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Surete du Quebec Charged With Gross Incompetence

So get this. A guy is driving home from work when he notices an SQ cruiser weaving through traffic at 120 kmh. The SQ cruiser pulls over to the side of the road, so the citizen does the same and attempts to narc on the SQ officer for his poor driving. Sensing his undoing, the SQ officer gets out of the cruiser and proceeds to issue the guy a ticket for speeding and tailgating. The officer then attempts to confiscate the citizen’s license and registration, thus forcing the guy to break the law by driving without the proper paperwork. Only in Montreal!

It took nearly two years for a judge to recognize the utter stupidity here; he charged officer Carl Thibault with unethical behavior and total abuse of his position of authority.

Ladies and gentleman… Quebec’s finest, the Surete du Quebec!

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Jury recommends 25 years

I’m in shock. I can’t believe a Canadian jury actually recommended the maximum sentence of 25 years without parole for convicted killer Robert Ivey.

At a pre-sentencing hearing Ivey tried to prove what a good guy he is. Sure, he might have stabbed 42-year-old Robert Clement twice in the heart, but at least he was neat about it. Ivey stressed that when he was done he tried to clean up Clement’s Montreal apartment, and hide his body to spare the victim any embarrassment.

Jeeesh!

Any bets on the judge carrying through on the jury’s recommendation?

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THE WEEK IN CRIME

My favorite story this week comes from Quebec and concerns the endlessly tarnished reputation of their provincial police force, the Surete du Quebec. The Supreme Court of Canada overturned the murder convictions of Billy Taillefer and Hugues Duguay, two young friends who spent 10 years in prison for the 1990 rape and murder of 14-year-old Sandra Gaudet. Gaudret went missing after walking home from her boyfriend’s home on the night of March 9, 1990. Her body was found, almost naked and partly buried in the snow, next to a logging road near Val d’Or, Quebec. She had been strangled.

In their ruling, the Supreme Court cited the circumstances surrounding the so-called confessions by the accused – confessions Taillefer and Duguay said were dictated to them, then beaten out of them by the SQ. What’s more, the jury never got to hear witnesses who said they saw two men in their 50s with a shovel – Taillefer and Duguay were in their 20s at the time – along the logging road at the time of the murder.

Lest we forget, the SQ is currently under investigation over allegations of evidence fabrication in the Julie Boisvenu homicide case.

All of this begs the question, who killed Sandra Gaudet? No one knows. And we will probably never know. By the time you read this; if you google her story you’ll no doubt come up empty. Such is the situation in La Belle Province – Quebec is high on sensation, but short on collective memory when it comes to crime.

For what it’s worth, I can think of one other young girl who was found in the snow in March, raped, partially clothed, strangled and next to a logging road. The crime scenes of Sandra Gaulet and Louise Camirand are 13 years and 300 miles apart – still, it gives one pause for thought.

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This weeks families of victims got the chance to speak out at the sentencings of Green River serial killer Gary Ridgeway and teen sniper Lee Boyd Malvo. Victims impact statements are supposed to be a triumph of the victims rights movement. Forgive me if I remain unimpressed. A chance to yell at a guy in court: That’s all you get? The opportunity to be tabloid fodder for Extra and Inside Edition? It hardly seems equitable for a life taken. If it were my sibling, or parent, or significant other I’d want something a little more private, I little more on my terms. Leave me alone in a room with the offender. Allow me to be as personal and intimate with them as they were with my loved one during their last moments on this earth.

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Yes, I think I will plug Eric Muller’s blog, Is That Legal? -not because he was gracious enough to write about my blog, but because Muller (a law professor at UNC Chapel Hill) is very smart and very funny. Check out the story of convicted wife murdered, Michael Peterson, who is now trying to say that a wayward owl was responsible for pushing his wife down the steps of their posh Durham domicile.

Meanwhile in British Columbia, Robert Picton will face seven additional first-degree murder charges, bringing the total number of murder charges against the Port Coquitlam Pig farmer to twenty-two. Once again, because of a publication ban the names of the victims of these crimes are to remain anonymous. I’m all for protecting the rights of victims, but the unintended result here is while Picton’s reputation grows the victims of his crimes are reduced to a statistic. Recall that Picton is suspected of murdering over 60 women from the downtown eastside of Vancouver.

Finally, if you missed it, Canada has a new Minister of Justice. Irwin Colter snuck into office last week. We won’t let him forget that his predecessor, Martin Cauchon asked for a frank criticism of the DOJ in its treatment of victims issues; nor that former Solicitor General, Wayne Easter recently cited a 2001 national survey in which victims overwhelming requested more opportunities to be included and consulted in matters of criminal justice.

Comments? JohnAllore@earthlink.net

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THE MONTREAL MASSACRE
DECEMBER 6, 1989

NINE MORE LESSONS TO LEARN:

1. After 21 months, the excavation of the Robert Picton farm – a project the Globe and Mail so sensitively dubbed the “Pig Dig” – ended in British Columbia last month. Charged with 15 counts of first-degree murder, Picton may be responsible for the deaths of over 60 women.

2. An Edmonton task force has been handed 123 cases to investigate in relation to the murders of 20 area prostitutes.

3. In Iqaluit, Mark King Jeffrey faces a charge of first-degree murder in connection with the death of Jennifer Naglingiq, 13, whose body was found during the first few minutes after midnight on Dec. 6, 2002.

4. The University of Saskatchewan decides to use a December 6th memorial to call attention to a sexual assault that occured on university grounds. A spokesman for the university women’s centre alleges campus security is ignoring other incidents of violence on campus.

5. A 14-year-old girl from Candiac, Quebec is sexually assaulted, beaten and left for dead on the South shore of Montreal. Her two teenage assailants ask her how she would prefer to die; strangled, beaten or drowned.

6. Four months since the murder of Ardeth Wood and Ottawa Chief of Police Vince Bevan still is no closer to solving this crime.

7. Justice delayed in Quebec as the Hugo Bernier trial is postponed for another month. Bernier is charged with the 2001 murder of Julie Boisvenu in downtown Sherbrooke.

8. Since his arrest in February of 2002, Guy Croteau is still awaiting his pre-trial hearing in the 1987 murder of Sophie Landry. The 14-year-old Landry was stabbed over 170 times and dumped in a cornfield in St-Roch l’Achigan, Quebec.

9. In Nova Scotia, Gregory Plamondon is sentenced to 10 years in prison for raping and slashing the face of his ex-girlfriend. He could be released from prison in two years. Plamondon, who acted as his own lawyer during the trial, cross-examined, and further traumatized the victim for 6 1/2 hours.

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MONDAY, DECEMBER 08, 2003

THE MONTREAL MASSACRE 
DECEMBER 6, 1989 

NINE MORE LESSONS TO LEARN: 

1. After 21 months, the excavation of the Robert Picton farm – a project the Globe and Mail so sensitively dubbed the “Pig Dig” – ended in British Columbia last month. Charged with 15 counts of first-degree murder, Picton may be responsible for the deaths of over 60 women.

2. An Edmonton task force has been handed 123 cases to investigate in relation to the murders of 20 area prostitutes.

3. In Iqaluit, Mark King Jeffrey faces a charge of first-degree murder in connection with the death of Jennifer Naglingiq, 13, whose body was found during the first few minutes after midnight on Dec. 6, 2002.

4. The University of Saskatchewan decides to use a December 6th memorial to call attention to a sexual assault that occured on university grounds. A spokesman for the university women’s centre alleges campus security is ignoring other incidents of violence on campus.

5. A 14-year-old girl from Candiac, Quebec is sexually assaulted, beaten and left for dead on the South shore of Montreal. Her two teenage assailants ask her how she would prefer to die; strangled, beaten or drowned.

6. Four months since the murder of Ardeth Wood and Ottawa Chief of Police Vince Bevan still is no closer to solving this crime.

7. Justice delayed in Quebec as the Hugo Bernier trial is postponed for another month. Bernier is charged with the 2001 murder of Julie Boisvenu in downtown Sherbrooke.

8. Since his arrest in February of 2002, Guy Croteau is still awaiting his pre-trial hearing in the 1987 murder of Sophie Landry. The 14-year-old Laundry was stabbed over 170 times and dumped in a cornfield in St-Roch l’Achigan, Quebec.

9. In Nova Scotia, Gregory Plamondon is sentenced to 10 years in prison for raping and slashing the face of his ex-girlfriend. He could be released from prison in two years. Plamondon, who acted as his own lawyer during the trial, cross-examined, and further traumatized the victim for 6 1/2 hours.

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archives of original WKT website 2001-02

Thanks
I would like to thank the following people for helping me in my quest to find out the truth about the death of my sister:
James Riordon at Amigo 3 Interactive for donating this webspace
Patricia Pearson, for working so hard with me to research the circumstances surrounding my sister’s death, and for writing the subsequent article in The National Post that let others know Theresa’s story
The National Post for allowing me to reprint Ms. Pearson’s article
Thank you all, very much,

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archives of original WKT website 2001-02

CASE UPDATECold Case Red Saturday, October 25, 2003
After maintaining for over two decades that there was insufficient evidence to justify re-ng the case, in November of 2002 my brother and I were invited to the Sûreté du Québec’s headquarters in Montreal where detectives announced their decision to launch a full investigation into the death of our sister, Theresa Allore.
At that meeting, we were finally given access to the entire contents of our sister’s police file. Investigators with the Sûreté du Québec finally admitted that they believed the investigative work conducted by myself and the reporter, Patricia Pearson to have been accurate: Theresa had been sexually assaulted and murdered, the assailant was possibly responsible for a series of cluster-murders in the Eastern Townships region in the late 1970s.
Since November of 2002, the Sûreté du Québec has been pursuing their investigation. There are currently four investigators assigned on a part-time basis to the case. The investigators continue to focus their efforts on one of the suspects originally brought to their attention by myself and Patricia Pearson.
John Allore, Chapel Hill, N.C.

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Nat’l Post Article
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Email
Links
Thanks
Links
www.foilaw.netresources on freedom of information law
www.suretequebec.gouv.qc.caSurete du Quebec
www.ombuds.gouv.qc.caLe Protecteur du Citoyen / Quebec Ombudsman
www.juliebureau.comSite for Julie Bureau / missing since September 26, 2001
www.missingchildren.casite for missing children
www.metropol-detectives.comsite for Robert Beullac
http://www.radio-canada.ca/actualite/justice/Justice avec Simon Durivage

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