Ski Mask

Ski mask used in the Hochelaga Bank heist.

Musée de la civilisation
c. 1924
1996 - 1210
© Musée de la civilisation


On April 1, 1924, a non-armoured car carrying Hochelaga Bank security guards was attacked by robbers at the exit of the Ontario Street tunnel. The driver was fatally wounded in the head by a projectile while attempting to get out of the car. After holding the other Hochelaga Bank employees at gunpoint, the criminals made off with a bag containing about $140,000-quite a haul in those days.

The robbers fled by car, though one of them had apparently been hit. Some time later, Harry Stone was found dead in a car. A telephone number found inside one of his pockets led the police to Ciero Nieri and Giuseppe Serafini. Nieri, in return for a form of immunity from prosecution, eventually agreed to implicate his accomplices.

This was a spectacular case from start to finish. A lot of planning had gone into the heist. One of the robbers had even cut, using a pair of wire-cutters, the streetcar power line. The press had a field day with the case, and over time helped build up the whole myth surrounding the Morel affair.
On April 1, 1924, a non-armoured car carrying Hochelaga Bank security guards was attacked by robbers at the exit of the Ontario Street tunnel. The driver was fatally wounded in the head by a projectile while attempting to get out of the car. After holding the other Hochelaga Bank employees at gunpoint, the criminals made off with a bag containing about $140,000-quite a haul in those days.

The robbers fled by car, though one of them had apparently been hit. Some time later, Harry Stone was found dead in a car. A telephone number found inside one of his pockets led the police to Ciero Nieri and Giuseppe Serafini. Nieri, in return for a form of immunity from prosecution, eventually agreed to implicate his accomplices.

This was a spectacular case from start to finish. A lot of planning had gone into the heist. One of the robbers had even cut, using a pair of wire-cutters, the streetcar power line. The press had a field day with the case, and over time helped build up the whole myth surrounding the Morel affair.

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Wire Cutters

Wire cutters used to cut the streetcar power supply line.

Musée de la civilisation
c. 1924
1996 - 1167
© Musée de la civilisation


Ontario Street Tunnel

Ontario Street tunnel: Hochelaga Bank affair.

Musée de la civilisation
c. 1924
1996 - 1183
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Certain items associated with this famous case have withstood the test of time and continue to intrigue us to this day. Among them, there is a ski mask, the noose used to hang Morel, today displayed in such a way as to spell out his name. Another rope, fashioned out of towels and a cotton sheet, was used by Serafini in his failed attempt to scale the Bordeaux prison walls in July 1924. Certain personal effects of Tony Frank, dating back to his prison stay, have also been preserved.

Also available for viewing are portraits of the criminals directly or indirectly involved in the crime, presented in the album "Causes célèbres" of the Laboratoire de médecine légale de police scientifique [Laboratory of forensic medicine and science].
Certain items associated with this famous case have withstood the test of time and continue to intrigue us to this day. Among them, there is a ski mask, the noose used to hang Morel, today displayed in such a way as to spell out his name. Another rope, fashioned out of towels and a cotton sheet, was used by Serafini in his failed attempt to scale the Bordeaux prison walls in July 1924. Certain personal effects of Tony Frank, dating back to his prison stay, have also been preserved.

Also available for viewing are portraits of the criminals directly or indirectly involved in the crime, presented in the album "Causes célèbres" of the Laboratoire de médecine légale de police scientifique [Laboratory of forensic medicine and science].

© 1998, CHIN. All Rights Reserved.

Hangman's Noose

Hangman's noose used in the legal execution of Louis Morel, in 1924.

Musée de la civilisation
c. 1924
1996 - 1168
© Musée de la civilisation


Portrait of Criminals

Portraits of criminals who took part in the Hochelaga Bank heist.

Musée de la civilisation
c. 1924
1996 - 1183
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Rope

Rope made by Giuseppe Serafini for his prison escape attempt.

Musée de la civilisation
c. 1924
1996 - 1169
© Musée de la civilisation


Personal Effects

Cornpipe and cup lamp having belonged to Tony Frank, 1924.

Musée de la civilisation
c. 1924
1996 - 1170 ─ 1996 - 1171
© Musée de la civilisation


Learning Objectives

The learner will:
  • Develop enthusiasm and continuing interest in the study of science
  • Identify and appreciate the way history and culture shape a society’s science and technology
  • Develop enthusiasm and continuing interest in Canadian history

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