Tales from Hollyweird – WKT #32

Three LA Noire stories from my one-time life in Hollywood

Part I – Sign my book, James Ellroy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

James Ellroy’s signature in The Black Dahlia. Did he inscribe this to the Ontario Health Insurance Plan??

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Part II – True Crime Chauffeur

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Part II – Studio City Coda 

 

 

 

 

 

 

While we were all tripping on Deep Purple and Black Sabbath, Barry Manilow was doing this. Absolutely brilliant:

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Victimology – A Canadian Perspective WKT #31

A discussion with Jo-Anne Wemmers, Professor at the School of Criminology of the Université de Montréal about her latest book, Victimology – A Canadian Perspective.  

Jo-Anne has published widely in the areas of victimology, international criminal law and restorative justice. Her research interests focus on victims in the criminal justice system in the broadest possible sense.  Former Secretary General of the World Society of Victimology, she is currently Editor of the International Review of Victimology and the Journal international de victimologie.

 

You can visit Jo-Anne Wemmers page at the Université de Montréal here (click)

Visit Amazon to purchase Victimology: A Canadian Perspective (click here)

Un très grand roman existentiel d’Albert Camus, L’Etranger:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tim Curry, The Rock:

 

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Literature & Criminology – Interview with Michael Arntfield – WKT #30

 

Michael Arntfield joins us to talk about his latest book, Murder In Plain English – From Manifestos to Memes – Looking at Murder through the words of Killers.

We discuss how artifice and crime are linked and inform each other.

Here is a link to the extensive database of American murders through the Murder Accountability Project, murderdata.org.

Michael Arntfield’s website can be found: (here)

 

 

The theatre of the Grand Guignol:

 

Malcolm Gladwell – His Way: WKT #28

I attended Trinity College with Malcolm Gladwell at the University of Toronto. In the course of the last thirty years we have attended two weddings together; one infamous and bombastic, the other sweet and unforgettable.

This is a slightly longer version of an an interview I did with Malcolm for GovLove International, a podcast about emerging issues and trends in local government. If you’re wondering what links a conversation with Malcolm Gladwell and a website about unsolved murders consider the issues of social justice:

Here is a link (click here) to Malcolm’s Moth Podcast, Her Way: A well-intentioned wedding toast goes horribly awry for a young man and his friends:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Mercey Brothers – Old Loves Never Die:

Malcolm’s podcast Revisionist History can be found here:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

http://revisionisthistory.com/about

The Knight-Hennessy Scholars Program at Stanford University video:

 

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Theresa Allore – Part 2: The Minds of Madness

 
PART #2 – On November 3rd, 1978, a beautiful 19 year old young woman, by the name of Theresa Allore, completely disappeared from her college campus…in the small borough of Lennoxville, Quebec. Located approximately 2 hours east of Montreal.

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Index of related unsolved murders in Quebec in the 1970s – Repost

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18 women

RELATED UNSOLVED MURDERS AND DISAPPEARANCES IN QUEBEC IN THE 1970s

(click on the name for detailed case information)

  1. Alice Pare – Drummondville – April 26, 1971
  2. Norma O’Brien & Debbie Fisher – Chateauguay – 1974-75 (solved / provided for context)
  3. Sharron Prior – Montreal / Longueuil – April 1, 1975
  4. Lise Choquette – East End Montreal / Laval – April 20, 1975
  5. Louise Camirand – Eastern Townships – March 25, 1977
  6. Unidentified (Johanne Lemieux) – Longueuil – April 2, 1977
  7. Jocelyne Houle – East End Montreal / St. Calixte – April 17, 1977
  8. Johanne Danserault – Missing from Fabreville – June 14, 1977
  9. Sylvie Doucet – Missing from East End Montreal – June 27, 1977
  10. Johanne Dorion – Fabreville / Laval / Montreal North – July 9, 1977
  11. Claudette Poirier – Drummondville – July 27, 1977
  12. Chantal Tremblay – Montreal North / Rosemere – July 29, 1977
  13. Helene Monast – Chambly – September 10, 1977
  14. Katherine Hawkes – Montreal North – September 20, 1977
  15. Denise Bazinet – East End Montreal / Saint Luc – October 23, 1977
  16. Manon Dube – Eastern Townships – January 27, 1978
  17. Lison Blais – East End Montreal – June 3, 1978
  18. Theresa Allore – Eastern Townships – November 3, 1978
  19. Unknown Victim 2 (Maria Dolores Brava) – Dorval, Montreal – June 2, 1979
  20. Nicole Gaudreaux – Montreal  – August 3, 1979 
  21. Coda: Tammy Leakey – Dorval, Montreal – March 12, 1981

THINGS WE HAVE LEARNED

  1. The bodies of Sharron Prior and Unidentified were both found on Chemin du Lac in Longueuil. Prior was found April 1, 1975, Unidentified was found April 2, 1977, almost exactly 2 years to the date of the discovery of Prior.
  2. The murders of Prior and Houle are very similar, their crime scenes are practically identical.
  3. Chantal Tremblay took the bus to the Henri Bourassa metro station and disappeared. The bus that Johanne Dorion used to commute to/from Cartierville and Laval was on the Henri Bourassa transit line. Dorion worked in Cartierville, took the bus home, then disappeared. Katherine Hawkes lived in Cartierville, and was commuting home on the bus from downtown Montreal the night she died.
  4. A tape exists of Katherine Hawkes’ killer’s voice. Her assailant called in to police twice the evening that she died to tell them the location of the body. The police recorded it. However it took police almost 18 hours to investigate the location (and this only after 2 citizens had found the body).
  5. Denise Bazinet lived approximately 3 blocks from Lison Blais in Montreal’s East End.
  6. A purse matching the description of the one Lison Blais owned was recovered at the Louise Camirand dump site in Austin. Quebec. This is the same location where clothing matching the description of those last worn by Theresa Allore was also found by hunters.  Finally, the remnant of a shoe was found at the same location matching the description on Chinese slippers last worn by Theresa Allore
  7. Tammy Leakey’s body was found in Dorval less than a mile from where Unknown Victim 2 was found 1 1/2 years earlier.

INVESTIGATIVE RECOMMENDATIONS:

  1. Investigate the deaths of Sharron Prior, Jocelyn Houle and “Unidentified” as possibly connected cases committed by one offender (Suspect #1, The Longueuil Killer). This will require cooperation between the Longueuil and Surete du Quebec police forces.
  2. Investigate the murders Louise Camirand, Helene Monast, Denise Bazinet, Lison Blais, Theresa Allore and Sharron Prior as possibly connected cases committed by one offender (Suspect #2, The Bootlace Killer). This will require cooperation between the Longueuil, Montreal, and Surete du Quebec police forces.
  3. Investigate the murders Chantal Tremblay, Joanne Dorion and Katherine Hawkes as possibly connected cases committed by one offender (Suspect #3, The Commuter Killer). This will require cooperation between the Laval, Montreal, and Surete du Quebec police forces.

Here is a map (click to go to interactive link):

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PUBLIC SAFETY RECOMMENDATIONS:

Only three things that can solve a crime:

  1. An eyewitness
  2. A confession
  3. Physical Evidence.

The perpetrators in these cases would have to be – at best – 60 years old today. More than likely they are much older or already dead. Quebec police cannot realistically expect citizens to come forward with new information on these cases when the public is not even aware that the murders occurred, or –  when in some situations – the police refuse to acknowledge that crimes were even committed. Through attrition the Quebec police will ensure that any possibility of a confession or eyewitness testimony in these matters is eliminated. Everyone who touched the case will have died. 

This brings us to the second matter of the destruction of physical evidence. We already have confirmation of evidence destruction by the Surete du Quebec and the Longueuil police. Just yesterday we learned of the recent destruction of evidence by the Montreal police. We suspect that these actions have long been accepted practices by Quebec police. 

By destroying case evidence, by limiting the opportunities of a confession or eyewitness testimony, Quebec police forces have engaged in investigative genocide.

The following actions should be taken immediately:

  1. In addition to Helene Monast and Theresa Allore, the following cases should immediately be added to the Surete du Quebec’s L’équipe des Dossiers non résolus:  Alice Pare, Louise Camirand, Jocelyne Houle, Claudette Poirier, Denise Bazinet, and (if it is in their jurisdiction), Chantal Tremblay.
  2. A unified cold-case task force needs to be created for all of Quebec to ensure cooperation / coordination between Quebec police agencies.
  3. Access to cold-case information for family members of victims needs to be granted immediately. It should not be that I have access to my sister’s case information, while a family like the Dorions or Blais’ are denied access by Laval and Montreal police forces. All Quebec police agencies should be required to provide the same level-of-service to all victims.
  4. An inquiry needs to be made by the Quebec government into the systematic destruction of cold-case physical evidence by Quebec police agencies to ensure the integrity of public safety in the province.
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Minds of Madness Podcast Features Theresa Allore Case

The folks over at The Minds Of Madness have done a podcast focusing on Theresa Allore’s case. Tyler and Bek have done a wonderful job with Part 1. Can’t wait to hear Part 2 which will be coming in a couple of weeks.

Episode 11 – Theresa Allore – Part 1

 

PART #1 – On November 3rd, 1978, a beautiful 19 year old young woman, by the name of Theresa Allore, completely disappeared from her college campus…in the small borough of Lennoxville, Quebec. Located approximately 2 hours east of Montreal.

 

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How do you solve a problem like Homolka – redux

“She read a lot of books about murder, just murder, murder murder, many books per week, like “the perfect murder.”..”

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I’m looking back a little at the Homolka affair, not because I’m terribly interested, but because the media appears to be missing things… AND I DO have an interest in Quebec.

Homolka’s home in Chateauguay is minutes away from the murder sites of 12-year-old Norma O’Brien and 14-year-old Debbie Fisher.

 

In this TVA interview Homolka’s former partner at the Joliet prison says Homolka still maintained that she was the victim because she was in a relationship with Bernardo:

Also, Homolka never expressed regret for killing the young victims.

“She read a lot of books about murder, just murder, murder murder, many books per week, like “the perfect murder.”..”

So turning again to current events and Homolka volunteering at the school in NDG:

If you look back at Homolka’s sentence in 2005 one of the conditions of her release was the following:

“Have no job or volunteer position with people under the age of 16.”

Further, Judge Jean R. Beaulieu “said Homolka had better obey the conditions over the next 12 months, or else they will be renewed. If she breaks any conditions she faces up to two years in jail.”

So at some point over the past 12-years I guess it’s safe to say that the conditions lapsed and were not renewed.My question is why? They appeared to be good measures and included the following:

Homolka must:

  • Report to the nearest police station on the day of her release and tell them where she is living and who her roommates are.
  • Notify police of any change of name.
  • Report to a police station the first Friday of every month (or arrange another time).
  • Give 96 hours notice if she plans to move.
  • Give three days notice if she plans to go away for more than a weekend.
  • Complete specific information about any travel plans.
  • Give police her travel plans if leaving Quebec.
  • Have no contact with people with a criminal record.
  • Have no contact with her former husband Paul Bernardo.
  • Have no contact with former victims Jane Doe or Nicole T.
  • Have no contact with the families of victims Kristen French or Leslie Mahaffy.
  • Not possess drugs or illicit substances.
  • Not be in a job which gives her access to benzodiazepine, opiates or barbiturates.
  • Have no job or volunteer position with people under the age of 16.
  • Continue therapy and counselling.
  • Provide police with a DNA sample.

Maintaining these conditions would have kept the public at bay, and would have ensured controversies such as what unfolded last week at the Greaves Adventist Academy would have never happened. 

Note also in the conditions that it was Homolka who was to advise authorities where she was living, not the other way around, so it is clear that Homolka chose to live in Chateauguay, it was her own, free decision. Whether that decision was influenced from the knowledge that crimes similar to the French / Mahaffy  murders (the O’Brien / Fisher murders) had occured in Chateauguay remains to be seen. 

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