December 15th, 1978

Whatever Champlain College may have thought about the events of November 3rd and their aftermath may be best evidenced by their silence. On December 15th, 1978, the School held its monthly Board of Governors meeting. This was the first time the Board had convened since the disappearance of Theresa Allore. Champlain College actually had three campuses – there was the one in Lennoxville, but there were also facilities near Montreal and outside of Quebec City. The Board of Governors was comprised of members from all three campuses – Champlain-St. Lambert, Champlain-Longueuil, and Champlain-Lennoxville. Each college was represented by various members from faculty and administration, as well as one member each from the community and the student population.

In the previous meeting, the November 3rd meeting, there was full participation from the Champlain-Lennoxville contingent, and Bill Matson presented his report on administration and housing problems. At the December 15th meeting – the first meeting of the Board since Theresa Allore went missing – the entire Champlain-Lennoxville delegation failed to show up. Bill Matson failed to submit his monthly report. Not a word was uttered concerning the disappearance of a student. In the matter of Theresa Allore, the College had nothing to say.

In mid December, Chief Leo Hamel phones my father to talk about Theresa’s boyfriend, Vlad Kulish. Despite a solid alibi proving that he was thousands of miles away in Calgary at the time of Theresa’s disappearance, Hamel states that he has a “gut feeling” about Vlad, and that he is “not positive” about his character.

Apparently, Leo Hamel was unsure about a lot of things. Six weeks into the case and he was beginning to doubt his theory about Theresa being a runaway. The week before Christmas 1978, a Montreal newspaper, the Journal de Montreal, releases an article about the case titled “Une Histoire De Drogue?”

In the article, Hamel is quoted as saying that it is possible that Theresa was killed, and her murder might have something to do with the drug culture that has developed in the Eastern Townships region. Hamel failed to discuss this information first with my family, prior to giving it to the media. He later back peddles, claiming the story is “pure fabrication” and that he was never even contacted by the reporter who wrote it. He still maintains there is hope, and advises my father not to fear the worst.


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