Truth and Reconciliation Commission
Grenada
Report on certain political events
which occurred in Grenada 1976-1991

VOLUME ONE

PART 5

THE BODIES/REMAINS

Section 7:

Mrs. Annie Bain

One answer to the above question [in relation to possible information known to the "Grenada 17", location of the bodies] may be found in the words of Mrs. Annie Bain, wife of the late executed Norris Bain, whom members of the T.R.C. visited at her home in Grenville on August 29th, 2002. According to Mrs. Bain, who incidentally was herself shot in her hip, elbow and hand, and continues to have two big bullets in her hip:

They called La Qua to collect some bodies. I told La Qua to collect Norris' body. When he got on the Fort to collect the bodies, La Qua asked for "Chine" (Norris) body.

Hudson Austin (allegedly) said:

They got so much f...ing bullets,
you think I can give you the bodies.

According to Mrs. Bain, Norris Bain was referred to as "the Fat Man with the big hole in his chest". She also said that it was alleged that Sir Paul Scoon, the then Governor-General, said that if they give up the bodies it would cause too much trouble in Grenada.

Furthermore, according to Mrs. Bain, the bodies were allegedly handed over to the Government of Nicholas Braithwaite, but nothing was said or done.

And the whole thing smacked of a cover up,

she said.


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This next section below starts on a new page [going from Page 65 [Mrs. Annie Bain[ to Page 66 [no header] in the Report. It appears not to be Mrs. Bain's testimony, but reflections of the Commissioners]

One important note here is that it is alleged that the remains were eventually handed over to Otway Funeral Agency.

Does Otway Funeral Agency know where the remains are?

Were the remains actually handed over to them?

If so, when, and by whom?

And what did they do with the remains?

There is also another haunting question that remains unanswered:

Why did the perpetrators of the tragedy on October 19th, 1983, apparently found it necessary to clandestinely remove the bodies from the place of execution, and bring them to Camp Calivigny and burnt them?

It seems that there were at least three options that they could have adopted. They could have:

  1. Left the bodies at the place of execution;

  2. They could have sent the bodies to the mortuary at the nearby hospital;

  3. They could have had some funeral undertakers) collect the bodies. In any three of the above options, the families of those who were executed would have had access to the bodies of their loved ones, and taken them for proper burial.

It was bad enough to kill those individuals, but it seemed an even greater tragedy to have removed their bodies like animals, and further try to completely annihilate them by setting them ablaze. Their families in particular, and the nation as a whole, need to know why.

It is quite evident from the testimony of some persons, that what eventually happened to the remains of Maurice Bishop and his other executed colleagues remains an unsolved mystery. It seems quite certain that the remains were examined at the St. George's University. So the questions here are:

What happened to them after that examination?

Were the remains given to Bailey after the examination a s some witnesses contended?

Were they sent to the Pentagon, then brought back to Grenada and given to Bailey for burial, as another person contended?

Whatever happened, it seemed that the remains eventually ended up in the hands of Otway Bailey. The questions are:

Did he bury them?

If he did, where did he bury them?

Is there anyone associated with Bailey who knows where he buried the remains, or what he did with them?

Did Bailey confide in or tell anyone where he buried the remains or what he did with them?

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