An Aug. 4, 1971 issue of the Daily Herald reveals a dark day in the McDougald famliy's past.
The family of a Prince Albert man involved in a shooting death this week has a violent past that dates back to a double murder-suicide that occurred in the city more than 40 years ago.
A search of the Prince Albert Daily Herald archives revealed that in 1971, Ted McDougald, father of the accused, shot his ex-wife and her friend before turning the gun on himself.
An article in the Aug. 4, 1971 edition of the Daily Herald said all three were killed and listed the deceased as Ted McDougald, 51, Frouwiena McDougald, 48, and Christel Krist, 41.
According to the same article, the incident occurred just after midnight in the front yard of a home belonging to Christel Krist and her husband, Pieter.
McDougald approached the two women while they were seated in a car and shot at them with a .30-30 Winchester rifle. Each victim was shot once in the head at point blank range.
Police in the article are quoted as saying that there were no signs of a struggle, stating that it “appeared Mr. McDougald just shot them both and then turned the gun on himself.”
The motive for the murders was listed as being the result of an “involved domestic situation.” The McDougalds had been separated for an unknown period of time.
Ted McDougald was well known in the P.A. area as an auctioneer who sold cattle at the Prince Albert livestock yards. McDougald was avid in the rodeo circuit, participating in rodeos across Saskatchewan and Manitoba. He also served as a councillor for the RM of Buckwold from 1968-69.
Christel Krist was an immigrant who moved to Canada from Holland in 1954. Krist was a ballroom dancing instructor and a foster parent to five children in addition to her own five sons.
No information about Frouwiena McDougald is known, except that she and Ted had a daughter, Teddy, and two sons, Spencer and Larry.
On Tuesday morning, Terry McDougald, 45, was shot dead at a rural residence just north of the city. The shooting is believed to have been the result of an ongoing property dispute.
A member of the McDougald family initially agreed to comment, but later declined saying that they were grieving and “Didn’t want their emotions to take hold of their statements.”
Larry James McDougald, 66, is facing charges of second-degree murder in the shooting death. He is currently in custody and made his first court appearance in Prince Albert on Wednesday morning.