538 THE ADVOCATE
VOL. 77 PART 4 JULY 2019
from Paris by video link. Your evidence will get Roth removed from the
bench in disgrace, so at least some justice can be done. They will be sending
out your witness notice soon. Best wishes.”
She received her witness notice within a few days, with details of the
video link location. A month later, on June 9, she phoned Roth at home.
“Tommy, it’s me—Chrissy Bremond …”
“Tommy, I hate what they’re doing to you. It’s a witch hunt. I’d hate to
think it’s all my fault. They’ve asked me to testify against you. But I’m not
sure I want to. I don’t have to, do I? I mean, there’s no subpoena. Can we
talk about it?”
“Of course—go ahead.”
“But face to face, I mean. Could we get together? I still have feelings for
you, Tommy. Do you still have feelings for me?”
“Of course—strong ones.”
“But you know I can’t come to Canada right now. Will I be able to see
“Of course—you are in Paris now, aren’t you? I heard that you’d moved
there. I could just hop on a plane. Tonight, in fact. Where exactly do you live?”
She gave her address, with detailed directions to her apartment from the
airport. Then an afterthought: “Oh, dear—what about poor Catherine
though? Is she going to mind? I don’t want to …”
“Oh, don’t worry; I won’t even tell her. I won’t tell anyone. It will be our
little secret. I can’t wait to give you a big squeeze.”
“Ah, chéri, I’ll be counting the hours. I’ll leave the door unlocked.”
Both Roth and Bremond failed to appear as required on June 13. The Judicial
Council adjourned to make inquiries. No one could account for Roth’s
whereabouts. Bremond did not respond to phone messages or e-mails.
On June 17, residents of Bremond’s condominium block called the
concierge about a foul odour emanating from her apartment. Her door was
breached, and a naked man and woman were found dead in the bathtub,
brim-full, the man’s head submerged. A half-empty bottle of wine and two
glasses were between them on the tub ledge.
Autopsies revealed they had been dead for a week. The woman, Mme.
Bremond, had died of fentanyl poisoning. The man, later identified as
Thomas Roth, had drowned, after being rendered unconscious by a large
dose of chloral hydrate.
“A classic case of mutual murder,” the coroner ruled. And concluded his