The Sometimes “Keystone Cops Moments” of the Carleton Place Police

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On August 21, 1918, several persons stormed the local Carleton Place jail at an early hour. After smashing the lock on the cell door the small mob freed Russell Perrin. Perrin, a man with one leg,  had a rap sheet longer than your arm had been charged with stealing an auto in Ste Catherines, Ontario.

He and another accomplice had stolen gas from an Ottawa garage and drove off without paying for it. They were caught on Highway 7 and sent to Carleton Place to serve 30 days in jail. They were later let go to on a suspended sentence. Later on word got to the Carleton Place cops that Perrin had stolen a car from someone in town on his way out. Perrin was apprehended once again and locked in a cell with his wife– who came back with him this time.

The Ste. Catherine’s man told his wife not to worry as someone would get him out. Police say it would have been physically impossible for Perrin to have broken the lock by himself as it was located more than two feet from the opening in the door. How he got out was never solved, and this time he wasn’t caught. Mrs. Perrin, with the loss of her now escaped husband and her 13 month old baby in tow, had to be cared for by town officials as she was now destitute.

No other account was written about either of them.

Buy Linda Secaspina’s Books— Flashbacks of Little Miss Flash Cadilac– Tilting the Kilt-Vintage Whispers of Carleton Place and 4 others on Amazon or Amazon Canada or Wisteria at 62 Bridge Street in Carleton Place

About lindaseccaspina

Linda Knight Seccaspina was born in Cowansville, Quebec about the same time as the wheel was invented and the first time she realized she could tell a tale was when she got caught passing her smutty stories around in Grade 7 at CHS by Mrs. Blinn. When Derek "Wheels" Wheeler from Degrassi Jr. High died in 2010, Linda wrote her own obituary. Some people said she should think about a career in writing obituaries. Before she laid her fingers to a keyboard, Linda owned the eclectic store Flash Cadilac and Savannah Devilles in Ottawa from 1976-1996. After writing for years about things that she cared about or pissed her off she finally found her calling. Is it sex drugs and rock n' roll you might ask? No, it is history. Seeing that her very first boyfriend in Grade 5 (who she won a Twist contest with in the 60s) is the head of the Brome Misissiquoi Historical Society and also specializes in local history back in Quebec, she finds that quite funny. She writes every single day and is also a columnist for Hometown News and Screamin's Mamas. She is a volunteer for the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum, an admin for the Lanark County Genealogical Society Facebook page, and a local guest speaker. She has been now labelled an historian by the locals which in her mind is wrong. You see she will never be like the iconic local Lanark County historian Howard Morton Brown, nor like famed local writer Mary Cook. She proudly calls herself The National Enquirer Historical writer of Lanark County, and that she can live with. Linda has been called the most stubborn woman in Lanark County, and has requested her ashes to be distributed in any Casino parking lot as close to any Wheel of Fortune machine as you can get. But since she wrote her obituary, most people assume she's already dead. Linda has published six books, "Menopausal Woman From the Corn," "Cowansville High Misremembered," "Naked Yoga, Twinkies and Celebrities," "Cancer Calls Collect," "The Tilted Kilt-Vintage Whispers of Carleton Place," and "Flashbacks of Little Miss Flash Cadilac." All are available at Amazon in paperback and Kindle. Linda's books are for sale on Amazon or at Wisteria · 62 Bridge Street · Carleton Place, Ottawa, Canada, and at the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum · 267 Edmund Street · Carleton Place, Ottawa, Canada--Appleton Museum-Mississippi Textile Mill and Mill Street Books and Heritage House Museum and The Artists Loft in Smith Falls.

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