We Don't Forget
Montreal's 'Bridge Murders' killer denied parole
Canwest News Service
Published: Friday, December 26, 2008
MONTREAL -- A man who helped throw two 16-year-olds to their death from a Montreal bridge almost 30 years ago has again been denied parole.
Gilles Pimpare and an accomplice, Normand Guerin, attacked the two teenagers, Chantal Dupont and Maurice Marcil, as they were on the bridge heading home from a day at La Ronde, an amusement park, on July 4, 1979.
Dupont was raped and Marcil was strangled before they were hurled 60 metres off the bridge into the St. Lawrence River.
Pimpare and Guerin were convicted of first-degree murder in the deaths and sentenced to life in prison.
Now 54, Pimpare again sought parole -- an application which was unanimously rejected by the National Parole Board earlier this month.
A previous application made in 2005 was also rejected.
In its decision, the board noted that Pimpare's criminal career began in 1972, and that while on the street he had attacked nine people between the ages of 16 and 65.
It also cited psychiatric reports saying that, despite 25 years of treatment for deep-rooted anger and troubling sexual problems, Pimpare still represents "an elevated risk" to society.
"Your criminal behaviour was precocious, persistent, pervasive and (sexually) polymorphous, and you still have not come to grips with your cycle of violent behaviour," the board ruled.
The decision also reported that, in 2002, correctional officials found more than 1,500 pornographic photographs on Pimpare's personal computer, including one chilling image of a nude girl posed in front of the Jacques Cartier Bridge.
"You claim you were high on acid and no longer remember the events," the Parole Board states in a written judgment.
"Now you are telling us that you didn't strangle the young man, even if you put a rope around his neck. You want us to believe that his fall from the bridge was accidental."
Guerin applied for parole in 2004, but withdrew his application. He also remains in prison.