Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Albert GUAY killed his wife, Rita MOREL

Born in 1918,
the son of Joseph Arthur GUAY  and Marie Éva LANDRY, 
Albert married Rita MOREL (Wilfrid+Imelda DIONNE) 
on 1941-08-30 in St-Roch parish, Québec City, QC. 
Albert earned a living as a jeweler in the city and all went well with the marriage, or so it seemed.
Eventually, Albert met Marie-Ange ROBITAILLE, a 17 year old, with whom he fell in love. In order to continue legally with this relationship, Albert decided that he had to get rid of his wife, Rita. If she died, he would be the beneficiary of her $10,000 life insurance. This would cover his debts and he would be free to marry Marie-Ange.
Having contrived of a plan, Albert talked about it to Marguerite RUEST-PITRE, who, in turn, requested the help of Généreux RUEST. The latter had access to sticks of dynamite; therefore, he made a bomb using the sticks and a timer. Albert then planted the bomb in a suitcase that would be placed in the baggage compartment of a plane that his wife, Rita, would be taking to go to Baie Comeau, QC.
On September 9, 1949, Rita MOREL and 17 other passengers boarded the DC-3 plane of Quebec Airways left from Ancienne Lorette, QC heading for Baie Comeau. The plane blew up in mid-air above Sault-au-Cochon, about 70 km north of Québec City, QC.
On Septembre 23, 1949 Albert GUAY was arrested for these murders and sentenced to death in February 1950. He was hanged January 19, 1951 at Bordeaux prison in Montréal, QC. Généreux RUEST, who helped Albert make the bomb, was hanged at the same prison on July 25, 1952 as was the 3rd accomplice, Marguerite RUEST PITRE. She was the last woman to be hhanged in CANADA.
Saintes, Saintonge (Charente-Maritime), FRANCE
Québec City, QC
Jacques GUAY
Marguerite CHAUVEAU
Lauzon, QC
Jean-Baptiste GUAY
Angélique PLASSAN
St-Étienne-de-Beaumont, Bellechasse Cty, QC
Pierre GUAY
St-Étienne-de-Beauamont, Bellechasse Cty, QC
Charles GUAY
St-Pierre-de-la-Rivière-du-Sud, Montmagny Cty, QC
Joseph GUAY
St-Gervais, Bellechasse Cty, QC
François-Xavier GUAY
Mathilde LEBLOND
St-Gervais, Bellechasse Cty, QC
Joseph Arthur GUAY
Marie Éva LANDRY
Ste-Marguerite, Dorchester Cty, QC

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

C'est la vie" on WOON 1240

"C'est la vie"
hosted by
on Woonsocket, RI radio starion WOON 1240
"C'est la vie" is a 5 minute ENGLISH radio program during which Connie LEMONDE reads the biography of a local resident of Rhode Island. She interviews the person and then writes-up the bio for radio transmission. The French title of the program is due to the fact that many interviewees are of French-Canadian descent, as is Connie. Some of the subjects are identified at the end of the program while others have asked to remain anonymous since all are living in the area and their stories are quite personal.
By sharing these biographies, Connie wishes to show that adversities as well as good times are part of everyone's life, and that we can benefit from them eventually, at least with hind-sight.
"C'est la vie" may be heard twice a week, every week:
Friday at 9:05 a.m. (09h05)
Saturday at 8:00 a.m. (08h00)
To be brought to the radio station
via the Internet,
just CLICK on the title above.
The programs are archived; therefore, you may listen to them at your convenience. This is a great opportunity to get to know New Englanders who have lived through life-changing experiences, and who are willing to share them.