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:

Raymond, Poupart-Leblanc, et Laplante

  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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Crime & Culture in the City of Montreal – Interview with Kristian Gravenor – WKT #6

Here’s our interview with Kristian Gravenor, author of the soon to be released MONTREAL: 375 TALES.

 This is Episode 6 of the Who Killed Theresa? podcast:

Here are links to some things we discussed including Coolopolis, Montreal Biker Gangs (including legendary figure Michael French), the Reet Jurvetson case, Sharon Prior, Norma O’brien / Debbie Fisher and the Chateauguay Full Moon Killer murders, the Montreal tabloid Allo Police:

Here’s a link to Kristian’s blog, Coolopolis, and the Chateauguay Full Moon Killer case:

Here’s a link to Coolopolis’ reporting on the Charles Manson / Reet Jurvetson case:

Satan’s Choice biker Michael French and the connection to the Sharon Prior case (French is at the bottom on the left):

The history of Allo Police / Photo Police:

Link to National Film Board of Canada documentary, Station 10:

Maurice “The Rocket” Richard:

This happened:

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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.

Marc Bellemare and victims' families

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.

 body of Theresa Allore

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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La Bande Audio de Katherine Hawkes

Katherine Hawkes-1977

Ceci est l’enregistrement audio de l’enquête Katherine Hawkes. (Pour l’ histoire complète de Katherine Hawkes cliquer ici)

Rappelons que Hawkes a été assassiné 20e Septembre 1977 a la gare Val Royal dans la région de Cartierville de Montréal. La nuit de l’assassiner son agresseur a appelé la police deux fois autour de 22h35 et a laissé les deux messages suivants:

Premier message:

«J’attaqué une femme au coin de Bois Franc et Henri Bourassa. Dans les sous bois de côté nord-ouest. Dépêchez vous-monsieur, j’ai peur pour sa vie…Merci.”

Deuxième message:

“Oui, bonjour, j’ai  bien attaqué une femme sur le coin de Henri Bourassa et Grenet … Grenet … à Ville Saint-Laurent, dans les sous-bois, de côté nord-ouest. Avez-vous bien compris? Je pense que vous avez bien compris, Monsieur. C’est le coin de Grenet et Henri Bourassa… à Ville Saint Laurent, dans les sous-bois… de côté nord-ouest. “

Opérateur: “La femme est toujours là?”

  “Merci”

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Bois Franc est le nom de la gare. Dans le second message il téléphone revenir à clarifier / être plus précis: Il est nord-ouest de Henri-Bourassa et de la rue Grenet.

Maintenant, ce que je trouve intéressant dans la voix est la suivante: A cette époque, les titres de journaux criaient au sujet d’un «Maniaque sexuel» étant sur le lâche. Une des journaux, même averti que la police doit vérifier toutes les institutions mentales locales, car de toute évidence un patient «fou» avait échappé.

Écoutez la voix. Ceci est, une personne très détaillée mesurée. J’ai envoyé l’enregistrement de la Sûreté du Québec. Marc Lepine de leur bureau Cold-Case et je parlé hier soir (il l’a apporté en fait, pas moi). “La voix est un gars très organisé”, at-il dit.

Mais le point le plus important est dans la dernière phrase du premier appel: “,Dépêchez vous-monsieur, j’ai peur pour sa vie…”

Cela signifie que Katherine Hawkes était sans aucun doute en vie lorsque l’appel a été fait.

L’autopsie indique que Hawkes est mort d’une combinaison de ses blessures et l’exposition au froid. Le battement fait vulnérable, mais l’hypothermie a tuée, et qui aurait pu être évité si la police avait réagi avec diligence au lieu de laisser Katherine Hawkes exposés aux éléments pendant toute la nuit.

Il y avait une chance de sauver Katherine Hawkes. La police a attendu 20 heures avant de répondre, et Katherine Hawkes sont morts.

Cela est sans doute la raison pour laquelle la police de Montréal ont enlevé la bande à partir de leur site web.

Background

Cette bande a été perdu pendant un certain nombre d’années. La police de Montréal (SPVM) initialement publié il demande publiquement les citoyens pour leur aide pour identifier la voix. Puis ils ont tiré à partir de leur website et il a disparu. Je suis en mesure d’obtenir à nouveau par le biais d’une source qui je ne nommerai pas. Mais je les remercie pour leur aide.

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The Katherine Hawkes Audio Tape

Katherine Hawkes-1977

This is the audio recording from the Katherine Hawkes investigation (for the complete Hawkes story, click here)

Recall that Hawkes was murdered September 20th, 1977 at the Val Royal train station in the Cartierville area of Montreal.  The night of the murder her assailant called the police twice around 10:35 pm and left the following two messages:

 

First message:

“I attacked a woman at the corner of Bois Franc and Henri Bourassa. In the bushes to the North West side. Hurry, Sir, I’m afraid she might die. Thank you.”

Second message:

“Yes, hello, I attacked a woman at the corner of Henri Bourassa and Grenet… Grenet… in Ville Saint Laurent, in the bushes, at the North West corner. Do you understand?  I think you understand well, Sir. At the corner of Grenet and Henri Bourassa. At Ville Saint Laurent, In the bushes at the North West corner.”

Operator: “The woman is still there?”

 “Thank you.”

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Bois Franc is the name of the train station. In the second message he phones back to clarify / be more specific: It’s North West of Henri-Bourassa and rue Grenet.

Now what I find interesting about the voice is this:  At that time the newspaper headlines were screaming about a “Sexual Maniaque” being on the loose. One of the newspapers even warned that police should check all the local mental institutions because obviously a “crazy” patient had escaped.

Listen to the voice. This is a very measured, detailed person. I sent the recording the Surete du Quebec. Marc Lepine of their Cold-Case bureau and I spoke about it last night (he brought it up in fact, not me). “The voice is a very organized guy”, he said.

But the most important point is in the final sentence in the first call: “Hurry sir, I’m afraid she might die”. 

This means Katherine Hawkes was no doubt alive when the call was made.

The autopsy indicates that Hawkes died from a combination of her wounds and exposure to the cold. The beating made her vulnerable, but hypothermia killed her, and that could have been avoided if the police had responded with diligence instead of leaving Katherine Hawkes exposed to the elements all night long.  

There was a chance to save Katherine Hawkes.  Police waited 20 hours before responding, and Katherine Hawkes died.

This is no doubt the reason the Montreal police removed the tape from their website.

Back Story

This tape was lost for a number of years. The Montreal Police (SPVM) originally released it publicly asking citizens for their assistance to identify the voice. Then they pulled it from their website and it disappeared. I was able to obtain it again through a source who I will not name. But I thank them for their assistance.

 

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Allo Police is ‘must reading’ – Information for cops, robbers

 

This is a reprint from a 1979 Montreal Star article. I would comment, but I believe it speaks for itself. Scroll to the bottom and there’s a second article from The Gazette:

Allo Police publisher Andre Parent in 1979

Allo Police publisher Andre Parent in 1979

 

The Montreal Star, Saturday, July 14, 1979

By Trevor Rowe

Notorious for lurid pictures and blood-drenched headlines, the weekly tabloid Allo Police has come to be regarded as Quebec’s unofficial gazette of the criminal world.

Over the years, as detailed accounts of robbers, murders and beatings have helped make it must reading among police and criminals alike, and one of the province’s most popular weeklies.

“The underworld reads it to find out what the police think and the police read it to find out what the underworld is doing” Allo Police publisher Andre Parent said during an interview in his office at 1809 Parthenais street.

Allo Police has not always been recommended reading in all quarters. In the 1960s people who either read or sold the paper were threatened with automatic excommunication by priests scandalized by its gory and sensational content.

The paper’s status in the criminal world has also produced some unexplained events for Mr. Parent. Criminals have suddenly burst into the newsroom late in the evening intent on getting the newspaper straight on a particular story.

“There have been guys come in here, hardened criminals, who just want to tell us exactly what happened” Mr. Parent said. “They walk in, it’s like they are at home, they seem to know all our names”.

“Sometimes they don’t want us to publish anything they say, they just have a need to tell their story. At other times, they want to set the record straight so there are no misunderstandings with the police and the underworld.”

“In one case there had been a triple-murder, and the guy came in and told me everything about it. He warned me not to tell anyone the details. I was scared. If any of the information ever came out he would have thought I talked”.

But Mr. Parent’s big concern these days is maintaining the paper’s popularity. “It was an overnight success. when launched in 1953, and circulation reached a high of 180,000 at one point.” Today sales hover just around the 100,000 mark.

In an effort to hold its market, the paper has changed in the past few years. It has tried to change its scandal rag image with what Mr. Parent calls a more objective approach.

These days the lurid pictures of corpses are gone. Though some headlines have retained their gory [nature].

This has not stopped the paper from producing in-depth coverage which has made it respected…

“In the 1950s, murder was a big thing because it was rare.”, he said. When Allo Police started covering criminal activity, it was denounced by the clergy and the right-wing. The disliked the macabre photos and crime stories.

“Some priests went so far as to threaten excommunication on anyone who either sold or read Allo Police. In Rimouski, a bylaw was passed forbidding the sale of Allo Police, and one man spent a few hours in jail for selling it”.

Mr Parent says the only reason the paper wasn’t closed down by then-premier Maurice Duplessis was that it projected a good image of the police.

Although the attacks from the ring-wing have subsided, Mr. Parent said they have been replaced today by criticism from left-wing political groups.

“They accuse of writing articles that incite repressive action, of creating an atmosphere of revenge against those who break the law. Others say we deny criminals the right to rehabilitation because we have pictures of them in the paper.

We are also accused of being the instrument of the police and the ruling class. This is totally false. Their only valid argument is that exposure might hamper rehabilitation, but that’s the fault of the law which allows newspapers to print this type of material.

A journalist will always stay within the limits of legality but he will try and get as much information as possible. It’s not up to him to make the laws that govern information.”

Mr Parent, a former reporter at the now-defunct daily Montreal Matin, dismisses the left-wing groups as defenders of ‘pseudo-rights’. His aim, he said, is to provide information on relevant issues to his readers.

The paper’s new approach, he said, resulted in giving top play to stories like the case of the paraplegic sent to jail for selling pencils, or that of a man erroneously convicted of murder.

The paper is still popular with police and criminals, although it is banned in certain penitentiaries, he said, but the typical readers of Allo Police today are parents worried about what is going on in the outside world and about their children.

Apart from coverage of crime, the paper offers it’s audience a large games section with crossword puzzles and quizzes. Mr Parent said the section is so popular that Allo Police gets from 30,000 to 60,000 letters a week submitting solutions to the games.

Also popular is a recently introduced pen-pal service to help prisoners communicate with people outside.

Leafing through a pile of letters, Mr. Parent picked one out and opened it. It was to be forwarded to a convict who had written to the newspaper. It was from a young woman and read:

“I am 17 years old. I am understanding and I will give all of myself just to listen to him (the convict). I will give all my friendship because I am lonely and I can tell you that you don’t have to be locked in to feel a prisoner.

I may be young for him, I I would know how to give him the moral support he needs as well as friendship.”

“I find these letters very touching.”, Mr Parent said. “The ones from the convicts are equally soft and romantic.”

“The only thing that worries me is if one of the pen-pals becomes involved with someone who is in the process of committing a criminal act or who would involve a person in one.”

But there is another thing that bothers Mr. Parent – it is that Allo Police is still considered a sensationalist paper despite its changes.

“But what is sensationalist?” he asks. “when all the newspapers carry pictures of the ABC newsman being shot in Nicaragua and the television stations carry film of the shooting nobody says anything

“But if we run a similar picture of an event that took place on St Catherine St. we are accused of sensationalism.  Where does sensationalism begin and end?”

If you ask the guy at Le Devoir, he’ll say sensationalism begins at La Presse. If you ask the guy at La Presse, they say at the Journal de Montreal. If you ask the Journal they say at Allo Police, and if you ask us we say at Midnight, and if you ask a moralist he’ll say, ‘the minute you write a headline’.”

Mr Parent said he resented the fact that whenever anyone started talking of sensationalism they instantly referred to Allo Police, even if they hadn’t read it.

For Mr. Parent, the big question now is whether Allo Police can survive in its new style without being forced back to sensationalism. The present approach, he said, is a gamble.

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And here’s the interview with Parent from The Gazette in 1978:

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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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Sharron Prior – March 29, 1975

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Some words and a prayer for Sharron Prior who died 40 years ago tomorrow, Sunday, March 29th, 1975.

This is the oldest cold-case where I share a personal relationship with the family of the victim. The Priors (Sharron’s mother and sisters) became friends a number of years ago through our shared victim experience, and we have stayed in touch for close to 10 years. I had the great privilege about 2 summers ago to have coffee with Yvonne at her lovely home in St. Charles. We kicked-the-can over these cold cases one more time, sharing our ideas and frustrations.  

Ours is a club you’d never want to join, but we survivors of tragedy are a resilient, supportive, intelligent – and above all else – humorous bunch. I had a Skype interview with a Quebec journalist last weekend. She was surprised to hear the extent to which we all stood together and communicated with each other. The Priors, Monasts, Dubes, Camirands, Allores; we stay in touch and watch out for each other. We all know a break in a cold-case for one will be a victory for all; anything to advance the cause of justice in these horrible crimes that took place in the late 1970s in Quebec.

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Authorities confirm body is U-Va. student #HannahGraham

Law Enforcement should not / and will not rush this. Matthew has already been indicted on the Fairfax County rape:  Take the time and get it right.  

From the Washington Post:

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — The body found on an abandoned property outside of this college town has been confirmed as the remains of University of Virginia sophomore Hannah Graham, a grim result that came nearly six weeks after the 18-year-old from Fairfax County went missing.

Graham was last seen in the early morning hours of Sept. 13, after she was wandering the Downtown Mall here, about a mile and half from her apartment near U-Va.’s idyllic campus. Police on Sept. 24 arrested Jesse L. Matthew Jr., 32, on charges related to Graham’s disappearance after witnesses identified him as the last person with her.

A graduate of West Potomac High School, Graham was known by friends for her vibrant smile, jovial personality and spontaneous sense of humor. She spent the last night before she went missing socializing with friends from U-Va.’s ski club.

“We are devastated by the loss of our beautiful daughter, Hannah,” her parents, John and Sue Graham, said in a statement Friday after authorities confirmed her death. “Put simply, Hannah lit up our lives, the lives of our family and the lives of her friends and others who knew her. Although we have lost our precious Hannah, the light she radiated can never be extinguished.”

Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D) expressed sympathy for the Graham family.

“Our hearts are broken by today’s news, but that will not diminish our resolve to get justice for Hannah and her family,” McAuliffe said.

Graham, who police say had been drinking, left her apartment at about midnight on Sept. 13 to meet up with friends, but she became disoriented on Charlottesville’s streets. She began walking east and soon became lost, turned around in a neighborhood where she’d only lived since classes began for the fall semester, about two weeks earlier. Realizing she was in the wrong place, she sent text messages to friends asking for someone to meet up with her.

She arrived by chance at the Downtown Mall, where she was seen walking with Matthew, who at one point had his arm around her, according to surveillance videos police have released. She disappeared shortly after 1 a.m., walking away from a downtown restaurant with Matthew, according to witnesses.

Jenna Van Dyck, 20, a senior who was close friends with Graham, said that the sophomore never meant to be in that area that night.

“What’s most frustrating is that she just got lost and crossed paths with a predator,” Van Dyck said.

A widespread search for Graham commenced in the days following, with authorities and volunteers spreading out across all corners of the city and the surrounding counties of Nelson and Albemarle.

Police on Oct. 18 announced that a Chesterfield County sheriff’s deputy had discovered human remains near a run-down house on Old Lynchburg Road, about 12 miles southwest of Charlottesville.

Hannah Graham’s parents issued a statement upon confirmation that remains found on an abandoned property last week are those of their 18-year-old daughter, who went missing Sept. 13. Read the Graham family’s statement.

“Since the discovery along Old Lynchburg Road, officers and detectives have been working around the clock to process the scene and preserve evidence,” Albemarle County police officials said in a statement Friday. “We remain committed to this investigation and will work to ensure that justice is served.”

Graham’s body was found about five miles from a hayfield where the remains of slain Virginia Tech student Morgan Harrington were discovered in 2010, 101 days after she went missing in October 2009. Two people close to the investigation have told The Washington Post that a “forensic link” between the Graham case and the Harrington investigation have been traced to Matthew’s DNA. No charges have been filed in the Harrington case.

Court records show that Matthew once lived at a home about five miles from where Graham’s body was found. Matthew has been charged with abducting Graham with the intent to sexually assault her.

Albemarle County commonwealth’s attorney Denise Lunsford said that she is exploring additional charges against Matthew. In Virginia, if a victim is killed in the course of an abduction, rape or an attempted rape, it can be charged as a capital offense, which can carry the death penalty or a mandatory life sentence upon conviction.

“We are working diligently with local law enforcement on the investigation to ensure that we make the best determination for our community and the Grahams in the pursuit of justice,” Lunsford said.

Matthew is being held without bond and is expected to be moved to Fairfax County soon to face charges related to a violent sexual assault and attempted slaying that occurred in Fairfax City in 2005. He was indicted in that case this week.

James L. Camblos III, a lawyer who is representing Matthew in the Graham case, said that Matthew’s family expressed sorrow for the Graham family.

“On behalf of the Carr family, and speaking for myself as well, the Graham family is in our thoughts and prayers in their time of bereavement,” Camblos said, referring to Matthew’s relatives. “The Carrs also asked me to say that they will continue to pray for the Grahams and the Harringtons throughout this ordeal.”

Graham’s death is casting a pall over the U-Va. campus in Charlottesville, where thousands of students, alumni and community members plan to gather for homecoming festivities this weekend.

“Hannah showed great promise as a student and as a young woman,” U-Va. president Teresa Sullivan said in a statement. “For Hannah’s young life to end so tragically, and for her destiny of promise to be left unfulfilled, is an affront to the sanctity of life and to the natural order of human events. This is a sorrowful day in the life of the University.”

Abraham Axler, 19, who serves as president of the Class of 2017, said that the ordeal has deeply affected the school. He is among a group of students preparing a memorial on campus to honor Graham.

“It’s very scary that something like this could happen in such a serene place,” said Axler, of New York. “Hannah’s disappearance represents a permanent change in consciousness about what it means to be safe in our community. The legacy of Hannah is how Virginia can be the safest campus in the country.”

Axler said that students and those in the community will be able to visit the memorial on Sunday morning. It will feature a chair constructed of skis, an homage to her passion for the winter pastime, covered with flowers.

The Grahams said that their daughter intended to pursue a career in global public health, where she could offer assistance to those in need.

“It is heartbreaking for us that she was robbed so tragically of the opportunity to fulfill her dream,” the Grahams said.

Since Graham went missing almost six weeks ago, the Grahams have lived what they described as “every parent’s worst nightmare.”

“When we started this journey together, we all hoped for a happier ending,” the Grahams said Friday. “Sadly that was not to be.”

The Grahams also noted that several young women remain missing in the greater Charlottesville area, and throughout the country, who deserve the nation’s attention.

“Although the waiting has ended for us, there are other families both in Virginia and beyond who have not been as fortunate in that their loved ones are still missing,” the Grahams said. “Please continue to hold these families in your thoughts and prayers.”

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