“Grognard” plot linked to Hollywood Murder – Childhood friend of author Patrick J.F. Quéré suspected killer

From NBC Miami:

The childhood friend of a troubled Hollywood man who brutally killed his mother last month says his novel may have been the inspiration for the murder.

Beau Henri Bruneau, 29, sits in a Broward County jail, charged with premeditated murder for the Oct. 30 killing of Nancy Bruneau. Paramedics found Nancy Bruneau’s body on the front yard of her Hollywood home, with the severe trauma to her head.

Now, 28-year-old Patrick Quéré, who grew up with Bruneau, attending middle and high school with him in the ’80s and ’90s, fears his new book may have helped lead Bruneau down a dark path.

“It was too much of a coincidence to be a coincidence,” Quéré told the Miami Herald. “It took me a while to really believe it. It’s such a shock.”

Hollywood Son-Mom Murder 911 Call

Hollywood Son-Mom Murder 911 Call

Quéré’s book, Grognard, is based on his own tough life growing up in Hollywood, though he admitted the main character, Felix, is based on Bruneau. In the book, Felix is a sociopath who goes mad, beating a woman to death and removing her organs.

“Many aspects of Beau were part of the main character and his psychological degradation. I created Felix and his psychosis more out of pity seeing Beau,” Quéré said. “Like Beau, my character was a loner who drove everyone away from him.”

The book includes a disclaimer that says it’s all fiction, but Bruneau’s actions, including the time he tried to commit suicide by jumping off the Hollywood Bread building in 1991, clearly served as inspiration.

`It was a nice day, we were all skateboarding. When he jumped, he gave no warning. He just said he had some inner call,” Quéré said of the suicide attempt he witnessed.

After Quéré and Bruneau graduated from South Broward High School, Quéré went on to study English at Florida Atlantic University. After working on the book in 2009, Quéré had it published in July.

The book sold only a few dozen copies, and few would have known about it until the Oct. 30 incident. Police say Bruneau, who has a history of mental illness, told them his 62-year-old mother was trying to kill him by yelling at him.

“I just tried to kill my mom,” Bruneau is heard telling a 911 operator shortly after the murder. “I hit her and then I hit her with a hammer, then with a brick.”

When asked if his mother was conscious, Bruneau told the operator, “No, she doesn’t have a brain sir.”

After the murder, publisher Lawrence Knorr decided to pull it from circulation. *George’s note: Sunbury Press has since decided to re-release the novel and have selected two charities to be beneficiaries of all profits: The National Alliance for Research on Schizophrenia and Depression (NARSAD) http://www.narsad.org/ and Mental Health America http://www.nmha.org/.*

“What I can tell you is it’s a very good book from a literary perspective,” Knorr told the Herald. “But now it is tainted by this situation.”

Quéré said he and Bruneau had talked about the plot of the book, but when Bruneau’s lawyer, George Reres, mentioned it to him recently, he seemed confused.

“But given his state of mind, that’s not surprising. He goes from being completely vacant to crying spells,” Reres said.

Hollywood police are aware of the book but are not investigating Quéré, who hopes that if nothing else, the book can help with the understanding of people who suffer from mental illness.

“It’s a silent thing that people deal with but don’t recognize,” he said. “Maybe this book will help make the invisible visible.”

Here is a link to my original review at Horror News: http://horrornews.net/23790/book-review-grognard-by-patrick-j-f-quere/

Link to Miami Herald story “Author’s plot may have inspired real-life murder” : http://www.miamiherald.com/2010/11/14/v-fullstory/1926373/authors-plot-may-have-inspired.html#storylink=fbuser

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About George Andrade

George Andrade is the lyricist and Executive Producer for the progressive metal band The ANABASIS (10T Records) as well the lyricist for rock opera composers Brockmann/Andrade (Fencesound Music). He has written adult and children’s fiction, reviewed albums for such progressive bands as Mars Hollow, Shadow Circus and Relocator, reviews novels for HorrorNews.net, provides critical readings for screenplays and is a freelance editor. George is listed in the Locus Magazine author index and has been an artist-in-residence for Very Special Arts Rhode Island where he taught screenwriting at Dorcas Place in Providence. He also wrote, produced and directed the short film “Supports" for Vision Cable in Pawtucket, RI, which won a RI Cable Award for “Best Entertainment/Variety” in 1992. George recently managed the Children's, Teen, Family & Childcare and Education Department at Barnes & Noble in Middletown, RI.

2 Responses to “Grognard” plot linked to Hollywood Murder – Childhood friend of author Patrick J.F. Quéré suspected killer

  1. Patrick J. F. Quéré says:

    Patrick J. F. Quéré
    I have been without Internet access for over a year now and am first learning of this regarding my novel, “Grognard”. Lawrence Knorr of Sunbury Press hatched a scheme relating Beau Bruneau’s murder of Nancy, his mother, for a publicity stunt regarding my novel “Grognard”. I have not seen Beau Bruneau since 2001. Knorr has known this but he persisted in hopes of book sales and movie rights. Because I am coming forward with this information, Sunbury Press has issued me a termination letter and relinquished all rights back to me for print, film, and all other media, etc. I am up for solicitation with a legitimate publisher. I am a freelance author now. All correspondence between you and other media outlets regarding Beau Bruneau’s connection with the murder of his mother, Nancy Bruneau, as a copycat killing taken from my novel “Grognard”, is a complete and total fabrication devised by Lawrence Knorr of Sunbury Press. Lawrence Knorr and Sunbury Press are unethical and will stop at nothing to fabricate lies to capitalize on other peoples’ tragedies. If you need further information please do not hesitate to contact me at pquere@hotmail.com
    Sincerely, -Patrick.

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