Marking the École Polytechnique massacre, 25 years on
On December 6, 1989, Marc Lépine walked into Montreal's École Polytechnique and shot 14 young women to death. The massacre shocked the world. Questions about Lépine and his motives were difficult to answer. In this 1999 profile of Marc Lépine, The Fifth Estate traces his upbringing and other factors that shaped his distorted world in an effort to provide some explanation for his heinous crime. Legacy of Pain also looks at the aftermath from a number of perspectives, starting with the families of the murdered women.
View Legacy of Pain here.
From The Fifth Estate website:
It was December 6, 1989 - the last day of classes before midterm exams at Montreal’s Ecole Polytechnique. Around 4 p.m., a man entered a classroom with an assault rifle.
“He ordered the men - the students and the professors - to go on the right side of the class, and the girls on the left side,” said Adrien Cernea, one of the teachers in class at the time.
Fourteen women were shot dead in all. The gunman, Marc Lepine, then took his own life.
In 1999 the fifth estate conducted an investigation into Lepine’s life, and just what it was that led him to pick up a gun and attack complete strangers. But the gunman’s plans extended beyond women he had never met. Lepine also left behind a list of other women he’d planned to kill - many of them well-known in Quebec.
Francine Pelletier, host of the CBC’s fifth estate, was on that list.
Pelletier delves into Lepine’s past, speaking with his aunt, friends and roommates, and discovers factors that may have led him to act as he did. Pelletier also sits down with relatives of Lepine's victims.
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