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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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“Gets 2 Years For Holdup Of Taximan,” The Globe and Mail. October 25, 1938. Page 03.

Sentence for Robbery With Violence Runs Concurrently With 10-Year Term Already Imposed

One Man Still Sought

Sudbury, Oct. 24 (Special). – With five police officers present in the courtroom, Maurice Fisette, 27, one of the trio who on Oct. 2, held up and robbed Tom Campbell, Sudbury taxi driver, pleaded guilty to the theft of a car and robbery with violence. He was sentenced to two years in Portsmouth penitentiary on each charge, the sentences to run concurrently.

Fisette accepted his sentence, without giving any clue as the identity of the third man who is still at liberty. Harold Olsen, a member of the trio, was struck by a police bullet which glanced off a rock, as police attempted to apprehend the men about 100 miles west of Sudbury. Olsen died in the Red Cross Hospital at Blind River the following day. At the inquest which followed Constable J. Brown, who fired the fatal bullet, was absol;ved of all blame in connection with the bandit’s death.

Before sentence was pased FIsette asked ‘for a chance to go straight.’ He told Magistrate J. S. McKessock he already had a ten-year sentence to serve and pleaded for leniency ‘to give me time to get out and go straight.’ Magistrate McKessock expressed the opinion in passing sentence Fisette had ‘already wasted your opportunities.’

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“Woodstock gripped by a Thanksgiving of terror,” Toronto Star. October 9, 1984. A7.

Keeping contact: While police blocked off roads around Woodstock, a remote-controlled robot vehicle, front right, was used to establish voice contact with a man who had barricaded himself inside a home after a weekend shooting spree that left four people dead. Police used the cover of an armored truck, left, to position the robot near the house. Photo: John Mahler, Toronto Star

Watching: An Ontario provincial policeman peers through binoculars at the Woodstock home where a gunman was thought to be holding hostages after four people died in gunfights. Photo: Colin McConnell, Toronto Star

Under siege: A crowd of curious onlookers gathers at a home in Woodstock where police staged a 20-hour siege after a man barricaded himself inside following a shooting spree that killed four people, two of them policemen. The man, flushed out last night, was being sought for the Saturday night killing of a policeman and another man in Montreal.
Photo: Colin McConnell, Toronto Star

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“Identify Prisoner As One Who Beat Way Out At Amos,” Ottawa Citizen. October 4, 1938. Page 23.

Canadian Press

BLIND RIVER, Ont.,  Oct. 4 – Captured Sunday night when police bullets mortally wounded a companion after the theft of a taxi at Sudbury, 80 miles away, a prisoner in jail here was identified today as Morris Fisette alias Gravelle who slugged a guard and escaped from Jail at Amos, Que., July 24.

Fisette, identified by fingerprints had refused constantly since his capture to disclose his identity. He said it was up to police to find out.

Fisette was arrested after Tommy Campbell, Sudbury cab driver, told police at Spanish, half way between Sudbury and Sault Ste. Marie, three men who hired him to drive them to Whitefish, stole his cab.

A man who said his was name was Harold Olsen, an escaped convict from Washington D.c., died today in hospital from a bullet wound suffered in a chase after the men deserted the taxi in a ditch near Serpent River bridge. A third man escaped and police are scouring the district for him.

SLUGGED WAY OUT
AMOS, Que., Oct. 4 – Maurice Fisette, held by police at Blind River, Ont., after a companion had been killed by police bullets, has been a fugitive from Quebec officers since he strong-armed his way out of jail here July 24.

Serving a 10-year term in St. Vincent de Paul Penitentiary for holdup, he had been brought here from the Montreal prison for trial on theft charges. Convicted, he was sentenced to three years, to run concurrently with his previous term.

While awaiting in the town jail for his return to Montreal, Fisette broke out of his cell and scaled the prison wall to freedom. On the way out, he overpowered a guard who tried to stop him.

Some weeks later, he was taken at Portage La Prairie, Man. But just as a pair of provincial detectives were setting out from here to bring him back, word came from the West that he had broken jail again. 

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“Slayer Endures Awful Agony,” Kingston Daily Standard. August 5, 1912. Page 05.

Existed on Berries and Leaves For Weeks.

Clothes Were Torn in Ribbons – Charged With the Murder of His Wife in July Last.

Montreal, August 5. – Detective L. G. Lapointe, of the provincial bureau, has returned from Beauce County, where he arrested Alexander Wintle, accused of the murder of his wife Frances Wright.

The police declare that Wintle endured frightful sufferings in the woods around Beauce before he was arrested. When he disappeared it was thought he had suicided.

The crime for which Wintle is accused was committed on July 11, and it was not until last Wednesday, that Wintle was arrested.

On the day after the murder, Wintle’s clothes were found on the river bank, two miles from his home. Several days later, however, he presented himself at the house of a neighbour named Boucher. From that time he was not seen again until arrested by Detective Lapointe. When taken in charge the accused murderer appeared to have lost his reason through his sufferings.

He told the police that for three weeks he had lived in a forest nearly 100 miles square. For 17 days he struggled about, eating berries and green leaves. At night he slept wherever he happened to be .

When he was arrested his clothes were torn to ribbons and his feet were bare. He was nearly starved to death.

When arrested, Wintle threw himself to his knees and cried: ‘Do not kill me, sir. I wish to live.’

Detective Lapointe left the man in prison at St. Joseph de la Beauce when he will remain until after the inquest, on August 6, by Magistrate Angers.

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“Provincial Police In Aylmer Manhunt,” Ottawa Citizen. July 28, 1938. Page 04.

Chase Has Been One-Man Affair Up to Now, With Town Chief Doing All Work.

For the first time since the search has been on for Rene Longpre, Aylmer jailbreaker and fugitive from justice on a cattle rustling charge, the Quebec provincial police in the Hull district have been authorized to take part in the manhunt, The Citizen was informed today. There is a possibility that Eugene Decosse, chief of the provincial detachment in Hull, will enlist the aid of the Royal Canadian mounted police. He planned today to confer with officers of the criminal investigation bureau of the Mounted.

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police have been reported as having participated in the search, but it was learned today that the force has taken no active part.

Ald. F. L. Pilgrim, chairman of the Aylmer police commission, said today that the hunt has been a ‘one-man’ hunt, with Chief Delbert Dumoulin of the Aylmer police doing all the hunting. With the provincial force ready to step in and the aid of the Mounted likely to be enlisted it is felt in official circles that Longpre’s freedom will be short. If he is caught he will be lodged in the county jail in Hull.

Insofar as the manhunt is concerned, the presence in Hull today of Col. P. A. Piuze, director of the Quebec provincial police, had no significance. The director is in hull arranging for the centralization of the Hull district detachment of the force.

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“Man
Hiding North of Aylmer Fired On, Makes Escape,” Ottawa
Citizen
. July 25, 1938. Page 02.

Thought To Be Rene Longpre, Who Broke Jail, Gets Away Although Surrounded.

A man, believed by police to be Rene Longpre, 24-year-old resident of Aylmer
who escaped from the Aylmer jail while awaiting trial on a charge of cattle
rustling, was discovered hiding in a clump of bushes about two miles north of
Aylmer on Saturday evening, by a posse of 30 men, headed by Inspector Prevost
of the Quebec provincial police, Chief Delbert Dumoulin of Aylmer and Ald. F.
L. Pilgrim. The man managed to avoid capture, however, despite the firing of
three shots, two over his head, and one at him.

The
posse which had been conducting an active search in the Aylmer distirct, ever
since Longpre slugged Guard Fred Leon, over the head with a soft drink bottle
and made his escape, were in receipt of reports early Saturday afternoon that a
man answering Longpre’s description had been seen crossing the highway about
two miles from Aylmer.

Posse Surrounds Bush.
At once the members of the posse proceeded to the district where the wanted man
had been last seen and surrounded the heavy bush there. A group of the men were
detailed to stand watch around the bush while another group entered into the
thicket and carefully covered every foot of ground. As the search was
proceeding about seven o’clock, Ald. A. O. Routliffe, who was stationed on the
outskirts of the bush, spotted a young man slinking along a ditch by the side
of the road. The adlerman at once signaled to Inspector Prevost who, running to
the scene, shouted to the man to halt.

The man, hearing the shout, turned
and at once started to run away. The officer fired two shots over the head of
the running man, and, when no heed was taken to order to halt, Prevost fired a
shot at the legs of the man. Just as the third shot rang out, the man, believed
to be Longpre, fell and the officer, thinking he had been struck, raced up to
capture him. Before he could do this, however, the man rose to his feet and ran
into the heavy brush.

No
Signs of Blood
.
Other members of the posse, hearing the shot, at once centered on the point
where the man was last seen but despite a very careful search of the area, no
signs of him were found. A careful check of the spot where stumbled was made,
but no signs of blood were found on the ground and it is thought that the man
stumbled on the rough ground and the bullet missed him.

Officials pointed out that the man,
if Longpre as they believed, had somehow or other secured a change of clothing.
When he escaped he was wearing a pair of grey flannel pants. When seen on
Saturday night he was wearing a brown suit, complete.

When darkness fell on Saturday the
search was given up, only a few members of the posse remaining on duty guarding
the area.

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