February, 2011

Crown’s down in Quebec organized crime war

Sunday, February 27th, 2011

It’s amazing how many wounds in a war are self inflicted. Quebec authorities seemed to have the upper hand on organized crime, until more than 80 per cent of the province’s prosecutors quit. The provincial government there may be losing votes, but not from mobsters.

Calling Concordia student

Friday, February 18th, 2011

A Concordia journalism student left me a message, wanting to talk. I couldn’t get the email connection to work. Could you please email me at pedwards@thestar.ca.

Helluva cross examination

Saturday, February 12th, 2011

I’ve never heard of this before: a Hells Angel on trial in Toronto got to cross examine the star Crown witness, a former member of the same club chapter.

Larry Pooler, vice-president of the Downtown Toronto Hells Angels, did a good job too. Sometimes my job gives me a front seat to a great show and today was one of those days.

Paperback’s out

Wednesday, February 9th, 2011

My thanks to Julian Carsini for helping me clean up the copy and make some corrections for the paperback edition of The Bandido Massacre, which is now on the shelves of good and not-so-good bookstores. It’s $10.99, which works out to about two cents a page.

Julian Carsini’s not the real name of this former Bandido insider. He chose the name from a character on the old Columbo series. His sharp mind and attention to detail reminds me of the Columbo character himself.