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Toronto police solve 1982 murder of ‘fun-loving’ antique dealer using latest DNA tech

“If William Taylor was alive today, he would be arrested and charged with First Degree Murder in the death of Kevin McBride.”

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Kevin Lionel McBride, left, who was murdered on May 17, 1982, is seen next to a police composite sketch of his killer — identified on Jan. 8, 2024, as William Taylor, who died in 2023.

Police say they have identified the killer responsible for a decades-old Toronto murder using investigative genetic genealogy, the same technique that is being used to solve cold cases across Canada and other parts of the world.

On May 17, 1982, Kevin McBride, 47, was stabbed to death in his apartment on Sheppard Avenue East, near Markham Road. A Star article at the time described McBride as a “fun-loving” window dresser, antique dealer and interior designer who was originally from Australia.

McBride article

An article on McBride's murder from the May 19, 1982, Toronto Star.

Betsy Powell

Betsy Powell is a Toronto-based reporter covering crime and courts for the Star. Follow her on Twitter: @powellbetsy.


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