Murder in Chatham: Virginia & Alfred Critchley and Jasen Pangburn

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Episode 237: On a fall evening in 1991, police discovered the bodies of Alfred Critchley, 75, and Virginia Critchley, 73, in the Chatham, Ontario residence they shared with their son and his family. The couple had been brutally stabbed. Alfred was unconscious but alive and Virginia was barely alive. Virginia died in the ambulance on the way to the hospital and Alfred died later in the hospital having never regained consciousness. After a brief search, the couple’s grandson, Jasen Pangburn, 19, was discovered partially buried in a nearby ravine. Jasen had been executed with a single gunshot to the chest from a .22 calibre firearm. Thanks to Virginia’s dying words, suspicion fell on two youths, who’d been acquaintances of Jasen Pangburn’s, Jason Shawn Cofell, 18, and a 15-year-old accomplice we’ll call C.B.

Sources:

2007 CanLII 76511 (ON SC) | R. v. Cofell | CanLII

The Essex and Kent Scottish - Canada.ca

Chatham triple-murderer granted parole after almost 25 years in prison | CBC News

Teenage triple-murderer whose killings rocked Chatham, region gets parole after decades in prison

Search — Jason Shaw Cofell — Newspapers.com

Cofell, Jason – Canadian Crimeopedia

Chatham-Kent, ON Crime Rates & Map

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