Who mur­dered Sadie Rogers?

Eighty-year-old lived alone in her Amherst home

Truro Daily News - - NEWS - BY DAR­RELL COLE

While there have been a few tips over the years, an Amherst woman’s bru­tal mur­der 36 years ago re­mains un­solved.

Sadie Rogers was stabbed in her Cor­dova Street home. The 80-year-old lived alone and worked as a house­keeper. A neigh­bour last saw her alive, Sept. 26, 1981.

On the 25th an­niver­sary of the killing, Rogers’ niece, Dorothy Snow­den, said in a 2006 in­ter­view she re­mem­bered the ter­ri­ble day her aunt was mur­dered.

“To this day I keep ask­ing my­self why would some­one do some­thing like this? She didn’t de­serve to die like that,” she said in the in­ter­view. “She had ev­ery right to live.”

Nearly a week after Rogers was last seen, neigh­bours be­came con­cerned that they had not seen any ac­tiv­ity at her res­i­dence and con­tacted po­lice.

On Oct. 2, her body was dis­cov­ered in­side her home at 112 Cor­dova Street. She had been stabbed mul­ti­ple times.

There have been some leads and tips over the years. These in­cluded anony­mous pen­cil-writ­ten let­ters to the Amherst Daily News in 2006 and 2007.

How­ever, all has been quiet since 2011 when the RCMP North­east Nova ma­jor crime unit last is­sued a press re­lease ask­ing for tips.

How­ever, the in­ves­ti­ga­tion re­mains very much open, ac­cord­ing to Cpl. Jen­nifer Clarke of the RCMP.

“The chal­lenge with a case like this is it has been 36 years since Ms. Rogers’ homi­cide was re­ported to po­lice,” Clarke said. “With the pas­sage of time it makes it chal­leng­ing as mem­o­ries fade and po­ten­tial wit­nesses be­come more dif­fi­cult to lo­cate.”

De­spite this, po­lice are hop­ing some­one comes for­ward with in­for­ma­tion on the file.

“His­tor­i­cal homi­cides and miss­ing per­son files are re­viewed when new in­for­ma­tion comes for­ward,” said Cpl. Jen­nifer Clarke of the RCMP. “In the ab­sence of new in­for­ma­tion we re­view them pe­ri­od­i­cally. We con­tinue to en­cour­age the pub­lic to re­port any tips and in­for­ma­tion about this in­ci­dent to the RCMP to help us solve this case and bring clo­sure for Ms. Rogers’ fam­ily.”

Snow­den said fam­ily be­lieved it was some­one who knew the home, judg­ing by the way they went in. She said the mur­derer “took the glass out of the front door, reached in and un­hooked the latch.”

The late Doug Hark­ness, who was edi­tor of the Amherst pa­per at the time of the mur­der, said in a 2006 in­ter­view rob­bery was sus­pected as the mo­tive for the crime.

Two years later, in 2008, Rogers’ case was added to the Depart­ment of Jus­tice ma­jor re­wards pro­gram and any­one pro­vid­ing in­for­ma­tion on the crime that leads to an ar­rest and con­vic­tion is el­i­gi­ble for a re­ward of up to $150,000.

Any­one with in­for­ma­tion on the mur­der can call po­lice or Crime Stop­pers at 1-800-222-8477.

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