February 21, 2005
Bureau de la revision administrative IVAC/CIVISME
119 rue Bleury, 4 etage
C.P. 6056, succ.
(Quebec) H3C 4E1
File name: Theresa Marie Allore (Deceased)
File number: 120 192 927
Date of event: 1978-11-03D
ate application received: 2004-03-24
Interested party: Ministere de la Justice
subject: REQUEST FOR REVIEW
Dear Bureau de la revision:
Allow this letter to serve as my formal appeal to IVAC’s February 15th decision to dismiss the benefits claim in the matter of the death of my sister, Theresa Allore.
When victims call for assistance from their justice system they have a right to expect a high quality of effort from the agencies involved in providing this assistance. At the very least, we expect agencies (IVAC, Surete du Quebec) to cooperate, to share informed and consistent information, to be transparent in the methods of information collection and transference, and to provide a response in a timely fashion. IVAC’s response, with the assistance of the Surete du Quebec, shows none of these benchmarks of professionalism. Indeed, the basis of IVAC’s argument relies on speculation, innuendo and misinformation. Moreover, IVAC’s conclusions slander the victim, Theresa Allore, and further serve to traumatize and re-victimize the family - all of this achieved at a snail’s pace, eleven months since the initial claim was made.
Allow me to elaborate on the ignorance revealed in your response1 :
Your lawyer, Andre Beaulieu states:
The Commission is informed that there was indeed a reopening of the police investigation following some informations about a possible "suspect"; IF indeed the murder HYPOTHESIS had some merit. We are informed that the first part of the investigation in 1978 allowed the police to learn that the day before her disappearance, Theresa Allore was at a party with other students, that party involving the consumption of narcotics.
Having myself reviewed the police file, talked to original witnesses and talked with the original investigators, I can with absolute certainty tell you that there is no evidence whatsoever that Theresa Allore was at a party involving drugs. I would like to know exactly what party you are referring to. Is this the “acid party” involving three students at the Champlain college residence in Compton? If so, I can tell you that original investigators Leo Hamel, and former current Surete du Quebec investigators Michel Tanguay and Eric Latour don’t even believe that Theresa made it back to Compton. It is their hypothesis that Theresa was picked-up hitchhiking back to Compton and died shortly thereafter. So how could she be at a drug party if she was never in Compton?
I hereby formally request of IVAC and the Surete du Quebec the source of Mr. Beaulieu’s slanderous insinuation that Theresa Allore was somehow involved in a “drug party” the night before she died. If in fact there is such a document in the original file – in which case, the Surete du Quebec lied when they told me on November 4th, 2002 that I was seeing the complete police file on Theresa’s case – this evidence needs to be disclosed and we need to get to the bottom of what happened to my sister.
Andre Beaulieu states:
The police information is clear about the fact that, without a confession from THE "suspect" that he killed Theresa Allore, the CAUSE of the death of Theresa Allore would stay unknown. A sexual assault and/or a murder would stay a HYPOTHESIS, that being founded upon the conclusion of a Washington, D.C. profiler, Kim Rossmo that Theresa Allore was the victim of a serial killer.
Dr. Kim Rossmo is indeed a behavioral scientist now working for police agencies in the United States. Before coming to the states, Rossmo left Canada in frustration because he could not convince British Columbia police that there was a serial killer preying on young prostitutes in the East side of Vancouver. Dr. Rossmo’s ground-breaking work in geographic profiling in that case was the foundation of the arrest of Robert Pickton, currently awaiting trial for the murder of 15 Vancouver prostitutes, suspected of murdering over 70 women from Vancouver’s East side.
Now let us separate fact from fiction. Dr. Rossmo never concluded… “Theresa Allore was the victim of a serial killer.” Dr. Rossmo’s conclusion (email attached) was the geographic proximity of certain evidence in the deaths of Theresa Allore, Manon Dube and the murder of Louise Camirand warranted that these three cases be studied and investigated together for the possibility that they were linked – something the Surete du Quebec still has not done to this day. 2
Finally, yes, “confession” is one method by which a case like this may be solved; the other two tools being the coming forward of a witness (not likely) and EVIDENCE (conveniently, Mr. Beaulieu – and the Surete du Quebec – omit this from their argument).
Currently, the Surete du Quebec is in possession of the wallet belonging to my sister in 1978 and they have tested it and established that it contains male DNA. It is true that said DNA may be from an original investigator or the person that found the wallet, but it also might be the DNA of “suspects” brought to the attention of the Surete du Quebec. The Surete has wasted valuable time and not bothered to test this DNA against all possible suspects in their investigation.
Further, I must add that there was valuable evidence in the cases of Theresa Allore, Manon Dube and Louise Camirand. Clothing – possibly containing DNA evidence – destroyed by Surete du Quebec investigators for unsolved cases.
M. Beaulieu goes to great lengths to dismiss the initial “declaration du coroner” that indicated “marques de strangulation” on the neck of Theresa Allore. M. Beaulieu argues that a day later, when pathologiste, Theresa Sourour concluded, “absence de trace evidence de violence traumatique sur le corps” that the initial coroner’s observance was dismissed. As any medical professional can tell you, it would be quite common, given the advanced state of putrification of the body (five months in frozen water), given the change in atmospheric conditions of moving the corps from the exterior to the interior autopsy chamber, it would not be uncommon for such “marques” to disappear or go unnoticed.
Most slanderous is M. Beaulieu’s comment about the toxicology results:
It is true that the body of Theresa Allore was found with underclothes only. That fact alone does not establish that she was murdered. Other explanations come to mind. Also, it is true that the toxicology report found no sign of drug use. That fact alone does not establish that she was murdered. The autopsy was done in APRIL 1979! (Beaulieu’s underline and exclamation point)
IVAC, you cannot have it both ways. You cannot talk out of both sides of your mouth. You cannot, on the one hand, vouch for the medical professionalism of pathologists in 1979 when you dismiss “marques of strangulation” noted by a coroner, and then argue - when the facts are not convenient for you - that toxicological data is not to be trusted, implying drug use (be careful, the slander laws in your country are much different from mine, and I am presently considering a civil suit).
Further, if “Other explanations come to mind”, then I have a right to hear them.
I hereby formally request of IVAC and the Surete du Quebec that they reveal to me what other possible probable explanations there are – other than murder – in the death of Theresa Allore.
And here we come to the heart of the matter. The hypothesis of murder is based almost solely on circumstantial evidence – that is true. There is no wound, there is no weapon, there is no witness. When you read about this case, or when you are told of the facts, you could be lead to other conclusions, but when you see it with your own eyes – as I have seen – there is only one conclusion. Theresa was not found in the “Coaticook River” it is a water bog – an area impenetrable, except to someone who wanted to hide a body. You don’t walk to this place, you are taken there. Students don’t take you there, someone dumps you there – they strip you of your identity and they leave you there, disposing of the evidence later. You don’t disappear at six o’clock on a Friday night, telling everyone that you are going to study and then mysteriously go to some party – where no one sees you – and get dumped by friends who panic and somehow, phenomenally all manage to keep a secret for 26 years. You are picked up hitchhiking, taken to a secluded place, asked to strip – resist - then suddenly have the life strangled out of you and are dumped in a secluded area.
That is what happened. That is what former investigator Leo Hamel believes. It is what Surete du Quebec investigators Michel Tanguay, Eric Latour, and Norman Kelly believe. It is what private investigator, now deceased, Robert Beullac believed. It is what Kim Rossmo believes, it is what I believe. It is what any investigator worth his salt understands to have happened.
Now you have, again, made me suffer the indignity of having to walk down this road again, of having to explain myself… do you understand now why victims like me are so frustrated, and angry and tired?
Please accept this appeal and consider my arguments. Use good judgment in forming your opinion, and return your answer in a prompt fashion.
Cc: Directeur IVAC ; Ministere de la Justice, Quebec ; Ministere de la Justice, Federal; Ministere de la Securite Publique ; Directeur, Surete du Quebec ; Directeur Service des enquetes sur les crimes contre la personne
1 For the purposes of your letter, I take it that “killed” equates to “murder” (in English these words are very different, but let it be so).
2 I strongly suspect that the Surete du Quebec does not currently have the expertise to understand the criminology tools of behavioral science and geographic profiling, having only recently (one year ago) bothered to invest the resources in training two officers in such techniques. This is a start, but unfortunately, the Surete du Quebec is playing “catch-up” with the rest of the world. Further, the Surete du Quebec must invest considerable resources in initiating a “Cold case” unit.