Jocelyne Houle – April 17, 1977

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Jocelyne Houle

24-year-old Jocelyn Houle was a nursing student from Chicoutimi, Quebec. The 5’2″, 100 lbs young woman traveled to Montreal with a group of fellow students to study respiratory therapy for three weeks at The Institute of Cardiology in the city’s Rosemont district.

IMG_0378During her stay Houle was living at a boarding house, The Jeanne Mance Institute at 6675 44e avenue. Wednesday evening, April 13th Houle decides to join seven of her fellow students for a night on the town. They have dinner at The Barnsider which was at 2250 rue Guy. After dinner they decide to go to the Old Munich at Saint Denis and Dorchester (now boule Rene Levesque).  They arrive at 11:30 pm. They drink, they dance, they stay until closing. They leave the club together around 1:30 am with the intention of moving the party up the street to La Caleche on Saint Catherines, just west of Saint Denis (I believe this was – and still is – La Caleche du Sexe, a strip club still in existence to this day). Jocelyne Houle, who was walking apart from the group with two men, never arrived.

Houle disappears

IMG_0376When they arrive at La Caleche the friends discover Houle isn’t there. They go back to the The Old Munich, but Jocelyne isn’t there either. They then decide that Houle must have gone back to the boarding house. Later when they get home, Houle isn’t at the boarding house. Houle is absent from her classes at the Institute of Cardiology on Thursday and Friday  April 14 and 15th. She doesn’t return to her parent’s home in Chicoutimi at the end of the week.

Discovery of the body

On Sunday, April 17th Houle’s body is discovered about an hour north of Montreal near Saint Calixte. She is found off a gravel road, Rang 5 about 8 feet in from the road lying face down in a few inches of water. Houle is found half-naked and badly beaten about the face and head. Her purse is lying next to her.


IMG_0389First to arrive on the scene at 11:00 am  are P Renaud of the Saint Jerome Surete du Quebec, and Reynald Vincent of the SQ in Rawdon. They are soon joined by Raymond Girard, Victor Judd, Gilles Vachon, Fernand Yelle and Normand Vien of the Surete du Quebec in Montreal. Yelle and Vien both worked the O’Brien / Fisher murders in 1974 and 1975 in Chateauguay.

MEDICALThe coroner on the scene is Rene Raymond. The body is taken to Montreal and the autopsy to performed by Andre Lauzon at the SQ Parthenais headquarters. The autopsy confirms that Houle was beaten to death. She had a fractured jaw, and many facial injuries caused by “kicks or punches”.  Houle had been raped, possibly my several persons. Houle was still wearing some of her clothing, including her bra, which was torn. Investigators conclude that Houle was not killed at the Saint Calixte location, only dumped there.

Analysis

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The above image is the full page from Allo Police, May 1, 1977 (it looks a little funny because I had to splice the top and bottom together).

Initially, the Surete du Quebec and the media focused all their attention on a possible connection between the Houle murder and the death of Louis Camirand. There reasoning appears to be this:

  1. Camirand was murdered three weeks earlier.
  2. Both Camirand and Houle were found in remote wooded areas.
  3. Both victims were raped.
  4. Both victims were in their 20s.

Linking Houle and Camirand was also a matter of convenience: both cases were assigned to the Surete du Quebec.

The media also seemed to fixate on the fact that both victims were engaged to be married: Tragic, but hardly evidentiary (I don’t think we’re chasing the “Engagement Killer”).

When you think of it, given what was known at the time, the Surete du Quebec was really linking the wrong cases:

  1. Camirand was found almost completely naked, Houle was partially clothed.
  2. Houle was badly beaten about the face and head, Camirand did not appear to be touched around the head area.

Here is the front page of Allo police on May 1, 1977:

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Look familiar? It should. It is practically identical to the Sharron Prior crime scene. Here is Photo Police April 17, 1975:

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  1. Prior and Houle both have their socks and shoes left on.
  2. Prior and Houle are both beaten about the face.
  3. Prior and Houle both disappear from the island of Montreal and are dumped off the inland in Longueuil and Saint Calixte.

Finally, the clue to the fact that the police were looking at the wrong crime lies in the page above showing the picture of Houle next to the photo of Camirand with her fiancee. The picture the Surete du Quebec should have been focused on is the one below Houle of the unidentified victim (read more about her here) who was found wrapped in a blanket on chemin du Lac in Longueuil, the very street where Sharron Prior’s body had been discarded two years earlier almost to the date that Unidentified was found (Prior was found April 1st 1975,  Unidentified was found April 2nd, 1977).

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I would even suggest the Surete du Quebec might have forgotten about the Prior case after 2 years, because it was not part of their unsolved portfolio. The Prior file was in the portfolio of the Longeueil Police.

There is even evidence to suggest linking Houle to other similar cases in the East End area of Montreal that occurred later. In the cases of Lison Blais and Denise Bazinet we have a profile of the victims out late at night in the club scene of Saint Denis (Partying) before disappearing and eventually being found murdered. This is in fact what Houle was doing with her friends at the Old Munich. So is there a profile here of a perpetrator who was stalking victims in bars?

Eventually, we shall see  – as more cases are added on – Prior again becomes part of the picture, but at this early stage of investigation the SQ lost valuable time by focusing on the wrong cases.

One final thought.

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Saint Calixte is quite a distance from Montreal. It is the farthest away any of these victims were dumped.  

I can’t quite understand what would have brought the perpetrators from downtown Montreal all the way north to Saint Calixte. Though I do note that Saint-Anne-des-Plaines is along the way, home to the infamous Archambault prison (at the time, a maximum security facility)

It’s a puzzle.

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Lise Choquette – April 22, 1975

Lise Choquette

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

Autopsy

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

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

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Louis Camirand (preview)

Camirand is found
I’m going to post this quote in full from Allo Police because I find it so pathetic and funny:

Murder or Suicide?

“That is the question that the Surete du Quebec’s “Crimes Contre La Personne” of Montreal are asking after the discovery at 10:20 am on the morning of Friday the 25th of March of a frozen body of a young woman”

Really??!! That is the question the Surete du Quebec was asking?

Camirand article French April 3 1977

Camirand was found butt-naked in the snow, her clothing next to her body, with a bootlace around her neck. And there was speculation of suicide??
FYI: That’s Roch Gaudreault, head of the investigation in the center of the picture frame. He would go on (not) to solve the murders of Manon Dube and Theresa Allore.
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Norma O’Brien, Debbie Fisher and the “Chateauguay Killer” (Part 1)

IMG_0447Norma O’Brien and Debbie Fisher were two young girls who went missing in the town of Chateauguay, a community off the island of Montreal known as “The South Shore”. The incidents happened one year apart in 1974 and 1975. In each case the girls were missing for a very short period – approximately 24 hours – before their bodies were found. This is a case where the assailant was actually caught and convicted, but as we will see the outcome was less than satisfactory, and has led to many questions to this very day.

Because the incidents occurred during new moon or full moon cycles, the press dubbed the perpetrator,  Le Maniaque Pleine Lune or Full Moon Killer.

I don’t care a whole lot about moon theory and criminal behavior. It very de rigueur in the early 1970s.  Many believed The Zodiac – or “Sam” as he liked to be called – who was active in the late 60s early 70s, to be a moon phase killer. Later on in the 1970s David Berkowitz – or the “Son of Sam”  – reputedly killed 5 of his 8 victims during a full moon.  It wasn’t just a matter of people getting up to all sorts of mischief under a full moon influence, common lore said that if you did the profile right you could  predict when a murderer might kill again. We see this cliche play out in dozens of films. There must be at least one Dirty Harry movie where Callahan is in a race against time before the moon starts waxing full.

The Quebec press was crazy for moon murders in the 1970s. Here’s an insert from Allo Police, June 1978:

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It basically says the following: Lison Blais was murdered June 4th in Montreal. Soon after a taxi driver in Rimouski was killed. A man who disappeared the previous September was found attached to a cinder block in the Ottawa river. In an apparent crime of passion, a secretary died in Montreal. Some guy at a restaurant was shot in the head. A prisoner was stabbed 120 times. A biker was beaten to death in Trois Rivieres. What do these seven murders have in common? The previous weekend was a full moon!

All of this is very poetic, but not very true. Debbie Fisher did indeed disappear during a Full Moon, June 23, 1975. However, Norma O’Brien disappeared July 9, 1974 – a large moon, but waning with about 80% visibility.

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Police displaying their superior evidence handling technique.

 

 

 

Connecting two points on a map isn’t correlation or causation, it’s just dots.

Norma O’Brien

IMG_043812-year-old Norma O’Brien went missing on Tuesday evening, July 9, 1974. She left her home at 94 Rue Lucerne in the evening to play water polo at the Seignory Park Pool on Saint Francis Boulevard. When she arrived she discovered the pool was closed for repairs. She decided to walk home. It was about 8:30 pm. She was reported missing that evening. The family insisted that Norma was not a runaway.

Chateauguay Park Pool 1974

Chateauguay Park Pool 1974

The following day around 3:45 pm her naked body was discovered in a field close to the pool, about 1,500 feet from the road, by Charles Baranowsky, the manager at the Seignory pool. On seeing the body Baranowsky put his hands to his head and cried, “Non, non, non!”.

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At the crime scene were Chateauguay Police Chief Roger Gagnon and detectives Ferdinand Yelle, Agent Picard, Michel Lajoie and Jean-Jacques Gauthier. Also present were Surete du Quebec inspectors from Montreal, Claude Chabot, Daniel Duchesne, Yvon Fauchon, and Gaston Rioux.  O’Brien was found on her back. She had been beaten. She was raped. The cause of death was asphyxiation, most likely caused by her hair brush which was shoved down her throat. Police used scythes to search the area where the body was found but no evidence was recovered that would lead to a suspect. The case went cold.

Debbie Fisher

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Less than a year later – Jean Baptiste Day weekend 1975 – 14-year-old Debbie Fisher is coming home from her Uncle’s house at 6 rue Saint Luc. It is about 6:30 pm on Monday, June 23, 1975. She is on a red bicycle with a banana seat. Her home at 167 rue Viau is about 10 minutes away.  She never makes it home.

IMG_0424Given the location of disappearance, about 10 minutes from where Norma O’Brien was found, police immediately put a helicopter in the air hoping to find Fisher quickly, possibly in the same field off Boule Saint Francis. Fisher is found the day after her disappearance, Tuesday, June 24th by three neighbors of the Fishers who decide to search the surrounding wooded area for the young girl.  Fisher is discovered in an abandoned car in woods off rue Brisebois.  Police on the scene are Pierre Laroue, Corporal Cyr, and as with the O’Brien case, inspectors from the SQ in Montreal (Yvon Fauchon, Normand Vien, Daniel Duchesne, Gaston Rioux, Louis De Fransisco).  Fisher is found naked, but not sexually assaulted. She died from being beaten on the head with a rock.

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Chateauguay Crime Map

 

With the immediate discovery of the body police catch a lucky break. A man driving a 1970s Buick remembers almost hitting a kid driving a yellow Moped (motocyclette) near the woods where Fisher was discovered on Monday, June 23rd, 1975

Arrest of the “Chateauguay Killer”

IMG_0446Police arrest an 18-year-old man who we will refer to as, MX. At the time of the murders he was 16 and then 17. On July 15th he confessed to the murder of Debbie Fisher. He was tried as a minor, convicted and found guilty on March 21st, 1977. Because he was a minor, a publication ban was put in place barring anyone from printing his name.

IMG_0469Although 40 years have past and I feel somewhat protected down here in the States, I really do not wish to test the zeal of the Canadian criminal courts, hence the name, MX. However, anyone who would like to know his identity need only go to Coolopolis’s post on the Chateauguay Killer, and read the comments. I’m not necessarily saying he’s named there, I’m saying there’s some good information from folks who had first hand experience at that time.

And if you read the comments you will also find a lot of misinformation and rumors that have persisted these past 40 years. Some of that I would like to clear up right now:

  • MX was not the Mayor’s son. The Mayor was Joseph Laberge. MX’s father’s name was Jean Claude. I don’t know how this became an urban myth but it’s not without precedent. In Theresa Allore’s case one of the first whisperings was, “the Mayor’s son did it”, perhaps coming from the fear that power can operate above the law.
  • The yellow Moped was only a factor in the Fisher case, not the O’Brien case. MX had a 1975 model Moped. In ’74 he was still riding a bike.  Where Fisher lived some distance from MX, O’Brien and MX were practically neighbors. MX lived at 249 rue Mountain, about a 10 minute walk, or 4 minute bike ride from 94 Place Lacerne.
  • I am not MX. Just because I know a lot, that doesn’t make me the murderer. I feel sorry for the French guy over on the Coolopolis thread who offered a lot of information. Immediately readers started accusing him of being MX.  The French guy knew the best information because French papers like Allo Police had the best information. Don’t knock a guy for doing his research.
  • And concerning research: MX didn’t rape Fisher, but that was certainly his intention. How do I know? Because I have a copy of his confession. How do I have that you ask? Here’s a tip: When you make public records request you mainly get the information you are requesting. But occasionally additional stuff gets dropped in the file. Someone from the Surete du Quebec accidentally dropped the confession in with some other documents. It’s like a little Easter Egg. Here’s what his confession tells us:
car where Debbie Fisher was found

car where Debbie Fisher was found

MX was coming home from work on his Moped. It was about 6:30 pm. He sees her around rue Saint Luc riding her red bike with the banana seat. She is carrying a bag with a container of milk in it. He passes her. He says “hi”, she says “hi”. He then rides ahead, stashes his Moped in the bushes, sits down on the curb and pretends to cry. When she sees him crying she stops. He says, “Come here a minute”. She does. He grabs her and begins groping her. He tosses the milk in the field. He hits her on the head with a rock. Then he hides her bike in the bushes by a tree. She is unconscious. He has his pants off. He tries to have sex with her but, for reasons I won’t go into, he can’t. Finally he hits her on the head with all his strength with the rock. He stashes the body in an abandoned car. He rides away on his Moped, almost hitting a 1970 Buick.

 At the time he was dating a young woman named Murielle. He had never seen Fisher before. He claimed to have never had sex before, and this is why he attacked Fisher (We know this to be a lie).

  • Finally, Did MX have access to Montreal? This is an unanswered question that has frequently come up in relation to the Sharon Prior murder, particularly due to the similarities between the O’Brien and Prior crime scenes (the level of violence). In fact, an early article on the Prior case references the question, albeit indirectly:

Police are considering the possibility of a link between the Prior slaying and the slaying of Norma O’Brien in Chateauguay last summer.

How possible could it have been that MX road his little Moped into Montreal? As improbable as it may seem, the answer is, he did it repeatedly, and into Lachine no less, which is very near Pointe Saint-Charles, where Sharron Prior disappeared.

Do I think MX murdered Sharron Prior? No. But I will save my reasons for Part 2.

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Sharron Prior and the “Chateauguay Killer” (Part 2)

I grew up on the island of Montreal in a neighborhood very similar to Chateauguay. New suburbs right on the frontier of development. Mixed neighborhoods, French and English. Pierrefonds was bound by Riviere du Prairies to the north and to the west, and highways to the east and to the south. We would venture out on our bikes and explore areas like Roxboro and Dollard Des Ormeaux. The worst thing I ever saw was a dead dog. In something right out of a Stephen King novel a bunch of us heard there was a dead dog next to the rail tracks down in Roxboro. One Saturday we all set out on foot on those tracks. I remember it took forever and eventually we saw it, resting far down an embankment. Its eye was oozing yellow puss. The whole thing left me feeling sad and empty.

We would hear rumors of kids getting kidnapped or killed, but it was all school yard talk. I never heard of a Chateauguay killer. Though I knew Chateauguay and Laval and Longueuil were to the south and north and east, I had never been there. I would occasionally take the train into downtown, but I never left the island of Montreal unless it was on a vacation with my parents. I suppose my parents knew about these things because they read the newspapers. My dad probably knew about Sharon Prior because he worked in Lachine. I didn’t read papers. The only books I took out of the library were about UFOs, Bigfoot or the Loch Ness monster.

Sharron Prior

 

Sharon Prior

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The murder of 16-year-old Sharron Prior happened after the July 9th, 1974 murder of 12-year-old Norma O’Brien, and a little before the June 23, 1975 murder of 14-year-old Debbie Fisher. In an erie twist of fate, Sharron Prior had been following the O’Brien case in the newspapers (If you’re reading this cold, you may want to go back to Part 1 of this piece which is all about O’Brien and Fisher).

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445 Congregation today

 

Sharron disappeared on Saturday evening, March 29th, 1975. She had been at her home at 445 Congregation street in Pointe Saint Charles with friends and family when she decided to go out to meet friends (including her boyfriend) at a local pizza parlor. She left her house around 7:30 pm. She leaves behind her bus pass and money, and declines the offer of a friend to accompany her. Her destination is 5 blocks away, Marina’s Pizza at 2050 Wellington street at the corner of Avenue Ash. She never made it to her destination.

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2050 Wellington street, the site of Marina’s pizza

 

During the initial phase of the disappearance the case falls under the jurisdiction of the Montreal Police, the MUC (Montreal Urban Community). When the body is found off the island of Montreal in Longueuil, the case quickly transfers to the Longueuil police. To the best of my knowledge, Quebec’s provincial police, the Surete du Quebec are never involved.

Discovery of Sharron Prior

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Prior crime scene

Prior’s body was found just three days later, April 1st, 1975. Prior was found in a field at Chemin du Lac and Guimond blvd. in Longueuil by Jacques Bertrand, a beekeeper. Bertrand, who kept bees on the property, had been told to go check the lock on the gate, someone had observed that it was open.

The first investigators to process the scene were Jean Brais and Guy Alarie, wtih Constable J Leo Gagnon providing a crime scene map. Other investigators to work the case were Pierre Lambert, Louis Lasurre, Raymond Trotier, Pierre Robidas and Pierre Robidoux. The Longueuil police who would continue investigations into the next century were Renault Lacomb, Pierre Robidoux and Jacques Dutrisac. 

Prior had been badly beaten. She had choke marks on her neck. She had choked on her blood. Her nose was broken. The assailant had crushed her chest with his knee. 

Prior was dressed in her suede coat, sweater, shoes and socks. Her pants were about 6 feet away from the body. Her underwear was hanging from a tree. A branch was clutched in her hand. There was blood and branches in her hair. A man’s shirt was found at the scene, detectives concluded that this was used to bind her. A receipt was found at the scene with Sharon’s name on it. A tire mark was observed along with a footprint of a man thought to have weighed about 200 lbs. It was concluded that the loose items were thrown from the window of a vehicle.

The autopsy was performed by Jean Hould. Longueuil police Renault Lacomb and Jacques Dutrisac were both present at the autopsy. Among other things the autopsy concluded:

  1. Sharron Prior had been raped.
  2. the blows to her head were most likely caused by a pointed instrument, maybe a ring.
  3. The partially chewed tape found in her hair meant that Prior was most likely gagged.
  4. Sharon most likely died Tuesday afternoon which would mean she was held captive from Saturday evening through Tuesday morning.

Aftermath

Early on Investigators focused on Frank Daly (aka Gerry Moore) as a suspect. Daly managed Marina’s Pizza.  Persons interviewed in relation to Daly were Ronnie McQuire, Richard Cassive, Maie Anne and Dolores Boucher, the owners of Marina’s Nick and Marina Chionidis, Claude Laporte, John Beaubien, Audry Payne, Anne Benoit, Caroline Smith and Harold Regan. 

Police also interviewed the co-owners of the Longueuil property, Jacques Bertrand and Roger Augry, as well as Raymond Amont who owned adjacent property.  Police interviewed Prior’s boyfriend John McAleer, as well as friends Bryan Victor Morneau, Margaret Neil, Laury Derick and Debbie Cote.

Other initial police suspects included Daniel De Courval, Gerard Jubinville, Laurie Kenneth and Normand Hunt.

Police agents interviewed included Andre Charette, Bertrand Audet, Jacques St Mars (SPCUM), Agent Faucher of SCU St. Hyacinthe, and Sgt Detective Tetrault of Laval.

Other Factors

Sharron Prior and the Chateauguay Killer

We’re going to now circle back to my original trajectory, Sharron Prior and any link to the Chateauguay Killer.

As you can see, there are some similarities between the cases of Sharron Prior and Norma O’Brien. To summarize:

  1. They died roughly 9 months apart, and in a fairly close vicinity. Prior on the Island of Montreal / Longueuil; either about a 30 minute drive from  O’brien / Chateauguay.
  2. Both were adolescent girls: O’Brien 12, Prior 16.
  3. Both were raped, savagely beaten, and choked to death in a brutal manner.
  4. As late as 2010 some were still probing a connection between O’Brien and Prior (rather sloppily I might add).

So the question comes up, did the Chateauguay Killer (who we’ve dubbed MX), ever have cause to be in the vicinity of Sharron Prior?

The answer is yes.  According to his confession, in June of 1975, MX was working at Record Tools, Ltd. an 5110 Fairway Ave. in Lachine, Quebec.  His confession reads, 

“The 23 of June 1975… I took my motorbike to go to Lachine, Record Tools, Ltd. in 5110 Fairway Ave, where I work.”

Before anyone gets too excited with this piece of information, there are several obstacles in considering MX as a serious suspect in the Sharron Prior murder:

  1. 5110 Fairway avenue is still a twenty minute drive to Pointe Saint Charles.
  2. That drive would have been made in the winter in late March 1975. You can see from the photos there is still snow on the ground.
  3. The drive would have been made on a Moped. I think everyone would agree that the assailant in the Prior case wasn’t driving a Moped. 
  4. The level of violence inflicted on Norma O’Brien is very formidable for a then 16-year-old, but MX doesn’t quite fit the Prior profile. Simply put: he is too young, too skinny, and he doesn’t wear and jewelry that could cause the damage borne out by the Prior autopsy (remember the reference to the ring).

Here’s MX from the waist down (in the middle):

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Contrasted with his beefy companions, MX doesn’t have any rings. 

So hopefully this lays to rest any further questions of a connection between the Chateauguay Killer and Sharron Prior.

There is however one troubling piece of information concerning MX and another unsolved murder that needs mentioning. Record Tools, LTD where MX worked is about a 10 minute drive from 890 Lindsay street, where the body of 12-year-old Tammy Leaky was found strangled in 1981.

So where was MX in 1981? Not sure. According to sources who I trust he served very little time for the O’Brien / Fisher murders, and in a minimum security facility. Lot’s of access to day-passes. It’s very conceivable he was let out by 1981.

I’m sure some of you may think, surely after all this time the police would have looked into this? I wouldn’t be too confident. Remember what I said in an earlier post about too much accountability leading to lapses in responsibility. There was already a crowded field in these cases with the Surete du Quebec, Chateauguay, Montreal and Longueuil police all having some involvement. Also remember the lesson of the Quebec Police Commission’s inquiry into Ursula Schulze: no one pursued the victim because everyone assumed someone else was taking care of it.

 

And where is the Chateauguay Killer today? He lives and works in the Montreal area.

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Postscript: The night before Sharon Prior disappeared, March 28th, 1975, was a full moon.

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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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Alice Pare / Cédrika Provencher: What’s Past is Prologue

 

Or – less eloquently – Quebec Police: You can’t fix Stupid.

We’re going to go back to some very old cases and see just how little the Quebec police have learned over the last 40 years. We’ll look at the 1971 murder of Alice Pare, then the 1972 murder of Ursula Schulze to shed some light on more recent cases. I am less interested in linking these murders to cases I’ve recently been discussing. I think they serve a greater point in demonstrating the lack of growth in Quebec criminal investigation in the past 40 years.

2015 was quite a year for law enforcement in the United States with questions of accountability and transparency in places like Baltimore and Chicago and Ferguson. There is no reason why this wave shouldn’t transfer itself north of the border to Quebec, not forgetting Fredy Villanueva who’s death trailblazed and foreshadowed  events of last year.

So let’s ride that wave.  First some background:

Alice  Pare

IMG_0317Pare was 14 when she disappeared walking home from a music lesson in Drummondville, Quebec on February 17, 1971. Around 5:30 pm that evening she left the Pavillion de Musique at 466 rue Saint Jean and crossed the street with the intention of using a phone booth to call her mother to pick her up, but she thought better of it and decided to walk the 1/2 mile home to her parents’ at 667 boulevard Mercure.

Pare was missing for 68 days. SQ investigators Aime Allard, M Saint Cyr, and M Bibeau were in charge of the “missing persons” investigation. But while the police were no doubt fumbling around looking for a runaway, the family got it right. Within two weeks of her disappearance her parents were convinced she had been abducted and that her body would be found in the snow.

They were right.

On the morning of April 26, 1971 Three workers (Andre Camirand, Yvon Lampron, Lucien Paquin)  from the farm of Alphege Leclerc on the 3e rang de Sainte-Clothilde de Horton, near Victoriaville, spotted a pair of white boots in a field about 60 feet from the gravel road. When they got closer they discovered the clothed body of Alice Pare lying under a tree.

Called to the scene were detectives Fernand Pepin, Andre Cerutti, Denis Via, Marcel Vigneault, Andre Menard of the Victoriaville Surete du Quebec, and Jacques Gaboury  detached from the SQ headquarters in Montreal. Also on the scene was Dr. Jean-Paul Valcourt of the SQ’s Montreal Laboratoire  Médecine Légale.

Left to right: Jacques Gaboury, Andre Menard , Marcel Vigneault, et Andre Cerutti,

Left to right: Jacques Gaboury, Andre Menard , Marcel Vigneault, et Andre Cerutti,

 

Alice Pare was found fully clothed in her school uniform, her white winter coat had been removed and was near the body. She had been strangled. There was no evidence of sexual assault. Missing was her musical instrument from the day she disappeared, a flute in a black case. The flute was recovered 3 days later next to route 20 between Sainte Clothilde and Saint Albert, about a 10 minute drive from where the body was found.

The case was eventually handed over to Normand Bergeron of SQ Victoriaville, but very little information came forward in the aftermath. Someone claimed they saw Pare getting into a vehicle, a 1970s two door Chevrolet the evening of her disappearance.

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Jump forward to October 28, 1975. Allo Police publishes an article that basically states that the police are fishing for information (“the police learned of certain persons who know the identity of the assassin”). By now the case has been moved to the SQ in Trois Rivieres (if you are counting that  is at least three jurisdictions touching the case) and is now under the command of Raymond Hebert. Hebert expresses the all too familiar SQ refrain that he felt certain that someone would come forward after all these years, but no one ever did. However he believes that things are moving rapidly now. He is certain it will be resolved.

To my knowledge, the case was never solved.

It is curious that the police waited so long to follow up on the case. Why 1975? Perhaps they were getting nervous. Just that Spring 16-year-old Sharon Prior was found brutally murdered in Longeueil. The crime scenes were not dissimilar. Did they sense they were on the brink of something out of control?

Other Factors

Alice Pare came from a very prominent legal family in Quebec.  Her grandfather Joseph Marier was a judge. Her uncle Marcel Marier was a Montreal municipal court judge.  Her other uncle Elphege Marier was a superiour court judge.  Her step-father Paul Chasse was a lawyer in Drummondville. With that kind of clout you’d think there might have been enough influence to bring the matter to justice. Perhaps it speaks to the disconnect between law enforcement and the court system, a dysfunction not uncommon in many places.

Now let’s jump to another case from that era. The murder or Ursula Shulze:

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19-year-old Ursula Schulz was abducted at a bus stop in broad daylight the morning of July 13, 1972 in Brossard, Quebec, which is on the South shore of Montreal very near Longueuil. The incident was witnessed by many people who watched a man force Schulze into the back seat of a car, pin her down and attack her, and then quickly drive away across the Champlain Bridge into Montreal (you can read the article here – many thanks to Dale for bringing this to my attention).

Incredibly, no police agency pursues the matter. Schulze’s body is found the next day. She had been strangled.

An inquiry is called. The following year the Quebec Police Commission, who had oversight of all police forces, issues its report. While praising the efforts of on-the-ground constables the report faulted the force director Marcel Renauld and his Assistant Director Paul-Emile Blain for “”learning nothing” from the incident and failing to instruct force members on how to handle major crimes.”. The report goes on to say, “…the “off-hand” manner of force superiors, coupled with the ignorance of force members on procedures and how to use regional communications system, severely hampered the investigation.”

Hold on. It gets better. In fact, I think I need to quote the whole thing:

“…[the duty officer at the time] did not order roadblocks or inform Quebec Provincial Police (QPP) (recall that in that era the QPP were the Surete du Quebec) because this was not “standard practice” in fact, there were no directives on what standard practice was in such a case.

Other duty officers said they did not know that QPP headquarters was not cut in on the regional network used by municipal forces and thought “somebody else” had informed the QPP directly.

… The QPP were informed of the kidnapping 18 hours after it occurred.

Blain and the officer in charge of criminal investigations, spent the day investigating a report of a robbery by four prison escapees which he told the commission he judged the more serious of the cases.

Both he and Director Renaud thought the QPP had been informed of the kidnapping and were investigating it.

The girl’s father testified that when he visited police headquarters the day of the kidnapping, he was told by Director Renaud that the criminal investigation branch had no time to investigate the kidnapping because they were occupied “with more important matters.””

I know. What a fuck up, right?

Ready for the punchline? Despite the lack of communication. Despite the QPP not being informed. The QPP beat Renaud, Blain and the rest of the Brossard force to the crime scene.

So what was the outcome?

Well I can tell you that shortly thereafter there was a wave of consolidation of regional Quebec forces. Most, like Lennoxville and Coaticook, got swallowed up under the umbrella of the Surete du Quebec. Brossard was merged with the Longeueil police: You need only talk to the family of Sharon Prior to understand their special brand of dysfunction.

Quite seriously, lack of communication very clearly was the issue, especially in the initial phases of a missing persons investigation. One would have hoped the Quebec Police Commission would have made recommendations to address this failure.

So did they? Apparently not. As I am sure you are by now all aware this case (and that of Alice Pare) sounds very familiar.

Let’s jump forward to July 31st, 2007. 9-year-old Cédrika Provencher disappears one afternoon from her neighborhood in Trois Rivieres, and while the police merely declare that she is “missing”, the media believe she has been kidnapped. Despite reports that Cédrika was seen with a man searching for his lost dog, despite overwhelming evidence that she had been abducted, over a week later, on  August 8th, the Sûreté du Québec issued a wanted notice for Cédrika, suggesting that she had voluntarily run away.

36 years after Alice Pare, 35 years after Ursula Schulze. The Quebec police had learned absolutely nothing.

In fact one of the initial outcomes of the Provencher disappearance was a concerted effort by people like Senator Pierre-Hugues Boisvenu to call on the Surete du Quebec to create a special squad to deal with missing persons in the first 48-hours of disappearance so that communication errors like this didn’t happen again.

Wait a minute. Back up. Shouldn’t that have been an outcome of the Schulze inquiry?

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Let’s look again at the Pare case.

Look I am all for redundancy, everyone needs a back-up. But in my experience too much oversight means no one is accountable or responsible for anything. How many investigators does it take for the Quebec police to solve a murder? How many investigators  were called to the Pare crime scene? I counted at least seven. Here is a photo of the body recovery from the Pare site (I will spare you the more graphic photos, I have them. Very disturbing) .  it looks like a football scrum:

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And here is a photo from the recovery site of Provencher’s remains:

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The SQ might think the public is impressed with this, but please believe, it doesn’t give me a warm-and-fuzzy. All I see is evidence being trampled and destroyed by a bunch of amateurs who don’t know a thing about criminal investigation.

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Now this is the part where someone tries to tell me I just don’t get it. I don’t get police culture. I don’t understand Quebec police culture. I just don’t get it. They are working hard. Very hard. They’ve changed. Just trust us, we’ve changed.

Did you think I was sitting idle these past 13 years? I was biding my time, raising my children. Waiting. Just hoping the Quebec police would do something right – and we all knew they would fall back on old habits – before I spoke out again.

Oh I get it, man. I’ve been working with police forces for over a decade in Alberta, British Columbia and Ontario. I got my Masters in Public Administration, with a focus on Justice Administration. I’ve read all the literature. I’ve worked with police here in Durham every day for the past 17-years. I know all about deployment, patrol, community policing, crime abatement… all of it. I help budget $50 million annually in police salaries, I get it.

And every police agency I talk to? They think the Quebec police are a laughing-stock. A complete joke. Remember that book, Criminal Investigative Failures?  For the last 2 months its been passed around the criminal investigative unit of the Durham police force. Know why?

  1. Because they actually think they could learn something from it.
  2. They can’t believe the incompetence of the Quebec police.

So I know police. Basically there are two types of police officers:

  1. Those that are dedicated and do their jobs.
  2. Those that ride the promotion gravy train, padding their pensions until retirement. Doing the least amount of work possible.

Quebec law enforcement has an overabundance of category 2. And with a powerful union that empowers and enables this behavior. We all know it. So let’s just say it.

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I want to return one final time to the Pare case. Remember when I said I wasn’t interested in linking these cases to the portfolio of cases I’ve been looking at (Allore, Camirand, Monast, etc…)?

Well maybe.

Alice Pare is definitely of interest to a case like Sharon Prior in terms of it’s proximity in time (1971 and 1975), and proximity in victim age (14 and 16). Ursula Schulze is also of interest to Prior in terms of the proximity in time (1972 and 1975), but also the proximity of location (Brossard which is adjacent to Longueuil). By the way, none of what I am disclosing is news to Yvonne Prior, the mother of Sharon Prior. She’s been tracking this for years in a paper file (which she’s shown me), she simply doesn’t have a website.

I’ve thought a lot about the Pare murder. Was this a test case by the perpetrator for things to follow? There are many similarities. 

  1. Found in wooded area: Allore, Prior, Camirand, Houle, Dorion, Dube
  2. Partially clothed (or clothing removed but close to body): Prior, Dube, Camirand, Bazinet
  3. Missing identification: Camirand, Monast, Hawkes, Blais, Allore, Basinet
  4. Identification tossed by roadside: Allore

So what is Pare’s identification? Her flute is her identification:

Flute and case, Alice Pare

Flute and case, Alice Pare

 

Think about it.  

I’ll give you an example. I have a daughter a little older than Alice Pare. She has a wallet because she has things to carry in it: Drivers license, debit card. The wallet has a little monkey on it. 

Now I also have a daughter a little younger than Alice Pare. She does not have a purse or wallet. What she does have is a saxophone and case which she carries with her every day to school. When I’m driving home if I want to distinguish her from all the other kids let out of school, I look for the sax case. It is her identification.

This is similar to Provencher and her bike. Provencher (9) is separated from her bike. The bike is found later leaning against a fire hydrant. Elizabeth Bodzy (14) and Claudette Poirier (15) are also separated from their bikes, which are found some distance from the site of disappearance or remains. And not forgetting the very practical fact that a bike is cumbersome, you don’t take it with you. It at least gives you some indication of where the victim was abducted.

Like other victims, perhaps the perpetrator separated Alice Pare from an easy means to identify her, he discarded the flute case several miles from where he disposed of the body. 

The more I think of this, I believe it has less to do with evading capture and more to do with depersonalizing the crime. Identification is symbolic and powerful.

Some things to ponder. More than the police ever offered.

 

 

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Evidence suggests connection between murders of Lison Blais and Louise Camirand

Following on my posts from last week, I’m now going to do what the Quebec police should have done for decades now. I’m going to demonstrate to you a very simple, and possible link between the murders of Lison Blais and Louise Camirand. The evidence was right there ready for the Surete du Quebec to discover, they simply never bothered to look at the information. 

I was really hoping not to have to do this. I was hoping the Surete du Quebec would make an honest effort to be accountable and transparent, but I have waited patiently for over 10 years. They have done nothing. So now I will – again – do it myself.

First some background on Lison Blais:

L BlaisBlais was found murdered the morning of June 4, 1978 a few feet from the entrance of her home where she lived with her parents at 4685 rue Christophe Colomb in Montreal. The previous evening she had been out with friends, first at a discotheque on Saint Denis, then later at the Philippe Disco Bar on Saint Laurent. She left the bar at about 3:25 am. 

Her body was found at 9:00 am that following morning. She had been struck on the head, and there were choke marks on her neck. She had been raped. The original investigators were Jean Legros and Claude Lecheppelle of Montreal’s municipal police force (MUC).

 

 

 

investigators were Jean Legros and Claude Lecheppelle of Montreal's municipal police force (MUC)

investigators Jean Legros and Claude Lecheppelle of Montreal’s municipal police force (MUC)

 

Police noted that some clothing was missing, including Lison’s black purse.

Writing in Allo Police on June 18, 1978 reporter Jacques Durand noted the similarity with other murders at that time including, Catherine Hawkes (missing purse), Louise Camirand (strangled, missing clothing), Jocelyne Houle, Johanne Dorion (Dorion and Houle were both nursing students), Helene Monast (strangled, missing items), and Lise Labadie (one of the “Plaines of Abraham” murders from 1976 in Quebec City).

(To see how all these cases interconnect, go here to the maps. When you do, you will notice that Blais lived blocks away from another possibly connected victim, Denise Bazinet)

Of particular note was Lison’s missing black purse, shown here:

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This is a police composite. You see that the sketch is white to demonstrate some definition, but the article where the drawing was published clearly states that Lison’s missing purse was black:

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And here is the statement released by police concerning the black purse:

L Blais Communiqué

Police went to some effort to find this purse, enlisting the public for help, but it was never located.

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Now I must ask to anyone who has been on this site for the last 10 years, does this purse look familiar to any of you?

It should.

It is strikingly similar to a purse that was recovered from a site that was searched in 2006, the very site where Louise Camirand’s body was discovered, March 25, 1977:

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Further recall that the search in 2006 was lead by Quebec Secours, and assisted by victim survivors and volunteers. The Surete du Quebec refused to participate in the search on the grounds that it was too much work. The purse became a major focal point in a series of articles written by Allison Hanes – then of the National Post – back in July 2006 (you can read here).  

Here is another look at the purse where you can see the broken strap:

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So maybe this is a case of, “So what? That was the style of purse all woman had in that era.”. Or maybe it is a case of, “That IS Lison Blais’ purse found at the site where Louise Camirand’s body was dumped”. The same site where hunters claimed to have found clothing matching the description of those worn by Theresa Allore the day she disappeared, November 3rd, 1978. Maybe this is a perpetrator who returns to crime scenes and dumps evidence there (recall that a garbage bag of clothing was found where Theresa Allore’s body was left, but not clothing that belonged to her).

The police have had 10 years to piece this together. They never did. How do I know? If someone was on the ball they would have contacted me the moment they connected the recovered purse to the Blais purse and asked me to send it to them for examination. No one ever did that. No doubt because of some cross jurisdiction turf-war between the Montreal police and the Quebec provincial police, the Surete du Quebec. No communication.  Whoever heard of a serial criminal respecting police boundaries? Police have squandered ten years.

So where is the black purse now? I don’t know. We sent it to a forensics lab in British Columbia because, again, the Surete du Quebec refused to process it. We had to go to a private lab, ACROSS THE COUNTRY WHO AGREED TO DO THE WORK FOR FREE, rather than go to the very agency responsible for processing evidence.

If we are extremely lucky, they may have kept it, but it has been 10 years.

Quebec Police: Please do your job.

 

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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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I’ve never seen law enforcement work so hard to NOT solve crimes

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So these are my reasons why I believe the Quebec police should be under investigation:

From the very beginning, Quebec police have taken the very passive approach of, “Let’s wait and see what happens”.  This was the approach in the very early stages of my sister’s disappearance.  The Surete du Quebec’s approach was very clearly expressed by lead investigator, Corporal Roch Gaudreault when he told my father that there was little they could do, and that Theresa’s body would probably turn up when the snow melted.

This philosophy continued 5 months later when the body was found. The Surete du Quebec tried to convince my father that Theresa’s death was a school campus matter. Something went wrong with recreational activities involving drugs, things got out of hand, mistakes were made by teenagers. Gaudreault’s words were (and I know this, because my father wrote them on a manilla envelop), “Wait. Someone will say something”.

But no one ever did.

Where have I heard this before? In fact it is the same approach of the Laval police in the 38-year-old cold case of Joanne Dorion. Here is Joanne’s sister, Lisa:

“(The Police) told us they wanted to investigate a young man who found the body of our sister because his brother had been in love with her. I found it funny, that he wanted to go this approach. I have not heard from the investigator since. He said he wanted to talk to me before he speaks to the media following the publication of the article. “

After 38 years they now want to investigate this young man?

And this:

“When we talk in the media, we are told all the time by the police that this will harm the investigation. After 38 years, I think it’s time to shake things up…”

Well this sounds very familiar. It is not uncommon. I have heard this from dozens of Quebec unsolved victims: A deliberate attempt by police to hide, confuse, obfuscate the truth.

I certainly understand the need for law enforcement to keep information highly confidential and secure. By sharing too much information they could potentially jeopardize the resolution of a case in a court of law. But too much control? These are the lessons of Chicago and Ferguson, you risk losing public trust.

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And here to my point. Look at the photo at the top of this post. It is pretty clear that the media (and by extension, the police, who in that era controlled the exploitation media) where drawing lines between cases in 1977 – 78. Connect the dots: Camirand to Houle to Dorion to Monast to Katherine Hawkes. Did the police EVER do anything to assuage public fear? Did police ever say, “yes, we’ve looked into this, there is no connection”. I have searched public record thoroughly from 1975 – 1981: I can find no evidence that the police ever did such a thing.

So were they careless in not informing the public, or were they hiding something?  I don’t know.

Flash forward to 2013. I posted on this site, Quebec 1977: Who was The Bootlace Killer?  A very deliberate attempt on my part to brand a series of approximately 20 to 30 unsolved murders of young women from this era. And let me point out that my “theory” is nothing new, it is simply a revisit of what Allo Police / Photo Police was publishing 30-plus years ago. What I expected from Quebec police was some kind of response:

“a. We have looked into these murders, numbers 13, 16, and 23 were solved decades ago.

b. We have looked into these murders, there is no connection to any of them.”

What did the public get from Quebec police? Nothing. Stone silence. You cannot help but feel that if Quebec police are not addressing the problem, then Quebec police are trying to avoid the problem.

There are other factors that support my belief that Quebec police intentionally do not want to revisit these cold cases from the late 1970s. I will list them:

  1. To this day, Quebec police refuse to look at the cases of Manon Dube, Theresa Allore, and Louise Camirand as a grouping, as a possible cluster of victims murdered by one individual. The cases are separated, they are assigned to different investigators.
  2. Destruction of Evidence: It is has been documented that physical evidence was systemically destroyed by police in the unsolved murders of Theresa Allore, Sharon Prior, Manon Dube, and Roxanne Luce… and we suspect many others. These cases cross jurisdictions, some are SQ, some are Longueuil, etc…  The point being, THIS CANNOT BE SOME SIMPLE BLUNDER. If it is, it is a catastrophic fuck-up. No police agency IN THE WORLD destroys physical evidence in unsolved murders. This can only be a calculated decision by someone at the very top of either public safety or the Quebec government.
  3. The Reward: I have a standing offer from a private citizen to offer a reward of $10,000 for information leading to the arrest of the person who murdered my sister, Theresa Allore. The agency in Quebec that administers such deals is Sun Life. The catch is Sun Life will only enter into the agreement if a Quebec police force agrees to be the entity who will receive the information / tips from the public.  The Surete du Quebec refuses this offer on the grounds that it will create too much work for them: following up on calls,  chasing down false leads, etc…
  4. The Surete du Quebec’s Cold Case Website: The site has been operating for about three years I believe. Of the 20 to 30 cases from 1975 – 1981 only one is posted on this site: Helene Monast. In the beginning this was understandable, it was explained to me that they wanted to get their footing. BUT IT’S BEEN THREE YEARS. Why not have ALL the cases? Do you want to solve crimes or don’t you? What is the harm in having a true representation of the unsolved murders in Quebec? For that matter, what determines whether a case can be posted on their site?

These questions must be answered if we are ever to rebuild trust in the Quebec police’s investigative capabilities.

Quebec Police: I’ve never seen law enforcement work so hard to NOT solve crimes.

 

 

 

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