Man with bloody chain saw let into United States


I think not
#1
BOSTON, Massachusetts (AP) -- 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 was found 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 Massachusetts saw him wandering down a highway in a sweat shirt with red and brown stains. He is now in jail in Massachusetts on murder charges, awaiting an extradition hearing next month.

Blood, rust or red paint
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?

Bill Anthony, a spokesman for U.S. Customs and Border Protection, said the Canada-born Despres could not be detained because he is a naturalized U.S. citizen and was not wanted on any criminal charges on the day in question.

Anthony said Despres was questioned for two hours before he was released. During that time, he said, customs agents employed "every conceivable method" to check for warrants or see if Despres had broken any laws in trying to re-enter the country.

"Nobody asked us to detain him," Anthony said. "Being bizarre is not a reason to keep somebody out of this country or lock them up. ... We are governed by laws and regulations, and he did not violate any regulations."

Anthony conceded it "sounds stupid" that a man wielding what appeared to be a bloody chain saw could not be detained. But he added: "Our people don't have a crime lab up there. They can't look at a chain saw and decide if it's blood or rust or red paint."

Sgt. Gary Cameron of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police would not comment on whether it was, in fact, blood on the chain saw.

On the same day Despres crossed the border, he was due in a Canadian court to be sentenced on charges he assaulted and threatened to kill Fulton's son-in-law, Frederick Mowat, last August.

Mowat told police Despres had been bothering his father-in-law for the past month. When Mowat confronted him, Despres allegedly pulled a knife, pointed it at Mowat's chest and said he was "going to get you all."

Police believe the dispute between the neighbors boiled over in the early-morning hours of April 24, when Despres allegedly broke into Fulton's home and stabbed to death the musician and 70-year-old Veronica Decarie.

Fulton's daughter found her father's body two days later. His car was later found in a gravel pit on a highway leading to the U.S. border. Despres hitchhiked to the border crossing.

After the bodies were found on the afternoon of April 26, police set up roadblocks and sent out a bulletin that identified Despres as a "person of interest" in the slayings, according to the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.

The bulletin caught the eye of a Quincy police dispatcher because it gave the suspect's Massachusetts driver's license number, missing a character. The dispatcher plugged in numbers and letters until she found a last known address for Despres in Mattapoisett. She alerted police in that town, and an officer quickly spotted Despres.

In state court the next day, Despres told a judge that he is affiliated with NASA and was on his way to a Marine Corps base in Kansas at the time of his arrest.

After the case was transferred to federal court, Despres' attorney, Michael Andrews, questioned whether his client is mentally competent.

Fulton's friends in Minto, a village of 2,700 people, told the New Brunswick Telegraph-Journal that he was a popular musician, a guitarist known as the "Chet Atkins of Minto" and a 2001 inductee in the Minto Country Music Wall of Fame.
 
Hans
#2
i live about 45 minutes from minto. very gruesome indeed.
 
Jo Canadian
#3
That's funny man! I was just reading the same type of article. here. The murders actually happened about a month ago, there was a big stink about it because the community it happened in was one of those out-of-the-way places where nothing like that happened.

Speaking of which the guy that did it even looks like a nut. Would you let anyone that looks like this cross the border with a bloody chainsaw??
 
ottawabill
#4
And to think some people can't get across the border because of a pot conviction when they were 18 duh!!!

We have the lack borders???
 
Twila
#5
I wonder if a stink will be made about the border guards on this one.

I know if he'd crossed the other way there'd be much made of our guards letting him in..................
 
missile
#6
There was a Canadian at that crossing who was refused entrance to the USA because he had a pot conviction on his record..at the very time this maniac was allowed over He stated that he never wants to set foot in the US again!
 
MMMike
#7
Quote: Originally Posted by Jo Canadian

That's funny man! I was just reading the same type of article. here. The murders actually happened about a month ago, there was a big stink about it because the community it happened in was one of those out-of-the-way places where nothing like that happened.

Speaking of which the guy that did it even looks like a nut. Would you let anyone that looks like this cross the border with a bloody chainsaw??

That's gotta be one of the freakiest looking guys ever. I though it was a cartoon when I saw it, but that is the guys picture. Creepy.
 
missile
#8
He looks like he could be one of The Simple Plan band members,or one of Green Day
 
mrmom2
#9
Theres a winner Not
 
Twila
#10
He looks nothing like Billy Joe from Green day.....

He looks maniacle
 
I think not
#11
Quote: Originally Posted by Twila

He looks nothing like Billy Joe from Green day.....

He looks maniacle

I think those that let him through are more maniacal than him.
 
mrmom2
#12
I heard he was on his way to New York pissed at some guy who turned him down for education grant :P
 
missile
#13
With the possible exception of the chain saw,every one of the weapons he was carrying is illegal here,but not in the States. Weird laws!
 
Reverend Blair
#14
Fred Fulton is dead?
 
missile
#15
Quote: Originally Posted by Reverend Blair

Fred Fulton is dead?

The one in Minto certainly is! I understand he was some sort of local country musician, like our Ned Landry.
 
I think not
#16
Quote: Originally Posted by mrmom2

I heard he was on his way to New York pissed at some guy who turned him down for education grant :P

Would you give him one? :P
 
mrmom2
#17
 
Reverend Blair
#18
Quote:

The one in Minto certainly is! I understand he was some sort of local country musician, like our Ned Landry.

He was a bit of a force in the Canadian alt country thing.
 
Jo Canadian
#19
BOO!



 

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