Machine Gun Molly

01 May

In this post, I’d like to write a little about Monica Proetti, a bank robber.

Pic of Monica Proietti

Monica Proietti, mieux connue sous le nom de « Monica la mitraille », était voleuse de banques et héros populaire. Date 5 September 2007 Source Own work Author:  Hellebore


Monica Proietti, was born on February 25, 1940; she died on September 19, 1967.  She was a Montreal bank robber and folk hero better known as “Machine Gun Molly” and in French, she is known as Monica la Mitraille.

Monica came from a poor Montreal family, and crime was not foreign in the house.  For instance, her grandmother served time in jail for receiving stolen goods; she reportedly ran a school for crime for the neighbourhood children.

In 1956, at the age of 17, Monica married Anthony Smith, a Scottish gangster, who was 33 years old. 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.

When she was 19, four of her seven siblings perished in a fire in downtown Montreal.

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 Montreal. Reportedly, this was to have been her last bank robbery, intended to fund a new life in Florida.

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


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19 responses to “Machine Gun Molly

  1. hairballexpress

    May 13, 2014 at 2:08 pm

    Or maybe she was trying to keep enough fancy feast around fur her kats….?

    • tkmorin

      May 13, 2014 at 8:48 pm

      I know that I would do ANYthing for my kat … er, almost anything? .. 🙂

  2. Shelli@howsitgoingeh?

    May 4, 2014 at 11:35 pm

    Would love to see the film!

  3. A.

    May 4, 2014 at 4:00 am

    I have to say… my favourite part about this was the grandma who ran a crime school for neighbourhood children.

    • tkmorin

      May 4, 2014 at 10:33 am

      Yes, that part would look good on TV, eh? Thanks for dropping by! 🙂

  4. purrfectkitties

    May 2, 2014 at 3:05 pm

    WOW! Another really intersting story! Thanks for sharing… 🙂 Have a great weekend! 😀 xoxo Roxy & Tigerlino ❤ ❤

    • tkmorin

      May 2, 2014 at 3:24 pm

      And a very happy week-end to you all as well!! 🙂

  5. weggieboy

    May 2, 2014 at 8:12 am

    Certainly not a stereotypical “Canadian”!

  6. Gypsy Bev

    May 2, 2014 at 12:33 am

    Another exciting Bite Size Canada. Her grandmother must have been a good teacher.

  7. seeker

    May 2, 2014 at 12:30 am

    How come she became a folk hero? Is she the female version of Robin Hood?

    • tkmorin

      May 2, 2014 at 9:09 am

      Since she stole money but didn’t kill or harm anyone, I guess. 🙂

  8. cindybruchman

    May 1, 2014 at 8:41 pm

    Wow! What a story. Was the film any good? Great post.

    • tkmorin

      May 1, 2014 at 9:50 pm

      I’m trying to see if I can get it. If I find it, I’ll let you know how good it was! Thanks for the comment, Cindy. 🙂

  9. Jack

    May 1, 2014 at 7:26 pm

    Fascinating! In the US, we had a notorious criminal called “Machine Gun” Kelly, who gave the FBI the moniker “G-men”, for Government Men.

    • tkmorin

      May 1, 2014 at 9:48 pm

      That is interesting. I may look that up! Especially, if I understand, that the g-men was used! Thanks, Jack! 🙂

      • Jack

        May 2, 2014 at 11:03 pm

        You’re welcome!


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