Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Even though further information with reference to the Wilbert Coffin case has been slow in coming, please do not assume that my investigation has ground to a halt. Actually it has been in high gear behind the scenes. There is always one more rock to turn over, and I am pleased to tell you that over the past few weeks I have been fortunate in being able to turn over a fair sized pile of stones. I will also tell you that this particular part of the search produced much in my belief that a wrongful conviction took place with the hanging of Wilbert Coffin, and I do not plan to let go until I prove that.
As most of you will know, immediately following the execution of Wilbert Coffin there existed much public outcry as to the handling of this case. An appeal to the Quebec appeal court was turned down, and as well, subsequent to the provincial appeal being turned down, a likewise appeal to the Supreme Court of Canada was denied as well. Further to the denial of the appeal by the Supreme Court Of Canada, an application was made to the federal cabinet of Canada with a request that they consider the case.
It can now be proven that the federal cabinet did not serve Wilbert Coffin well. They knew this as well. Clearly, the actions of cabinet did not reflect a particularly caring attitude toward Mr. Coffin. Their actions were carried out in such a way that an unsuspecting public would not recognize.
If the application placed before the cabinet had been placed at any other time, I am certain that the results would have been much different. The federal cabinet was caught in the middle of a dispute concerning the United States of America and the province of Quebec, with premier Maurice Duplessis at the helm. In it's simplest form the federal cabinet chose the path of least reistance, this way they avoided the wrath of Duplessis, and further pressure from the American administration. The fact that Wilbert Coffin would surely hang by going this route seemed to matter not.
It is ok to ask me here if I know all the details of what I am suggesting? The answer is Yes I do. It sickens me, but I know about all the dirty laundry that made it possible. To make matters worse, some of the people involved were our upstanding politicians of the day. A lot of this stuff I have known about for some time, and I have written about it. I can see a much clearer picture of the chain of events now. This has been made possible as a result of constant digging and searching for the past three years.
I can further state that none of this information was garnered from a mile deep pile of newspapers that has permeated society for the past half century. As I have said many times, this stuff, along with most of the documentaries as a means of displaying sensationalism was the direct opposite of the mandate that occupied my time for the past three years. I was intrested in one avenue only, to discover the truth, and make it known to Canadians. That is why I steered a course in the opposite direction from all the junk that floated around.
As you continue reading this posting, you will note that I have also managed to acquire some other interesting reading. Again this was not acquired from newspapers or books on the Coffin affair. It came from digging and making a general nuisance of myself. It is interesting though because I know that it is authentic. Some of it is in both English and French. I also know that the translation is official because it would have been transcribed in both official languages at the source by the government.
This information is not only interesting, but it is important as well to this case. It contains the written decisions from every judge and the reasons why some of them dismissed the appeals and the reasons as to why some of them would have allowed the appeals. It is also abundantly clear as to which judges actually read the case in detail that was presented before them. You will see where erroneaus information that was accepted as evidence at the trial by the original trial judge made it's way through the system all the way to the supreme court. This is stuff that I shall be going into in great depth.
You have read in the past where I have made reference to the amount of money that Eugene Lindsey had on him when he was murdered. As I have said many times, it was merely supposition, but here you have a judge quoting exact amounts, when the police themselves stated that they could not determine how much money that Mr. Lindsey came to Canada with. I have a letter from one officer to his boss where he stated it was unknown.
That little five letter word called "truth" is a powerful little word. For the most part it can be boring and it often gets covered up with the muck of life, but the beautiful part of it all, if you stir the mixture long enough, the batter rights itself and the truth floats to the surface.
Ladies and gentlemen, as usual I thank you for your support. I ask you to hang in there just a bit longer until I get all this put together. I am presenting it all in a finished state to the Criminal Conviction Review Group (CCRG). I have given it my best shot, but my fingers are still crossed. God bless you one and all.
Lew Stoddard


Bent said...

Hi Lew, great work, you are like a bulldog!
Through your investigation, have you come up with alternative suspect(s) and persons of interest?

Best regards,

Lew Stoddard said...

Hi Bent,

Nice to hear from you again. I do have suspects. They are the same three that I named previously. I am more convinced now than I was previously though. There is motive, they were in the right place at the right time to do the deed, and they knew the area. Further, their vehicle type matched another vehicle identified by a police officer that he saw in the forest.

Thanks for your questions and comments Bent. You are welcome to jump onboard at any time.

Lew Stoddard
Host of "Stoddard Online"

Joyce from Bristol, New Brunswick said...

By comparison I am curious as to what your serious beliefs would be if the following question was possible to enact.

For the first part of my question Mr. Stoddard I recognize the fact
from the indepth study that you did, you obviously saw where they found Wilbert Coffin guilty by way of the weakest of circumstantial evidence and took his life as punishment.

For the second part if that same trial had been held and would have taken into account evidence that you found that was never presented, as well as calling as witnesses those who were willing to give evidence pertaining to elements of the trial, do you think it would have affected the outcome?

I have to tell you Mr. Stoddard that in some ways I have had you on trial since I first started reading your account of this case more than two years ago.

I have studied your style of writing, and paid close attention to your degree of sincerity. The fact that you state that you have studied this case for three years to satisfy your own curiousity lends much support to your determination to obtain results that you truly believed were there.

I am the jury now Mr. Stoddard. I patiently await the response to my question.

Bristol, New Brunswick

Lew Stoddard said...

Special reply to Joyce. . .

Joyce, for some reason I expected a comment from you regarding my latest posting. I thank you for taking the time to be such an ardent supporter of my web site.

Now that I am on trial Joyce and you are the jury, I am prepared to answer the question that you have put before me.

Joyce the elements that you asked me about, and would they have made a difference in a court of law if properly presented, I will answer in this way.

In any court proceeding, the presentation of witnesses and evidence are fundamental to the accused receiving a fair and impartial hearing for the charge that he or she is facing.

I believe, based on my Charter Of Rights And Freedoms, that when those rights and freedoms are breached, then the judiciary no longer exhibits those qualities and characteristics consistent with a fair process of law.

Now that I have qualified my answer, I am prepared to officially state that my thoughts are unequivocal that Wilbert Coffin would never have been found guilty of the murder of Richard Lindsey based on the trial process, had it been conducted in a fair process of law, with all the elements involved presented for the jury to view.

As you state Joyce, you are now the jury charged with making your decision. Speaking for myself, my case rests.

Lew Stoddard
Host of "Stoddard Online"

Claudia Loiselle said...

Sir, you did a grand job in what I feel was setting this case straight. as a matter of fact it was a superb job when you consider it was over 50 years after it took place.
Claudia Loiselle
Winnipeg Manitoba

Bob Melfort said...

I am anxious to read what the judges had to say about this case. I have always felt that judges render decisions based on what kind of mood they are in on any given day.

Bob Melfort
Burnaby, B. C.

Maurice Marchand said...

Congratulations for all your work so far on this case. You say you have more to do by putting it all together now, well it sure looks a lot better than it did over the years. makes a lot of sence now. Thank uou again sir.

Maurice Marchand

M. Samuels said...

I am sure that you have records of everyone that you came into contact with in the last few years investigating this case. It must be an impressive list when one considers that they were all new to you when you commenced this affair.

Too bad that our police forces across this land would not employ the same determination as you have shown. The streets would be a safer place at night.

M. Samuels
Parksville, B. C.

Bill McCleary said...

It would seem that the information that you now have would be stuff that would be very important to this case.

I don't know how or where you were able to find this stuff but sure glad that you did.

I look forward to seeing what it says, especially the orders from the various judges.

Bill McCleary

K. Cassels said...

I have a question for you and if you prefer not to answer, I do understand. It is meant to be a compliment in any case.

I am curious as to whether you studied some law? The reason that I ask that is because you write better than many lawyers and are much more articulate.

I make that statement because I worked in a senior position in a large law office for a number of years and was a first hand witness to many pages of reports written by lawyers that would not come close to what I see you turning out on your web page.

Keep up the good work Sir.

K. Cassels
Edmonton, Alberta

Cyril H. said...

Just finished reading for the second time your complete writing on the Wilbert Coffin affair. Based on what you say as factual documented information, you present a strong case and it should be taken serious. I am even going to write a letter to my member of parliament as she should take the time to read it as well. I am convinced that Wilber Coffin should never have been executed. I mean there is nothing that proves that he killed anybody. How the hell could the jury hang him and sleep well at night?Everbody should take the time to read this as hard to believe it is canada.

Cyril H.
Kingston, Ontario

Lew Stoddard said...

Just a note of acknowledgement to each and everyone who takes the time to write a comment to my site, and as well, answer any questions or concerns that you may have regarding the case.

To Bob Melfort, I can tell you that I am in the middle of transcribing everything to publish on my web site as well as getting it ready for my report to the CCRG in Ottawa. Those decisions by the judges are quite interesting, and I believe that you are correct, their decisions are reflective of their daily moods.

To M. Samuels from Parksville, quite possibly the most beautiful of all places in the Dominion, yes I agree with you about the list of people that I have come across thus far in this investigation being a long, interesting, and impressive one.

To Bill McCleary from Burlington, the stuff that I am working on at present is very important and pertinent to the case as it contains legal opinions from those at the top charged with making decisions on this case.

To Cyril H from Kingston, you are quite correct Cyril, there is absolutely nothing in this whole complete case that points to or proves that Wilbert Coffin was ionvolved in the crime of murder.

Finally to K. Cassels from Edmonton, in answer to your question as to whether I ever studied law. A real quick answer to that. No, I never did. I studied communications. As you can tell I am a shy person and a man of very few words. I do appreciate your compliments though.

Thanks again to everyone, always glad to hear from you. Just remember, be sure and sign your comment as I cannot publish anonymous comments, nor will I answer questions from an anonymous person.

Lew Stoddard
Host of "Stoddard Online"

B. McPhee said...

I am sure you have covered this question somewhere in the past but I am not sure.

I know that Wilbert Coffin was a prospector. I remember reading where he staked claims for other people. He did that for money and I am not suggesting there is anything wrong with that. I believe that he also had claims staked in his own name as well. If all this is true, was there ever a record of these claims. I am just curious as to what happens to things such as that after Wilbert Coffin was executed?

B. McPhee
Saint John, New Brunswick

C. Wells said...

Perhaps you can tell me, in the Coffin affair one reads much about a rifle that he had supposedly borrowed from a relative. I believe that it was a 32-40 calibre. I know that looks mighty, but is it a powerful rifle? Would this be an appropriate calibre for someone in the woods to carry for protection? I know absolutely nothing about firearms. I believe this particular one was ruled out of the picture in this case anyway.

C. Wells

D. Barry said...

I was just thinking, would a case not have to be unbelievbly strong in the defendants favor, in order to expect any sympathy or relief from the government. What I am saying is that it was the government's appointed judges who refused action previously, so can we really expect more at this late date?

Don't get me wrong. I am not saying that Wilbert Coffin was guilty. From all your investigation and writings on this affair, I would be the first to jump up and say that a miscarriage of justice occured. I am just curious as to your thoughts on this.

D. Barry
Fredericton, N. B.

Ellen Michaud said...

I have a sneaking hunch that you have some important things that you have not published yet on this case. If you do it must be good stuff judging from what you have published in the past couple of years. From what I have seen so far, thanks to you and Mrs. Mitchell for a lot of hard work.

Ellen Michaud