Allan Legere (1948 - ) is a Canadian serial
killer, also known as the Monster of the Miramichi (not "of
Miramichi": at the time this nickname was first applied to him, the
City of Miramichi proper did not exist, and so it referred to the
region along the Miramichi River).
He escaped custody in April of 1989 (while
serving a life sentence for the brutal murder of a shopkeeper, John
Glendenning) and remained free for seven months. During this time he
committed four more murders, arson and multiple rapes, before he was
recaptured. Rewards of $50,000 were collected for his capture.
His trial featured one of the first Canadian uses
of DNA fingerprinting during which his lawyers argued that the
relatively shallow gene pool of the Miramichi region could easily
lead to false positives.
Legere was convicted for a second time in 1991,
and is currently one of only 90 prisoners held in Canada's maximum
security Special Handling Unit (SHU).
criminal history preserved online
April 20, 2006
University of New Brunswick's law department is opening a special
digital archive devoted to New Brunswick's worst serial killer.
been 17 years since escaped convict Allan Legere went on a killing
spree in the Miramichi area. His name still sends chills up people's
spines in New Brunswick.
During a seven-month period in 1989, Legere escaped from prison and
four brutal murders were committed. RCMP launched the largest
manhunt in the province's history and New Brunswickers were scared.
Many were sleeping with loaded rifles and putting floodlights in
librarian Ann Crocker says it was a scary time for many, but also an
important time in New Brunswick's legal history.
has collected 60,000 pages of transcripts, including original court
sketches, and will preserve the case for posterity in a special
section of the university archives.
was really a socio-legal watershed in New Brunswick history,"
Crocker said. "His conviction for murder, even though there were no
witnesses to his killings, was based largely on the use of DNA
evidence, and that was the very first occasion in Canadian legal
The Legere collection goes online Friday afternoon during an event
with invited guests that include Judge David Dickson. He's the man
who sent Legere away for life back 1991, and he's submitted his
reflections on the case to be part of the library.
Legere is now in a Quebec prison serving multiple life sentences for
Canada's most dangerous cons
By Cory Cameron - Canoe News
Sunday, November 25, 2001
Once a car salesman outside Ottawa, his name became synonymous with
terror in New Brunswick.
A decade ago, Allan Legere, now 53, was found guilty of a mass
killing spree that involved the torture, rape and killing of three
women and the murder of an elderly Catholic priest. He became known
as the "Monster of the Miramichi," the provincial region where he
carried out his murderous rampage.
Now securely housed at the SHU, Legere is despised by other inmates
who abhor those who have victimized women and children.
The grisly sex slayings of 75-year-old Annie Flam and sisters Donna
and Linda Lou Daughney, 45 and 41, as well as the beating death of
Rev. James Smith, 69, occurred between May and November 1989.
Legere was loose at the time after escaping prison guards during a
visit to a Moncton hospital. He was already serving a life sentence
for killing a Miramichi shopkeeper in 1986.
Legere worked as a car salesman in Winchester, south of Ottawa, in
the late 1970s, living in a farmhouse in nearby Inkerman. He later
returned to his native New Brunswick.
When a jury of six women and five men found him guilty on four
counts of murder, Justice David Dickson told them: "I don't usually
comment on verdicts ... but let me say this. Don't lose too much
sleep over your verdict."
Legere's crime spree during his escape sparked a wave of fear in the
area. People who lived alone moved in with family and friends for
safety and gun sales increased. Few people went out after dark and
Halloween trick-or-treating was cancelled that year.
He managed to escape when he was taken to hospital for treatment of
an ear infection. Secured with handcuffs, a body chain and leg
shackles, he emerged from a small, private washroom without
restraints and waving a homemade knife. Legere was captured seven
months later after one of the largest manhunts in Canadian history.
Timeline of Terror
The Daily Gleaner
November 4, 1996.
June 22, 1986 - Shopkeeper John
Glendenning, 66, of Black River, is beaten to death and his wife is
viciously beaten, sexually assaulted and then left to die.
January 22, 1987 - Legere is convicted
of second degree murder and sentenced to life in prison with
eligibility for parole in 18 years.
August 8, 1987 - Legere fails in a bid
to reverse his murder conviction before the New Brunswick Court of
February 20, 1989 - Prominent lawyer
C. David Hughes represented Legere in a murder appeal before the
Supreme Court of Canada.
May 3, 1989 - Legere escapes from the
Georges L. Dumont Hospital in Moncton after being taken there
from the Atlantic Institution at Renous for an ear infection. A
country-wide manhunt begins.
May 29, 1989 - Chatham shopkeeper
Annie Flam is beaten to death. Her sister Nina Flam is beaten and
October 1, 1989 - Legere's appeal
founders. The Supreme Court said it does not issue rulings in
matters where the accused is unlawfully at large. Ironically, the
SCOC later ruled on five other cases similar to Legere's.
October 13, 1989 - Sisters Donna and
Linda Daughney are sexually assaulted and beaten to death in their
home. The home is set ablaze.
November 24, 1989 - Roman Catholic
priest James Smith is found beaten to death in the
rectory of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary Church in
November 24, 1989 - Legere is
recaptured by RCMP near Nelson-Miramichi.
August 17, 1990 - Legere is sentenced
to serve nine years for escaping custody, kidnapping and common
assault relating to his May 3, 1989 escape.
November 20, 1990 - Legere is charged
with four counts of first-degree murder.
December 6, 1990 - A preferred
indictment containing the four murder charges is filed with the
court of Queen's Bench in Newcastle (Miramichi) and the case is
transferred to the Burton Courthouse.
May 24, 1991 - A book entitled
"Terror: Murder and Panic in New Brunswick" was banned by the
New Brunswick Court of Appeal. It felt the book tended to
lead its readers to believe Legere was guilty.
June 7, 1991 - Voire dire hearings
spanning 19 days conclude. The hearings determined the admissibility
of DNA evidence.
August 26, 1991 - Jury selection
begins with a panel of 500 being summoned to the Oromocto High
School Auditorium. Of the 500 called 311 were exempted for various
reasons while another 32 were excused from attending the selection
August 28, 1991 - Legere's jury trial
begins at the Burton Courthouse near Oromocto.
November 3, 1991 - Legere is convicted
by a six-woman, five-man jury on the four murder charges and is
sentenced to life in
November 13, 1991 - Legere files
notice of appeal with the New Brunswick Court of Appeal.
November 28, 1991 - Then Solicitor-General
Bruce Smith said security costs charged to his department have
climbed past $1.2 million. The province, he said, has to pay
$850,000 of the amount.
December 13, 1991 - Unconfirmed
reports surface that Legere is planning another escape and he is
flown from the Miramichi Airport to Montreal where he is transferred
to a special handling unit.
March 2, 1992 - The federal government
announced costs of well over $110,000 were incurred by the RCMP in
the Legere manhunt; another $314,000 for RCMP security measures at
the Burton Courthouse and $63,000 for scientific analysis of DNA.