-calibre firearm.
The Halton Police station was located only three blocks to the south of William's apartment. The tenant who had heard the loud noise of the door being kicked down had called police and soon there was a large police presence at the scene. Detective John Van der Lelie of the Halton Police had been enjoying a day off, but he was called in to assume responsibility for the investigation.
Corporal William (Bill) McIntyre, badge #4577, had been an officer for the Ontario Provincial Police for almost 12 years at the time of his murder. He was often involved in cases relating to motorcycle gangs, organized crime, and illegal drug transactions. As an undercover officer, he had posed as a biker and involved himself with biker gangs and had even gone undercover in jails to elicit the confessions of criminals.
Although his work with the O.P.P. took Bill all over Ontario, Bill had grown up in a rural area in North Oakville. He was born on April 12, 1951 and he lived with his working class parents in a house along Highway 5. His father worked as a truck driver. Bill attended Sniders Public School which was located about 5 kms north of his home on Burnhamthorpe Road . The original Sniders School was built in 1877, but the school had been rebuilt in 1956, so it was new when Bill attended it. The school building still exists today as part of the Al Falah Islamic Centre. Even today the school is in a rural area, several kilometres north of suburban Oakville, so presumably Bill would have been bused to the school in the 1960s. After Sniders P.S., he attended White Oaks Secondary School. It was also a brand new school having only been built in 1965. He graduated from high school in 1969. His friend George O'Hearn says that throughout his high school years Bill had a singular focus on becoming a police officer.
George O'Hearn was a friend of Bill's. He worked with him just after they both graduated from White Oaks Secondary School and before Bill started at the O.P.P.. In this excerpt from an interview with George, he describes his friend, and his life just before the murder.
After high school Bill apprenticed as an automotive mechanic for three years. He and George worked at a General Motors dealership in Milton. Bill had just turned 21 when, on May 1, 1972, he joined the Ontario Provincial Police (O.P.P.).
Bill worked in a number of small communities across Southwestern Ontario after joining the O.P.P. including Tobermory, Exeter, Sauble Beach, Godrich, and Mount Forest. It seems that Bill was well-liked by both co-workers and the public during these early years with the O.P.P.. His co-workers apparently liked to joke with him about the time he damaged a police cruiser by colliding with a cow while on a call.
He was promoted to Corporal on October 1, 1983. At his request, he was transferred to the Technical Service Branch at the O.P.P. General Headquarters (GHQ) located at 90 Harbour Street in Toronto. He joined a special surveillance squad that was assigned to investigate organized crime, biker gangs, and drug dealers. At this point in his career, Bill already had significant experience working undercover, often posing as a biker. This new assignment represented a significant step in his career as an undercover operative.
Several sources have attested to the secretive nature of the unit that Bill joined. This group was known within the O.P.P. as The Sultans. This was a nod to the Dire Straits song, The Sultans of Swing, because they listened to Dire Straits tapes while on stakeouts. This was a very tight-knit group - one source even reports a secret initiation ritual for the unit that involved driving at high speed over the crest of a hill in the wrong lane, while trusting another member of the team to signal if there was any oncoming traffic.
Bill's physical appearance at this time was imposing. He was a burly man with a bushy beard. After his first undercover experience as a constable, he stopped cutting his hair. This gave him an unkempt look as he was already losing hair at the front of his head at an early age. His nickname, 'Large', reflected his dominating physical presence. His friend George O'Hearn recalls a time before Bill joined the O.P.P. when the two were out driving and had a confrontation with another driver. After a few words from Bill the other driver retreated into his car and drove off. While Bill had a rough appearance that could be intimidating, his friends describe him as a gentle soul with a happy nature.
Bill's rough physical appearance was necessary given the type of work he was doing as a member of The Sultans. He frequently went undercover in jails in order to try to get jailhouse confessions from suspects. The perilous nature of this kind of work is described in Greg Quesnelle's, Undercover - My Story, a novel that is dedicated to Bill's memory. Quesnelle was a colleague of Bill's who also worked as an undercover O.P.P officer. While Undercover - My Story is a fictional account of this type of work, it does provide realistic descriptions of the life of an undercover officer. One chapter describes the main character going undercover in a jail to try to get a confession. Quesnelle describes an experience where there is no safety net because the jail guards do not know the true identity of the undercover officer. Reportedly, Bill had taken on this hazardous role frequently as he had gone undercover in jail cells over 20 times. At the time of his death, he was scheduled to testify in two cases, a murder and a bank robbery, based on jailhouse confessions. Bill's appearance was also similar to a man that was reported to be an idol of his, former undercover officer for the N.Y.P.D., Frank Serpico.
In 1984 Bill was living in an apartment in Oakville, just a few blocks from where he went to high school. He lived alone and he had no life partner that his friends were aware of. He often met up with friends in Oakville for dinner and drinks - he loved to eat prime rib beef and drink Crown Royal rye whiskey - but he was very secretive about his work with these same friends. Sometimes these two very different worlds mixed, for example when George O'Hearn was invited out to join Bill and his colleagues for a celebratory drink after the unit had achieved a success. But for the most part, Bill had two very different lives . His neighbours seemingly had no idea that he was an undercover police officer when the news of his murder emerged.W
Bill was scheduled to testify in at least two trials at the time of his murder. The trial of 21-year-old Lindley Charles McArthur was set to begin on May 7, 1984. McArthur was charged with the murder of Lee Marie DePalma, a 30-year-old nurse and mother who had been raped and strangled in Barrie, Ontario. After learning of McIntyre's death, McArthur's lawyer moved to make the evidence collected by McIntyre inadmissible.
The other trial that Bill was involved with was the trial of Rex Albert Yates who was accused of robbing the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce in Orangeville, Ontario. Bill had already testified at Yate's preliminary hearing on Nov. 28, 1983. Yate's trial was just a week away at the time of Bill's murder.
It has been reported that Yates figured out where Bill lived and had approached him at The Villas about two weeks before the trial. It is believed that Yates had written down license plates he observed at the O.P.P. headquarters and had determined McIntyre's home address by tracing the vehicle ownership. Six days before Bill was murdered, Yates was pulled over for speeding on Trafalgar Road. Although this was in Georgetown, 30 kilometres north of Oakville, it is along a logical route from Orangeville to Bill's apartment. Yates was charged with breach of his bail conditions as this occurred after 10pm.
On Friday, April 20, Bill had dinner with a friend, who said that Bill was upset about something but he wouldn't say what. This would have been very much out of character for Bill. Another friend, George O'Hearn has said that "he always had a smile on his face... he put aside anything that was less than happy if anything was going on." After dinner, the friend dropped him off at his apartment at around 9 p.m..
There is some uncertainty about when exactly Bill was killed. Initially it was believed that he was shot on the Friday night, after he returned home. But a year after his murder, a witness came forward who said that she saw Bill leaning out over the railing on his balcony, talking to a man who was below in the parking lot. She said this was at about 9:30am on the Saturday morning. She described the interaction between Bill and the other man as casual. She described the man as being in his late teens or early 20s with short curly hair, and with a motorcycle helmet under his arm. Given that this account surfaced a year after the murder, it is difficult to know how reliable the police believed the woman's memory might be.
The individual apartments at The Villas, where Bill lived, are all two-stories. The first floor has the kitchen, living room, dining room, and a small bathroom. There is a set of stairs leading upwards to the second floor when you first enter the apartment. At the top of the stairs there is a family room to the left. Oddly the family room also has a door that leads to an external hallway. Presumably this hallway would be much less used as most residents would probably use the main doors to their apartments rather than these doors leading off the family rooms. Straight ahead off the stairs is the main bathroom, and immediately to the right is a bedroom. Back along a short landing is the entrance to a second bedroom and the master bedroom. The master bedroom is accessed through a long, 12 foot hallway.
If Bill was killed by someone he did not know, someone who broke into the apartment and concealed themselves and waited for his return, there were many places where that person could have hid in the dark. The long hallway to the master bedroom had two closets that could have offered the murderer cover. The adjacent bedroom could also have been a good hiding place. It seems that Bill was not killed immediately after his return to the apartment as he was only wearing jeans and socks at the time. If the killer was waiting in the darkness of a closet, or behind a door, he bided his time until he had an opportunity for a clean shot to the head.
If Bill was killed by someone he knew, the sequence of events before his death are more difficult to imagine. There was evidence of other individuals in the apartment. There were cigarette butts found in an ashtray, and Bill did not smoke. There was also a handprint on the stereo. But it is difficult to know whether these were left in the hours before the murder, or weeks or months earlier. Given that Bill was shot in the head, with no sign of a struggle. regardless of the circumstance, he must have been caught by surprise.
Two things are clear about the initial investigation of Bill's murder. First, there was no lack of suspects given the potentially dangerous nature of his work. Second, the O.P.P. and Halton investigators had distinctly different opinions on the motive.
Because the murder had occurred in Oakville, it was within the jurisdiction of the Halton Regional Police Service. The Halton Police Service had been created in 1974, when the Region of Halton was formed, and the former smaller police services for the communities were amalgamated. Halton Staff Once Bill's body was discovered, Sergeant John Van der Lelie was immediately assigned to coordinate the investigation. In 1984, Van der Lelie was an experienced investigator, having already been on the job for 17 years. Amazingly, Van der Lelie is still serving the Halton Police Service after more than 50 years, although he declined to be interviewed for this project. Detective Inspector James McCormick was assigned by the O.P.P. to assist with the investigation. Van der Lelie and McCormick led a team of 20 detectives who were investigating the case.
Immediately after discovery of Bill's body the crime scene was examined for evidence and interviews of potential witnesses began. Bill had been shot in the forehead and afterwards he had been kicked in the head. He was only wearing jeans and socks. Police found three cigarette butts in an ashtray - one was an Export A butt and the other two were Belvederes. Bill did not smoke. They also found a handprint on the stereo, a blonde hair, and a speck of blood that were not Bill's. It was also reported that wax was found in one of the apartments locks. Wax could be an indicator that someone had taken an impression to manufacture a key. Very early in the investigation police began to believe that Bill might have been gay. This was partly due to evidence found at the scene. They located semen that was not Bill's in two places in the apartment - on a pair of underpants and on tissues that were found beside the bed and under the mattress. A gay magazine, Stallion, was found in a drawer.
None of the neighbour's interviewed indicated that they had heard a shot. When fired, the sound from a typical .22 pistol will be approximately 157dB. The same weapon, with a suppressor, will result in a sound of approximately 116 dB. Even the sound of a suppressed shot would have likely been heard through the walls of apartment, so this is puzzling. Nevertheless, it is conceivable that the sound could have been ignored in the moment - assumed to be a firework, a truck backfiring, or the sound of a dropped kitchen pot.
In the days and months after the murder, police interviewed residents of the building, Bill's friends and family, and members of The Sultans. They also took fingerprints, collected samples of blood, hair, and saliva, and administered lie detector tests. Investigators also expressed interest in whether a Halton Police cruiser had been seen parked in the parking lot at The Villas in the weeks before the murder. In a recent interview, former Villas resident Gillian Hill clearly remembered this line of enquiry as the detectives pressed her on whether she would recognize the difference between an O.P.P. vehicle and a Halton Police vehicle. Presumably, they suspected that the officer driving the vehicle may have been visiting Bill.
In the early days of an investigation, consideration of motive can offer investigators useful avenues in the determination of potential suspects. Scott H. Decker, a professor of Criminology at Arizona State University offers this characterization of potential motives for violent crimes:
Motives for violent crime are generally broken into two categories: instrumental and expressive. Instrumental motives are ascribed to events that are designed to produce a material advantage for the offender. Robbery—such as the killing of a store owner for the cash in the till—is the perfect example of this.
Expressive violence is different; it is designed to make a statement or communicate a strong emotion like love, hate, or resentment. Domestic homicides, in which one intimate partner kills another, are the prototypical form of expressive homicide.
Investigators of the McIntyre case considered both instrumental and expressive motives. There were clearly people who stood to gain by McIntyre's death. An indication that this was expressive violence was offered by the evidence that Bill had been kicked in the face after he was shot.
In general, an instrumental motive lined up with the theory that Bill was killed by a suspect in an active investigation or criminal prosecution that he was involved with. An expressive motive, lined up with the theory that Bill had been killed as an act of passion associated with a gay relationship. In reality, these distinctions are a bit murky. For example, Rex Yates made statements while in prison that indicated the hate he felt for Bill, so not only did he stand to gain by eliminating Bill's testimony, he also had an emotional motivation.
The idea that a gay lover shot and killed Bill is unsupported by any evidence that has been publicly released. First, no man has ever been identified as having had an intimate relationship with Bill. The only evidence that Bill was gay are the semen samples and the magazine that were found in his bedroom. It is conceivable that this evidence was planted in order to achieve the added revenge of damaging Bill's reputation. Even if Bill was in a gay relationship this fact alone does not lead directly to the conclusion that his lover murdered him. If Bill had a romantic partner who achieved that level of emotional motivation, it would seem odd that none of the neighbours ever saw or heard Bill with anyone.
Societal attitudes towards homosexuality were considerably less liberal in the early 1980s. Same-sex sexual activity between consenting adults was not decriminalized in Canada until 1969. It wasn't until 1985 that the anal sex provisions of the criminal code were relaxed in Canada to adjust the age of consent downwards to 18. The late 1970s and early 1980s saw many high-profile busts of gay men in the Toronto area. The Toronto bathhouse raids occurred on February 5, 1981. This raid is considered a pivotal event that led to the emergence of the gay rights movement in Toronto. There were several other mass arrests of gay men in the Greater Toronto Area in the years after the bathhouse raids. In September 1983 twenty-seven men were arrested in Orillia on indecency charges after police observation of the bathroom at the Orillia Opera House. In August of 1984, seventy-two men were charged with gross indecency by Peel Police after police surveilled washrooms at local malls. In 1984 St. Catherines police arrested 32 men and charged them with indecency offences. Strikingly, an April 27, 1984 story in The Hamilton Spectator about Bill's murder is right next to a story with the headline '30 charged in morals offences'. The story lists the names of 30 men caught up in a sting operation staged by Halton Police at the Oakville Place Mall. This mall was only a few blocks away from Bill's apartment. If Bill was gay, it is not surprising that he chose to keep it to himself given the cultural attitudes at the time.
Historically, police culture has not been welcoming of openly gay officers. Joe L. Couto examined this issue in his 2014 thesis titled 'Covered in Blue: Police Culture and LGBT Police Officers in the Province of Ontario.' This excerpt, from his introduction clearly describes the environment:
Police officers that do not belong to the normative white, heterosexual male definition of the prototypical “cop” must negotiate their status within their organizations, their perceptions about their workplace environment, and relationships with internal groups (Burke, 1994, p. 193). Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) police officers constitute a group that has traditionally not been accepted within policing. Such officers must deal with fact that they are part of a profession that has often been an instrument of oppression when it comes to their own community. LGBT police officers are part of a community that as recently as the 1980s was still subjected to police harassment and raids on gay establishments such as bars and bathhouses.
In 1987 Detective Sergeant Paul Chapman from Halton Police was quoted in a Toronto Star article saying "We know he had contacts in the gay community and there are people out there who can help us, but they may be afraid of exposure. But we're not interested in ruining anybody's reputation." This same article notes that Bill's "undercover operations led him into the gay communities in Toronto, Oakville, Burlington, and elsewhere." This statement in 1987 is interesting given that the mass arrests that occurred only a few years earlier had outed many men and had resulted in the destruction of their reputations. It is also interesting to consider whether Bill had participated in any of the undercover operations that resulted in the mass arrests.
One of the most mentioned suspects for Bill's murder was Rex Yates. As described earlier, Yates was charged with robbing the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce in Orangeville, and Bill was about to testify at Yates' trial at the time of his murder. Suspicion continued to be directed at Yates for years. Despite Bill's death, his testimony was still read into evidence at the trial, and Yates was convicted of both the bank robbery and additional weapons charges. He received a sentence of 5 years for the robbery and 2 years for the weapons offences.
The Rex Yates story is complicated and interesting enough that it warranted a 4,000 word, two-page spread in the Toronto Star in November of 1991, and a 2,000 word story in the Hamilton Spectator in February of 1992. Many of the details of Yates' life that are described here come from those two sources. By all accounts, Yates was exceptionally intelligent with an I.Q. that placed him in the genius category. He studied mechanical engineering and was a self-taught locksmith. He was born in 1954 and grew up in Orangeville with his brother Dennis and his mother Ruth. By 1974, his mother had remarried and the boys were also living with their step-father, Roy, in the family home at 73 Mill Street in Orangeville.
Late on the Sunday night of the Canada Day Weekend in 1983 Yates was hiding inside the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce on First Street in Orangeville. He had entered using a key he had fabricated for the lock. He tripped the alarm as he entered, and then he waited for the police and bank manager to arrive. Showing unusual patience, he remained hidden until they concluded that the alarm must have malfunctioned and they left. He then had the challenge of cracking the vault to get the money. But this turned out not to be much of a challenge at all. As police later learned, Yates had spent weeks preparing for this heist. He had hidden in his van outside the bank while it was being constructed. The bank vault had to be installed before the construction of the bank structure was fully completed. Yates took advantage of the partially built bank to sneak in nightly and examine the building and vault. He determined that if he sawed through a part of the lock mechanism on the vault he would be able to unlock the vault by turning each dial to the last digit. That Sunday night in July 1983 Yates found $173,000 in cash and cheques when he opened the door to the vault. His scheme was ingenious but he made two critical mistakes.
The first mistake was taking on an accomplice. He offered his friend Joseph Hall $4,000 to help. Presumably Hall stayed on lookout outside the bank while Yates was inside grabbing the loot. Hall later proved less able to resist police pressures to confess to the crime. The second mistake Yates made was not anticipating that someone might be up that late to observe his exit from the bank. It had been a hot and humid day with a high of 32 degrees. Across the road from the bank a woman was having trouble sleeping on that warm night and she happened to look out her window and saw Yates exiting the bank. She called the police who managed to respond fast enough to nab Joseph Hall. Yates escaped with the loot. He turned himself in several days later, but the money was nowhere to be found.
Hall confessed to the heist, but Yates refused to admit that he was involved. Police decided to put an undercover officer in the cell with Hall and Yates to see if the could get them to incriminate themselves. They called in O.P.P. Corporal William McIntyre who, by this point in his career as an undercover officer, had done this successfully many times. Reportedly, when Hall left the cell briefly, McIntyre said to Yates, "Your friend is going to sink you, if he doesn't shut up." Yates, in reply, said "He's stupid. That's the thanks I get for trying to help him. He was broke and living on welfare. I gave him a job and some money. I planned it and even opened the safe."
Heading into his preliminary hearing in November of 1983, Yates had two hurdles to overcome in establishing his innocence. Hall was expected to testify and to say that Yates was the mastermind behind the robbery, and McIntyre was to testify about his jailhouse exchange with Yates. Hall never testified because four days before the hearing he died in a fire at the rooming house where he lived. The circumstances of this fire seemed odd to many investigators. The fire appeared to have started when gasoline was used instead of kerosene with a Coleman tent heater that was in the room. No one could understand why Hall would not have awoken when the fire started. He was known as an experienced camper who would have understood the risks of using a tent heater indoors.
Before the fire, Hall had apparently been afraid for his safety. His room was locked five different ways, including the use of two deadbolts, and he had been sleeping with a baseball bat next to his bed. Given that Yates was known to be a locksmith, and thus capable of overcoming the multiple locks, it was suspected by some that he may have had something to do with the death of Hall. There were two other suspicious fires around this time. The house of the woman who had called police on the night of the bank robbery burned to the ground. The fire appeared to have started in the fuse box, but this fire still seemed a strange coincidence. There was also a fire that was deemed an arson at the plant where Yates worked.
With Hall dead, Yates proceeded towards trial fearing only the testimony of McIntyre. So, it is understandable that Bill was agitated if, as reported, Yates showed up at The Villas in the days before the trial. Given Yates skills with locks and the patience he demonstrated during the bank heist, it is easy to imagine that he could have entered Bill's apartment through the less-used upper hallway, crept through the family room, and hid in a closet waiting for Bill to return home. He could have shot Bill, kicked him in the head, and then exited the same way, locking the door behind him with the duplicate key he could have made. It has been reported that Yates had no alibi for the night of Friday, April 20. But a problem emerged with the theory that Yates committed the murder when a witness came forward a year later who said that she saw McIntyre leaning over his balcony railing, talking to someone in the parking lot, on the morning of Saturday, April 21. Yates had an alibi for Saturday as numerous people, including a policeman, had seen him in Orangeville on Saturday.
Despite this problem of the alibi for Saturday, Yates continued to be a primary suspect in the case. Police reportedly had him under surveillance and bugged his phone. They also used a female undercover officer to try to get close to him and to try to get him to talk. Even with all of this, police were unable to find any direct evidence that linked him to the murder. On August 14, 1984 they executed a warrant and searched his home for evidence. While they did find a lot of suspicious items, including guns, handcuffs, chloroform, and a rope ladder they did not find anything that could be directly linked to Bill's murder. Two of the handguns police found were .22 calibre, but neither could be matched to the murder weapon.
Yates' trial proceeded on October 24, 1984. McIntyre's testimony from the preliminary hearing was read into evidence. Yates was convicted and sentenced to 5 years for the robbery and 2 years for weapons offences. He served his time at Millhaven and Collins Bay, both penitentiaries near Kingston, Ontario. Reportedly, when another inmate asked him if he had killed McIntyre, Yates responded by saying that McIntyre "got what he deserved."
By 1990, Yates was released and he was living in Kingston on John Street. He was working as a labourer for Duck Unlimited. On Thursday, April 5 it appears that Yates and James Whenham, who he had met at Collins Bay, drove aboard the Wolfe Islander III ferry from Kingston. Sometime between Thursday and Sunday, the two men launched a canoe into the St. Lawrence River. It is thought that they had intended to break into houses on nearby islands. On Sunday April 8, their bodies were found by a farmer along the shoreline of the Champion International paper company's cottage compound near Clayton, New York. This is just across the river and about 3 kilometres downstream from Wolfe Island. Both men were wearing life jackets, and they were found near a canoe that was assumed to be the craft they were in. The Jefferson County medical examiner concluded that they had died from hypothermia. The water temperature of the St. Lawrence in April is generally between 4 and 7 degrees Celsius. The expected survival time for someone immersed in water of that temperature is between 20 and 45 minutes, so it is very conceivable that the canoe tipped, and that they were unable to right it, and succumbed to the cold water before they could reach shore.
In the years since Yates' death, investigators have continued to consider whether Yates was involved in McIntyre's murder. There has also been speculation by some that Yates' death may not have been accidental. Given that many of McIntyre's police colleagues suspected Yates, some have wondered whether his death was at the hands of someone who wanted to avenge the death of a fellow officer.
In 1989 the McIntyre case was again in the news. An RCMP officer, Artruo Nuosci, had come forward to say that he had information related to the case. Nuosci gave investigators the name of a man who he said was connected to the murder. He had apparently met this man after replying to a personal ad in the newspaper. Nuosci told police that this man had been Bill's gay lover.
This story seemed to fit one of the theories that police had held about the case, and at first Nuosci seemed credible since he was a member of the RCMP. But his claims lost credibility as Nuosci's background and eventual dismissal from the RCMP became known. According to a 1994 story in the Toronto Star, Nuosci eventually admitted to police that he had made up the story. His motivation for inventing the story are unclear, but what has become clear in the years since is Nuosci's propensity for fraud and false statements.
Nuosci's first prosecution for forgery was in 1990. Nuosci was the campaign manager for Nick Di Giovanni who was running for councillor in York Region in 1985. He forged a $30,000 cheque in an attempt to implicate Di Giovanni in wrongdoing. He had also accused Di Giovanni of accepting a $100,000 bribe from a businessman in a local land deal. In July 1990 Nuosci was sentenced to 15 months. Di Giovanni later pleaded guilty to forgery in connection with his campaign expenses.
This was only the first in a series of frauds and forgeries that Nuosci has been associated with. A 2015 article by Heather White and Sarah Burton at the University of Calgary Faculty of Law listed all of Nuosci's convictions:
- 1990 – Ontario: forgery and uttering a forged document
Six months on each charge concurrent
- 1995 – Ontario: fabricating evidence
90 days intermittent and probation
- 1996 – Ontario: two counts of fraud over $1,000
Suspended sentence, probation for two years and restitution of $30,000
- 1998 – Ontario: two counts of fraud over $5,000
Two years less a day, conditional sentence order, three years probation, restitution on the first count of $40,183.73, and restitution on the second count of $15,228.21
- 1999 – Ontario: uttering threats
Suspended sentence and one year probation
- 2006 – United States: mail fraud, identity theft, false statement in an application for a US passport, three counts of bank fraud, and misuse of social security number
Global sentence of 60 months in prison, five years of supervision upon release, $800 special assessment, and $200,000 in restitution.
Nuosci was in the news again in 2019 when the CBC reported that Nuosci was working as a paralegal in Calgary. A 2015 court order had banned Nuosci from appearing as an agent in court. Over the years, Nuosci has had many colourful aliases including Maverick A. Maveric, Emmerson Brando, Emmerson Stuart, and Landon Stewart. Given his obvious comfort with stretching the truth, it seems unlikely that Nuosci ever had any real information about the McIntyre murder. Nevertheless, a second person came forward in August of 1994 with a similar story. This witness was not named in the Toronto Star story, but he claimed that a friend he met at a 'gay meeting' had said about a third man, known by both: "You won't be seeing much of him. He killed a cop in Oakville. He shot him. It was a lovers' dispute. The police are investigating now." Nothing further was posted about this witnesses account, so it is unclear how much progress police made in following up on its credibility.
On Thursday, April 26, 1984, there was a memorial service for Bill at Dodsworth and Brown Funeral Home in Burlington that was attended by about 300 people. This was followed by a funeral in Brockville on Friday, April 27. Usually, funerals for slain officers are very large events, with uniformed brother officers attending from many jurisdictions. This was not the case for Bill's services, possibly because it wasn't known whether his murder was linked to his work or not. Undercover officers, including members of The Sultans, were not expected to attend due to concerns that they could not be seen publicly lest they jeopardize their undercover operations. Apparently many still did. There is also a report of a mysterious man witnessed by one of Bill's relatives, who stood alone at the service, and who slipped something into the coffin. Maybe there is nothing to this though, as apparently many of The Sultans admitted in interviews with investigators that they had slipped something into the coffin. It seems likely that they had toasted Bill with some of his favoured Crown Royal at the grave and then slipped some into the coffin for him.
Retired Toronto Star Writer
Retired Toronto Star Writer
No one has ever been arrested for the murder of William McIntyre. Every few years, especially on the anniversary of Bill's death, local newspaper run stories reviewing the unsolved case. All the members of Bill's immediate family are now deceased. His sister, Sally Ward, always maintained that Bill was not gay and had urged investigators to follow up other possibilities. While his immediate family is gone, Bill's friends still hope to see justice. .