On April 8, 2009, eight year old Tori Stafford of Ontario was abducted and murdered. Her body was found in a field by a police investigator, just over three months later on July 21st. A sad and too common story. But not too sad for the vultures to use it for their own ends.
The vulture in question is (yet again) Allison Dubois. Eager to gain publicity from this tragedy, she is claiming she helped the police working on the case, as reported in Medium depicted Tori's fate to cops:
“It was amazing — Tori had been missing about three weeks, and I was standing, facing her school, noticing things like the senior’s building next to the school and it was at that moment ... that I told the police officer she had met someone whom she had met before, through her mother, and that she had been lured to her death.”
Dubois recalled she described the terrain where they would find the girl’s body and that two people were involved, including a woman who had been used as the lure.
“That’s the only reason Tori went with her, because she was familiar with her,” she said.
Dubois’s story wasn’t that far off. Two people – a man and a woman – were later arrested for the alleged murder of the little girl, and are currently facing trial. No wonder Dubois is talking about it.
Funny thing though. On April 22, 2009 (for those playing at home, that would be two weeks after the little girl had gone missing and therefore a full week before Dubois supposedly gave her information to the police) - police released a sketch of a woman who was suspected of having been involved in the little girl’s abduction:
This composite image of a woman sought in the abduction of eight-year-old Tori Stafford, based on the unidentified woman seen in a surveillance video leading Stafford by the hand shortly after she went missing.
The father of an Ontario girl who vanished more than two weeks ago said he “strongly believes” he knows the person in a composite sketch of a woman caught on surveillance video with his daughter, but the girl’s mother says she doesn’t recognize the woman.
So a week before Dubois reportedly told police that a woman (possibly known to the little girl) was involved in the abduction, the local papers reported that a woman (possibly known to the little girl) was involved in the abduction. Hey, you don’t supposed Dubois saw the picture of the alleged abductor in the press, and simply regurgitated the information to the police, do you? Nah, couldn’t be. She must have used her awesome psychic powers. Because only someone with psychic powers could have known that a woman might have been involved. Well, either that or someone who had, you know, read the local paper the previous week.
Another funny thing, given Allison’s awesome psychic ability, is that it isn’t all that clear that the abductor was “someone whom [the little girl] had met before,” as Allison claimed. For example, read this report from CTV Toronto:
Although the suspects know Victoria's parents, police don't believe they knew who their daughter was at the time she was kidnapped, sources say.
Admittedly it's not totally clear, but it does appear that the little girl didn’t know her abductors, and so it seems unlikely that “the only reason” the little girl went with the woman was “because she was familiar with her,” as Dubois claimed. Also, it doesn’t appear that Allison was much help in finding the body, as she implied. From the National Post:
Stafford's remains were found Sunday by a veteran police investigator searching on his own in a rural field about 500 metres off Concession No. 6, just east of Mount Forest, Ont., about 130 kilometres northwest of Toronto.
The detective, acting on a hunch, found the bones down a lonely dirt track in a secluded, heavily bushed area across the road from a grey, brick house surrounded by rolling, green farmland.
Just regular police work then. I guess Allison, despite her undoubted psychic abilities, was no help at all to the police. Just as Allison Dubois was no help in catching the Baseline killer either. Well, you can’t say she’s not consistent.
Considering this happened a year ago, I wondered why we are only just in the last few days, hearing about Allison's invaluable help in not catching the perpetrators or finding the body. So I checked and – funny story - I discovered that this story broke just before Dubois is due to visit Canada for a series of speaking engagements starting Monday May 17th - Toronto, ON - buy tickets VIP almost Sold Out! $150 a pop (“No one attending the event is guaranteed a reading.”) Obviously a coincidence. Interestingly, if you Google "tori stafford" "allison dubois" you get four pages of stories, most of which include the line “come face to face with the image of Tori Stafford” – ie it’s all the exact same story reprinted by different media. A cynic might almost think that Allison’s publicist had done an excellent job with this non story. In reality, the only remarkable thing about this is how unremarkable Dubois’s supposed psychic predictions actually were.
Thanks to reader Dean for the original link.
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