I don’t know why the English media is reluctant to say it: The suspect in the disappearance of Julie Surprenant (she disappeared 10 years ago today) is Richard Bouillon, and the suspect is dead. Boullion died in prison in 2006.
Kris Gravenor gave the best missive of Bouillon years ago in the Montreal Mirror:
Dangerous but not offensive… or is it offensive but not dangerous?
Richard Bouillon, 49, was your cookie-cutter incarcerated sexual assault guy whose m.o. included a slick doctor-impersonation-thing. While in jail awaiting trial for a cornucopia of sexual crimes he pulled off between 1973 and 1989, he was surprised to learn that prosecutors wanted him reclassified as a dangerous offender. The somewhat rare manoeuvre would allow authorities to legally keep him in prison approximately forever. His lawyer suggested police had a vendetta for Bouillon because they couldn’t nail him for the 1999 murder of his Julie Surprenant, 16, so they were trying to give him a life sentence without trial. Prosecutors couldn’t persuade the judge to go along with the plan, but Bouillon will still be eating prison food for the immediate future.
A fight in Julie’s memory
Updated: Sun Nov. 15 2009 6:25:58 PM
A decade after Julie Surprenant’s disappearance, her father Michel still refuses to speak about her in the past tense.
“After 10 years, I always hope she’s alive. The reality maybe is something else,” he said.
Julie, 16 at the time of her disappearance, vanished after getting off a bus less than 50 metres from her home in Terrebonne on Nov. 16, 1999.
To mark the anniversary, Michel Surprenant will be holding a press conference Monday asking the government for tougher laws against sexual predators.
Further, Surprenant, along with other parents of murdered or missing children, plan to ask for a special police squad dedicated to missing people, like one established in Ontario. They also aim to have the government tighten parole regulations.
“It’s bullshit. Excuse me, but that’s the word,” said Surprenant.
For now, Surprenant can only find solace in knowing that his daughter’s high-profile disappearance may have prevented others, but still, he’s never found peace.
“We even had a portrait, a sketch done, of the presumed aggressor but no arrests have been made,” said Pina Arcamone of the Missing Children’s Network.
There was one suspect in Julie’s disappearance, but never enough evidence to charge him before his death while serving time for unrelated sex crimes.
“He’s going with his secret – if he’s the guy,” said Surprenant.
With nothing but her memory and some faded photos of his daughter, Surprenant continues to fight for his daughter and all missing children.
“When you lose your children, it’s your dream,” he said.