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Alfred Bonenfant's "murder" as reported by various newspapers. The Montréal Gazette was one paper that did print a followup story, reporting the verdict of accidental death on June 19, 1908. Like the original bulletin the followup was printed on the front page.

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Clockwise from upper left: Stories from the Montréal Gazette (news.google.com/newspapers); Brandon Daily Sun (manitobia.ca); Edmonton Daily Bulletin (ourfutureourpast.ca) and Saskatoon Daily Phoenix (news.google.com/newspapers), all published June 12, 1908 on page one.

Last Trip: The Death of Alfred Bonenfant / 3

The "Murder"

I first encountered the story of Alfred Bonenfant through the chance discovery of this article in the Manitoba Free Press:

OTTAWA HACKMAN MURDERED

'Phone Message for Carriage Specified That Victim Should Be Driver.

Ottawa, June 12 -- Alfred Bonenfant, a hack driver, was found murdered on the Aylmer road, the highway to some questionable resorts, at a late hour. Absolute mystery surrounds the crime. William McMillan, of Finch, has been arrested, but not much store is placed upon his capture. Curiously the cab was sent in answer to a telephone message which specified that Bonenfant should be the driver. That is the last known of Bonenfant until he was found dead. He leaves a widow and four young children absolutely penniless.

(Manitoba Free Press, Saturday, June 13, 1908, p. 18)

This melodramatic snippet was published in newspapers across Canada but its sequel -- the revelation that Bonenfant died in an accident -- did not receive nearly the same coverage.

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