The Ballad of William Fyfe / WKT #26

Notes from the podcast

Prologue: On October 29, 1999 Monique Gaudreau, a 45-year-old nurse at a  hospital in the Laurentians  was found dead at her home  in Sainte-Agathe-des-Monts, Quebec (North of Montreal) . Gaudreau was found in the bedroom.  She had been  beaten, sexually assaulted, and stabbed 55 times. This is the story of William Patrick Fyfe.

Music: The Poppy Family: Evil Grows

William Patrick Fyfe

Some intro on Fyfe:   William Fyfe , known as the Killer Handyman,  Born in late February 1955. One of Canada’s most prolific serial killers. why it’s important to talk about him

So let’s get into how Fyfe was caught.  To answer that we first turn to the case of  Anna Yarnold, a 59-year-old woman who was found dead on October 15, 1999 in Senneville, Quebec (west of Montreal… 1,500 people?). Lived in isolated home on water front.  In analyzing the crime scene police note that the assailant approached the house in a vehicle at night.  Yarnold’s dog was locked in a room with her handbag, wallet.  The body found outside in the garden. Face down in flower bed. There was bruising on the neck and face, and she was beaten with a flower pot. She was initially attacked in the bathroom. She ran outside.  Where she was choked beaten and bashed in the head with a flower pot.  The assailant took credit cards. Police initially suspect her husband, Robert Yarnold because the scene seemed too violent for a mere robbery. crime of passion. There were no forensics / hard to get forensics on an outside murder. (Paul Cherry interviewed, he reported that it probably wasn’t a robbery)

Yarnold & Gaudreau

Police know began to question if this was in some way connected to an incident that happened earlier in the Summer in the West Island of Montreal. In July, 1999 a woman named  Janet Kuckinsky was attacked and murdered on a Bicycle path in the West Island.

At this point police also  go back to the case of  Monique Gaudreau, a 45-year-old victim from Saint Agathe who was beaten, sexually assaulted and stabbed 55 times. However, as with Yarnold police have very little forensics. In fact, not even a robbery, nothing taken.  Outside they find a footprint (blood of Mrs. Gaudreau).  They also find blood droplets belonging to a male individual.  Different causes of death (knife / smashed with pot), therefore different killers?  Forensic biologist Josenthe Prevot:  “It’s difficult to approach violence, to be in there him. To be in the victim’s environment where they live their everyday lives”

Shanahan & Glenn

On November 19th, 1999,  a 55-year old accountant goes missing in Laval, Quebec.   When police go to check her apartment they find four Montreal Gazette’s stacked outside her door.   Teresa Shanahan was found stabbed to death on November 23, 1999.  She had been sexually assaulted,  beaten and stabbed 32 times. The scene was similar to Gaudreau, except there were items missing, jewelry and credit cards. Later there were ATM withdrawals the evening of the murder : $500 / $500.  The assailant obtained her PIN number. At about this time the daughter of Anna Yarnold noticed withdrawals from her account.  Police obtained a grainy / blurry photo produced from ATM, man in kangaroo hoody with a bearded. As Yarnold’s husband was clean shaven this ruled him out.

From this police now piece together that the assailant is torturing victims to obtain PIN numbers. He’s using subterfuge to obtain entry / tradesman or handyman: no break-ins.

December 15, 1999: a  man comes to door of home in Baie-d’Urfé, Quebec (west).   Asks the woman who answers if she’d like any gardening done. He’s doing some work in the area, could he offer services. Woman talks to husband, and then declines the offer.

Across the street on that same day 50-year-old Mary Glenn, was beaten and stabbed to death.  Glenn lived alone in a waterfront home. Same man approaches home. Following morning woman finds her in living room. Interior, beaten, stabbed and violated. Prevost returns. Clothed. Beaten with blunt object.  No forced entry. Very violent, covering many rooms, hair ripped out, blood in multiple rooms. Finished in living room. Turned on back,” beaten to a pulp”  Again, footprints in blood. Blood on hands, washes hands in kitchen sink. Goes to bedroom upstairs, shakes down victim’s purse.  A forensics printer expert,  Jean Paul Menier, finds a finger print. Loads into finger print bank. A match is made: The print is that of  44 year old William Fyfe.

So who is Fyfe?  Born in Toronto, raised in Montreal. Attended Montreal High School, he was known for urinating on the school bus. His first adult run-in with the law was in 1975, when he was charged with theft over $200 in Montreal and sentenced to six months in jail. Since then a series of  BandEs and thefts. He worked as handyman. He was married, separated with a child. Since then several rel/ships. He did home renovations. Last known address was in a town north of Montreal.

At this point the police have a puzzle: Do they go public and risk scaring him off into hiding, or do they act in the importance of the public interest? The police are given several hours to find him. Ex-girl friend tips that he may be staying at mother’s in Barrie Ontario. OPP Detective  Jim Miller goes to mother’s old farm house. Car with QC plates registered to Fyfe. 24 hour surveillance. Determining if enough evidence to arrest. MUC come to Barrie, publish photo of Fyfe. Say he’s suspect, wanted for questioning. Story goes national. Leaves home, goes to Toronto, looks for newspapers, puts in orders for the Gazette. Dec 21st, 1999. Goes to church, drops three pairs of running shoes. Drove away. Spots on shoes that appear to be blood. Police finally close in on Fyfe at the Husky Truck Stop gas station in Barrie on December 22, 1999, he’s placed under arrest for Mary Elizabeth Glenn. “why don’t you shoot me now?”

Fyfe’s Ford Ranger at Husky Truckstop in Barrie, Ontario

 

Corporal Andrew Bouchard, Montreal police : on the investigation. Bouchard head of Montreal’s major crimes division. Interrogation: “arrogant. Cold like a fish”. First night, they don’t get very far. The secure his cigarette butts for DNA.

Hazel Scattolon

Hazel Scattolon, a 52-year-old woman who was stabbed to death and sexually assaulted in March 21, 1981. Scattalon’s son played hockey with Fyfe. Calls in in aftermath. Fyfe had painted in Hazel’s house. Mount Royal. At this point, where they thought they were investigating a series of murders from 1999, Fyfe has the potential of stretching back 18 years

Through it all Fyfe maintained his innocence, but there was simply too much evidence.  There was blood on Fyfe’s  shoes and clothing. In the case of Anna Yarnold police found traces of her blood on Fyfe’s clothing. The prints from the Monique Gaudreau crime scene tied to shoes recovered at the church in Ontario.  Teresa Shanahan’s stolen ring later turned up as one of Fyfe’s possessions. And finally of course the finger print recovered at the Mary Glenn site turned out to be Fyfe’s.

On Sept 21, 2001 Fyfe is sentenced to life in prison wit out parole for 25 years. He denied involvement in the Janet Kuckinsky case.

During these affairs Fyfe hinted at other cases. After his conviction he confessed to 4 more:

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  1. Suzanne-Marie Bernier, a 62-years-old woman who was stabbed and sexually assaulted October 17, 1979 in Cartierville, Montreal
  2. Nicole Raymond, a 26-years-old woman who was stabbed and sexually assaulted on November 14, 1979 in Pointe-Claire, Montreal
  3. Louise Poupart-Leblanc, a 37-years-old woman who was stabbed 17 times and sexually assaulted on September 26, 1987 in Saint-Adèle, Laurentides
  4. Pauline Laplante, a 44-years-old woman who was stabbed and sexually assaulted on June 9, 1989 in Saint-Adèle, Laurentides

And police also later learn that Fyfe was responsible for a string of violent rapes in the 1980s in downtown Montreal  / “The Plumber”  rapes.

Timeline:

  1. Suzanne-Marie Bernier, Cartierville, Montreal, October 17, 1979
  2. Nicole Raymond, Pointe-Claire, Montreal November 14, 1979

GAP

  1. Hazel Scattolon, Mount Royal  March 21, 1981. Stabbed 27 times.

(series  of violent rapes in the 1980s / Plumber Rapes)

  1. Louise Poupart-Leblanc, Saint-Adèle, Laurentides September 26, 1987
  2. Pauline Laplante, Saint-Adèle, Laurentides June 9, 1989

GAP

  1. Janet Kuckinsky, West island   July 1999
  2. Anna Yarnold, Senneville, Quebec (west of Montreal) October 15, 1999
  3. Monique Gaudreau, Sainte-Agathe, October 29,  1999
  4. Teresa Shanahan, Laval, Quebec  November 19  1999
  5. Mary Glenn, Baie-d’Urfé, Quebec (west).  December 15, 1999

So putting the timeline together, Fyfe’s activity crosses two decades 1979 – 1999.

Police begin to ponder the the gaps in time.  And why the slowing of violence? Why did he calm down. Police said Fyfe was always willing to describe  the crimes in vivid detail, but he remained silent as to motive. “What hit you to cause you to kill again? Why did you stab her so many times” /   “that’s for me to know”, Fyfe replied.

In 2000 a task force was formed and Investigation units from Montreal, Laval, SQ went back and check files on 85 cold cases dating back to 1981.

During the 1980s Fyfe lived in St. Laurent (borders Cartierville) , LaSalle, Lachine and Verdun (south of Pointe Saint Charles) during the 1980s and in the Laurentian town of Saint-Jerome in 1993 (north).

He still remains a suspect in at least 5 unsolved murders:

  • 1991 murder of Montrealer Joanne Beaudoin, 35, who was stabbed to death in Town of Mount Royal in May 1990. The killer stole her gray 1987 Honda Accord and several items from her home. Car later found torched.
  • Laval police submitted the case of 55-year-old Theresa Litzak. Her body was found in her Laval apartment on Nov. 22, 1999. Police believe she was killed Nov. 19 (this would mean she was killed the same day as Shanahan who also lived in Laval). She lived alone, as did Yarnold and Glen.
  • 3 Ontario cases.

Looking at our own cases, could Fyfe be a suspect? No: wrong timeline (too young), different modus operandi:

  • Lise Chagnon / Saint Hubert / 1974: entered subterfuge. Struggle, blood in many rooms. Stabbed and bludgeoned .   Fyfe was 19. Saint Hubert adjacent to Longueuil.
  • Roxanne Luce / 1981 / Longueuil.

And Yet:

  • 1977: Hawkes: Beaten, Stabbed, raped, purse missing: Fyfe’s first known murder was in 1979 when he was 24, could he have killed at 22?
  • 1978: Lison Blais: choked, struck on head, raped, purse missing

Note the above two because please only delve back as far as 1979, so we presume they know he was in prison?

  • 1979: Nicole Gaudreault: Beaten about head and raped. Empty purse. Blood on stairs, but extended to back lot: fight?

Was Fyfe operating with a different M.O .at an earlier age, then switched at some point to something less risky? (Outdoors to indoors. Younger to older victims)

Fyfe will be elegible for parole September, 2026. He will be 69 to 70  years of age.

Out music: Terry Jacks / Seasons in the Sun

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How do you solve a problem like Homolka?

So the world’s up in arms again about the latest geographic transgression of Karla Homolka.

Yesterday the Montreal Gazette reported that the Canadian serial killer supervised kindergarten children from the Greaves Adventist Academy on a field trip in March and once brought her dog to the school for students to pet. Homolka’s three children attend the private school ( Karla volunteered at an N.D.G. elementary school ).

Like any parent I am outraged. Now tell me how you’d better handle the situation. It’s a private school. The school knew of her history. They apparently made the decision that everyone deserves a second chance. Their decision.

In the criminal case against Karla Homolka the prosecution gave her a sweet-heart deal, after 12-years in prison she walked in 2005. Again, their (appalling) decision.  Last spring we learned Homolka was living in the Montreal south shore community of Chateauguay, and the world again was outraged. Well she’s got to live somewhere? We’re not going to toss her outside the walls of society.

I well remember speaking with a British Columbia corrections administrator some years ago who talkedto about when a registered sex offender moved into her neighborhood. She baked a plate of cookies, and she and her daughter walked across the street to present them to the man:

“Hi, welcome to the neighborhood. My name’s Jane Smith, I work for the department of corrections,”

Translation: “Hi, “m Jane Smith, I KNOW WHO YOU ARE.”

The point was very simple. Welcome, but I’ll be watching. Trust, but verify.

When my children were younger I used to spend time periodically probing the sex offender database to see who had moved into the neighborhood. I soon stopped because there were just too many coming and going, and I didn’t have that many cookies. Better to teach my kids how to be vigilant, and to NOT TRUST MEN. Harsh, I know, but why not cut to the chase.

On further consideration I might prefer having Leanne Teale – the name Homolka’s currently using – living in my neighborhood because having identified the threat, I could then mitigate the risk.

In all this bluster and bombast I fear people are missing a larger issue; Homolka’s threat might be real, and the warning signs are deeply woven int the fabric of Montreal’s history.

In choosing to live on Montreal’s south shore Homolka selected a community with a remarkably similar tragic history to that of Saint Catherines, Ontario, where Paul Bernardo and Homolka carried out the brutal murders of 14-year-old Leslie Mahaffy and 15-year-old Kirsten French.

Kristen French and Leslie Mahaffy

 

 

In 1974-75 the town of Chateauguay was rocked by the disappearances and murders of 12-year-old Norma O’Brien and 14-year-old Debbie Fisher. Within a year a young offender who came to be known as the Chateauguay Killer (“Le Maniaque Pleine Lune”) was arrested, but the community never fully recovered.

Norma O’Brien and Debbie Fisher

 

 

 

Jump forward to last spring and you get some idea of the true source of the community’s outrage. Remarkably, no news agency bothered to point out the “irony” of Homolka choosing this town. One reporter told me at the time that “they didn’t want to further traumatize people”, as if as a society we are incapable of having difficult discussions. When the media muzzles such conversations they do more damage than good, leaving communities no other resort but to sling shit at the towers in the social media circus (and the media have no qualms about stirring that shit pot).

And can Homolka moving to Chateauguay really be best summed up as “ironic”?  Is it not possible that she deliberately chose this community because it was as familiar to her as Saint Catherines?  A small suburban community, a history of tragedy with two young victims similar in age to Mahaffy and French, who physically resemble Mahaffy and French. Did Homolka learn of the tragedy while serving her time in Quebec prison? Inmates talk about such things. In short, did Homolka choose Chateauguay because it felt like home?

If you think the idea of an offender compelled to re-live the gruesome experiences of crimes the stuff of fiction consider this:

Gilles Pimparé, shown at left in 1979

Gilles Pimparé, imprisoned since 1979 for the brutal and infamous Jacques Cartier Bridge murders of Maurice Marcil, 14, and Chantal Dupont, 15, has been denied parole six times in 13 years.  Remarkably, the Dupont family forgave him, buying his story that he “loved Chantal too much, that’s why he had to kill her.”. But one of the chief reasons Pimparé has never been paroled? He kept a porn stash on his hard drive that had photos of naked young girls posing at the Jacques Cartier Bridge to sustain his paraphiliac fantasy’s decades after the murders were committed (you can look it up by checking his parole records).

So I just wonder whether Homolka had specific intention when she chose to live in Chateauguy. If I were an investigative journalist? I’d want to check and see if corrections  / parole assigned her to Chateauguy or if she chose it.  

Trust but verify.

 

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Quebec cold cases: Families of 8 dead women call for public inquiry

The CBC’s Joanne Bayly did an unexpected follow-up story; it’s really good so I’m going to simply post the whole thing.

To recap:  Yes, I was in Quebec a few weeks ago, apart from meeting with the SQ (more on that later), we had a meeting with several victim families. With the help of Stephan Parent and Marc Bellemare we came up with a a series of reforms to present to current Quebec Minister of Public Security, Martin Coiteux.

The families present / who met were:  Sharron Prior, Johanne Dorion, Lison Blais, Denise Basinet, Helene Monaste, Roxanne Luce.

A note on the article: That the SQ can’t confirm their own measure of the number of homicides in 1977, 1978 speaks to the problem. The numbers are well documented in StatsCan’s 2005 report on crime, which delved specifically into homicide (I believe my numbers were off by 1):

http://publications.gc.ca/Collection-R/Statcan/85-002-XIE/85-002-XIE2006006.pdf

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The relatives of eight women who suffered violent deaths in the 1970s and early 1980s are calling on Quebec Public Security Minister Martin Coiteux to call a public inquiry into policing methods in the province.

For decades, those families have honoured the memory of their lost sisters and daughters, waiting for a call from police to confirm an arrest and, in some cases, becoming detectives themselves.

Now their hope has been renewed through the efforts of a Quebec filmmaker, Stéphan Parent, who is making a documentary about seven of those women, tentatively entitled Sept Femmes. 

“We found [much] evidence was destroyed by police,” Parent said.

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Former justice minister Marc Bellemare (left) is calling on Public Security Minister Martin Coiteux to look into police techniques when it comes to missing and murdered women.

Parent, who began investigating the unsolved homicide of 16-year-old Sharron Prior, noticed a pattern in other cold cases from the same era: destroyed evidence, relatives whose calls went unanswered, police forces that failed to communicate with one another.

Parent contacted former Liberal justice minister Marc Bellemare to help the families build a case for an inquiry.

The missing girls and women

The late 1970s were not an easy time to be a teenage girl or young woman in Quebec. Month after month, another was reported missing – and then found dead.

Among them:

  • Pointe–Saint-Charles: March 1975. Sharron Prior, 16, was on her way to have pizza with friends at a restaurant five minutes from her home. Her body was found three days later in the snow in Longueuil. No one has ever been arrested.

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    Sharron Prior was last seen March 29, 1975. (CBC)

  • Chateauguay, two teenage girls are found killed: 12-year-old Norma O’Brien in July 1974 and 14-year-old Debbie Fisher in June 1975. A young man, a minor, confesses to the killings, though his name and the details are still cloaked in mystery.
  • Sherbrooke, March 1977: 20-year-old Louise Camirand is found in the snow, 11 days after stopping at a convenience story to buy milk and cigarettes. Her killer is never found.
  • Montreal, June 1978: 17-year-old Lison Blais is found dead just metres from the entrance of the home where she lived with her parents on Christophe-Colomb Street. She’d left a disco bar on St-Laurent Boulevard early that morning. She had been raped and struck on the head, and there were choking marks on her neck.
  • Lennoxville, November 1978: 19-year-old Theresa Allore disappears from the campus of Champlain College, only to be found at the edge of the Coaticook River five months later. Police rule her death suspicious.

    Theresa Allore in her family's kitchen

    Theresa Allore in her family’s kitchen. She was 19 when she disappeared.

A serial killer?

“I think Quebec in that era was a very violent place,” said John Allore, one of the relatives who is asking for a public inquiry.

 

“People got away with a lot more. In today’s world, with cellphones and all this technology, cameras everywhere, it’s not as easy to get away with these kind of behaviours.”

His research shows there were 179 homicides in Quebec in 1977 and 177 the year before. In 2013, there were 68 homicides in the province.

The SQ won’t confirm the statistics, but it’s clear that in the 1970s, criminals were getting away with rape and even murder.

He said because police forces at the time worked in isolation, they failed to identify patterns.

If there was a serial killer on the loose in the greater Montreal area, as some relatives of the dead women believe, police didn’t figure that out – or didn’t share their suspicions with victims’ families.

Change in attitudes

Lt. Martine Asselin, the spokeswoman for the SQ’s cold case unit, acknowledges it was tougher then to solve cases.

“A lot of things have changed since those years: the evolution of the techniques and the evolution of the DNA and the way to treat the evidence has also changed,” she said.

“The communications between the police forces is very present. We have a task force to manage serial killers or serial sexual assaults,” Asselin said.

The cold case unit has recently added more officers, and Asselin said the provincial police force is looking seriously at these unsolved crimes.  As for the decrease in the number of homicides over the years, Asselin credits improved police techniques, including those aimed at crime prevention.

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The body of Theresa Allore. She was found in her underwear by a passing trapper.

John Allore agrees there has been a change in attitudes.

“Certainly, in the 1970s, rape and sexual assault were not taken as seriously then as they are today,” Allore said. He said blaming the victim was the norm.

“A woman is found with a rope, a ligature around her neck, and police say it could have been suicide. A young girl is found abandoned in a field, and they say it could have been a hit and run.”

My sister is found in her bra and underwear in a stream, and they say it could have been a drug overdose.”

Inquiry demand focuses on 8 cases

The letter to the public security minister focuses on eight cases: Sharron Prior, Louise Camirand, Joanne Dorion, Hélène Monast, Denise Bazinet, Lison Blais, Theresa Allore and Roxanne Luce.

Hélène Monast

Hélène Monast was walking home from an evening out celebrating her 18th birthday when she was killed in a Chambly park in 1977.

In it, the families ask for the following changes:

  • That all murders and disappearances anywhere in the province be investigated solely by the Sûreté du Québec.
  • That a protocol be established to make sure all evidence and information is held in a centralized place.
  • That police officers be paid to undergo specialized training.
  • That families of victims be kept systematically informed about the evolution of any investigation.
  • That families of victims, accompanied by their lawyers, have access to the complete dossiers of the investigations, if the crime is still not solved after 25 years.

A spokesperson for the Ministry of Public Security says officials are well aware of the difficult situation that relatives of missing or murdered people have to go through. The Ministry says it has received the letter asking for a public inquiry, and that demand is currently being analyzed.

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Montreal attempted murder trial in jeopardy / Police destroy evidence

This is why the destruction of evidence in 40 year old cold-cases is relevant to today. First the Surete du Quebec and Longueuil forces, now the Montreal police. If you don’t hold them accountable, then don’t expect them to change:

Trial for sexual assault and attempted murder of a minor in jeopardy?

Paul Cherry, Montreal Gazette: March 18, 2016

scales-of-justice-image-for-extra-story-about-violence-againA Quebec Court judge will decide in April if a case involving the sexual assault and attempted murder of an 11-year-old girl should be tossed out because the Montreal police made a huge error by destroying evidence during the trial. 

The accused is a 44-year-old resident of the St-Laurent borough who was charged in 2013 with sexually assaulting and attempting to kill the 11-year-old victim. The man was a close friend to the victim’s family and, at the time, lived next door to them. She considered him to be like an uncle to her and he cannot be identified because it could be considered information that would identify the victim. 

The man is alleged to have used a skipping rope, on May 26, 2013, to strangle the girl inside her own home while she was watching television. She passed out and later woke up in an alley near her home. Her clothes were torn, her nose and hands were bloodied and the skipping rope was still wrapped around her neck. She sought help at the home of a neighbour who refused to do anything but was able to make it to the home of a friend. The girl’s mother showed up at the friend’s house a short while later and called 911. The girl told the 911 operator that a man who lived next door to her family tried to kill her and then she identified him as the accused who is currently on trial.

Quebec Court Judge Sylvie Kovacevich began hearing evidence in the trial at the Montreal courthouse on Feb. 16, 2015, and it continued on for several non-consecutive days. The Crown finished presenting its evidence last fall but defence lawyer Sharon Sandiford filed a motion after learning that a Montreal police officer somehow destroyed evidence – the skipping rope and a piece of clothing the girl was wearing the day she was attacked – while the case was at the trial stage. Sandiford asked for a stay of proceedings while arguing her client can’t mount a full and complete defence without having access to the evidence.

On Friday, Kovacevich was expected to render her decision on the stay of proceedings but she informed both sides in the case that she needed more time. She pushed back the date of her decision to April 25 and said she wants both sides to prepare for the trial to resume that same day if she rejects Sandiford’s motion. 

When she argued in support of her motion Sandiford argued that the destruction of the evidence was a an example of gross negligence. When prosecutor Pierre Olivier Bolduc argued against the stay of proceedings he based much of what he said as if Sandiford was claiming an abuse of procedure on the part of the police – or that they intended to destroy the evidence. Kovacevich noted this on Friday and suggested much of Bolduc’s argument was based on a moot point. She offered the prosecutor a chance to correct this but he said the prosecution had nothing further to add. 

“The Crown argued a lot on something that isn’t even an issue,” Sandiford told reporters after the brief hearing. 

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So the head of the SQ’s Cold Case unit called me today.

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The head of the Surete du Quebec’s Cold Case unit called me today. Twice. He then sent me two emails urging me to contact him. I haven’t received an email from the SQ in 10 years. Always a call, nothing documented.

As it turns out, I know the guy. He was one of the first investigators assigned to me 13-years-ago, but he left and studied in the States to become one of the SQ’s first behavioral profilers. Now he’s in charge of the entire unit.

I no longer have an intermediary to go through. Going forward I can go directly to the head of cold cases.

And they’re expanding the cases on their website. First with Theresa’s, then they’re going to add all the other ones.

I though this was going to be a ploy to muzzle me. It wasn’t. He encouraged me to keep writing because he said my website is actually helping. He said if it were him he’d be doing the exact same thing. The best thing I could do was to continue doing what I’m doing.

He asked me what I thought so I gave him my pitch:

I’m not big on unifying theories like serial killers. And at first I wasn’t willing to connect Sherbrooke with Montreal. But Louise Camirand could be connected to Denise Bazinet because:

  1. They were both strangled with a ligature.
  2. They were both missing identification
  3. Richelieu (Bazinet) is not that far from Austin (Camirand)

At this point I was expecting him to tell me Bazinet had been solved years ago. He didn’t. He said, “I have a guy on that case”. Then he mentioned Bazinet had 11 siblings, which is correct, shows he knows what he’s talking about.  I continued:

And Bazinet went missing and lived on the island of Montreal. So this gives reason to investigate all the cases in Montreal and the surrounding areas of Laval and Longueuil. AND Bazinet lived down the street from Lison Blais, whose purse went missing, and may have been recovered at the Camirand site. So back to Camirand. Which also leads to Allore, because Allore’s clothing might have been dumped at that site as well.

“Makes sense”, he said.

It’s the first time I was allowed to openly discuss all these cases, not just Theresa. And we most definitely discussed that purse. He asked that we continue to talk about these crimes.

Some other things, but I want to consider them a bit before I divulge too much.  Overall some good outcomes. We’ll see. 

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Je ne l’ai jamais vu le travail de la police si difficile de ne pas résoudre des crimes.

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Donc, ce sont mes raisons pour lesquelles Je crois que la police du Québec devrait être soumis à l’enquête:

Dès le début, la police du Québec ont adopté l’approche très passive, “Nous allons attendre et voir ce qui se passe”. Telle est l’approche dans les premiers stades de la disparition de ma sœur. L’approche de la Sûreté du Québec a été très clairement exprimée par l’enqueter principal, Caporal Roch Gaudreault quand il a dit à mon père qu’il y avait peu qu’ils pouvaient faire, et que le corps de Theresa serait probablement tourner quand la neige fondue.

Cette philosophie a continué 5 mois plus tard, lorsque le corps a été retrouvé. La Sûreté du Québec a tenté de convaincre mon père que la mort de Theresa était une question de campus de l’école. Quelque chose se passait mal avec les activités récréatives impliquant la drogue, les choses se sortir de la main, des erreurs ont été faites par les adolescents. Les paroles de Gaudreault étaient (et je sais que cela, parce que mon père leur a écrit sur une enveloppe de manille), “Attend. Quelqu’un va dire quelque chose”.

Mais personne ne l’a jamais fait.

Où ai-je entendu cela auparavant? En fait, il est la même approche de la police de Laval dans le 38-year-old cold-case de Joanne Dorion. Voici la soeur de Joanne, Lisa:

« (La Police ) a dit qu’il voulait investiguer sur le jeune garçon qui a trouvé le corps de notre sœur parce que son frère avait déjà été amoureux d’elle, laisse-t-elle savoir. Ça le titillait, alors il voulait aller dans cette voie. Mais je n’ai pas eu de nouvelles depuis. Il voulait me parler avant qu’on parle aux médias à la suite de la parution de l’article.»

Après 38 ans, ils veulent maintenant enquêter sur ce jeune homme?

Et ça:

«Quand on parle dans les médias, on nous dit tout le temps qu’on va nuire à l’enquête, s’indigne Michel qui avait 22 ans lorsqu’il a perdu sa petite sœur. Après 38 ans, je pense qu’il est temps de faire brasser les choses pour que l’enquête bouge! »

Bien que cela semble très familier. Il est pas rare. Je l’ai entendu de dizaines de victimes non résolus du Québec: Une tentative délibérée par la police pour cacher, confondre, obscurcir la vérité.

Je comprends très bien la nécessité d’une application de la loi de conserver des informations hautement confidentielles et sécurisées. En partageant trop d’informations, ils risquent de compromettre la résolution d’une affaire devant un tribunal de droit. Mais trop de contrôle? Ce sont les leçons de Chicago et Ferguson, vous risquez de perdre la confiance du publique.

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Et ici, à mon point. Regardez la photo en haut de ce post. Il est assez clair que les médias (et par extension, la police, qui, à cette époque contrôlé les médias d’exploitation) où tracer des lignes entre les cas en 1977 – 78. Connecter les points: Camirand à Houle à Dorion à Monast à Katherine Hawkes. Est-ce que la police jamais faire quoi que ce soit pour apaiser les craintes du public? Est-ce que la police jamais dit, «Oui, nous avons examiné cela, il n’y a pas de connexion”. J’ai cherché publiquement à fond 1975 à 1981: Je ne peux trouver aucune preuve que la police ait jamais fait une telle chose.

Ainsi ont-ils été négligents en ne l’information du public, ou ont-ils quelque chose à cacher? Je ne sais pas.

Avance à 2013. J’affiché sur ce site, Québec 1977: Qui était le Bootlace Killer? Une tentative très délibérée de ma part pour stigmatiser une série d’environ 20 à 30 meurtres non élucidés de jeunes femmes de cette époque. Et permettez-moi de souligner que ma «théorie» n’a rien de nouveau, il est tout simplement une nouvelle visite de ce Allo Police / Photo Police publiait il y a plus de 30 ans. Ce que je pensais de la police du Québec était une sorte de réponse:

“A. Nous avons examiné ces meurtres, les numéros 13, 16, et 23 ont été résolus depuis des décennies.

b. Nous avons examiné ces meurtres, il n’y a pas de connexion à l’un d’eux. “

Qu’est-ce que le get publique de la police du Québec? Rien. Silence. Vous ne pouvez pas empêcher de penser que si la police du Québec ne traitent pas le problème, la police du Québec tentent d’éviter le problème.

Il existe d’autres facteurs qui soutiennent ma conviction que la police du Québec intentionnellement ne veulent pas revoir ces cold-cases de la fin des années 1970. Je vais les énumérer:

  1. A ce jour, la police du Québec refusent de regarder les cas de Manon Dube, Theresa Allore, et Louise Camirand en tant que groupement, comme un possible groupe de victimes assassinées par une seule personne. Les cas sont séparés, ils sont affectés à différents enquêteurs.
  2. Destruction de la Preuve: Il est a été documenté que la preuve physique a été systématiquement détruite par la police dans les meurtres non résolus de Theresa Allore, Sharon Prior, Manon Dube, et Roxanne Luce … et nous soupçonnons beaucoup d’autres. Ces cas se croisent juridictions, certains sont SQ, certains sont Longueuil, etc … Le point étant, cela ne peut être DE FAUTE SIMPLE. Si elle est, il est une fuck-up catastrophique. Aucune agence de police DANS LE MONDE détruit des preuves physiques dans des meurtres non résolus. Cela ne peut être une décision calculée par quelqu’un au sommet soit la sécurité publique ou le gouvernement du Québec.
  3. La récompense: J’ai une offre à commandes d’un citoyen privé à offrir une récompense de 10 000 $ pour toute information menant à l’arrestation de la personne qui a tué ma soeur, Theresa Allore. L’agence au Québec qui administre ces transactions est Sun Life. La pêche est la Sun Life ne conclura l’accord si une force de police du Québec accepte d’être l’entité qui recevra les informations / conseils du public. La Sûreté du Québec refuse cette offre au motif que cela va créer trop de travail pour eux: le suivi des appels, pourchassant fausses pistes, etc …
  4. Dossiers non resolus / Sûreté du Québec: Je crois que le site fonctionne depuis environ trois ans. De les 20 à 30 cas de 1975-1981 un seul est affiché sur ce site: Hélène Monast. Au début, cela était compréhensible, il m’a expliqué qu’ils voulaient obtenir leur pied. Mais il a été TROIS ANS. Pourquoi ne pas avoir tous les cas? Voulez-vous résoudre des crimes ou non? Quel est le mal à avoir une représentation fidèle des meurtres non résolus au Québec? Pour cette question, ce qui détermine si une affaire peut être affiché sur leur site?

Il faut répondre à ces questions si nous voulons rétablir la confiance dans les capacités d’enquête de la police du Québec.

Je ne l’ai jamais vu le travail de la police si difficile de ne pas résoudre des crimes.

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Cédrika Provencher: Nos pires craintes

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Pour cours de la dernière décennie-près vous pourriez ne pas être dans la province de Québec et pas eu connaissance de l’histoire, ou au moins la face, de Cédrika Provencher. La jeune fille de 9 ans a disparu le 31 Juillet 2007, près de son domicile à Trois-Rivières. Ses parents – principalement son père, Martin – étaient dans les nouvelles demandant régulièrement le public pour obtenir des réponses. Cédrika est devenu – littéralement – une affiche-enfant perdue innocence et la peur. Elle était / est ce que Maura Murray est au New Hampshire, ce Brianna Maitland est au Vermont, ce que Alison Parrot a été pendant plus d’une décennie à la ville de Toronto.

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À l’automne de 2007, je me suis rendu à Québec pour une réunion avec le ministre de la Sécurité publique. Je pris cette photo de Cédrika long de l’allée des artistes au face de la Château Frontenac. Il aurait pu être prise n’importe où: la ville était jonché de ces avis.

Maintenant vient les nouvelles que les restes trouvés hier par des passants dans les bois sur le bord de l’autoroute 40 à St-Maurice, près de Trois-Rivières, sont ceux de la jeune fille. Je ne vis pas actuellement au Québec, mais je peux vous dire, sans un pouce de doute que la province a le cœur brisé.

Au fil des ans J’y ai pensé ce cas, mais pas profondément. Je dois avouer que tant de ressources ont été lancées sur ce cas que Cédrika ne semble pas avoir besoin de mon aide. Dans le début Pierre Boisvenu et AFPAD se sont battus pour l’utiliser comme justification de la Sûreté du Québec pour engager une équipe spécifiquement dédiée aux personnes disparues dans les premières 48 heures de disparition. Je sais que la Sûreté du Québec a pris l’affaire au sérieux parce que souvent je ne pouvais pas faire avancer les choses sur le cas de Thérèse, parce que la SQ était de doubler vers le bas sur Cédrika. Pour la petite histoire, je devais pas de problème avec cela. Je l’ai toujours cru que les ressources de la sécurité publique doivent être utilisés pour les enquêtes en cours abord et avant tout.

Mais alors, ce cas très immédiate est devenu un cas à froid. Parfois, il a semblé perdre son foyer, avec la police chasse les suspects d’aussi loin que le Nouveau-Brunswick. Le réalisateur de documentaires, Stephen Parent a fait un pas de relier la disparition de Provencher pour les meurtres de plusieurs enfants au Québec en 1984. Je ne sais pas ce que je pensais être le résultat, mais il n’a pas été présent. Ce ne fut pas les nouvelles d’hier que les os ont été trouvés dans des bois à moins de 10 miles de l’endroit où l’enfant a disparu. Ce ne fut pas que, pour les 8 dernières années Cédrika a probablement été sous le nez de tout le monde: ce résultat semblait trop d’un cliché.

Espérons que cela va se régler dans une certaine forme de la résolution satisfaisante. À ce stade, ce que ne peut signifier la justice. La première voudront répondu à la question tout le monde est, combien de temps les os étaient là? Les restes avaient été couchés dans ces bois pour les 8 dernières années, ou étaient-ils placés là-bas récemment? Mais la question plus large – Encore une fois, malheureusement – est la suivante: qui a commis ce crime, et avait commis des crimes similaires, ils avant et après le 31 Juillet 2007?

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Mise à jour: Juillet

Photo_of_bog_3Je l’ai changé le thème de mon site. J’ai eu quelques plaintes que les messages ne sont pas datées, et il était difficile de suivre la chronologie de l’information. Certes. Il était temps de toute façon. Je travaillais avec un thème WordPress appelé “Fog” qui avait une image de Charlie Manson au point en mode de démonstration: jamais assis bien avec moi.

Quelques remarques:

1. Quelqu’un m’a lié sur une page Facebook sur les Cantons de l’Est et la réponse a été incroyable: je ne savais pas que beaucoup de gens sont venus encore à ce site pour des mises à jour sur le cas. Pourtant, il se sentait un peu intrusive. Il ya cette page avec de belles photos de paysages du Québec, et puis quelqu’un gouttes ce désordre au milieu de celui-ci. Tout comme la vie.

2. Il a été demandé – à nouveau – à envisager de prendre des photos graphiques bas de scènes de crime. Je songe, mais il est douteux que je vais le faire. Ils servent là le point. Ces choses sont réelles, terrifiant et inconfortable. Si quelqu’un ne plaît pas, alors ne venez pas à mon site.

3. Je suis correspondu avec un étudiant à Bishops University. Il est un étudiant en criminologie, (un nouveau programme pour l’école) et  il veut travailler avec moi. Toujours bon d’avoir “boots on the ground”. On verra.

4. m’a approché pour faire partie d’une sorte de mémorial pour assassiner les victimes qui seraient érigées à Montréal. Je refusai. Il est tout simplement pas mon style. Je dois un nom sur un monument: on appelle ça une tombstone. Déjà assez. Résoudre le crime; ce sera le témoignage de la tragédie.

5. Je suis également été approché pour faire partie d’un groupe appelant à une enquête publique sur ces crimes. Je suis tiède, mais pourrais être convaincu. Une enquête comme celle aurait besoin d’avoir des objectifs et des résultats très spécifiques. Si l’un des résultats est augmenté les ressources pour résoudre ces crimes, Comment est-ce juste? Donc, nous allons augmenter les impôts des contribuables actuels pour résoudre vieux de 30 ans crimes pour lesquels ils portaient aucune responsabilité? Quelle priorité actuelle va être sacrifié pour atteindre ces nouveaux et anciens priorités? Enfin, montrez-moi une enquête publique du Québec qui a réalisé ce qu’il a entrepris de faire: Poitras? Charbonneau? La réponse est, “none”. Vous pouvez rechercher ce site pour le «pourquoi», je suis trop paresseux pour faire les liens.

6. Il est toujours agréable de revenir à la maison à 11 h le samedi soir et obtenir un message des Priors demandant des copies des rapports d’autopsie. Pas vraiment: ce que nous faisons! (Just messin’ with you, Doreen, je vais leur envoyer ce matin).

7. Quels sont la Sûreté du Québec jusqu’à? Eh bien plusieurs choses, mais en voici une. Ils envisagent sérieusement un suspect. Sur leur propre, je ne l’ai pas amener le suspect à leur attention. Voilà pourquoi je ne connais pas les détails. Il est bon dans le sens que la police d’être pro-active. Le cas de Thérèse ne siège pas dans une boîte sur un plancher au 1701, rue Parthenais (en fait, il l’est); ils font des choses. Mais parce qu’ils font les choses, je ne connais pas les détails.

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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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Biker War 1974 – Les Gitans v. Les Atomes

Wild West Indeed

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I found the following article while doing some research on sociology and gang culture in the 1970s. This is from The Gazette in 1974. It’s the front page, but not above the fold. The headline was a photograph of a band member slipping on ice during Montreal’s annual St Patrick’s Day parade.  Apparently that was more interesting than open warfare in the streets of Sherbrooke. 

I am sort of astounded by the level of persistence and violence described. Not only did a fight break out with guns and baseball bats, the melee persisted down the main streets of town, and even into the local hospital.  You hear that there were several biker gang wars in Quebec, but we tend to focus on the events related to the Nomads and Rock Machine in the late 1990s. Most of the details of early altercations are lost. Here’s the full article from 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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