Jacqueline Bernard lived at 1-1076 1st Avenue, in Pointe-aux-Trembles, a building with 6 apartments. She had moved there in December 1989. One of her daughters, Marlène Toupin, lived in the apartment below her. On January 1, 1990, Jacqueline attended a New Year’s party at Marlène’s and went back to her place at the end of the evening. On January 2, around 9 a.m., she was found by Marlène lying on a mattress that had been placed on the bedroom floor.
Jacqueline is thought to have died a few hours earlier. It is believed that she was struck several times in the head by a blunt object. Marlène says she went to see her mother earlier and saw her lying on a mattress with her head hidden by a blanket. Believing that she was sleeping, Marlène would have returned home, refusing to disturb her. Another tenant of the building says he heard someone knock on a door at 1:30 a.m. followed by a man’s voice saying “it’s Claude”, but he cannot confirm that it was at Mrs. Bernard’s.
Jacqueline Bernard had a criminal record dating back to 1982. Investigators questioned several participants of this evening but the murder of the 50-year-old woman was never elucidated.
Any information related to this murder can be reported anonymously to the Sûreté du Québec info-crime line at 1-800-659-4264.
You can also communicate anonymously with Meurtres et Disparitions Irrésolus du Québec at 819-200-4628 and [email protected].
Source: Translation from French