Cold Case Chronicles: Nadine GURCZENSKI

Victoria Avenue, also known as Regional Road #24, stretches through the epicentre of Niagara region, starting from the north shore of Lake Ontario, including through Vineland and spread among endless views of surrounding farms and fields.

Suspect composite sketch from 1999 courtesy of: Niagara Regional Police Service

An area known for its quaintness and peaceful country like tranquility, it can quickly transform into a dimly lit stretch of highway at night, amid a minimal local population.

“The investigation into the unsolved homicide of Nadine Gurczenski remains open & the Niagara Regional Police Service is committed to continuing this investigation in order to identify the person or persons responsible.”

Detective Sergeant Jackie MOORE – Niagara Police Cold Case Unit

On Saturday May 9, 1999, a woman’s body was found along this very stretch of road in Vineland, in a ditch beside Regional Road # 24, just near 8th Avenue.

“May 8th, 2019 will mark the 20th anniversary of this homicide. This composite drawing was created 20 years ago and an individuals physical descriptors change during a 20 year time span.”

D/Sgt J. MOORE, NRPS Cold Case Unit

To read my full COLD CASE CHRONICLES story in Niagara This Week from April 2019 click the link: https://www.niagarathisweek.com/opinion-story/9297580-cold-case-chronicles-nadine-gurczenski/

Cold Case Chronicles: Frank PERRY

Courtesy of: Niagara This Week

It was a regular summer day on August 27, 1992, in a normally quiet, serene area of Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada.

At 9:08am that fateful day, a friend stopped by the Perry residence, finding Frank Perry deceased in his bed. Foul play was immediately suspected. Police were called, and a criminal investigation ensued.

“The investigation into the unsolved homicide of Mr. Frank Perry remains open & the Niagara Regional Police Service is committed to continuing this investigation in order to identify the person or people responsible.”

Staff Sergeant Luigi GRECO, NRPS Major Crime Unit

In March 2019 I began writing a monthly COLD CASE CHRONICLES column for Metroland Media Group Limited that appears in Niagara This Week. To read more about the unsolved homicide of Frank PERRY in Niagara This Week, click : https://www.niagarathisweek.com/news-story/9218077-cold-case-chronicles-frank-perry/

BLUE LINE Magazine: “Mohawk College Launches Psycho-Social Criminology Course”


โ€œPeople undoubtedly have a fascination with โ€˜evilโ€™ and extreme criminal behaviour. Part of this fascination stems from a desire to understand the criminal mind. In our unique course, we bring Steveโ€™s expertise in organized crime and my expertise in the psychopathic mind to give students a unique glimpse into the complex issues underlying the extreme criminal mind.โ€

Dr. K. Costello, Mohawk College

From the April 2019 issue of Canada’s Blue Line Magazine:

https://www.blueline.ca/news-stories/news/mohawk-college-launches-psycho-social-criminology-course-6155

Cece Luppino Gunned Down at His Parents’ Mountain Brow Home



“The power vacuum and the void in the city (Hamilton) is widening.”

Stephen METELSKY, a criminology professor at Mohawk College who spent 21 years with Halton police, including working in organized crime.

Story by Nicole O’Reilly, Hamilton Spectator, Feb 1, 2019 https://www.thespec.com/news-story/9153736-mob-hit-cece-luppino-gunned-down-at-his-parents-mountain-brow-home/

Man Whose Family Has Ties to Mob Shot Dead in Hamilton


“I think there’s an unfair stigmatization that because he has the last name, because there’s the bloodlines, there’s an assumption everybody makes that they’re all involved, but that’s not always completely accurate at all.”

Stephen METELSKY, an organized crime expert and former Halton regional police officer who now teaches at Mohawk College.

Story by Nicole Thompson, Canadian Press, Feb 2, 2019: https://www.nationalnewswatch.com/2019/02/01/man-whose-family-has-ties-to-mob-shot-dead-in-hamilton-police-say/#.XIU4uHdFzIV

Mob, Murder & the Hamilton Connection

Story by Hamilton Spectator Crime Reporter: Nicole O’Reilly

November 16, 2018

“There is a lot of heavyweight organized crime (in Hamilton)…a lot of big fish in a small pond.”

Stephen Metelsky, the Hamilton Spectatorย 

In November 2018 I spoke to Hamilton Spectator Crime Reporter Nicole O’Reilly to offer my opinion as an Organized Crime expert.ย 

Link to the story: Mob, Murder & the Hamilton Connection:https://www.thespec.com/news-story/9037101-mob-murder-and-the-hamilton-connection/?fbclid=iwar0l7hktatqsj9qxxml6ldjbqlgxp8ogjatmdcmwh3q5mi6eyfa6ktuch0u