JACQUES HÉBERT SEVERELY CENSURED BY THE BROSSARD COMMISSION
THE THOMPSON INCIDENT
(A literal translation by Clément Fortin)
The order-in-council has given the Commission the mandate to investigate the “credibility of the statements made by Francis Thompson to the Miami police, in November 1958”.
In order to report with full knowledge of the facts, the Commission has inquired into all aspects of this funny incident and it has heard, on this sole subject, 36 witnesses and collected 66 exhibits.
The study of this question suggests the following division:
I - Francis Gabriel Thompson’s personality;
II - The Miami events;
III - Notary J. Conrad Moreau’s trip;
IV - Thompson’s alibi;
V - Thompson’s credibility;
VI - Conclusions.
B) THE QUESTIONING OF WILBERT COFFIN, MARION PETRIE AND LEWIS SINNETT;
C) THE VINCENT PATTERSON CASE;
D) THE TWO PRISONERS WHO WERE PROMPTED TO TESTIFY AGAINST COFFIN
THE THOMPSON INCIDENT: CONCLUSIONS
At the end of this study of the Thompson incident, the Commission reaches two conclusions.
First of all, to answer the order in council whose relevant provision is quoted at the beginning of this chapter, the Commission is of the opinion, basing itself on the personality of Francis Gabriel Thompson, on the circumstances and the content of his « confession » to the Miami police and his following retraction, and also on the proof surrounding Thompson’s comings and goings in 1953, that the latter has not been implied in the murder of the three American hunters in the Gaspé peninsula in 1953 and that there is no reason to believe his November 1958 “confession” to the Miami police.
In addition, the Commission is also of the opinion that there is reason to censure severely chapter 16, titled « The Thompson Affair », that Mr. Hébert has devoted to this story, in his second book. As a matter of fact, the very night Thompson was submitted to the lie detector test, on the 3rd of December 1958, Mr. Hébert gave on CKAC radio station of Montréal an interview where he said, among other things, that :
“Indeed, it seems that Thompson is not the murderer of the American hunters, as he had admitted it before denying it thereafter.”
« I have, personally, questioned Thompson for half an hour and I am almost convinced of his innocence. »
Before this Commission, Mr. Hébert* has however declared that two subsequent events led him into changing his mind and to write this chapter, to wit, notary Moreau’s trip and Régis Quirion’s testimony. The proof has revealed that these two « events » had little weight.
The Commission believes, for the reasons that it has shown in detail all along this chapter, that Mr. Jacques Hébert has shown irresponsibility in writing chapter 16 of his second book and that this chapter 16, on the whole, is ill-founded, and, furthermore, as many others.(TO BE CONTINUED)
• Let us remember that the Thompson incident took place in 1958 and Mr. Hébert only published his second book in 1963.