Suspicious Minds

The tendency to promote sensational tidbits may arouse suspicion and thereby create the impression that the arrest of Guy Paul Morin is justifiable, but these peculiar, anecdotes have not, by any stretch of the imagination, provided proof of Morin's guilt. Headlines like "Redrum's (murder spelled backwards) my cure" are extremely incriminating, in an out of context broadcast, but rather meaningless, upon a closer inspection. Arrested on a mere suspicion or upon the flimsiest of evidence at best, Guy Paul Morin was suddenly thrust into the most trying of all environments imagineable, -a prison cell. And an undercover policeman planted in the very same jail cell did his utmost to secure incriminating evidence. The first tactic of Sergeant Gordon Hobbs was to assume the guise of a man wanted for attempted murder and sexual assault. And having convinced Morin that he was a killer, this "perverted murderer" asked Morin how he deals with his frustrations. Morin allegedly responded in kind; "Me. I just 'redrum' the innocent. That's my cure man -like you."47

Sergeant Hobbs produced tapes with cryptic messages, some of which were barely audible, wherein Morin makes repeated references to the word "redrum" -murder spelled backwards. The source of the foolish commentary however was clearly not personal motivation or intent, but a horror movie The Shining, that Morin had watched, prior to the disappearance of Christine. The attempt to twist and shape stupid commentary, secured under extremely stressful conditions, and to suggest that it denotes a confession, is a bit farfetched. Clearly, even the pretend-murderer Sergeant Hobbs himself, indicated that Morin, the "I'm just like you man" murderer, directly denied having killed Christine Jessop. And in the final analysis, who can imagine carrying on a rational, meaningful conversation in a jail cell, with someone who has painted himself in the light of a repulsive, cold- blooded murderer?

Perhaps Clayton Ruby summed up the rather repulsive practice of seeking to justify the arrest of a person through flimsy "redrum" evidence, in the kindest way possible, when he said;

As I argued to the Jury, one of the difficulties in a case like this is that when the majority of the evidence is gathered after arrest, one can never be sure whether the police are really finding out who committed the crime, or whether all they're finding out is that if you put somebody under enough of a microscope, enough of a spotlight, you will indeed find evidence that looks like something, even though it's not very convincing to a jury.

Indeed, a zealous campaign to vindicate the erroneous assumption that Morin is a murderer, is the quickest route to the production of unreliable evidence. Sergeant Hobbs spend almost four days as Morin's cellmate, and the only so-called proof of guilt that he secured was cryptic, inaudible, nonsensical conversations and the so-called "understanding" that Morin was a murderer. Despite this so-called "implicit" confession however, Morin repeatedly denied guilt in the murder of Christine Jessop. Sergeant Hobbs evidently believes that his unique "understanding" is more substantial than direct denials. But as long as the credibility of Guy Paul Morin survives, an unsubstantiated "understanding" is an extremely frivolous standard of proof.

One month after Sergeant Hobbs failed to get Morin to confess to murder, the police "made a deal with two inmates who agreed to testify about a purported midnight confession from Mr. Morin if they were given lenient treatment."48 The understanding that Hobbs had developed in prison, was finally re-developed or "substantiated," with as little risk of calling any of the authorities liars, as possible.

47The Toronto Star, 24/1/86.
48Globe and Mail, 31/7/92, p.A 6.






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