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Comprehensive Selection of MacRae Documents

The New Hampshire attorney general has released 1,861 pages of archdiocesan and investigative documents relating to Gordon MacRae. We have posted those documents in 39 batches of about 50 pages each, with a Bates number index (see our Manchester archive), but it is difficult to find documents in those batches. Below we provide a comprehensive selection from those voluminous files, with links to individual easy-to-download documents. We are adding more documents to this list, and we welcome suggestions. Last updated 5/10/05.

1977

Memo by investigator summarizing interview with Jane Doe II, mother of alleged victims John Doe XIV, XV, and XVI, who described MacRae's relationship with her boys and Rev. Denis Horan's warning about MacRae. (B6808-9).
Refers to events 1977-83; summary written September 18, 2002

1978

An evaluation, apparently by a priest, of MacRae's interest in moving from the Capuchins to parish work in the Diocese of Manchester, and of MacRae's possibly "too strong" desire to go into the counseling area [B6755-56]
April 13, 1978

Letter from Fr. McHugh, Capuchin director for formation at St. Anthony's, to Fr. Groleau, diocesan vocation director in Manchester, endorsing with qualifications MacRae's application to become a Manchester diocesan priest [B6749-50]
May 24, 1978

An "autobiographical sketch" written by MacRae, apparently as part of a proposal to move from the Capuchins to the Diocese of Manchester [B6726-28]
Undated; sometime in 1978

Letter from the rector at St. Mary's Seminary in Maryland to Manchester vocation director Groleau, stating that a psychological report on MacRae indicates that he shouldn't be accepted by the seminary, but deferring to Groleau [B6846=B3026]
July 27, 1978

Detective McLaughlin’s account of his interview of John Doe XVI, brother of Doe XIV and Doe XV (all sons of Jane Doe II), and McLaughlin's follow-up investigation. MacRae was convicted in 1994 for sexual abuse of Doe XVI. [interview B10177-82; follow-up B10183-86]
Abuse began in 1978; interview took place March 23, 1993. Report is dated March 24, 1993.

McLaughlin’s report on follow-up interview of Doe XVI. Includes additions and corrections to victim’s statements in 3/23/93 interview. [B10191-10193]
Abuse began in 1978; interview took place April 1, 1993. Report dated April 2, 1993.

1979

Evaluation form completed by Jane Doe II (mother of alleged victims John Doe XIV, XV, and XVI) describing seminarian MacRae's summer assistance at Sacred Heart in Marlborough, including work with youth. [B3272-74]
July 23, 1979

Evaluation form completed by Rev. Denis Horan, describing seminarian MacRae's summer assistance at Sacred Heart in Marlborough, including work with youth. signment note that he was particularly adept at working with the youth in the parish. [B3269-71]
August 15, 1979

McLaughlin’s report on follow-up interview with Doe XV and his mother, Jane Doe II, aimed at identifying Doe XV’s ages when abuses by MacRae took place. [B10288-90]
Abuse allegedly occurred 1979-85; interview took place September 22, 1992; report dated September 23, 1992.

MacRae's answers to plaintiff's interrogatories in a Hillsborough Superior Court case involving abuse by MacRae allegedly committed in the early 1980s [B3323-34]
Filed December 30, 1993; MacRae met the plaintiff in 1979

1982

Ordination record signed by Bishop Gendron and Auxiliary Bishop Christian. [B3121]
Ordination June 5, 1982; record dated June 8, 1982

Letter from Bishop Gendron to MacRae, appointing him associate pastor of Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal. [B3122]
Appointment effective July 10, 1982; letter dated May 27, 1982

McLaughlin’s Supplement Report summarizing his follow-up interview with Doe XV. [B10282-84]
Abuse allegedly began in 1982; interview took place May 14, 1993; report dated June 30, 1993.

Letter from Rev. George Robichaud to the Manchester diocese's insurance company, asking to be reimbursed for legal fees that he incurred because "I was aware of certain confidential matters that could have been damaging to the Diocese in the Gordon MacRae case" from the time that Robichaud and MacRae both worked at Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal in Hampton. [B6937-38]
Events occurred in 1982; letter dated November 6, 1994

1983

Letter from Bishop Gendron to MacRae, appointing him associate pastor of St. Bernard's in Keene. [B3123]
Appointment effective June 15, 1983; letter dated May 27, 1983

Detective's interview with Judith Patterson, who as a Catholic Charities therapist had received an allegation in 1983 that MacRae had abused a 13- or 14-year-old Hampton boy several times by taking the boy [called John Doe XII by the AG] on his lap and "wanting" to kiss him. [B7681-97] In two parts for easier download: 1, 2
Interview October 7, 2002; alleged abuse and complaint 1983

In sworn 1993 interrogatories, Msgr. Christian stated that the diocese was never informed of the alleged abuse of John Doe XII [B3182] See also B3178-3207 for the full interrogatories, also available in three easily downloadable parts: 1, 2, and 3.
Answers dated September 22, 1993; alleged abuse and report 1983

Memo from Fr. Quinn to Fr. Christian about allegations that MacRae sexually abused two minor males in Hampton NH during the summer of 1983 and about an upcoming meeting with NH state officials "to discuss this matter and other cases" [B3037=B3043]
November 21, 1983

Welfare director Chevrifils' internal memo on his meeting with Quinn about MacRae's alleged abuse of John Doe XII; Chevrifils also discusses another boy with whom MacRae was possibly involved, and also John Doe XIII, who was briefly MacRae's court-appointed ward. [B10487-88]
November 23, 1983

In a letter to attorney Higgins, Christian would later appear to forget that in 1983 Quinn and Chevrifils had discusssed a second MacRae victim [B3172]
Written May 26, 1993; referencing communications in 1983

Interview with Jeannette Gagnon, past administrator of the NH Office for Child and Family Services, regarding the "unusual" Quinn-Chevrifils meeting about the 1983 John Doe XII allegation [B8878-94] For an easier download of the interview in two parts: B8878-86 and B8887-94.
Interview took place on October 24, 2002; it concerned a meeting that occurred in late November 1983

Investigative report of interview with Sylvio Depuis, who as head of the Welfare Department had met with Bishop Gendron in 1983 about an John Doe XII's abuse allegation against MacRae [B7410]
Interview October 16, 2002; meeting in 1983

In sworn 1993 interrogatories, Msgr. Christian stated that Gendron had never participated in such a meeting [B3192] See also B3178-3207 for the full interrogatories, also available in three easily downloadable parts: 1, 2, and 3.
Answers dated September 22, 1993; alleged abuse and report 1983

Note from Christian to the file, stating that MacRae "readily admitted" that he "found himself kissing" John Doe XII; Christian also describes his conversation with MacRae regarding the state's decision not to pursue action, the likely results of a repetition ("imprisonment" and no "priestly assignment"), and two other boys who were connected with MacRae and likely to be investigated. [B3044=B3042]
December 5, 1983

Memo to the file from Bishop McCormack, describing a visit to MacRae in prison during which MacRae "admits to hugging and kissing" John Doe XII and also "reviewed, for want of a better word, the highlights of his life as a priest of the Docese of Manchester." [B3524-25]
Abuse occurred in 1983; memo written August 30, 2001

Gagnon's report to the NH attorney general about MacRae's alleged abuse of John Doe XII, which entailed holding the boy on his lap and kissing him, as MacRae admitted to his superiors; Gagnon also comments on the effectiveness of MacRae's therapy, about which she apparently learned from Quinn [B6732-33; also filed in duplicate B10490-91]
December 27, 1983

Memo from Susan Saggiotes, NH Office of Legal Affairs, to NH assistant attorney general Peter Foley, attaching Gagnon's 12/27/83 report (see previous item) on MacRae's alleged abuse [of John Doe XII] [B10489]
December 28, 1983

Commentary by MacRae on an unidentified document relating to John Doe XII's accusations and McLaughlin's methods. [B10530-33]
Events discussed are from 1983-88; document not dated; internal reference dates the document to after July 30, 1993

1984

Letter from Peter Mosseau, NH deputy attorney general, to Edward O'Brien, Cheshire County attorney, attaching Gagnon's 12/27/83 report "for whatever further investigation and/or prosecution you believe is appropriate." [B10492]
January 6, 1984

Letter from Edward O'Brien, Cheshire County attorney, to Peter Mosseau, NH deputy attorney general, replying to Mosseau's 1/6/84 letter and responding to Gagnon's 12/27/83 report. [B6731]
January 13, 1984

Questioned in 2002, former Cheshire County Attorney O'Brien had no specific recollection of the complaint regarding MacRae or any communication he had with respect to the matter. [B7704]

Jeanette Gagnon followed up on the MacRae matter with Quinn, expressing concern that MacRae's former ward [John Doe XIII] has spent Christmas with MacRae at MacRae's sister's house.[B6847]
January 26, 1984

Memo from Quinn to Christian about the [John Doe XIII] Christmas visit, with Christian's note saying that he instructed MacRae to stop seeing Doe XIII and MacRae agreed. [B3045]
February 2, 1984

Memo on AG's Task Force interview [of John Doe XIII], in which Doe XIII states that MacRae lied, but "never inappropriately hugged him, kissed him, or anything like that" [(B6276-77]
Referenced events occurred in early 1980s; interview report dated September 16, 2002

1985

Letter from MacRae to Bishop Gendron about MacRae's AA program and problems at St. Bernard's in Keene. [B6729-30]

1986

Division for Children and Youth Services report on John Doe XII allegations against MacRae as received by Winnacunnet High School guidance counselor, and an appended note of 4/10 call with counselor [B10494-95]
March 31, 1986

Letter from Rockingham County Attorney Stephen L.C. Woods to the Hampton police, asking them to investigate John Doe XII's complaint [B10496]
April 3, 1986

Report by E. Davis, a DCYS case worker, on interview with Doe XII and a Winnacunnet High School guidance counselor, about 11/83 allegations against MacRae including the spider game, as well as about three other possible [unnamed] victims [B10497-98]
April 10-11, 1986

Letter from O'Connor to Betty Davis, both of DCYS, confirming the order to stop investigating John Doe XII's allegation. (B10504).
April 18, 1986

Internal DCYS notes on John Doe XII's anger that the investigation was being cancelled, when Doe XII was not aware of any "prior investigation." [B10503]
April 18 to May 1, 1986

Memo from David Bundy, director of DCYS, criticizing the 1986 re-investigation of the alleged incident first reported in 1983, and providing for completion of the 1986 investigation. [B10507]
April 24, 1986

Letter from social worker Fraser to Hampton detective Wardle, confirming that the investigation has been stopped and stating that in 1983, "a treatment plan [for MacRae] was formulated and monitored." [B10506]
April 29, 1986

Fraser reports that she met with the Doe XII family, who said they'd heard nothing about the 1983 investigation and plan, and pointed out that new details were reported in 1986, including the spider game; Fraser reports that Quinn received only oral confirmation of MacRae's treatment and behavior. (B10508-10).
May 7-12, 1986

Letter from MacRae's therapist, Henry Guertin-Ouellette, to Quinn, reviewing MacRae's progress and his denial that he knows anything about the "spider game"; this letter was forwarded to Fraser [B10545]
May 28, 1986

Letter from Janet O'Connell of Catholic Charities to Fraser, summarizing the John Doe XII case, including Doe's claim that MacRae held him in his lap and fondled him [B3308-9]
June 3, 1986

Letter from Fraser to the Doe XII family, stating that a "finding of sexual molestation was made" in 1983 and "a treatment plan was developed and monitored for the perpetrator." [B10517].
June 9, 1986

1987

McLaughlin's "supplement report" on background discussions with John Doe XVIII and NH AG Peter Heed about MacRae's alleged abuse of Doe XVIII. [B8860-62].
Alleged abuse occurred in spring 1987; discussions were held March 25 to May 16, 1994; report is dated May 17, 1994

McLaughlin's "supplement report" on an interview with John Doe XVIII, which describes MacRae's alleged abuse of 15-year-old Doe XVIII at St. Bernard's rectory in Keene. [B8863-64].
Alleged abuse occurred in spring 1987; interview conducted May 20, 1994; report is dated May 25, 1994

Description of job opening as Executive Director for Monadnock Region Substance Abuse Service, a drug and alcohol rehabilitation agency. [B3056]
May 1987

Letter from MacRae applying for job as the Executive Director for Monadnock Region Substance Abuse Service. [B3052]
May 19, 1987

Letter from MacRae to Bishop Gendron, requesting a temporary leave of absence from his parish ministry. [B3053]
June 11, 1987

Letter from Bishop Gendron to MacRae, granting him a temporary leave of absence without priestly faculties, and hoping that he will continue to see his therapist, Henry Guertin-Ouellette. [B3125=B3057]
Leave effective July 1, 1987; letter dated June 15, 1987

Bishop Gendron replies to MacRae's 7/28/87 letter, approving his appointment to Spofford Hall Hospital and expressing confidence that MacRae will "take the necessary precautions" [B3127]
August 18, 1987

1988

Letter from MacRae to Quinn, describing his work at Monadnock Region Substance Abuse Service (including client service at the prison in Westmoreland) and Spofford Hall (Masses and confessions). [B6852-53]
March 11, 1988

Description of Monadnock Region Substance Abuse Service. [B6854-55]
Enclosed with MacRae letter dated March 11, 1988

Letter from Bishop Gendron to MacRae, extending his leave of absence for another year and confirming his faculties at Spofford Hall, but declining MacRae's request to help with parishes in the Keene area. [B6850]
March 23, 1988

Note by Christian to the file, describing the Spofford Hall allegation against MacRae and confirming his suspension during the investigation [B3046]
July 14, 1988

Letter from Auxiliary Bishop Gerry to MacRae, removing him from Spofford Hall Hospital after an abuse allegation [B3060]
July 14, 1988

A "more informal note" from Gerry to MacRae, explaining the suspension in terms of the bishops' conference's legal policy and extending sympathy for "your accident." [B3059]
July 14, 1988

Investigative memo to the file about an interview with Richard Smith, former president of the board of directors of Monadnock Region Substance Abuse Service, who spoke of MacRae's hiring and firing, and his therapeutic and other relationships with boys [B7705-7]
Refers to 1987-88; interview dated October 18, 2002

Admission by Christian and Quinn that the Diocese did not warn the staff at Monadnock Region Substance Abuse Services, Spofford Hall, or others about MacRae's history with John Doe XII in 1983. [B3129] See also the full answers to interrogatories [B3117-40]
Pertains to 1987-88; answers dated July 20, 1992

Initial investigation report by NH state police about MacRae's alleged abuse of John Doe XIX at Spofford Hall [B7637 and B7638-39]
Report dated July 31, 1988; alleged abuse occurred July 5, 1988

Continuation of investigation report by NH state police about MacRae's alleged abuse of John Doe XIX, in which a detective twice attempts to arrange an interview with John Doe XIX through the alleged victim's attorney [B7642]
Report dated August 17, 1988

Supplementary investigation report by NH state police about MacRae's alleged abuse of John Doe XIX, in which a detective reports an interview with MacRae and then documents a finding of unfounded because efforts to interview Doe XIX had been fruitless [B7640-41]
Report dated September 19, 1988

Detective McLaughlin's "case continuation report" on boys' with ties to MacRae [B8696-99]
October 1988

Letter from MacRae to attorney Bragdon about the John Doe XX allegations, in which MacRae admits, "I did proposition this adolescent"; MacRae also denies Doe XX's pornography allegations and discusses abuse inflicted on Doe XX by at least one other person. [B3112-14]
Abuse occurred in October 1988; letter written May 17, 1991

Answer by John Doe XX to defendant's interrogatory, in which Doe XX alleges that MacRae took pornographic photos of him. [B6956-57]. [For the full set of answers, see B6951-85, a 1.8M file.]
Events alleged to have occurred October 1988; answer dated October 8, 1992

Report by McLaughlin in a "case continuation report" on interview with John Doe XX. [B8720-26]
October 1988

Statement by John Doe XX about MacRae's talk of prostitution and his allegedly taking pornographic photos of Doe XX [B6986]
Apparently written October 1988

McLaughlin's case continuation report on an interview with MacRae (B8720-26)
November 14, 1988

MacRae admits, in a written statement to Keene NH police, that he solicited sex from a minor male in spring 1988, but states that no "incident" resulted [B8695]
November 14, 1988

In an answer to an interrogatory, MacRae states that he was convicted of a "misdemeanor offense of endangering a minor." [B6995] See the complete interrogatories B6987-7010, a 1.5M file.
Conviction dated November 18, 1988; answers to interrogatories are dated November 25, 1991

Report by the House of Affirmation in Whitinsville MA after a five-day evaluation of MacRae, in which they state that MacRae "reported several inappropriate sexual encounters with adolescents.... Father MacRae is a sexual offender who currently is not able to curtail such behavior without professional support." [excerpt from B3068]
December 1988

Summary of a report by Dr. Guertin-Ouelette on MacRae, in which MacRae's "close relationships with younger boys" are described as "straightforward and altruistic types of relationships, chosen in order to be kind." [summarized by Rev. Peter Lechner [B3352-53] in Lechner's answers to interrogatories B3347-56 (a 1M file)]
Report was written in December 1988; summary is undated

1989

Report by the Strafford Guidance Centre in New Hampshire, in which it is stated that MacRae "fits the profile of what is known in the literature as a 'fixated' sexual offender." [excerpt from B6746-47]
January 1989

Second report by the Strafford Guidance Centre in New Hampshire, in which it is stated that MacRae "appears to fit the description of a fixated sexual offender, a man who has a primary sexual interest in children." For treatment, the report recommends "an inpatient setting, initially in a program specifically tailored to sexual offenders," and that "Mr. MacRae not be deferred to as special in treatment because he is a priest." [excerpt from B6738-39]
February 1989

In answers to interrogatories, Rev. Peter Lechner, then director of the Paraclete's treatment center in Jemez Springs NM, described MacRae's treatment and the Paraclete's program [B3347], disagreed with the House of Affirmation and Strafford assessments of MacRae [B3348-49], and presented his own evaluation of MacRae [B3351-52]. See Lechner's full answers to interrogatories B3347-56 (a 1M file).
Treatment was March 13, 1989 to April 25, 1990; the answers to interrogatories are not dated

A letter from Bishop Gendron to Lechner, thanking him for his 4/15/89 letter and progress report on MacRae, and also agreeing to "destroy the various psychological reports you included." [B6725]
May 3, 1989

In an answer to an interrogatory, MacRae states that he pled no contest to a violation of probation. [B6995] See the complete interrogatories B6987-7010 , a 1.5M file.
Plea was entered in August 1989; answers to interrogatories are dated November 25, 1991

1990

Letter from MacRae to Christian, asking permission to accept an invitation to become "assistant director" of Foundation House in Jemez Springs NM and assistant to Rev. Liam Hoare, then minister general of the Paracletes. [B3107-8]
September 10, 1990

Letter from Rev. Liam Hoare, servant general of the Servants of the Paraclete, to Bishop O'Neil of the Manchester diocese, describing an invitation for MacRae to become "assistant to the director" of Foundation House in Jemez Springs NM in January 1991. [B3109]
Not dated, probably September 1990

Letter from O'Neil to Hoare, giving permission for MacRae to take the job, as long as it "does not involve any public ministry" [B3110]
September 26, 1990

1991

Letter from MacRae to attorney Bragdon about the John Doe XX allegations, in which MacRae admits, "I did proposition this adolescent"; MacRae also denies Doe XX's pornography allegations and discusses abuse inflicted on Doe XX by at least one other person. [B3112-14]
Abuse occurred in October 1988; letter written May 17, 1991

MacRae's answers to plaintiff's interrogatories in Doe v. MacRae and Roman Catholic Bishop of Manchester. [B6995] [This is an answer by MacRae to an interrogatory; see B6987-7010 for his complete answers to interrogatories, which is 1.5M in size]
November 25, 1991.

1992

Answers by Christian and Quinn to plaintiff's interrogatories. [B3117-40]
July 20, 1992

McLaughlin’s report on follow-up interview with Doe XV and his mother, Jane Doe II, aimed at identifying Doe XV’s ages when abuses by MacRae took place. [B10288-90]
Abuse allegedly occurred 1979-85; interview took place September 22, 1992; report dated September 23, 1992.

Answer by John Doe XX to defendant's interrogatory, in which Doe XX alleges that MacRae took pornographic photos of him. [B6956-57]. [For the full set of answers, see B6951-85, a 1.8M file.]
Events alleged to have occurred October 1988; answer dated October 8, 1992

1993

Detective McLaughlin’s account of his interview of John Doe XVI, brother of Doe XIV and Doe XV (all sons of Jane Doe II), and McLaughlin's follow-up investigation. MacRae was convicted in 1994 for sexual abuse of Doe XVI. [interview B10177-82; follow-up B10183-86]
Abuse began in 1978; interview took place March 23, 1993. Report is dated March 24, 1993.

McLaughlin’s report on follow-up interview of Doe XVI; includes additions and corrections to victim’s statements in 3/23/93 interview. [B10191-93]
Abuse began in 1978; interview took place April 1, 1993. Report dated April 2, 1993.

MacRae’s detailed critique of McLaughlin’s March 23, 1993 and April 1, 1993 interviews of Doe XVI. [B10202-7]
Written sometime after MacRae’s May 1993 arrest

Request by McLaughlin for permission to make “sting” phone call to MacRae. Contains partial but useful chronology of McLaughlin’s investigation. [B10196]
April 1, 1993

Transcript of “sting” phone call from McLaughlin to MacRae. McLaughlin is pretending to be Doe XV. [B10197-101201]
April 30, 1993

McLaughlin’s Supplement Report summarizing his follow-up interview with Doe XV. [B10282-84]
Abuse allegedly began in 1982; interview took place May 14, 1993; report dated June 30, 1993

McLaughlin’s report on MacRae’s suicide attempt in New Mexico; includes text of one of MacRae’s suicide notes and McLaughlin’s summaries of his conversations with MacRae’s lawyer and a police detective in NM. [B10194-95]
Suicide attempt occurred May 16, 1993; report dated May 17, 1993

In a letter to attorney Higgins, Christian would later appear to forget that in 1983 Quinn and Chevrifils had discusssed a second MacRae victim; Christian also discusses MacRae's attempted suicide and the implications for his plan to fight the 1993 indictment and to overturn the 1988 charges to which MacRae pleaded guilty; Christian is skeptical about the latter possibility [B3172]
Written May 26, 1993; referencing communications in 1983

Commentary by MacRae on an unidentified document relating to John Doe XII's accusations and McLaughlin's methods. [B10530-33]
Events discussed are from 1983-88; document not dated; internal reference dates the document to after July 30, 1993

Press statement by the diocese of Manchester, controversial because claims that "the Church is a victim of the actions of Gordon MacRae." [B3170-71]
September 11, 1993

MacRae's answers to plaintiff's interrogatories in a Hillsborough Superior Court case involving abuse by MacRae allegedly committed in the early 1980s [B3323-34]
December 30, 1993

1994

Affidavit of John Doe XII in his lawsuit against MacRae, the diocese, and Rev. Boucher. [B10460-61]
February 23, 1994

John Doe XII’s Answers to MacRae's Interrogatories of February 22, 1994. [B10587-96]
April 11, 1994

Memo by MacRae describing and summarizing his responses to 24 documents about his alleged molestation of John Doe XII. [B10476-10486; also available in two parts for easier download 1 and 2]
Undated – probably between July 30, 1993 and his conviction on September 23, 1994

McLaughlin's "supplement report" on background discussions with John Doe XVIII and NH AG Peter Heed about MacRae's alleged abuse of 15-year-old Doe XVIII at St. Bernard's rectory in Keene. [B8860-62].
Alleged abuse occurred in spring 1987; discussions were held March 25 to May 16, 1994; report is dated May 17, 1994

McLaughlin's "supplement report" on an interview with John Doe XVIII, which describes MacRae's alleged abuse. [B8863-64].
Alleged abuse occurred in spring 1987; report is dated May 25, 1994

Letter from Rev. George Robichaud to the Manchester diocese's insurance company, asking to be reimbursed for legal fees that he incurred because "I was aware of certain confidential matters that could have been damaging to the Diocese in the Gordon MacRae case" from the time that Robichaud and MacRae both worked at Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal in Hampton. [B6937-38]
Events occurred in 1982; letter dated November 6, 1994

Superior Court Judge Arthur Brennan's comments on his choice of the maximum New Hampshire prison sentence – 33 1/2 to 67 years – after a three-day sentencing hearing on MacRae's case. [excerpts from the transcript of Brennan's remarks at the sentencing hearing, S-III at 151-59, as quoted by the NH AG in his report]
November 14, 1994

Writ of Summons for civil case filed by Doe XV against MacRae and Manchester diocese. [B10255-81]; also available in four parts for easier download 1, 2, 3, and 4]
December 8, 1994

1996

Proposed Findings of Fact and Rulings of Law – Diocese’s argument that Doe XII’s civil case should be dismissed due to statute of limitations. [B10453-59]
July 1996

Order on Statute of Limitations Defense in Does v. MacRae et al. in Hillsborough Superior Court. [B6876-6909, a 4.5M file] Or view these smaller pieces for easier download: Intro and the Law [B6876-80]; The Facts [B6880-85; B6885-89; B6889-92; B6892-97]; Analysis [B6897-6901]; Conclusions [B6902-7]; Summary [B6908-9]
August 2, 1996

1997

Settlement agreement for $180,000 with confidentiality agreement and release, signed by John Doe XIV and vicar general Christian, with a copy of the settlement check. [B3381-87]
Dates have been redacted; AG identifies claimant as Doe XIV and dates the settlement to 1997

Settlement agreement for $195,000 with confidentiality agreement and release, signed by John Doe XV and vicar general Christian, with a copy of the settlement check. [B3388-93]
Dates have been redacted; AG identifies claimant as Doe XV and dates the settlement to 1997

Settlement agreement for $195,000 and confidentiality agreement and release, signed by John Doe XVI and vicar general Christian, with a copy of the settlement check. [B3388-93]
Dates have been redacted; AG identifies claimant as Doe XVI and dates the settlement to 1997

1998

Letter from MacRae to Cardinal Castrillón Hoyos, prefect of the Vatican's Congregation for the Clergy, describing MacRae's criminal trial and conviction and enclosing a longer affidavit by MacRae. [letter is B3401-4; the enclosed affidavit B3406-71 (a 7.2M file) is also available in pieces for easier download: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, and 11; see also MacRae's addendum to the affidavit; with his letter to Castrillón Hoyos, MacRae also enclosed a brief canon law assessment by an unnamed "official of the Roman Rota"]
October 10, 1998

1999

Letter to McCormack from Archbishop Csaba Ternyák, secretary of the Vatican's Congregation for the Clergy and Castrillon-Hoyos's deputy, acknowledging receipt of MacRae's 10/10/98 letter and asking for information and McCormack's "opinion in the matter." [B3475]
January 8, 1999

Letter from McCormack to Archbishop Ternyák, responding to his request with a description of conflicting psychological evaluations of MacRae and MacRae's ambivalence about diocesan support. [B3472-74]
February 19, 1999

Addendum to MacRae's 4/22/98 affidavit, discussing therapist Goupil; detective McLaughlin; priests Gauthier, Fleming, and Scruton; cemetery director Laffond; and the Manchester diocese's lawyers. [B3476-3508, a 3M file; view the addendum in smaller pieces for easier download: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6]
May 19, 1999

Notes by Bishop McCormack to the file, describing an 11/11/99 conversation with Christian about MacRae's own admissions during his House of Affirmation evaluation, and Christian's conclusion that there was "sufficient evidence ... that [MacRae] had a problem, " as well as discussion of the differences among the civil, criminal, and canonical cases, and attorney Nievens's need to know "everything concerning him that is in the [diocesan] files." [B3513-14]
November 16, 1999

2001

Memo from Arsenault to Bishop McCormack, discussing the possible hiring of attorney Rosenthal and other options for getting MacRae out of prison and assessing the feasibility of those options. [B6861-62]
March 12, 2001

Memo to the file from Bishop McCormack, describing a visit to MacRae in prison during which MacRae "admits to hugging and kissing" John Doe XII and also "reviewed, for want of a better word, the highlights of his life as a priest of the Docese of Manchester." [B3524-25]
Abuse occurred in 1983; memo written August 30, 2001

Letter from attorney Bradford E. Cook to Bishop McCormack, evaluating an exchange between MacRae and McCormack and assessing the criminal trial and prospects for appeal, including the possibility of involvement by Rosenthal and Dorothy Rabinowitz of the Wall Street Journal. [B3515-19]
November 14, 2001

Comments by chancellor Arsenault on Cook's 11/14/01 letter and the MacRae correspondence that Cook was reviewing; Arsenault argues that MacRae deserves to know whether the diocese thinks MacRae is guilty; the chancellor believes the evidence shows that "Gordon did act inappropriately with adults and minors in a sexual manner" but that MacRae prefers to think of each of his actions in isolation; Arsenault also recommends that the diocese "eliminate Dorothy Rabinowitz and Attorney Rosenthal from this matter." [B3520-21]
November 28, 2001

Letter from Lechner, servant general of the Servants of the Paraclete at the time, to Bishop McCormack, suggesting a legal defense fund for MacRae and offering "a few thousand dollars" of Paraclete money; Lechner also discusses Rabinowitz's interest in writing a MacRae piece for the Wall Street Journal, and Rabinowitz's apparent offer to fund a legal assessment by attorney Rosenthal of MacRae's sentencing. [B6866]
November 30, 2001

2002

Cover letter and memo from MacRae to Bishop McCormack, thanking him but also expressing concern that McCormack has "become so personally involved," and then discussing the possibility of reexamining the case, including possible involvement of Rabinowitz and Rosenthal. [letter B3526-27; memo B3528-31]
January 2, 2002

Memo from Arsenault to McCormack on encouraging MacRae to "accept the gift and hire Rosenthal," and on ways of helping MacRae "believe that we really care for him as a brother." [B6863-64]
February 2, 2002

Transcript of detective's interview with Judith Patterson, who as a Catholic Charities therapist had received an allegation in 1983 that MacRae had abused a 13- or 14-year-old Hampton boy several times by taking the boy [called John Doe XII by the AG] on his lap and "wanting" to kiss him. [B7681-97] In two parts for easier download: 1, 2
Interview October 7, 2002; alleged abuse and complaint 1983

In sworn 1993 interrogatories, Msgr. Christian stated that the diocese was never informed of this alleged abuse [B3182] See also B3178-3207 for the full interrogatories, also available in three easily downloadable parts: 1, 2, and 3.
Answers dated September 22, 1993; alleged abuse and report 1983

In sworn 1993 interrogatories, Msgr. Christian stated that Gendron had never participated in such a meeting [B3192] See also B3178-3207 for the full interrogatories, also available in three easily downloadable parts: 1, 2, and 3.
Answers dated September 22, 1993; alleged abuse and report 1983

Memo documenting receipt by the AG's investigation of the 1988 state police report on John Doe XIX's allegation that MacRae abused him at Spofford Hall in 1988. Memo and fax cover sheet [B7635 and B7636]; attached reports [B7637, B7638-39, B7640-41, and B7642]
Reports written in 1988; conveyed to AG investigators on October 9, 2002

Investigative report of interview with Sylvio Depuis, who as head of the Welfare Department had met with Bishop Gendron in 1983 about an abuse allegation against MacRae [B7410]
Interview October 16, 2002; meeting in 1983

Investigative memo to the file about an interview with Richard Smith, former president of the board of directors of Monadnock Region Substance Abuse Service, who spoke of MacRae's hiring and firing, and his therapeutic and other relationships with boys (B7705-7)
Refers to 1987-88; interview dated October 18, 2002

Police interview with MacRae in prison. [For the entire interview, see B10916-45 and B10946-83, which are large files, over 2M each; for the whole interview in easy downloads, see 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, and 10]
October 25, 2002

Interview with Jeannette Gagnon, past administrator of the NH Office for Child and Family Services, regarding the "unusual" Quinn-Chevrifils meeting about the 1983 John Doe XII allegation [B8878-94] For an easier download of the interview in two parts: B8878-86 and B8887-94.
Interview took place on October 24, 2002; it concerned a meeting that occurred in late November 1983

 
 

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