Congratulations should go out to the Toronto Police Services for bringing in a suspect for the murder of popular gay bar owner Janko Naglic, who was murdered almost a year ago under very strange circumstances. Some of the rumours regarding his demise were about a coke habit that had got out of hand, retribution by city police for squealing on them for racketeering, and various other sundry ones that should not be repeated, as they were so insulting to Janko’s memory.
Police arrested on Friday, the 26th his lover Ivan Mendez-Romero, who owned the really kewl purple 3 wheeler motorcycle and worked at Janko’s bar, the Barn
Although I listed him personally as one of my potential suspects, he had disappeared many months ago, and I thought police had ruled him out as a suspect. Imagine my surprise when news came of his arrest not only in the city of Toronto, which he never left, but also that he had married again (3rd time now) now to a woman back in the spring of this year apparently with Janko’s blessing (although the bride was not made aware of their relationship)
Glad someone was on top of this. No one’s death/murder should go unpunished.
It’s a real shame that the Barn’s story ended this way. Apparently in the 80’s-early 90’s this was a real swinging place, before political correctness, zero tolerance and some asshole bouncers were hired.
Now, the Barn’s up for sale, perhaps soon to be another victim of all the condominiums moving into our area. I hope this doesn’t pass. The Barn was open for 29 years, making it the longest running gay bar in our city. To let it die like that, would be shameful.
Almost as shameful as the murder of Jonka by a man who was his lover for 12 years, who’s motive, aside from being an allegedly spoiled little closet case, is still unknown.
March 05, 2008
After just four hours of deliberation a jury acquitted Ivan Mendez-Romero of the 2004 death of his long-time lover Janko Naglic.