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Bruce Lindahl left behind a chilling legacy that decades after his violent death continues to vex detectives.

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Investigators believe that Lindahl — named as the strangulation killer of a suburban Chicago teen in 1976 — may be responsible for at least a dozen more murders of young women in the Windy City area in the late 1970s.

Yet, at the time, no one was really looking for the Illinois native. No one seemed to notice.

Now, cops are calling Lindahl a serial killer and are trying to retrace his steps and zero in on possible victims.

“Bruce stayed under the radar,” said Lisle Police Detective Chris Loudon, adding that he was “a monster hiding in plain sight.”

Lindahl was born in 1953 in St. Charles, Illinois to a brood that included three other children. He graduated from college and worked as an electrician.

For years, cops knew Lindahl was the killer. ILL. STATE POLICE
For years, cops knew Lindahl was the killer. ILL. STATE POLICE

Friends spoke highly of Lindahl, saying he enjoyed skydiving and raquetball. They noted he sometimes had to fight his aggressive impulses towards others.

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But the mystery of Lindahl doesn’t really get rolling until 1981. Oh, cops in a variety of suburban Chicago police jurisdictions knew him as a local loser who while known to police had zero felony convictions. Most of his criminal activities were of the low-rent variety.

Loudon said Lindahl was known as a “smooth talker” who didn’t appear to have problems with the opposite sex.

“We talked to women who said he could talk you into doing things,” he said, adding dozens of nude photos of young women were later discovered in his apartment.

But as with many other serial killers, Lindahl needed to take his twisted passions to a darker level.

How it was covered. THE CHICAGO TRIBUNE
How it was covered. THE CHICAGO TRIBUNE

It’s believed his first victim was likely Pamela Maurer, a sophomore at Downer’s Grove South High School, whose family and friends described her as down to earth.

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“When you first meet her she’s shy, when she gets to know you, she becomes herself . Down to earth, lots of talking, singing giggling, having fun,” friend Cindy Evans told The Chicago Tribune.

But on Jan. 12, 1976, she was hanging out with friends on a Monday night and decided she wanted to go to a nearby McDonald’s for a Coke. She was never seen alive again.

Several hours after she vanished her body was discovered at the side of a local road. Quick-thinking cops at the time preserved what would later be known as DNA from Pamela’s body, which had been made to look like she was the victim of a hit-and-run accident.

Then, on June 23, 1980, Lindahl kidnapped and raped Debra Colliander, 25, in suburban Aurora. He let her go and she called cops and they charged the creep.

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Pamela Maurer. ILL STATE POLICE
Pamela Maurer. ILL STATE POLICE

But on Oct. 7, 1980, Colliander disappeared before she could testify against Lindahl. Charges were dropped. Two years later the vivacious young woman’s remains were found in a shallow grave at a local farm.

In both cases, the DNA would lead years later to Lindahl’s doorstep.

Today, cops fear there may be at least another dozen victims of the serial killer.

For Lindahl, his end was fitting.

On April 4, 1981, while hanging around Naperville, Lindahl met Charles Huber, 18. The pair decided to go bowling and afterward Lindahl suggested a drinking session at his girlfriend’s house.

It didn’t take long for the serial killer to strike, attacking Huber with a knife and stabbing him 28 times. But the terrified young man resisted and Lindahl accidentally stabbed himself in the thigh, hitting femoral artery.

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Lindahl died minutes after his last victim.

HAMILTON POLICE
HAMILTON POLICE

COLD CASE – VICTORIA SICURELLA

411: On Dec. 2, 1991, Sicurella was out grocery shopping but when she failed to pick up her seven-year-old son from school friends became worried. She was later discovered by a friend close to dinnertime at her home on on Limeridge Rd. W. in Hamilton. Cops believe the murder was committed during a short time frame in the afternoon. There was no apparent motive in this case (i.e. robbery or sexual assault). Investigators believe those who knew Victoria may have additional information in this case.

CONTACT: Anyone with information is asked to contact Staff-Sgt Dave Oleniuk, of the Hamilton Police Homicide Unit, at 905-546-3829 or Crime Stoppers.

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DANICK MIGUEL BOURGEOIS. OPP
DANICK MIGUEL BOURGEOIS. OPP

MOST WANTED – DANICK MIGUEL BOURGEOIS

411: The OPP has issued a Canada-wide arrest warrant for Danick Miguel Bourgeois, 29, of St. Albert, Ont., in the second-degree murder of Frederick “John” Hatch. Hatch was last seen alive on the afternoon of Dec. 16, 2015 in the area of West Hunt Club Rd. and Merivale Rd. in Nepean. His body was discovered 450 km away near the Town of Erin, Ont., in the early morning of December 17, 2015.

CONTACT: Anyone knowing the whereabouts of Bourgeois is urged to call the OPP’s dedicated tipline toll-free at 1-833-517-8477, their local police service, or CrimeStoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).

[email protected]

@HunterTOSun

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Bruce Lindahl left behind a chilling legacy that decades after his violent death continues to vex detectives.

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Investigators believe that Lindahl — named as the strangulation killer of a suburban Chicago teen in 1976 — may be responsible for at least a dozen more murders of young women in the Windy City area in the late 1970s.

Yet, at the time, no one was really looking for the Illinois native. No one seemed to notice.

Now, cops are calling Lindahl a serial killer and are trying to retrace his steps and zero in on possible victims.

“Bruce stayed under the radar,” said Lisle Police Detective Chris Loudon, adding that he was “a monster hiding in plain sight.”

Lindahl was born in 1953 in St. Charles, Illinois to a brood that included three other children. He graduated from college and worked as an electrician.

For years, cops knew Lindahl was the killer. ILL. STATE POLICE
For years, cops knew Lindahl was the killer. ILL. STATE POLICE

Friends spoke highly of Lindahl, saying he enjoyed skydiving and raquetball. They noted he sometimes had to fight his aggressive impulses towards others.

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But the mystery of Lindahl doesn’t really get rolling until 1981. Oh, cops in a variety of suburban Chicago police jurisdictions knew him as a local loser who while known to police had zero felony convictions. Most of his criminal activities were of the low-rent variety.

Loudon said Lindahl was known as a “smooth talker” who didn’t appear to have problems with the opposite sex.

“We talked to women who said he could talk you into doing things,” he said, adding dozens of nude photos of young women were later discovered in his apartment.

But as with many other serial killers, Lindahl needed to take his twisted passions to a darker level.

How it was covered. THE CHICAGO TRIBUNE
How it was covered. THE CHICAGO TRIBUNE

It’s believed his first victim was likely Pamela Maurer, a sophomore at Downer’s Grove South High School, whose family and friends described her as down to earth.

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“When you first meet her she’s shy, when she gets to know you, she becomes herself . Down to earth, lots of talking, singing giggling, having fun,” friend Cindy Evans told The Chicago Tribune.

But on Jan. 12, 1976, she was hanging out with friends on a Monday night and decided she wanted to go to a nearby McDonald’s for a Coke. She was never seen alive again.

Several hours after she vanished her body was discovered at the side of a local road. Quick-thinking cops at the time preserved what would later be known as DNA from Pamela’s body, which had been made to look like she was the victim of a hit-and-run accident.

Then, on June 23, 1980, Lindahl kidnapped and raped Debra Colliander, 25, in suburban Aurora. He let her go and she called cops and they charged the creep.

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Pamela Maurer. ILL STATE POLICE
Pamela Maurer. ILL STATE POLICE

But on Oct. 7, 1980, Colliander disappeared before she could testify against Lindahl. Charges were dropped. Two years later the vivacious young woman’s remains were found in a shallow grave at a local farm.

In both cases, the DNA would lead years later to Lindahl’s doorstep.

Today, cops fear there may be at least another dozen victims of the serial killer.

For Lindahl, his end was fitting.

On April 4, 1981, while hanging around Naperville, Lindahl met Charles Huber, 18. The pair decided to go bowling and afterward Lindahl suggested a drinking session at his girlfriend’s house.

It didn’t take long for the serial killer to strike, attacking Huber with a knife and stabbing him 28 times. But the terrified young man resisted and Lindahl accidentally stabbed himself in the thigh, hitting femoral artery.

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Lindahl died minutes after his last victim.

HAMILTON POLICE
HAMILTON POLICE

COLD CASE – VICTORIA SICURELLA

411: On Dec. 2, 1991, Sicurella was out grocery shopping but when she failed to pick up her seven-year-old son from school friends became worried. She was later discovered by a friend close to dinnertime at her home on on Limeridge Rd. W. in Hamilton. Cops believe the murder was committed during a short time frame in the afternoon. There was no apparent motive in this case (i.e. robbery or sexual assault). Investigators believe those who knew Victoria may have additional information in this case.

CONTACT: Anyone with information is asked to contact Staff-Sgt Dave Oleniuk, of the Hamilton Police Homicide Unit, at 905-546-3829 or Crime Stoppers.

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DANICK MIGUEL BOURGEOIS. OPP
DANICK MIGUEL BOURGEOIS. OPP

MOST WANTED – DANICK MIGUEL BOURGEOIS

411: The OPP has issued a Canada-wide arrest warrant for Danick Miguel Bourgeois, 29, of St. Albert, Ont., in the second-degree murder of Frederick “John” Hatch. Hatch was last seen alive on the afternoon of Dec. 16, 2015 in the area of West Hunt Club Rd. and Merivale Rd. in Nepean. His body was discovered 450 km away near the Town of Erin, Ont., in the early morning of December 17, 2015.

CONTACT: Anyone knowing the whereabouts of Bourgeois is urged to call the OPP’s dedicated tipline toll-free at 1-833-517-8477, their local police service, or CrimeStoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).

[email protected]

@HunterTOSun

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