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“Convict Says Police Deliberately Shot His Pal; Jury Unconvinced,” The Globe and Mail. October 8, 1938. Page 04.

Admits He Escaped Jail, but Declares He Will Tell Truth; Accidental Death Is Verdict

Blind River, Oct. 7 (Special.) – An escaped convict, who admitted he had ‘lost count’ of the number of times he had been in prison, failed to convince a Coroner’s jury here today that Provincial Constable John Brown deliberately fired at and killed Harold Olsen, one of the trio that held up and robbed a Sudbury taxi driver. The jury brought in a verdict that Olsen’s death was an accident, and that the bullet fired by the officer was deflected.

The evidence of C. Fissette, who is alleged to have taken part in the holdup, along with Olsen and a third man, was the feature of the inquest. He admitted escaping from Amos when taken there from the St. Jean de Paul Penitentiary [sic], where he was serving a ten-year term for a hold-up. Subsequent to this, he said, he was arrested on a charge of breaking and entering, and of escaping from prison at Portage la Prairie.

‘Will Tell Truth’
‘I may be an escaped convict, but I will tell the truth,’ he declared, reiterating that the police officer had deliberately fired at Olsen. He admitted taking the car, but said it was not a ‘stickup.’

‘This is not the first shooting affray with the police that you have got into?’ asked J. L. O’Flynn, counsel for Constable Brown. ‘What are those marks on your body?’

‘Those are the marks of the paddles used on me in the penitentiary,’ replied Fissette.

‘But those other marks,’ persisted counsel.

‘I don’t have to tell you about that,’ retorted Fissette.

Thomas Campbell, Sudbury taxi-driver, told of having his money and his car taken from him by Fissette and his companions and of being threatened with death if he failed to do what his passengers told him.

Constable Testifies.
Provincial Constable Brown stated that with Gordon McGregor he went to arrest Fissette and his companions following the report of the holdup. He told of warning McGregor not to shoot at any one unless he was shot at first and then only to stop the car. He stated he expected the men to be armed when he started out. On seeing the men approaching, near 10 o’clock at night, he ordered them to halt. Fissette halted but the other men ran. He fired two shots into the ground from his revolver, while McGregor fired one from the rifle into the ground. Later he fired a single shot into the bush from the rifle and three shots to call other policemen to his aid. Some time later Olsen called from the darkness that he had been shot and was found shot through the right shoulder. The officer produced a section of railway tie to show that one of the bullets fired had gone through it when he shot into the ground: McGregor corroborated the officer in every detail.

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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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“Prisoner Said To Be Quebec Jail-Breaker,” The Globe and Mail. October 5, 1938. Page 02.

Identified by Fingerprints; Companion, Wounded by Police Bullets, Dies

Blind River, Oct. 4 – (CP) – Captured Sunday night when police bullets mortally wounded a companion after the theft of a taxi at Sudbury, eighty miles away, a prisoner in the small jail here was identified today as Morris Fiset alias Gravelle who slugged a guard and escaped from Jail at Amos, Que., July 24.

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

Fiset 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 car.

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.

Object of Wide Search.
Fiset was the object of a wide police search since his escape from Amos jail, where had he had been transferred, police said, from St. Vincent de Paul Penitentiary, near Montreal. He had been taken to Amos to stand trial.

Police claim also he was wanted in Manitoba.

Tommy Campbell, the cab driver, told police the men hired him Sunday afternoon at Sudbury. When they reached Whitefish, he said, he felt a gun in his back and he was commanded tersely to ‘move over, we are taking your car.’ Campbell said the men warned him to be careful because ‘we are escaped convicts from the United States.’

Campbell escaped from the car at Spanish and the men continued but the car piled into a ditch a few miles away and they fled on foot. Police, however, already were on their trail and they were sighted near the Serpent River Bridge. Four shots were fired by police and one of the bullets struck Olsen.

Guard Slugged.
Amos, Que., Oct. 4 (CP). – Maurice Fisette, believed to be 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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“PRIME DE $210,000 OFFERTE: PARIS: CHASSE AUX FRÈRES ABDALLAH,” Le Soleil. September 17, 1986. A1 & A2.

♦ PARIS (AFP, AP) • Les autorités françaises ont offert hier une recompense, sans precedent, d’un million de francs ($210,000) pour tout renseigne­ment permettant d’arrêter les auteurs d’une sérié de recents at­ tentats a la bombe à Paris.

De plus, le gouvernement fran­çais a annonce des mesures ex­ceptionnelles dans le but de met­tre la main au collet de deux ressortissants libanais soupçonnes d’être impliques dans ces actions terroristes.

A compter d’aujourd’hui, des milliers de photos des freres Ro­bert Ibrahim Abdallah et Maurice Ibrahim Abdallah seront affichees partout a travers la France. Ce sont les freres de Georges Ibrahim Abdallah, chef presume de l’orga­nisation terroriste FAJU. (Fraction années révolutionnaires liba­naises), qui purge actuellement une peine de prison et dont la li­beration a ete exigée par les groupes qui ont revendique les recents attentats.

L’un de ces groupes, le CSPPA (Comité de solidarité avec les pri­sonniers politiques arabes et du Proche-Orient), a menace hier de s’attaquer au palais présidentiel. Dans un communique manuscrit en arabe parvenu au bureau d’une
agence de presse occidentale a Reyrouth, le CSPPA affirme que “notre bras est très long" et “nous le prouverons très bientôt une nouvelle fois en détruisant le mur d’enceinte du palais du roi Mitterrand ”

Le CSPPA, selon la police fran­çaise, est tenu pour l’auteur de 14 attentats commis a Paris depuis décembre 1955 et qu’ont fait cinq morts et plus ce 200 blessés. Les policiers français ont fait savoir qu’ils prenaient au serieux la menace du CSFPA a l’endroit de l’Elysée. Le general Jacques Hemson, responsable militaire au palais prési­dentiel, a indique hier des mesures de sécurité encore plus strictesivaient ete prises

De son cote, une autre organisation terroriste, les “Partisans du droit et la liberté (PDI.) a annonce hier qu elle voulait "donner une derniere chance au gouvernement francais” avant de reprendre ses actions.

Dans un cominunique daclylo-’.raphie en arabe, egalement parve­nu a une agence de presse a Bey­routh, le PDI, réaffirmé être responsable de tous les attentats entrance “depuis celui des Galeries Lafayette (7 décembre 1985) jusqu’à celui de lundi a la prefecture de po­lice de Paris.”

Les Abdallah
Les autorités françaises n’ont voulu fournir aucun detail pour ex­pliquer pourquoi la police avait été lancée aux trousses des freres Abdallah. Les deux seraient toujours en France. Le troisième frere, Georges Ibrahim Abdallah, est mieux connu. Un Libanais chrétien, il se présenté comme un défenseurde la cause palestinienne. En juillet, il a été condamne a quatre ans de prison pour possession illegales d’armes et d aulres offenses. Toute­ fois, il doit subir un autre procès pour complicité dans les assassi­nats d’un attache militaire americain et d’un diplomate israélien.

Par ailleurs, les Français et les touristes ont eu hier a apprendre a vivre avec les mesures prises après les récents attentats. Dans les deux principaux aéroports de Paris, les arrivants ont dû faire la queue, cer­tains devant même attendre près d’une heure, avant d’obtenir le nou­veau visa exige pour avoir accès au territoire français. Dans la capitale, la presence des forces de I’ordre s’est faite encore plus visible, no­tamment dans tous les bâtiments publics (gares, métro, grands maga­sins et bureaux gouvernementaux).

Les arrestations et detentions de plusieurs ressortissants venant du Moyen-Orient ont ete dénoncées par des organisations humanitaires et religieuses qui ont mis les autorités en garde contre toute repression raciste.

Hier, le gouvernement a annonce l’expulsion d’un etudiant libanais de 22 ans, arrête a Paris le 11 sep­tembre et precise que 11 autres res­sortissants du Moyen-Orient, en majorité des Libanais, restaient en detention administrative" tandis que 15 autres demeuraient en “gar­de a vue.”

Finalement, le president de l’Assemblee parlementaire du Conseil de l’Europe, M. Louis Jung, a fait savoir que la France ratifiera pro­chainement la convention euro­péenne sur la repression du terro­risme. Seules la France, l’Irlande, la
Grrece et Malte, parmi les 21 Elats membres du Conseil de l’Furope, n’ont pas encore ratifie cette convention qui a pour but de per­mettre l’extradition d’auteurs d’actes d’une particulière gravite (détournement d’avions, enleve­ment, prise d’otages, utilisation de bombes, etc.) M, Jung a fait cette annonce apres un bref entretien, hier, avec le premier ministre fran­çais Jacques Chirac.

Photo caption: La guerre aux terroristes declenchee par le gouvernement français se traduit par diverses mesures, dont la fouille ici, avenue des Champs Elysees. de deux passants par des membres de l’escouade anti-émeute. Un policier fouille un passant pendant que son collègue vérifié les cartes d’identité de l’autre.

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‘Conscience Bothered Him,” Toronto Globe. September 7, 1916. Page 05.

Escaped Prisoner Returned to Canada – Conduct Will Determine Term.

(Special Despatch to The Globe.)
Guelph, Sept. 6 – John McDonald and Timothy Ryan, escaped prisoners from the Reformatory here, appeared before Magistrate Watt this morning to answer the charge of jail breaking. Each pleaded guilty, and agreed to be tried summarily by the Magistrate. Each got a determinate sentence of three months and an indeterminate sentence of two years less one day. The time they will serve now depends on their behavior and the Parole Board. Ryan escaped from the Farm here on June 18th and made his way to the United States. He says his conscience bothered him and he decided to return to Canada, and was captured at Welland on August 26th, shortly after he returned to this country. He was doing a year for theft at the time of his escape. McDonald escaped on December 15, 1915, and was not recaptured until the 16th of August, 1916. He had been doing six months for vagrancy, being sent from Kingston.

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“Parry Sound Jailbreakers Rounded Up,” Sudbury Star. August 10, 1918. Page 01 & 05.

Series of Robberies in District Cleared Up by Arrests

Following sensational robberies at Coniston, Warren, and St. Charles during the past week, the provincial police Thursday afternoon rounded up three young men on the west arm of Lake Nipissing. Two other young men, part of a gang of five who broke jail in Parry Sound last week, eluded the officers and are still at large. There were discomforting reports that the Warren and St. Charles robberies were committed by defaulters and deserters under the Military Service Act, for the purpose of securing supplies of clothing, food, arms, and ammunition, but the police say there is no connection in the affair.

Breaking jail in Parry Sound last week, the five young men beat their way up the Canadian Northern to Conistion junction. During last Thursday the Harris Abattoir’s store at Coniston was robbed of a considerable quantity of bacon. The band set out and walked to Warren where they arrived on Saturday afternoon. Some quantity of the stolen bacon was traded to settlers en route for other food. During Saturday night Roys’ hardware store at Warren was robbed of several rifles and some ammunition. It was a hurry-up job.

Sunday night the store of Joseph Desgrossliers at St. Charles was systematically robbed, the whole gang leisurely helped themselves to complete new outfits of clothing all around and large quantities of food. From St. Charles the gang was traced to the Dalton homestead east of St. Charles where a considerable quantity of the booty stolen at St. Charles was recovered.

Good work was done by provincial constable Fred Lefebvre and town constable Sequin of Warren in running down the gang. They received valuable assistance from several French-Canadian settlers, who actively participated in the capture. The gang was tracked down to the west arm of Lake Nipissing, and when the officers were cruising the shores in search of their camp they came across three of the gang out in a canoe fishing. There was a dash for shore, in which a number of shots were exchanged, but the officers intercepted their landing. Two of the gang offered no further resistance, but the third made matters very menacing for a while. The remaining two members of the gang on the mainland withdrew to the bush, while the third member of the gang in the canoe was finally wrested of his weapon. The three taken into custody were a young fellow by the name of Dalton, aged 28, whose home is in that section, Joe Fahant, an American citizen, and Ovila Martin, a French-Canadian. Of the two who escaped one of them is another Dalton. The two brothers are the alleged ringleader of the gang, and it was young Dalton in the canoe who have the officers a real argument. All three young men are now in Sudbury jail. In this morning’s police court they were remanded until Tuesday.

The episode set the whole countryside astir in the Warren and St. Charles section. What with rumors of lawlessness on the part of alleged deserters and defaulters the district had a bad attack of nerves. Officers found it very diffuclt to secure conveyances to go into the district. Both at St. Charles and at Warren the three desperadoes and the officers were the centre of attraction of the entire population.

The three men taken into custody take their position lightly. The Dalton boy was especially braggard. The escape from Parry Sound jail may be explained by the recovery from the Dalton boy of the keys of Parry Sound jail.

It was suspected that the gang may have been responsible for the sensational hold-up on the Canadian Northern on Wednesday afternoon. There is no connection in the two affairs.

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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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