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Friday, January 20, 2012

Ex-cop texted 'it's over' before slitting throat



'It's over' was the final text message disgraced Montreal police Sgt.-Det. Ian Davidson sent his wife before slitting his throat in a hotel room. (QMI AGENCY/HANDOUT) 
'It's over' was the final text message disgraced Montreal police Sgt.-Det. Ian Davidson sent his wife before slitting his throat in a hotel room.

"It's over" was the final text message disgraced Montreal police Sgt.-Det. Ian Davidson sent his wife before slitting his throat in a hotel room on Wednesday.
Davidson, a retired database manager, had been under investigation for allegedly approaching the mafia to sell a list of 2,000 informants and undercover agents for $1 million. Sources tell QMI Agency that Davidson had been threatened by a mafia associate before he tried to flee the country last fall.
QMI has also learned that investigators seized a laptop, an iPod unit and one or more memory sticks this week from the hotel room where Davidson took his life.
Asked if the files contained information concerning ongoing investigations, a police source simply replied: "The whole shebang."
Davidson had played with fire, sources say, by offering the names of informants to two rival mob clans last April, a few months after he retired following a distinguished 33-year career.
The revelation that the respected veteran officer was prepared to risk lives by peddling secret names on the black market sent shockwaves all the way to the provincial legislature. Montreal police say the list is no longer in the hands of gangsters and that their agents are safe.
Davidson had approached a major Mafia figure and handed him a few of the names from the stolen files. The mobster, suspecting a trap, gave the names to his lawyer who handed them back to police. Police began tracking Davidson and gathered wiretap evidence throughout the spring and summer of 2011.
As the walls closed in around Davidson, a mob associate contacted him and suggested that he "disappear."
He tried to fly to Costa Rica out of Trudeau Airport in October but a SWAT team arrested him before he could board the flight. He was released and had not been charged as of this week, but sources say the pressure on Davidson had become unbearable by Tuesday.
Former colleagues had informed him that media outlets would publish him name on Wednesday, and he spent Tuesday evening with his wife and daughter at the Chateauneuf hotel in suburban Laval, near his home.
On Wednesday morning at 7:45 a.m., his wife left him at the hotel to drive her daughter to school. At 8:15 a.m., she received a short text from Davidson that read, "it's over."
She called 911 and officers descended on the hotel. They asked a staffer to unlock the door to Davidson's room. They found his body in the bathroom, his throat slit. An autopsy conducted on Thursday confirmed that he had committed suicide.
Davidson is the third Quebecer to commit suicide this month to avoid justice.
On Jan 11, 53-year-old Kathrine Dufresne hanged herself inside the Hull Detention Centre as she awaited trial on a first-degree murder charge for the Oct. 22 strangulation of her daughter, Sophie Fitzpatrick, 7.
Two days earlier, former St-Liboire, Que., mayor Paul Laplante hanged himself in his Montreal prison cell. He had been charged with first-degree murder in the death of his wife, Diane Gregoire.

http://www.lfpress.com/news/canada/2012/01/20/19271571.html


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