One giant scar on mankind

Paul Sheehan; 17/11/09

Almost 20 years ago, on December 6, 1989, a young man went looking for women at l’Ecole Polytechnique de Montreal. Here, in the middle of this highly civilised Western city, he wanted to find women and kill them. He killed 14 women that day. The killer’s name was Marc Lepine, though he was born Gamil Gharbi, an Algerian French-Canadian whose Algerian father believed women must be subservient to men. He was 25. By the time he armed himself with a semi-automatic rifle and a hunting knife and went to the local university, he had spent years accumulating grievances against women for deserting and neglecting their traditional roles in society.