August, 2011

Just when you thought it was safe to go on CBC website

Wednesday, August 31st, 2011

The CBC’s Canada Writes program’s a nice forum for plugging the book. This was posted today.

Not your grandpa’s United Nations

Tuesday, August 30th, 2011

No one’s yet charged with the murder of Jonathan Bacon in Kelowna earlier this month, but plenty of members of the United Nations gang have been charged with trying to shoot him in the past, including Ion (Johnny K-9) Croitoru of Hamilton, Ontario, a former professional wrestler. Perhaps his old tag team partner Dusty Wolf should have been arrested for his mullet.

Helluva lawsuit

Sunday, August 28th, 2011

The Hells Angels are suing an online hippyish T-shirt maker for copyright infringement. Amazon.com also isn’t safe from the legal rumble.

Could the Sixties be more dead, with the Hells Angels suing the neo-hippies over something on the Internet?

It’s not so surprising for the Angels to take to litigation over baseball bats. Here’s a story I did a year ago on the Hells Angels and branding. Ironically, it was posted on a biker website. We in the newspaper business aren’t as protective of our brands as the outlaw bikers.

 

Retaliation expected

Saturday, August 27th, 2011

Somewhere in B.C., at this moment, retaliation is being planned for the murder of Jonathan Bacon. That’s the general consensus of people who follow organized crime. The first shootings were in public, with the victims sprayed with bullets. It’s a far cry from when hitmen had the nerve to walk up to their victims. It’s a safe bet that the would-be killers planning retaliation will be equally callous about bystander safety.

 

It’s official: These are the two stupidest men in Quebec

Thursday, August 25th, 2011

It’s a tie in the turtle race to determine who are the two stupidest men in Quebec.

Fast track to money – and death

Wednesday, August 24th, 2011

Plenty of crime is bred in poverty, where people have few options. But much crime also comes from the comfortable middle class, like the Bacon brothers of Kelowna. They didn’t come from downtown, urban mean streets, but rather from homes with manicured lawns and high-end autos.  This article aptly notes that – however fast and high criminals rise – it can all end with the speed of a bullet, like it did 10 days ago with Jonathan Bacon.

New twist on Jon Bacon murder story involving former Mountie

Sunday, August 21st, 2011

Veteran crime reporter Kim Bolan has filed an interesting story on a former RCMP officer who’s now on trial for allegedly trying to access a police data bank on Jonathan Bacon, the Red Scorpions leader who was gunned down last week in Kelowna. Now the former police officer’s also wanted by American authorities for allegedly taking part in a cross-border drug smuggling ring. Among the witnesses: a former border guard who’s already convicted of taking part in a massive crime ring.

 

120 gangs in B.C.

Saturday, August 20th, 2011

This week’s murder in Kelowna called attention to just how prevalent gangs are in B.C. Members of three separate gangs (Red Scorpions, Hells Angels and Independent Soldiers) were fired upon by the killers, who got away. There are some 120 criminal organizations in B.C., according to police. Jonathan Bacon hasn’t been dead a week, and his story is already on school curriculum, to hopefully pull kids away from gang behaviour.

Horrible but not surprising

Thursday, August 18th, 2011

There was a police surveillance camera at the end of the street where the Bacon brothers lived. A family BMW was so armour-plated that it weighed more than a truck. There were plenty of foreshadowings of this week’s slaughter in Kelowna outside a luxury hotel, that killed one man, paralyzed a woman and injured three others. It would have been worse, as a stray bullet went into an art gallery. There’s next to no chance it’s over.

Five star bloodbath

Tuesday, August 16th, 2011

A leader of the Red Scorpions gang in B.C. is dead and five others – including a member of the Hells Angels – are in hospital after a brazen underworld hit at a posh resort in Kelowna, B.C. The Red Scorpions were born in a B.C. youth detention centre and highlight the importance of prisons and detention centres to the underworld. Expect things to get worse before they get better in both Winnipeg and the Lower Mainland of B.C.