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:
The Gazette published an excellent piece by Paul Cherry on today’s thirtieth anniversary of the Lennoxville Purge, the date when members of Quebec’s Hells Angels assassinated 5 members of the Laval chapter of the notorious biker gang.
Members of the Laval Hells Chapter
As Cherry tells it, five members of the gang’s now defunct Laval chapter — Guy-Louis (Chop) Adam, Jean-Guy (Brutus) Geoffrion, Laurent (l’Anglais) Viau, Michel (Willie) Mayrand and Jean-Pierre Mathieu — were gunned down inside the bunker which was located at 375 Queen street in Lennoxville. Laval members were suspected of skimming drug profits intended for other Hells chapters. The bodies were dismembered and dumped in the Saint Lawrence river. Police divers located the decomposing bodies of the victims wrapped in sleeping bags and tied to weightlifting plates.
Police pull bodies from St. Lawrence
I have often been asked if I thought Theresa’s death was related to the biker gangs in Lennoxville as part of some ritualistic rape and murder. My answer is, no, I do not believe her murder is related in that way, but that still does not mean her death was not a result of meeting up with bikers at the wrong place and wrong time. I simply discount the ritualistic, gang initiation element of the theory, which seems far fetched to me.
The Lennoxville Hells Bunker 375 Queen street
Some questions and observations:
1. The earliest source of income for bikers was drugs, and drugs come from ports. So, imagine bikers from Sorel or Laval running drugs to chapters in places like Lennoxville and Sherbrooke. These drugs get distributed to high schools and colleges in the area like Alexander Galt and Champlain college, and now we have a connection in place and time between Theresa and bikers.
2. Who are the members in the Laval chapter of the Hells Angels depicted in the photo in The Gazette? It would be interesting to know who they all are, and what they are up to now.
3. When not running drugs and committing crimes what did the bikers do in The Eastern Townships? Apart from the stereotype of bikers, what was their culture?
4. In the Winter of 1978, two police informants were assassinated execution style along chemin McDonald in Lennoxville. Two locals were convicted of the crimes and served 25 years for the murders, but it was well documented that these men were falsely accused and took the fall for crimes actually committed by the Hells Angels. At one time I wrote extensively about this case on this blog, but I was threatened and all details have been wiped. The question remains, was Theresa’s disappearance and murder in anyway connected to these 1978 murders and the Quebec biker culture?
Family members of Jenique Dalcourt, arrive at a hearing for a suspect in the case at the Longueuil courthouse on Monday, Oct. 27, 2014.
What a colossal screw-up by Longueuil lawn enforcement. I can’t say I am surprised. After holding a suspect in connection with the vicious beating death of Jenique Dalcourt for two days, a Crown prosecutor made the stunning announcement on Monday that the man would be released without being charged. Seems LE got a little ahead of themselves, at the appalling expense of the victim’s family.
More from Paul Cherry of The Gazette:
The prosecutor, Sylvie Villeneuve, made the announcement to Quebec Court Judge Ellen Paré after the family of the victim, Jenique Dalcourt spent the entire day at the courthouse, for nothing.
The 26-year-old man, a resident of Longueuil who has no criminal record in Quebec’s provincial court, was arrested Saturday afternoon, four days after Dalcourt, 23, was severely beaten, on Oct. 21, as she walked home from work along the dark section of a bike path in the Vieux Longueuil borough of the South Shore city before 10 p.m. Reportedly, he was one of a few men the Longueuil police questioned as potential witnesses minutes after Dalcourt was found injured by a passerby who called 911. Dalcourt died the following morning.
The Longueuil police spent days at the crime scene and went over the bike path, and an adjacent cemetery, thoroughly in an effort to find evidence among the leaf-covered ground on either side of the path. They also conducted a door-to-door campaign by visiting more than 200 residents in the surrounding area in the hopes of finding witnesses. Their efforts appeared to produce results when the man was arrested on Saturday, but Villeneuve’s surprise announcement on Monday came with a request that the man be released.
“No charge will be laid at this moment,” Villeneuve said with no further explanation to the judge. The Crown made no comment to reporters at the end of the day. A person arrested as a suspect in a crime in Canada can be detained for only a certain amount of time without being charged.
Before agreeing with the request, Paré made sure to point out that the man had been detained at the courthouse all day while the court and the man’s legal aid lawyer, Jean François Lambert, waited for an indictment to be produced by the Crown. Twelve of Dalcourt’s relatives, including her mother, father, stepfather and brother sat in the courtroom for almost the entire day while Paré handled dozens of other cases on Monday.
“This is difficult,” Dalcourt’s stepfather said before Villeneuve made the announcement. He asked that his name not be published. “Every time the door opens (to bring a detained suspect into the prisoner’s dock) we get nervous. We didn’t know what to expect in the courtroom today.”
“(Jenique) was a good girl. She kept to herself — wouldn’t have looked for trouble,” the stepfather said. “She always tried to set a good example for her sisters.”
The victim’s father and her brother, John and Nick Gandolfo, respectively, came to Longueuil from Long Island, New York, after learning that Jenique had been killed. John Gandolfo said that before last week he was looking forward to Christmas because his daughter had made plans to travel to New York for the holiday.
Shortly after 6 p.m. Monday, the suspect walked out of the Longueuil courthouse escorted by several special constables from the courthouse and what appeared to be a few relatives. The man shielded his face with a hood and a piece of paper and had no comment.
The Longueuil police had planned to hold a news conference after the 26-year-old man appeared in court. When that did not happen they instead released a short, written statement.
“Several elements of proof were submitted to the Directeur des poursuites criminelles et pénales (the prosecution), however the results of expert analysis (on some evidence) are still expected. At this stage, the investigation is ongoing,” the statement read. The Longueuil police also said they would continue increased patrols of the bike path.
Une crime tres malade . J’ai pris mes enfants à La Ronde il ya 2 ans . Nous nous sommes garés et sommes allés à la grille d’entrée , en passant sous le pont Jacques-Cartier . Il avait été plus de 30 ans que je n’avais pas visité La Ronde . Tout ce que je pouvais penser était les enfants:
Long time no posts. My apologies, but the Spring is my busy season at work and it’s hard for me to focus on anything but finance and budgets.
I will be in Quebec for a holiday in August and there are some things I am mulling over:
1. Should I include a stop-over in Sherbrooke? It seems pointless, nothing I can’t do on a computer that I can achieve there. But it’s been about 5 years since I passed through, maybe there would be some value in visiting the place.
2. Should I visit the Surete de Quebec when I’m in Montreal? Sort of the same issues with Sherbrooke; is there anything I can achieve? Pierre always said there is value in having face-time with the police, and I will be staying about 1/2 mile from their HQ. But also, I will be with my kids; I am supposed to be relaxing and enjoying time with them, not getting involved in this unholy mess again.
What to say about today’s events where we were subjected to hours of survaillance video of the Rizutto clan while Montreal police officer Eric Vecchio provided the play-by-play? If you want the details, Sidhartha Banerjee, has a nice rundown in The Post.
Here’s my observations of the whole affair, and some of my questions:
I can’t believe how sleazy and squalid these offices / clubs look. If this is the high-life Mafia style, I’m thankful for my corner office (is that a Clowns-on-Velvet / Dogs Playing Poker portrait on the wall behind them?) : This looks like the most sordid NBC shakedown ever. It makes Chris Hansen’s To Catch A Predator look like an episode of Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous.
The Christmas party, December 24th, 2005: this is the best they can do? A paper plate of baked ziti and a shot of Dewers in a paper cup?
Vecchio looks like the guy who farted in the CEIC room, like he’d rather be anywhere than these hearings.
And who can blame him? When asked if the RCMP shared the tapes with other law enforcement, his embarrassing response? “We tried to contact them, but they never returned our calls”. Really?! A note to the RCMP / SPVM / SQ: you all play in the same sandbox. Now stop insulting us, and start acting like the law enforcement agencies that we know you can be: ones that live up to their potential and work together to solve the crime problems of our society. You’ll be surprised how sexy you look in the mirror.
First came names and now a Quebec corruption inquiry is watching video of construction bosses handing over cash to Mafia chieftains at a notorious Sicilian Mafia hangout in Montreal.
A local police detective is showing surveillance video of prominent construction bosses and high-ranking members of the Rizzuto clan exchanging and counting cash.
Some of the video shows the late Niccolo Rizzuto — the onetime don of the country’s most powerful crime family — stuffing cash into his socks.
A businessman seen at the hangout 236 times over the span of two years was identified by an investigator as a “middle man” between the construction industry and the once-dominant Rizzuto clan.
Eric Vecchio, a Montreal police detective working with the Charbonneau Commission, says the video demonstrates that one member of the Rizzuto hierarchy, Rocco Sollecito, was in charge of dealing with construction cash.
The videos were shot during Operation Colisee, a five-year investigation that culminated with mass arrests in 2006 in the largest sweep against the Italian Mafia in Canadian history.
But the RCMP says it never used the evidence gathered on the videos — because because it wasn’t pertinent to its drug investigation. The Mounties fought in court, unsuccessfully, to keep from sharing the evidence at the public inquiry.
The Charbonneau Commission, which is looking into criminal corruption in the construction industry and its ties to organized crime and political parties, gained that evidence after a court battle with the Mounties.
The commission’s own investigators have been able to identify certain construction industry executives not identified by the RCMP.
The language spoken on the videos is mainly a Sicilian dialect.
I was largely missing from watching the hearing yesterday. Thanks to Monique Muise at The Gazette I stayed on top of it. The Commission mostly heard testimony from the RCMP (Corporal Vinicio Sebastiano, and Corporal Linda Féquière). Sebastiano testified that the RCMP’s Project Colisée (2000 – 2006) was focused on putting away Mafia drug lords. Whenever construction entrepreneurs or political parties came up on the 35,000 hours of video surveillance, it was largely ignored. The Commission will likely be taking a grater interest in those tapes in the coming days. The RCMP was forced to hand over all their information from Project Colisee in March. From Muise:
Joseph Pistone (alias Donnie Brasco) , a former FBI agent who infiltrated the New York Mafia is testifying today. Pistone is beginning to make the link between the New York / Sicilian Mafia and the Montreal underworld.
– Pistone says drugs were shipped internationally to Montreal for later delivery to New York.
– Pistone links the Bannano family of New York to the Catroni family of Montreal.
– The shooter from Montreal who was brought down to NYC in 1981 was Vito Rizzuto, to be paroled from Montreal in a few weeks.
En attendant l’enquête de la construction Charbonneau réunir à nouveau, j’ai pensé qu’il pourrait être une bonne idée de visiter les fantômes du Québec Renseignements publique Passé.
Premièrement, le Québec n’a pas connu de pénurie des enquêtes publiques, ou les appels à une enquête publique.Certains sont bien connus et font partie de notre mémoire collective récente, l’enquête de la Commision Poitras à la Sûreté du Québec, la crise d’Oka Mohawk, l’effondrement du viaduc de Laval.
Le Royal Trust Co. désormais “Whiskey Dix”
Mais qui se souvient Premier Godbout 1943 appel à une enquête sur les pépinières d’hôpital?Ou que dire de l’appel à une enquête de valeurs mobilières lorsque la Compagnie Trust Royal (devenu RBC) déplacé actifs de Montréal à Kingston, à la veille d’une élection générale?A critiques déplacer réclamés a été conçu pour améliorer les craintes économiques d’un Québec indépendant et destablized (Le Québec Saint-Jean-Baptiste Société a appelé “comme répréhensible et avec des conséquences plus graves toute action terroriste” .) Se souvenir de l’affaire Fredy Villanueva?Bien sûr, vous le faites. Mais qu’en est-il du rapport Wagner en service de police d’une force excessive lors de la visite de la Reine de 1964 à Québec?Se souvenir de l’enquête Otto Lang dans le contrôle du trafic aérien entièrement bilingue ?Je ne le pense pas.
“La pègre a envahi un nombre alarmant d’entreprises légitimes au Québec et appelé à une action immédiate du gouvernement pour freiner les opérations de la pègre».
Ahh, ce qui est passé est un prologue!
Bon, je vais arrêter d’être insolent et arriver à ce qui est vraiment dans mon esprit.Oui, mon point est que Duchesneau, Amato, Tenti, etc … sont tous chante une chanson du passé, mais le vrai éléphant dans la pièce est l’Enquête publique de la Commission Malouf dans Jeux Olympiques de Jean Drapeau de Montréal en 1976, et que nous avons appris quelque chose de cette ?
Permettez-moi de planter le décor, et m’arrêter quand tout cela commence à sonner familier.C’est 1977 et le Québec se réveille au fait qu’ils n’ont pas obtenu ce qu’ils ont payé.Deuxième acte du maire Drapeau à l’Expo 67 était censé coûter aux contribuables 120 millions de dollars, mais le prix à payer pour les Jeux Olympiques ont atteint 1,6 milliards de dollars (c’est vrai, “The Big Oh” … la dette finalement pris sa retraite en 2006).Le Parti québécois sont frais hors de leur victoire provinciale première et René Lévesque (lui-même juste après avoir esquivé une enquête publique pour la fatale hit-and-run d’Edgar Trottier) lance une enquête sur les Jeux, en nommant le juge Albert Malouf à la tête d’un homme à trois commission. Parmi les résultats:
1.Tous les contrats de construction de plus de 1 million de dollars devait avoir l’approbation spéciale du gouvernement.Cette mesure de protection a été contournée par des entrepreneurs qui ont tout simplement demandé une augmentation des contrats multiples en vertu de 1 million de dollars.
2.Le projet a été entièrement contrôlé par un seul homme, l’architecte Robert Taillibert.
3.La société qui a remporté le contrat pour le stationnement avec une offre de 3,7 M $ a déposé plusieurs contrat augmente et finit par se faire payer 9,7 millions de dollars.Et le contrat n’a pas été exécuté jusqu’à 6 mois après les Jeux ont été achevés.
4.Les entrepreneurs généraux du Québec, Formes-Viau Stationnement, Les Formes de construction du Québec, Sabrice Ltd, Dubé et Dube, Bombardier, Roski Ltd, Stratinor, tous fini par gagner des bénéfices disproportionnés aux services rendus.
5.Roski Ltd, une filiale de Bombardier, a remporté un contrat pour la fourniture de sièges pour les Jeux, même si son offre ne répondait pas aux spécifications établies par la Ville de Montréal.
Le gâchis est le mieux résumée par Ian MacDonald, qui en a écrit une colonne 1978,
MacDonald se passe pour confirmer ce que nous savons déjà, les enquêtes publiques sont spectaculairement mise en scène des actes de théâtre politique.Ils coûtent beaucoup, et finissent généralement boucs émissaires les mauvaises personnes, et esquiver les vrais problèmes.
Dans le cas de la Commission Malouf, les recommandations ont été formulées à la veille de l’élection municipale de Montréal.Il a critiqué le maire Jean Drapeau, et tout le monde largement excusé reste, y compris le gouvernement libéral provincial au pouvoir au moment des Jeux, à la grande consternation de René Lévesque (certains fonctionnaires mais j’ai perdu contre ) …
ET DRAPEAU quand même réussi à gagner l’élection.
Dans la prochaine année, alors que nous regardons comme témoin après témoin est traîné devant la Commission Charbonneau, comme le PLQ, CAQ, PQ jockey pour la position, alors que nous attendons les recommandations de Kabuki cette pantomime, nous pourrions envisager l’ passé et ne pas mettre nos espoirs trop haut.
Here are the links to all 9 episodes on the 1969 unsolved Montreal murder of Teresa Martin: Pattern Recognition – Teresa Martin #1 / WKT5 F.L. FRENCHY I LOVE YOU – Teresa Martin #2 / WKT5 Le Sadique Meurtrier -Teresa Martin #3 / WKT5 La MUQ – Teresa Martin #4 / WKT5 Qu’est-ce que tu… […]
La Presse – Nicolas Bérubé, June 6, 2021 (Original article in French can be found here) More than 50 years after her death, the murder of Teresa Martin has still not been solved. On the night of September 13, 1969, Teresa Martin, a 14-year-old teenager, was found dead leaning against a wall in the parking… […]
GERALD ASSELIN – LE PETIT JOURNAL, 24 DECEMBRE 1972 “Où sont les Maigret, Vidocq, Hercule Poirot, Sherlock Holmes de nos services policiers? C’est ce que nous demandions il y a deux semaines en déplorant le grand nombre de meurtres d’enfants non résolus dans notre province et le peu d’intérêt apparent des enquêteurs envers les criminels… […]
GERARD ASSELIN, LE PETIT JOURNAL – 10 DECEMBRE, 1972 “Une société peut- elle se permettre de ne pas tenter, par tous les moyens à sa disposition, de faire payer leurs crimes aux tueurs d’enfants? C’est ce que l’on peut se demander devant le piètre dossier policier au Québec dans ce domaine. On sait pertinemment dans… […]
LE PETIT JOURNAL – 25 JUILLET 1971 “Les meurtres aussi sadiques que ceux signalés à Cap-de-la-Madeleine, en fin de semaine dernière, sont d’autant plus répugnants que, de tous les types de crimes commis au Québec, ce sont ceux qui demeurent le plus souvent impunis. En fait. ce genre de crime est trés rarement resolu. Il… […]
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