The Cassock and the Crown: Canada's Most Controversial Murder Trial
McGill-Queen's Press - MQUP, 1996 - 160 sider
On 7 January 1922 Raoul Delorme's body was discovered in a Montreal suburb. He had been shot six times at close range. The victim's half-brother, Father Adélard Delorme, quickly became the prime suspect as circumstantial evidence pointed directly to him. In one of the first uses of ballistics, police matched the bullets used in the murder to a gun he had purchased only days before the murder, there were human bloodstains in his car, and the victim's body was wrapped in a quilt that matched others found at the Delorme house. Father Delorme had also recently taken out a life insurance policy on his brother, naming himself as beneficiary, and stood to inherit most of the family's estate under Raoul's will. The Roman Catholic church, however, was an extremely powerful institution in Quebec in the 1920s. Four trials took place before a verdict was reached -- a verdict that still leaves many questions unanswered. The Delorme Affair achieved worldwide notoriety not only because it involved a clergyman but because of Father Delorme's eccentric personality, the twists and turns of the investigation, and extensive media coverage. Legendary Montreal police detective George Farah-Lajoie was in charge of the investigation and the case involved the best legal talent in Canada as well as the expertise of Wilfrid Derôme, founder of the Montreal Crime Laboratory and father of forensic medicine in North America. A fascinating true story, The Cassock and the Crown is based on trial transcripts, interviews with individuals involved in the case, and twenty-five years of archival research. It provides insight into Quebec culture in the 1920s and is a topical look, in light of recent celebrity trials, at the subjective nature of the judicial system when it deals with people in positions of prestige and power.
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December 1921 Home for Christmas
Epiphany 1922 A Body on Ice
A Question of Sanity
The Art of Persuasion
Who Killed Raoul?
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Side xv - ... almost all the money; but in the country of Quebec nothing has changed. Nothing will change because we are a witness. For ourselves and our destinies we have clearly apprehended this sole duty; to persist, to hold our own. And we have held our own, so that, it may be, after several centuries more, the world will turn to us and say: these people are of a race that knows not how to perish. . . . We are a witness, a testimony.
Side xv - ... like the sound of a bell, like the august peal of church organs, like a na'ive complaint and like the piercing prolonged cry of the woodsmen calling to one another in the forest." It tells her that the French had come to Canada three hundred years ago and that everything they had brought with them, "our religion, our language, our virtues, and even our weaknesses, have now become sacred things, unalterable and destined to endure to the end.