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Duvalier was elected in September 1957 and was in power
less than a year when the romance between the newly
elected President and the people ended, causing the
political opposition to gain much ground.
The economy in Haiti was not strong and was recuperating
from the trouble years (1956 -1957) which saw officially
four governments and a military junta. Historical facts
point to another military junta on or about May 25,
1957, which never came to power. (Note 2). After the
instability of 1957, the Duvalier government was at
first welcomed but soon the political climate started
to deteriorate again.A group of former Haitian military
officers headed by Lieutenant Alix Pasquet gathered
in Miami . On or about July 25, 1957, the group set
sails on board a yacht called “Molly C”
heading toward Haiti. On board were former Lieutenants
Alix “Sonson” Pasquet, Henri “Riquet”
Perpignan and Phillipe “Fito” Dominique,
the brother in law of Pasquet. Accompanying them were
five American soldiers of fortune whose names were:
Arthur Payne, the leader, Dany Jones, Levant Kersten,
Robert F. Hickey and Joe D. Walker the boat captain.
(read full summary)
generations of Haitians perished in this fort, without
an indictment or a trial, to physical and psychological
torture, arbitrary execution, disease, and inhumane
Fort Dimanche , Dungeon
of Death of
Patrick Lemoine will take you through the deepest
valleys of this fort where you will discover the drama
expe-rienced by the political prisoners during Baby
Doc Duvalier's era...
Chronicle: A Virtual
sequel to the book Fort-Dimanche, Dungeon of Death,
this chronicle is a work in progress that endeavors
to compile information on all known victims of the
remain confident that giving more exposure to the
infernal condition of the po-litical prison of the
Duvaliers will generate greater awareness and will
shed light on this regime that some individuals conveniently
represent as the least evil of evil governments, even
though Haiti's nightmare began with Duvalier. To echo
Madeleine Paillère in a "compte rendu
de lecture" of the book, Fort-Dimanche, Fort-La-Mort
is a testimonial that must be preserved preciously
for future generations.
of History (Archives)
Events of April 26, 1963
sending a photo of her sister Gladys and the information
surrounding her dissapearance
To Eric and Jacques Dougé
the photos of their father Lt. Pierre
E. Dougé and uncle Rossini Dougé. Both
photos were inserted in the "Recent Addition"
section. Pierre and Rossini were arrested on April 26,
1963 and were never to be seen or heard again by their
family, children and loved ones. The testimonial that
accompanied the photos will be posted in the corresponding
gallery with the updating of the site .
sharing with us Lucien, Datho and Frantz
and the summary that he prepared in their memories.
• Jacques Magloire
One of the 31 prisoners released in 1973 by
the commando that kidnapped Mr. Clinton Knox the US
Ambassador in Haiti.
(read more) Jacques also suffered the loss of two
of his family members, Joseph Paul-Emile Magloire and
Francois Fleurantin, and he shared with us their photos
and a text that he prepared in their memories. Fordi9
welcome his contribution and the information received
will be posted in the coming days.
à toute l'équipe de Fordi9 !
Le devoir de mémoire nous impose de garder allumée
la flamme de ces vies éteintes trop prématurément
dans la longue nuit de la dictature Duvalérienne.
Nous ne pouvons pas nous permettre d’oublier,
surtout dans ces moments pénibles de la vie nationale
qui semblent indiquer que l’aube d’un nouveau
jour est encore éloignée…(GEHD,
7 juillet 2003).
The duty of memory forces to us to keep lit the flame
of these lives which were extinct prematurely in the
long night of the Duvalerian dictatorship. We cannot
afford to forget. Particularly, in these painful moments
of the national life which seem to indicate to us that
the dawn of a new day is still far distant (GEHD, July
• Mrs. Ella
Ella Perpignand Price, a victim herself of the Duvaliers.
Her father, Lt. Henri Perpignand, was killed in the
first military invasion that took place at an early
stage of the regime to liberate the country from Francois
Duvalier who had already shown his true color. We are
renewing our gratitude to Ella for her important contribution
to the site.
• Nathalie Brisson
a victim herself of the Duvaliers. Her father
Alix Lamaute and her uncle Gerald Brisson perished
under the regime of Papa Doc. She also suffered the
loss of a cousin, Richard Brisson in January 1982.
Fordi9 will publish in the coming weeks the documentation
received from Nathalie regarding her family members
and a bio of Lionel Loubeau who perished in Fort-Dimanche...
We a pologize for having mispelled the name of her
father in gallery 8. The correction was made with
the correct spelling Lamaute instead of Lamothe. Thanks
• Suzy Magloire-Sicard
sending information on Thérèse Lindor
Charles killed at Fort-Dimanche
in the sixties and reminding us of Michel Obas, one
of the 19 officers excecuted in Fort-Dimanche in 1967.
• Michele Brathwaite
sharing with us that her great uncle Jean Chenet was
killed on his property while filling up the gas tank
of some Tonton Macoutes. Jean was born in 1918 and
killed either on April 1 or April 26,
1963. Jean was a jeweler by trade and live for some
time in Mexico. She does not have any pictures of
him, but we hope that one of the visitors of this
site will forward one to us.
• S. Sicard
adding to the victims' list the names of Jacques Fabian
du Cap-Haïtien et Edme St-Jean de Plaisance.
• Melissa M Poux
her kind words and sharing with us the following:
I am glad to see this website and what you have done
with it. But I just wanted to address a minor issue
with the spelling of one name. My great uncle was
Guy Lomin"Y", brother to Frantz Lominy who
were both killed by the Duvalier regime. My grandfather
was killed, in the year 1961 we like to believe, when
my mother was three years old. My grandfather was
indeed killed due to the fact that he did not want
to give up the whereabouts of his brother Guy. In
fact, No one knew were Guy was, he kept his location
secret due to the fact that e knew the administration
was after him. Guy was the organizer of grassroots
movement to motivate the citizens of Haiti to over
throw the Duvalier administration. He would sit up
at all times of the night printing and drawing up
flyers that bashed Duvalier and his regime. It is
nice to know that your website reminds of us that
our family members did not die in vain!
for the photo of her father Chenon Michel that we
added to our page.
Dr. Gérard Alphonse-Férère
his contribution to fordi9.com. Himself a victim of
the Duvaliers, Dr. Férère was incarcerated five times.
First he was thrown in Fort-Dimanche in 1958 for one
month. In July of the same year after the Pasquet -
Dominique - Perpignand invasion, he spent another month
of incarceration at the Haitian Army Head-quarters and
the Military Hospital. In 1962 he spent another three
days in Fort-Dimanche.
• Ms. Mélissa Marchand
recent graduate of University of California at Irvine.
While browsing the site fordi9.com, Mélissa Marchand
spotted the names of her Great-Grandfather and Grand
father, Lucien and George Marchand, in the list of victims,
which prompted her to contact us and later forward biographical
details on these victims, which
we gladly added to our page.
Mrs. Ann Fuller & Louis Estiverne
for sharing with us the photos of
and the summary on Grand-Bois taken from their research
in progress (December 2001).
Perspective Haïtienne 91.5 FM- Mardi 6 Novembre,
2007 à 20h30- Interview de Charles Marc Mathelier
avec Patrick Lemoine, auteur de Fort-Dimanche, Fort-La-Mort
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