Oct 24 2009
What a sad, horrible story.
A jury in Saguenay, Que., has found Cathie Gauthier guilty in the premeditated killings of her three children as part of a New Year’s Eve murder-suicide pact with her husband.
Gauthier was charged with three counts of first-degree murder after the bodies of her children and husband were found in the family’s rented bungalow last Jan. 2 in Saguenay, about 250 kilometres north of Quebec City.
The children — Joëlle, 12, Marc-Ange, 7, and Louis-Philippe, 4 — were poisoned by a mix of Gravol anti-nausea medication and a tranquillizer.
Their father, Marc Laliberté, died of blood loss due to a cut on his wrist, worsened by a heart condition.
The family was suffering from financial troubles and had filed for bankruptcy in October. Laliberté had not worked in months and Gauthier had lost a series of jobs at retail stores.
Financial troubles is never a good reason to kill your children.