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Vol. 8, No. 28
Du  Jan  21  au  Jan 27. 2015

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Kòrdinasyon Desalin: Conférence de presse


 Vol. 7 • No. 4 • Du 7 au 13 Août 2013


Did Judge Jean Serge Joseph Die from Rat Poison?

by Miningawareness.com

Radio Metropole
has reported, as of Aug. 5, 2013, that the Coroner of Quebec revealed in his medical report that Investigating Judge Jean Serge Joseph died of “une hémorragie intra-parenchymateuse”, i.e., an Intraparenchymal hemorrhage, which is a less frequent form of stroke. 

            It is just this type of stroke which would be caused by rat poison, although it is not the only possible cause. However, Radio Metropole and others have twisted this around to say that it proves that Judge Joseph was not poisoned, whereas the opposite is true. Rather, this report of Intraparenchymal hemorrhage supports the possibility that he was indeed poisoned.

            But WHY would the Montreal Quebec Coroner leak this information to Radio Metropole in Port-au-Prince (which has recently been accused of censorship) rather than to the Montreal daily “La Presse,” which has been actively following this case?  It is clear from the Coroner’s web site that their report will most likely only be finished in a little under nine months.

            Although we cannot be sure, the source of Radio Metropole’s information seems to be some of the gossipy web sites favorable to President Michel Martelly and Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe. Those sites posted similar statements a few days ago. We had opted to ignore these pro-Martelly-Lamothe, gossipy sites and await a more reliable source of information.  But since the Radio Metropole post came up as top news with Google and has a more serious appearance, we decided that we must respond.

            However, why would Radio Metropole and the pro-Martelly-Lamothe camp choose to say that he died of the more rare type of stroke? The type that would be induced by rat poison, or trauma to the head?  It can have other causes, some of which could tie into our, up until now, favored theory of stress. If it was this type of stroke, however, we must switch to the belief that it was rat poison – at least until more information becomes available. Whatever the cause, the correlation between his death and judgeship cannot be spurious.

            So, how would they know?  Does the pro-Martelly-Lamothe camp know the real cause of Judge Joseph’s death perhaps?  And, were they lined up and prepared to say that it was this less frequent type of stroke, because that is the type which would be caused by rat poison and they knew he was poisoned by rat poison? If not, wouldn’t they have come up with the more common type of stroke as cause of death?  Unless, of course they really have word from the Montreal Coroner, which we doubt. The most probable reason that they would have this information is that there could have been an information leak within the Bernard Mevs Hospital, where Judge Joseph died. So, it may well have been an Intraparenchymal hemorrhage, as reported. (As seen below, the Montreal Coroner is reported as denying giving out details to non-family members.)

            We started our piece about “Was Judge Joseph Poisoned?”, so that people could understand that he could possibly have been poisoned, and that those suggesting this scenario are not crazy. Poisoning can mimic natural causes of death, including stroke. One does not die of poison, per se, but rather, the poisoning does certain things to the body which can be fatal. The things it does depends on the type of poison. Rat poison and other blood thinners can induce this type of stroke. Other poisons and drugs could raise blood pressure to dangerously high levels.

            Regarding intracranial hemorrhage of which Intraparenchymal hemorrhage is one subtype: “Intracranial bleeding occurs when a blood vessel within the skull is ruptured or leaks.  It can result from physical trauma (as occurs in head injury) or nontraumatic causes (as occurs in hemorrhagic stroke) such as a ruptured aneurysm. Anticoagulant therapy, as well as disorders with blood clotting can heighten the risk that an intracranial hemorrhage will occur,” according to Wikipedia.

            Anticoagulant therapy means “blood-thinning” therapy and warfarin and super-warfarin (brodifacoum) rat poison fall under this category.

            Here are some symptoms of super-warfarin (brodifacoum) rat poison overdose:



1)  Intracranial hemorrhage, headache, loss of consciousness, seizures, and coma have been reported after brodifacoum ingestion. (http://toxnet.nlm.nih.gov/cgi-bin/sis/search/a?dbs+hsdb:@term+@DOCNO+391)

            So, there you go.  According to the U.S. National Institute of Health super-warfarin (brodifacoum) poisoning can cause intracranial hemorrhage, the very thing, which the alleged Coroner’s report said was cause of death.

            As we said before, we suspect that Radio Metropole’s and others’ information regarding the intracranial hemorrhage probably came from an information leak within the Bernard Mevs Hospital, where Judge Joseph passed away.  They have a CT scanner so that they should have, most probably, known the type of stroke. Notice that, according to the below HPN report, the Coroner confirms that it was a stroke, but not the type of stroke. And, that additional results are outstanding.

            Haiti Press Network reported the following, which appears legitimate (translation our own): 

            “Haiti-Canada-justice:  CVA confirmed for Judge Joseph, but the investigation continues.”  Tuesday, 6 August 2013 JNG/HPN

            “The thesis of cerebrovascular accident (CVA) [Stroke] is maintained by the Quebec Coroner, Dr. Jean Brochu, in the death of Judge Jean Serge Joseph. ‘That information was transmitted to the family of Mr. Joseph’, specified the spokesperson, Geneviève Guilbault, in an email ‘clarification’ addressed to the media, Tuesday morning. 

            The confirmation of the thesis of CVA does not put an end to the investigation, contrary to what one might think. ‘The coroner is still awaiting other results of studies which he ordered and his report of the investigation will be rendered public during the Autumn’, added the communication service of the Office of the Coroner. 

            Conclusion?  Patience

            The Office of the Coroner judged that it was necessary to give these details due to the media escalation that has been running for over a week on the topic of the cause of Mr. Joseph’s death.  All sorts of information and theories on the topic rained down and appeared in the media. 

            A Haitian Senator, Moïse Jean-Charles, was the first to evoke the possibility that the Magistrate was poisoned.  Following this, numerous sites and publications on Internet took up the case, invoking all sorts of scenarios.

            ‘At this stage, the only information confirmed and verified by the Coroner is that Mr. Joseph was victim of a cerebrovascular accident and all other information which circulates on the topic of his death was never put forward, confirmed nor invalidated by the Office of the Coroner of Quebec,’ clarified Mrs. Guibault.

            She also reminded everyone that autopsy reports are confidential documents and not publishable.  “The autopsy report on the death of Mr. Joseph was thus not published by the Office of the Coroner.” 

            Finally, the spouse of Judge Jean Serge Joseph, Rachelle Acéla, finally obtained a visa to enter Canada in order to attend the funeral of her husband.  This visa was refused previously by a Consul of the Canadian Embassy in Port-au-Prince, which provoked the ire of the Haitian community of Montreal. 

            The brother of the deceased, Fritz Joseph, confirmed the information Tuesday morning on the air at CPAM1410, the Haitian Radio of Montreal. Funeral services which were planned for last Sunday had been put off because of the visa problem.”
Vol. 7 • No. 4 • Du 7 au 13 Août 2013

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