Friday , January 15 2021

Death of Norah and Romy Carpentier: I return to the terrible drama

For his first show at the helm of I this Thursday, investigative journalist Félix Séguin returns with his team to the terrible drama that led to the death of the girls Norah and Romy Carpentier last summer, on the sidelines of the longest Amber alert in Quebec history.

Six months after this tragedy which shook all of Quebec, I sheds another light on the terrible events that began on July 8, 2020, in Saint-Apollinaire, in the Quebec City region, during an accident on Highway 20.

It has since been learned that Norah, 11, and Romy, 6, were killed within 12 hours of the crash by their father, Martin Carpentier, who then took his own life. However, the Amber alert was issued 18 hours after the accident, so after the double murder of the Carpentier girls, which raises questions as to whether everything was done to find the two children on time.

“We wonder why the alert was delayed in being triggered”, explained Félix Séguin in an interview with the QMI Agency. We ask ourselves this question for all alerts, it’s normal, but in this case, there is really a significant number of hours between the disappearance and the triggering of the alert. ”

“What happened between the disappearance and the triggering of the alert? he added. We wonder what could have been done differently. We also wonder, knowing that the runaway lasted only a few hours, what really happened, thanks to my colleague Denis Thériault, who returned to the scene. ”

Félix Séguin recalled that the two small victims died not far from the place of the accident. The search to find them lasted a dozen days in a large area.

Norah and Romy’s family were approached by I. “We spoke to representatives of the family who have a firm idea of what could have gone better in this case,” said Félix Séguin.

“We needed their insight and we come to the realization that there is a lot of room for improvement,” he continued. The point of the exercise is not to find a culprit. The crime being what it is, the culprit is the one who took the lives of his two children before killing himself. Our role is to autopsy, without making a bad pun, the main moments of this tragedy to ensure that we can learn from them. ”

Stay on the ground

This is the first broadcast of I led by Félix Séguin, who is one of Quebec’s leading investigative journalists and one of the pillars of Quebecor’s Bureau of Investigation.

“I agreed to take the helm of I this winter, but for me, it is essential not to lose contact with the field, to do my investigations in parallel, ”he said.

Félix Séguin has particularly distinguished himself in recent months with the book Source and the documentary Scoopa and me. From 2014 until his assassination in 2019, the mobster Andrew Scoppa was indeed one of the journalist’s sources.

The show I is presented every Thursday at 9 p.m. on TVA and replayed on LCN on Saturdays at 12:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m., as well as Sundays at 5:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.

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