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The Michael Arntfield Interview / WKT #13

Today we have an interview with Canadian criminologist Michael Arntfield, author of the book Murder City, The Untold Story of Canada’s Serial Killer Capital, 1959-1984:

Arntfield was a police officer and detective in London, Ontario from 1999 to 2014 when he left policing to accept a customized academic appointment at University of Western Ontario where he teaches what he calls “literary criminology” in a combined English literature, professional writing, and crime studies program.

The best-selling and controversial Murder City for which Arntfield is arguably best known, advances a hypothesis, often employing an epistolary format through the use of a now deceased detective Dennis Alsop’s original diary notes, that over a specific interval in the 1960s and 1970s, the city of London, Ontario spawned or otherwise housed more serial killers per capita than any city in Canada, and possibly beyond.

Lynda White

 

Ontario Provincial Police Detective Dennis Alsop

 

Here is a link to Michael Arntfield’s website:

 

Michael Arntfield

 

Opening of the film, Bon Cop Bad Cop:

 

The Wire: Burrell assembles a “task force”. Pryzbylewski has a “light trigger pull”:

 

 

Here is a link to the website for the Murder Accountability Project:

Michael’s latest book is Murder in Plain English: Looking at Murderers through the Words of Killers.  Available now on Amazon:

Lightning Round Questions:

 

It was the 80s, Mike was 9. This is Nash The Slash:

 

Classic G.I. Joe PSA:

 

London’s Wolf of Wortley restaurant:

 

The Kim Rossmo Interview – WKT #12

An Interview with criminologist Dr. Kim Rossmo, whose pioneer work lead to the creation of the field of geographic profiling:

Rossmo joined the Vancouver Police Department as a civilian employee in 1978 and became a sworn officer in 1980. In 1987 he received a master’s degree in criminology from Simon Fraser University and in 1995 became the first police officer in Canada to obtain a doctorate in criminology. His dissertation research resulted in a new criminal investigative methodology called geographic profiling.

In 1995, he was promoted to detective inspector and founded a geographic profiling section within the Vancouver Police Department. In 1998, his analysis of cases of missing sex trade workers determined that a serial killer was at work, a conclusion ultimately vindicated by the arrest and conviction of Robert Pickton in 2002. A retired Vancouver police staff sergeant has claimed that animosity toward Rossmo delayed the arrest of Pickton, leaving him free to carry out additional murders. His analytic results were not accepted at the time and after a dispute with senior members of the department he left in 2001. His unsuccessful lawsuit against the Vancouver Police Board for wrongful dismissal exposed considerable apparent dysfunction within that department.

After serving as director of research at the Police Foundation in Washington, DC, from 2001 to 2003, he moved to Texas State University where he currently holds the Endowed Chair in Criminology and is director of the Center for Geospatial Intelligence and Investigation. Since then, he has applied techniques of geographic profiling to counterterrorism, animal foraging, and epidemiology. He has also researched and published on the subject of criminal investigative failures. He has written three books.

At the conclusion of this interview Kim very kindly wrote, “I just wanted to tell you that I have done a lot of interviews over the years and your questions today were really good. I could tell you put a lot of thought and planning into this.”

Rossmo as a “beat cop” in Vancouver:

More information on Rossmo and the Vancouver downtown Eastside missing persons can be found by clicking on the links. 

Patricia Pearson’s book When She Was Bad about women who murder. It’s a great read and you can order it from Amazon:

Here is Rossmo’s geographic profile of San Francisco’s Zodiac killer:

Serial killer Clifford Olsen:

The Banksy application to geographic profiling:

Michael Herr’s novel Dispatches:

 

The Bee Gees, Islands In The Stream:

The King Curtis cover of Procol Harum’s Whiter Shade of Pale:

My favorite Supertramp album (I hope it’s Kims!):

The Guess Who, Running Back to Saskatoon:

The Murder of Sharron Prior / Route 112 – WKT #10

The 1975 murder of Sharron Prior is discussed, and the significance of Highway 112 which is the route between Sherbrooke and Montreal:

Route 112 from Pointe-Saint-Charles to Chambly:

 

Here is a link to Sharron Prior’s website:

 

Sharron Prior

 

Sharron Prior crime scene:

Prior crime scene

 

This is a link to the National Film Board of Canada documentary, The Point:

 

Where Sharron Prior Lived

 

The site of Chez Marius Pizzeria

 

Rue Sebastopol

 

Where Sebastopol converges with Congregation

 

Sebastopol and Congregation converging with Wellington (note street signs). To the North is Route 112

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Chantal Tremblay – July 29, 1977

Chantal Tremblay

Chantal Tremblay

Chantal Tremblay was a student attending the CEGEP of Old Montreal just off Saint Denis street. She lived with her parents in Rosemere, QC. At approximately 5:30 pm Friday, July 29th 1977 Chantal Tremblay left her home at 250 rue Oak in Rosemere. The 5 foot tall, 90 pound 17-year-old girl boarded a bus at route 344 on Grande Cote bloulevard in Rosemere. At approximately 6:15 pm the bus driver noticed Chantal exit his bus at the Henri Bourassa Metro Station in Montreal (Henri Bourassa, just West of Papineau). Chantal was on her way to meet her 7-year-old sister Christine at the Berri-de-Montigny Metro Station in downtown Montreal. The two young girls intended to travel together to Quebec City. Chantal never made it to Berri-de-Montigny.

Almost two years later, on April 21, 1979, two boys who were walking in a wooded area owned by the Department of National Defence, near 165, rang Saint-François in Saint-Louis-de-Terrebonne, discovered human bones on a hill. (this is right on the western tip of Terreborne near Rosemere). Her clothing was lying about 200 to 300 feet from her remains. Cause of death was not stated, but the newspapers indicated that she had been “murdered”.

The jurisdiction in this case is confusing. Initially the St. Eustache police were notified, but Montreal SQ are the first to arrive at the scene (Pierre Lanoue and Francois Lalancette). Jacques Gagne of the Surete du Quebec is also involved. Eventually the investigation is headed up by Normand Trapanier and M Charette of the Rosemere Municipal Police. This is odd. Rosemere is were Chatal lived. However she was last seen in Montreal (MUC police), and was found in Terrebonne (presumably at that time, the Surete du Quebec’s territory). The point being that, as in so many of these cases, there appears to have been jurisdictional confusion.

 

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Analysis

There is not a lot to go on with this case except what little I found in newspapers. Requests for photo archives from Section Rouge Media and the Quebec National Library for autopsy reports yielded nothing.

Matters of interest

  • The area where the remains were found is about a 10 minute drive from the Archambault prison in Sainte Anne des Plaines (see Jocelyne Houle).
  • It is odd that Chantal is last seen at Henri Bourassa, but her remains are found all the way back in Terrebonne, very close to where she lived. Was someone following her on that bus?
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Bus stop at the Henri Bourassa metro. The brasserie on the right has been there since 1978.

 

  • Chantal Tremblay’s entered the Henri Bourassa metro station and headed for the Berri-de-Montigny station located downtown. That metro route touches where the following victims lived: Lison Blais, Denise Basinet, Lise Choquette and Jocelyne Houle (Houle would have taken the Jean-Talon bus to the metro). If any of these women commuted in Montreal (and most likely they did) they would have used the Henri Bourassa metro line.
  • Tremblay’s final destination, Berri-de-Montigny, is in the area that Jocelyn Houle was last seen: presumably she would have used the Berri-de-Montigny station to get to the Old Munich.
  • The article makes mention of the Johanne Dorion case (which we will visit next), and the fact that she used the same bus route as Tremblay (the Henri Bourassa line)
  • Dorion and Tremblay went missing on the same day, July 29, 1977.
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Personal note: I know the Rosemere / Terrebonne area well. My brother lives there. I have driven Grand Cote many times. A number of years ago I tried to make contact with the parents of Chantal Tremblay, but they had moved away.

Note: This case should not be confused with 24-year-old Chantal Tremblay who was murdered in Valleyfield in 1998.

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Lise Choquette – April 22, 1975

Lise Choquette

Less than three weeks after Sharon Prior is found the body of Lise Choquette (30 years of age, 5’1″, 141 lbs) is discovered by Alexandre Aube, an employee with Corrival in Laval. Aube was working construction on the then new 440 autoroute when he found her naked body  near the construction site of the Viaduc Vimont at approximately 11:00 am on Tuesday, April 22, 1975.  Choquette was found lying in the mud approximately 275 feet behind Quebec Ciment, a company at 101 Chemin Haut-St. Francois, in Laval.

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The investigators on the scene were M. Lafond and Andre Lebrun of the Laval police, assisted by Sgt Det Fred Funaro and SD Jean Guy Sauve. Choquette was beaten and strangled, and found only with a tie around her neck ( grey tie with a black circles made by “Caporicci”). The tie was “very tight” around her neck.  There was a small amount of blood around her nose.  Her clothing was found about 200 feet away from the body. She had no identification or jewelry, though police know that Choquette wore a ring. The body had not been disposed at the location for a very long time.

Choquette

Choquette lived at 2247 rue Lariviere,  about a block away from the headquarters of the Surete du Quebec on rue Parthenais. 

Choquette’s residence was about a 10 minute drive from where Denise Bazinet lived, at 4252 rue Brebeuf. Bazinet’s residence is a 10 minute walk from where Lison Blais lived and died, at 4685 avenue Christophe Colomb.

Choquette lived in the apartment building to the left, 2247 Lariviere

Choquette lived in the apartment building to the left, 2247 Lariviere

 

Choquette was found near the construction site of the Viaduc Vimont in Laval. The location is interesting because it places Choquette directly between where Chantal Tremblay was last seen (the Henri Bourassa metro station), and where Tremblay lived / remains were discovered in Terrebonne (for more Tremblay information, click here)

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The body was identified by Choquette’s mother, Emelide Choquette who lived at 6668 44e in Montreal. The case was lead by Sergent Detective Alfred Funaro of the Laval Police. The chief coroner was Maurice C Laniel, assistent by Andre Brosseau (pathologiste). 

In a sworn statement to Andre Gauthier, a Surete du Quebec stenographer,  on November 6, 1975 (on behalf of the coroner’s office), Funaro declared that he had interrogated several persons, but without results, and that the investigation was ongoing. Choquette suffered a “violent death”, but the police needed to continue their work, and report back in future.

For the moment the case was une “Enquete sine die”, a “postponed investigation”.

Autopsy

The actual autopsy report determines the cause of death more specifically: “strangulation and connected contusions” about her head. So Choquette was strangled and beaten about the head.  There were no signs of alcohol in her system.

The autopsy was performed by Andre Brosseau at the demande of Roch Heroux at the Parthenais medical laboratory. There was no evidence of sperm in the vagina area.

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