|Relationships|| Flora Rookwood (wife)|
Eva Rookwood (daughter)
Polly Dunlap (adopted daughter)
Howard Rookwood was known by the public as a Toronto businessman and philanthropist. However, he was also a paedophile, a child molester, and was involved in an illegal horse thieving ring.
Rookwood was married to Flora Rookwood with whom he had a daughter, Eva. Rookwood molested his daughter and when she grew old enough to be able to cause him trouble, he strangled her and then pushed her down the stairs to make her death look like an accident. Rookwood's valet, Miles Gorman, was a witness to the crime. Gorman blackmailed Rookwood and was paid $50 a month to keep silent.
Rookwood created a horse theft ring using orphaned boys as thieves. The horses were taken to his factory where they were rendered. Peter Watt knew about this scheme but chose to do nothing to stop it.
After the death of his daughter, Rookwood suggested to his wife that she might like a ladies' servant. They procured an orphan named Polly Dunlap from Baker House. Rookwood took a liking to Polly and the couple adopted her. They then began referring to Polly as Eva. Rookwood was also molesting Polly. When Flora discovered this, she murdered her husband.