Allan Legere
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Allan Legere is a Canadian
Canada
Canada is a North American country consisting of ten provinces and three territories. Located in the northern part of the continent, it extends from the Atlantic Ocean in the east to the Pacific Ocean in the west, and northward into the Arctic Ocean...

 murderer and arsonist, also known as the Monster of the Miramichi
Miramichi River
The Miramichi River is a Canadian river located in the east-central part of New Brunswick. The river drains into Miramichi Bay in the Gulf of St. Lawrence...

. On May 3, 1989, Legere escaped from RCMP custody while serving a life sentence
Life imprisonment
Life imprisonment is a sentence of imprisonment for a serious crime under which the convicted person is to remain in jail for the rest of his or her life...

 at the Atlantic Institution
Atlantic Institution
The Atlantic Institution is a Canadian federal corrections facility located in the village of Renous, New Brunswick.It was opened in 1987 on the north bank of the Southwest Miramichi River; the property was formerly used as an ammunition depot by the Canadian Forces.Renous was selected as the site...

 for the murder of shopkeeper John Glendenning, of Black River Bridge, New Brunswick
Black River Bridge, New Brunswick
Black River Bridge is a settlement in New Brunswick. Population is 729,498....

, on the evening of June 21, 1986. Legere was being transported from Renous
Renous, New Brunswick
Renous is a Canadian rural community in Northumberland County, New Brunswick.Located where the Renous River discharges into the Southwest Miramichi River, Renous makes up part of the local service district of Renous-Quarryville....

 to a Moncton
Moncton, New Brunswick
Moncton is a Canadian city, located in Westmorland County, New Brunswick. The city is situated in southeastern New Brunswick, within the Petitcodiac River Valley, and lies at the geographic centre of the Maritime Provinces...

 hospital for the treatment of an ear infection at the time of his escape. Legere managed to convince officers to let him use the washroom alone.
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Allan Legere is a Canadian
Canada
Canada is a North American country consisting of ten provinces and three territories. Located in the northern part of the continent, it extends from the Atlantic Ocean in the east to the Pacific Ocean in the west, and northward into the Arctic Ocean...

 murderer and arsonist, also known as the Monster of the Miramichi
Miramichi River
The Miramichi River is a Canadian river located in the east-central part of New Brunswick. The river drains into Miramichi Bay in the Gulf of St. Lawrence...

. On May 3, 1989, Legere escaped from RCMP custody while serving a life sentence
Life imprisonment
Life imprisonment is a sentence of imprisonment for a serious crime under which the convicted person is to remain in jail for the rest of his or her life...

 at the Atlantic Institution
Atlantic Institution
The Atlantic Institution is a Canadian federal corrections facility located in the village of Renous, New Brunswick.It was opened in 1987 on the north bank of the Southwest Miramichi River; the property was formerly used as an ammunition depot by the Canadian Forces.Renous was selected as the site...

 for the murder of shopkeeper John Glendenning, of Black River Bridge, New Brunswick
Black River Bridge, New Brunswick
Black River Bridge is a settlement in New Brunswick. Population is 729,498....

, on the evening of June 21, 1986. Legere was being transported from Renous
Renous, New Brunswick
Renous is a Canadian rural community in Northumberland County, New Brunswick.Located where the Renous River discharges into the Southwest Miramichi River, Renous makes up part of the local service district of Renous-Quarryville....

 to a Moncton
Moncton, New Brunswick
Moncton is a Canadian city, located in Westmorland County, New Brunswick. The city is situated in southeastern New Brunswick, within the Petitcodiac River Valley, and lies at the geographic centre of the Maritime Provinces...

 hospital for the treatment of an ear infection at the time of his escape. Legere managed to convince officers to let him use the washroom alone. There, he picked the lock on his handcuffs with a piece of T.V antenna he had concealed on his body and fled. After his escape, Legere committed four additional murders: Annie Flam, sisters Linda and Donna Daughney, and Father James Smith. He was recaptured on November 24, 1989; rewards of $50,000 were collected for the information that led to his arrest.

Legere's trial featured one of the first Canadian uses of DNA fingerprinting, despite his lawyers' argument that the relatively shallow gene pool of the Miramichi region could easily lead to false positives, Legere was convicted for a second time in 1991.

As of 2008, he was one of only 90 prisoners held in Canada's only Super-Maximum security penitentiary
Special Handling Unit
The Special Handling Unit is Canada's highest security prison. It is co-located with the Ste-Anne-des-Plaines Institution and the Regional Reception Centre, at the Correctional Service of Canada complex at Sainte-Anne-des-Plaines, Quebec . As of 2008, there were 90 prisoners at the SHU...

, nicknamed the "SHU", in Sainte-Anne-des-Plaines, Quebec
Sainte-Anne-des-Plaines, Quebec
Sainte-Anne-des-Plaines is a city in southwestern Quebec, Canada, northwest of Montreal in the Regional County Municipality of Thérèse-de-Blainville. The population estimate for the city in 2011 was 13,700, up from 13,001 in the 2006 census...

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