Title: TERROR’S END
Subtitle: ALLAN LEGERE ON TRIAL
Authors: RICK MacLEAN, ANDRÉ VENOIT and SHAUN WATERS
Type of Book: PAPERBACK
Genre: TRUE CRIME, NON-FICTION, CANADIAN CRIME
Length: 358 PAGES
Publisher: MCCLELLAND & STEWART INC.
Release Date: 1992
Price: $6.99 CDN (IN 1992)
Rating: 3 OUT OF 5 STARS 🌟🌟🌟
When we think of serial killers, we generally think of them as being a United States problem. ( I apologize to my US based readets, but it is true).
Most people (especially Canadians) would NOT think of Canada, which is famous all over the world for its friendliness and peaceful nature, as a hotbed of criminal depravity – a fact that I am immensely proud of being a born and bred Canadian.
Until reading this book, I would have said that there were only two Canadian Serial Killers that I could think of; those being Robert Pickton from British Columbia who murdered prostitutes that he picked up on the streets of Vancouver, British Columbia and the disgusting piece of filth that is Paul Bernardo who definitely deserved the death penalty (if it had been available in Canada.) So, when I began reading this book and learned of Alan Legere I was very surprised.
When I think of New Brunswick and the people who live there, I think of gorgeous scenery, lakes, the ocean, and amazingly courteous and helpful people. I have visited New Brunswick many times and I love it. Even in the cities, people are friendly and accommodating. It is difficult to fathom that a serial killer was born and bred in such a wonderful province. However, that is exactly what happened.
Allan Joseph Legere was born and raised in the Miramichi area of New Brunswick. His reign of terror over the people of that area took place in and around 1986.
This book contains so many spelling and grammatical errors that I feel like the publisher of this book should be ashamed of themselves. I assume that the reason for these errors was that they rushed the book through the publication process in order to get it onto newsstands and into bookstores as quickly as possible so as to take advantage of the public’s intense interest in the case at the time. However, in my opinion, there is simply no excuse for the sheer number of typos and spelling errors. It is RIDICULOUS.
Aside from the errors, the book seems to encompass the complete details of the crimes themselves, as well as what took place in the courtroom.
The authors also managed to adequately convey the feelings of fear that the residents of the Miramichi area felt at the time the crimes were occurring as well as the anger and outrage citizens felt once the horrific details were released.
I also want to mention my disdain for Alan Legere on a personal note. Yes, he killed multiple people, but in my opinion he was / is a cowardly piece of scum. He chose elderly people as easy targets (probably because he knew he might be overpowered by younger, stronger opponents. He even murdered a elderly priest who had never wronged anyone in the ultimate act of cowardice.
All in all, the book did hold my interest most of the time, but the details were so tediously described in some passages that I felt my attention wandering and set the book down for days on end.
It is for the reasons outlined above that I have chosen to give this book only 3 out of 5 stars. 🌟🌟🌟
To view the YouTube video of Alan Legere – THE MONSTER OF THE MIRAMICHI click on the link below: