FOR ALTON PRICE PHILIPPE CABOT IS THE MURDERER
As I am having 'mega' trouble with my 'office word' at present, I am sending Alton's explanation re Cabot in this e-mail. Afraid it will be a long e-mail, but at least you will receive it promptly.
I am sure that there will be plenty of comments.
Also, I shall be forwarding one or two photos of Philippe Cabot as soon as Alton brings me the photos. I shall have to scan them first, but will send them to you A.S.A.P.
Philippe Cabot - Unofficially named murderer of Eugene Lindsey, Richard Lindsey and Fred Clair in June, 1953. Named by his daughter Micheline Cabot in 'La Presse', November 19, 2006. Journalist; Mario Girard.
There was, and is a grim realization that whoever murdered the two boys was a cold blooded killer. Eugene Lindsey could have made enemies in his own region, but there was no hint that anyone in PA, U.S.A. wanted to kill him.
A phone call to Sen. Jacques Hebert inquiring about a sibling or siblings of Francois Gravel resulted in some very startling news. Sen. Hebert had been contacted by a M. Roger Gervais from Montreal who had a great deal of information about Philippe Cabot. After Sen. Hebert related the story there was a silence and then we both said, "This is it!" - Not much sleep that night!
The background of M. Gervais:
Roger Gervais was a friend of both Angeline Cabot and Micheline Cabot.
He was a solid citizen who once had a share in a hunting and fishing camp in the Baie James area. He was a bush pilot who flew in clients and supplies before the flooding for the Hydro-Electric project.
He did some contracting work, operated his own garage and owned an apartment building. During the time he and I cooperated the garage was leased. Sadly, M. Gervais is not well enough to take part in this cause anymore. He did do his share.
Information given by Roger Gervais: In October of 1991 the one remaining son of Philippe Cabot was visiting Micheline and Angeline Cabot in Montreal. Gabriel Cabot was living in Fermont at the time. They talked about their younger days when they lived on Church Lane in Barachois, Gaspésie. It was then that Gabriel told them that their father had killed the three Americans in 1953 and that he had been a witness to the murders. It is not clear whether he told them that Edmund, his older brother, was at the scene also. He probably was because it was revealed to Marion Scott in 2006 that Edmund was there as well.
Angeline Cabot gave Roger Gervais a written account of Gabriel's story because both sisters wanted M. Gervais to take the information to the Quebec Justice Department.
Before explaining what happened with the Justice Department the reader will want to know what Gabriel had to say.
M. Roger Gervais referring to the document that Angeline gave him related some of Gabriel's account. Gabriel said that when they entered the woods they met a jeep with two men in it and that there was an argument over the right of way. A study of vehicle tracks would indicate that they entered on the oil well road near Murdochville.
He then described the grisly murder of Eugene Lindsey at Camp 24. Philippe left Gabriel and the hand gun in the truck.
Philippe Cabot was a strong and capable physical specimen. Gabriel said that Philippe went at Eugene with his hands and that Eugene put up his rifle as a threat. Cabot tore the rifle out of his hands and hit Lindsey on the head with it (when the rifle was found near Eugene's skeleton a month later, there was a piece of scalp on the rear sight).
After knocking Lindsey down, Cabot then finished him off by running over him with the truck. When Eugene Lindsey's skeleton was found, his head and lower leg bones were missing (bears have been known to crush a deer's head to get what was in it). Eugene was five foot eight (or sixty-eight inches) tall. - The distance between the wheels of a standard vehicle is fifty inches.
Everything that Gabriel said corresponds with what the searchers found and with the pathologist's report. After killing Lindsey Cabot said that he had been brutal with Eugene because he had been fresh with Marie-Blanche, Cabot's wife.
The Lindsey party had arrived in Gaspe on June 8th, 1953 at 8:00 a.m. to buy supplies and get woods permits. - Where had Eugene and the boys spent the night?
An American named Farley from Mass. had a summer house in Barachois near the water where there is now an overhead railway pass. Some residents were aware that Farley was engaged in the contraband liquor business.
Lucille Cabot, the oldest of the Cabot children, worked as a maid for Mrs. Farley. M. Gervais said that after Gabriel told his story, Lucille revealed to the family that the Lindsey party had stopped at the Farley house on June 7th, 1953. However, when I spoke to her in 1994, she 'couldn't remember, because she was only 14 or 15 at the time'.
Not too much was related to me about the killing of the boys. There was a mention of somebody throwing up cans. Presumably the boys thought that they were having a target contest, not realizing that they were the targets.
In early 1992 Roger Gervais, armed with Angeline's written account took the information to the Quebec Justice Department when Gilles Remillard was Minister of Justice. Two agents of the Sûreté were appointed and they met Roger Gervais in Montreal. When they were leaving, one policeman told Roger Gervais not to be naive enough to think there would be much effort put into the case.
They reported back that when they contacted Gabriel Cabot, he at first said that he 'couldn't remember' and when pressed further said that he 'read it in a book'. - It never was in a book.
Roger Gervais and Micheline Cabot tried very hard to persuade Gabriel to make an official statement. I tried by sending him my book (both French and English versions) and by letters, other people wrote to him as well. He died without complying with the requests.
In 2006, Micheline Cabot, through her lawyer, gave her information to the Criminal Conviction Review Group in Ottawa.
During the World War, Philippe Cabot worked at the military base at Sandy Beach. He was a good mechanic and when British ships docked needing minor engine repairs, he was taken aboard where it seems he could do the work. On the base there were three drinking clubs, Officer’s Mess, NCO's mess and the enlisted men's mess or canteen where on Saturday nights dances were held; local women were welcome, but not local men. Cabot apparently was allowed in that establishment because of his special skills.
Marie-Blanche's (Philippe Cabot's wife) story:
Marie-Blanche told the children that she was with him when he deliberately hit a man with his truck. She said that Philippe Cabot had had an argument with someone inside and when they left, the man was walking along the road. Nobody was around at the time and she said Cabot ran into him with the truck. Some people remember that the victim was a serviceman and that he froze to death in the snow. This happened at Sandy Beach. It was early in the marriage and the children did not identify with Sandy Beach. Nothing like that ever happened in Barachois. He was never charged with the crime.
At the request of Roger Gervais I phoned Philippe Cabot in 1993 or 1994. When I suggested that he knew everything about the murders he at first became very angry and then cunning. When I mentioned that he had once lived at Sandy Beach he refused to talk anymore.
A reminder about money:
At the Preliminary Inquiry of August 28th, 1953, Mrs. Mary Lindsey testified that Eugene had taken $ 650.00 out of their savings account the day he left for the hunting trip. She added that she did not know how much more he might have carried. Since they drove non-stop, there were no motel bills; therefore the trip to Gaspe cost him very little.
From the time he came out of the woods until he reached Montreal, Wilbert Coffin spent between $ 70.00 to $ 80.00. The Supreme Court had used the figure of $65.00. In Montreal Wilbert had to start raising money from his father, his brother Donald and from Harold Petrie, who bought his German Luger.
This being the case, who had Eugene Lindsey's money? In 1993 one reliable person near Barachois made this remark, "Cabot never worked too much after that".
Philippe Cabot left Barachois in 1956 after burning his house.
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