Montreal Gazette


- pcherry@montrealga­

July 3, 1979

Gilles Pimparé and Normand Guérin, two men who were on a violent crime spree that began on June 26 and included a series of armed robberies and sexual assaults, confront Chantal Dupont, 15, and Maurice Marcil, 14, after 11 p.m. as the teens were returning home to Longueuil from an outdoor concert held near the LaRonde amusement park. Pimparé, then 25, and Guérin, then 26, had been hiding near a pedestrian path leading toward the Jacques Cartier Bridge and were armed with a knife and a starter’s pistol when they surprised the victims. Dupont was raped by both men before they strangled her and Marcil. Both victims were tossed off the bridge into the St. Lawrence River and, after the bodies were discovered seven days later, a pathologis­t determined both had drowned. After he was arrested, Guérin told the police that Marcil begged to be strangled to death instead of being tossed in the river alive. He also said Dupont begged for her life, but was told she would be killed because she witnessed Marcil’s death.

Nov. 3, 1979

A jury finds both men guilty of firstdegre­e murder and they are sen- tenced to life with no chance of parole for 25 years. The presiding judge in the case, Justice Jean-Guy Boilard, told the killers “you have been better treated than the victims.” Both men filed appeals of the jury’s verdict, based in part that their statements to police were illegally introduced as evidence, and a new trial was eventually ordered.

Oct. 14, 1984

Pimparé and Guérin are found guilty, a second time, of the murders and three days later are sentenced to the life sentences they are currently serving. André Vincent, the prosecutor in the second case (and currently a Quebec Superior Court judge) said at the time that it was “the most cruel, the most cold-blooded case you can encounter.”


Pimparé is put before the Parole Board of Canada (then known as the National Parole Board) for the first time after becoming eligible for day parole. During this hearing, Pimparé told the board he was high on LSD when he and Guérin carried out the murders and that he was never able to recall much of what happened that night. A psychologi­st who evaluated Pimparé in March 2001 found that indifferen­ce and a lack of empathy were significan­t parts of how he functioned psychologi­cally. The parole board was also not impressed to learn that a search of a computer Pimparé used for a job he had while incarcerat­ed turned up several pornograph­ic films and more than 1,500 photos including one of a young girl posing nude with the Jacques Cartier Bridge in the background.

Feb. 4, 2005

Guérin is scheduled to have his first parole hearing at the Drummondvi­lle Institutio­n, but he backs out at the last minute. He might have been unable to face the parents of Dupont who showed up for the hearing. Guérin remains incarcerat­ed to this day.


The Parole Board of Canada turns down Pimparé’s request for parole again for the fifth time. The board was not impressed with how, just eight months earlier, guards at the penitentia­ry where Pimparé was held found pornograph­ic magazines in his cell. Some of the magazines contained photograph­s of women made to look very young. Pimparé tried to claim he had permission to possess the pornograph­ic material and that his parole officer was aware. His case-management team, the people who prepare an inmate for a release, told the board the magazines were yet another example of how Pimparé tried to rationaliz­e and explain his inappropri­ate behaviour while behind bars.

 ??  ?? Normand Guérin, as he appeared in his 1979 trial for the Bridge Murders.
Normand Guérin, as he appeared in his 1979 trial for the Bridge Murders.
 ??  ?? Chantal Dupont, 15, was raped and murdered.
Chantal Dupont, 15, was raped and murdered.
 ??  ?? Maurice Marcil, 14, was tossed off the Jacques Cartier Bridge.
Maurice Marcil, 14, was tossed off the Jacques Cartier Bridge.

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