London Departure

It had been an exceptional autumn, with day after day of blue sky, bright sun, and temperatures that warmed the hearts of workers in Whitehall, who walked along the paths of Hyde Park at mid-day,…

The Trap is Set

Basel, Switzerland, the first week of May 1969. A Renault car heads east along Elsässerstrasse towards St. Louis, where it crosses France and takes the N66. Destination London, with a stop in Paris. The driver…

Passport to Heaven

As introduced in Blood Simple – the Last Known Address, and Sky with Diamonds, the travels of two DEFLQ members, Normand Roy and Denyse Leduc, are of particular interest. The visa stamps on the misdirected…

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

In the afternoon of October 16, 1968, ten thousand students from McGill University, CEGEP Vieux-Montréal and the School of Fine Arts demonstrated their support for the striking students of CEGEP (Collège d’enseignement général et professionnel)….