So these are my reasons why I believe the Quebec police should be under investigation:
From the very beginning, Quebec police have taken the very passive approach of, “Let’s wait and see what happens”. This was the approach in the very early stages of my sister’s disappearance. The Surete du Quebec’s approach was very clearly expressed by lead investigator, Corporal Roch Gaudreault when he told my father that there was little they could do, and that Theresa’s body would probably turn up when the snow melted.
This philosophy continued 5 months later when the body was found. The Surete du Quebec tried to convince my father that Theresa’s death was a school campus matter. Something went wrong with recreational activities involving drugs, things got out of hand, mistakes were made by teenagers. Gaudreault’s words were (and I know this, because my father wrote them on a manilla envelop), “Wait. Someone will say something”.
But no one ever did.
Where have I heard this before? In fact it is the same approach of the Laval police in the 38-year-old cold case of Joanne Dorion. Here is Joanne’s sister, Lisa:
“(The Police) told us they wanted to investigate a young man who found the body of our sister because his brother had been in love with her. I found it funny, that he wanted to go this approach. I have not heard from the investigator since. He said he wanted to talk to me before he speaks to the media following the publication of the article. “
After 38 years they now want to investigate this young man?
Well this sounds very familiar. It is not uncommon. I have heard this from dozens of Quebec unsolved victims: A deliberate attempt by police to hide, confuse, obfuscate the truth.
I certainly understand the need for law enforcement to keep information highly confidential and secure. By sharing too much information they could potentially jeopardize the resolution of a case in a court of law. But too much control? These are the lessons of Chicago and Ferguson, you risk losing public trust.
And here to my point. Look at the photo at the top of this post. It is pretty clear that the media (and by extension, the police, who in that era controlled the exploitation media) where drawing lines between cases in 1977 – 78. Connect the dots: Camirand to Houle to Dorion to Monast to Katherine Hawkes. Did the police EVER do anything to assuage public fear? Did police ever say, “yes, we’ve looked into this, there is no connection”. I have searched public record thoroughly from 1975 – 1981: I can find no evidence that the police ever did such a thing.
So were they careless in not informing the public, or were they hiding something? I don’t know.
Flash forward to 2013. I posted on this site, Quebec 1977: Who was The Bootlace Killer? A very deliberate attempt on my part to brand a series of approximately 20 to 30 unsolved murders of young women from this era. And let me point out that my “theory” is nothing new, it is simply a revisit of what Allo Police / Photo Police was publishing 30-plus years ago. What I expected from Quebec police was some kind of response:
“a. We have looked into these murders, numbers 13, 16, and 23 were solved decades ago.
b. We have looked into these murders, there is no connection to any of them.”
What did the public get from Quebec police? Nothing. Stone silence. You cannot help but feel that if Quebec police are not addressing the problem, then Quebec police are trying to avoid the problem.
There are other factors that support my belief that Quebec police intentionally do not want to revisit these cold cases from the late 1970s. I will list them:
- To this day, Quebec police refuse to look at the cases of Manon Dube, Theresa Allore, and Louise Camirand as a grouping, as a possible cluster of victims murdered by one individual. The cases are separated, they are assigned to different investigators.
- Destruction of Evidence: It is has been documented that physical evidence was systemically destroyed by police in the unsolved murders of Theresa Allore, Sharon Prior, Manon Dube, and Roxanne Luce… and we suspect many others. These cases cross jurisdictions, some are SQ, some are Longueuil, etc… The point being, THIS CANNOT BE SOME SIMPLE BLUNDER. If it is, it is a catastrophic fuck-up. No police agency IN THE WORLD destroys physical evidence in unsolved murders. This can only be a calculated decision by someone at the very top of either public safety or the Quebec government.
- The Reward: I have a standing offer from a private citizen to offer a reward of $10,000 for information leading to the arrest of the person who murdered my sister, Theresa Allore. The agency in Quebec that administers such deals is Sun Life. The catch is Sun Life will only enter into the agreement if a Quebec police force agrees to be the entity who will receive the information / tips from the public. The Surete du Quebec refuses this offer on the grounds that it will create too much work for them: following up on calls, chasing down false leads, etc…
- The Surete du Quebec’s Cold Case Website: The site has been operating for about three years I believe. Of the 20 to 30 cases from 1975 – 1981 only one is posted on this site: Helene Monast. In the beginning this was understandable, it was explained to me that they wanted to get their footing. BUT IT’S BEEN THREE YEARS. Why not have ALL the cases? Do you want to solve crimes or don’t you? What is the harm in having a true representation of the unsolved murders in Quebec? For that matter, what determines whether a case can be posted on their site?
These questions must be answered if we are ever to rebuild trust in the Quebec police’s investigative capabilities.
Quebec Police: I’ve never seen law enforcement work so hard to NOT solve crimes.