December 6, 1989
Marc Lépine, armed with a Ruger Mini-14 rifle and a hunting knife, targets women at École Polytechnique, killing 15 including himself and injuring 14
Lépine first attacked a classroom, separated the men and women, claimed he was “fighting feminism,” shot all 9 female students killing 6, then wandered around the building targeting women. In all, he killed 14 women and wounded 10 women and 4 men before turning the gun on himself. The attack prompted stricter gun control laws in Canada and revised the tactical response from police during shootings which is considered to have helped minimize casualties in the 2006 Dawson College shootings.
Lépine’s suicide note, translated from French, reads:
Forgive the mistakes, I had 15 minutes to write this. See also Annex [this included a list of 19 “radical feminists” who were not killed because of lack of time, as well as the Latin phrase alea iacta est which translates to “the die is cast”].
Would you note that if I commit suicide today 89-12-06 it is not for economic reasons (for I have waited until I exhausted all my financial means, even refusing jobs) but for political reasons. Because I have decided to send the feminists, who have always ruined my life, to their Maker. For seven years life has brought me no joy and being totally blasé, I have decided to put an end to those viragos.
I tried in my youth to enter the Forces as an officer cadet, which would have allowed me possibly to get into the arsenal and precede Lortie in a raid. They refused me because asocial [sic]. I therefore had to wait until this day to execute my plans. In between, I continued my studies in a haphazard way for they never really interested me, knowing in advance my fate. Which did not prevent me from obtaining very good marks despite my theory of not handing in work and the lack of studying before exams.
Even if the Mad Killer epithet will be attributed to me by the media, I consider myself a rational erudite that only the arrival of the Grim Reaper has forced to take extreme acts. For why persevere to exist if it is only to please the government. Being rather backward-looking by nature (except for science), the feminists have always enraged me. They want to keep the advantages of women (e.g. cheaper insurance, extended maternity leave preceded by a preventative leave, etc.) while seizing for themselves those of men.
Thus it is an obvious truth that if the Olympic Games removed the Men-Women distinction, there would be Women only in the graceful events. So the feminists are not fighting to remove that barrier. They are so opportunistic they [do not] neglect to profit from the knowledge accumulated by men through the ages. They always try to misrepresent them every time they can. Thus, the other day, I heard they were honoring the Canadian men and women who fought at the frontline during the world wars. How can you explain [that since] women were not authorized to go to the frontline??? Will we hear of Caesar’s female legions and female galley slaves who of course took up 50% of the ranks of history, though they never existed. A real Casus Belli.
Sorry for this too brief letter.