Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Not So Merry, After All

Over the past few days, I have been very apprehensive about writing this next blog entry, as I do not want anyone to misinterpret my intentions. Since I have been unable to get this topic out of my head, I'm going to take my chances and write it anyway. I do want to add, however, that I do not know any facts of this case beyond what I have heard in the media, nor do I, in any way, accuse any particular person of being responsible or having any involvement in this crime.

December 2005 was a great time for my family. It was my baby boy's first Christmas, the kids had loads of gifts under the tree, and I made my first big Christmas dinner. At the time, we lived in a nice little subdivision in Timberlea, and we liked to drive around to look at all the brightly decorated houses. On the 27th, my husband went Boxing Day shopping in Bayers Lake, and I baked his birthday cake (he was celebrating his....ahem....seventh consecutive "28th birthday" the following day). I remember looking at the clock several times that afternoon, wondering if I would finish his cake before he returned home.

On the morning of the 28th, the first thing I noticed outside was a police cruiser. Since seeing the police was a rarity on our street, I found it even more strange to see several of them drive by within an hour or two, as well as an RCMP helicopter overhead. When my husband called home from work, I told him about the noticeable police presence, and he dropped the bomb on me: a body had been found in a car parked at the school. A what? A body? In Timberlea?!? I didn't believe him. I humoured him and hung up.

His claim was confirmed on the news that evening. Paula Gallant, originally from Cape Breton, a teacher at Beechville-Lakeside-Timberlea school, mother of a baby girl, had been murdered. I was shocked, confused and horrified. Over the next few days, weeks, and months, I began to follow the story as details were released, as I'm sure most residents of Timberlea did. My son attended BLT, where Ms. Gallant taught grade three. The school, and her house, were so close to mine, that anyone with a good arm could throw a rock and hit either building. This crime was a little too close to home for my liking, a feeling I shared with, I'm sure, plenty of others.

What made it even more terrible for me was the fact that she had a baby the same age as mine. The thought of a mother being taken away from a child that age was heartbreaking. It still is. If anything threatened my ability to come home to my kids, I would scream and fight with such fury that my attackers would probably flee, fearing for their lives. I can't help but think that, while I was baking a cake and looking at the clock in the early evening of December 27th, 2005, Ms. Gallant was doing just that, fighting for her life. It bothers me to think about that.

And here we are, almost two years later, and her killer is still roaming free. Maybe driving past us on the highway, maybe behind us in line at the grocery store, nobody knows. Her little girl is without a mother, her sisters and family are still grieving, and I'm still at home thinking about it, often. As much as I hate wondering what happened to that poor woman, two other points make me even crazier. My preamble and question is this: we lived in a community where everyone knew your business. They knew what kind of underwear you wore by looking at your clothes hanging out on the line. They knew if the neighbors' teenaged kids got home at 3am. They knew if the guy in the blue house had a drug problem, if the lady who drove the white Malibu was cheating on her husband, and if the people with the loud Yorkshire terrier screamed at their kids all the time. After the fact, the neighborhood hairdressers, storekeepers, and busy-bodies whispered rampant speculation and knew all the comings and goings at Ms. Gallant's house. My question is, how is it possible that so many people are so nosy, observant and intrusive, but NOT A SINGLE PERSON SAW ANYTHING THAT DAY WHICH WOULD HELP THE POLICE?? From what I heard and read, whoever was responsible for Ms. Gallant's death returned her car to BLT, a very visible school parking lot, empty during Christmas vacation, and drove away in another vehicle. I'd be willing to bet that, had someone been parked there for an illicit rendezvous of some sort, people up one street and down another would know all the details by the next morning. But how did no one see anything in THIS case, when it matters? Very frustrating.

And another thing. There are cases in the past few years which have not left the forefront of the media for more than a few weeks. The only place I have read about possible breaks in the Gallant case is, sadly, in "Frank" magazine. I'm sure this fact must infuriate her family. Had I been the victim of a horrible crime like this, I like to think that my husband would not rest or shut up until the killer was apprehended. He would be crawling up the leg of Steve Murphy's pants to get on the 6pm news every night, just to remind people of what happened and how they might be able to help. Ms. Gallant's sisters have seemed very diligent, but there is only so much that one or two women can do. It is up to everyone else, Paula Gallant's neighbors, friends, colleagues, and mourners, to keep her case in the forefront of our minds and, hopefully, the media. Someone knows something, and with enough scrutiny, pressure, protest, and persistance, that someone or something will eventually surface.

Until it does, I will keep Ms. Gallant, her daughter, and her family in my thoughts. I implore you to do the same.

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Anonymous said...

Thanks for keeping the discussion alive!

Anonymous said...

I will pass this on and hope that your sincere words will drive those that know something, to come forward. Great job!

Gina said...

Thank you to everyone for reading and commenting. I wish I could do more, but blogging is my only outlet, so I'm glad at least a few people are noticing and continuing a dialogue about this case.

Anonymous said...

THANK YOU for keeping Paula and her story alive in your heart and in the minds and souls of the folks in Timberlea. This story will have an ending and this murder will definately be solved - no question!

Someone on SilverMaple saw something on December 27th, 2005....we can be sure about that and why they have not come forwad is as disturbing a mystery as Paula's death....but each of us will have our judgement day and the truth will come out...how can people live with themselves knowing they could help solve such a tragic murder.....

Gina888 - thank you from everyone who loves Paula! Your emotion and commitment to this tragedy is evident in the writing. Keep talking about it - never let it die for Paula will be alive as long as we keep talking about her....something her killer would like silenced!

Stephen said...

Hello,

I'm a journalist working on a story about the Paula Gallant case for The Coast. While I realize you don't know anything about the specifics of what really happened, part of my story will be about the impact of this murder on the neighbourhood and the community. I'd very much like the opportunity to talk to you further about your observations. You can email me at sk19490825@gmail.com . I won't quote you directly in the story without your permission.

Thanks for your consideration.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for your well written thoughts. Good to see continuing discussion.

Anonymous said...

Hey Gina888,

I hope you follow up with The Coast and the article they are writing about Paula.....This would be a great opportunity to keep this heart wrenching story alive and kicking.....in the hopes our persistence we will kick the killer off to jail for the rest of their life!

Gina said...

Again, thank you all for your interest, and for spreading the word of this article to your friends and colleagues. I appreciate your kind words and am just as hopeful as all of you that Ms. Gallant's killer will be found and punished. I believe her family deserves that.

Anonymous said...

Paula remains in the hearts of her neighbors, friends and colleagues. Thank you for continuing to remember her and for reminding others that justice has not been served. Her sisters and her beloved Anna need to be together . This is what Paula would want. Anna also needs to see her cousins. She needs a sense of family, her mother's family.We will never stop searching for Paula's murderer.

Anonymous said...

Thank you for keeping Paula's story in the forefront of people's minds. Paula was somebody who was very near and dear to my family for she was the "older" sister my daughter longed for and the "other" sister my boys did not have. I, too, relive the moments and events of that horrific day; the dreaded phone call; the ripple effect of the shock - how would I tell my children; and the numbing days leading up to and following Paula's funeral. I am still stinging from the fact that while my day was going so wonderfully well, Paula's was such a different story - I was happily preparing for a dinner party and she was fighting for her life. What a cruel hand Lady Fate has handed she, Anna, and her sisters.

I cannot being to describe the level of frustration associated with this horrific crime. When one watches CSI, everything looks so easy, so cut and dry. In one solid hour the perp is caught, questioned and charged but the reality is such that in life these things take time. And so, while Paula, her sisters and Anna have been robbed of precious time together, the person/s responsible for this devious act is/are not missing a step. Believe me when I say not a day passes that I do not revisit conversations or visits to look for a sign of something - anything. And you are sooo very correct when you note that quite often our neighbors know our every move and very quick to report it to the local gossip club yet when it comes to something that matters, nobody knows anything - hmmm.

And how many times have I asked "why is the media not giving more coverage to Paula's case"? "Do they not see or understand the grief and frustration felt not only by her family and friends but by people who only know of her as "the teacher found dead in the trunk of her car". Had it not been for Paula's sisters, friends and co-workers, this case would not have garnered the attention it deserved but it is now time for the media, not only FRANK magazine, to step up. It could be the one article they publish that will flush out the vermon responsible. For my part, I pray for Paula, her sisters, and Anna that a conclusion to this horrific crime is reached sooner rather than later . I hold her close to my heart in thought and prayer and am so very thankful that I had the opportunity to have had her in my life - even if only for a short while.

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Anonymous said...

You did a brilliant job of capturing how many of us felt on that day, sharing time with family and surrounded by loved ones and then to hear of this horrific event in Timberlea ( of all places ). Not a day goes by since Dec.27th,2005 that I don't think about Paula and mourn for her and feel sick in my heart for her family.
I love how you articulated your feelings about " crawling up the legs of Steve Murphy" to get his story in the media. I would like to think if ... god forbid... anything like this would happened to me my husband would be the first one calling for action, putting up posters, knocking on doors & conducting his own investigation. Doesn't seem to be the case for Paula though does it?
Paula was a beautiful, caring, compassionate person with a darling baby girl at home ..... how sad that someone CHOSE to take her away.

I agree with what you said, someone saw something. Maybe they have no idea that the most insignificant thing you saw, could solve this murder. Maybe you saw someone walking on the street, maybe you saw a car drive away, maybe you were at the school yourself doing something you shouldn't have been doing - and you're afraid to come forward.... just know that the smallest thing could solve this case and bring justice for Paula, for baby Anna, and the family.

One other question - why aren't people in Timberlea afraid ? Why aren't they demanding answers ? Why have they picked up and moved on - and are walking the streets alone - and not locking their doors ........ there was a woman murdered in Timberlea. Why isn't anyone afraid ?????

Anonymous said...

THANK YOU for keeping Paula's story alive, she is thought of everyday and her family are in our prayers.
Here's to the day they find her MURDERER.

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Anonymous said...

I do not reside in Halifax and I am not acquainted with the Gallant family. From everything I have heard and read about Paula Gallant, she seemed like someone anyone would want to know. She seems like someone you would want to have teach your children. I've been following the Gallant case, maybe because she was from Cape Breton, or maybe because of the time of the year that this tragedy happened, or maybe because I think of this little girl who is growing up without a mother. I have followed the media reports on the opening of the Paula Gallant art room, of the march of support and even donated a few dollars (believe me not much) toward a fund that was created to help with supplies for the art room. My biggest question is where is her husband in all of this. Why has her husband not come forward with a statement, not participated in any march, or attended the event which was televised when they first opened the art room. I know (or at least I would hope) that my spouse would be there at the head of the pact and making a lot of noise. Please Mr. McRae come forward and tell your side, if you read this, and if you loved your wife as you claim, support the family, support your little girl, let her know how much her mother loved her, and show her you love her too.

Anonymous said...

Maybe the killer isn't coming forward because he told so many lies up to this point he can't keep his story straight. So he says nothing.
Maybe Jason MacRae is too hurt by the loss of his wife that he can't do anything to plead with the public for assistance.
The public could care less if he broke down pleading for information about the killer.
Instead nothing, not a peep. Doesn't make sense.
"Silence is golden
But my eyes still see."
If something ever happened to my husband or children I would die trying to find the killer. I would care less if I cried, or threw up while pleading for assistance. It's my family taken away from me forever. I would die looking for justice.
I would have to say that in the history of murder in Canada, Mr. MacRae is the first "victum" of this horrendous crime who never once asked for help in solving this murder.
What is your silence really saying Mr. MacRae?
Shame on you on so many levels.

Anonymous said...

Our days have been forever marked as life with Paula and life without. In many unsolved cases the police have no clue as to who the murderer might be. Is this the case with Paulas tragic death? I don't think so. As we grieve, time passes and as it does we are simply another step closer to seeing the killer behind bars. To the thousands of Gallant supporters...continue Prayer and Patience. To the killer...Tick-Tock!

Anonymous said...

Dear Gina,

Although we have never met, your kind and caring spirit, gifted writings and passion to seek the truth about Paula's murder has left an imprint on our hearts forever.

As Paula's sisters, there is not a second in any day that goes by that we do not think about what we have all lost as a result of this horrific and senseless murder. We have lost our baby sister, our best friend and confident, our children have lost their beautiful Aunt, her students have lost a tremendous teacher, a community has lost a giving soul and the world has lost a strong, intelligent, beautiful woman....all because someone decided to end Paula’s life....in the most heinous, cowardly, selfish manner....just because they had the opportunity to do so. No one should ever have to experience this depth of pain….ever.

And although the loss is beyond words, we also know we have gained so much through Paula’s murder. We have gained the love, support and prayers of people like you…people we have never met…all the faceless angels who have reached out and have given us their strength and support. We continue to be overwhelmed by these random acts of love for our sister. It is this “goodness” that gives us renewed energy and hope. We are blessed in so many ways…..even in the darkest, most painful moments we can feel this warmth, this light of hope that has been illuminated by so many wonderful people that Paula’s death has brought into our lives.

We must continue to be Paula’s voice, we must be the voice for all victims’s who have lost their lives at the hands of another human being, and continue to fight for justice. This cannot be accepted in our society and Paula’s story needs to be told for all to hear so that we can try and make a difference….

Paula lives on in your story and in the stories, lives and hearts of so many good people. She will never be dead as long as we continued to talk about her and keep her spirit alive….you have done this and so many others have come to participate in the journey. Paula’s voice will be present always and justice will one day prevail.

Thank you forever,

Lynn Gallant-Blackburn and Lana Kenny

"Give to the world the best you have, and the best will come back to you."
Ella Wheeler Wilcox
1855-1919, Poet and Journalist

Anonymous said...

Want to do something now? Do you know a friend, neighbour or relative who doesn't have access to this blogsite? My (non-computer) aunts and uncles would be so interested to read what has been written about Paula. For them, I'm going to print the comments so they will also be in this awesome loop. I'm going to talk to my (non-computer) friends about Paula's murder and give them a copy also. We all have a role to play. Reach out, inform and ask questions. Justice may be just around the corner.

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Anonymous said...

The WHY will lead to the WHO!!! Maybe we have been concentrating on looking for the WHO in Paula's death and not the WHY. WHY would anyone want to murder a beloved mother, sister, teacher, friend. The police have stated on several occassions that it was not a ramdom act and we as a community have nothing to fear. Using logic, if it was not a random act then she must have been a target. WHY would someone target Paula? What did she have or discover? WHY would someone be so threatened by that discovery that they would murder her? We beg the public to remember her car, the school, the day, the time. Please also ask WHY?

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Anonymous said...

So good to see the attention your blog has garnered. My wonder (and trust me, there are many in this case)is why the media has not been providing any coverage of late? Let's face it, they were pretty quick to report the fallacious story that Paula had been suffering from post-partum depression and had committed suicide. How my stomach recoiled the day that article came out. Realizing the media has an obligation to report the news, do they not have an obligation to report it responsibly? Do they not realize the added pain and stess they caused Paula's family and friends with the publication of that erroneous article? In creating this blog, you have presented them with the perfect opportunity to bring a positive focus, once again, upon this story.

Let's not let the animal who murdered Paula rest easy at night; let's make sure her last gasp of breath plays through his mind each and every night; let's ensure her face is the last thing he sees at night and the first thing he sees in the morning. Let's do it for Paula and Anna. The longer we are silent, the easier it is for "everything and everyone" to go away.

Anonymous said...

Another day and no word but who knows maybe today the killer will be arrested.
I often wonder what Paula would say if she was given the opportunity. I guess that's what the rest of us has to do on her behalf.
Whoever committed this horrendous crime should know that there's many many many people who will not rest until justice is served.

Anonymous said...

They will not rest until they know in THEIR minds that the Son of Bitch suffers everyday in a federal pen, for a long, long time.

Anonymous said...

It's going to happen soon. Keep tuned to the news. The house of cards will fall apart and arrests will be made. That's what i hear in the answers to my prayers.

Anonymous said...

Tick tock
Each passing moment we are closer to justice.
Tick tock
Justice.
Tick tock
Miserable time goes so slowly in prison.
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Time in hell is forever.

Anonymous said...

Paula was an artist, lover, friend, teacher who would never ever give up on a friend. I will never give up that justice will be served in her case. The poor princess just another normal day for her until some bastard decided to murder her.
The slimy bastard who did this has been free much too long and needs to know his time will come.
This was no accident.
This was no mistake.
This was cold bloody murder.
The police will get the murderer and anyone else connected with the crime.
It wasn't random. The community doesn't have to be afraid. They must know lots if tney can make that statement. It's only a matter of time. They're pros, they'll figure it out.
There will be an end to this tragedy.
Justice will be served.

Anonymous said...

The dumb shit who performed this crime or shits is/are no Einsteins and they must lie in bed at night hearing Paula drawing her last breath, seeing life leave her body and wondering about all the clues they left at the scene and in the car and on Paula and in the school grounds and in the garbage and inside the school.
The police are smart and do nothing but search for clues to make their case stronger.
I don't commit crimes for lots of reasons - one of which is that I know the police are a lot better at catching criminals than I am at being one.
Pleasant dreams murderer(s) as you try to get the sounds out of your head, as you try to get the picture of Paula out of your head, as you sweat wondering how mony clues you left behind.
The police are smarter than you and they are pros.

Anonymous said...

Right on with the comments about the police! It only takes one one clue, one more tip and the charges will start. Bring it on.

Anonymous said...

Every story has a beginning - and an ending. And, this story will one day be told from beginning to end. Rest assured, the animal who is responsible for Paula's death is feeling the heat. It might not be obvious to the untrained eye but he is looking over his shoulder. And, rest assured, the police will catch him - it's just a matter of time. The hard part for we, Paula's friends, is remaining patient until they do.

Anonymous said...

Every minute is one closer to when the announcement comes out that murderer has been arrested.
Keep praying.
It will come folks it will come.
"We shall overcome.
We shall overcome.
We shall overcome some day.
Deep in my heart, I do believe
We shall overcome someday."
Soon.

Anonymous said...

Do not stand at my grave and weep
I am not there. I do not sleep.

I am a thousand winds that blow.
I am the diamond glint on snow.

I am the sunlight on ripened grain.
I am the gentle autumn rain.

When you wake in the morning hush
I am the swift, uplifting rush
of quiet birds in circling flight.
I am the soft starlight at night.

Do not stand at my grave and weep.
I am not there. I do not sleep.

In our hearts Paula will never sleep. Let's pray to God that she may be remembered with a smile and not a question mark. Believe!

Anonymous said...

It's great to see others trying to keep this terrible tragedy in the forefront. Paula's sisters have been the real heroes so far in this case. Their love for Paula is experienced everyday at BLT School when the children enter "Paula's Place". It is such a fitting tribute to a wonderful teacher.

Anonymous said...

Thank you for starting this Blog. It is my safe place. When I cannot sleep, when thoughts of Paula's death will not leave my mind, when I am afraid that the killer will be forever free, this is where I come for courage. This is common ground. It is where we gather in the name of justice. It is here that we know justice will be served. It is where I believe the case will be solved. Paula is counting on our voices.

Anonymous said...

Somebody knows something, somebody saw something. If you ever heard of someone who casually mentioned they saw something that day - have them call the police for the $50,000 - for justice for Paula.
Look at the Reader case, this week a person came through who stopped to offer assistance and the Police are calling this a break in the case. This person went so ling thinking he had nothing of significance to offer to the case and suddenly he could be the key to solving the case.
You never know.
50,000 Reward http://www.gov.ns.ca/just/divisions/polvs/rewards/PaulaAnnGallant.asp

Anonymous said...

It is so hard to read all these comments and relive that terrible day but it is something that needs to be done. I can't believe that to this date whoever did this to Paula still gets to go to bed every night, wake up and go to work, live a normal life.

Paula was a beautiful, gifted woman, anyone who knew her knows how blessed they are to have had her in their lives.

Anonymous said...

Wow, yet again, the power of Paula speaks. On October 10th, the street on which Paula's sister, Lana, lives was officially renamed "Paula Drive" in her honour. I hope that each time her killer passes the street, he is reminded of all that is forever lost; and I hope that each time her sisters pass down the street it is a reminder of the love that is all around them.

Anonymous said...

Paula is with us all in our memories. Im the eyes of children she taught. In Anna. In sunflowers. In groovy songs. In cool high heels. In wisdom. In the second glass of good wine or a cold beer on a hot day. In goofy dancing. In story telling - she always had great stories. Paula is somewhere else now but it's hard not to see a nice pair of boots, a green sunfire, a school yard, great paintings, crows, deers, a big meal with lots of friends and not think of her. And think of her warmly.
Justice will come for Paula just as true as she continues to speak to us in so many, many ways.

Anonymous said...

...even more, dancing at parties, long walks, laughter, good arguments, stylish clothes, craziness, bars, good friends, sunsets, camping, fires, new food -especially finger food, so many things allow Paula's memory to come back.
We love you Princess.

Anonymous said...

Global TV will be carrying a story tonight (Mon. Oct. 15) on the naming of Paula Drive. You can see it on both the 6pm and 11pm newscasts.

GB said...

Night after night I find myself waking up from another bad dream - the reality that Paula has left us brings me to tears once again. Paula often said that life was too short - that is why she lived it to the fullest. She loved her husband, her daughter, her sisters and her friends. What happened to our friend, wife, sister and most importantly Mother? I hope we find closure soon -

Anonymous said...

We miss you Paula - Anna looks a lot like you - she has your beautiful eyes. You are her angel looking over her -

Anonymous said...

To the Gallant team of family and friends. Global reached many hearts yesterday. Yet another way to help us feel even closer to Paula. I have gotten to know Paula more since her death than I did in her short time on earth. Paula would tell me I lost an opportunity. Indeed!

Anonymous said...

I find myself coming back here day after day ..... to see what people have to say .... I'm drawn to this site like a moth to a flame.

Thank you to those who honored Paula once again with the dedication of Paula Drive. This is a reminder to us all, that despite all that has happened, there are still good people out there - and Paula and her sister were surrounded by some of the most wonderful people on earth.

Hard to believe that almost two years have gone by since this terrible tragedy...... hard even still to believe the case remains unsolved ......

Some people come in to our lives and leave footprints on our hearts, and we are never, ever the same. Thank you Paula for leaving footprints on so many hearts.

Anonymous said...

To the murderer of Paula Gallant. Do you know what month this is? When is the veil so thin that words, clues and whispers pass very easily from other plains, a higher level of existence, to our ears. Kind of makes you nervous doesn't it? You only know what you know. You don't know what you don't know. That is enough to make any normal person itchy. How about you? Tick Tock!

Anonymous said...

Since December 2005 I have been awakened by my radio tuned into the 7:00 am news. All I want to hear is there has been a break in Paula's murder investigation.

A "Random act" should have seen lots of evidence left behind to lead the police to the culprit. Perhaps it is time to hand the file over and have a fresh set of eyes on this case. There must be some crackerjack cop out there just itching to get credit for cracking this high profile heart wrenching case.
Whoever did this act should be watching over their shoulder, maybe the crackerjack is on the job..............

To someone who might have the teeny tiniest bit of information regarding this case I say the following: "Insignificant molehill sometimes more important than conspicuous mountain."

Lets get this case solved once and for all.

Anonymous said...

When we speak to God and our Angels please remember the Gallant sisters and their families. This tragedy is more far reaching than we can imagine. They will learn to walk again, they may even learn to run, however, it will never be quite the same. You are always foremost in my prayers. God Bless You!

Anonymous said...

Make it you commitment continue to look. If this is not a random act, lets look around at who the police might suspect and get as much information as possible on that person. His/Her contacts, habits, associates, friends, places they might frequent, secrets they may have shared, past lives, past relationships, past history. Keep looking! Do not stop. When you have any tiny piece of information call the police.

Anonymous said...

One more lead, one tiny simple clue, call the police with anything at all. Paula thanks you.

Anonymous said...

Big kudos to Bill Estabrooks. He was a great education critic, having worked as a principal for many years, but he wanted a new challenge. He is now the justice critic and one of his key reasons for wanting that job is to keep the Paula Gallant murder in the forefront of people's minds. Can you believe it's almost been 2 years since her body was found in the trunk of her car at the B-L-T school? The case is incredibly sad and kudos to Frank Magazine for keeping the issue in the spotlight as well. Good luck, Bill!

http://cjchhotline.blogspot.com/2007/10/ricks-not-running-for-mayor.html

Anonymous said...

Could it be more than one person? Let's just say....it's more than one person. Paula was a hearty, strong, fiesty Caper from Glace Bay. Do you really think that one person could overpower her? If it was more than one person...doesn't it open the door for more clues? I agree that we should continue to look but look outside of "the box". Keep your mind wide open. To the killer(s) and/or the planner "thousands of pairs of eyes are on you, it's only a matter of time". TICK TOCK

Anonymous said...

I understand the main reason Bill Estabrooks looked to the position of Justice Critic was because of the Paula Gallant murder investigation. Thank heavens for people like Bill Estabrooks and thank you, Bill Estabrooks, for giving us yet another reason to remain hopeful.

Anonymous said...

Yes, I do believe that one person could overpower Paula - if it was somebody she trusted...

Anonymous said...

Maybe our would-be killer had an accomplice; someone too scared to come forward. She may be emotionally involved or has been threatened and too scared to come forward for fear that she is next. We don't know what goes on in people's minds. I hope someone out there is reading the blogs; someone must know something.

Anonymous said...

OK, so here's a question. If someone contracts someone else or two other people to take an innocent persons life, do they get aalllll get life in prison?? Hope so!

Anonymous said...

Please don't insult people's intelligence. If she was a part of the crime she is not afraid; she is just as cold hearted and as sick as the person who did it - and equally as guilty.

Anonymous said...

First of all I extend a heartful Thank You to Gina for starting this Blog and also for allowing it to continue. A total stranger taking this kind of inititive gives me hope there are still many good people in this world.I agree with the writer that states TICK....TOCK it is just a matter of time and justice will be served. However, the recent entries imply a possible SHE could be involved, if you know anything please advise the Police because they are waiting to issue your $50,000.00 cheque. If not and you are using this BLOG to spread ideal gossip for Gad Sake GIVE IT UP. The effect this senseless crime has made on so many people and to imply A HOLLYWOOD TRUE CRIME STORY is an insult.
Again if you have any information that cab help solve this horrific crime please advise the Police and collect your cheque.
Remember Paula was a kind and gentle soul and leaving any information unchecked will leave blood on your hands.

Gina said...

Hello Everyone,
As the author of this blog, I hesitate to sensor any comments that people send in. Since each comment comes to my email first, I have to moderate and decide which ones are published in the "comments" section. I have only rejected one comment so far, since I felt it would have been offensive to those of you who come here for some measure of comfort. I am glad that people feel this is a place where they can vent, and I will continue to publish all comments that I feel aren't vulgar or upsetting to Ms. Gallant's family. It may not be appropriate to make accusations, but speculation is rampant, and conversation, positive or negative, is better than no conversation at all. I thank you all for reading this blog, and I hope you continue to pass the link to your friends and family, as I know with continued interest in this case, the truth will come out eventually. If anyone wants to get in touch with me, please leave your email address and I'll gladly respond.
Thanks again,
-Gina

Anonymous said...

I am the individual who wrote the blog that began with "Please don't insult people's intelligence..." I have absolutely no knowledge as to who is involved in this horrific crime, and whether it be a he, she, or they (I only wish I did). I was merely responding to the previous blog wherein the author mentioned the possibility of an accomplice who was afraid to come forward and who may be feeling threatened..." I found it hard to believe that somebody would try to spin a sympathetic slant in this regard; hence my reason for writing.

Anonymous said...

Hey Paula
There is a date when justise is going to be served and the bastard(s) that murdered you are going to have to say why and suffer the consequence of their actions.
We don't know what the date is but every second brings us closer to that time.
Then put on your dancing shoes and dance with us in a field of sunflowers as we toast you from this side. Then go on to your next step what ever that might be until we all gettogether again.
Know that everything else will be looked after just as you would have done had you been here to perform it. You are not here, we are - your will be done. Let yourself go when justice is served and the rest of us will get the other things done properly on your behalf until we all meet again.

Anonymous said...

Hello Jason
Never see you in the news pleading with the public for assistance.
You never call and ask for help or to raise awareness for Paula's terrible plight. Or your plight for that matter.
If there's anything that we can do to assist you in seeing justice in this case let us know.
We were with you in the good times and want to be with you in these troubling times.
There's no one left to protect, if indeed you are protecting anyone. It's all over and Paula is gone forever.
We all have to come forward and stand up and be counted and we are saying to you that you should be using every resource available to you to see that the person who committed this crime is brought to justice.
We are here to see justice is served. We are here to assist you in bringing Paula's murderer to justice.
We await your call to assist you in hopefully finding a conclusion to this matter which will never go away until the person or persons responsible are found guilty of the charges against them.
We are ALL guilty of not doing enough for Paula because she can no longer speak.
We await your call for assistance.
you have our numbers.

Friends seeking justice for Paula Gallant.

Anonymous said...

PAULA's $50,000 reward for information leading to an arrest runs out NOVEMBER 25, 2007.
Get the word out that everyone should look at http://www.gov.ns.ca/just/divisions/polvs/rewards/PaulaAnnGallant.asp
before time runs out on this generous offer - once it's gone it's gone.

Anonymous said...

Everything in it's own time. Time is very different on various spiritual levels. It may seem like nothing is being done. A lot of time has passed for us here on earth. For Paula, this time may be in the blink of an eye. There are no time clocks in heaven. In time the killers will be caught. In time justice will be served. In time someone will be in prison and then they will wish that time would pass like the blink of an eye. Are there time clocks in hell?

Anonymous said...

O think not, bold man, because thy punishment is delayed, that the arm of
God is weakened; neither flatter thyself with hopes that He winketh at thy
doings. His eye pierceth the secrets of every heart, and He remembereth them
for ever...

Anonymous said...

The one mistake you made was in your head
Ah, how do you sleep?
Ah, how do you sleep at night?

I think John Lennon makes for a pretty good quote, too. There's a murderer out there who likely hasn't slept for two years now.

Turn yourself in, face the music, be a man, get some sleep. You'll never sleep, bastard, they are going to get you. Keep looking over your shoulder.
Tick Tock.

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Anonymous said...

Paula Gallant Awareness Campaign

Come celebrate her life and spirit
on Wednesday December 5, 2007.
Locations: Paula’s Place – BLT School, Timberlea
Savoy Theatre – Glace Bay
Time: 6 – 8 pm
Be part of the celebration
to launch her web site
titled “Come Meet Paula” at
www.paulagallant.ca

Magnetic P’s that symbolize Paula, Peace, Perseverance and Prosecution will be available.

Cake and refreshments will be served to commemorate Paula’s birthday.

Anonymous said...

Dear Paula, you didn't think that we would let your birthday slip by without a party did you? We are all looking forward to meeting in Timberlea and Glace Bay for a heartfelt celebration of your beauty here on earth and the exquisite soul that you continue to be. Your family and friends are working hard to ensure that your awareness campaign launch goes off without a hitch. Our network continues to grow as we focus on climbing the mountain. When we reach the summit we will plant the flag of justice. There is quite a crew of us, we now number in the thousands. Such a stir your love has created. We know by the signs you send that you are watching all of the goings on. With love in our hearts we continue to work for you.

Anonymous said...

There is a guy who murdered Paula,
For the rest of us that was hard to swalla,
He thinks he's got it made
But someday he'll be fair trade
In a jail where he'll be sold for a dolla'.

Anonymous said...

True love means waiting and hoping that soon
Wishes we've made will come true
My love, my love

(Lyrics from Hey Paula)

Anonymous said...

"a dolla"??? You should be getting change...

Anonymous said...

"A dalla", you say
My but that's very strange
You've overpaid by $.99
Someody owes you change...

Anonymous said...

"In the confrontation between the stream and
the rock, the stream always wins - not
by strength but by perseverance."
- H. Jackson Brown

He is the rock stuck in this one fucking miserable mistake he made when he made his decision to kill Paula. We are the water, we are Paula's friends. We will win.

Anonymous said...

"I could have used buck
Instead of dollar
I could have called him smuck
But I was thinking of his miserable holler."

Anonymous said...

You're bang on and really a very fine poet.
You've read all our minds and your words plainly show it.
He'll be bought for a dollar
or maybe a buck.
If he dies before he gets there, who gives a fuck?

Anonymous said...

You can do very little with faith, but you can do nothing without it.

Justice for Paula Anne Gallant.

Fieldmouse said...

We have a similar case here in the Valley, the case of Leslie Ann Conrad. As with the Paula Gallant case there has been mostly silence since her body was found and her husband "investigated" but not held. As you say, the real horror is that the murderer, whoever he is, is walking around free, free to repeat his crime - and they do.

It seems to us that the level of proof, the bar for the police to get over, has been set so high that the public is put in danger.

Anonymous said...

To the person who wrote in from the Valley - we hear you. Same sort of circumstances here as well - and that case seemed so cut and dry. Seems to be unless the police pull up and find you standing over the body with a smoking gun, chances are you're going to get away with it ! Sad isn't it ? But sure seems like the case in NS.
There are countless cases such as this - that have remained unsolved - violent crimes against women ...... so many families left without their Mom, their sister, their friend, their aunt ...... and absolutely no justice for those that commit these acts.

Until the citizens of NS grow some balls and stand up and speak out ..... unfortunately this will continue. If you were so the type of person that wanted to knock off you wife or girlfriend, NS is certainly the place to do it !

Every day, every week, every month and every year that goes by - someone knows something - especially the spineless son of a bitch that did this ....... but just know in your heart that we, Paula's friends - will not rest until you are behind bars ....

My heart goes out to the families of Paula Gallant and Leslie Ann Conrad and the countless other families who are desperately searching for answers !

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Anonymous said...

Pretty dark comments above. Police better be careful that the neighbourhood doesn't look after this matter and start protesting in front of his house.

Anonymous said...

It is not the fear of yesterday but the fear of tomorrow that keeps people awake at night and watching over their shoulder by day.

Anonymous said...

We should organize something......We need to pressure the police.....We want answers......We need to let the police know we needed answeres yesterday.....This unsolved murder is affecting a whole lot of people.......

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Anonymous said...

What would Paula say?
What would Paula want all us to do to solve this terrible case?
What Jason, do you want us to do so the bastard or bastards who committed this crime pay for what they've done to Paula?
There will be justice for Paula's murder, tell us how to proceed Jason and we will go to the police with you. We will help.
Tick Tock...

Anonymous said...

I think about Paula each and every day, to the point where I'm obsessed at finding justice for this unsolved case. I am one of those people that knew Paula from her husband, Jason MacRae. I was so excited when Jason told me that he met Paula.. Him and I spoke on a daily basis about how happy he was when he found the love of his life. I was so excited when he also told me that he was going to propose to her and take her to England so that he could ask her to be his wife. I heard of all the family get togethers ie. how close he was with Paula and her family (sisters). And ofcourse, we can't forget about when little Anna came along. See, my main objective is to tell everyone that Jason was so very vocal about Paula and very passionate about their relationship. I myself had only met Paula twice, but knew everything about what was going on in their lives. I remember right before this tragic event, Jason telling us all how they were buying this new house. I even saw a picture. What shocks me to this day is that he has never once mentioned Paula nor has he been vocal at finding who did this to his wife. I know and knew Jason VERY WELL, and what saddens me the most is that his demanor speaks for itself. I was the first to defend Jason when it was mentioned that he was a possible suspect. I remember when the police came around and questioned all his friends/co-workers. What I remember is the police kept on saying" so, Jason is this great guy. I GUARANTEE YOU, that if the police start to question his friends/co-workers, the story would change. Perhaps he should be questioned again because when one lies, they don't remember every exact detail they said over a year ago. His lies will catch up to him, that I believe. I myself, knew that something was not right about two months after Paula was murdered. I took Jason out to talk and to try my best to console him. I knew after that visit that he was involved in some way. NO emotion whatsoever (other than a rehearsed response). I mean, he is good.. really good at convincing, that I know. I had no problem what so ever coming out and questioning him. His answers were always the same and it sickens me. No one had the right to take her life. But I will say something.. Karma is a bitch and I TRULY believe that justice will be served for Paula. I see Jason all the time and it puzzles me that we were close friends and he never says anything about how devasted he is about Paula. I MEAN ABSOLUTELY NOTHING. When this first happend, he did a great job at being quiet. We'd all go to parties and you'd never know that this person just lost his wife. I mean, she was murdered. NO mention what so ever. So, believe you me, there are so many of us out there that know the truth. The police NEED to start questioning the ones they did in the beginning. One other thing that I can't get off my mind, is Paula's sisters. It bothers me so much when I talk to Jason and ask him"How's Anna, and when I see the pictures of her, and let me tell you, she looks just like her mother. I remember Jay also saying how close Paula was with her sisters, wouldn't a husband want his daughter to be with their Aunts, especially for his wife. Another prime example, actions speak for themselves. I had come across this site about a month ago and visit daily. Trust you me, I could talk for days and days about what I feel etc, but it was the right thing for me to write how I feel as I can only imagine the suffering Paula's sisters and friends are going through. It is extremely upsetting that I DO NOT SEE that from her husband. He moved on way too quickly after her death. The person I once knew would have done everything he could at assisting in the case, and sadly he's done nothing. I can only hope that something gets done by our police. IT MAKES ME SICK TO MY STOMACH..
Again.. I feel that justice will be served.. but the question is when?

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Anonymous said...

To the person who knew something was different.....Have you ever thought about going to the police? After all it just takes 1 small clue..........

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Anonymous said...

November 29 please talk to the police now and ask to talk to the prosecutors. Do it right this moment. You're in this site everyday - YOU MUST TALK TO THE POLICE. I trust someone would do the same for you, if you were murder. You're right Paula was special. So is Anna. So was Jay. Do it before someone else might be harmed.

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Gina said...

I am currently in negotiations with the Cape Breton Post, and I hope to have an article published as of Friday. Though my capacity will be as a columnist dealing with current events in and around my area, I hope to earn permission to publish my latest article about this case. Unfortunately, it's not a promise I can make, but I'll do my best.

If I were in Mr. Kimber's position, having allowances to write about whatever he chooses, I would most certainly make this topic my top priority. I challenge any journalist or publication to bring this case back into the media. I have material already written, which I would gladly give exclusive publishing rights to, without compensation, to the editor willing to bring it to the masses. There has been so much response to this one little website, that if given the chance, the public would surely latch on to this cause if it were presented to them.
Someone with clout, please help.

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Anonymous said...

I wish we could start a fund and have the cold case detectives from the US come up here and finally solve this case. Iam so upset at this investigation it makes me have zero faith in our legal system.......

Anonymous said...

Please write The Fifth Estate at http://www.cbc.ca/fifth/contact.html and ask them to look into the Paula anne Gallant case.
CBC Moncton (French ) did 15 minutes on the case tonight. Well done too. Need the press to get on this and see justice served.
Here's hoping your column runs Gina. Thanks!

Anonymous said...

Tonight's CBC news out of Moncton (French Chanel) appeared to be a very nice piece of investigative journalism. I regret I am not bilingual and could only
understand the English portion of the broadcast. I think it is time for Lindon MacIntyre of the Fifth Estate to sink his teeth into this case. Who better than this gutsy fellow Cape Bretoner to take on this heart wrenching case.
Lindon, maybe it is time for a break from the scumbag politicians and Karlheinz Schreiber.

Very much looking forward to Paula's birthday bash and the launch of her new website.

Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday Paula.

"Dance , dance .. wherever you may be ...."

Love Paul

Anonymous said...

Hello, I need details on todays birthday bash please - time, location, open to the public or not. Thanks.

Anonymous said...

I just found the information. It was posted on November 14th on this blog:

Paula Gallant Awareness Campaign

Come celebrate her life and spirit
on Wednesday December 5, 2007.
Locations: Paula’s Place – BLT School, Timberlea
Savoy Theatre – Glace Bay
Time: 6 – 8 pm
Be part of the celebration
to launch her web site
titled “Come Meet Paula” at
www.paulagallant.ca

Magnetic P’s that symbolize Paula, Peace, Perseverance and Prosecution will be available.

Cake and refreshments will be served to commemorate Paula’s birthday.

Anonymous said...

Hey Paula
What a great birthday event held in your honour tonight. Many friends there to see the launch of your web site www.paulagallant.ca
Lots of police present with words of encouragement on the way the case is going.
Oh the kids singing was superb - you would have been proud.
Lana spoke like a pro and the job Paul did on the site is perfect.
There was tons of press there and Lynn has been talking to them today also.
Sales of the P will go through the roof as all your friends want to wear their hearts on their sleeves and your P on their cars.
We know things went as well if not better in Cape Breton tonight.
We love you and we will see justice served for you.
Your friends.

PS
Jason couldn't muster the strength to come ask for assistance to solve your murder tonight but he could have a party at his house tonight while the rest of us gathered at the school.

Anonymous said...

Paulas WebSite is awesome www.paulagallant.com

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Anonymous said...

You were with us tonight, Paula.

Happy Birthday - we will have the final dance.

L.

Anonymous said...

I just checked out paulagallant.ca ....I cannot believe how beautiful this site is...Her sisters are true angels and very strong SOLDIERS......Lets try and bring in this new year with an arrest......On the news the gallants say they haven't seen there neice since March....How dispicable....Maybe they can get grand parent clauses as her oldest sister raised Paula....This has my blood boiling....Soon, very soon...............I hope they will put that person or persons behind bars.....

Anonymous said...

I'm so very impressed with all the hard work done by the family and friends of Paula Gallant. It is through their hard efforts that others like me get to know her. The Love and dedication they have shown to Paula's memory is unbelievable. The effort by Paula's friends and co-workers into planning community events like the one last night and like the walk this past summer shows the kind of deep personal loyalty and friendships which Paula shared on this earth. I can see she and her friends and two sisters are very remarkable people. Be assured that any help I can give for the cause of Justice will be provided to the appropriate persons. Justice For Paula
p.s. For people who think they have nothing to offer the investigation please consider it from another perspective. Background information about her domestic life or any single domestic incident or conversation, background information about the spouse, and any know infractions or any known comments he made regarding his wife before she died, any known character weakness -- trust me the police WANT to know this type of information. You will be helping if you contact them and discuss your information.

Anonymous said...

Some people are suggesting the Fifth Estate should do a story. That would be good but I have another idea. I'm wondering if it would be helpful to have a very renowned forensic investigator like Dr. Henry Lee of the USA review all the evidence. Does anyone agree with asking Dr. Lee to review the physical evidence or asking him to ask a well qualified colleague to do so. Would Paula's family have any wish to pursue this type of idea ??

Anonymous said...

Jason couldn't attend the launch of Paula's web site www.paulagallant.ca at the school but he could have three car loads of people over to his house for a bit of a party.
His mourning days are long over and he's moving on. Just wants to forget that anything ever happened.
IT WON'T GO AWAY UNTIL THE MURDERER DOES MANY YEARS BEHIND BARS.
Then the rest of us will have a bit of a party.

Anonymous said...

Ms. GALLANT had last been spoken with a family member at approximately 01:30 pm on December 27, 2005. She was reported missing to police during the evening hours.

As a result of the extensive investigation and interviews of several witnesses, police believe Ms. GALLANT’s vehicle was observed in the BLT School parking lot shortly after dusk on the evening of December 27, 2005.

Any person with information regarding the person(s) responsible for the death of Paula Anne GALLANT should call the Rewards for Major Unsolved Crimes Program at 1-888-710-9090.

Anonymous said...

Dr.lee I vote for....How do we do this????

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Anonymous said...

Dear Gina, words cannot express how your blog has help the Gallant Family and Friends of Paula. We are still here. Checking first thing every morning and last thing every night. This is where we come to be alone AND with people who have the same feelings. You have given strength to so many of us. You are an angel. Please continue, no matter what.

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Anonymous said...

This Saturday should have been a busy one with lots to do as Christmas draws near. Keeping my priorities in order, nothing gets done before clicking on your site. I turned off the radio and read the many comments that came in since Paula's birthday. What a magnet your site has created. There is a sense of peace and tranquility, a refuge for us who are seeking justice for Paula.

Wednesday night at the Savoy was packed, Lynn spoke eloquently. A testament of true tenacity. Justice will be served.
We were brought to tears by Paula's lifetime friends who spoke of their childhood experiences and school days with Paula. The significance of Dec. 5th/6th was brought together by a representative from C.B. Transition House. The R.C.M.P. although silent was there as was Global T.V. Didn't see any local press, for sure a missed opportunity, so typical.

The web site created by her family is beautiful - just like Paula. Well done.

Gina, to you and all who visit this blog thank you.

We will Never, Never, Never, Never give up, Winston Churchill.

Anonymous said...

My feeling has always been that the police know exactly who did it. I lived in the community around the time of the event, and talking to police at the time certainly suggested to me that they are not empty-handed. Moreover, it is clear that they don't have enough to press charges. I don't believe that they are looking for clues in hopes that it will result in a suspect. Rather, they are looking for info that can nail their #1 suspect.

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Anonymous said...

Dear Killer
You know who you are. Hard time sleeping at night? Too many eyes looking at you suspiciously? Your parents know. your friends know. your siblings know. Your co-workers know. Your community know. The police know. Nobody knows this feeling except you. Nobody really knows who the murderer except for you and why he did what he did. Nobody knows his side of the story. Go to the police and tell your side of the story finally. It's time.
Tick tock.
Paula.

Anonymous said...

Gina...can i ask why certain posts have been removed?

Gina said...

Hello everyone,
Please see my newest post on the main page for an explanation of why I have removed some comments on this page.
Gina

Gina said...

There have only been a few comments left by readers since my removal of "inappropriate" comments last week.

Please don't interpret my actions as protection for Mr. MacRae. Personally, I could care less if the truth hurts, and his lack of response speaks volumes about his character. Trust me when I say that I would leave every comment up here if I could. The removal of accusatory comments is for MY protection, and I would hope that everyone understands that I have a family to think about, too. And the last thing we need is to be handed a libel or defamation lawsuit.

This being said, I encourage everyone to keep coming here, to keep reading, and to keep commenting. Rest assured, if the comment is in relatively good taste, I will post it. If it doesn't make any direct accusations, I will post it. And even if you can't hold back, I might not be able to post it, but it will be read, saved, and made available to the right people.

The common thread among people who come here, is that we all want someone to be held accountable for Paula's death. If we stop talking about this case, others will too. But if we continue this dialogue, surely the day will come that someone with useful information will log in, leave a comment, and bring this thing to a conclusion. That's what I hope for, and I hope you all have a hand in that resolution.

Fieldmouse said...

Don't be too worried. It's a busy time. Blog traffic is down so comments will be too.

Anonymous said...

Thank you Gina for your comments. I was starting to worry as well that people would take your comments as meaning that we shouldn't say what we feel. I know what you are getting at. We have to be careful not to point fingers. We can still ask questions, we can still come here to vent and cry and share ! We need to come here. We need to keep this story alive.

As we draw closer to the holidays, I find myself with a lump in my throat. I'm thinking today of Anna - of her celebrating her second Christmas without her Mom - and I get so angry I could scream !
I think about Lynn and Lana and their beautiful families and what they have to carry with them each and every day ( not just this time of year ) .

Don't stop talking folks. Don't stop demanding answers - don't stop remembering ....... we will find the answers we are seeking - have faith.

And we don't have to name anyone here on this site, you know who you are ...... and I'm sure you're reading this every day like the rest of us.
Your day is coming ! Enjoy your holidays ..... here's hoping it's your last one on the OUTSIDE for a good long while.

Let's pray that 2008 finds the person responsible for Paula's death, behind bars ...... and let's pray for Lynn and Lana to have closure in 2008 and to begin the long road to healing !

Anonymous said...

Gina,
Thank you so much for creating this site.
Paula there is not a day that goes by that I don't stop and think about you and how cruel and unfair it is that you are not here with us. I am so proud to have your signature "P' on the back of my car. I can't help but think as I go about my day by simply being stuck in traffic that the person behind me will see your name and will stop and think. The thought of this small gesture on my part could jog someone's memory to come forward would be a dream come true. The sooner we get the scum bag responsible the this horrific crime of the streets the better!

Anonymous said...

Hey Paula
Can't watch the pictures of Anna and hear McCartney sing. Innocence lost in both of you.
I miss you more this Christmas than last, funny.
Your hugs were even sincere.
Keep sending us signs.
We will never never give in to injustice. He will have his day in court.
Wish I could have one more sincere hug but another sign will have to do, until we meet again.

Anonymous said...

Protect yourself Gina. What a fantastic job you are doing in keeping Paula's fight going.
Thank you

Anonymous said...

We cruise the site, we visit, read, write on the blog, we think of Paula and Anna and the sisters and their families and some days we just can't stop crying. Never feel alone with your tears. We do not cry alone. Hold our Justice for Paula team close to your heart. Together we must survive another Christmas without Paula and Anna....because if we don't who will pick up the tourch and continue the fight in 2008? "Oh Master grant that I may never seek so much to be consoled as to console; to be understood as to understand; to be loved; as to love with all my soul." -song of St. Francis

Anonymous said...

With the approach of the second anniversary of Paula's death we are left with nothing but memories and questions.

My strongest memory is of the last time I saw Paula alive. Christmas Day 2005. Less than two days before that
fatal shopping trip??? Oh, so many unanswered questions..................

As I was leaving she extended an invitation for the following Christmas. She was already looking forward be hosting
the festivities in her soon to be acquired new dream home. In keeping with the Gallant family tradition it would have
been her turn to host the festivities.

All this leads me to wonder what is now going through the murderers mind. My question to the murderer
is this:

Two years of locked up anger must be taking a toll. Answer yes__ no__.

Is your mind be ready to EXPLODE? Answer yes__ no___.

What do you say to yourself every morning as you look into the mirror. Answer_____________________

Maybe you have nightmares and don't sleep so well. Do you wake up screaming? Answer yes___ no___.

Do you relive the events of that fatal day on every minute of everyday? Answer yes___ no___.

Do you hear screams?? Answer yes___ no___.

Do you imagine there is someone watching you at all times? Answer yes___ no___.

What do you imagine? Answer_____________________________

How do you manage to function? Answer_____________________________

Are you scared?
Answer yes___ no___.

Do you have any friends, someone to whom you can talk.
Answer yes___ no___.

Is live lonely now???
Answer yes___ no___.

What do you do to ease your sorrow, surely you have some feelings. Answer______________________

Want to know what we are thinking? Sorry, you will have to wait, maybe not much longer.

Gina, thank you for yours of Dec. l8th with regard to the editing of the blog. Personally I felt some of the comments
were getting out of hand.
It is good to vent ones anger however, let us keep in mind the beautiful
person Paula was. And, yes, this is a busy time of the year for everyone so there is little time to sit compose messages. And, yes, it is also the time of the year when we most feel the bitter sorrow of our loss. So we will keep the Gallant families in our prayers throughout this the Season of Peace.

Didn't read it yet but I hear there is an interesting article in Frank this week.

Thank you again for all you do. Hook

Anonymous said...

An angel can illume the thought and mind of man by stretching the power of vision, and by bringing within her reach some truth which the angel herself contemplates.
~St Thomas Aquinas

Anonymous said...

That quote says it all....Its brilliant....Just got back home from work and I see all the kids, the parents , the MOTHERS.....It just doesn't sit right with me....I wish Paula in Heaven my Mum and Dad and all who Have deprated love this year and a Joyeus Christmas and a RESOLVE in the New Year.....Best wishes all....xoxoxo

Anonymous said...

It is difficult to imagine that we are fast approaching the second anniversary of Paula's passing. I was rifling through recipes yesterday and stumbled upon the recipe I was preparing the day I received the news. I have not looked at that recipe since for it brings back so many sad and disturbing feelings of that fateful day. It triggers sounds in my memory which I don't want to hear, it triggers thoughts which I don't want to think, it triggers oh so many things.

I hope the person responsible for this unforgivable act is also remembering the sounds and events of that same fateful day. I hope he sees Paula's face each time he closes his eyes and hears her cries late at night when there is nothing around him but stillness. When he looks in a mirror, I hope he sees Paula's eyes looking back at him. I hope he feels her presence when he is alone with nobody to distract and protect him. Please know, we will not go away until justice has been found for Paula.

A huge message of thanks to Gina888for creating this blog. It has opened the doors for people who ordinarily would not comment to do so and trust me when I say one comment, plus another comment, plus another will lead to a very large story.

To Paula's families, please know that you are all in my thoughts and prayers. Your ongoing dedication to the cause only solidifies the relationship we have all witnessed, heard or read of over the years.

Anonymous said...

"He who guards his mouth protects his life...." Proverbs 13:3

Anonymous said...

Interesting........

Anonymous said...

"Let us not grow tired of doing good, for in due time we shall reap our harvest, if we do not give up" : Galatians 6:9-10

Anonymous said...

As the anniversary of Paulas death approaches, keep asking the questions...especially now.
"There are things all around us and right at our very feet, that we have never seen, because we have never really looked". ~ Alexander Graham Bell

Anonymous said...

For the Family of Friends of Paula Gallant. Especially remembering Lynn and Lana.

When darkness seems your only companion,
Tears drop without warning and grief holds you captive,
I will pray God's love will wrap around you and bring you peace.
Amen

Gina said...

Hello everyone,
I hope you all have a safe & happy Christmas, and keep Paula Gallant and her family in your prayers, especially as the second anniversary of her death approaches. I ask that everyone please log in on December 27th, as I will be posting a letter from her family on the main page, to hopefully bring new information to light and bring some resolve to this case.
Again, merry x-mas,
Gina

Anonymous said...

Merry Christmas and God bless each of you …our angels….you have been sent to us from God, our sister, Paula, our mom, Dianne, and our dad, Paul. We feel you love, support and goodness each and every day. Thank you so much for all you have done and continue to do. Paula’s voice is echoed in every action and word spoken on her behalf…..and we will one day soon realize peace and harmony….for Paula and for all who love her.

And as Leo Buscaglia once said:
“I know for certain that we never lose the people we love, even to death.
They continue to participate in every act, thought and decision we make.
Their love leaves an indelible imprint in our memories.
We find comfort in knowing that our lives have been enriched by having shared their love.”

During this season, the season of giving and blessings, may your life be enriched with love, hope, laughter, warmth from family and friends, memories to cherish, and magic…that fills your heart with a sense of peace, contentment and gratitude.

Wrap your arms around those you love, say thanks to the friends you have in your life and find comfort in all you have…..for that is the true meaning of this season.

I will celebrate Christmas with my family and when we say Grace and thank God for all we have, we will have a toast, for each of you, the countless angles whose unconditional love, encouragement, and strength sustain our hope and fuel our determination . There will be tears but there will also be happiness….because that is what Paula would want us to feel in our hearts. We encourage each of you to embrace this happiness as well.

With sincere love, respect and gratitude,

Lynn GALLANT-Blackburn

Anonymous said...

"Not as man sees does God see, because man sees the appearance but the Lord looks into the heart" Samuel 1:16:7. To the Gallant family and friends. Onward Christian Soldiers! Blessings at Cristmas

Anonymous said...

Hook said:
Time, how do we measure time. Two years since you were taken from us. In some ways it seems like an eternity, then in a split second it is as if you were just here. Now all we are left with is the flutter of your wings or a gentle tug that wakes us up from a sleep.
Today is not a day to lash out at the obvious. Rather let us pause and reflect, give thanks, we do have things to be thankful for, and offer prayers, ah, the power of prayer!

Anonymous said...

Paula ~ Thinking of you today, just like yesterday, just like tomorrow.

Anonymous said...

http://thechronicleherald.ca/Front/1000270.html

Anonymous said...

It was with great interest that I read the commentaries on the Chronicle Herald site. I do feel the flow of some of the comments begs a very obvious question. Look at the picture on the front page of the paper, the one immediately above the comments. What do you see? Two grieving people leaning on each other; two people who are obviously close and who care for each other. Read the comments again, they spent every holiday together; they had a loving relationship. Now ask the obvious questions. What could have happened to change that. Does this picture represent a family who would apply for custody of their sister's daughter and just randomly decide to cut her father out of the picture? Anybody who has been involved in a custody battle knows that foster care is an obvious step. Would you want your family member placed in that situation? At some point the story will be told.

Anonymous said...

There are too many ridiculous posts on this site to comment on so I will stick to the last comment made by Anonymous on December 28th at 8:11am.
Yes the sisters are grieving, that is obvious and not under dispute by anyone. They have also done great work keeping this case's profile in the media spotlight; however, they made a terrible mistake when they tried to take a little girl away from her father who was and still is grieving the loss of his wife. They were not keeping her out of foster care they were trying to keep her from her father. That is what 'Full Custody without access rights for the father' means and that is what they petitioned the court for. I have seen the papers served, have you? And this was done more than a week after MacRae's release without charge, after questioning, with no further questioning or police interview to attend then or now.
I agree at some point the story will be told but it will be the accurate story not the one dreamed up by police and believed by people who should know better.
And to all those people who have made so many comments about MacRae's silence and lack of attendance at various events, you would have accepted him with open arms had he attended? Not by what I see here. He was in a no win situation. Cut out of the process and then villified for not being a part of it.
In all this he has acted with dignity and remembered his wife in his quiet way with his friends and family.

Anonymous said...

Like I said before and I will say it again...Even a pancake has two sides...Its time to flip it over....If you have any insights into the true story please share......I know it was a man in the field running after her.....That someone witnessed but the police never caught.........Happy New Year

Anonymous said...

The funny thing about this is you can come on here and defend Jason.....Paula cannot defend herself...But with her 2 sisters and hundreds of friends, co-workers and class mates SHE WILL HAVE A VOICE....Cause God and time is only on one side..........

Anonymous said...

It makes me sick to my stomach that people are coming here to wave the Jason MacRae flag. The man had two years to defend himself, to speak out for his late wife, to participate in the search for her killer, to memorialize her, and HE DID NOTHING. A reporter for the Herald writes a very sympathetic story about him, and all of a sudden he's "the poor grieving widower." DON'T MAKE ME LAUGH. You're not fooling us Jason, actions (and inactions) speak louder than words. It's enough that you used regurgitated statements made by the Gallant sisters in order to "voice your plea"....pretty sad that you don't have thoughts or feelings of your own to express and contribute to the movement. A valiant and somewhat convincing attempt at grief, but it sounds very wooden and stale to anyone with common sense. Those who chose to use the custody situation as a fall-back to feel sorry for this guy, you might want to brush up on your family law. The sisters had no choice but to file for custody, nor should they have to feel bad about doing so. The man had been arrested for killing their sister, and Child Services recommended they file for custody to prevent the baby from possibly landing in foster care. You or I or anyone else would have followed the advice of a lawyer and done just that, not knowing he would be released and not thinking about what media backlash would have to be dealt with down the road. If you believe the whole "sisters are cruel, I'm the victim here" story that Mr. MacRae gave, well....either inform yourself of the facts of the case, or start your own "save Jason" website. You and the other 6 people would be better received in a place like that.
He may be innocent until proven guilty, but that doesn't mean we stop supporting the Gallants and start rallying around him. Think about who has suffered the greater injustice...a family who lost their sister AND neice, who is searching for closure and prosecution, and who have never made a negative public statement about someone who has let them down time and again, OR
a guy who cut off all contact with his late wife's family, threw mud at them in the media, and who hasn't done a single thing to contribute to the investigation. I could go on, but I shouldn't need to. I'm very disappointed that one interview has changed the tone of this case, and I hope people start to regain their instinct and common sense.

Anonymous said...

Before I comment on the 2 most recent posts I just want to say that this site is a great vehicle for people to remember and talk about Paula; unfortunately, it hasn't remained that and the negative and cruel aspects of the site have kept a lot of people away from it. I am new to the site for this reason and have read only a few comments but heard about a lot more. This post will be my last comment and I know it will fall on deaf ears but I have to say it.
Now I will comment on the last 2 posts.
In defending Jason I am defending Paula as well; she would not want this happening to her innocent husband who is just trying to raise their daughter under horrific circumstances.
No one is waving any flags here. You talk about 2 sides to every story and maybe it is time to consider the other. My last post tried to put that across and that makes you sick?
He had/has nothing to defend himself against and as stated before when he was questioned and the family decided to believe the malicious lies told about him by the police (which by the way is a perfectly legal way for police to conduct an investigation) he was no longer free to grieve publicly neither would be probably have wanted to. Everyone grieves in their own way and he is a quiet man who is still grieving privately for his lost wife and his daughter’s lost mother. The Herald story was not overly sympathetic but merely factual and he has always been the poor grieving widower, but none of you can see or acknowledge that. He's damned if he speaks out and he's damned if he doesn't.
Family law: the sisters were very quick to contact social services when Jason was taken in for questioning and yes were told they should file for custody since Jason was not in the family home. They must have neglected to mention that the baby's paternal grandparents were in the family home. Jason was out of the family home for 19 hours and when he returned his daughter didn't. Do you know what arrested without being charged means? He was simply questioned, that's all.
No lawyers advised their course of action, it was one misguided social worker and yes her advice was interim custody while Jason was unable to care for her. When Jason was released without charge they went ahead with their petition which was for interim custody pending their petition for full custody, without access rights for the father, coming to court. Luckily the Family Court judge did know her family law and pretty much laughed the case out of court. And if I'm not mistaken the social worker was reprimanded by the social services lawyer for putting them in such an awkward position, not having followed the proper channels and procedures, not having met Jason MacRae nor visited his home. And while all this was happening Jason did not see his daughter for weeks. The whole charade was diabolical.
I am well aware of the facts and do not need a ‘save Jason’ website because he doesn't need saving from anything apart from maybe this torch burning, pitch fork carrying misguided and deluded mob.
No one is asking anyone to stop supporting the Gallants; they have been and continue to go through a horrible ordeal.
Whose loss is greatest? If you can measure such a thing, it is Anna!! She lost her mother and Jason is doing his best to raise a happy little girl and is succeeding admirably. She is an extremely intelligent, happy little girl. Everything he does is with her best interests at heart and unfortunately right now that means he can't put her in such a negative environment. I assume most of the comments on this site are from the Gallants and their friends and family. How could anyone subject a 3 year old to such a cruel and negative atmosphere as exhibited here?
It wasn't Jason who cut off contact with his wife's family, he loved them. They cut off contact with him when they chose to believe he could be capable of being involved in his wife's murder.
When did he sling mud in the press? He could but hasn't and won't.
He knows about sites like this and the interviews where the sisters feign not to know why they no longer see Anna and he did one interview to set a little bit of the story straight.

Can I ask you all a few questions?
Where's the motive?
Where's the evidence?
How does a normal law abiding citizen commit such a crime without leaving a shred of evidence?
How can you think that this mild mannered and caring person you all loved could be a murderer?
I know most normal citizens will believe what they are told by the police but the police have admitted that they decided on day one who the murderer was and have set out to prove it. Why can't they prove it? BECAUSE THEY ARE WRONG.

Lastly, those of you who knew Jason and Paula together can you just think back to the time leading up to this horrific crime. Were Jason and Paula not the happiest you had ever seen them? They were new parents with their first child approaching her first birthday and were about to buy their dream house. I know I had never seen them any happier. Gallant family, did they have a happy first Christmas with their daughter and the rest of their family? What could have changed in a matter of hours from when you last saw them?

Like I said before, I won’t post again and I’m sure this will fall on deaf ears but I had to say it. Maybe I am the one who should write a book.

Anonymous said...

To the above be sure to put in your book your interpretation of criminal law because you've had your brushes with it when it can to missing funds from a retail store and audits for the an association - did you mention that to the family as you were telling them all about your expertise when it comes to criminal law?
Oh there's evidence in this case and lots of it. All pointing to the murderer. The prosecutors can pull the plug at anytime and arrest the murderer and any and all accomplists.
It's getting closer all the time, but I don't have to worry because you aren't reading this but everyone else is.

Anonymous said...

It is not about anyone except Paula and justice.
Anna should see her aunts on a regular basis Wednesdays and Sundays.
Jason needs to formulate a plan and ask for assistance from everyone and he will get it.
All he has to do is ask Lynn, Lana, Alain, Paul, Louise, Ted and Dianne, Andre, Richele, Elena, teachers, neighbors...
Ask Jason one or all.
The murderer of Paula Anne Gallant will be caught soon.
~ Friends of Paula

Anonymous said...

To the above I know the person who said they never will come here again, I believe that is true. I don't know who murderered Paula Gallant but I do know the person who committed this crime has read every word and continues to read every word.
I don't think he'll have access to a computer in Dorchester

Anonymous said...

Angel of God, my guardian dear,
To whom God's love commits me here.
Ever this day be at my side,
To light and guard to rule and guide. ~ Author Unknown

Anonymous said...

wait a minute wait a minute...To the Quietmajority...Your postings are so false...It was on public radio that jason was arrested on 08Feb and the court filing was on the 09Feb.....and ANNA was released back to Jason on the 16FEB....So dont be talking about weeks here please.......Please dont ever mix up the facts and another thing the Gallant girls come on here and post their names...They are not people to hide in the numbers...BUT LETS KEEP IT REAL PEOPLE....ITS NOT ABOUT ANNA, ITS ABOUT FINDING PAULAS MURDERER....If you feel so confident dont hide behind your mask...We are all here for the same reason....Am I right????? Is your Jason a vegetarian??? Because he is...and the guy in the Herald was eating bacon and eggs....Whats up with that?????

Anonymous said...

To the Quietmajority.....The Gallants have NEVER spoken badly of Jason......They petitioned the court and he thanked thanked them...........Ask him.......Dont come on here with that Rubish that they all of a sudden are the bad ones...YOU DONT KNOW THEM....Believe me.....They have class, and grace...and they sign their name, they have nothing to hide..........They really care about paula , her murderer and justice and Anna....PAULAS BABY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

To the QuietMajority, right on, you've hit the nail right on the head. I say let's prove everyone else wrong about Jason or whoever they suspect. Let's get together some funds, let me be the first to contribute, or we can even take it out of Anna"s Trust Fund, because this will be worth the money. This is what we'll do with the money...we'll hire one of those fancy "Lie Detector Consultant People/Investigators" to come up here from the states. Jason can take a whole bunch of lie dectector tests and when he is proven innocent of these far flung accusations from the lynch mob, they will have to apolgize directly to Jason. I bet they would even take out an ad in the papers saying they were wrong, wrong, wrong. Those who have been wrong all along will feel sooooo foolish. What's say? Can we have Jason meet with this guy? Please, Please, Please. You sound like you really know him well so I'm sure that you/me/he'll want to get this done ASAP. We'll try for the second week in January. Let me know just exactly where and when Jason would like to take the Lie Detector tests and I'll have the man there. Yeah! Let's prove everyone wrong about Jason The Great. Those old meanie people thinking such a thing. I say prove that ugly mob wrong and let's get it done now!

Anonymous said...

While I feel like I should laugh at the person who thinks they could magically lure a leading "Lie Detector Consultant People/Investigator" to NS within the next two weeks, I say that would be a fantastic idea. I'm sure everyone on this site, regardless of their opinion, would be anxious to see the results. There is nothing I'd rather see than the husband eliminated as a suspect, as I'm sure everyone would agree. It would allow the police to move on to other avenues. However, if I were a betting person, I'd say Mr. MacRae and/or his attorneys would come up with thousands of reasons and excuses as to why he can't or won't or shouldn't take any such test. If I'm wrong, great. Fantastic. Wonderful. I'd love to think he was in no way responsible, and that he is the fabulous husband and father he and his camp make him out to be. But regardless of the results of any test (or verdict, for that matter), my opinion of him as a person will not change, and I am not alone. Assuming he is innocent as a lamb, that he's grieving the loss, he has still been inconsiderate to his wife's memory by not showing any support to the Gallant family in finding her killer, before or after any custody issue. And for those who wonder if Paula would want to see him in all this turmoil, being accused of things, etc...ask yourself this...would she want to see him pushing her death under the rug? Making no strides to find the person responsible? Skipping memorials? Keeping Anna away from a family that she was so close to?

Let him take a test, if he has the gonads. I have $5 to say he doesn't.

Anonymous said...

I have 100,00 betting he wont as well....BRING IT ON!!!!!

Anonymous said...

You are mistaken sis, no judge was rempremanded and no one got in trouble because of your bro.....he actually thanked the girls for doing so because Anna would be part of the community service..... THE GALLANTS ROCK...But without 1....why do you think.....Pond womnen....coincendence....fate.....or reality check....Pick one sista.....Do you ever really know......I dont think.......Poor you......Have u ever looked up sociopath in the dictionary....I think theres 1000 pages on people....I guess were all different.....BUT It will happen for Paula ...Trust me.....

Anonymous said...

Wednesdays and Sundays Anna goes back to her Gallant family, no questions asked Jason. So what if Anna can talk about your personal life Jason, you have every right to get on with your life. The Gallants have everyright to get on with theirs with Anna.
When's the Fifth Estate coming down for the interview, rumour has it they have started some preliminary inquiries, based on Jason contacting them.

Anonymous said...

I find the grieving widower act a little hard to swallow. It would have been easier to beleive if the so called loving husband had taken responsibility for Paula's funeral expenses and a headstone for her grave. His lack of responsibility conscience are evident. He has no credibility with me now, and his public appeal at this late date doesn't change my mind. I don't blame the sisters for being concerned about Anna. I certainly am, as are many others in the community...I am praying that the Fifth Estate does a show about this case. It deserves more publicity, that could help to close in on Paula's killer. I have done my part and e-mailed the show. I hope many of you other bloggers will do the same.

Anonymous said...

In a recent newspaper article Jason said that he could not understand how something like this tragedy could have happened in the middle of the day.How is it Jason that you know when this tragedy happened,but the rest of us are not sure.

Anonymous said...

Hi all,
Some people on here are doing the Blackburn/Kenny cause absolutely no good at all. I thought this part of the site was for us to memorialise Paula? Reading back over the last few comments it seems that one person has posted a long and detailed account from their perspective, and in response some of our number have jumped on it angrily, just like the mob the original poster had rudely described us as. Come on Guys! Think before you post, it makes us look bad from a neutral perspective.

Getting back to what this site was:
Paula…my thoughts are with you and all who have loved and lost you at this time of year and always,
Rest in peace.

Anonymous said...

Just reading some comments in the Herald...Its so sad.....Its not about anything but poor little Paula and catching her murderer...Its almost as if some people are trying to take the Gallants down even further than they are with out little Paula...Have some people lost their minds??? Girls if you are still reading this....Pay no mind to the blind as they only hear what they want to hear.......Paula we all miss you and girls there will be a break...Have faith, keep smiling, your head up....What a beautiful job you have done for your Family......Love and kisses...xoxoxo

Anonymous said...

Hello,

Just thought I better mention this sooner rather than later…..Anna's trust fund is probably not the best place to take money from to pay for a "FANCY LIE DETECTOR TEST" It would be a waste of the poor little girl's funds to be brutally honest.

The reason for that is because I am reliably informed that the husband already took one, and the funny thing is, it was his suggestion! It took a few weeks for the expert to be brought in from out of province and all was arranged by the Halifax Police.

I understand he attended voluntarily and without legal representation, as the polygraph/lie detector test was completely his idea.

Seeing as he already took one…can I just accept the bet money from you directly (the second one seems to be worth a bit more!)...better still just pay it directly into baby Anna's trust fund that you were so ready to pilfer to duplicate tests that have already occurred!

Don't just take my word for it…ASK THE POLICE INVESTIAGTION PEOPLE.



Look forward to hearing that posters " December 29, 2007 7:02 PM , December 29, 2007 5:20 PM and December 29, 2007 6:47 PM pay a handsome cheque into the trust fund for Anna, in lieu of any bets that he would not have the guts to take one…he already did!!!

Anonymous said...

Poster “December 31, 2007 12:30 PM “ you are so right…this is about Paula and catching a murderer. I don’t think people want to bring the Gallants/Blackburns/Kenny’s down at all (far from it) but sometimes publicly presented questions (about why they don’t see Anna) can and did lead to publicly presented answers. some have accused that as “mud slinging” …I am sure the sisters have got way to much class and thick skins to be affected by it. As for you worrying about the comments bringing them down, just try being in the poor husband shoes for the last two years.
BLESSINGS TO JAY, PAULA AND ANNA....happy new year everyone…lets hope a breakthrough comes.

Lynn, Lana, Alain, Paul, Tim, Connor, Dylan and Emily you are all in my thoughts.

Anonymous said...

Has anyone been asked to assist Jason with a new plan to find Paula's killer? All he has to do is ask.
Did Anna get to see her Aunts and family yet?

Anonymous said...

Yes we know he had taken a lie detector......His idea....No legal repersentation.......Ok now what....Book him on Maury??

Anonymous said...

Hi Lynn and Lana, I have been away over the Christmas season and I would like to tell you my heart breaks for you ladies...You are doing so much hard work and I heard the Ps are a big hit....I saw plenty on cars in the Cape.....I heard all the police members as well here in the Timberlea area also have them on the cruisers.....Bravo...Your Mum and Dad and especially Paula would be so proud of all your hard work and dedication. What a life sacrifice....Your hard work will have a an answer, I hope soon....Thinking of you and your families and little Anna....

Anonymous said...

lestweforget, Iam not here for Jason.....Do I make that clear!!!!!!!!!!! Iam here for the love of friends whom I knew for 33 years......and them only...This is a place where we remember Paula......I remember Paula.....and for the no class skid bringing Annas trust fund into this...Shame...Shame...Shame....That should only be discussed between Lynn, Lana and Jason....Grow up...

Anonymous said...

The comment (Dec. 29, 11:37); "the Family Court judge did know her family law and pretty much laughed the case out of court" is totally inaccurate. Were there two different hearings that day? There must have been for the judge in my estimation could not have been more empathetic in delivering her decision. She sounded extremely kind, clear, concise and apologetic when she read her decision and made a point of explaining that she had to work within the parameters of the law. I can't imagine anybody believing that a judge would laugh at any of the facts of this very tragic sequence of events and would and should be quite offended by this misrepresentation of facts - shame on you. Please people, let's remember the focus; finding peace for Paula's family and putting her killer behind bars.

Anonymous said...

I have followed the story of Paula Gallant since the day it first broke. I have also followed this blog from the very early days of its inception. The comments have been both positive and negative; sympathetic and caustic; beneficial and totally pointless but everybody is entitled to an opinion. I must say that a recent post referred to a prior submission as being a ridiculous post. Were the comments ridiculous because they hit a nerve that made the writer feel uncomfortable hence causing he/she to lash out with lame diatribe to divert attention from a very logical flow of thought? Now, on to the Herald interview. Why did the reporter not ask the hard questions? If Paula was Mr. MacRae's life, why does the funeral bill remain unpaid? Having lost family members in the past, Canada Pension has graciously provided a $2,500 death benefit; could this not have been applied against the outstanding debt? I think the funeral home would have said thank you to $10/month; something, anything. Why was it left to the sisters to look after a grave marker? I'm sorry but it seems to me that actions (or in this case inaction) stand in stark contrast to the spoken word.

Anonymous said...

Just wondering! To the Skid who suggested the Trust Fund. Did you mean the actual trust fund that hasn't been accessed since March 06? No? Then you must have been referring to the thousands of $$ from our fellow employees at NSP on January 07. Yeah? Then that would be a great application for that money. Already had a Lie Dectector you say? Just wondering, did he pass, fail or were the results inconclusive? Just wondering,perhaps the NSP money could be used for the funeral bill, grave marker or private investigator. Just wondering, did he already try to hire one of those? Cha-ching gotta go,a machine is calling.

Anonymous said...

Jason has not been charged with Paula's murder.
His choice of actions after Paula's murder is questionable but he should be able to offer his explanation. which I am sure he can.
Anna should go back to regular visits with the Gallant family. Why shouldn't she?
Jason, Lynn and Lana should bury any hatchets, if there are any, between them.
They along with the rest of Paula's family and friends should come up with the next plan and action required to keep the awareness out there and catch Paula's murderer.
The balls in your court Jason because all the initiatives so far for very good reason have come from Lana and Lynn.
Get Anna back to her other family, and ask for friends and the Gallant family to help in getting action taken and we will have justice served for Paula.
Two hundred volunteers are waiting for your calls.

Anonymous said...

I would like to thank Lynn and Lana and their families for Paula's website. I find myself looking at it often as painful as it is. I am very impressed with your efforts and I know Paula is watching and smiling down on you. I wish your relationship with Jason could be mended. I know Paula would love that too. I read the paper and I did get a better understanding of why Jason has been so protective of Anna - I would be to. She is all he has left of Paula. I wish in time that bad feelings will be mended and that you will reunite with Anna.

Anonymous said...

I would like to offer Jason some help and give him some informaiton about the Nova Scotia Teacher's Union Funeral Expense benefits that teachers have to cover some of their funeral expenses. Maybe someone close to Jason will pass this information on...Paula was paying her dues for these benefits all the while she was teaching and there should have been money available after her passing to cover a good portion of her funeral expenses without anyone having to pay out of pocket. Paula worked hard for it, and she more than deserved it. Teachers are all covered with this nice benefit and have a Funeral Expense Card provided by the NSTU. My husband has mine in case anything happens to me, and I would expect that it would be put towards any expenses that my passing might incurr. I would also hope that he would find the other ways some others have mentioned already to cover the rest. The disagreement over funeral expenses has really been bothering me. Paula was a classy lady, and she deserved better. I have to say I was sad and disappointed to find in Frank Magazine that Paula's sisters had not only her funeral expenses to worry about, but also had to errect a wooden cross at her gravesite, after many months of it being left unmarked. Paula was a hard working, self-sufficient person in life and her Funeral expenses are quite literally owed to her. Could you take some steps to tie up these loose ends? This issue is really quite sickening to me and most people who knew and respected Paula Gallant.

Anonymous said...

I think there will be a resolve between the girls and Jason as soon as the Murderer is placed in jail.....Im sure theres more to this story than you and I will ever know....Why would a family be at bay by their late sisters husband? Think long and hard on that one....

Anonymous said...

Just wondering, if Jason allowed bi-weekly vistis for Anna to be with her cousins for 14 months after Paulas death, why did Jason stop letting the family see Anna? Come on folks, shake your head. There comes a time when stupidity turns to cruelty. There are many more children involved here. Just wondering why it was OK for 14 months and then after the "Non-Payment on the Funeral Expenses" story broke, a life line to the family was severed. Did it take that long for shock to set in?
That's it, keep shaking your head, just wondering if it will help your thought process.

Anonymous said...

Before writing anything else, I invite you all to visit Paula's web site and take time to reflect. Think of Paula, her love for all of her family members and especially her love for Anna. To those of you who are close to Jason, if you can arrange, through Jason, to have Anna brought to a common, supervised setting (ie: church) for a visit with Anna. I am positive Paula's family will be happy meet you and or Jason and Anna anytime, anywhere. Maybe after Mass on Saturday evening or Sunday morning. Please help us to help every one involved, especially little Anna. You only have to contact one of the sisters with any arrangements that Jason feels comfortable with. If he would be more receptive with a friend, Priest,an RCMP representative, judge, teacher or daycare worker present, then that will be arranged immediately. Maybe we can solve this issue for a family that has been torn apart. I beg you to think of what Paula would do. Please help!

Anonymous said...

Wednesdays and Sundays Anna can visit the Gallants on a regular basis. End of story. The Gallants, MacRaes and everyone else will continue to work together to find Paulas murderer. It really is that simple. Lana and Lynn are ready willing and able along with their families and friends to help with bringing up Anna. You have no reason to not let Anna go back to visiting Jason and yes Anna might talk about how you are getting on with your life.
Get past this and everyone work towards finding Paula's killer.

Anonymous said...

Thank you for keeping the true perspective of what Paula was and continues to be in our lives. To those who wrote that you've grown up with Paula or Jason and knew both Paula and Jason as a loving couple, now is the time for you to help. Anna, Jason, Lynn, Lana and their families need action. In our hearts we know that Paula would not have stood by and felt that she could only contribute by writing comments on a blog. She would have taken action, for you, for your children, for your family, for your siblings. Ask yourselves WHAT WOULD PAULA DO FOR ME? and in her memory and to honour her life and family, do just that. If these two parties truly want to meet, you and they can make it happen. This blog site can accomplish something very, very positive. The suggestion to meet with a mediator (friend, priest, teacher,RCMP officer etc.) is a good solid place to start. To the person who wrote on behalf of the "Quiet Majority" Please Help? To "Thru Prayer" Please Help? If the Quiet Majority can speak with Jason and put him at ease with an arrangement that he feels comfortable with (with others present or not) and Thru Prayer can speak with the sisters to confirm that they will meet at any time/any place to see Anna, then in Paula's name and for everything that she stood for, we will honor her. Anna will have an opportunity to share in all of the lives that she would have if Paula were with us today. In Paula's Honour.

Anonymous said...

As much as everyone certainly means well, I think it is extremely presumptuous for people outside the immediate family to discuss custody and visitation arrangements. From what I understand, the Gallants have already tried just about every avenue in order to be able to see Anna, and Mr. MacRae will not agree to anything that has been suggested, including mediation and neutral settings. It would be fantastic if Mr. MacRae's friends could make him see that Paula would want her sisters to be a big part of their daughter's life, but discussing it further is intrusive to all parties involved, and I think we should respect their privacy and let them deal with it. In the end, the Gallants will get to see Anna.

Anonymous said...

This is bull.
The Gallants see Anna on Wednesdays and Sundays. Jason, Lynn and Lana do more to ensure that Paula's murderer is sent to justice. Jason in the public eye that would be a start for you. Lynn and Lana you did lots but there's lots more to do until the bastardf who committed this crime is brought to justice.
Anna has nothing to do with this and if she's not sent back to the Gallants then the question should be raised by the media as to why but I think she will be back with the Gallants this week as the plans are finalized to find the person who murdered dear Paula.

Anonymous said...

This is getting a little crazy people...Stop talking about Anna and the visitations...It is none of our business. Some higher power will figure it out. Speculate on a capture...Wow thats great news....How would you know that???? Few people know about this investigation..... A few, for a reason....Stop speculating....

Anonymous said...

I agree, it is not everybody's business. Just the people who are interested in seeing Anna resume the visits that were cut off last March. Those who don't care...need not respond. The murderer is out there...in the meantime Lynn and Lana are without their sister and now their niece. Have some compassion, let's try to give them some comfort. Go ahead Quiet Majority and Thru Prayer...make the contact.

Anonymous said...

Are you saying that there was a capture?

Anonymous said...

Dear Quiet Majority, I have made contact with Lynn and Lana. They are delighted at the prospect of seeing Anna and having Anna visit with the cousins as well. Any where, any time, with any one present. They have no stipulations but are just anxious to see Anna. You can simply contact Lynn or Lana with a date, time, place and any stipulations that will accomidate Jason's comfort level. Blessings and Prayers for your good work on Paula's behalf.

Anonymous said...

Jason drop Anna off this Sunday morning at the normal spot and Alain or Paul will pick her up. When do you want her back? 6 or 7as was in the past.
There's no break in the case as the others have read into this, it was meant that the Gallant Girls and Jason have to give direction as to what steps should be taken by everyone else involved in getting the message out there that Paula's murderer has to be brought to justice. Anna can see her Gallant family from there on in two days a week as was in the past.
The ball is in Jason's court to plan the next steps and to allow Anna to visit.
Maybe everyone should take a few minutes and visit www.paulagallant.ca or Paula's grave to get their perspective back.

Anonymous said...

Someday, Anna will have many tough questions which will be asked regarding her mother's murder. One question she should not have to ask is why her mother's families did not keep in touch with her. The newspaper/media articles will support that the sisters tried; please do the right thing for Anna - reacquaint her with Paula's family. Nothing can be done to change Paula's fate but something can be done to change Anna's.

Anonymous said...

HAPPY 3RD BIRTHDAY ANNA PAUL

We all love you and wish you a very special birthday. Please know that your mama is always in your heart and watches over you every day. She continues to fill your soul with goodness and love. As you grow older you will know how many people love you and watch over you, just like your mother.

We undertsand the Gallant's, Blackburn's and Kenny's once again will be denied any celebration with you but know the day will come....and soon...when you will see your mother's family, including your aunts, uncles, cousins and your Great Granmdmother, who turns 94 on January 26th! She asks about you all the time and keeps you in her prayers. Everyone sends their love amd best wishes Anna. Although we can't be with you physically, we know your mother will wrap our love around your heart today, like yesterday and every day to come.

Anna, you came into this world on January 6th, 2005 on the Day of Epiphany....all according to God's plan. The term epiphany means "to show" or "to make known" or "to reveal." Please know your mother, your grandparents, Paul and Dianne, the RCMP and your mother's family and friends are working hard to end this nightmare. Your mother has come to many in their dreams...her murderer will one day be "revealed" for you and for all who love your beautiful mother.

On this very special day, may you feel your mother's love and strength, hear her laughter and voice, smell her scent, see her smile and know, dear Anna, she loves you, like so many others.

HAPPY 3rd BIRTHDAY ANNA PAUL

Anonymous said...

Yeah...pretty classy guy we are working with here. A real man. Cannot imagine what kind of human does this to his little girl and her Mothers family. Quite a guy eh Quiet Majority. Write again and tell us that this is all normal. He's normal? You're nuts if you think anyone should act like this. To be denied means that the family has requested visits...catch on. Yes! you sound like someone who would support someone like him. You must be quite an act yourself.

Anonymous said...

Just Wondering about the trust fund that hasn't been accessed since March. If alot and I mean alot of money was collected at NSP and given to Jason, please tell me that the company didn't match the dollar amount. Just wondering, you see, there was no deposit made but Jason hopped on a plane with Anna and had a great three week trip to England just after the presentation. The employees money, I have no problem with. It makes me sick to think that as a customer of NSP(ruled by the PUB) with the rates they inflect on people, they would help send anyone to England. Oh, this is sooooo not good! Just wondering, where is the money? It's not in the trust fund.

Anonymous said...

Dear Quiet Majority, keep trying. Anna needs her family.
Bless you for your efforts, this is not an easy task. I keep you in my prayers. Please let Jason know that the family is very sad over not seeing Anna for her birthday. Blessings in Paula's name

Anonymous said...

Jason
1. Let the Gallants see Anna Paul on a regular basis again.
2. What's the next step in catching Paula's murderer and when do we all meet?

Anonymous said...

Call or write Linden MacIntyre back - he can't find your inital request and he has some questions for you, Jason.
He would be a great Cape Bretoner, who says it like it is, to have on side. Glad you mentioned that you contacted him. He'll say things which should be said all along and he knows the questions to ask to see justice will be soon coming in this case.
Paula must be happy.

Anonymous said...

It's been a long time since I've written on here - but I come here every day to read what others have posted. Some days I'm sad and the tears roll down my face as I read -like for instance when I read another day, week, month has gone by with access to Anna being denied to her family. As one blogger pointed out, not just to her aunts and uncles but to the other children in her family that love and miss her. How sad that Jason has decided to keep Anna from these kids - after all they've been through ? What kind of person does that ?

Some days when I read, I'm so over come with anger - with the lack of movement on the case ( or what appears to be a lack of movement, because quite frankly, anything short of an arrest is a lack of movement in my opinion ) .

Some days the things I read make me want to shake my head, but again, we all have our opinions and thank God we have this place to express them - whatever they may be.

But most days I'm just pissed ! Pissed that Jason came out to the public on Dec. 27th and was the grieving widower ! And you know what Jason, I don't know what you are ...... but grieving widower wasn't a word that came to mind when I read that article.

After two years ..... after two years you came out with THAT .... not once defending why you have never been a part of any events that were held in your wife's honor. Never been a part of any awareness campaigns. Never even paid Paula's funeral bill - and that is ALL you could come up with on Dec. 27th ? The only excuse you could give for denying Anna to her family is that they " tried to take her away from you " ! OH PLEASE ! ( and we all know NOW that isn't true )

There are many adjectives that I could use to describe your actions over the past two years .... many things that one day will be questionned.... but the one word that sticks out in my head every time I think about this ..... WEAK !

Anonymous said...

~ created a web site in Paula's honour

~ created Paula's Place at the BLT school

~ went door to door asking for neighbour's information and assistance

~ put a marker on Paula's grave

~ planned all the funeral arrangements

~ arranged Paula's wake

~ granted interviews to the press to talk about Paula on over 40 occasions

~ created the Paula's P campaign

~ collected all the children's artwork created in Paula's name

~ held a community event at the BLT school to launch Paula's web site

~ held a community event in Glace Bay to launch Paula's web site

~ held an auction and dinner to raise awareness and money for Paula's Place

~ held public grave side prayer services

~ held special masses in Paula's honour

~ hired a lawyer to ensure that Anna wouldn't for one moment become a ward of the state

~ held an official dedication of Paula's Place and allowed CBC suppertime news to broadcast at the same time

~ setup Anna's Trust Fund

~ are in constant contact with police to help resolve Paula's murder

~ held a 100 day vigil

~ held a 500 day vigil

~ made a public sister's plea for the public assistance

~ allowed a street to be renamed Paula Drive in her honour

~ demanded an extension to the $50,000 reward program

~ assisted in making of crime stoppers video...
THIS IS WHAT LANA AND LYNN GALLANT DID TO HELP SEEK JUSTICE FOR PAULA.

~ nothing
THIS IS WHAT JASON MACRAE DID TO HELP SEEK JUSTICE FOR PAULA.

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