At a rest stop, two people are murdered and a third is wounded by a man posing as a police officer.

Gordon & Jackie McAllister

A man robbed them and killed Jackie


The killer is still wanted

On the morning of June 28th, 1991, Gord and Jackie McAllister of Lindsay, Ontario, Canada, were the only two people in the Blind River, Ontario Rest Stop. At 12:55 AM, they were sleeping peacefully when a man identifying himself as a police officer woke them by pounding on their window. He told them they needed to move their RV. When Jackie opened the door, the man barged in and demanded money and valuables. He was armed with a 22-caliber rifle and a 20-gauge shotgun. As Jackie went through her purse, the gunman shot her. Gord was also shot, but he managed to jump out of the vehicle:

“I rolled underneath the motor home, and I notice that another car had driven in to the rest area. And this guy had got out and was standing beside the car.”

Twenty-nine year-old Bryan Major got back in his car, but there was no escape. The gunman shot him, too, then ran off:

“And I was lying there, just praying to God that he’d keep on running, and he did. Soon as he went by I rolled back out and got up, into our motor home, and drove out onto the highway. I knew I had to get out onto the highway to get some help.”

The blue van headed straight toward his car

Gordy flagged down a trucker, but it was too late. Gord’s wife, Jackie, was already dead. The gunman’s other victim, Bryan Major, also died at the scene. He left behind a wife and a young son. Gord’s injuries were minor.

When Ontario papers published a drawing of the gunman based on Gord’s description, a witness came forward. He said that a few minutes after 1 AM on the night of the murders, a blue van peeled out of the Blind River Rest Stop and headed straight toward his car.   The van continued dead east, toward Sudbury, Ontario. The witness didn’t notice if it had Canadian or U.S. plates.

Police turned to computer technology

Police checked out more than 3,500 blue vans on both sides of the border, but, according to Detective Inspector Frank Ryder of the Ontario Provincial Police, they found no matches:

“The fortunate situation here is that we do have a survivor.  Gord McAllister survived his wounds, and hopefully, he can point out the killer someday.”

Gordon looked through hundreds of mug shots, but none jumped out. Then, the police turned to computer technology, hoping to improve on the original rough sketch of the killer. Gord helped work on a new drawing:

“I’ll never forget his face. It wasn’t a robbery gone bad. There was no resistance to this guy. He just simply was going to kill somebody. For no reason.”

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  1. Bill Blaski

    Any updates?


  2. Dale

    Sadly, Gord McAllister passed away in February 2012. He never got to see this person brought to justice. He did remarry at some point. Hopefully, he had his final years spent among loved ones and his new wife brought him some happiness.


  3. rob main

    any updates on Ronald glen west did they prove he did


  4. john smith

    I cant believe this happened an hr away from my home town, creepy that this has transpired in a small community.


  5. Jack

    Where can I send a picture of a possible suspect?


  6. James Ryan

    On the night of June 28/91 my brother and I were on our way to Toronto when we delayed at the Blind River rest stop due to what turned out to be the murder of Jackie McAllister and Bryan Major. There were approximately three cars and a tractor trailer in front of us. We were allowed to pass after a short time. Shortly afterwards we were stopped by OPP during a road block check somewhere around Massey I believe. After a brief check of what our destination was our names and the time we left Sault Ste Marie we were allowed to carry on with our trip. Out of curiosity I checked the news the next day in Toronto to find out what had occured at the rest stop to cause the delay and found out about the shootings.I have always been interested in this case because in a small way I feel apart of this incident due to are having arrived at the scene only minutes after the shooting had occured. The mere fact that there were only three cars in front of us and the tractor trailer leads me to believe that we must have arrived at the scene only minutes afterwards. I always suspected that the suspect was a local. My suspisions based on the time frame involved in our arrival and the OPP road block check near Massey ( still uncertain it was Massey). Had we not stopped at the Husky East Service Station at the edge of Sault Ste Marie for gas I believe we may have arrived at the Blind River rest stop much closer if not at the time of the shootings at the rest stop. I am posting this message simply because I am very much interested in this case and only wished we had arrived earlier and maybe had the opportunity to have had witnessed something to have helped break this case such as maybe the plate of the blue van had we been behind it. Mere minutes seperated us from what could have been a very important time in our lives.I really am of the believe that Ronald West is in fact responsible for the Blind River rest stop shootings based on my belief that the suspect was a local all along and the time frame involved. There was nothing my brother our myself could add to the investigation as because earlier stated we arrived at the scene minutes later. The fact that Ronald West is serving two life sentences is in itself satisfying however I do wish tha if in fact he is guilty o the Blind River murders that he is found guilty and convicted so as to lay to rest this case and bring closure for remaining family and friends of The McAllisters and Bryan Major.


  7. A.

    I have to think that it was Ronald Glenn West, a former Ontario police officer who is in prison for multiple rape and killings.

    Apparently, he may have owned a blue vehicle and lived close to the area. He looks very similar to that of the composite one. How many people in Blind River just kill two people out of nowhere? Not many. He did it before, he would have surely done it again.

    Also, not surprised he said he was a cop; if he was a former cop, he’d be able to convince them that he was one.

    It’s sad that Gord passed without closure, and West was reportedly charged with the crime, anyway. Of course, we won’t know for sure, but at least the person who likely may have done it is behind bars.


  8. Anonymous

    They think it was a former police officer who admitted to it while he was in prison for another murder. He knew every detail about the case. Before the police could go talk to him about it he died.


  9. Unsolved Lover

    What’s the status on this case??