“The Penniless Pensioner: Misaligned, Maligned but Marvellous” : Chapter 51: Revolt at the Mugless Mental Hospital in Montreal

Squid whisked me away from Dorval International Airport in Montreal to downtown Montreal in his silver Studebaker. I took my usual suite at the Ritz-Carlton on Sherbrooke Street. After unpacking we went to Thursdays on Crescent Street for a quick Martini and then to an old favourite Greek restaurant of mine on Park Avenue called “Hesso”. After our grilled Porgy with a side of Vleta (greens) Squid explained the goings on at the Mugless Mental Hospital.

The Mugless was the psychiatric wing of the Royal Victoria Hospital in Montreal. The Royal Victoria Hospital was the teaching hospital for McGill medical students. It so happened that the United Mutations discovered McGill University accepted three sizeable donations from an anonymous donor for Mugless Mental Hospital “research”. Very noble and altruistic donor!

A disturbing trend of mysterious deaths by suicide struck the Mugless. There was no rush by public authorities nor the Mugless to investigate this alarming trend but the United Mutations, champions of detainees at psychiatric institutes, lent its ears to a deep throat in the admissions department of the Mugless who revealed the donations were from an American non-profit organization, “The Mental Relief Fund”. It wasn’t long before United Mutations forensic accountants traced the Mental Relief Fund to three high ranking bureaucrats at the CIA. Through investigative reporting the media was on the scent of blood. A mid-level sous chef at the Mugless claimed that he was instructed to put white powder from capsules into the food for specific inmates. Poison? The Royal Canadian Mounted Police ordered autopsies of deceased inmates over the period from when The Mental Relief Fund  made its first donation to the most recent Mugless patient death.

Squid had an inside track to the autopsy reports all of which except for 6 noted the presence of significant amounts of LSD in the tissues of the deceased. The United Mutations made the autopsy finding known to Mugless patients before they were broadcast nationally. Squid explained the result was a multi-day riot at the Mugless. The institute was trashed and all staff fled in fear of their lives. Large groups of inmates boarded buses chartered by the United Mutations and held demonstrations at the US consulate in Montreal and Toronto and the US embassy in Ottawa. Molotov cocktails were thrown which were answered by teargas. Then the petrol hit the fire. A United Mutations sympathizer at the CIA revealed the Mugless was administering LSD to certain inmates in a test to determine if it could be a debilitating chemical warfare weapon! An enormous civil unrest event tore through the streets of Montreal. The Mugless was set ablaze, McDonald’s restaurants were vandalized and American tourists threatened. Montreal was ablaze!

Squid asked if I would co-ordinate bail teams to liberate incarcerated Mugless patients and get to work on launching a class action lawsuit against yet determined defendants.

I agreed despite my inexperience with class action lawsuits and explained such to Squid who simply said he trusted me utterly and completely.

Published by Robert K Stephen (CSW)

Robert K Stephen writes about food ,drink, travel, film, and lifestyle issues. He also has published serialized novels "Life at Megacorp", "Virus # 26, "Reggie the Egyptian Rescue Dog" and "The Penniless Pensioner" Robert was the first associate member of the Wine Writers’ Circle of Canada. He also holds a Mindfulness Certification from the University of Leiden and the University of Toronto. Be it Spanish cured meat, dried fruit, BBQ, or recycled bamboo place mats, Robert endeavours to escape the mundane, which is why he has established this publication. His motto is, "Have Story, Will Write."

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