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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - October 23, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta Full-moon murders unsolved VANCOUVER (CP) The bodies of six young women have been found in the British Columbia interior since the moon was full on the night of October Some of them had been sexually attacked and mutilated, and all the cases remain unsolved. The dead are: Colleen MacMillen, 16, of Lac La Hache, who disappeared Aug. 9; an unidentified woman between 18 and 22 whose body was found near Penticton June 24; an un- identified woman aged about 35, found sawn in halves near Valemount May 26; Pamela, Darlington, 19, of Kamloops, found Nov. 7, 1973; Gale Weys, 19, of Clearwater, who dis- appeared Oct. and Gloria Moody, 27, of Bella Coola, found near Williams Lake Oct. 26, 1969. Where time of death can be established, all are thought to have been killed during the hours of darkness and in the late summer and fall months. Many policemen figure crimes of sex and violence in- crease during a full moon. Where a date of death has been assumed, all were killed within a week of the full moon al- though only the Moody woman is known to have died on the day of a full moon. Most of the investigators assume that all of the girls ex- cept the Valemount one were the victims of sex murders either because of positive evidence as with the Darlington and Moody woman or because they were found nude with most of their clothes missing. ositive as with the Darlington and Moody because they were found nude with most of their clothes missing. Causes of death vary. Miss MacMillen, police believe, was strangled. Miss Darlington was bludgeoned with rocks but died of drowning in shallow water at the edge of the South Thompson River. No cause of death could be established with Miss Weys, but Constable Mel Weisgerber says: "There was blood in her inner ear, which is indicative of a drowning victim." Miss Moody bled to death after an artery was ruptured in- ternally. However, she had been brutally beaten about the face as well. With both unidentified bodies, no cause of death could be determined. Where the bodies were found shortly after death, there was evidence of rape and sexual mutilation. Only with Miss Darlington and Miss Moody were the women known to have been killed where they were found. In other cases, particularly the one near Valemount, it is more likely the women were murdered elsewhere and then dumped where they were found. Three women, when last seen, had said they intended to hitchhike. There are many similarities between Miss Weys and Miss Darlington-in fact they looked alike. There are also sim- ilarities between Miss Weys and Miss MacMillen, both of whom were killed on Friday nights one week after a full moon. Frank Darlington, father of Pamela, said: "We feel that the murders of Gale and Pam are related." To most of the RCMP members investigating the murders, however, the question of whether they are related seems irrelevant. Most of them are working on the latest murder- that of the MacMillen when that one is solved they will concentrate on the others. Unlike murder investigations on television, it won't be all wrapped up within an hour, a week, a month, or even a year. For those of you who like to work at home, welcome to the International. To hiivo all tho comforts of home while vmi'n: nt tho office. Not a bad idea. That's what wo think, and that's why wo have penthouse suites on tho thirty-liith floor at the Big I. Suites thiil oiler you a living room, large enough to hold a good meeting, a dining room, a bedroom, even a kitchenette. Comfortable, convenient, and less than you might think. The; International of Calgary. You c an't miss us. the big X. The International of Calgary 220-Fourth Avenue S.W.. Calgary. Alberta T2P OH5 Tel. (403) 265-9600. Telex. 038-24710 Death toll rises on Alpine slopes By PIERO VALSECCHI MILAN, Italy (AP) Ama- teur climbers are succumbing in increasing numbers to the fascination of Europe's Alps, and the death toll on their treacherous slopes is rising alarmingly. More than 700 persons lost their lives last year in Alpine in Austria, 150 in Switzerland, 130 in Italy and another 120 in France. And with winter months still to come, more than 350 Alpine climbers have already died this year. Alpine experts say the main causes of these accidents are inexperience, inability and simple negligence. "The mountain is treacherous and you cannot challenge it without knowing its sudden changes in weather that turn paradise into said a veteran French guide at Courmayeur, in the Mont Blanc massif. He told of three French climbers who froze to death in a snowstorm on the Italian side of Mont Blanc. They were wearing shorts and tennis shoes. 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