"Hang A Dog"

The particular problem of investigators who want to "hang a dog" , is the lack of credible evidence which suggests that Morin is in fact guilty of murder. The particular problem of a suspect who is aware of his innocence, is the possibility of being framed, a prospect which is rarely, if ever contemplated. And so, Morin naively assumed that he had nothing to worry about. Interrogated for six hours without a lawyer, he confidently faced his accusers and volunteered disclosures he expected would clear him of erroneous charges. Guy Paul Morin offered the Durham Regional police samples of his hair, saliva and blood and expected to be treated fairly in return. According to Morin;

I trusted you guys from the start. And I trust you with those samples I gave you. Because really, what the hell! If they match up with the girl, put me in. I mean it. Put me in forever!26

When investigators conned Morin into thinking that one of his own hairs was found on Christine's body, (The only provable conclusion is that the hair in question was not unlike Morin's. The assertion that it was actually Morin's is inconclusive.) Morin did not break down and confess or panic, but characteristically thought out aloud;

That I can't explain. I mean, really, I cannot tell you that -because I told you I've never touched the kid. She has never been in my car. ...I'd have to be really mental to do something like that -pull a hair out and throw it on her body.27

The integrity of this spontaneously logical assessment, provides a stark contrast to the evident mishandling of the evidence by Durham Regional Police Officer, Sergeant Michalowsky. The logical extension of Morin's think-out-loud disclosures is quite apparent. -Morin did not kill Christine, Morin did not plant his hair on her necklace, if a hair was planted, someone who was responsible for handling physical exhibits, must know about it.

Indeed, in the final analysis, only someone who had knowledge about planted evidence, could conclusively say that Morin's hair was recovered from the body of the victim. Evidence of matching hair does not provide a conclusive identification. Indeed, even two of Christine's own classmates had hairs that matched the so-called "mute" wi tness that allegedly proved Morin's guilt.28 Ironically, from a purely rational point of view, the most comprehensive assertion that one can make about hair evidence is that it was planted, to make it appear as though conclusive evidence against Morin, in fact existed.

And while a zealous Crown finally convinced a jury, after failing the first time around, that a single hair was a "mute wi tness " which tied Morin to the Jessop murder, an objective analysis suggests that Guy Paul Morinwas successfully framed. Excuse-mongers, or people who practice the ability to "explain away" evidence, will no doubt insist that a bungled investigation simply reflects the human propensity to err, but when the propensity to err defines a consistent pattern, in terms of the propensity to mishandle and misrepresent the evidence, it becomes the propensity to commit fraud.

27Globe and Mail, 4/27/92, p. A 8.
28Globe and Mail, 6/2/86, p. A 20.






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