Requiem for the Great Record Shops
Ok, there were some great ones. My sister and I used to haunt this music store in Fairview Mall, Point Claire (Bobient, Bonsier and something?)....
Then when we got older we'd go downtown Montreal and slum St Catherines down by Place des Arts (there were some good ones down there in sleazy basements).
Fairview circa the 60s
Phantasmagoria, Theresa introduced me to that too; it was the first record store I recall where they had earphones to listen to the music (I bought Thomas Dolby, Europa and the Pirate Twins there... and a lot of King Crimson).
The Alexis Neon Plaza had some (among the head shops). Though ANP always made me sick to my stomach.
Later, there was a great used record store in Saint John, NB down on Germaine Street. I bought used copies of Iggy Pop, The Idiot and 801 Live there.
Tell me yours...
Who Killed Theresa?
Ce blogue est une investigation de le meurtre de ma soeur, Theresa Allore. Il y a 30 ans Theresa est mort aux secteurs de Compton, Sherbrooke et Lennoxville, Québec.
Life isn't fair, Justice is blind... and dysfunctional, and some cops aren't smart and dedicated like on tv.
Si vous avez information contact Sue Sutherland: CP 45 Succursale Lennoxville, Sherbrooke J1M 1Z3,Canada:firstname.lastname@example.org Tel: 514-264-7830
Thursday, May 31, 2007
Requiem for the Great Record Shops
Wednesday, May 30, 2007
Sam The Record Man on Toronto's Younge Street is no more. After 70 years of business the shop is calling it quits June 30th.
This was a haunt of mine in college. I loved walking on the creaky-wooden floors. I remember buying all my records here. In the heady New-Wave era this is where I bought Echo and the Bunnymen, Peter Gabriel, XTC.
They had a great classical section and I'd buy all my Glenn Gould stuff there as well.
Just up the street from the Eaton's Centre, this was usually one of the first stops you'd make on your first trip to Toronto.
This is a one-two punch as the Tower record store on Sunset Strip in LA recently announced it was closing (where I got Elton John and Bernnie Taupin to sign me a copy of Goodbye Yellow Brick Road). Buy-buy record retailer, hello Itunes.
Oh well, at least Montreal still has Phantasmagoria, right?
Thursday, May 24, 2007
What kind of a backwater shithole am I living in?
Moncton, Thunder Bay and Iqaluit, for crap's sake, get the White Stripes this summer, but no tour dates for North Carolina.
Tuesday, May 22, 2007
Desire, Paddy McAloon, why he's compared to Porter and Gershwin and why Fountains of Wayne hold Prefab Sprout in such reverence:
Every other sentiment an antique
As obsolete as warships in the baltic
My love and I, we are boxing clever
She'll never crowd me out
Ooh Johnny Johnny Johnny
Why don't you join the foreign legion
Ooh Johnny Johnny Johnny
You're still in love with Hayley Mills
I hear you've got a new girlfriend
How's the wife taking it?
The thrill of it - can I call it that? - was cheap
And feeling cheap's the only thing you keep
It's so unsightly to walk from her arms so lightly
Selling it all up the swanee
I've got six things on my mind you're no longer one of them
School's Out - not quite
I got a B in my Sociology course - Deviant Behavior, which is fucking amazing considering we had to read the equivalent of 4 - 5 books a week.
(I'm an expert on the history of deviance in America - quiz me.)
If I now seem out of it, chock it up to the Summer course I'm taking in Governmental Collaboration - 5 weeks, 3 nights per week, 3 hours each night. I'm lucky to have time to breathe.
Method to yer Madness: I'll have my Masters this time next year. Then what... PhD? Law degree?
If you want to know what gives me ulcers during the daytime, check my baby out.
Sunday, May 20, 2007
Canadians Don't care for Sicko
That being Michael Moore's loving bitch-slap on American health care, in which he compares the American nightmare with what's going on north of the border with his unique brand of parsimony.
I put the question to you... Any Canadians out there satisfied with their health care system?
Moore should have done his homework (that's like asking O'Reilly to bone up on facts)... he would have found there are a lot more Torontonians running to Detroit for surgery than the other way around...
But then Moore's always had his head up his ass with Toronto. Remember in Bowling for Columbine when he checked the doors in T.O.'s west end to see if they were locked? Ya, when I was a student in Toronto I never would have locked my doors, anyone living in GTO feeling that warm and fuzzy now?
Moore needs to bone up on what we call "cultural transmission" and see what a nightmare Toronto's turned into, indeed how the whole social welfare system in all of Canada has collapsed.
I'd sooner live in Flint.
Friday, May 18, 2007
RCMP under fire... Again
Not only is the RCMP crime lab overwhelmed, it appears to be sorely lacking in the technology to solve major crimes.
Investigators in the Candace Derksen murder say the case could have been solved 5 years earlier if the RCMP had their act together. The RCMP lab is incapable of doing fundamental forensic work that any of a dozen of Canada's private labs have no problem doing:
"We are aware of several labs throughout North America that are able to do the work that the national lab is incapable of doing, for whatever reason," said Insp. Tom Legge of the Winnipeg criminal investigations bureau.
Thursday, May 17, 2007
M. Dupuis and members of the Quebec Liberal Cabinet:
I call your attention to the matter of Candace Derksen and the solving of her 23-year-old cold case in Winnipeg. I ask, why is it that six of the largest cities in Canada (Toronto, Ottawa, Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton and since 2006, Winnipeg) have special cold case bureaus, while Montreal / Quebec (the number 2 city in Canada) does not have a special team to clear up the back log of unsolved murders in their province?
As you will see from the following petition I have collected over 200 signatures urging Quebec to form a unique cold case squad:
And as you can see from the attached correspondence (below ) it has been over 11 months, and still your representatives are taken your representatives are unresponsive to these requests?
What possible reason can you give for being so unresponsive to the people that elect you as the representatives for public security?
I ask that you (or anyone from your government) please respond to these requests, to demonstrate that you take seriously the needs of victims in the province of Quebec.
If you continue to stonewall, we, the victims of the province of Quebec, are only left to believe you do not care to address matters of government that deeply affect matters of our hearts.
So when I was a kid the only pet we were aloud to have - apart from critters we found across the street in the local swamp - were these tiny little turtles:
I had a whole series of this little gaffers, when one died, you'd bury him under the shrub in the front yard and buy another at the local pet shop for a quarter (check 5142 Blondin in the West Island; if you dig up the garden you'll find the remnants of these guys along with a goldfish I buried in an Aspirin bottle.)
I loved these turtles. I kept them in a large blue plastic tub that was used for washing babies (last resident: me) along with some grass, sand and a large rock for them to sun on.
Then one day the turtles vanished. I could never figure out why pet shops stopped carrying them.
UNTIL TODAY... The Times reports that the FDA banned small pet turtles in 1975 because of the risk of salmonellosis it caused to small children (I'm sure Health Canada followed suit around the same time). Seems the turtles fit comfortably into children's mouths and young ones had a difficult time not loving them to such extremes.
(Ok, I loved my turtles, but I never played tonsil hockey with them... that stuff was right out!)
Now a bill is being introduced to allow tiny turtles back into the pet eco-system.
I should just let it go, right?
From the Winnepeg Sun:
DNA leads to arrest in 23-year-old cold case
"Officers involved in a lengthy and comprehensive investigation into the death of Candace Derksen, dubbed Project Angel, received the break they were seeking thanks to advancements in forensic sciences, police said yesterday.
After the newly-formed cold case unit took over the file in 2006, it submitted Mark Edward Grant's DNA, along with samples from other persons of interest, to a private lab in Ontario.
Police said Grant's sample matched DNA recovered at the crime scene. That was coupled with a discovery during a case review.
Without divulging specifics, Insp. Tom Legge said his officers focused on two sentences in a report written in 1985 and connected that information to a report written years later, leading to the identification of a suspect.
Police would not confirm what recovered sample matched Grant's DNA, but in the years following the murder cops said strands of hair, dark in colour and bleached at one time, were found in the shed where Derksen died. "
Wednesday, May 16, 2007
Highway of Tears
(the hell with it, I'll blog when I want)
Why is the National media covering last week's search along the B.C. Highway of Tears like this:
Highway of Tears search fruitless
Massive search fails to find clues in woman's disappearance
No clues in hunt for woman
Search for hitchhiker comes up empty
When local news discovered that, yes in fact valuable evidence was recovered:
Clothes found, Hwy of Tears link probed
It gets better. The clothing - which included,
- a backpack,
- a pair of women’s jeans,
- some black lingerie ,
- two piles of clothing visibly matted into the forest floor
was found by a couple out on a hike. They reported the finding to the Hazelton RCMP. Two weeks later the couple is walking in the same area...
the clothes are still there!
Frustrated, they turn the matter over to a local reporter and Ray Michalko, a Surrey-based private investigator and former RCMP detective who is investigating the Highway of Tears disappearances (once again, DIY Justice), who themselves recover the items.
Sgt. Tod Scott of the Hazelton RCMP said officers tried to recover the items but were unable to find the area, or contact the couple who gave the tip. “We’ll certainly make the [Highway of Tears] Task Force aware of [the discovery],” Scott said.
Ya, thanks, keep up that good work, but I'm pretty sure they've heard by now.
Tuesday, May 15, 2007|
Monday, May 14, 2007
Sunday, May 13, 2007
CSIS goes on hiring blitz, recruits 100 new officers from pool of 14,000
I hate to second guess Canadian intelligence, but wasn't the time to go on a hiring spree 5-6 years ago?... before anyone made plans to lob-off the Prime Minister's head?
Still, I wouldn't want to discourage anyone from applying. So take the CSIS security clearance challenge!
Question: Is rapid career advancement important to you?
A promotion now and then would be nice, yes.
Oh sorry, wrong answer. At CSIS you'll grow moss in that cubical before we ever move you up the chain.
Question: Are you ready to work in different cities across Canada?
Ummm... is Cornerbrook considered a city?
Sorry, wrong answer. Our intelligence officers are available 24 / 7 to meet the Canadian security challenge; whether that threat takes them to Sarnia border patrol or watching polar ice flows in Nunavut.
Oh well, there's an opening for a CSIS occupational health nurse, maybe I cut my loses and go for that.
Friday, May 11, 2007
Shrine of the Martyr
May I say that I hate this kind of victim story:
Many a time a photographer has asked me to pose like this with a picture of Theresa.
I say, "no".
"Because it's staged and corny"
"But it tells a story?"
"A corny story that you've manipulated."
"What would you suggest?"
"I don't know, I'm not the photographer. But you just came up with that idea because some other photo journalist did it."
"How 'bout you in the foreground with the photo in the background?"
"How 'bout you leave."
"You're not giving me a chance..."
"You're not giving her a chance... Do you think what she represented could be depicted by me holding her close to my heart like a little precious relic?
What she was cannot be captured by your imagination. Why do you bother?"
Monday, May 07, 2007
I love this guy...
...Sgt. Roger Plamondon of the Sooke Harbour RCMP. I write one complaint email and within 8 hours he's phoned my home, cell phone and sent me emails.
Yes, I feel like an ass taking up Sgt. Plamondon's time. I only wish other RCMP were equally responsive when I asked them more important questions about evidence retention and victims rights.
Good afternoon Mr. Allore,
This will confirm receipt of your email message dated the 4th of May, 2007. I had hoped to speak to you personally. Messages were left on your home telephone and your two cells phones.
As the detachment commander of the Sooke RCMP, I appreciate the opportunity to respond to community concerns. I have had an opportunity to review the contents of your message, and wish to offer the following for your clarification.
Cpl. Ray Champagne is no longer a member of the RCMP. He retired several years ago from the organization and he no longer resides in this community. As such, he is not an employee of our organization.
The second part of the message makes reference to the "Sooke Harbour RCMP". There is a Sooke RCMP detachment, and it is located in the southern part of Vancouver Island in British Columbia. Had the author been Cpl. Champagne, he certainly would not have used "Sooke Harbour" in the text of his message, as it has been known as "Sooke" detachment since a least 1942.
I hope that this information is useful to you. Should you require anything further, please do not hesitate to contact our office in any manner preferable to you. Please be assured of our continued esteem in all matters of mutual interest and concern.
Roger Plamondon, S/Sgt.
NCO i/c RCMP
PO Box 40
(250) 642-3247 (fax)
May - November 1979
[my notes: I'm going to accelerate this for anyone who has been following what happened to Theresa from disappearance to body-found. These are how the months played out 28 years ago. This is my father's experience, in so far as I've pieced it together. It broke apart, falling into pieces and slowly faded from memory]:
The summer passes and there is little news from Eastern Townships about the affair of Theresa Allore. In late August Mr. Allore telephones Corporal Gaudreault, and is again given to Constable Lessard. Mr. Allore requests a copy of the autopsy report. He also tells Constable Lessard that he and his wife will be visiting Lennoxville in early November. At that time they would like to be taken to the site where their daughter’s body was found. Constable Lessard assures Mr. Allore that Corporal Gaudreault will call him the following morning. Gaudreault never calls.
On September 5th, Mr. Allore calls Robert Buellac to inform him that he will be visiting Montreal in late October. At that time he would like to meet with the private detective so that Beullac may return the box of items and photos belonging to Theresa that were lent to him.
On September 6th, Corporal Gaudreault returns Mr. Allore’s call from the previous week. He states that he is unsure about providing the autopsy report for his daughter. He will check with the Coroner to see if this is permitted.
A week later a copy of the autopsy report arrives. The report is in French. Mr. Allore speaks English. He then pays $100.00 to have it translated.
On September 28th, 1979 Campus Director Bill Matson is pleased to report to the board of Directors that the six building residence complex accommodating 315 students was opened officially on Tuesday, August 28th. The facility is at 100% occupancy and is in the enviable position of having a waiting list for students desiring to come there.
On November 4th, 1979, exactly one year and a day from the date of their daughter’s disappearance, Mr. and Mrs. Allore are brought to the site where their daughter, Theresa’s body was found. Corporal Gaudreault is with them, along with Leo Hamel, the Chief of Police for Lennoxville who handled the missing persons investigation. Later, Mr. Allore, Gaudreault, Hamel, and the private investigator, Robert Buellac, get together to discuss the case, and where to go from here.
Mr. Allore states that the theory of a hardened criminal picking up his daughter while hitchhiking, and murdering her is all wrong. He also states that the theory of a teacher’s involvement is possible, but unlikely. Gaudreault asks Mr. Allore what, in his opinion, is the most plausible explanation for Theresa’s death. Mr. Allore states that possibly Theresa overdosed on drugs, since that that is what the police have surmised. That she was either given too much of something, or took something that made her have an allergic reaction. Mr. Allore states that a “pusher” was most likely involved - a student, on the Compton campus, who had access to a vehicle. He imagines that there was probably a party in Gilliard house, there were drugs, and that Theresa died at this party. Some students panicked. They quietly wrapped the body in her bed comforter, snuck the body out of the residence, drove it to the bridge, and dumped Theresa Allore into the water. Corporal Goudreault and Chief Hamel wait for Mr. Allore to finish his story. They then both agree that this is what they think happened too.
Mr. Allore mentions that there are problems with this theory. The scarf, missing clothes, and wallet do not tie in. However, these were probably diversionary tactics, designed to confuse investigators. Robert Buellac concurs that Mr. Allore’s theory is probably correct. There was probably one male, one female and one car involved.
As the meeting wraps up the question arises of how to proceed. Corporal Gauldreault advises Mr. Allore to close the door on the matter and get on with his life. Students will not be able to keep such a thing a secret. He urges Mr. Allore to be patient and wait. It is only a matter of time before someone will talk.
The meeting comes to a close. The men part company. Mr. Allore will never hear from any of the investigators again.
On November 9th, 1979, Mr. Allore receives a telephone call from a reporter for the Sherbrooke Record newspaper. The reporter wants to know if the Allores intend to sue Champlain College over the matter of the death of their daughter, Theresa Allore. The reporter mentions that Bill Matson has been overheard in circles saying, “the Allores are heading towards a law suit.” When confronted on the matter, Matson coolly stated that the School had no concerns. Theresa Allore was over the age of nineteen, and was therefore responsible for the choices she made in life. The reporter wants to know Mr. Allore’s opinion. Mr. Allore has no comment.
January 6th, 1983
“I, the undersigned, Coroner of the above mentioned judiciary County, declare herein under my official oath, that according to information obtained and/or testimony heard, it appears that the death of the above mentioned person occurred under the following circumstances. The victim was declared missing on November 3, 1978. She was a student at Champlain College in Lennoxville and was boarding at Gillard House, King’s Hall in Compton. She was a Social Science student. Theresa Allore was found in the Spring of 1979 in the Coaticook river, more precisely on the 13th of April 1979. The place were the young Allore girl was found is at approximately one kilometer from the village of Compton and about one and a half miles from Gillard House, King’s Hall, where the victim was boarding. This spot is on Chemin de la Station, at the first bridge out of Compton Village in the direction of Waterville. This spot is a branch of the river which seems to come from nowhere. Each Spring, when the Coaticook river overflows, the water reaches this spot and the level then rises by 8 feet. This is the only time of the year where the Coaticook River reaches this spot. An autopsy was performed on the body of the victim at the “Institute de medicine legale” in Montreal, and the pathologist’s conclusions cannot inform us of the cause of death, taking into consideration that the body had remained too long in the water. The investigators interrogated parents, friends of the victim, and anyone who might have been in contact with the latter, in brief, more than 200 witnesses in this affair. Certain clues have been discovered and checked. Many hypothesis have also been expressed and equally verified. To this day, the investigators, in spite of their efforts, have no significant findings which might lend information on the circumstances of Theresa Allore’s death. Consequently, elapsed time notwithstanding, I render herein a provisory verdict of violent death of undetermined nature. Should any additional information be submitted and a new inquiry report brought in, this file will be reopened for adjudication and final decision if relevant proofs are brought forward.”
and the medical cause of death is:
“unknown (found in the Coaticook River after 5 months of disappearance.”
Consequently, my verdict is the following: “ VIOLENT DEATH OF UNDETERMINED NATURE”
If Violent death: “Death is imputable to no crime whatsoever neither to anyone’s negligence.”
Signed: Michel Durand
Bureau de Coroner
Saturday, May 05, 2007
In two articles printed in early May 1979 in the French tabloid newspaper, Allo Police it is suggested that Theresa Allore may have been strangled to death.
Out of all the theories that may explain her death, the hypothesis of a “maniaque sexuel” is the most plausible. The paper points to the fact that Theresa’s clothing has never been found.
The paper also mentions that just two days after her disappearance, some hunters found women’s clothing in a wood near the village of Austin, and that these clothes matched the description of those worn by Theresa Allore.
Because the newspaper included graphic photos of Theresa Allore’s body and the crime scene, Mr. Allore is never shown a copy of these articles.
Friday, May 04, 2007
“King’s Hall and Gillard house which have been a tradition for first year students and a few returning students, are closing its doors. “I just hate to see it go. I love it out here. The spirit was just something else, “ commented Assistant Director of Residence Jeanne Eddisford.
Eddisford feels that Compton… offered friendliness in a structured environment. She added that the feeling of coming home at night was something not offered in other residences. Eddisford has many cherished memories of King’s Hall. She remembers with delight the times she was doused unexpectedly with water as she walked out of her office and the time the kitchen caught on fire while she was entertaining administration. “
Touchstone student newspaper
May 4th, 1979
Thursday, May 03, 2007
Wednesday, May 3, 1979
On Wednesday, May 3rd, Constable Lessard returns the calls made to Inspector Gaudreault by Mr. Allore. Lessard apologizes for Gaudreault not having returned the call himself. He explains the investigator is very busy working hard on the case. Lessard advises Mr. Allore not to lose hope, the autopsy report is not finished and there are further chemical tests to perform. Unknown to Mr. Allore, the autopsy report is finished; there will be no further tests.
Lessard tells Mr. Allore that he and Gaudreault have worked hard, interviewing students, and residents of the Compton village. Lessard does not tell him that these are the only people they have interviewed. The investigators will never speak with the Champlain faculty or staff, they will never question students on the Lennoxville campus, they will never talk to the staff at Dewhurst Dining hall, nor the owners of the Lion pub, nor anyone working at the Bishop’s library the night Theresa Allore disappeared.
Mr. Allore asks the investigators to check into the background of a student, xxx xxxxxxx. Check the reasons he was dismissed from Vanier College. Were they drug related? Check where xxx xxxxxxx was the weekend of November 3rd, and why he disappeared from Compton the first week of Chief Hamel’s investigation. Lessard assures Mr. Allore that they will look into these matters.
He does not tell Mr. Allore that xxx xxxxxxx has already been interviewed and will not be questioned again. In fact, less than three weeks since she was pulled from the water, the investigation into the death of Theresa Allore has come to and end.
Wednesday, May 02, 2007
A reader writes:
"I read all your stuff.
From the way you are telling the police to do the research themselves , I can conclude that you are one of those individual who wants to take from everybody. You should get a life.
Ray Champagne? You wouldn't by chance be RCMP Cpl. Ray Champagne from Sooke Harbour, British Columbia?
Well, I'm guessing you never ready, "my stuff", but one post which you took personally.
I'll tell you what Cpl. Champagne, this proves in 5 minutes of my spare time I am more adept at tracking your ass down than any RCMP officer.
And you think I hold the RCMP in contempt? You don't wanna hear my comments about B.C. RCMP and the misery they've put victims through over the years.
Now how 'bout I make a complaint to your commanding officer telling him that you should get a life, get back to work, and stop surfing the net on the taxpayers' nickel.
May 2nd, 1979
On May 2nd Mr. Allore calls Gaudreault again, but he is not in his office. Mr. Allore then makes a call to Coroner Michel Durand, but he is told Durand is on holiday until next Monday.
Tuesday, May 01, 2007
Oh Fiddle-dee-dee tell us something we haven't intrinsically known for our entire lives
RCMP's forensic labs are overwhelmed, Auditor General finds
In fact, why not come clean: the wheels on the Mountie Musical Ride ran off long ago. Between this, recruitment problems, and the pension scandal the RCMP's been running on steel and axle grease for years.
They make the CIA look like wonderkinds. They are the retards in red. The mounted men who couldn't make a difference.
The few... the tarnished... Canada's defenders of justice.
(pray you don't have to rely on them)
Tuesday, May 1st, 1979. Mr. Allore attempts to contact Corporal Gaudreault. Gaudreault does not return his telephone calls.