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Corrections Canada planning transfer of serial killer Allan Legere - newspaper


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MONCTON, N.B. - A Moncton newspaper is reporting that Corrections Canada is planning a transfer of the serial killer Allan Legere from a special-handling unit that houses Canada's most dangerous offenders to a maximum security prison.
The Moncton Times and Transcript says a "source close to the decision" indicated Legere is scheduled to be transferred next week from the super-maximum security Special Handling Unit at Ste.-Anne-des-Plaines near Montreal.
The newspaper says he's going to a regular maximum security prison in Port-Cartier, 70 kilometres west of Sept-Iles, Que.
Christelle Chartrand, a spokeswoman with the Correctional Service of Canada, declined to comment on Leger's status, saying the federal organization cannot divulge information about prisoner transfers because of provisions in the Privacy Act.
Allan Legere is serving a life sentence for the grisly murders of five people in the Miramichi area between 1986 and 1989.
Legere was sentenced to life in prison for the 1986 murder of John Glendenning, a shopkeeper in Black River Bridge. His wife Mary was badly injured during the home invasion.
Two years later, Legere injured himself deliberately while in custody at the maximum security penitentiary in Renous.
He was transported to the Dr. Georges-L. Dumont Regional Hospital in Moncton, where he orchestrated a daring escape.
Legere managed to convince two guards to let him use the washroom alone.
There, he picked the lock on his handcuffs with a piece of car antenna he concealed in his body.
He used the antennae to fool the guards into thinking he had a homemade knife, escaping by forcing a driver to take him to a wooded area near Moncton's industrial park.
The terror in Miramichi started three weeks later when firefighters arrived at the home of a pair of elderly cousins.
Inside they found a badly beaten Nina Flam sitting at the foot of the stairs.
Her cousin Annie Flam, in her late 70s, was found beaten to death upstairs. She had been sexually assaulted.
Four months later firefighters were again called to a burning house where they found the bodies of sisters Linda and Donna Daughney.
One month later, police found the body of Father James Smith, 69, beaten in his home in Chatham Head.
The manhunt came to an end in November 1989 when Legere surrendered to police near Nelson.

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