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Pearson National Post Thursday, September 19, 2002

Sometimes I wonder: am I in Canada, or one of Kafka’s dreamlike mazes? I watch events unfold with growing amazement. A young Canadian woman dies. The family wishes to know why, what happened, what fate befell their beloved child. The police decide that she died of a drug overdose. They provide no evidence. They refuse to share with the family the results of their investigation. The family must hire a private investigator. Building on the man’s work, they investigate with a journalist. Building on this publicity, they come to rely on the kindness of fellow citizens, who write to them with tips and information. The police do not receive this information with interest. They will not share with this family their reasons why not, nor investigate what information the family can scrounge up on its own. The family appeals to the bureaucrats who oversee the police. The bureaucrats respond that they have referred the matter to the police for review. The family appeals to the provincial coroner to start an inquiry. The coroner responds that the case must be closed before an inquiry begins. The police will not close the case. The family drifts round and round, round and round, in a baffling circle. “There isn’t enough new evidence to restart the investigation.”
So said Constable Jimmy Potvin of the Surete du Quebec’s Eastern Townships detachment on Tuesday, in response to a five-month investigation conducted by myself, and John Allore, into the supposed drug overdose death of his nineteen-year-old sister Theresa. Here is what evidence the Allore family were told about by the Surete du Quebec in 1979, when Theresa’s body was found face-down in a creek, clad in her bra and underwear, one kilometer from her student residence at Champlain Regional College: none. Here is the evidence that the Allores were provided to support a drug overdose theory: none. I phone Constable Potvin and ask him for the evidence of drug overdose. He says he’ll check. For one reason or another, he never quite manages to get back to me. I’ll let readers know what he says just as soon as I hear. Here is the evidence that John Allore and I uncovered in a few short months that has been deemed irrelevant: Theresa Allore’s toxicology report turned up no traces of drugs, legal or illicit. Her scarf was found near the body, torn in two. The initial coroner’s report described strangulation marks, observed on the body by Corporal Roch Goudreault of the S.Q. Two other young women were abducted and killed in the area in eighteen months. One, Louise Camirand, was found strangled within a stone’s throw of the siting of clothes that may have belonged to Theresa Allore. The other victim, Manon Dube, was found within a minute’s drive of Theresa Allore’s body, also face-down in a creek. Theresa Allore’s wallet was tossed alongside the property of a girl her age and appearance, who had been chased and almost-abducted exactly one month before Theresa disappeared. The woman described her assailant to us as noticeably short. The police at the time intercepted the man, ran a vehicle check, and determined that he had a prior sex offence conviction from out west. In 1980, a young woman of Theresa Allore’s age and appearance was stalked and then almost forced into a car by a very short man, at precisely the intersection where Manon Dube was abducted two years earlier. In 1981, a Sherbrooke woman was raped and strangled (but survived). Her attacker was a very short man who, like the assailant near where Theresa Allore’s wallet was found, was found to have lived out west. We have learned of two other women who were abducted but escaped the car and the attacker, both in the area, both in the late 1970s. We are trying to locate them in order to see if the description of the assailant matches. We should not be doing this, the police should be doing this. But they are not. According to Kim Rossmo, an internationally respected investigator at the Police Foundation in Washington, the geography of these attacks suggests a serial offender, not a series of coincidental sexual attacks and murders on the southern fringes of a small Canadian city. This is not the Red Light District of Amsterdam.
Rossmo suggested that the offender was living in south Sherbrooke. The man who raped and attempted to strangle the woman in 1981 lived in South Sherbrooke, along the route of all of the attacks. We brought him to the attention of the Surete du Quebec. As far as we know, this is part of the evidence that they did not consider to be evidence. “We don’t even know how you came up with this guy,” one SQ investigator told me, when I asked why they hadn’t checked him out. I’m sorry, I thought I’d explained.
Was any of our analysis followed up by the Surete?. As of last week, the victim on Macdonald Road had not been interviewed. Was the old police record on her assailant checked? The files of Louise Camirand and Manon Dube were not reviewed alongside Theresa Allore’s. The wallet and watch, which have remained in their evidence bags for twenty-three years and could now be combed over for droplets of blood or strands of hair belonging to an assailant and tested for DNA, have not been requested.
No one in the Surete du Quebec phoned the Allore family to announce the lack of new evidence. Instead, they placed an unsolicited call to the Sherbrooke Record. This is no way for the families of crime victims in Quebec to be treated. The secrecy is appalling. The accountability is awful. The Privacy Laws in place to protect that province’s citizens by restricting access to virtually all information in police investigations have the second, unintended effect of protecting the police.What the SQ has done, in effect, is to shut the Allore and Dube and Camirand families down once again. We don’t know their reasoning, because they won’t tell us, and the privacy laws enable them to stay mum. Thank god, there are other citizens in this nation who want to assist these victims. John Allore is immensely grateful to the women who have come forth with their own painful memories of stalking and assault, in the hope that their observations of the attacker can be of help to his sister’s case. He and I both are equally grateful to the people in the criminal justice community outside of the Surete who have volunteered information, done continuing research and offered analysis that might break the case. We are grateful to the journalists — to Jacques Taschereau of Radio Canada, whose investigation will be broadcast on September 28th on the show Justice, to Sharon McCully of the Sherbrooke Record and to Paul Cherry of the Montreal Gazette, to the free-lance journalists digging up their own clues who prefer to remain anonymous for the time being — to everyone who has taken our investigation seriously, and furthered it. Together we can hope to solve these crimes.

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John AlloreResponse to the SûretéWednesday, September 18, 2002
Law enforcement, school administrators, and the people of Quebec can breathe a collective sigh of relief. The Sûreté du Quebec has looked into the matter of the death of my sister, Theresa Allore, and concluded that there is no new evidence to justify a reinvestigation of her death. There’s no sexual predator stalking the citizens of the Eastern Townships, and everyone has done their jobs. Nosy Canadian ex-patriots go home and get a life.
Not just yet. I have said all along that if the Sûreté made a thorough examination of the files of Louise Camirand, Manon Dube and Theresa Allore, if they looked at these files in comparison to one another, then this might restore my faith in Quebec law enforcement.
This was not done. For the past four weeks I have been in touch with the Montreal Sûreté on a weekly basis regarding this investigation. We provided the Sûreté with all of the new information we had discovered over the course of our work. The Sûreté ignored it. The investigator who reviewed Theresa’s file only looked at the old information. In addition, this investigator never laid eyes on the files of Louise Camirand and Manon Dube. Further, in reviewing my sister’s file, this investigator was viewing the information with the narrowest of agendas: to see if Theresa’s file would bare any evidence to further incriminate one specific murder suspect that the Sûreté currently has in custody, and who goes to trial in November.
Here’s what the Sûreté did not do:
They did not pursue the information we provided on the two suspects currently in custody.
They did not interview the woman who was almost abducted on MacDonald road on the night of October 3, 1978; one month prior to my sister’s death.
They did not drive the geographic profile route linking the residences, places of employment, places of last sightings, and dump sights for Camirand, Dube and Allore.
They did not interview four new witnesses who have come forward to say they were raped, or violently assaulted at the same time, and in the same places that Camirand. Dube and Allore disappeared.
So the Sûreté du Quebec announces they see no reason to reinvestigate my sister’s death. I say to the Sûreté, what new information leads you to conclude that the matter does not warrant further investigation?
Do you know that the Sûreté won’t even bother to tell me what they found? That is classified information. It is classified because, as an unsolved case, the case remains active. Active, but not aggressively worked. Once the case is solved, however, only then will the files’ contents be unclassified so that I can review the information. But how is it to be solved unless it is aggressively worked? The Sûreté can go on like this for eternity; never solving the case and never releasing any information.
I have contested this situation to the Ministere de la Securite Publique, and they agree with the Sûreté: I am not allowed to know the contents of the file. I have provided substantial evidence that my sister was murdered: the initial coroner’s reported noted marks of strangulation, the toxicological report noted no sign of drug use. Nevertheless, the Sûreté can continue to conclude that she died of a drug overdose, without having to produce a shred of evidence to the family or the public.I have appealed the decision of the Ministere to the Commission d’Access a L’Information, asking them to release to me all the information in the file of Theresa Allore. I can only hope that they will be able to grasp the extreme injustice my family has suffered.
In addition I have asked for inquires and investigations to be made on the conduct of both the Sûreté du Quebec and Champlain Regional College from the following agencies:The Minister of JusticeThe Minister of EducationThe Federation of CegepsCommissaire a la deontologue policiereMinistere de la Security Publique (for the Sûreté’s recent conduct)Le Protecteur du CitoyenThe Board of Governors of Champlain College
I continue to have the support of two private detective agencies in Quebec who have offered their services ‘pro bono’. I am also fortunate to have the support of American law enforcement agencies. These people see that an injustice has been done, and they want to assist in any way possible.
In addition, two weeks ago I was contacted by the producers of ‘Cold Case Files’, an American criminal investigation show on A&E, and they are interested in doing a segment on all three cases; Camirand, Dube Allore. I spoke with the producers this morning; despite the Sûreté’s announcement, they are still interested in profiling all three cases. You see, unlike the Sûreté, these people have actually reviewed the evidence and want to help.
If anyone else would like to help, contact www.whokilledtheresa.com
John AlloreChapel Hill, North Carolina

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Letter to the EditorSherbrooke RecordAugust 28, 2002
Champlain must become part of the solutionDear Editor,The more I’ve read about the Allore et al case, the more troubled I am by what seems to have been the uncaring attitude shown by the police. This we might regrettably be forced to accept, but it appears certain former Champlain authorities are being shielded from legitimate accountability — which would be truly a travesty.”We have no desire to get involved in a point-by-point discussion of Mr. Allore’s argument.”How else can this statement (The Record August 26) by Bertrand Daigneault be interpreted other than they’ll not respond to the call for accountability? Is this not a classic deniability response doing little to assuage what is now increasingly becoming grounds for reasonable doubt — as already clearly suggested by Patricia Pearson’s mid-August story in the National Post, and followed by The Record (Aug. 19).Surely finding out the truth with respect to who, if anyone, may have dropped the ball would do much to assure us that such a thing would not happen in this era. So although Champlain personnel may not have been “part of the problem” it still would be comforting to know whey might still become “part of the solution” which is to leave no possibility unexplored in the hopes of closure.Attacking John Allore for his legitimate outspokenness sidesteps due process. The Police, to their credit, believed there were sufficient questions to re the triple murder investigation. Answers from anywhere are made more necessary than ever by recent unsolved cases, since even the most remote possibility of a connection to this gruesome past should be seen as a deadly serious cause for concern.Ray TylerLennoxville, Quebec

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SIDHARTHA BANERJEEThe GazetteWednesday, September 18, 2002
Murder case stays on hold’Not enough new evidence’ to relaunch probe into 1978 case, Sûreté says
John Allore hasn’t given up hope that his sister Theresa’s killer will be found, but the Sûreté du Québec said yesterday they will not reinvestigate the 23-year-old murder case. After a three-week analysis of Theresa Allore’s case file by investigators from the Sûreté’s Montreal-based crimes-against-persons unit, it was decided there wasn’t enough new evidence to rethe case.
“A complete analysis was made after the allegations made by the brother of the victim in the National Post,” said Constable Jimmy Potvin of the Sûreté’s Eastern Townships detachment. “But there isn’t enough new evidence to restart the investigation. The file is stilland active but there isn’t any new development or evidence to further our investigation.”
The SQ had said they would rethe Allore case and two other unsolved violent deaths in the Townships between 1977 and ’79 that John Allore believes may have been linked to his sister’s death. The other victims were Louise Camirand, 20, of Sherbrooke, who was raped and strangled in 1977, and Manon Dube, 10, whose body was found in Ayer’s Cliff soon after she was reported missing in Sherbrooke in 1978. Potvin said he didn’t know whether there were any new details on the other cases. “The only case I know about is the case of Theresa Allore.” John Allore expressed frustration with the SQ, saying they didn’t keep their promise of three weeks ago.
‘Last six months'”The new evidence isn’t anything in the old case file; it’s what we’ve discovered in the last six months,” Allore said in a telephone interview from Durham, N.C., yesterday. “What they said they were going to do was review all three cases, but they looked at Theresa’s file and not the other two.” Theresa Allore was reported missing on Nov. 3, 1978, while a student at Champlain College in Lennoxville. Her body was found in the Coaticook River on April 13, 1979, about one kilometre from Compton, the village where she had been living. The coroner who filed the report on Theresa Allore’s death in 1979 said water had damaged the body, making it difficult to establish the exact cause of death, but the same report suggested the 19-year-old had been strangled.
“I’m forced to carry on my own personal investigation, which is preposterous,” Allore said. “But what am I supposed to do – just drop it?”
Allore had been persistent in his pursuit of Theresa’s murderer, repeatedly calling on the SQ to rethe case.His efforts were the subject of a series of stories in the National Post.
“In the last month we’ve made significant progress and we’ll stay on it, and if the Sûreté du Québec doesn’t want to help us, that’s fine,” Allore said, “We’ve got private investigators and law enforcement in the U.S. who are willing to … and that’s a hell of a thing to say for victims in Quebec, that I have to go to American law enforcement to help me solve this crime.”
– Anyone with information on any of these three homicides can contact the Sûreté du Québec at (819) 572-6039.- John Allore’s Web site is at www.whokilledtheresa.com

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Response from Champlain CollegeAugust 26, 2002
Dear Editor, Subject Mr. John Allore’s Letter The management of Champlain Regional College was stunned by the allegations made by John Allore in a letter published in your paper on August 21.The College sympathizes deeply with Mr. Allore and his family for the loss of their sister and daughter, Theresa, in 1978. We cannot, however, remain silent about remarks Mr. Allore makes about the College, which are patently defamatory and go well beyond any inquiry into the circumstances surrounding Theresa Allore’s disappearance. In essence, it is tantamount to putting our institution on trial.We have no desire to get involved in a point-by-point discussion of Mr. Allore’s argument. We do feel that it is important to point out that the College management stated on numerous recent occasions that it had cooperated with the police at the time of the event and that it intends to do so again when and if the investigation is red.A teaching institution such as Champlain Regional College has an abiding respect for freedom of expression. Statements such as those made by Mr. Allore in his letter published August 21, intended more to harm the College’s reputation than to make headway in the case, are something altogether different.Champlain Regional College will not tolerate this gratuitous, unfounded and untruthful attack on a sterling reputation that has been carefully developed during the past 30 years and is acknowledged by the Eastern Townships community, the rest of Quebec and well beyond its borders. That is why we are today bringing this letter to your readers’ attention.Yours trulyBertrand DaigneaultDirector / Champlain-Lennoxville

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Sherbrooke RecordLetter to the EditorAugust 21st, 2002
In reference to the article in the Sherbrooke Record about the death of my sister Theresa Allore while a student at Champlain college in 1978, on behalf of my entire family, I would like to say that we find the current actions of the School, and the comments of its Director, Bertrand Daignault, insensitive, insulting and offensive.Mr. Daigneault states that the school provided a shuttle bus service to/from Compton and if students hitchhiked, it was a personal decision. To be precise, Champlain offered a mere 10 shuttle buses per day, and if you missed one of these buses you were out of luck. Allow me to pose a question to you Mr. Daigneault: Theresa missed the 6:00 PM shuttle bus from Lennoxville to Compton on Friday, November 3, 1978, the day she died. The next bus wasn’t scheduled until 11:00 PM. How was she supposed to get back to her home? The only options the school left her were to wait around for five hours, idling until close to midnight, or to hitchhike. Nevertheless, twenty-three years later the School is still making the same implication: Theresa made a “personal decision” and got what was coming to her.Shuttle buses and hitchhiking are secondary to the main issue. The fact is Theresa was last seen at a Champlain facility, and her body was found less then a mile from that facility. Champlain’s “mission” may be to offer courses, but as a boarding facility it has a custodial responsibility to protect the young students that make up its membership. Was it prudent not to warn anyone that there where sexual assaults taking place at your School two weeks prior to Theresa’s death? Was it prudent not to take seriously the two editorials in student newspapers in February and November of 1978 concerning violence against women on campus? Former administrator, Tom Cavanagh, states that “violence wasn’t on the radar screen”? It was screaming for close to a year, “red alert! red alert!”In the Record’s article a former teacher states that, at the time of Theresa’s disappearance, he tried to persuade School administration to search for her, but the School refused. Where have I heard this before? Seven days after my sister went missing some students, including my brother, went to Dr. Matson, then a Director at Champlain, and urged him to organize a search party. Dr. Matson’s response was, “I’m not going to turn this School upside-down for some kid.” Apalling.Clearly Champlain has some questions to answer. Yet, last week Mr. Daigneault issued a “gag-order,” and indicated that the School would talk to no one but the Police, and then would only address aspects specific to an “official” investigation into Theresa’s death. Well, there should be an investigation, and what should be investigated is Champlain’s conduct at the time of my sister’s death, and their attempts in the aftermath to go to any length to protect the School’s reputation.The more Champlain refuses to answer questions, the more they look like they have something to hide. The longer they remain silent, the longer these questions will drag on, well into the School year, right into registration for next fall’s classes.John AlloreChapel Hill, North Carolina

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Montreal Gazette articleAugust 21, 2002
Cold cases’ red by SQThe killings of three females in the Townships are being investigated again after the brother of one of them brought up new allegations.Paul Cherry / Montreal GazetteWednesday, August 21, 2002The Sûreté du Québec have red investigations into the cases of two women and a child whose violent deaths in the Eastern Townships have gone unsolved for decades. Spokesman Cpl. Jean Finet confirmed yesterday that two investigators from the SQ’s Montreal-based crimes-against-persons unit will be assigned to a review of the three cases, involving women who died between 1977 and possibly 1979. The investigators will review the cases with their Sherbrooke-based colleagues. The renewed interest in the cases was sparked by what Finet referred to as “new allegations” pertaining to the cases. “I should say that allegations are different from having new evidence in a case,” Finet said. John Allore, the brother of one of the victims, has been in contact with the SQ in recent months and persistently requested that the unsolved cases be reviewed. Allore’s sister Theresa was reported missing on Nov. 3, 1978, while she was a student at Champlain College in Lennoxville. Her body was found in the Coaticook River on April 13, 1979, one kilometre from Compton, the village where she was boarding.The coroner who filed the report on Theresa Allore’s death in 1979 said water had caused too much damage to her body to determine the exact cause of death. But the same report suggests the 19-year-old woman was strangled. The SQ interviewed 200 witnesses as part of their investigation. John Allore asked the SQ to look into whether his sister’s homicide could be tied to the deaths of Manon Dubé, a 10-year-old girl whose body was discovered in Ayer’s Cliff shortly after she was reported missing in Sherbrooke in 1978, and Louise Camirand, a 20-year-old Sherbrooke woman who was raped and strangled in 1977.Allore’s desire to see his sister’s case solved was renewed in February with the arrest of man suspected of murdering a 16-year-old girl who was abducted in Longueuil. That case had remained unsolved since 1987. The man, charged in February, has yet to be tried for the murder. Finet declined to say whether the man is considered a suspect in the three other homicides. But for the past few months John Allore has been persistent in pursuing new leads in his sister’s case. His efforts were the subject of a series of articles recently published in the National Post newspaper “I think it’s positive and I’m hopeful, however just investigating it is not everything. I hope that they will be thorough in their revision of the files,” Allore said yesterday when told of the new development. Finet said the investigators involved have a lot of work ahead of them but that new technology and crime databases that were not available to investigators during the 1970s might make a difference this time around. He estimated the work will take between about four weeks.© Copyright 2002 Montreal Gazette

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LettersNational PostThursday, August 15, 2002
I would like to clarify the final message in the three-part article about my sister, Theresa Allore (Evidence Points to a Serial Killer, Aug. 13). Patricia Pearson has stated that our information will be turned over to law enforcement authorities in Quebec. This action should be taken. Investigators need to take the files of Camirand, Dubé and Allore, put them side by side, and go over them thoroughly.Nevertheless, if information is to be disclosed to Quebec law enforcement, it will be forwarded by Ms. Pearson, not by me. The Sûreté du Québec did not, has not, and, I anticipate, will never do anything significant to help my family in this matter. In fact, they continue to deny me access to the full contents of their police file on Theresa. They act as custodians of this information. They have treated myself and my family like children. I believe I have a personal right to know absolutely everything about the events surrounding Theresa’s disappearance and death. When the Sûreté is ready to grant me 100% access to that information, I will be more than happy to share with them the contents of my investigation.Today I have learned that the Sûreté is looking into the possibility of putting an officer on this case to look into the matter of Camirand/Dubé/Allore. If they are doing this in response to public pressure, I say, “why bother.” You’re too late. Instead, take that officer and dedicate him to the Julie Boisvenu investigation.What is past is prologue. My sister died over 20 years ago, and her murder will most likely never be solved. But there is much to be learned from this affair. A young woman, Julie Bureau, went missing in Coaticook in September of 2001. She has yet to be found. As was the case with my sister, in the initial months of Bureau’s disappearance, one of the biggest obstacles her family faced was convincing the authorities that she was not a runaway.The French community in Sherbrooke remains unaware of the story of Theresa Allore, just as no English resident has knowledge of Manon Dubé, a francophone. This despite the fact that Dubé made front page news in the French press last year when her case was red by the Sherbrooke municipal police.Theresa’s story is not some ’70s cultural artifact. It resonates today. I hope individuals in positions of authority in Canada will hear it.John Allore, Chapel Hill, N.C.

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Hi. Welcome to “WhoKilledTheresa.com”. This site tells the story of the death of my sister, Theresa Allore, whodisappeared from Compton, Quebec in 1978. It is also a tool to help me answer the question, Who Killed Theresa? If you have information that may help me in answering this question please leave a message.

When my 19-year-old sister went missing from Champlain College and then turned up dead on a country road, Quebec police led my family to believe she had died of a drug overdose. In the spring of 2002, myself and National Post reporter Patricia Pearson began an investigation into Theresa’s disappearance. This site includes the entire article by Patricia Pearson. Our story probes the death of my sister, which may have been a murder by a serial killer who is still at large.
If you are unfamiliar with Theresa’s story, you will be able to read the entire National Post article which was featured in three installments beginning on August 10th, 2002. For those of you who have read the story, this site features updates to the case as they are revealed. There is also an email link where you can contact me with your tips, stories, reminiscences of Theresa or general comments and suggestions. Thank you for visiting this site.

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