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“Aylmer Man Is Arrested After Lengthy Search,” Ottawa Citizen. October 26, 1938. Page 01 & 04.

Rene Longpre, 24, Who Brutally Attacked Guard, Is Taken in Clarence Street Rooming House.

Dyeing of Hair Fails To Fool Police Officer

Accused Is Turned Over to Quebec Authorities After Capture by Detective Sabourin.

A three-month search for Rene Longpre, 24-year-old Aylmer resident, who escaped from the Aylmer jail after brutally attacking a guard, ended shortly before noon today when the long-wanted youth was taken into custody in a Clarence street rooming house by Detective Ernest Sabourin, of the Ottawa police.

Pauline Huneault, 19, of 50 Rouville street, Hull, who was arrested about an hour after Longpre, admitted to Chief Decosse of the Hull Police that she was an accomplice of Longpre when the home of Mr. and Mrs. Redmond D. Macdonald at Aylmer was robbed on October 16th and the inmates assaulted.

The girl told the police that she and Longpre went to Aylmer on the bus early in the evening and hid in the bushes near the Macdonald home until about 11.30 p.m. They they entered and, being surprised by Mrs. Macdonald, attacked her.

The sum of $55 and a gold watch was stolen from the Macdonald home. The watch was located in the Ottawa Lower Town rooming house in which Longpre and Miss Huneault were found.

Chief Decosse said other arrests may be made.

Hair Was Dyed
When arrested, Longpre was found to have dyed his hair and to have grown a moustache. He had also been wearing glasses. The disguise did not fool the Ottawa detective. Going under the name of Lucien Raymond, Longpre at first denied he was the wanted man, and put up quite an argument. He did not resist arrest otherwise. Detective Sabourin took him to the police station and booked him on a charge of vagrancy. Longpre was turned over this afternoon to Chief Eugene Decosse of the Quebec provincial police in Hull, and Chief Delbert Dumoulin, of the Aylmer police.

Assault on Jail Guard
The Aylmer youth who had been originally arrested by Chief Dumoulin for the Ontario provincial police for cattle rustling in Carleton county, escaped from the Aylmer jail on July 21, shortly after his arrest. He made his getaway after beating the guard. Fred Leon, 35, of Aylmer, over the head and face with a soft drink bottle. Leon had both jaws fractured. Longpre disappeared in the woods alongside the Ottawa river and eluded a posse which searched the whole district for weeks.

Searched Rooming House
It was learned today that Longpre came to Ottawa early in August and had stayed in various Lower Town rooming houses since that time. Information was received by police that the wanted youth was hanging around the city and several rooming houses were searched without success. 

At 11.30 o’clock this morning, Detective Sabourin walked into a Clarence street rooming house and found Longpre in bed.

Longpre will be arraigned tomorrow morning on the jailbreaking and assault charges. A week’s remand likely will be asked by police.

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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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“3 Insane Convicts Free; 5 Make Escape From City Jail; 2 Recaptured / Insane Prisoners Break Jail at Bordeaux.” Montreal Gazette, September 17, 1938. Second edition. Top image is page 15.  Next two are pages 1 & 9.

“Fugitives Overpower Guards – Are Believed Armed. / Police Cordon Drawn. / All Available Forces Join Search for Desperate Men in Woods.

Three dangerously insane convicts, all believed armed, were fugitives from a widespread police net last night after escaping from Montreal Jail at Bordeaux shortly after two o’clock yesterday afternoon.  Two others who were also confined to the jail asylum, escaped at the same time, but were captured shortly afterwards.

A jail guard’s car, which the convicts seized at the gun point outside the prison’s main gate, was found abandoned last night in the north end of the city.  Provincial, Montreal and Royal Canadian Mounted Police threw a strong cordon about the island as soon as the break became known, but it was believed possible that one or more of the men had slipped through before the guards were posted.

The men were believed to have two revolvers and a rifle among them, and all were described by prison officers as ‘desperate men who would stop at nothing to retain their freedom.’

Police search squads were armed with machine guns and tear gas equipment.

The five, all declared by Dr. Daniel Plouffe, superintendent of the prison hospital, to be insane, were:

JULES LEGACE, 32, 10 years for burglary and holdup;

JOHN O’MALLEY, 25, life for assault on penitentiary guard;

JOSEPH GAUCHEN, 23, five years for assault on penitentiary guard;

DIEUDONNE COALLIER, 25, 10 years for burglary;

LEO TREMBLAY, 25, sentence unascertained.

The first four were Montrealers, while Tremblay was brought here from Quebec CIty.

O’Malley and Coallier were captured within a few hours of the break.”

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Cinq Fous Criminels S’Évadent

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Bordeaux – Des Gardes Blessés.” La Patrie, Edition Quotidienne. September 17, 1938. Page 1 & Page 21.

“L’évasion la plus sensationnelle encore vue dans notre province s’est produite vendredi après-midi,

à 2 heures 30,

à la prison de Bordeaux alors que cinq détenus de la section des aliénés criminels ont pris la fuite.

Trois gardes de la prison ont été assommés par les évadés qui leur ont enlevé leur armes et quie so sont ensuite fait ouvrir la grande barrière de la prison en dirigeant une fusillade nourrie dans la direction  des gardiens qui avaient mission de les empêcher de passer.”

     

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“Cinq prisonniers s’évadent de Bordeaux – Ils désarment deux gardes, en assomment deux autres et fuient dans une voiture volée à un cinquième gardien.” Le Canada. September 17, 1938. Page 01.

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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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“The improvements recently carried out there [at the Cobourg jail] have made this a capital and commodious
prison, and also a secure one. Nevertheless, I found on examining the records, that an
escape had taken plate a few weeks previous to my visit.

The blame of the escape mentioned is not due to any defect in the Gaol, but to the
imprudence of the authorities in employing prisoners to work outside in unprotected
situations, whilst they could be employed within the yard with perfect safety. 

In justice to the Gaoler it may be added that deeming himself in some degree to
blame for the escape mentioned, he offered a liberal reward for the recapture of the
prisoner, with what success I have not learned.

 A melancholy spectacle was presented here in the case of an entire family, the mother
and her five children, ranging in age from four to twenty-three years, undergoing imprisonment
at the same time, and not, be it observed, for being participators in the same
offence, but all, or nearly all of them, for some offence committed by each on “his” or
“her own hook." 

There was also another sad specimen of precocious thieving. An unfortunate child
between seven and eight years of age committed for stealing money out of a church – and
probably not the wretched urchin’s first essay – the act of unpremeditated impulse, or suggestion
of an older head. He had been suspected of having practiced the ” black art “ on
other occasions, and quite likely on his own instincts. It is to be hoped that the merciful
sentence awarded him will be one of many years in the Reformatory. 

From the large number of prisoners usually confined here, it is of much importance
that some systematized modes of employment should be provided.”  

– Inspector Terence O’Neil, “SEPARATE REPORT FOR THE YEAR 1864,” Annual Report of the Board of Inspectors of Asylums, Prisons &c for the year 1864. Sessional Papers of the Province of Canada, Sessional Papers No. 14, 29 Victoria, A. 1865.

 pp. 61-62

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