Community Impacts of Horrific Events

At Our May Dinner: 

A discussion of recent history with criminal justice expert

Stanley Newman


Monday, May 6, 2019 - 5:45 pm to 9 pm

Spadina Room, Courtyard Marriott, 475 Yonge Street 

(one block north of College subway station; enter off Wood Street)


About once in every generation a crime of unspeakable evil takes place in the GTA that impacts the entire gay community. Stan Newman will examine three such cases that have occurred over the past 40 years. The first is the murder of 12-year old Emmanuel Jacques in 1977 by three gay men who were well known in the gay village. The incident is often referred to as the Shoeshine Boy Murder. The second case was the murder of a local librarian, Kenneth Zeller, by five high school boys in High Park in 1985. The third case involved the murder of eight (openly or closeted) gay men by Bruce MacArthur between 2010 and 2017.


Stan will discuss how each of these cases impacted the way both the police and the community at large treated the gay community. While there will be some brief discussion of the details of the crimes themselves, the larger discussion will be from a broader historical perspective.


Stan worked within the criminal justice system for approximately 35 years; that work included personal involvement in the Jacques and Zeller cases. Stan started his career as a penitentiary psychologist in 1981. He worked out of medium and minimum-security penitentiaries for eight years. Thereafter, he was active as an appointee to four different governmental administrative tribunals. He retired in 2017.


Stan is a member of The Fraternity.


Cost: Pay at door by cash, cheque or credit card; $48 for members and their guests; $50 for visitors; $25 for students


RSVP to by Friday, May 3 (for dinner on Monday, May 6). We appreciate RSVPs, but walk-ins and last minute guests are always welcome!