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Joel Pink

Joel Pink on the Antigonish Beech Hill Murders

  1. What effect did this, of course, have upon you?
  2. Well I – like I said I never got off the floor. I tried to get back to sleep because Bill Cogger and I had plans at 7:00 in the morning. We were going to go down to St. Augustine’s in Monastery to the Shrine, and we were going to meditate and pray and I was — I had no intentions of staying drunk that day. I was going to sober up because I had to be to work Monday morning, sir. So while I was trying to get back to sleep on the floor I — I was thinking of all the problems that I was having, all the persecution with these people and I could not get back to sleep. So I did get up, and I said I’ll go to sleep now and I grabbed a mickey of rum I had, Captain Morgan light, and I drank four good big mouthfuls in me and then I opened up a bottle of MacEwan’s Ale and I used that for a chaser and then I went and laid back on the floor thinking I’d be — I’d go to sleep now. I continued to stay awake and these things of harassment and torture kept running through my mind, so I said there is one alternative to this, I’ve got stronger alcohol than rum. I went into the washroom and dumped out a good shot of Aqua Velva, which I know is seventy percent alcohol and I put some juice in it – out — out of the kitchen with it and I put juice in it, and I drank it down very fast so I couldn’t smell it and taste it and I opened up a beer for a chaser and I laid down on the floor at that time, Sir. …”

Excerpt from Tough Crimes: True Cases by Top Canadian Criminal Lawyers
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