February 13, 1948 |
Chatham, New Brunswick
|Other names||The Monster of the Miramichi|
|Criminal penalty||Life imprisonment without the possibility of parole for 25 years|
Span of killings
|June 21, 1986–November 24, 1989|
|November 24, 1989|
|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, which occurred on the evening of June 21, 1986. After cutting the power, Legere and his accomplices Todd Matchett and Scott Curtis, broke into the elderly couple's 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 dialed 911. The dispatcher spoke with Mary on the phone until the emergency forces arrived. Police tracked down the three and arrested them. Matchett pleaded guilty to murdering John Glendenning and brutally beating his wife Mary; Curtis and Legere were convicted at trial.
Trial and escape
Legere was serving his murder sentence at the Atlantic Institution maximum security penitentiary in Renous-Quarryville, 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 (May 29, 1989; during this incident, Flam's sister was also assaulted); sisters Linda and Donna Daughney (October 13, 1989; Legere set fire to the Daughney home before leaving), and Father James Smith (November 24, 1989). 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.
In August 1990, Legere was convicted on charges pertaining to his escape, and sentenced to an additional nine years. His trial for the murders began with an indictment in November of that year. Legere's trial featured the first Canadian uses of DNA fingerprinting to convict rather than exonerate; in November 1991, Legere was convicted of the murders committed while he had been at large.
In 1996, the city of Fredericton shut down its old jail, and in 1999 the building was repurposed into a science museum; the cell in which Legere was held during his 1991 trial is now used for an exhibit on DNA fingerprinting.
- PROFILES of 5 SHU INMATES: Canada's most dangerous cons, by Corey Cameron, at Canoe News (archived at douglaschristie.com); published November 25, 2001; retrieved March 22, 2014
- Legere murder accomplice granted day parole, at CBC.ca; published January 5, 2006; retrieved March 22, 2014
- Allan Legere Digital Archive, at the University of New Brunswick Law Library; retrieved March 22, 2014]
- Timeline of Terror, from the Daily Gleaner; published November 4, 1996; archived at Murderpedia (retrieved March 22, 2014)
- The Genetic Imaginary: DNA in the Canadian Criminal Justice System, by Neil Gerlach; published 2004 by University of Toronto Press (via Google Books)
- Michael Wayne McGray's killing didn't stop in prison — just like he said it wouldn’t, by Graeme Hamilton; at the National Post; published November 29, 2011; retrieved March 22, 2014
- Monster of the Miramichi's cell now museum exhibit on DNA, from the Edmonton Journal (archived on Canada.com); published November 28, 2007; retrieved March 22, 2014
- Raymond Fraser. "TODD MATCHETT: Confessions of a Young Criminal (The Story Behind Allan Legere and the Murder at Black River Bridge). New Ireland Press, 1994. (ISBN 978-0920483473)
- NFB film, Allan Legere: The Monster of Miramichi
- Allan Legere's long shadow, by David Adams Richards