From the Inside Flap
This was a gentle man whom they had grown to love and care for. He would listen to their problems and help them with religious matters as much as possible. As a result, it was a horrifying moment for many people of the community, who were largely known for their peaceful and docile manner.
It was November 16, 1989, a Thursday,when Father James Smith was murdered. When he failed to turn up for mass, people were visibly worried. Father James Smith was a man of principle and was always present on time at masses. His absence was a cause of concern for many, and it wasn't long before the police were involved.
He was found murdered in his home, his mutilated body lying limp on his kitchen floor. Autopsy results showed that Father James Smith had been brutally tortured and beaten.His rib cage had been broken on both sides of his body, and it seemed as if somebody had purposefully stood on his body with both feet and jumped up and down with force.
Inspection of the crime scene resulted in a number of DNA and hair samples, which were later confirmed to be of Allan Legere. A police officer described the scene of the crime as a "scene from hell." There was blood everywhere, as it was apparent that James Smith had been dragged from one place to another.His eyes had been gouged out, and his tongue was lying limp at the side of his mouth, indicating that somebody had brutally tried to rip it out. Three of his teeth were also broken. There were bloodied footprints leading from the crime scene out to the garage, where police found that Father James Smith's car had also been stolen.