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Robert Hessel

Male 1930 - 1993  (63 years)


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  • Name Robert Hessel 
    Born 1930 
    Gender Male 
    Interesting murder, crime, story 
    Misfortune Jul 1993 
    murdered 
    Eby ID Number Waterloo-169111 
    Died Jul 1993  Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I169111  Generations
    Last Modified 16 Jul 2019 

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  • Notes 
    • Charge in nine-year-old killing - Kitchener (CP) - Waterloo regional police say they have solved a nine-year-old murder case in which a 62 year old man was killed and his body parts dumped in a Kitchener swamp. William Brown, 30, faces a second-degree murder charge in connection with the death of Robert Hessel, who disappeared on July 16, 1993. Five years later, on Dec 4, 1998, children found Hessel's skeletal remains in a conservation area. Brown was arrested Tuesday.

      Oxford Review 4 Apr 2002

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      The body was found on River Road near Manchester in Kitchener. It was a very dry time period and the children found the body, first the skull then the police found the rest.

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      December 1998: The skeletal remains of Robert Hessel, 62, of Kitchener were found by children in a swampy section of Stanley Park Conservation Area off River Road in Kitchener. A weeklong search by police recovered 40 bones, including a skull and a jaw with teeth.

      Dental records identified Hessel who went missing five years earlier in July 1993. William Brown was charged with his murder, but was eventually set free in a Kitchener courtroom after Jesse Lord, a key witness, recanted a statement he gave police about a jailhouse confession.

      Grisly discoveries in the region. (2013). TheRecord.com. Retrieved 9 November 2018, from https://www.therecord.com/news-story/2622991-grisly-discoveries-in-the-region/