Serge (The Killer) Gauthier, a Trois-Rivieres Hells Angel, claims he can’t afford a lawyer as he prepares to face charges of murdering 22 people in the bloody drug war with the Rock Machine/Bandidos. Once reputedly the head of a lucrative drug enterprise, Gauthier is said to exist now on disability payments and souvenir-making.
Not so long ago, the Outlaws were written off in Ontario. The club was smart enough not to let Wayne (Weiner) Kellestine into their ranks, but had fallen on hard times, nonetheless. Just two years ago, their president Mario (The Wop, Mike) Parente resigned in disgust, telling me, “With friends like that, who needs enemies?”
Now, the club’s rebounding in Kellestine’s old stomping grounds. They’re not a direct challenge to the Angels, but can comfortably lock up the #2 spot in the province’s outlaw biker world.
Meanwhile, the Angels in Parente’s old hometown of Hamilton barely got started playing meet-the-neighbours around their new clubhouse when pesky bylaw officers came calling.
The palatial digs of Montreal mobster Vito Rizzuto are up for sale, for just a smidge under $2-million. It’s understandable why the owners want to sell, with the recent history of murder and disappearances in the tony enclave.
If you like things a tad more grotty, there’s the old Hells Angels’ clubhouse in east Hamilton. It too has character, if no forests in the back.
The case that began with a bang (as police crashed open a clubhouse wall of the Downtown Toronto Hells Angels) has ended with a whimper.
Sentences so far have just been time served, and criminal organization charges haven’t stuck. I imagine we’ll see more club colours on the street now, now that bail conditions stipulations forbidding members from associations expire.
While they didn’t get any extra time, they didn’t get off so easy. Most had four years of pre-trial custody, plus hefty legal fees and lost income.
Meanwhile in Quebec, 51 of their freres prepare for trial on a nasty assortment of charges, including 22 for first degree murder. In all of the charges against the Ontario Angels, there wasn’t one for any killings.