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Advanced forensic technology may shed
new light in the murder cases published
so far in the Christchurch Mail's cold
case series. Police say the cases are by
no means closed.
Alfred Anderson, 64,
was found in a pool of
blood in his Waltham
unit on June 5, 1982,
his throat cut. He had
also been savagely
beaten. Following recent reviews of the
case, Christchurch district crime man-
ager Detective Inspector Tom Fitzgerald
took some case exhibits, yet undis-
closed, for further forensic examination.
These yielded new data -- and a positive
DNA profile. Mr Fitzgerald says someone
still alive knows what happened.
John Reynolds, 55,
a scrap metal dealer
was felled from behind
with a massive blow to
the head in his Syden-
ham workshop on
Sunday, April 28,
1996. His killer continued to bludgeon
him in what Detective Inspector Tom Fitz-
gerald described as a brutal attack. His
truck was found later that day at a sport
club car park in Hoon Hay. Two youths
were questioned about the theft but not
linked to the murder at that time. ''There
are people out there who know exactly
what happened to John and they need to
consider their involvement,'' Mr Fitzger-
21, was found blood-
soaked on the kitchen
floor of her Wainoni
home about 11.20pm
on August 17, 1995.
She had been stabbed 39 times in a
frenzied attack. Her 2-year-old son was
asleep in the front bedroom.
Her body was discovered about
11.20pm. Detective Sergeant Todd
Hamilton said Angela had a complicated
life and many associates. Certain
exhibits are now being re-examined by
ESR forensic scientists.
WHO TO CALL
Anyone with information that may help
advance the Reynolds, Anderson and
Blackmoore inquiries can call Tom Fitz-
gerald, 363 7400 or 363 7711.
Lara Reynolds has spoken out for the first time about her father John Reynolds' violent death. She
is encouraged that the 16-year-old case has been ''put to the fore'' again in a renewed push to
bring the killer or killers to justice. ''They robbed our family of a wonderful husband and father and
they robbed my children of a grandfather. He'd have been a good pop. He had a lot to share. But
they've missed out on that and he's missed out.'' She spoke to Anna Price.
Seeking justice for Dad
BEST MATES: Lara Reynolds reversing her father's flat deck truck in the workshop while John Reynolds works
the loader. ''I would do anything to spend time with my father even if it meant unloading a ton of scrap.''
THE LAST time Lara Reynolds
saw her father John Reynolds,
the scrap metal merchant was
lying face down in a pool of his
own blood in his south Christ-
It was Sunday night, April 28,
Ms Reynolds, then aged 26,
took the first flight from Auck-
land after her mother called
with the terrible news.
I collapsed on the floor when
she told me,'' she said.
Ms Reynolds, an Auckland
businesswoman, married with
four children, retained her fam-
ily surname to honour the
strong, caring man whose word
was his bond.
She held a strong affinity for
I knew something was wrong
for a long time before his death,''
It was so strange. I was over-
come by this horrible feeling
whenever I came down to
Christchurch. On the day he
passed, before I knew what hap-
pened, I felt very, very lifeless.''
She asked to be taken to see
her father, who was still lying at
the cordoned off murder scene at
the Garden City Scrap Company
I just felt this deep, deep sad-
ness come over me. I prayed for
him. I went back the next day
and said a prayer for him.''
She hoped her very personal
perspective on a loved father
might provoke the crucial call
that will bring the still-open
homicide inquiry to a conclusion.
He deserved better than
what happened,'' she said.
Few knew of the real John
Reynolds other than those clo-
sest to the man -- the active
fundraiser for organisations
such as IHC, a work close to his
heart driven by his commitment
to his special needs son; the res-
pected netball coach with a
strong involvement in the sport;
foundation member of the Old
Bottles Club and collector.
He was a strong man, men-
tally and physically tough,
honest and forthright,'' Ms
He was a straight talker, a
hard worker and very careful
with money. His word was his
His one treat was a cigar and
Sunday afternoon. That's as far
as it went with dad.''
The England-born dealer
loved New Zealand with a pas-
This was his home, his para-
dise on earth. He would always
His children were left in no
doubt they were precious to him.
He was a warm, protective,
no frills sort of guy.
I knew that I was loved. I
knew he was my dad. I knew he
was the guy I could turn to in
time of trouble and knew I could
depend on him. The day he pas-
sed, I felt my world was taken
out from underneath me.
It worries me that the people
who did this are still out there. I
don't want this to happen to
someone else's dad or husband.
If they've done it once, they can
do it again.''
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