on November 01, 1910, Retired at the rank of Captain,
Chenon Michel spent two years of his career (1939 - 1941)
as an instructor in the Military Academy. He was known
as an excellent trainer with such enthusiastic personality
that he was capable during the maneuvers of keeping
the morale of the entire troop and stimulating every single
He was accused in August of 1961 of
plotting with another retiree, Lt
Colonel Ernst Biamby, to assassi-nate Duvalier, and
to replace him by a priest named Father Georges himself
a former Secretary of Education under Duvalier. Capt
Chenon Michel and Lt Colonel Ernst Biamby were arrested
and court-martialed in January 1962.
Found guilty of the charges brought
again them by the military tribunal, they were condemned
to the Death penalty but the sentence was not carried
out. They were eventually released.
others who were accused of being part of the plot were
also arrested, and interrogated. The son of Lucien Lafontant
died under torture. Many
took refuge in different embassy before leaving the
Colonel Biamby went into exile shortly after his release
but Capt Chenon Michel stayed in the country, and resumed
a normal life. He disappeared on April 26, 1963, during
the mass arrest and massacre that took place on that
day, after the kidnapping attempt on Jean Claude Duvalier
on his way to College Bird High School.
Chenon left behind several children. One of his sons
Smark Michel, became Secretary of Commerce and later
Prime Minister under the Aristide's government, but
resigned not long after.