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“Convict at Pen Attempts Escape,” Kingston Daily Standard. October 12, 1912. Page 01.

Chartrand, Insane, Made a Futile Try.

Discovered by Guard Ryan Half Way Through Cell Door – Got Away Last Spring.

Chas. Chartrand, the prisoner who last spring escaped from the Penitentiary and was caught a week later near Brockville, this morning made an unsuccessful attempt to escape, being discovered by Guard Ryan, half way through the bars in his cell door Chartrand is a lifer and has been confined to the insane ward for about six years. He is serving a life sentence for shooting a policeman in Sault Ste. Marie.

The prisoner’s mode of breaking prison was most ingenious. He had secreted a piece of string and a piece of emery stone, and with these and a few pieces of metal, had sawn through several of the bars in his cell. The guard discovered him when he was half through the door. He was captured and placed in a stronger cell.

Chartrand had served about 12 years in the penitentiary, according to one of the prison officials, his whole mind seems centered an escaping, and the guards must be watching him all the time in order to prevent him from breaking away.

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“10 Years in Jail Escapee’s Price For 13 Free Days,” The Globe and Mail. October 8, 1948. Page 05.

In 13 days, David Cameron, 24, committed offences which netted him a prison term of 10 years. Magistrate Thomas Elmore sentenced Cameron yesterday for the latter’s armed robbery of a taxi-driver; breaking into a service station; attempted break-in of a second station; carrying an offensive weapon, and escaping from Burwash reformatory.

Cameron was given the 10-year-term for his robbery of taxi-driver John Kusian. Terms on the other charges against Cameron were made concurrent. The 10-year sentence will be consecutive to a three-months term the accused is now serving for a conviction registered in May.

Cameron escaped from Burwash Reformatory in September. The total sentence, which included the concurrent terms, amounted to 17 years.

‘You have had seven previous convictions before all this,’ His Worship told Cameron. ‘It is fortunate that no one has been injured.’

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“Escaped from Burwash; Sent To Kingston,” Ottawa Standard. October 8, 1918.

Two Young Men Start Early on Downward Career.

Sentences of two years in Kingston penitentiary were meted out to two young men, Joseph Claro and Norman G. Williams, who pleaded guilty in Tuesday’s police court to escaping from Burwash Industrial Farm. The two seemed thoroughly repentant for their action, but the court thought that their chances for parole would be better at Kingston than at the institution they had just left.

Young in Crime
Norman Williams is but 20 years of age. He was sentenced at Toronto to serve a term for the theft of an automobile. On the 24th of September he escaped from custody and when caught was taken back with just a warning. On October 4th, he escaped again in company of Joseph Claro, alias Joseph Cleroux. This man has a bad record, with a previous term at the penitentiary, time in local jails and a reform school, and a lengthy sentence at Burwash ahead before his elopment. He and Williams escaped from the Industrial Farm, made their way along the rail line, evading the guards searching for them, and absconding with a motor car in Copper Cliff….
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….consecutively with the sentences they were serving.

‘Notwithstanding your youthfulness you are dangerous characters to be at large, and if I send you to Kingston Penitentiary I think they will be able to help you there,’ Magistrate Askwith declared.

Their recapture Tuesday afternoon was effected by Inspector Joliet and his squad after an exciting chase through New Edinburgh. Shots were fired by the detectives.

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“Youth Leaves Jail To Work Out Fine,” The Globe and Mail. October 7, 1948. Page 02.

At the request of Major Alec MacMillan of the Salvation Army, 16-year-old Terry Smith of Sackville St. was released from Don Jail Tuesday night. Terry, convicted of ill-treating a kitten, was unable to pay a $50 fine, and was sentenced to 10 days in jail by Magistrate Thomas Elmore.

Major MacMillan said Terry was a ‘good boy,’ and would work to raise money to meet the $50 fine.
“Faces Sentence In Taxi Robbery,”

The Globe and Mail. October 7, 1948. Page 02.

David Cameron, 24, will be sentenced today by Magistrate Thomas Elmore after being convicted yesterday of robbing taxi driver John Kusian about two weeks ago. Kusian charged that Cameron had placed a butcher knife against his back and robbed him of $16.

Cameron faces sentence on four additional charges; Breaking into a service station on Fleet St., possession of an offensive weapon, attempted break-in of a second service station on Front St., and escape from Burwash Reformatory.

Cameron, 24 years old, escaped from reformatory on Sept. 9, and was said to have committed all the misdemeanors since the date. He pleaded guilty to all except the armed robbery charge.

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Department of Justice
Federal Prison Camp, Tuscon, Ariz.

$50.00 — REWARD — $50.00

CALVIN HOMES – Reg. No. 1959-TA – FBI Number – Unknown

Escaped from Federal Prison Camp, Tuscon, Arizona, on September 18, 1939, at approximately 9:00 p.m. in company with Stockton Darneille, Reg. No. 2149-TA.


(Calvin Johnson Holmes – only known alias)

Sex: Male
Age: 46
Eyes: Blue
Hair: Turning Grey (Receding Forehead)
Color: White
Complexion: Light
Height: 69″
Weight: 178
Build: Stocky
Mustache: None
Nationality: American
Occupation: Salesman

Scars and Marks: None noticeable.

Residence: Terre Haute, Indiana.

Relatives or Friends:
Sister: Mrs. Art Taugaw, R. R. #3, Box 373, Terre Haute Indiana.
Brother: Mr. Kirk Holmes, (Last Known address) 601 Mary St., Evansville, Indiana.

At the time of escape he was wearing blue and white checked denim trousers, white shirt, black oxfords.

Received at Federal Prison Camp, Tuscon, Arizona, on August 4, 1938, on transfer from Federal Correctional Institution, La Tuna, Texas.

Crime: Armed Robbery, Post Office.
Sentence: 25 years.

Reward of $50.00 (Subject to the conditions of Bureau of Prisons Circular No. 2689, amended March 1, 1937).

If apprehended please notify any of the following: Superintendent of the Camp; Director, Bureau of Prisons, Washington, D.C., U.S. Marshal nearest to place of apprehension; or F.B.I., El Paso, Texas, by wire, collect.


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“Evasions à Archambault,” La Presse. September 11, 1980. Page B12.

La police recherche deux prisonniers qui se sont évadés, tôt hier, du pénitencier fédéral Archambault à sécurité maximale. 

Michel Lafleur, 30 ans, qui purge une peine de 11 ans pour divers crimes, et Gilles Lavery, 23 ans, en prison pour 10 ans pour tentative de vol à main armée, tentative de meurtre et une évasion antérieure, ont tous les deux été décrits par la police comme étant «très dangereux».
Ils se sont évadés de la prison de Sainte Anne-des-Plaines, au nord de Montréal, vers 01h00 hier matin, après avoir scié les barreaux de leur cellule. La police et les autorités du pénitencier ont refusé de donner d’autres détails.

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“The Stoney Mountain Gang,” Kingston Daily Standard. September 4, 1912. Page 02.

The Stoney Mountain gang who came up for trial this spring and received nineteen years additional to their sentences for breaking jail, have not yet been restored to the confidence of the authorities at the Portsmouth Penitentiary, and as a result are still doing solitary confinement. The officials do not intend to take any chances, for the members of the gang, facing their long recently acquired sentences, would be willing to take any chance, however small, to escape. They are keeping very orderly during their present sojourn in the dungeons.

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“Hostage-taking isn’t new to ‘killer cons’,” Montreal Gazette. August 26, 1980. Page 02.

of The Gazette

The inmates involved in the hostage-taking at the maximum security Laval Institute have all been described as extremely dangerous.

At least five are convicted killers – two of them slayers of policemen.

– Edgar Roussel, 33, a convicted killer, has a record that includes two escapes and two hostage-takings.

In March, 1978, while serving two life terms for a double slaying, he was a ringleader of Canada’s longest prison hostage-taking as he and three others held six guards and 10 inmates for three weeks in the St. Jerome jail.

The incident, like the current one, began with a foiled escape.

His first hostage-taking had come three months before at New Brunswick’s Dorchester Penitentiary.

Roussel’s first prison escape was from Laval, when it was St. Vincent de Paul Penitentiary.

He and a notorious accomplice, Richard Blass, and four other convicts jumped three guards and commandeered a van for their getaway.

They were recaptured, but less than five months later Roussel and Blass escaped again.

A few days later they committed the crime that brought the double life sentence – the slaying of two men in the Gargantua Bar and Grill in east-end Montreal.

Three months later, Blass was killed in a shoot-out with police and Roussel was behind bars.

Three months later, Blass was killed in a shoot-out with police and Roussel was behind bars.

During the St. Jerome incident Roussel threatened a ‘bloodbath’ if police stormed the jail, and said he would rather die than stay in prison.

‘I have nothing to lose,’ he said. ‘I’m willing to die for my freedom.’

– Robert Pelletier and Denis Labelle, both in their 20s, were convicted in 1977 of the beating and stabbing death of a fellow prisoner at Archambault Institute.

The victim, Daniel Theirry, 25, of Tours, France, had been stabbed more than 60 times.

His body was found in a toilet of a recreation building at the maximum security prison in Ste. Anne des Plains, north of Montreal.

Pelletier, from the Gatineau area, was serving a five-year term for armed robbery. Labelle, of Mount Laurier, was serving life for murder,

– Roger Duhamel and Thomas Guay, are serving life sentence for the 1977 shooting death of a Quebec Police Force constable, Robert Brabant, 23, who was ambushed near Joliette while chasing three suspects in a holdup.

He was alone at the time, and his death sparked a seven-day walkout by unionized members of the QPF to protest one-man patrols.

Duhamel, in his late 20s or early 30s, and Reginald Berger were convicted of first-degree murder and sentenced to life, with no parole before 25 years.

Guay, in his late 30s, was convicted of second-degree murder and also drew a life term, but was to be eligible for parole in 10 years.

– Rory Shayne, 29, also a prison escaper, has a record of dramatic escapades. He was convicted last April of conspiracy, kidnapping and bank robbery in a February, 1979 heist in which he hijacked a helicopter.

Shayne forced the helicopter pilot to land in the parking lot of the Place Vertu shopping centre in northwest Montreal, where he then held up a Royal Bank branch, taking nearly $12,000.

He then had the pilot flu to the nearest Metro station where he and a female accomplice fled.

At the time, Shayne, described as ‘always armed and extremely dangerous,’ was being sought after his escape from the medium-security Leclerc Institute in Laval.

He had fled from a female escort while at the Alexis Nihon Plaza on a day-pass.

Before that escape, Shayne had served eight years of a 20-year sentence for wounding two policemen in Victoria, B.C., in Sept. 1970.

In that escape, he had robbed a bank and in his flight had hijacked a sailboat and held two people hostage for 16 hours before being caught in U.S. waters.

– Robert Imbeault, in his early 30s, has a prison record that includes at least four escapes, his first from a prison in Cowansville in November, 1969.

Three months later, after recapture, he escaped again – this time from a jail in Rimouski.

In the next three years he escaped at least twice from Laval, where he has been imprisoned since 1972 on charges of armed robbery, theft, and being unlawfully at large.

– Omer Alain and Michael Mavionello were identified as the other two convicts in the Laval hostage-taking, but no information was available.

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“A Killer Winks at Gory Crime,” LIFE. August 16, 1948. Page 30.

Newsreel records a brutal tale

In the fortnight beginning July 10 two subnormal young men named Robert Daniels and John West murdered six people in the state of Ohio. West killed a Columbus saloonkeeper, a farmer and a truck driver. Daniels shot down the family of John C. Niebel, the farm superintendent of a reformatory where both Daniels and West had served sentences. When police finally intercepted the slayers, West was killed but Daniels surrended. A few days later Sheriff Roy Shaffer (left), who captured him, interviews Daniels for Movietone News. In the dramatic film sequence (below) Killer Daniels repeated his confession, and, winking at the audience, boasted that he got his ‘share’ of the victim.

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“Police Are Jokes For Escaped Men,” Toronto Star. August 5, 1910. Page 03.

The Two Who Got Away From London Jail Play High Jinks in Ingersoll.


Even Shake Hands With Them, But Still Elude the County Constables.

Special to The Star
Ingersoll, Aug. 5. – Jack Roberts and his chum, Steadman, who made a daring escape from the London jail Thursday afternoon last, are still at large and undoubtedly in this town and community, baffling the best efforts of the local police force, assisted by High Constable Hughes, of Middlesex, and Deputy Sheriff Watterworth, of London.

Roberts, from his knowledge of the town and community, acquired in his early boyhood days, is engineering the chase with all the skill of an experienced checker player. He has a thorough knowledge of the layout of the ground on which he is playing the game, and he cleverly checkmates every move of his pursuers. His friends in Ingersoll, who are undoubtedly assisting him in foiling the efforts of the police. Not only has he shaken hands with a number of citizens of this town, not only has openly appeared on the main streets, but he has been within a stones throw of the officers in pursuit of him, and yet he eludes them of every turn.

Stole Jar of Fruit.
Yesterday afternoon about 5 o’clock Roberts entered a house in the southeast portion of the town and stole a jar of fruit. Chief Chilton was notified, and with Deputy Sheriff Watterworth, Constables Hughes and Cook, started after him. Roberts must have known of their movements, as he evaded them and hid in the Baptist church sheds, and remarked to a citizen as the officers passed by: ‘There go the four guys looking for me.’

At 7 p.m. he was seen near the C.P.R. station, and at 9 o’clock he was seen on the north side of the town, talking to a citizen. Nothing more has been heard or seen of Roberts and his chum, so far as the police are informed, though they are constantly on the lookout for any sign of the fleeing prisoners. It is stated both men are armed and will offer resistance if cornered.

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“Spent Night in Bush Tortured With Flies,” Sudbury Star. July 31, 1918. Page 04.

Of the many attempted escapes from Burwash Industrial Farm, an exploit last week by two prisoners is the most novel in the history of the institution to date. The men of the dormitory were taken down to the lake for their customary swim, when two of them swam clear across the lake and took to the bush. When found next day they had made about seven miles on the Canadian Northern tracks in a perfectly nude state, and had suffered untold agony on account of the flies. The deer flies are now bad in that section and the men were severely bitten. They spent the entire night in one of the creeks immersed to the chin to avoid the torture of the flies.

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“Truant Surrenders Having Seen Circus,” Toronto Globe. July 21, 1933. Page 10.

Wish Expressed to Return to Victoria Industrial School, Mimico

Kenneth Neely, 18-year-old inmate of Victoria Industrial School, Mimico, who has been missing for some days from that institution, yesterday walked into the Central Police Station at Detroit, and surrendered. To the officer in charge, young Neely, with some satisfaction, expressed his desire to return to the school, having explained how he had achieved an ambition of many years’ standing.

‘They let me out from the school to look for another lad who had escaped. While I was away I saw a poster advertising a big circus, the one thing I had longed to see for five years,’ he told the police. Saying he had gratified his ambition, he added: ‘And, say, it was just swell.’

Neely, who was serving a term for stealing a car at Niagara Falls, is being held pending the arrival of an officer from the school to bring him back.

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“Police Pick Up Two Lads; Notify Industrial School,” Toronto Globe. July 12, 1933. Page 02.

(Special Despatch to The Globe.)
Welland, July 11. – Welland police today were in communication with the authorities of the Mimico Industrial School relative to two lads picked up here late Monday. Rushing to Cook’s Mills after receiving a call from Mrs. Hall at that place. Police Chief Davies and Sergeant Anderson of the Welland force picked up William JOnes, aged 17, who hails from Thorold, and William McClelland, 17, Peterboro’.

The lads had called at Mrs. Hall’s home on Douglas Street asking for food, and thinking one of them might be the missing boys, immediately informed Welland police. On questioning the lads, police learned that McClelland had escaped from Mimico Industrial School on Saturday, and that Jones, who was formerly at Mimico, had made a getaway from his place of parole.

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“Habitual Criminal Charge Asked,” Montreal Gazette. July 7, 1956. Page 03.

Boastful Convict Could Get Life Imprisonment

The Quebec Attorney General’s department has been asked to approve a charge of ‘habitual criminalism’ against 28-year-old Fernand Dube, cocky, talkative penitentiary escapee who was quoted yesterday as saying: ‘We won’t be in the pen a year from now.’

Dube and his two partners in the June 29 escape from St. Vincent de Paul Penitentiary – Gilles Hamel, 20, and Gaston Martel, 25 – were lodged in separate cells last night, under constant police guard, pending their court appearance on Monday or Tuesday.

The charge against Dube is getting special study because it is the man’s fifth break from the prison where he is serving a 16-year sentence.

PRovincial Police Det.-Capt. Leopold Troftier told The Gazette yesterday that the Montreal headquarters had submitted the request for a habitual criminal charge ‘because of this man’s record.’

For Life
Conviction on such a charge implies life improisonment under the wording ‘imprisonment for an indeterminate time at the leisure of Her Majesty.’

It was recalled that only one such conviction has been made in Quebec, and it was the first in Canada. This was eight years ago when Johnny Young, a narcotics racketeer, was found guilty of habitual criminalism. He is now in St. Vincent de Paul Penitentiary.

The charge was laid aainst Young immediately after his conviction and sentence of five years for handling $180,000 worth of heroin.

Two other men since then have faced charges of habitual criminalism in Quebec courts, but oth were acquitted of the charge although they were sentenced to five and 10 years’ imprisonment.

Both Dube and Hamel will face trial here on charges of escape and armed robbery at the Provincial Bank branch at Yamachiche, near Three Rivers, during their hectic six days of freedom. They were captured by Provincial Police officers Thursday near Quebec Bridge after police fired six shots to flush them from their hiding place in thick bushland.

Loot Found
Police recovered $18,584 of an estimated $21,000 stolen from the Yamachiche bank.

In Montreal detetcive office cells, under 24-hour police guard, is Martel, the last of the trio to be captured.

He will face charges of escape and armed robbery of the St. Jean Baptiste branch of the Caisse Populaire on Rachel St. East, where an estimated $4,000 was taken.

City police said $2716 of this sum has been recovered.

Hamel, the mildest and youngest of the three convicts, will also receive special police attention. He was reported to have first fallen afoul of the law as a 13-year-old when he was sent to reform school for two years for theft of $1 worth of merchandise from a Drummondville five-and-10-cent store.

Ran Away
After spending a year at the institution, he ran away but was returned to serve a five-year term there. He was re-arrested some six months ago on breaking and entering and theft charges.

He has never had aa chance from the very start,’ a veteran Provincial Police officer explained. ‘He is only 20 years old and has spent a little less than half his life so far in jail.’ 

Possible additional charges are being studied against Hamel. He was reported to be ‘co-operating with police on at least three cases of safecracking and breaking and entering in the Victoriaville area prior to his detention in prison six months ago.’

Held for questioning in Martel’s capture at Sherbrooke and Napoleon Sts. early yesterday are three women and two other men. Their names were withheld by police pending investigation.

Martel was sentenced last year to 10 years in prison on two convictions of robbing Caisse Populaire branches in Montreal.

Provincial Police found a .22 calibre rifle, sawed down to pistol size and blackened with shoe polish to resemble an automatic.

‘We found this following the arrest of Dube and Hamel,’ Provincial Police officers said. ‘It is a powerful single-shot weapon and highly-dangerous at close range.

Dube, described as the ringleader, was the most talkative of the three yesterday.

After describing the escape he was quoted as saying: ‘After fleeing to Ville St. Michel and getting our sawed-off gun, we split up after Martel failed to show up at the rendezvous.’

Martel was believed to have headed for Ottawa where he spent several days of freedom.

‘We stayed in a Montreal tourist room until Monday night and then left the island with a friend who supplied a car,’ Dube is reported to have told police officers.

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“Guards Use Tear Gas To End Burwash Riot Over Baked Beans Fare,” The Globe & Mail. July 3, 1948. Page 01.

After being suppressed for four days, news of another riot at Burwash Industrial Farm, leaked out yesterday and Reform Institutions Minister George Dunbar then revealed the uprising was due to complaints against the food. The trouble which occurred Monday night, was finally settled after three hours of violence when the guards hurled tear gas at the prisoners.

The riot was the second at the huge industrial prison in eight months. It followed by three days a similar outbreak at the Mercer Reformatory for females in Toronto which was brought under control by city and provincial police.

Just how many prisoners took part in the more recent Burwash rebellion could not be definitely determined. Superintendent Ralph Ayres, who took over after the riots last October, refused to give any information. One guard said 510 inmates had to be subdued after they smashed tables, dormitory windows and attempted to batter down the steel corridor gates. Deputy MInister C. F. Neelands, who like Supt. Ayres, was uncommunicative, would only say that the number involved was considerably that mentioned by the guard.

The violence is said to have started over baked beans served for supper. The prisoners housed in dormitories reportedly complained about the fare, but ate it. Then 165 men from the cells filed into the mess hall and began banging on the tables with cups and plates. This action stirred the 345 men in the dormitories to a demonstration of their own.

After three hours of rioting destruction tear gas was thrown at the prisoners and order was restored. Eighteen men have been singled out as the ringleaders and will be disciplined presumably by being strapped, or being placed in solitary confinement.

On top of all this, two prisoners, Leonard Erwin Staley, 29, Toronto, and Admiral Killingsworth, 32, Hamilton, escaped Thursday night and the body of another escapee, Wilson Broch, was found in Long Lake at Bayswater, 16 miles south of Burwash. Broch had been missing since June 19. He was from Hamilton.

Dr. Gillies Desmarais, coroner, said Broch’s death was due to drowning. George Waynott, Hamilton, who escaped with Broch is still at large.

Tear gas was used last October when 10 prisoners, led by Raymond (Dolly) Quinton, Windsor, were in control of the 7,000 acre farm for three days. This ‘committee’ of 10 issued orders to prisoners and guards alike and commandeered trucks. The guards claimed they were powerless to resist the prisoners until they received authority to use the gas.

Such authority was vested in them by an act of the legislature at the last session when the guards of all reform institutions were given the powers of police officers in handling prisoners.

Prof. Stuart Jaffray, who investigated the October riots, said they were caused by a breakdown in the administration system. He also remarked that the food could be improved. In that outbreak, some $3,000 damage was done to furniture and other property.

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