The Brutal Murder of Linda LeFranc

Terrace is a small, quiet town in North Western British Columbia. Linda’s murder rocked the community of 11,000, and more than 20 years later, it still does.

Liam Hall


Linda LeFranc — Photo Credit

He was supposed to be her friend, but he was far from it. Christopher Maurice Alexander snuck into his neighbor Linda LeFranc’s house using a “hidden” spare key that he knew was there.

Christopher said it “was just a simple B&E” but Linda was home sleeping on that December night in 1998 when Christopher decided to enter her home.

He must have been making some noise, because, at some point, Linda woke up and discovered the intruder. The intoxicated Christopher stabbed Linda about 83 times, leaving her bloody body for Linda’s 7-year-old to discover the next day.

It wasn’t long before Christopher was apprehended. He actually showed up at Linda’s funeral and signed the guest book. That signature was later linked to a cheque of Linda’s that Christopher had fraudulently tried to cash.

In 2002 he was convicted of second-degree murder, receiving a sentence of life, without the possibility of parole for 7 years.

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What this meant was that he went to jail for 7 years, and then he was able to request to be paroled. If the request is denied, he can apply again every 2 years until he gets released.

Anita Johnstone, Linda’s sister, doesn’t believe Christopher’s version of events from that night. Christopher took a hunting knife and gained access to Linda’s locked apartment, and viciously stabbed her at least 83 times. Linda had most likely fallen asleep on the couch watching TV when Christopher entered her home.

“He had absolutely no empathy for my sister whatsoever, or her child. After the stabbing, he went home, hid the knife and gloves in a tape deck, washed his clothes and went back and wiped down LeFranc’s residence. Yet, he maintained he was too drunk to remember the crime.” — Anita Johnstone.



Liam Hall

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