One day after a gunman sent Parti Québécois supporters running for their lives, Jacqueline Lane saw a face in the news that made her breath catch.

Staring back at her from the computer screen was a man decked out in a blue bathrobe and handcuffs, shouting that ‘the English had woken up’ — the very same man who had taken her family fishing just a few days before. Another photo of the suspect at his fishing lodge confirmed his identity.

“Here comes this orange shirt from a file photo that they’ve [the media] put up and honestly, I just stopped,” she says. “I think I momentarily stopped breathing because the shirt was the same shirt.”

She called her nine-year-old daughter over to the monitor.

“Avearie, is this Rick?” she asked.

Her daughter looked at the man with the greying horseshoe moustache, shaved head and black glasses, and replied, “It is.”

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  • Richard Bain cleans one of the trout the Lane family caught during their fishing expedition with him.

  • A view of Lake Wade in La Conception, where Richard Bain ran his fishing camp, Les Activités Rick.

  • Another view of the lake that Richard Bain kept stocked with trout for his fishing camp.

Lane thinks back to that day in early September, wondering again and again if there were any signs that their guide would soon be arrested and charged with first-degree murder.

“It honestly keeps me up at night to think back over our conversations and I say to myself ‘no I didn’t miss anything there.’” says Lane, a 39-year-old administrative coordinator from Burritt's Rapids, Ont.

“There weren’t any signs, and yet there is this residual guilt that maybe I should have known.”

Police allege Richard Bain shot two people, killing one, at the Métropolis concert hall where PQ Leader Pauline Marois gave her election victory speech on Sept. 4. He made a brief court appearance Thursday.

Bain faces 16 charges, including first-degree murder; three counts of attempted murder; arson; and a number of weapons charges. Police say his car was found near the scene of the shooting, allegedly containing more firearms and gas canisters.

But to Lane, he was just Rick. And the car, now surrounded by police tape and detectives, had been used to ferry her, her husband, Chris, and their two young children to a morning of trout fishing.

The family spends many long weekends in the condo they own in Mont-Tremblant. The local visitor centre had recommended Les Activités Rick, Bain’s fishing camp on Lake Wade in nearby La Conception, where the family could embark on a four-hour fishing excursion for $108.

The family left early Sunday morning to make their 9 am rendezvous with Bain.

Lane’s first moment of apprehension came when the family car simply couldn’t handle the rough terrain leading to the remote lake where Bain ran his business.

Bain met the family in a parking area down the road from his lodge to take them the rest of the way.

“He was a pleasant gentleman, great with the children,” said Lane.

She said he was what you’d expect of an outdoorsman: gruff voice, orange flannel shirt with the odd hole and stain, and a worn-in baseball cap; rough round the edges, but kind, helpful and passionate about his business.

His first mentioned politics when he spoke of permit issues with the government. He owned the camp (it once belonged to hisfamily), but had leased the land. He seemed to believe that he had a better chance of protecting his business if the Liberals stayed in power, she said. (A close friend told The Canadian Press that Bain believed he would secure crucial permits to build his business from Liberal contacts.)

Still, “it wasn’t anything that screamed vigilante,” she recalls.

Bain took them out onto the private lake that he stocked himself each season with trout. In the guiding business for years, he could tell a customer precisely which year their catch had been introduced, she said.

He spoke with the bilingual family in both French and English and was accommodating with Aeverie, 9, and Ethan, 5.

“I don’t know how many times my kid asked him to change the lure and he was patient and he had a sense of humour,” Lane says.

In their three-hour excursion, they caught four trout, which Bain gutted. He offered up his preferred recipe: stuffed with bacon, butter and onions.

On the ride back to their car, the talk once again turned to politics.

“He mentioned that he was going to support the new coalition party, the CAQ (Coalition Avenir de Quebec), that he knew of friends that were also going to throw their support behind CAQ, and just that he was hoping for better things in terms of Quebec’s future,” said Lane.

The only possible hint of future disturbance was talk of a separated Montreal island so that the city's English business sector could thrive in the Francophone province. His theory was that if Prince Edward Island could survive as a province of some 140,000 people, why not Montreal?

It was the same idea he put forth in a 38-minute interview from prison with radio station CJAD, except during that chat, he claimed the plan was inspired by God.

“I can tell you, he never said anything of the sort to us and if he had then no doubt alarm bells would have rung loud and clear for sure,” Lane says.

Lane and her family thought little of Bain’s political musings. She said she’s known few Quebecers shy about talking politics. The conversation seemed more like casual chatter than a manifesto, she recalls.

At noon the family said goodbye as Bain collected another group. Two days later, he would be behind bars, accused of murder in an election day night shooting that shocked the country.

— With files from The Canadian Press

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  • Richard Henry Bain

    Richard Henry Bain arrives at court in Montreal on Thursday, Sept.6, 2012. Bain, 61, the suspect in a deadly shooting at a rally following the election of Quebec’s new separatist premier was arraigned Thursday on 16 charges, including murder, attempted murder and possession of explosives. (AP Photo/Le Devoir via The Canadian Press, Jacques Nadeau) MONTREAL OUT

  • A gate blocks the entrance to Richard Henry Bain's fishing camp in La Conception, near Mont-Tremblant, Que. on Wednesday Sept. 5, 2012. Police sources confirmed they arrested a suspect by that name in the Montreal shooting that left one person dead and made headlines around the world.

  • A three-axle military truck sits near the entrance to Richard Henry Bain's fishing camp in La Conception, near Mont-Tremblant, Que. on Wednesday Sept. 5, 2012. Police sources confirmed they arrested a suspect by that name in the Montreal shooting that left one person dead and made headlines around the world.

  • Denis Blanchette, Pauline Marois, Ginette Jean

    Ginette Jean, mother of Denis Blanchette, reacts as she touches her son's casket during funeral services Monday, Sept. 10, 2012 in Montreal. Blanchette was killed outside the Parti Quebecois election night rally last week. Richard Bain was arraigned Thursday, Sept. 6 on 16 charges, including murder, attempted murder and possession of explosives. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Jocelyn Malette, Pool)

  • A man is arrested by police outside the Parti Quebecois victory rally in Montreal on Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2012. A masked gunman wearing a blue bathrobe opened fire during a midnight victory rally for Quebec's new premier, killing one person and wounding another. The new premier, Pauline Marois of the separatist Parti Quebecois, was whisked off the stage by guards while giving her speech and uninjured. Police identified the gunman only as a 62-year-old man, and were still questioning him Wednesday morning. (AP Photo/Montreal La Presse via The Canadian Press, Olivier Pontbriand)

  • A weapon is recovered at the scene of the shooting outside the Parti Quebecois' election victory party (RDI screen shot)

  • Fire burns outside Montreal's Métropolis concert hall shortly after the shooting. (QMI)

  • A man is arrested outside Montreal's Métropolis concert hall soon after shots were fired during PQ Leader Pauline Marois' victory speech. (QMI)

  • A police officer looks towards a black SUV that has had its contents removed on a crime scene outside the Metropolis in Montreal on Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2012. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Sean Kilpatrick)

  • Police and fireman work at the rear of an auditorium where a gunman shot and killed at least one person during the PQ victory rally Wednesday, September 5, 2012 in Montreal. Guards whisked PQ leader Pauline Marois off the stage as handlers informed the partisan crowd there had been an explosive noise and they needed to clear the auditorium. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson

  • Parti Quebecois Leader Pauline Marois takes the stage after winnnig the provincial election in Tuesday, Que. September 4, 2012. With the win, Marois becomes the first female premier in Quebec history. Moments later, she was rushed off the stage.

  • Parti Quebecois leader Pauline Marois is removed from the stage by SQ officers as she speaks to supporters in Montreal, Tuesday, September 4, 2012 following her election win. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes

  • Parti Quebecois Leader Pauline Marois is whisked off stage as she delivered her victory speech in Montreal, Que., Tuesday, September 4, 2012. With the win, Marois becomes the first female premier in Quebec history. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson

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  • Police detail a person behind the Métropolis concert hall where Pauline Marois was making her victory speech (RDI screen shot)

  • Fire burns outside Montreal's Métropolis concert hall shortly after the shooting. (QMI)

  • Parti Quebecois Leader Pauline Marois returns to complete her speech after being whisked off the stage by security as she delivered her victory speech in Montreal, Que., Tuesday, September 4, 2012. With the win, Marois becomes the first female premier in Quebec history.

  • Police cordon off the rear outside an auditorium where a gunman shot and killed at least one person during the PQ victory rally Wednesday, September 5, 2012 in Montreal. Guards whisked PQ leader Pauline Marois off the stage as handlers informed the partisan crowd there had been an explosive noise and they needed to clear the auditorium. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson

  • Police and fireman work at the rear of an auditorium where a gunman shot and killed at least one person during the PQ victory rally Wednesday, September 5, 2012 in Montreal. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson

  • Police cordon off the rear outside an auditorium where a gunman shot and killed at least one person during the PQ victory rally Wednesday, September 5, 2012 in Montreal. Guards whisked PQ leader Pauline Marois off the stage as handlers informed the partisan crowd there had been an explosive noise and they needed to clear the auditorium. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson

  • Police work on a crime scene outside the Metropolis in Montreal on Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2012. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Sean Kilpatrick)

  • A police officer looks towards a black SUV that has had its contents removed at a crime scene outside the Metropolis in Montreal on Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2012.(AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Sean Kilpatrick)