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Murder in the Skies
Crime and Punishment
"This quiz concerns the monstrous crimes of Albert Guay of Canada and John Gilbert Graham of the US, each of whom sabotaged an airplane, killing all on board, in order to murder one person."
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On September 9, 1949, a Canadian-Pacific Airlines DC-3 took off from Quebec City, headed for Baie Comeau. Sixteen minutes into the flight, it exploded and crashed over the village of Sault aux Cochon, killing all on board. The cause was a time bomb placed on board at the behest of Albert Guay, for the purpose of killing his wife, the former Rita Morel. Was this the first recorded instance of such a sabotage?
What was Albert Guay's profession?
He owned a drug store.
He was a chemist.
He was an insurance salesman.
He owned a jewelry shop.
As the beneficiary of two insurance policies, Albert stood to inherit a tidy sum in the event of Rita's death. However there was an additional motive for the crime besides money. What was it?
Albert had fallen in love with someone else.
Rita was going to have Albert arrested for fraud.
Rita was going to leave Albert for another man.
Rita discovered that Albert had molested their daughter.
Albert persuaded the unsuspecting Rita to board a flight to Baie-Comeau to pick up some items for his shop. He had a package, containing the bomb, delivered to the airport by one Marguerite Ruest-Pitre, the sister of Genereaux Ruest, an employee of Albert's with whom he created the bomb. Before her identity was discovered the press and public dubbed the black-clad Pitre "Le Corbeau" which, translated into English, means this:
Guay attracted suspicion following the tragedy because of his cold and unemotional demeanor at the airport and the funeral.
Guay might actually have gotten away with his monstrous crime, had it not been for this unexpected occurrence:
The bomb went off earlier than expected.
The airplane took a different route.
The flight was delayed.
There was an eyewitness to the explosion.
After sentence was passed, Guay turned on his accomplices, Genereux Ruest and Marguerite Pitre, claiming that they had participated knowingly in the crime, and had not been ignorant of the murder plot, as they had claimed. Both Ruest and Pitre were arrested and tried; what was the outcome of their trials?
Ruest was found guilty and hanged, Pitre was acquitted.
Both were found guilty and hanged.
Pitre was found guilty and sentenced to life in prison, Ruest was acquitted.
Pitre was found guilty and hanged, Ruest died before a verdict could be reached.
In 1950, Joseph-Albert Guay was tried for his despicable crime and found guilty. He was executed by hanging on January 12, 1951, aged 33. What were his last words?
"It's not the first time an innocent man has been executed."
"At least I die famous!"
"Vive la liberte!"
"Make sure I die quickly."
Apart from her part in the sabotage of the Canada DC-3, which of these other distinctions does Marguerite Pitre hold?
She was granted a posthumous pardon.
She was granted a stay of execution by Queen Elizabeth II.
She was the last woman executed in Canada.
She was executed by a firing squad instead of hanging
Albert Guay and his despicable crime were briefly mentioned in this chilling 1954 novel about a child murderess, which was also made into an acclaimed motion picture.
"The Other", by Thomas Tryon
"Audrey Rose", by Frank de Felitta
"Miriam", by Truman Capote
"The Bad Seed", by William March
On the evening of November 1, 1955, United Airlines Flight 629, a Douglas DC-6B aircraft named "Mainliner Denver" en route to Portland, Oregon and Seattle, Washington from Denver, Colorado exploded in the air over Longmont, Colorado, killing all on board- 39 passengers and 5 crew members. The explosion was the result of a bomb created by John (Jack) Gilbert Graham and placed into the luggage of his mother, 53 year-old Daisie King. What item did investigators find among the personal effects of Mrs. King that gave them their first inkling of who the saboteur was?
A letter to Mrs. King from Graham.
A newspaper clipping about her son.
A letter from Mrs. King to her daughter about Graham.
During the subsequent investigation, Graham claimed that the luggage contained a Christmas gift from him to his mother, who had intended to visit her daughter in Alaska. What did he claim the gift was?
A makeup kit.
A tool kit.
Graham had taken out a $37,000 airline insurance policy on his mother shortly before the fatal flight. Additionally, he was the beneficiary of other policies and stood to inherit a sizable estate. Although the money was undoubtedly part of the motive for the crime, Graham also harbored a deep and bitter resentment toward his mother, stemming from an incident in his childhood. What was it?
She had sexually molested him.
She had thrown out all of his toys.
She had beaten him.
She had placed him in an orphanage.
The airplane exploded over a sugar-beet field in Longmont, Colorado, and the wreckage, along with the bodies of the passengers, were found scattered all over the field, What distinctly eerie phenomenon was noticed at the crash site for some years after the tragedy?
A phosphorescent glow lay over the field at night.
Vultures hovered over the field for years afterward.
The soil turned a reddish brown color.
Nothing would grow in the places where the bodies had landed.
Graham's trial for the murder of his mother had the distinction of being the first murder trial to be broadcast on television.
In late February, 1956, Graham, along with one other prisoner who had been convicted of murder, was transferred from the old, overcrowded Denver County Jail to the newer, larger facility on Smith Road. He found that his cell in the new prison had a grimly ironic feature; what was it?
It was coffin-shaped.
A rope, tied like a noose, hung outside the window.
It was directly across from the execution chamber.
It had a view of the airfield, from which the doomed flight had departed.
During their investigation into Graham's background, some of the most damaging information regarding Graham's character came from this member of his family, who stated that she considered him to be mentally unsound and that she knew him to have "pent-up violence".
Among the passengers on the doomed flight was Dr. Harold Sandstead, who was the Deputy Secretary of the U.S. Public Health Service for the administration of this U.S. president, in office at the time of the tragedy.
Dwight D. Eisenhower
John F. Kennedy
Harry S. Truman
John Gilbert Graham was executed on January 12, 1957, at 8:00 PM. By what method was he put to death?
A dramatization of the Graham case forms the opening sequence of this 1959 crime-drama film, starring Jimmy Stewart and Vera Miles.
The FBI Story
Middle of the Night
The Man in the Net
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