According to most accounts, Emanuel Jaques was shining shoes on Yonge Street in the afternoon of July 29, 1977, when he agreed either to help some men move photographic equipment or to pose for them. Four days later, on August 2, his body was found in a garbage bag on the roof of a massage parlour on Yonge Street. It was subsequently discovered that he had been raped by three men and then drowned. The brutality of the crime provoked cries of outrage across Toronto, but particularly in the local Portuguese community. There were large protests in the city and endless editorials condemning what became known as Toronto’s “sin strip.” Considering that Jaques was sexually attacked by the three men before they killed him, the case also caused a major rift between the city’s Portuguese and gay communities. This was particularly true when, even before the accused came to trial, a local gay magazine decided to publish an article extolling the virtues of “Men Loving Boys Loving Men.” That being said, public opinion was overwhelmingly on the side of the victim and, by extension, of the Portuguese community. In fact, the Jaques case would attract the broadest media coverage of any murder in the region until the Bernardo-Homolka serial killings of teenaged girls of the mid-1990s. Yet soon after his brutal death, and the subsequent sanitization of Yonge Street, Emanuel Jaques would largely vanish not only from the headlines but from the very consciousness of Canadians. When one searches through the archives, one finds almost nothing about the story that captured the imagination of a whole city. Until the publication of Barnacle Love in 2008, which had been preceded by Bill Moniz’s television film Shoeshine Boy in 2006, Jaques pretty well disappeared from Canadian discourse, both popular and scholarly. (Source)
Disappeared because it doesn’t fit the approved victimology meme.
Sidenote: My parent were from the Azores too. I was born here in Canada. In 1977, I would have been 8. This whole account really sickens me.