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Fake it until you make it out of custody

Escaped from Beauport Asylum – The Montreal Herald Nov. 24, 1863

A man named Joseph Gautier who was sent to Beauport as insane a few months ago, escaped from that institution and came to Montreal on the 8th of October. He was sent to Beauport, when about to be prosecuted for obtaining goods by false pretenses, having manifested such signs of insanity as warranted his removal to that institution. Not relishing treatment for insanity he left surreptitiously. Information of the fact was sent to Montreal and Detective Goallier was detailed to hunt him up and found him working steadily and apparently quite rational. On being brought before the authorities, his insanity feigned or otherwise, again appeared. It is thought that he is shamming. He will, however, be sent to Beauport.


An incurable sent down to Longue Pointe

A lunatic’s freaks – The Montreal Daily Post Apr. 23, 1886

He attempts to commit suicide and escapes from the general hospital.

Some time ago a man named Bernard Kerr, residing on King street, awaited his opportunity and drew a carving knife across his throat. He inflicted a severe gash, and was about to repeat the act when he was caught and prevented from committing the deed. Medical assistance was obtained and, with the greatest attention, the unfortunate man was saved. A few days ago he was removed to the General Hospital suffering from a disease. Yesterday, in an unaccountable manner, he effected his escape from the institution, and, half dressed, ran along Dorchester street, shouting and screaming and scaring the pedestrians. A constable happening to be around captured Kerr, brought him back to the hospital and thence to Central Station. He was examined by a physician, and yesterday evening sent down to Longue Pointe as an incurable lunatic.