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The Unsolved Murder of Anthony Manning

The Unsolved Murder of Anthony Manning

 

 Case File Overview

Shortly after 6:00 pm on Friday, May 8, 2009, 39-year-old Anthony Manning was found murdered in a home in London, Ontario. The London Police Service were told by an unnamed source that Anthony had been killed. When officers entered the apartment located at #202 – 499 Cleveland Ave, his remains were located in the bathroom.

#202 – 499 Cleveland Ave, London, Ontario

Image of apartment 202 at 499 Cleveland Ave in London, Ontario
Image source: London Police Service

The autopsy revealed that Anthony died from a gunshot wound.

Anthony’s murder remains unsolved.

Case File Theories

There’s a shocking lack of coverage of this case. According to Dale Carruthers from The London Free PressAnthony’s murder “has largely faded from the public radar.” Nearly the only time Anthony’s murder is mentioned by the press is when the London Police Service discusses other cold cases.

Due to the lack of details available about Anthony’s murder, concrete theories are hard to come by.

The London Police Service, however, has made a couple of interesting comments about the case: “We know that a number of people came and went from this address in the days leading up to the discovery of his body. We believe that there are people with information about how Anthony was murdered who have not come forward.”

The first comment above seems to suggest that perhaps the apartment where Anthony was found may have been a popular party spot and/or was used for illegal activity, such as the sale of drugs. The second statement leads me to believe that there are people out there who need to come forward with information to help close this case.

It’s also been reported that police arrested two men at the scene who were eventually released without charges. These men could have been involved, but it’s impossible to know without more information.

Who do you think murdered Anthony?

I’m not sure if Anthony has loved ones trying to get his case into the spotlight and their voices are going unheard, or if he doesn’t have anyone fighting to keep this case alive. Either way, Anthony’s life was tragically cut short, and he deserves justice.

If you can help solve this murder, please contact the London Police Service at 519-661-5670

Interested in unsolved murders? Check out two others that also occurred in London, Ontario: the murder of teenager Sam Lottery and the murder of young mother Lisa Leckie.

Related Reading

“London police have perfect murder clearance rate in last eight years”The London Free Press article

Unsolved Murders – London Police Service

“Police try to warm up cold case files”OurLondon.ca article

 

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8 Comments

  1. Gracie Gracie

    Unfortunately, I feel this is another case that will need someone to come forward. The theory of it being drug related has its merits. The gold chain around his neck looks quite expensive. I wonder if there was a reward offered if someone would come forward. Unfortunately, with so many people coming and going, I feel it will be a hard case to crack. I really hope Anthony and his family get justice for this senseless crime!

    • Christine Christine

      Thanks for sharing your great insights. I couldn’t agree more; even the London police are practically begging people to come forward and insist that many people know more than they’re sharing. Great point about the necklace–it does look expensive. To my knowledge, no reward has been offered in this case yet. But I do think it would help. Here’s hoping someone comes forward and Anthony’s murder case is eventually solved!

  2. J.J J.J

    No one wants justice for this case more than we, (his family) do…..the necklace?? Very reaching, but no.
    The truth is, Detectives don’t care about Tony’s case. Nothing makes sense, none of his friends were his friends, and the house that he was found in was NOT his residence. Get your facts straight before you put your two cents to it.
    If London detectives truly cared, then there is some very vital information that the family should have recieved let’s say, about ……last summer. This case isn’t closed?? I beg to differ.

    • Christine Christine

      Hi J.J. Thank you for taking the time to comment. My very heartfelt condolences to you and your family. I can’t even imagine what you’re going through. I appreciate you pointing out that Anthony wasn’t found in his own apartment; I apologize for my error, and I’ve amended the post to reflect this. May things go smoother (or go at all, it sounds like) with the London police. I’ll keep spreading the word about Anthony.

      • J.J J.J

        Thank you Christine. This thing has many layers that I want so badly, to be “unravelled.” I was just saying to someone yesterday, not knowing information about my brother, is so much more painful, than knowing a possible ugly truth……I’m not even sure how to articulate my true feelings about this, and the people I feel are “hiding” information. I’ll just continue to trust God, who is really my only hope at this time.
        Maybe your efforts here will prove effective too.
        Again…..thank you. You don’t have to do this, yet you feel led. God bless you friend.

  3. Bill Bill

    My first question is “who lived in that apartment and what do they have to say about the situation?” If the apartment was not rented and people were just coming and going in an empty apartment, then I can understand no one having information. If someone had rented the apartment, then renter or renters either knew Mr. Manning or didn’t know Mr. Manning. That’s a significant point. I don’t see how the police lose anything by telling us whether the renter ended up with a stranger’s body in his bathroom, whether the renter ended up with a friend’s body in his bathroom, or whether the renter ended up with a casual acquaintance’s body in his bathroom.

    The description of an “unnamed source” saying that the body was there suggests that his body was found by someone other than the tenant. If someone was renting the apartment, then the police need to understand why someone other than the tenant reported the dead body.

    The explanation could be simple. The tenant could have been at work all day and gone out for a few beers with friends on Friday after work. Mr. Manning could have been in the apartment with someone else and killed there. If several people were present at the time of the murder, one of them could have made the anonymous call. If a neighbor heard the shot and called the police, the police could be using vague phrasing to protect the neighbor who reported the shot. A neighbor may also have heard the shot, waited until he/she didn’t hear anyone in the apartment, gone through an unlocked door and found Mr. Manning’s body. In that case, the police would have gotten the anonymous call that Mr. Manning was murdered but again by speaking vaguely to protect the neighbor.

    I’d also want to know whether he was shot in the bathroom or whether he was shot elsewhere and went to the bathroom after he was wounded. Generally, two people aren’t arguing in a residential bathroom. On the other hand, a person can be a bit more vulnerable while going to the bathroom, so a planned murder might target someone using the bathroom. If he was executed, that could point to one motive and one set of circumstances. If he just got into an argument that turned into a shooting, that’s another type of situation that might point to a different killer.

    Another obvious question is time of death. If the shooting happened during the day and all the residents around that apartment were at work, then maybe no one heard the shot. If the shooting happened within an hour of the call and the discovery, then people could have been home and heard the shot. If the shooting happened early that morning or the previous night, then people could have heard the shot.

    I’m curious what Mr. Manning did for a living and whether he had missed work. Not everyone is close to people at work, but in many workplaces, co-workers will wonder if someone isn’t there. If he worked on Friday and left early, his co-workers could be another source of information.

    Maybe the police have asked all of these questions and just haven’t gotten solid information that would lead to a conviction. If the neighborhood was bad, maybe people just aren’t going to give descriptions of people who left the building around the time of death. If the apartment had too much coming and going by strangers, people may have simply tuned out the presence of the strangers. In that case, people who saw something may have ignored what they saw as a matter of habit.

    Obviously, a gang angle would make the case more difficult. If the area had gang activity and people think gang members killed Mr. Manning for some reason, they’re going to be hesitant to come forward. If he were in a gang or had once been in a gang, that’s another important factor that could make getting information more difficult.

    The picture doesn’t look like the kind of place that would have a large number of surveillance cameras in the area. While enough cameras were being used in 2009 to make some people worry about the loss of privacy, there were fewer cameras then than there are today. (At least that’s the case here in the United States, and I’d assume that the trend was similar for Canada.) If no cameras picked up people coming and going near the time of the murder, then that’s another source of information that is lost.

    I wouldn’t put much evidentiary value in the gold chain. The chain would be expensive if it were real gold and solid gold. However, the chain could have nothing more than a thin plating. In that case, the chain would be flashy but not all that expensive.

    Many of us tend to believe that more coverage in the media would matter because we are more driven by the media. Not everyone lives that way, so more coverage may or may not matter.

    I hope that they find an answer. Maybe someone will come forward with information.

    • Christine Christine

      Hi Bill. As always, thanks for reading and for sharing your thoughtful analysis!

    • Christine Christine

      Hi Bill. Thanks for reading and for taking the time to share to share your thoughtful insights! Have a great weekend.

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