Very little is known of this victim, so I will simply tell you what this article says:
A woman between the age of 18 and 25 is found on April 2nd, 1977 wrapped in a green and white blanket in some woods next to chemin du Lac in Longueuil. Investigating officers are Denis Beule and Gilles Poirier of the Longueuil police. The corner is Claude Pothel from SQ Parthenais. Cause of death is undetermined.
- Chemin du Lac, Longueuil: where have we heard that before? That’s where Sharron Prior was found.
- Sharron Prior was found on chemin du Lac on April 1, 1975, Unknown is found on chemin du Lac April 2, 1977: Almost exactly two years to the day another victim is found on chemin du Lac? No one found this odd?
- Again, we have a wooded area. (Prior, Choquette, Camirand)
- Claude Pothel, coroner: where have we heard that name before? Well that’s the same coroner who performed the autopsy on Louise Camirand the previous week, when Louise Camirand was found, March 25th, 1977
Now let’s zoom out from this picture:
Well look here.
The article to the left is talking about the cases of Louise Camirand and the recent death of Jocelyne Houle (we will get to Jocelyne in my next post), and a possible connection.
And there is our old friends Fernand Yelle and Normand Vien from the Montreal SQ. Both were assigned to the O’Brien / Fisher cases, now apparently also assigned to Houle.
The scribbled-out marks over “Unknown”?
I didn’t make those. They were either made by journalists or police.
But what is it that separates these crimes (either than separate boxes on a newspaper page, either than scribbles)?
Police jurisdictions. Unknown and Prior are Longueuil crimes. Camirand and Houle are Surete du Quebec murders.
So when Houle turned up dead police were thinking about a connection to Camirand, but not to Prior or another woman who turns up in the same place? Why was that? Because the cases were in separate police portfolios?
Do you think a serial predator cares about police jurisdictions? Do you really think his impulses are governed by enforcement boundaries?
Surete du Quebec.
UPDATE APRIL 14, 2017: THIS VICTIM WAS IDENTIFIED AS JOHANNE LEMIEUX BY THE QUEBEC CORONER’S OFFICE, BUT THERE IS STILL QUESTION AS TO WHETHER THIS IDENTIFICATION IS CORRECT.