Former employer never expected violence from church beating suspect

By Jason Miles - bio | email

WYNNE, AR (WMC-TV) - Cool, calm, and collected is how Rene Bourassa described himself on his MySpace page.  He last logged in the very day of his arrest.

The page is filled with photos of Bourassa in what appear to be candid self-portraits.  There's one photo of a tattoo featuring three skulls entangled by a flaming dragon.

Bourassa was arrested Thursday near Bremerton, Washington in connection with the beating death of an elderly woman inside a Cross County church Sunday.

Bourassa listed his work history which spans the country.  It includes various jobs from Dothan, Alabama to Phoenix, Arizona.  He last listed a bartending job in Wichita, Kansas.

"He was different," said Susan, Bourassa's former boss in Wichita who asked her name be withheld, "but he wasn't expressing that kind of potential."

"I don't recall the reason he was no longer with us," said Susan, "but it wasn't a long employment with us."

Susan never imagined Bourassa might be arrested for beating to death 80-year-old Lillian Wilson near Wynne, Arkansas.

"I wasn't aware he could be capable of that type of violence," said Susan.  "It sounds like he's got some definite mental, emotional problems."

Bourassa's former boss at a barbecue restaurant in Dothan described him as odd and hoped for swift justice if he is found guilty.

Bourassa claims he graduated high school in Danielson, Connecticut.

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