One of the worst crimes in Montreal in the 1990s was the killing of an elderly retired minister Rev. Frank Toope, 75 and his wife Jocelyn Toope, 70.
The beating murder was committed in the early morning of April 2, 1995 by three kids aged 13, 14 and 15.
The elder two claim to have been under the effects of LSD at this time, although this claim doesn't exactly clear the bar of credibility (see comments) as the lysergic tripping experience wasn't exactly that common in that time and place. One of the teen trio had suggested that the couple be targeted because the old man didn't tip the kid when he delivered his newspapers.
The perpetrators' names have never been revealed for legal reasons and they will not be revealed here.
It might be worth nothing that they were subsequently re-arrested for other crimes afterwards but we're not sure what has become of them since. The oldest would have just turned 30 this year. Anyway, the address of the reprehensible Toope massacre has never been published, not sure why that would be kept confidential when other similar cases had their locations out there right away. (It is one of the 5Ws, dontchaknow!- Chimples).
Anyway it's 242 St. Charles.
The Toopes came to the West Island in 1968. Frank was from Newfoundland and his wife was a Brit. Frank retired as rector of the St. Mary's Anglican Church in Kirkland in 1989. Their daughter Allison was 33 at the time and their son Stephen was 37 and was dean of McGill Law School. Their funeral attracted over 1,300 people.
May the victims rest in peace and may the perpetrators dedicate their lives to good things.