Bellows recalls attack Fifteen years after she was abducted, robbed, raped and brutally stabbed, the 44 year old St.
Catharines woman is still struggling to regain what she lost on that January day she went to the credit union on a lunchtime errand to update her account book. "I smiled at him," she recalls, as she noticed a scruffy looking man in a green coach outlet atlanta urban jacket, sitting in an idling vehicle parked beside hers. "When I walked into the credit union, he was sitting in this gold coloured car. He smiled at me and I smiled back." For Bellows, having grown coach outlet atlanta reef up in a loving and nurturing home and living and working in the medium sized Ontario city where she felt safe, "it was just normal to smile, just being friendly." What Bellows didn't know was that in the preceding two days, Peter John Peters of London, Ont., had already killed two people 25 year old Charlene Brittain in London and 63 year old Albert Philip in Toronto and that as a desperate fugitive, he needed a new escape vehicle and was ready to kill to get it. As Bellows returned to her car and unlocked the door, Peters appeared beside her, pressing a sharp object into her face. Bellows screamed and resisted, but Peters told her to "shut up" and get into her car. coach outlet atlanta estate None of the people in the parking lot of the Family Savings Credit Union on Niagara Street made any effort to intervene. Peters forced her over the console of her 1985 Oldsmobile Cierra and into the passenger seat. Taking the wheel himself, he told Bellows he wouldn't hurt her, but he needed her vehicle and he needed her to look like his wife. If she co operated, he'd let her go. Over the next few hours of Jan. 22, 1990, Peters first drove along the QEW towards Niagara Falls, then changed direction and said he wanted to find the Trans Canada Highway. He drove erratically and demanded constantly that Bellows talk to him. He seemed paranoid and jittery, and Bellows says his body odour "smelled rotten. He smelled like death." According to court documents he ended up driving west on Highway 403 and talking about driving to Windsor. In Brantford, coach outlet purses gun he left the highway, telling Bellows he was looking for a place to drop her off. He told her she should tell police he was a nice guy, and warned that if she was responsible for telling police how to find him, he would kill her. He drove through the outskirts of Paris, turning down a farm lane and into a wooded area. "All of a sudden he got vicious and mean. He told me to shut up. It appeared to me that he had mentally snapped," Bellows said in her statement to the court. Holding a sharp pointed carpenter's awl to her face, Peters yelled at her, ordering her to undress. He named each article of her clothing and made crude and sexual comments about her body. When she was naked, he ordered her into the back seat, saying he wanted to "have some fun" with her. Throughout the vicious rape that ensued, Bellows cried and pleaded for Peters to stop hurting her, while Peters grew increasingly coarse and violent. But suddenly Peters stopped. " 'There's a man coming on a tractor. Get up slowly. Get into the front seat. Don't do anything stupid,' " Bellows says he told her. The man on the tractor was retired OPP officer Al Pike, the man who owned the bush lot, and the man who because of a series of fateful coincidences would be able to save Bellows' life. Pike, who is now 79 and is still regularly cutting wood in the bush lot as he was that wintry day, says he thought he had chanced upon a lovers' rendezvous. Because their vehicle was blocking the route he was taking, he expected it would be amusing to watch them scramble. The fact he was there at all was because everything had gone wrong for him that day. He was supposed to be in the nearby town of Norwich, working on installing a hardwood floor, but the job had been delayed. He decided to use the unexpected free time to cut some wood for the woodburning furnace that heats his home. During that afternoon, he felled four trees, but as he was working, the chain on his trailer broke and his tractor got stuck. It was getting late in the day and would soon be dark, so instead of taking the normal way back to his house, he decided to take a shortcut, dragging a tree behind his tractor. Later that winter, Pike and an investigating police officer would go back to the scene with Pike's tractor and a stopwatch, retracing his movements and timing how long it took him to drive about 100 metres down the lane. In the 19 seconds of that journey, what Pike saw and what Pike did ended Peters' killing spree and saved Bellows' life. Pike saw Bellows get out of the back seat of the car, naked except for the brown winter coat she was clutching in her arms.
Pike saw Bellows fall into the snow and he thought Peters, who was doing up his pants, was trying to help her get up. She fell again, but this time Pike saw blood in the snow, and realized that Peters was not helping Bellows he was trying to kill her. "As soon as he threw her to the ground, I knew something was wrong," recalls Pike, whose memories of that day are as vivid as Bellows.
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