The 1977 Toronto Shoeshine Boy Murder

Tales from the Dark Side

shoe The Yonge Street Strip is  Toronto’s downtown core, frequented by shoppers, tourists and just plain ordinary people. It has a plethora of restaurants, bars, boutiques, sports shops, Dundas Square , the Eaton Centre , and famous franchises such as Le Chateau. It is a popular, safe hang for hip young 20 -somethings and teenagers. It wasn’t always this way .

In 1977 Toronto’s downtown core was known as a sleazy strip frequented by prostitutes, drug addicts and transients. During that year it became notorious when 12-year-old blonde, blue-eyed Emmanuel Jacqueswas abducted, raped and murdered by two men after being lured to their apartment above the Charlie’s Angels body-rub parlour at 245 Yonge Street with the promise of $35 for help moving photographic equipment. He was then restrained and repeatedly sexually assaulted over a period of twelve hours before being strangled and drowned in a kitchen sink .Emanuel Jaques…

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