June 8, 2005


Customs saw nothing wrong with suspect (Associated Press, June 8, 2005)

On April 25, Gregory Despres arrived at the U.S.-Canadian border crossing at Calais, Maine, carrying a homemade sword, a hatchet, a knife, brass knuckles and a chain saw stained with what appeared to be blood. U.S. customs agents confiscated the weapons and fingerprinted Despres.

Then they let him into the United States.

The following day, a gruesome scene was discovered in Despres' hometown of Minto, New Brunswick: The decapitated body of a 74-year-old country musician named Frederick Fulton on Fulton's kitchen floor. His head was in a pillowcase under a kitchen table. His common-law wife was discovered stabbed to death in a bedroom.

Despres, 22, immediately became a suspect because of a history of violence between him and his neighbors, and he was arrested April 27 after police in Mattapoisett saw him wandering down a highway in a sweatshirt with red and brown stains. He is now in jail in Massachusetts on murder charges, awaiting an extradition hearing next month.

At a time when the United States is tightening its borders, how could a man toting what appeared to be a bloody chain saw be allowed into the country?

Tom Tancredo will get right on that Northern border, huh?

Posted by Orrin Judd at June 8, 2005 12:04 PM

Thank God he wasn't carrying nail clippers.

Posted by: AllenS at June 8, 2005 12:29 PM

How could anyone not be fooled by that little-boy hairdo and disarmingly innocent face?

Posted by: Peter B at June 8, 2005 2:23 PM

bet he is a deaniac

Posted by: cjm at June 8, 2005 2:52 PM

The question is, why did Canada let him free on bail?

Posted by: Ben Lange at June 8, 2005 4:09 PM

so he could run for p.m. ?

Posted by: cjm at June 8, 2005 5:10 PM

I think old Tom is a little more concerned about the flood of felons and drug resistant virus carriers coming from the southern third world shi#holes. Not to mention the latin looking Arabs with C-4 belts holding up their pants.

Posted by: NC3 at June 8, 2005 8:56 PM