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Reta Christina Gordner 

Reta Christina Gordner

Female 1906 - 1930

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  • Birth  9 Apr 1906  Stratford, Perth Co., Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender  Female 
    Crime  1930  Montreal, Ile de Montreal, Quebec Find all individuals with events at this location 
    murdered by George Redfern 
    Misfortune  1930 
    murdered by George Redfern - poisoned 
    Eby ID Number  Waterloo-49281 
    Died  May 1930  Montreal, Ile de Montreal, Quebec Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Buried  Fairmount Cemetery, Baden, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Person ID  I49281  Generations
    Last Modified  15 Mar 2017 

    Father  Noah Gordner,   b. 1877, Wilmot Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1949 
    Mother  Albertena Falk,   b. 17 Oct 1882, Wilmot Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1949 
    Married  24 May 1904  , Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID  F23191  Group Sheet

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    Reta Gordner
    Reta Gordner
    1930 newspaper unknown

  • Notes 
    • On May 10th Noah Gardner's daughter, Rita the eldest left Baden with George H. Redfern of Kitchener, married salesman, to Montreal presumably on a business trip. Not against the wishes of her parents and expecting to return on Sunday evening in order to be at the place of employment in a Kitchener office. But she never returned alive.

      Mr. Redfern poisoned her in a room in the Hotel Viger, making a clear getaway from Montreal. She had feared to go with him somehow, but he was so insistent. Rita was engaged to Mr. Harry Capling to be married this summer. Mr. Redfern pretended to be very wealthy and so kept the friendship of the family. The motive for the crime seems to hinge on a grudge against young Capling and so avenged himself by killing this highly respectable young 23 year-old girl of Baden.

      May 22nd at London Ontario Mr. George Redfern was arrested this morning and jailed. But after being in for two hours he died - apparently administered Strychnine to his own body causing death.

  • Sources 
    1. [S300] Cemetery - ON, Waterloo, Wilmot - Fairmount Baden CC#4557 Cemetery Internet Link.
      [north] Gordner/ Noah Gordner/ 1877-1949/ His Beloved Wife/ Albertena Falk/ 1882-1949/ I Know That My Redeemer Liveth
      [south] Reta Gordner/ 1906-1930

  • Event Map
    Event
    Link to Google MapsBirth - 9 Apr 1906 - Stratford, Perth Co., Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCrime - murdered by George Redfern - 1930 - Montreal, Ile de Montreal, Quebec Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - May 1930 - Montreal, Ile de Montreal, Quebec Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - Fairmount Cemetery, Baden, Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
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