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February 13, 1948 |
Chatham, New Brunswick
|Other names||The Monster of the Miramichi|
|Life imprisonment without the possibility of parole for 25 years|
Span of killings
|June 21, 1986–November 24, 1989|
|February 17, 1993|
|Imprisoned at||Special Handling Unit|
Allan Legere (born February 13, 1948) is a Canadian serial killer and arsonist, also known as the Monster of the Miramichi, in reference to a reign of terror he inflicted upon residents of the Miramichi River valley of New Brunswick in 1989.
Allan Joseph Legere was born in Chatham, New Brunswick.
Legere was convicted in the murder of shopkeeper John Glendenning, of Black River Bridge, New Brunswick, on the evening of June 21, 1986. After cutting the power, Legere and his accomplices Todd Matchett and Scott Curtis, broke into the elderly couples store. After repeatedly beating John and his wife Mary, the trio fled the scene. Mary then discovered her husband (who had been beaten to death); she crawled up the stairs to the phone and dialled 911. The dispatcher spoke with Mary on the phone until the emergency forces arrived. Police tracked down the three and arrested them. In court, Todd Matchett, pleaded guilty to murdering John Glendenning and brutally beating his wife Mary. Scott Curtis and Allan Legere were also convicted in the case.
Trial and escape
Legere was serving his murder sentence at the Atlantic Institution maximum security penitentiary in Renous, New Brunswick, under the responsibility of the Correctional Service of Canada (CSC). On May 3, 1989, Legere was transported by CSC personnel from the penitentiary to the Dr. Georges-L.-Dumont University Hospital Centre in Moncton, New Brunswick, for the treatment of an ear infection. Legere managed to convince the CSC personnel to let him use a washroom at the hospital alone, and there he picked the lock on his handcuffs with a homemade key he had hidden in a cigar. He then used a piece of television antenna that he had concealed on his body as a weapon, and held the officers at bay before fleeing the building. Legere escaped the hospital property and through a combination of carjacking and motor vehicle theft, was able to evade recapture.
More murders and eventual capture
Legere was at large for a period of seven months and during this time committed four additional murders in and around the towns of Chatham, New Brunswick, and Newcastle, New Brunswick, and adjoining communities (now part of the city of Miramichi). The individuals he murdered were Annie Flam, sisters Linda and Donna Daughney, and Father James Smith. Legere was recaptured on November 24, 1989 following a failed carjacking that began in Saint John, New Brunswick, and ended outside Rogersville, New Brunswick; rewards of $50,000 were collected for the information that led to his arrest.
Legere's trial featured the first Canadian uses of DNA fingerprinting, and Legere was convicted of murder for a second time in 1991.
- NFB film, Allan Legere: The Monster of Miramichi
- Allan Legere's long shadow, by David Adams Richards