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Name  Monica Proietti

Post about the life and death of Monica Proietti by David Carmichael and Pat Hohnson
Children  Gilles Tessier, Ginette Smith, Anthony Smith
Similar  Bonnie and Clyde, Phoolan Devi, Edwin Alonzo Boyd

Died  September 19, 1967 (aged 27) Montréal-Nord, Quebec, Canada

Born  February 25, 1940 (age 27) Montreal, Quebec, Canada

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Monica Proietti (February 25, 1940 – September 19, 1967) was a Montreal bank robber and folk hero better known as "Machine Gun Molly" (in French: Monica la Mitraille).

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Monica Proietti (a black and white photo)

Monica came from a poor Montreal family, many of whom were involved in crime in some way; her grandmother served time in jail for receiving stolen goods, and reportedly ran a school for crime for the neighbourhood children. In 1956, at the age of 17, Monica married Anthony Smith, a Scottish gangster (he was 33). The couple had two children. Smith was deported from Canada in 1962. She then became romantically involved with Viateur Tessier, but he was jailed in 1966 for armed robbery.

Monica Proietti wearing a black long-sleeved shirt (side and front view)

When she was 19 four of her seven siblings perished in a fire in downtown Montreal. The area had been purchased by the City of Montreal for future demolition for the Jeanne Mance public housing projects.

Monica Proietti being killed in a gun battle with the law

The members of her crew included Gérald Lelièvre and his brother Robert, who made headlines in 1984 when he and three others were killed when a bomb was detonated in a downtown Montreal apartment building. The victims had been suspected in the murder of West End Gang kingpin Frank "Dunie" Ryan.

Monica Proietti - front close-up view

Monica and her accomplices held up more than 20 banks, stealing over an estimated $100,000. On September 19, 1967 Monica died after crashing into a bus and being shot twice by an undercover police officer following a high-speed chase through the north-end of the city. Reportedly, this was to have been her last bank robbery, intended to fund a new life in Florida.

Monica Proietti's first husband Tony Smith

A 2004 Quebec film Machine Gun Molly (Monica la mitraille) was loosely based on her life. The film was adapted from the book Souvenirs de Monica by Georges-Hébert Germain.

Monica Proietti | Le Petit Journal, newspaper of Québec

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Monica Proietti wearing a collared shirt
Monica Proietti - front and side view
The Centre d’histoire de Montréal

References

Monica Proietti Wikipedia


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