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Latest victim was street prostitute
37-year-old woman was too addicted to crack to give up high-risk lifestyle

Florence Loyie, Ryan Cormier and Richard Warnica
The Edmonton Journal

Saturday, May 20, 2006

EDMONTON - Bonnie Lynn Jack liked to answer the phone with a cheery "Bunny Love."

CREDIT: Calgary Herald/HO

Even thought Bonnie Lynn Jack knew some of the other women whose homicides are being investigated by Project Kare, she wasn't affected enough to stop working the streets.

Then she would laugh.

"She was always joking and laughing. She was a beautiful person. Kind and soft-spoken," said Emiline Lagimodiere, who was shocked to learn her good friend's body was found in a wooded area near a farmer's field south of Fort Saskatchewan this week. It's the same rural area where the bodies of five other female prostitutes have been found since 2003.

A young couple found Jack while on a walk Tuesday afternoon.

Project Kare, the RCMP task force investigating more than 80 cases of missing or dead men and women involved in high-risk lifestyles, is investigating the 37-year-old woman's death as a homicide.

RCMP are now trying to trace Jack's movements in recent months and are asking for the help of anyone who had contact with her.

Lagimodiere said Jack had a bad crack addiction, and worked the streets to support her habit.

"She was a lesbian. The only reason she went with the men was because she had a crack addition," she said, as she wiped the tears from her eyes.

"She didn't like men because of what happened to her when she was little -- she told me she was raped."

"She used to cry. She said: 'They've hurt me too much,' " Lagimodiere said.

Even though Jack knew some of the other women whose homicides are being investigated by Project Kare, she wasn't affected enough to stop working the streets, Lagimodiere said.

Her area was along 118th Avenue between 95th Street and 94th Street, but she was known to hang around around the corner of 84th Street and 118th Avenue as well.

"I used to tell her to get off the street and find a job, even if it's washing dishes for $5.90.

"She figured it would never happen to her. She said if you played it smart, you'd be all right."

Lagimodiere said the last time she saw Jack was weeks ago when she had to tell her to leave her apartment because she was doing crack cocaine and getting out of hand.

"She was really a good person who treated everybody fairly. But if someone treated her wrong while she was high, she could get aggressive," she said.

RCMP spokesman Cpl. Wayne Oakes said Jack spent time in Edmonton and Vancouver, but he did not release her primary residence.

"The last known contact that we have, at this point in time, is with her family approximately two months ago," Oakes said. "I believe that contact was here in Edmonton."

Jack was not reported missing, nor was she registered with Project Kare.

So far, Oakes said, there is no connection between this investigation and any other.

RCMP have not released the cause of death, or how long Jack's body was in the woods before it was found. The body was approximately 25 metres west of a gravel road, just off of a field in a wooded area.

"I can tell you that this lady, as with many of the victims, was a mom," Oakes said. "It's very sad."

Lagimodiere said Jack never talked much about her family, or mentioned she had children.

"I know she had stretch marks, but I didn't pry. I didn't want to want to rub salt in her wounds," she said as she clutched a picture of Jack that RCMP released Friday.

"She was always kind to everyone. She would give you the shirt off her back. How could someone do this to her?"

floyie@thejournal.canwest.com

rcomier@thejournal.canwest.com

rwarnica@thejournal.canwest.com

 The Edmonton Journal 2006

 

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