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"The Road to Hell:
How the Biker Gangs
are Conquering Canada"
By Julian Sher and William Marsden
Available in bookstores from Random House in English and Edition
de l'Homme in French.
[Cliquez ici pour la version française]
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buy this book
In this definitive, up-to-the-minute account of the Hells Angels in Canada,
two veteran journalists investigate why the recent imprisonment of feared
biker leader, Maurice "Mom"Boucher, is too little, too late.
By the spring of 2002, Boucher was safely in prison but the Hells Angels
had grown to 37 chapters with close to 600 members across the country.
They had taken over the drug trade and continued their rapid expansion
into Ontario with a recent, high-profile enlistment -- or patchover --
of 168 members from other gangs. In Winnipeg, gang warfare turned ugly
as the Hells muscled out the competition and firebombed a policemans
home. In Vancouver, they secured a stranglehold on smuggling in the all-important
West Coast port.
The Road to Hell is the story of how the Hells have taken over the Canadian
crime scene: how politicians dithered while overburdened prosecutors burned
out and lost major cases; how police brass squabbled while a handful of
dedicated cops worked years to amass their evidence; how a few citizens
stood up the bikers and paid for that bravery with their lives. Murder
plots, drug deals, money laundering and assassinations are brought to
life through never-before-revealed police files, wiretaps and surveillance
tapes. In gripping prose, the authors tell all about Bouchers war on
the justice system; how he finally lost in Quebec, thanks in part to Dany
Kane, a reluctant biker turned informer; but how across Canada the Hells
have succeeded in building a national crime empire.