The blond assassin

The Blond Assassin My inquiries into the death of Mario Bachand had begun with a moment of serendipity, late one evening in the reading room of Library and Archives Canada. I had been reading testimony…

The Deputy Minister Speaks

Two rules of investigation The first rule of investigation, Anything can happen. The second rule, Anything includes the gifts of Serendipity, a gift that, however small and insignificant it might appear to be, might well…

The RCMP knows everything

Several months after beginning my enquiries into the murder of Mario Bachand, I was living in Vancouver, returning to Ottawa from time to time to submit requests, at National Archives, under the Access to Information…

The Foreign Delegation in Jordon

In early 1970, Jordon was home to several thousand Palestinian refugees, and therefore to the Palestinian guerrilla movements. The most important of these was the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, the PFLP. In…

Hide the Dagger with a Smile

A cover story It is not enough to kill someone, one must conceal the fact, if possible. If not possible, one must construct a narrative to lead investigators astray. An accident; an extremely difficult to…

Trouvé mort (Found dead)

The following document, which we will closely examine in subsequent posts, provides rare insight into how the cover story for an assassination, like that of Mario Bachand, is constructed and disseminated. By necessity, the media…

Mario Bachand the Activist

On the afternoon of 16 October 1968, ten thousand students from the University of McGill, CEGEP Vieux-Montréal and l’Ecole des Beaux Arts demonstrate support of striking CEGEP (Collège d’enseignement général et professionnel) students. They march…