Max Haines has been a stranger to the Toronto Sun since his retirement in 2006, so what a treat it was to pick up the Sunday Sun yesterday to find a cold case story by Mr. Crime Flashback himself.
The two-page story was right up Max's alley - the unsolved 1981 Toronto sex slaying of British nanny Christine Prince, whose naked body was found floating in the Rouge River near the Sewells Rd. bridge.
It hasn't been easy for Max Haines fans to break a 34-year addiction to his Sun columns, so yesterday's public appeal for new leads in the 30-year-old case has given them hope there will be more from Max.
Max could easily work his way across Ontario for weekly Sunday Sun crime flashback reports in hopes of readers cracking some cold cases along the way.
Years ago, when the Toronto Sun published annual reader surveys, Max's Crime Flashback was always above 80% readership, so his retirement in 2006 left a big hole in the Sunday Sun.
Mike Strobel said farewell to Max in a July 20, 2006 column.
Well, here's a sincere welcome back, Max.
As the song goes:
It's so nice to have you back where you belong.