1837 - Horrible Murder Attempt
The Canadian of Monday gives an account of a horrible attempt at murder in the parish of L'Islet, under circumstances of almost unparalleled atrocity. The circumstances are thus related by a correspondent of that paper: - a young girl about 19 years of age, of a respectable family in the parish, had gone to gather raspberries at the end of her father's farm, in company with a young girl, a cousin, about ten years of age. As they were preparing to return, a labourer, named Charles Gaudreault, a native of Cap St. Ignace, who has been long resident in the parish, joined them with his gun upon his shoulder, returning from pigeon shooting. After some conversation between them on different matteres, he appeared to be suddenly seized with diabolic phrenzy, and seizing the two young girls by the throats, he threw them to the ground; by dint of struggling, the younger girl got free and ran to seek assistance.
Gaudreault, left alone with his victim, took a large stone and struck her several blows upon the head and on the body; he then drew his knife from his pocket, and opening it with his teeth, endeavored to cut the throat of the girl, which he partially accomplished after repeated efforts. Surprised, however, in his murderous design, he fled, leaving his victim for dead. Every care was immediately paid to her distressing case, but there is little hope of her recovery. - Quebec Mercury.
August 21, 1837
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