We all know our city to be a relatively safe place to live. We are lucky enough to be able to walk alone on the streets at night and to go out and enjoy everything that this city has to offer. However, the reality of life is that no place is ever going to be completely safe.
Although the crime rate in Montreal is fairly low compared to other cities of its calibre, the city is still host to disturbing acts of violence. Not only were the following six people brutally murdered in our city, but sadly no one was ever caught for these crimes.
All information for these cases comes directly from the SPVM website.
Sylvain Senneville et Valérie Martin
Date of death: December 17, 2008
It was a crisp December day in 2008, when a call was made to 911 at approximately 3:50 PM by a witness who had just found Sylvain Senneville’s dead body at his home in Hochelaga.
On the floor was the body of a young woman who was later identified as Valerie Martin. Sylvain was 34 years old and Valerie was only 20. No one has been arrested for these murders.
Jeannine et Richard Léveillé
Date of death: November 15, 2012
The SPVM website outlines the gruesome details of this case (translated from French and condensed for clarity):
"On November 15, 2012, emergency services received a 911 call concerning a raging fire at 3559 rue Ontario E. in Montreal, near the intersection of rue Joliette, in the Hochelaga Maisonneuve borough."
"The firefighters managed to control the flames, but discovered the bodies of two people who died of incendiary asphyxiation: Jeannine Léveillé Grenier 66, and her brother Richard Léveillé, 56."
An investigation revealed that the fire was the product of a territorial war between two criminalized groups who traffic in crack cocaine. "What is disturbing," the SPVM continues, "is that the three victims were not at all connected to this type of activity and that they are only innocent victims."
Investigators produced a sketch of the suspect using witness testimony.
Date of death: December 11, 2008
According to the SPVM website, "Catherine Daviau was a woman living on her own. The suspect succeded in enterring her home. He sexually attacked and killed the young woman. The suspect then set fire to her home and left the premises. The fire department then responded and found the lifeless body."
Date of death: April 25, 2004
On April 25 2004, the police were called to a home on Cardinal street in Saint-Laurent after the body of Monique Gravel was discovered in her home. A few hours later, her car and keys were found abandoned not too far from the scene of the crime.
The police found a black tuque on the scene containing DNA
of an unknown man, who police are convinced were involved in this brutal crime. Whoever killed Monique is still out there and those who love Ms. Gravel want justice for her.
These cases are still open. If you or anyone you know has any information, please contact the Montreal Police Department at 514 393-1133.