Who Really Strangled Pierre LaPorte?

The majestic home at 1297 Redpath Crescent in Montreal looks much like it did 45 years ago, its arched wooden door a gateway to the tony Golden Square Mile, once a bastion of Montreal's English-speaking elite.

Nestled at the foot of Mount Royal and located on a cul-de-sac, the classic stone manor remains a landmark of the October Crisis of 1970, a turbulent chapter in the history of Quebec and Canada that still stirs political passions and jars our collective memory nearly a half-century later.

Then, more so than now, Quebec's place in Canada was unsettled.

But the events of October 1970, which culminated in two high-profile kidnappings and the grisly murder of provincial cabinet minister Pierre Laporte by Front de libération du Québec (FLQ) terrorists shocked Quebecers of all political leanings at the time, and contributed to the loss of support for violent means to attain the political goal of Quebec independence.

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