Man behind Marc Lepine blog to argue for bail: Lawyer
MONTREAL (CP) — A Quebec man charged with making death threats against women on a blog that says Polytechnique killer Marc Lepine has become a folk hero is seeking bail.
Jean-Claude Rochefort has been behind bars since early December after being charged with one count of uttering threats.
The Crown alleges the selfdescribed men’s rights advocate posted hateful and menacing comments toward women on a blog bearing Lepine’s name.
On Dec. 6, 1989, 14 women were killed and 13 other people wounded during Lepine’s shooting rampage.
Rochefort, 61, has been deemed fit to stand trial after undergoing a psychiatric evaluation.
His bail hearing is scheduled for Thursday.
The controversial blog claims Lepine has evolved into a folk hero because his name resonates even today.
In an interview with the French-language arm of the CBC just prior to his arrest last December, Rochefort called the website “ humorous” and said feminists made a hero out of Lepine by constantly talking about the tragedy.
“It’s a minor news event that they’ve turned into something more,” he told Radio-Canada. “Are we going to celebrate Marc Lepine in 50 years? That’s absurd.”
The blog, a combination of written texts and doctored photos of Lepine, is one of several websites apparently connected to the same author, according to L’apres-rupture, a group that assists divorced fathers.
In one text, Lepine is referred to as “ Saint Marc.”
photo shows the Polytechnique campus with the caption “ Where it all happened.” That picture is superimposed on a map of Montreal with a second caption that reads: “ Where it could all happen again with the right people and the right equipment.”
A bail hearing initially scheduled for Monday was postponed to allow the judge time to read through about 100 pages worth of blog entries entered as evidence.
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