Justin Christien Bourque

Justin Bourque

Crimes: Murder, Attempted Murder

Justin Christien Bourque has just done Canada a favour — he pled guilty to 3 counts of 1st-degree murder and 2 counts of attempted murder. I, for one, am relieved that we will be spared a big show of insanity pleas and victim blaming. He is guilty, and he has acknowledged he’s guilty, and now hopefully he shall be put away for life.

IMO, Justin Bourque, of Moncton, New Brunswick, is one of those paranoid, sociopathic individuals who bought into the hysteria being spouted by far too many deranged, right-wing media. He listened to, believed in and regurgitated the talk about end-times and tyranny and gun rights. Ultimately, he conducted his own personal war and sacrificed the lives of 3 decent, honorable human beings. Disgusting.

The Bourque family is, by all accounts, a good and devoutly Catholic family. The parents never missed a Sunday service, said a local church administrator. They are described as generous and welcoming people. They are middle-class, and live comfortably. To make sure his family was provided for, Victor Bourque worked two jobs.

All 7 Bourque children were home-schooled by their mother — she wanted to provide them with the moral instruction she felt was lacking in public schools. Both parents, Victor and Denise Bourque did their best to raise their children to be good people.

Unfortunately their son, Justin Christien Bourque, had his own agenda. He stopped going to church, and began to smoke marijuana and drink alcohol copiously. He became obsessed with guns. He alarmed his parents with his “inappropriate behavior”, fanatical talk and growing collection of weapons.

Victor and Denise Bourque had to ask Justin to move out because he was out of control. In December 2012 he obliged, and moved into a mobile home at Ryder Park in Moncton. The parents didn’t cut off contact with him, and they tried to keep tabs on him. They were worried, and justifiably so.

Justin BourqueJustin Bourque had a “problem with authority”, said a former coworker, and had issues “with parents, bosses, police.” No kidding. His Facebook page was increasingly filled with posts promoting guns and denigrating police and authorities. He shared images with pro-militia, pro-libertarian slogans. He portrayed himself as an anti-authoritarian gun enthusiast.

Justin Bourque began talking more and more about the looming apocalypse and the right to bear arms. I believe he had the Confederate flag hanging on his wall — strange for a Canadian.

Victor and Denise Bourque reached out to friends in the police force, looking for help with their son. Sadly, tragically, they were told that nothing could be done. Justin Bourque had not broken any laws, so there was no reason to take him into custody.

Life for Justin Bourque continued to spiral out of control. He had financial difficulties and his car was repossessed. He had lost jobs and had girlfriend troubles. He’d reportedly begun to use harder drugs like heroin. His anger and rage at authorities grew.

Justin Bourque apparently became obsessed with the death of Daniel Levesque, who was shot by RCMP when he threatened them with a knife at the Moncton Coliseum. An independent investigation found that Daniel Levesque did not die from the gunshot wounds inflicted by the officers. Those were superficial. The man died of stab wounds he’d sustained before the RCMP even got on the scene.

The report clearing the RCMP of wrongdoing may have served as a catalyst for the coming reign of terror. On June 4, 2014, two weeks after an RCMP press conference about the report, Justin Bourque put on his camouflage army jacket. He tied a bandana around his head. He then armed himself with knives, his ammo belt, a pump-action shotgun and an M305 semi-automatic rifle. He was like Rambo incarnate.

Bourque rampage

The self-styled Rambo was planning to hunt down and execute police officers. He was declaring war on the authorities.

Justin Bourque exited his mobile home and began walking purposefully through his neighbourhood, making sure his neighbours got an eyeful. At 7:20 p.m. frightened residents began phoning the police — probably the very thing that Justin Bourque wanted. Police responded and walked right into hell.

Bourque rampage

By 10:54 p.m. RCMP confirmed via Twitter that 5 officers had been shot, and 3 were dead. People in various neighbourhoods were warned to stay indoors.

At 11:15 a.m., June 5, RCMP held a news conference, begging people not to post police movements on social media. They were afraid Justin Bourque was monitoring Facebook and Twitter for information about his targets — them!

Officers in MonctonPretty much all of Moncton was locked down that day. Hundreds of police officers from across Canada had joined in the manhunt for the deranged killer.

I really have to salute those officers because they were literally putting their lives on the line. The killer could have been behind any tree, beside any house, under any vehicle, ready and willing to shoot them.

At 7:59 p.m. the RCMP tweeted their request that the public turn on their exterior lights. The people of Moncton complied.

At 12:10 a.m., June 6, 2014, Justin Bourque was surrounded by RCMP in a back yard. They bellowed at him to surrender, and at that point the hellbeast dropped his weapons, raised his arms and said, “I’m done.”

I am frankly amazed that the officers on the scene didn’t shoot him full of holes then and there. I know it’s not the Canadian thing to do, but they’d lost 3 of their colleagues and for all they knew they could still lose 2 more. I wouldn’t have blamed them one little bit if they’d shot him. (I guess that means those officers are far better people than I am.)

Justin Bourque had once told a former co-worker he wanted to “go out with a bang and bring people with him.” I am somewhat surprised then that he surrendered instead of threatening police and getting himself shot. I guess he decided life was still worth living. Too bad he hadn’t allowed his victims the privilege of living too.

Const. Douglas James Larche, 40, from Saint John, N.B., Const. Dave Joseph Ross, 32, from Victoriaville, Que., and Const. Fabrice Georges Gevaudan, 45, from Boulogne-Billancourt, France were killed that horrible day in Moncton, N.B. They all leave behind families and friends who loved them and miss them terribly.

Const. Douglas James Larche, Const. Dave Joseph Ross and Const. Fabrice Georges Gevaudan

Const. Douglas James Larche, Const. Dave Joseph Ross and Const. Fabrice Georges Gevaudan

As an example of the unflinching character and bravery of these officers, Const. Larche died trying to save the life of a motorcyclist, Steph Lemay. The man was unknowingly about to ride his motorcycle into the scene of the ambush when Const. Larche jumped from the relative safety of his vehicle to warn him.

“The gentleman jumped from the car and he started running towards me, yelling ‘Go back, go back, go back!'” said Mr. Lemay. He complied and turned around, then heard gunfire. Const. Larche had given his all in the line of duty.

Const. Éric Stéphane J. Dubois and Const. Marie Darlene Goguen mercifully survived their wounds.

Justin Bourque, 24, entered his guilty pleas before Court of Queen’s Bench Chief Justice David Smith on August 8, 2014. The judge advised him that by pleading guilty he was admitting to intentionally killing the officers, and that his actions were planned and deliberate. The judge also warned the killer that he could be facing consecutive life sentences for the three 1st-degree murder charges — no chance of parole for 75 years.

Please, please let him get the maximum! Please don’t ever let him loose on society again!

I’m not sure why Justin Bourque pled guilty. I know there’s oodles of evidence against him, but he didn’t even try to cut a deal. I’m pretty sure it’s not because he’s remorseful. I’m pretty sure that being in prison didn’t sweeten his attitude toward authority.

I’m thinking he pled guilty because he killed those officers, he’s proud he killed those officers, and he wants to world to know what he did. Maybe in his twisted mind he considers himself a war hero in his own personal war.

RCMP Funeral

REUTERS/Mark Blinch

I know who the real heroes are.

R.I.P. Const. Douglas James Larche, Const. Dave Joseph Ross and Const. Fabrice Georges Gevaudan. I extend my heartfelt condolences to their friends and families.

To Const. Éric Stéphane J. Dubois and Const. Marie Darlene Goguen I extend my best wishes for complete recoveries, and lives full of success and contentment.

To the Bourque family I hope they are able to live in their community without public censure and harassment.

“A lot of people say it might’ve had something to do with the way he was raised, but we were all raised the same way and all of us are productive members of society,” Justin Bourque’s sister Sophie said. “What he did will always hurt us.”

Victor Bourque said, “If someone from your family rejects what you taught them, that’s their choice and they live with the consequences.” True that. Hopefully the consequences his son will face will include imprisonment for the rest of his life.

Justin Bourque faces sentencing later this year. I shall keep readers posted — reminders are welcome.

UPDATE
Justin Bourque has been sentenced to serve 75 years in prison before becoming eligible to apply for parole. I think it’s safe to say he’s never, ever going to be released.

Moncton funeral procession

(PEI RCMP/Twitter)

CBC News article – guilty plea
CTV News article – Mountie died saving life
CBC News article – timeline
Canada.com article – manhunt
The Globe and Mail News article – sister speaks

29 Responses to Justin Christien Bourque

  1. moodymagic says:

    Yes lock him up for ever and throw away the key and never mention this murderer again. The 3 officers that were gunned down are true heroes and the world is a sadder place without these fine officers who put their lives on the line each and everyday to make the world a better place. Burn in hell Bourque. I wish all the family and friends nothing but the best.

  2. fuctup says:

    That was fast. I wish all crimes were resolved in the courts this fast. Long may he rot.

  3. BENGALPUSS says:

    I also feel for the scumbags family as well, imagine having your own child commit senseless murder after raising him the best way you could? I hope he never gets to be freed from prison, life no possibility of parole. Three young men with their lives just starting wiped out because of some arsehole’s weird views, men that were making the world a better and safer place, an absolute travesty.

  4. bulldoggy says:

    I so hope that this mass murdering yahoo doesn’t become an inspiration for all the other libertarian nut jobs about there. They all need to be rounded up and neutered before they try to destroy civilized society in the name of guns.

  5. 2cute says:

    I wonder if being a Catholic makes Bourque think he’ll be forgiven by God and wind up in heaven despite the horror and absolute evil he committed.

  6. claudia says:

    THe whole family sounds extreme, with the homeschooling and religion. I am not defending his actions or blaming the family, but something created this monster. Sounds like he grew up fearful and isolated.

  7. cleo says:

    Justin Bourque has been sentenced to serve 75 years in prison before becoming eligible to apply for parole.

  8. DecentPeopleOnly says:

    Definitely Atrocious

    Murder is Murder

  9. DecentPeopleOnly says:

    29th of December and 30th of December will Mark the Volgograd Atrocities
    Russia when around 34 People were Murdered in the Attack on the Railway Station and the Trolleybus in 2013

    Very Terrible Very Sad

  10. DecentPeopleOnly says:

    Intentional Kidnapping Not least with Assault and Injury Added with a Political Motive Needs to be Regarded as Terrorism

    It is Hardly the Actions of a Decent Person or Persons

  11. DecentPeopleOnly says:

    Intentional Kidnapping Not least when combined with Injury and Assault
    and Humiliation is to any Decent Person an Act of Terrorism and an
    Act of Evil

    It Warrants a Life Sentence plus 400 Years

    Where it Resulted in Death it Warrants the Death Penalty

  12. DecentPeopleOnly says:

    Hopefully there will be NO more Politically Motivated Kidnappings
    by Anti Trump Thugs in the USA

    Political Motivated Kidnappings are an Act of Terrorism

  13. DecentPeopleOnly says:

    The Anti Trump Thug Riot in Portland Oregon was Terrible Enough

    Hopefully Anti Trump Thugs will Not carry out Terrorist Riots on
    January 20th 2017 and Afterwards

    Politically Motivated Kidnapping Terrorism Politically Motivated Riots
    with Arson and Assault Terrorism NO to Terrorism

  14. DecentPeopleOnly says:

    Any One who Commits a Act of Kidnapping with a Political Motive and
    then has the Abysmal Audacity to Film It and Uphold it on line is Not
    a Decent Person

    That in Itself Needs to be Regarded as Glorifying Terrorism together
    with any Statements of Support for any such Political Kidnapping by
    Anti Trump Thugs

  15. DecentPeopleOnly says:

    Instead of Behaving like Thugs and Terrorists like some Leftist
    Anti Trumps Are as has been shown it would be Better For Liberals and Leftists to have some Human Decency and Not Riot at All and Support the Death Penalty For Murder Rape Child Abuse and Violent Terrorism

  16. DecentPeopleOnly says:

    Murder is Murder and it should Not be Trivialized

  17. DecentPeopleOnly says:

    Any Thug who Threatens or Carry Out a Politically Motivated Attack upon
    someone who is Not a Actual Child Abuser Needs to be Regarded as a
    Terrorist

    A Vicious Assault does Harm like a Terrorist Shooting does

  18. DecentPeopleOnly says:

    Any Anti Trump Thug who Threatens Violence or Worst against any
    Supporter of Trump Attending the In Auguration or anyone performing at the In Auguration should be Regarded as a Terrorist

    Any One who Actually Carries Out their Threat should be Punished#
    Accordingly

  19. DecentPeopleOnly says:

    Shocking Behaviour of Anti Trump Thugs outside the Deploraball in
    Washington DC is Evil

    Rioters Not Protestors

  20. DecentPeopleOnly says:

    Political Rioting when Accompanied by Violence Injury and Bullying of
    Better People is Terrorism

  21. DecentPeopleOnly says:

    There are Decent People and There are Rioters

    The Anti Trump Thugs Rioting in Washington DC are on the same Par with Terrorists being Scum and are Not Decent People

  22. DecentPeopleOnly says:

    Disgraceful Behaviour of Anti Trump Thugs in Washington DC

    Setting Fires to Bin and Setting Off Explosions and committing Arson
    /Intentional Damage to Buildings with a Political Motive is effectively
    Terrorism

  23. DecentPeopleOnly says:

    Having gone down to Threatening the Child Daughter of a Female Journalist in the USA let Decent People Hope that they do Not Engage in Kidnapping Children or Committing Cruelty against Animals that is the Anti Trump Thugs

  24. DecentPeopleOnly says:

    Usage of a Needle Not Least a Dirty Connected with Heroin to Assault a
    Better Person with a Political Motive Needs to be Regarded as Terrorism
    and Carry a 15 Year Sentence at Least

  25. DecentPeopleOnly says:

    Fireworks Used to Intimidate or Harm People or Animals or to Damage
    Buildings Cars or any other Property of a Decent Person with a Political
    Motive Needs to be Regarded as Terrorism and Carry a 10 Year Sentence at
    Least

  26. DecentPeopleOnly says:

    Violence Knowingly Committed with a Political Motive is Terrorism

    That Applies to any Stabbing of a Decent Person with a Political Motive
    or Driving a Car into Someone with a Political Motive

  27. DecentPeopleOnly says:

    The Terrorist Attack at Westminster is an Act of Evil

    Independent United Kingdom is Needed with Control of it’s Borders
    and the Death Penalty For Murder which Includes Terrorist Acts Resulting
    in Death Knowingly Committed

  28. DecentPeopleOnly says:

    Terrorist Acts like what Happened at Westminster are Acts of Evil

    What is also Reprehensible is Conspiracy Cloud Cuckoo Lands Making Out
    that such Things were ” Hoaxes ”

    That is Not only Delusional but Disgusting

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