April 1, 2015

Review: Marc Lepine: The Montreal Massacre by RJ Parker

Title: Marc Lepine: The Montreal Massacre
Series: Crimes Canada #2
Author: RJ Parker
Genre: True Crime 
Publisher: RJ Parker Publishing
Release Date: April 1, 2015
Source: Self purchase
Reviewer: Kat

Book Summary

With extreme hatred in his heart against feminism, an act that feminists would label 'gynocide', a heavily armed Marc Lépine entered the University École Polytechnique de Montreal, and after allowing the male students to leave, systematically murdered 14 female students. 

But what motivated Lépine to carry out this heinous crime? Mass murderer, madman, cold-blooded killer, misogynist, political zealot? Or was he simply another desperate person frustrated with his powerless status in this world? The case of Lépine has been debated among the most prestigious criminologists in the country. This account entails some of the most controversial opinions of these experts to date.

Only one thing is known for sure - Lépine's actions on December 6, 1989 radically changed this country and why he did what he did is much more complex than we will ever know.

My Thoughts

Totally unexpected account of a story I thought I knew well. Being from Canada, I'm more than familiar with this tragedy and how it impacted the country when it happened and how it still does today. However, I was completely unaware of some of the perspectives that were discussed by experts and recounted in this book. Like many others in this country, I just figured Lepine was a madman, a cold-blooded killer and his hatred for woman led to what happened that day. End of story. Not once did I ever give him any more thought other than that, let alone emphasize with him or consider him a human being. This book changed that. 

A few of the perspectives discussed are on the controversial side. Not to go into spoiler territory, but some may find theories included here such as comparing the frustration Lepine felt to that of battered women's syndrome to be disconcerting. For me, it was eye-opening and I believe to avoid future tragedies such as these, all theories should be openly discussed. As painful as that is to do. To read about how the massacre later terribly impacted the survivors and the extent of their guilt (both self-imagined and imposed by others) was heart-wrenching.      

As with all of RJ Parker's works, this one is well researched. In spite of the shortness of the book, the author does a spectacular job at retelling the events that truly shocked Canada to its core all those years ago and still does.  

Highly recommend this one to all my fellow fans of True Crime.  

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