Repost: Quebec 1977: Who Was The Bootlace Killer?

There was a serial killer operating not only in the Eastern Townships in the 1970s, but also in the Montreal region. Call him The Bootlace Killer. Louise Camirand, Helen Monast, Denise Bazinet and Theresa Allore were all most likely strangled by a thin ligature. Camirand with her bootlace, Monast and Bazinet most likely with their shoe laces, and my sister, Theresa Allore with her scarf (she was wearing Chinese slippers with no laces when she disappeared). Because some of these cases extend into the Montreal region, they call into question many other murder investigations from that era that remain unsolved, most notably the unsolved murder of Sharron Prior.

Let me begin by stating that I do not like unifying theories, especially those involving serial killers. But given the explosion in information exchanged due to the Internet in the last 10-years, the communication between the Victims’ families in these cases and the vast amount of cyber-sleuthing, and the fact that within these 10 years Quebec law enforcement has not solved any of these cases; the matter now requires some innovation, imagination and – above all else – simple curiosity. It is time for a fresh approach.

The original investigation

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Louise Camirand’s body is found

When the theory of a serial predator roaming the Eastern Townships was first put forward ten years ago we were only talking about 3 cases; Theresa Allore, Manon Dube and Louise Camirand (for a quick refresher on those cases, check out the Wikipedia site here). What made this theory so compelling was the timing and geographic immediacy of all the crimes. As Geographic Profiler, Kim Rossmo summarized:

“Three murders of low-risk young women in a 19-month period, in such a tight geographic cluster, is highly suspicious, and not likely to be a chance occurrence.”

However, there were differences in some of the circumstances. Dube was a child found fully clothed and the exact cause of her death has never been determined. Allore was most likely strangled, presumably by her scarf . Louise Camirand was the least elusive case; she was clearly strangled by her boot lace, and her boots were never recovered.

 

 

 

Denise Bazinet

The case of Denise Bazinet, to my understanding, has been forgotten. Trawl the internet and you will find one reference to it: The Quebec journaliste, Jacques Guay apparently covered the case in 1977. The case has been sitting in the archives of Allo Police for 35 years where I recently discovered it.

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Like many of the victims, 23-year-old Denise Bazinet was a low risk female. She worked as a cashier at Saint Hubert barbeque. On the night of her disappearance she was last seen at a local restaurant. She disappeared from Montreal in the Fall of 1977. Her semi-nude body was found on October 24th, 1977 at the side of autoroute 35 near the Chambly Saint-Luc exit, east of La Prairie. Bazinet had been sexually assaulted and strangled. She was wearing her jewelry; a watch, earrings, a ring on her finger. Some of her clothing was found strewn along the shoulder of the road, but some items were missing. She was wearing her right shoe – sport shoes with thick laces – but her left shoe was off and discarded along the road. The crime scene photo of Bazinet clearly shows the thin line along her neck where the mark of strangulation was made, presumably by something thin like her shoe lace. The crime scene is just under 10 miles from Chambly, Quebec where just 6 weeks earlier Helene Monast was found strangled.

 

Helene Monast

Crime scene of Helene Monast

Crime scene of Helene Monast

September 11, 1977. Again, a low risk female. She was out with friends the night she disappeared, last seen at a local restaurant, Chez Marius. She was found across the street in a public park along the Chambly canal. Clothing was discarded along side of the body… personal items; a pack of Export A cigarettes, a box of Chiclets. Some articles of clothing were missing, notably her shoes. Investigators asked her family at the time of the discovery whether Helene wore shoes with laces. When Helene’s sister saw the body she noticed a thin line along her neck from strangulation.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Louise Camirand, Denise Bazinet, Helene Monast, and Theresa Allore. Low risk females. All found in wooded or rural settings. Articles of clothing missing. In the case of Camirand, Monast and Allore shoes are missing. Articles of clothing scattered next to the bodies. Jewelry left on most of the victims. All strangled, presumably by thin ligatures like a shoe lace or a scarf.

 

Crime scene of Denise Bizanet

Crime scene of Denise Bizanet

 

The addition of Bazinet and Monast to the original 3 cases of Camirand, Dube and Allore extends the geographic radius beyond the Eastern Townships of Quebec to the Montreal region. I believe it a worthy exercise to consider other unsolved homicides from the same era in the same region with similar victimologies. It has been close to 40 years and Quebec police have not been able to advance the resolution of any of these cases, it’s time for some fresh eyes.

 

 

 

 

 Jocelyne Houle

24 year old Jocelyne Houle disappeared from the Old Munich bar in downtown Montreal (corner of St. Denis and Dorchester / Rene Levesque) in April 1977, one month after Louis Camirand’s disappearance in Sherbrooke. Her body was found along the side of a rural road in Saint Calixte, North of Laval. She was sexually assaulted and beaten to death. Articles of clothing were scattered.

Johanne Dorion

17 year old Johanne Dorion was last seen by a bus driver at boule Arthur-Sauve and Sainte Rose in Fabreville on July 30th, 1977, six weeks before the Monast murder. She was found shortly thereafter eight blocks away in a wooded area along the banks of Riviere des Mille Iles. The body was badly decomposed, but she had been stabbed. Note that both Houle was a nursing student, Camirand and Dorion worked at hospitals.

Katherine Hawkes

34 year old Hawkes was found in a wooded area next to the Val Royal CN train station on September 20th, 1977, 9 days after the Monast murder, and a month before the Bazinet murder. She was sexually assaulted, beaten and stabbed. Her clothing was stacked about 12 feet from the body. Personal items were missing, including her purse.

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Eight possibly related cases. Now let’s pause for a moment. Little of what I have proposed so far is original.   I lifted it.   In a November 6th, 1977 article on the Denise Bazinet murder, Allo Police implied that six of the cases might be related: Bazinet, Camirand, Houle, Dorion, Monast and Hawkes. But what Allo Police was suggesting was that given the timing – 6 murders in 8 months – the accelerated pace might imply a connection. I am suggesting this, but a further element. Time and place are certainly important; but the victimology is similar: low risk women, rural wooded sites, clothing scattered or missing, strangulation in most cases. And something Allo Police could not have known in the Fall of 1977; there would be / could be more cases, most notably Theresa Allore and Manon Dube. One further disclosure. The Camirand / Dube / Allore connection? That too was not an original idea. Allo Police suggested it by referencing each of the cases in their articles, each time a new body was discovered.

Can we go further?

Having gone this far, why stop there if there are other cold cases that fit the victimology? As I have said, the Quebec police don’t have any new ideas, so let’s consider the following:

Claudette Poirier

15 year old Claudette Poirier disappeared from Drummondville July 27, 1977. Later her bicycle was recovered from the side of a rural road in the area. Nearly 10 years later her bones were recovered in a local camp ground. We don’t know how she died.

Chantal Tremblay

17 year old Chantal Tremblay was from  Rosemere, north of Laval.  She was last seen by a bus driver on July 29, 1977 at the Henri Bourassa metro station. Her body was recovered 8 months later in Terrebonne. She was murdered, but we don’t know how she died. 

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A murder victim between the ages of 18 and 25 was discovered along chemin de lac in Longeueil on April 2nd, 1977. And given the time and place of this discovery, this then leads back to the consideration of the murder of…

Sharron Prior

Crime scene of Sharron Prior

Crime scene of Sharron Prior

Of all these cases, Sharon Prior’s is the most widely known. Given the geography, timing and victimology her case should be considered in these matters. It’s been nearly 40 years, and the Longeueil Police have advanced nothing.

Consider this:

The unidentified victim from 1977 and Sharron Prior were both discovered along Chemin de Lac in Longeueil. Prior went missing from Montreal, and – like Bazinet, Tremblay and Houle – her body was found off the island in the “suburbs”. Prior was found in a wooded area. Her clothing was scattered around the crime scene. There are obstacles with making a connection; Prior is a 1975 case (does that go back too far?). She was savagely beaten; her chest was collapsed, a tooth was driven through her lip. Was she strangled? We don’t know.

But maybe Sharron Prior fought harder. Maybe she resisted her assault more than the others. If you look at the crime scene photos of Camirand, Monast and Prior, it is the same victimology; you think you are looking at the same crime scene.

Is there anything else?

Certainly. The question is, how far forward and backward are you willing to go? What else should be considered? Here are my  best / worst ideas:

 Alice Pare

14 year old Pare disappears from her school in Drummondville in February, 1971. Her body is found in April 1971 in a wooded area near Victoriaville. She had been strangled.

Tammy Leakey

The 12 year old goes missing from Point Saint Charles in Montreal blocks from where Sharron Prior disappeared in March 1981. Her body is discovered soon after in Dorval; raped, stabbed once, and strangled, possibly with a cord or lace. There was always criticism that Manon Dube didn’t fit the profile because she was too young (10 years old). I think the rape and murder of Leakey puts to rest any doubts about who a predator may prey upon.

The following cases are disappearances. They just vanished. We don’t know if they were runaways, or what happened to them:

Johanne Danserault: 16, disappeared from Fabreville, June 1977

Sylvie Doucet: 13, disappeared East Montreal, June 1977

Elizabeth Bodzy: 14, disappeared Laval, July 1977

The police need to look into these cases to determine if they ran away from home, if they were murdered or if they simply “vanished”.

Here is a GIF animation showing locations of disappearances, followed by where bodies were discovered. Worth a thousand words. In the 1970s, someone was moving bodies out of Sherbrooke, and off the island of Montreal:

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To see more maps click on this link.

With the exception of Helene Monast, none of these cases are included in the Surete du Quebec’s  cold case file for special examination. Quebec law enforcement (SQ, SPVM,Longeueil, RCMP, Laval) all need to work together to consider the evidence in these cases. These cases need to be re-examined as a group of potentially linked sex murders. At the very least, physical evidence from the cases (if any of it still exists) should be re-examined using modern DNA testing, and all the evidence should be cross-referenced to look for potential patterns and links.

Update: On March 9, 2016 the Theresa Allore case was added to the Surete du Quebec’s website: 

(All photos are the  property/used courtesy of Allo Police/Section Rouge Média Inc.)

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Guerre des Motards: Les Gitans contre Les Atomes

Effet La Wild West

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J’ai trouvé l’article suivant tout en faisant quelques recherches sur la sociologie et la culture des gangs dans les années 1970. C’est à partir de la Gazette en 1974. C’est la première page , mais pas au-dessus du pli. Le titre était une photographie d’un membre de la bande de glisser sur la glace au cours annuel de la Journée de St Patrick défilé de Montréal . Apparemment, ce était plus intéressant que la guerre ouverte dans les rues de Sherbrooke .

Je suis en quelque sorte étonné par le niveau de persistance et de la violence décrite . Non seulement un combat éclate avec des fusils et des bâtons de baseball , la mêlée a persisté bas les principales rues de la ville , et même dans l’hôpital local . Vous entendez qu’il y avait plusieurs guerre des motards au Québec, mais nous avons tendance à se concentrer sur les événements liés à la Nomades et Rock Machine dans les années 1990 . La plupart des détails de premières altercations sont perdus. Voici l’article complet de The Gazette :

 Two Killed, three injured in Sherbrooke gang battles

by Ken Ernhofer of The Gazette, Monday, March 18, 1974

Sherbrooke – Five persons were detained by police following motorcycle gang warfare that claimed two lives and seriously injured three men this weekend.

Members of the Gitans (Gypsies) and the Atomes clashed three times, including a brawl in a hospital over a four-hour period that began at 10:30 p.m. Friday.

The Quebec Police Force, which assisted city police, said a battle first flared in the parking lot of a King St. brasserie when 20 gang members fought with guns, chains and baseball bats.

Robert Provencher, 20, an Atome, was shot in the back and Jacques Filteau, 25, a Gitan, was knifed in the abdomen.

The injured men were taken to St. Vincent de Paul hospital. Three hours later gang members pushed aside horrified nurses and attendants and the brawl resumed in the hospital corridors.

Five Gitans then climbed into a car and were chased through the town by six Atomes in a second vehicle.

The second car rammed the first and the battle broke out again with rifles and baseball bats as weapons.

Marc Destafano, 20, was killed when shot in the head and Michel Lamoureux, 19, dies after being shot in the chest.

Police detained five men as material witnesses on a coroner’s warrant after cornering gang members in a house.

Gang feuds have flared since October and on Jan. 29 Mario Bureau, 19, and Mario Demers, 19, members of the Pacific Rebels, were shot to death while riding in a car.

Since the beginning of the year six persons have died in gang warfare in the province.

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Les Hells et la Purge de Lennoxville

La Gazette a publié un excellent morceau par Paul Cerise sur trentième anniversaire d’aujourd’hui de la purge de Lennoxville, la date à laquelle les membres de Hells Angels du Québec assassiné cinq membres de la section Laval de la gang notoire de bikers.

Membres du Les Hells / Laval

Comme cerise raconte, cinq membres de la bande est devenu le chapitre Laval défunte – Guy-Louis (Chop) Adam, Jean-Guy (Brutus) Geoffrion, Laurent (l’Anglais) Viau, Michel (Willie) Mayrand et Jean-Pierre Mathieu – ont été abattus à l’intérieur du bunker qui était situé au 375, rue de la Reine, à Lennoxville. Laval membres étaient soupçonnés de profits de la drogue écrémage destinés à d’autres chapitres des Hells. Les corps ont été démembrés et jetés dans le fleuve Saint-Laurent. Plongeurs de la police situés les corps en décomposition des victimes enveloppées dans des sacs de couchage et attachés à des plaques d’haltérophilie.

Police supprimer cadavres de la rivière Saint -Laurent

Je ai souvent demandé si je pensais que la mort de Therea était lié aux gangs de motards à Lennoxville dans le cadre de certains viols rituelle et assassiner. Ma réponse est non, je ne crois pas que son assassiner est lié de cette façon, mais cela ne signifie pas encore que sa mort était pas le résultat de la réunion avec les motards au mauvais endroit et mauvais moment. Je ai simplement le rabais, élément gangs d’initiation rituelle de la théorie, qui semble tiré par les cheveux pour moi.

Le Bunker Hells a Lennoxville au 375 rue Queen

 

Quelques questions et observations:

1. La première source de revenu pour les motards était drogues et médicaments proviennent de ports. Alors, imaginez motards de Sorel ou Laval courir médicaments aux chapitres dans des endroits comme Lennoxville et Sherbrooke. Ces médicaments se distribués dans les écoles et les collèges dans la région comme Alexander Galt et le collège Champlain, et maintenant nous avons une connexion en place et le temps entre Thérèsa et motards.

2. Qui sont les membres du chapitre Laval des Hells Angels représenté sur la photo dans la Gazette? Il serait intéressant de savoir qui ils sont tous, et ce qu’ils sont jusqu’à présent.

3. Lorsqu’il ne est pas en cours d’exécution médicaments et commettre des crimes qu’est-ce que les motards faire dans les Cantons de l’Est? Mis à part le stéréotype de motards, ce était leur culture?

4. À l’hiver 1978, deux informateurs de la police ont été assassinés le style d’exécution long chemin McDonald à Lennoxville. Deux habitants ont été reconnus coupables des crimes et servi 25 ans pour les meurtres, mais il a été bien documentés que ces hommes ont été accusés à tort et ont pris l’automne pour crimes effectivement commis par les Hells Angels. A un moment je ai écrit de nombreux articles sur ce cas sur ce blog, mais je ai été menacé et tous les détails ont été anéantis. La question demeure, est la disparition et assassiner de Thérèse en connecté de toute façon à ces 1 978 meurtres et la culture des motards au Québec?

Voici l’article complet de Paul Cherry:

Thirty years ago, the Hells Angels summoned five of their members to a quiet town in the Eastern Townships where they were slaughtered in one of the most notorious crimes committed in Quebec.
When news emerged about what happened on March 24, 1985, inside the Hells Angels bunker on a wooded hill in the town next to Sherbrooke, Quebecers woke up to what the biker gang was capable of in this province. As the bikers involved in the slayings were rounded up in the months that followed, it would have been easy to assume the gang was finished in this province. Only five ended up with life sentences for first-degree murder (about a dozen others who helped dispose of the bodies or get rid of evidence received lighter sentences).

Five members of the gang’s now defunct Laval chapter — Guy-Louis (Chop) Adam, Jean-Guy (Brutus) Geoffrion, Laurent (l’Anglais) Viau, Michel (Willie) Mayrand and Jean-Pierre Mathieu — were gunned down inside the bunker. At least two other members of the Laval chapter were supposed to be killed that day as well, but they failed to show up for the meeting. A sixth man linked to the Laval chapter, prospect Claude (Coco) Roy, was killed two weeks later, on April 7, 1985, by Hells Angel Michel (Jinx) Genest. According to testimony later heard during a coroner’s inquest, 41 members of the gang’s Montreal, Sherbrooke and Halifax chapters were present in Lennoxville when the men were slaughtered.

The bodies were dumped in a river wrapped in sleeping bags and weighed down by cinder blocks and weights.

The slaughter came to be known as the Lennoxville Purge and instead of signalling the beginning of the end of the gang’s presence in Quebec, it surprisingly became stronger in the years that followed.

André Cédilot, a reporter with La Presse when the murders occurred, said it was easy for the public to assume, as arrests were being made, that the gang’s history in Quebec would be short. The gang’s first chapter in Canada, Montreal, was chartered in 1977 and its members set up a bunker in Sorel. Instead of being its downfall, the Lennoxville Purge helped set the template for what was to come and helped turn the gang into one of the most powerful criminal organizations in Quebec, Cédilot said. He also covered other cases where the police rounded up large numbers of Hells Angels, notably in Operation Springtime 2001, and in 2009, in Operation SharQc.

“At that moment (in 1985) the Hells Angels were doing a cleanup to become a real criminal organization,” he said. “Before that, they were disorganized and unruly. They were like a street gang. After 1982, they really started to organize themselves. The cleanup came in 1985.”

By 1985, the Hells Angels had become partners with other criminal organizations, including the West End Gang and the Mafia. Those groups were more businesslike and expected the same from their associates. As the stakes got higher and the Hells Angels became involved in multi-million dollar drug deals, there was little room for sloppiness. Cédilot, who is retired, said he was the first reporter to do a story explaining the motive behind the Lennoxville Purge. It involved a hellscomplicated debt the Hells Angels’ Montreal and Laval chapters owed to West End Gang leader Frank Peter (Dunie) Ryan. But it also involved the Montreal chapter’s growing resentment over how some members of the Laval chapter were constantly partying, consuming cocaine they were supposed to sell and how they didn’t fit into to the plans the gang had for the future.

“The (Laval) guys weren’t following the steps the others were taking. They fit the traditional image of bikers. They were always partying, always high on cocaine. It was going against the new philosophy of the Hells Angels. The other Hells Angels wanted to be businessmen.”

What eventually became clear was that the men associated with the Laval chapter who weren’t considered future elite drug traffickers were killed and any others were placed in other chapters.

The proof of the change in philosophy came in the years that followed. Maurice (Mom) Boucher, who was recruited into the Hells Angels’ Montreal chapter a few years after the Lennoxville Purge, was a thoroughly organized individual while acting as its leader in Quebec. Also, many of the men who are currently members own legitimate businesses.

The five who ended up with life sentences for the six murders have all since been granted parole. But they each took their own paths to get there:

Jacques Pelletier was granted full parole by the Parole Board of Canada, at age 58, on May 6, 2013, but it was revoked last year. According to a police intelligence report on the slaughter, Pelletier was considered to be one of the leaders behind the plot. He was also the person in charge of controlling other gang members who were brought to witness the murders as a means to send them a message to fall in line.

During recent parole board hearings, Pelletier has maintained that all he did on March 24, 1985, was point a firearm in the face of one individual in order to control him and then he burned one victim’s leather jacket with the Hells Angels logo on it.

Pelletier quit the Hells Angels in 1995, which helped convince the parole board that he was done with the gang when he was granted full parole in May 2013. Six months later, on Nov. 21, 2013, a woman approached a police officer on patrol near a park and a school (the location is not mentioned in the recent parole decision) and expressed concern about two men she considered suspicious who had been hanging out in the park for a while.

One of the men turned out to be Pelletier and the other was a man who had been convicted of armed robbery and was part of a criminal organization with ties to the Hells Angels. Pelletier was returned to prison for violating the conditions of his parole, especially one that he not associate with known criminals. He later told the parole board he agreed to do some work for the man that was legal, but he was paid $200 under the table for it. The parole board was disappointed because Pelletier had done essentially the same thing while on day parole, in 2012, and claimed he had learned his lesson. He is incarcerated at a federal penitentiary.

Réjean Lessard, who was granted full parole, at age 55, on Aug. 11, 2010, underwent a stunning transformation after he was convicted on five counts of first-degree murder. While serving his sentence, he quit the gang in 1989 and later stopped hanging out with anyone associated with the Hells Angels. By 2004, a psychiatrist who examined Lessard found that he had abandoned his faith in the Hells Angels in exchange for another faith, Buddhism.

He was granted day parole in 2008 after the board was presented with convincing evidence of Lessard’s change. A parole officer recounted how Lessard showed no interest at all in material possessions and his cell was always completely bare.

“It was an extreme situation. The most serious thing that can happen (in that milieu) is an internal conflict,” Lessard told the parole board in 2008 while confirming the theory that the motive behind the slayings involved the Laval chapter’s consumption of cocaine and the money problems generated by it.

When he was granted full parole in 2010, he was described as “a model of compliance” whose understanding of his religion “has permitted you to radically change your values and behaviour.”

Michel Genest was granted full parole, at age 51, on March 3, 2010. He quit the Hells Angels in 1994 while he was behind bars and serving a life sentence for killing Claude Roy, a prospect in the Laval chapter, days after the Lennoxville Purge. Genest, one of the members of the Laval chapter who was spared after he agreed to transfer to the Montreal chapter, arranged to meet Roy at a hotel on the South Shore and beat him to death.

Genest admitted to the parole board that Roy was killed for not following the Hells Angels rules against consuming hard drugs, like cocaine and heroin, and also because the gang suspected he was a police informant. He told the board Roy died while he was trying to get information out of him.

Luc Michaud was granted full parole, at age 53, on May 6, 2005. In 2001, Michaud convinced a jury that he merited a chance to be eligible for parole before 25 years, which is standard for first-degree murder convictions. He made the request through the so-called faint-hope clause, a part of the Criminal Code that has since been repealed.

“I sincerely regret participating in that slaughter,” Michaud told the jury in 2001 while denying he actually shot anyone that day. “I had no right to decide anyone’s fate, even if they were like I was at that time.”

He also told the jury he had found God after he was convicted and that the Hells Angels kicked him out of the gang in 1993 because he constantly criticized other gang members who were incarcerated with him. The jury agreed and decided to reduce his parole eligibility date to 15 years.

Robert Tremblay was granted full parole, at age 50, on Aug. 30, 2004. Tremblay followed Michaud’s lead and convinced a jury, in 2003, that he also had changed enough, since taking part in the murders of five men, that he merited a chance at an earlier parole eligibility date.

The police had evidence that Tremblay quit the Hells Angels in December 1995, shortly after an appellate court refused to hear an appeal of his murder convictions.

“My identity was the (Hells Angels). I sincerely deplore having taken the life of another person,” Tremblay told the parole board before he was granted a full release. “I am very aware that I have to watch out for who I associate with and that I have everything to lose if I return to the criminal world.”

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Luc Gregoire granted limited parole

The Surete du Quebec assured me this would never happen (I never believed them anyway). So here we are: Luc Gregoire has been granted limited parole allowing him to leave prison accompanied by a corrections officer.

If you click here you will see why I still consider Gregoire a good suspect in my sister’s case. This, despite being told by the SQ that he has been cleared (he passed a polygraph: big deal, those things can be gamed). 

If he is reformed, if he can be rehabilitated, I am happy for the man. So give him limited rights, trust but verify.  I can tell you that last year I wrote Luc asking him if he had any knowledge of Theresa’s death. He wrote me back and assured me that he was not involved, and had no knowledge of anyone who had anything to do with the affair. But what was he going to say? He knew conditional release was in the balance. You don’t confess to crimes under those circumstances.  We shall see where this leads.

 

 

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Sûreté du Québec: vous obtenez ce que vous payez?

Les chefs des syndicats de police du Québec expriment leurs inquiétudes au sujet du coût élevé de la consolidation de police, de plus en plus de petits corps de police municipaux se roulé sous l’égide de la Sûreté du Québec.

Il devrait y avoir problème. La question n’est pas seulement le problème de la double imposition (des villes comme Montréal qui n’ont pas été consolidées paient deux fois, tant pour la SQ et le SPVM), mais aussi le fait que, une fois consolidée, les municipalités peuvent pas revenir en arrière si les citoyens découvrent qu’ils ont été fournis de meilleurs services antérieurs à la consolidation.

La période de consolidation SQ a commencé en masse en arrière dans les années 70 sous un gouvernement PQ alors nouvellement élu. Je me souviens très bien que l’un des problèmes clefs avec l’enquête sur assassiner ma sœur était à la cause de la consolidation. Les forces de police dans les petites Compton et Lennoxville ont été balayés par la SQ. Les deux villes ont été l’autorité de police prociding dans la zone où Thérèse a disparu (Lennoxville) et où son corps a été retrouvé (Compton). Le nouvellement nommé Sûreté du Québec avait seulement assumé le contrôle d’un certain nombre d’années à l’époque, et la force, en venant à bout de son nouveau pouvoir, ont bâclé de nombreuses procédures au cours de l’enquête.

Ceci est typique quand donnerai autorité sur une force homogénéisé, au lieu de ses habitants qui connaissent la région et peuvent répondre aux besoins spécifiques d’une communauté. Je prendrais le SPVM au cours de la SQ toute la journée (et la police régionale de Peel sur la GRC, d’ailleurs). À la lumière des récents faux-pas à Saint John, au Nouveau-Brunswick au cours des enquêtes de  Richard Oland et l’ assassiner Bacchus Motorcycle Club , certains ont appelé à la dissolution de la main-Saint-Jean, ils diront que la GRC devrait prendre le contrôle. Les résultats seraient désastreux pour la communauté de Saint-Jean, et il vous suffit de regarder CETTE pour voir ce que vous obtenez lorsque vous demandez gouvernements parapluie de prendre le contrôle des problèmes locaux.

La province de Québec devrait réfléchir à deux fois avant d’envisager la consolidation de plus ses forces municipales. À tout le moins, à la suite des prochaines élections, les candidats devraient être tenus d’exprimer leur position lors de la consolidation, tel que demandé par les représentants syndicaux de la police. Plus ici:

Les deux syndicats représentent l’ensemble des policiers de la province, à l’exception de ceux de la Sûreté du Québec (SQ).

 Le président de la Fraternité, Yves Francoeur, croit que la métropole ne reçoit pas sa juste part du gâteau, avec 24% de la population du Québec, mais avec 33% de la criminalité. 

«Depuis le début de l’année, les services policiers coûtent très cher à Montréal et ils ont reçu zéro de Québec jusqu’à maintenant», a-t-il décrié. «Quand Québec décrète une loi ou un projet de loi qui déplaît aux gens, c’est toujours à Montréal que sont les retombées.»

Yves Francoeur évalue que si Québec répartissait équitablement ses subventions aux forces policières, la ville de Montréal empocherait quelque 200 millions $ de plus annuellement.

 Cette répartition du financement a des effets concrets sur les services aux citoyens, avance M. Francoeur. Le SPVM est notamment un cancre sur le plan du taux de résolution des crimes majeurs. «Dans les 44 villes de plus de 100 000 habitants au Canada, Montréal est 40e», a dénoncé le président de la Fraternité des policiers et des policières de Montréal.

Selon la Fraternité et la FPMQ, les contribuables des grandes villes du Québec financent de façon exagérée les services que la SQ offre aux petites communautés et aux villes de tailles moyennes qui ont opté pour cette option. Québec offre des avantages financiers aux municipalités qui «sous-traitent» leur police à la Sûreté du Québec, dénoncent les deux syndicats de police.

«Avec des subventions payées par d’autres, le gouvernement jette de la poudre aux yeux en faisant miroiter aux maires des économies sur cinq ou dix ans», a dénoncé Denis Côté, président de la FPMQ. Depuis un an, Rivière-du-Loup, Sainte-Adèle et Saint-Georges ont décidé d’abolir leur police municipale.

«Les services offerts à la population changent, les services de prévention et les services de proximité ne sont plus au rendez-vous», a ajouté le policier. «Si rien ne change, seules les grandes villes auront une sûreté municipale.»

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10 Years Later – Who Killed Theresa?

 

Ten years ago today we posed a question to Canadians through the medium of its national newspaper, The National Post: Who killed my sister, Theresa Allore? The point of those series of articles – written by Patricia Pearson, and featured on the front page of the paper over three consecutive days, August 10th weekend, 2002 – was not only to find an answer to that question, but to suggest that many things – while perhaps not killing Theresa – but certainly many things led to her disappearance and murder, and then later hindered a proper investigation, leaving the case unsolved to this day. The police, legal and justice systems in Quebec “killed Theresa”. The education system in Quebec “killed Theresa”. We killed Theresa because we failed her when she needed us most. Just as we killed Isabelle Bolduc, Julie Bosivenu, Julie Surprenant, Marilyn Bergeron, and on and on and on.

So here are some thoughts on those articles written ten years ago. You can find the original articles here (in English and French). If you need a primer on the case I started a Wikipedia page on it here . Also, if you’re more visual, CTV’s W-5 did an hour on the story in 2005 I believe, and you can find the video here. (I no longer like to talk to directly about the murders; it disturbs me).

 So, how did it come to be that this case got dragged out of obscurity and placed on the front page of a national newspaper? Well, I knew the writer, Patricia Pearson quite well. She was my first girlfriend in high School. We later attended university together in Toronto, so we were very close and she had lived through the death of my sister. I remember I had been visiting my parents in Saint John, New Brunswick, this would have been about a year before the articles were published, and I was thinking about re-investigating the case, and about several media avenues where to present it. I was on a plane and there was a copy of The Post. Patricia had written this funny little piece on shaving cream warmers. Remember those little devises you could stick on the top of a shaving cream can to warm the stuff before it went on your face? Stupid, right? Well she thought so too, and she wrote this piece about it. I remember thinking, that Patricia might be a good choice to do the story. I wouldn’t have to do a lot of back filling about how nutty my family was because of Theresa’s death; she had lived through that. And, she had covered the Holmolka – Bernardo case in Toronto, so she had that “going” for her.

She was not however my first choice. My first choice was Malcolm Gladwell. The Tipping Point had just been released, and Malcolm was another friend with whom I’d gone to college. (I went to school at Trinity College, University of Toronto… pretty tony. I would routinely breakfast, lunch and dine with Patricia, Malcolm, Atom Egoyan, Andy Coyne, Kate Zernike, Bruce Headlam, Pam Mackinnon, and on and on and on… (and no, don’t ask me what the hell I was doing there)). Anyway, Malcolm turned me down. He had been in the States too long and felt ill equipt to do an investigative piece on a Canadian murder, let alone what that involved sticking his nose in the politics of Quebec.

In the days before the story went to press, Patricia was out of town, she was up north at her cottage in Peterborough, so that left me to work out the final details with the Post’s editors. I really can’t remember who came up with the title Who Killed Theresa?  Normally that sort of thing isn’t provided by the writer, an editor contributes that, but I believe in this case it was in fact Patricia. Anyway, it stuck. I do remember in the final days they came to me with the bi-line for the final installment, “Pattern Points to a Serial Killer”. They were quite concerned that this might be a bit too sensational, that it might upset my family too much. I thought it just fine; if it brought readers to the paper, the more the merrier.

The key to the stories was getting the endorsement of Kim Rossmo, the now famous geographic profiler who broke the case of Robert Pickton and the missing women from Vancouver’s downtown Eastside. Without Rossmo, the story would have been simply an antique love letter full of pain and regret. Rossmo suggested that someone could have been responsible for three unsolved murders, and that even after 25 years the cases were still solvable, if the Surete du Quebec would simple show some initiative and do their jobs. Patricia and I were two amateur sleuths, but with Rossmo’s buy-in we had to be taken seriously; it was like having Sherlock Holmes the guest star on The New Scooby-Do Movies.

When those stories broke, they did and did not have a profound impact on the case. Initially I received a lot of response from friends. August is the time to relax and go to the cottage. I had friends at their places in the Muskokas or the Eastern Townships and they were just trying to get away and do a little light reader, then they had this murder mystery thrown at them where they knew the main players.

It did cause a stir, but it played best in Upper Canada and points west (people love to point at shit in other people’s’ yards), in Quebec it did very little. It would take years more work, me having to learn the French language and then courting the French media before the story met with deserved outrage in the Quebec papers.

I trace the emergence of vicitms advocacy in the arena of homicide like this in Quebec:  Marcel Bolduc laid the foundation, myself, Michel Surprenant and Pierre Hugues Boisvenu converged at just the right time in a perfect storm of victim outrage. Pierre took the torch and ran with it. There is always room for improvement, but looking back, the relationship between the police and victims advocates has never been better in Quebec.

So ten years later… where are we? Patricia is still in Toronto, we email from time to time. Pierre Hugues Boisvenu is of course in the Senate (don’t be too hard on Pierre… some say he’s sold out, but Pierre keeps his cards close to the vest. He always has a plan, he will have the last laugh). Kim Rossmo is using crime mapping to make sure soldiers don’t get hurt in Afganistan; is there a better use of his talents? The last time we communicated Clifford Olsen had contacted him claiming responsibility for my sister’s death (Olsen always was a blowhard, and completely full of it). Kim and I are Facebook “friends”, but WTF am I supposed to say to him, “Hey Kim!,I like your new profile picture! LMFAO!”

So where are we? Well I think if we had had a man like André Noël at the helm we might have gotten some answers. Ten years later…almost thirty-four years later, I still don’t know who killed Theresa. Though I’m pretty confident I know where to find the answers. The National Post stories made the locus all of Canada (and over the years I have been urged to promote the case on America’s Most Wanted: pointless, trust me).  We slowly moved the focus to Quebec, then narrowed the focus to Sherbrooke and the Eastern Townships. Now bring that focus still closer. Go to the town of Compton, Quebec where Theresa’s body was found (population 3,000). So, 3,000 people… maybe 1,000 households. Knock on each one of those doors and ask them, “do you know who killed Theresa?”.  You’ll get your answer.

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Theresa Allore case remains a mystery

Ok, so I had no idea this was running in today’s French newspapers. Someone had to point it out to me.

 

Bla-bla-bla… it’s still unsolved, bla-bla-bla, Quebec police have lots of unsolved cases… get on the stick!

La Presse

4/19/2010   Theresa Allore Case

Occurred there over 30 years, the murder of Theresa Allore was run
lot of ink over the decades. This young college students has been
found dead in the River Coaticook, Eastern Townships, in April 1979, five
months after having disappeared from the campus of Champlain College in Lennoxville.
The case resurfaced in 2002 when the brother of the victim
contributed to the writing of a chapter in a textbook on a new
technique of solving crime, geographic profiling. Authors
advance the thesis that the young woman was the victim of a serial killer.
Moreover, that same serial killer is probably the author of two
other murders in the Sherbrooke area, that of Louise
Camirand, occurred in 1977, and that of Manon Dubé, 1978. Following
these revelations, the SQ has reopened three cases classified for
whether they were actually related. But for now, these
three crimes remain unpunished.

What happened to Sonia Raymond?

The mystery still hangs about the tragic fate of Sonia Raymond
found dead on a beach of Maria, Gaspésie, July 27, 1996. The
32 year old woman, a native of Rimouski, was visiting the Bay
Chaleurs attend a wedding. The day of drama, Sonia Raymond was
party for a walk on a beach crowded. His body
was found partially undressed in the evening by a passerby. Autopsy
later revealed that her jugular vein was cut a few strokes
“A sharp object” to the throat. In this case, several tracks
have been explored by the SQ in vain. A man, a sex offender
repeat offender in the region, was considered a suspect without
never be accused of anything. In 2008, the SQ has received dozens
calls following a television report on the case of Raymond. If
information the public has not led to the arrest of the murderer, the
family, however, was again plunged into the drama. “It returns the iron
the wound, then told the victim’s brother, Guylain, the daily Le
Sun. But there may be a relative of the murderer who knows things.
If it were possible to close the file for my parents who have 78 and 69
years. Every night when we lie, we have flashbacks. ”

The double murder of Turret

Here is another case that rocked the region of Gaspésie. May
1995, a man finds blood in the residence of his parents, which seems
have been burgled. The couple’s car has also disappeared.
The car was discovered the same day. The trunk and bumper are
covered with blood. A month later, a young couple discovers the body
Claudette Servant and Victorian Valley in a stream about twenty
kilometers from the residence. Over the years, the case was
reviewed several times following the disclosure of information
public. Investigators have also interviewed nearly 900
persons attempting to clarify the matter, without success. The SQ would
some idea of the identity of the perpetrators of this crime, but never
have sufficient evidence to submit the case to a
Attorney.

The heinous murder of Saint-Paul-de-Joliette

The body of Roland Landry, 77, Marcel Landry, 79, and Margaret
Landry, 89, were found one morning in December 1999 by their brother
75 years who had to jump to their home in Saint-Paul-de-
Joliette for coffee. According to information distributed
the time, the old have been victims of carnage. The
SQ has publicly stated that it had little information on
case. For the second time in its history, the police even
offered a reward of $ 50 000, drawn from its budget. Moreover,
Squad crimes against the person has even produced the tree
family genealogy and met nearly 300 people to try
to advance the case. But the killers remain.

The mystery of the death of Guylaine Potvin

Guylaine Potvin’s murder, which occurred in April 2000 in Jonquière
traumatized the student community of the region. The young woman, who
attended Cégep de Jonquière, was found dead, naked in her bed.
Her story has resurfaced this year when the arrest of Claude
Larouche, accused of the murder of Natasha Cournoyer last October. The
similarity of the two crimes and the fact that Larouche is originally from
Jonquière have raised doubts about the possible link between the two
business. Police officials, however, indicated a month later
that DNA Larouche not correspond to any unsolved murder cases.
The murder of Guylaine Potvin, however, was linked to an attempt
murder and sexual assault occurred in July 2000 against a
Student Sainte-Foy.

Number of murders

Murders committed in Quebec whose investigation is the SQ

2005 / 42

2006 / 32

2007 / 41

2008 / 36

Source: Communications SQ

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Death Threats Made at Champlain College – Lennoxville

It takes the school newspaper a month to report this? Come on!

Also, love the comment from Administration: “it’s a bullying incident”. Of course it is… until it becomes a major crime.

The Campus
By Matthew Hamilton-Smith • on November 24, 2009

Student arrested, will not finish semester in the classroom.
Security in school is no joke – a truth that recently hit Lennoxville when a Champlain College student was arrested for making death threats.
On October 29, the 23-year-old student, Christos Conidas, was arrested for threatening a pair of fellow students. The Sherbrooke Police were called to the scene after Conidas threatened to go home, get a gun, and return to shoot two female classmates. Upon arriving, the police arrested the suspect and took him in for questioning.
Conidas was detained until his court hearing later in the week. Police also searched his house and found six hunting guns registered in the suspect’s father’s name.
On Monday Nov 2nd, Judge Henri-Rosaire Desbiens ruled that Conidas was fit for release from custody, but applied a few conditions: he was required to deposit $1,000, while his father had to post $10 000 in bail; he is not permitted to have contact with the female students he threatened; and he is not allowed to carry a weapon of any kind.
Although the judge applied no restrictions to Conidas’ movements, the school has decided to limit his presence on campus. He is not permitted to attend regular classes, and he must contact the school ahead of time to inform them if he is going to be on campus for any other reason. He will complete the rest of his studies for this semester through correspondence.
The number one priority at this point is to prevent another incident between the students involved, said CRC Director of Human Resources Maxime Filion: “We want to ensure that contact doesn’t happen in any way, shape, or form.”
However, Filion added, the school also will help Conidas continue his studies. To this end, the college has provided him with a laptop to use for school, as his own computer was confiscated by police.
Filion explained that the school has conflicting interests in this case: “Our role is not an easy one in this instance… we have a responsibility to help [Conidas] complete his studies, [but] at the same time, we have a responsibility to every student with their education. It’s a difficult balance.”
For Champlain students, safety is assured through extensive crisis management training provided to senior management officials. As well, there exists an internal phone network at Champlain that can be used to report any incidents directly to security. There are also procedures determining what to do in the event of crisis, but these are confidential.
The incident involving Mr. Conidas is currently under investigation, and no conviction has been made. The decision to release Conidas on bail was made in light of the fact that he has no prior convictions, and was not known to police before this incident. Despite the apparent seriousness of this event, Champlain’s Dean of Social Services Nancy Beattie calls it simply a “bullying incident.”

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