Thursday, June 09, 2005
You really got to give it to the border guards. They really know how to keep out the bad element.
On the morning of April 25, Gregory Despres hitchhiked to the Canadian border crossing at Calais, Maine, carrying a homemade sword, a hatchet, a knife, brass knuckles and a chain saw stained by what appeared to be blood.Why was he allowed in, you ask? He was an American citizen, and there were no warrants out for him yet. But you'd think the bloody clothes and weapons would have been a good enough clue to keep him in custody. Read it for yourself, and decide if the guards did the right thing.
Customs officials confiscated the cache of weapons and fingerprinted Despres, but allowed him to enter the United States -- not knowing the gruesome scene about to unfold in the hitchhiker's hometown.
The following day, in the village of Minto, New Brunswick, the decapitated body of a well-known country musician named Frederick Fulton was discovered on his kitchen floor. Police found the 74-year-old man's head in a pillow case under a kitchen table and the body of his common-law wife, Veronica Decarie, stabbed to death in a bedroom.
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