Thus Spake Zuska

Remembering the Murdered Women

Others before me have noted that whenever the Montreal massacre is discussed, the shooter’s name is always mentioned but the names of the murdered women rarely are ever mentioned. Let’s take a minute just to recount their names and ages at the time of their deaths.

As listed on the Gendercide.org case study site:

Geneviève Bergeron, aged 21;
Hélène Colgan, 23;
Nathalie Croteau, 23;
Barbara Daigneault, 22;
Anne-Marie Edward, 21;
Maud Haviernick, 29;
Barbara Maria Klucznik, 31;
Maryse Leclair, 23;
Annie St.-Arneault, 23;
Michèle Richard, 21;
Maryse Laganière, 25;
Anne-Marie Lemay, 22;
Sonia Pelletier, 28; and
Annie Turcotte, aged 21.

Comments

  1. #1 Kate
    December 7, 2006

    Thanks for sharing, Zuska.

  2. #2 Janey
    December 10, 2006

    Well done!

    Professor Monique Frize of Carleton University has done a lot for women in engineering, partly in memory of those women. She avoids saying the killer’s name because, as you say, he tends to get the fame he wanted while the women’s names are forgotten. Let’s all work to make him nameless!

    And to remember Genevi趥 Bergeron, H鬨ne Colgan, Nathalie Croteau, Barbara Daigneault, Anne-Marie Edward, Maud Haviernick, Maryse Lagani貥, Maryse Leclair, Anne-Marie Lemay, Sonia Pelletier, Mich謥 Richard, Annie St-Arneault, Annie Turcotte, Barbara Klucznik-Widajewicz

    (easier for me to take them from the Wikipedia list)

  3. #3 Lab Lemming
    December 11, 2006

    A friend of mine who teaches criminal law and studies murder cases extensively once pointed out to me that not only are the criminals over-remembered at the expense of the victims and survivors, , but they victims- and especially th esurvivors, generally have much more interestin stories, and are mor worth learning about. Mass murderers, in contrast, tend to be fairly boring and pathetic. Makes you wonder why they inevitably get all the attention.