42-year-old Wayne Greavette of Moffat, Ontario, Canada, was murdered in his home on December 12, 1996. Shortly after 1:00 p.m. that day, he received a package delivered by Canada Post in his name that contained a cardboard cask of Domain D’Or, a low-cost Ontario wine. The cask’s liquid contents had been emptied, replaced with a Duracell Floating Lantern flashlight and a strange note that contained the names of people Greavette knew, along with a fake business proposal and return address.
Wayne’s wife Diane, and their 21-year-old son, Justin, were both home with Wayne. While Wayne was reading the weird note, Justin picked up the flashlight and attempted to turn it on. When that failed, Wayne started messing with it, trying to get it to work. That’s when the flashlight exploded. Inside the flashlight were tightly packed plastic explosives and a blasting cap, surrounded by galvanized roofing nails designed to maximize the bomb’s damage (Humphreys, 2001).
Wayne was killed instantly, and Justin was slightly injured. To this day, this bizarre murder remains unsolved.
Wayne was well known in the packaging industry, selling bottled water from an artisan well on his property that he packaged himself. Before he lived in Moffat, Wayne and his family resided in the Acton, Ontario area. Wayne, Diane, and their two children, Justin and Danielle, moved to Moffat six months before his death. Their new location was only 30 minutes from their previous home.
The letter sounded like the author was looking to do business with Wayne, but authorities believe it was to fool Wayne to put him at ease.
Police verified the package was sent by Canada Post. The letter was typed on a Smith Corona typewriter that had a Daisy Wheel 10/12 font sold by the identifying number 59543. While the typewriter was marketed under several brand names, the fonts were sold under the Smith-Corona label in department stores. This particular font left a slash after each period.
Whoever killed Wayne obviously hated him so much he wanted him dead. The method the killer used was pure genius. Unless someone knows something and spills the beans, this case will never get solved.
Until 1993, Wayne had worked for a packaging machinery company. He left the company, but not on good terms, and broke off the partnership with them. Could one of his former partners have killed him?
The killer was unaware that Wayne and his family had moved, as is stated in the letter. I feel like that is a bit important because it shows the killer had not been in touch with Wayne for at least six months.
At the time of Wayne’s death, the Internet was new to the general public, so many people didn’t have personal computers in their home. Because this was an older typewriter, it makes me wonder if the person is older, using “old school” ways of corresponding.
We may never know who killed Wayne, but I hope his wife and kids get justice one day. It’s sad to know a killer is walking free out there.
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*Updated August 24, 2019
Humphreys, Adrian. “Flashlight Murder Probed on Internet.” National Post, December 15, 2001.
SKS Team. February 2018. “Greavette.” Podcast. CBC Radio.
The Canadian Press. “Fatal Package Was Delivered by Post Office.” Times Colonist, December 14, 2001.