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
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.
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
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:
0.2.7.1 ACUTE EXPOSURE
A) WITH POISONING/EXPOSURE
1) Intracranial hemorrhage, headache, loss
of consciousness, seizures, and coma have been reported after
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
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
Haiti Press Network reported
the following, which appears legitimate (translation our own):
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.
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
‘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.”