The Road to Hell

The Road to Hell

How the Biker Gangs Are Conquering Canada

Book - 2003
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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 policeman's home. In Vancouver, they secured a stranglehold on smuggling in the all-important West Coast port. The Road to Hellis 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 Boucher's war on the justice system; how he finally lost in Quebec, thanks in part to Danny Kane, a reluctant biker turned informer; but how across Canada the Hells have succeeded in building a national crime empire. The RCMP and then the police in Montreal would run Danny Kane as one of the most successful -- and most secretive -- agents ever to infiltrate organized crime. Kane would climb all the way to the top: from a lowly hangaround to a trusted confidante of the Quebec Nomads, the elite chapter led by the top Hells Angels lieutenants of Maurice "Mom" Boucher. And through his entire six-year-career as a spy, few people -- even inside the police -- would ever know about his dangerous double life. -- fromThe Road to Hell
Publisher: Toronto : A.A. Knopf Canada, 2003.
ISBN: 9780676975987
Characteristics: vi, 391 p., [16] p. of plates :,ill., ports. ;,24 cm.


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Feb 12, 2016

The Road to Hell is by far, one of the best books I've read about the history of the Hell's Angels in Canada. Starting in 1977 when the first chapter was founded in Quebec, the HA, despite their American origins have become as Canadian as maple syrup, spreading like a virus across the country. Documenting their rise and supposed fall, the book shows just how ill-equipped and unprepared the police and crown attorneys were in dealing with this menace, which they initially brushed off as a bunch of badly dressed hooligans. Giving us an in-depth look at the investigations of the 1990s and early 2000s that eventually led to hundreds of arrests in Quebec (also known as Operation Springtime), we see that sometimes the police have to make deals with the devil in order to get crucial inside information. Relying on -- and paying handsomely -- sources that commit murder will make some readers uneasy, but with the level of sophistication that the HA bring to their criminal enterprise, it becomes a necessary evil. There are some truly inspiring stories here of detectives, prosecutors and ordinary citizens that have stood up to these domestic terrorists. Published in 2003, I found myself Googling the names in the book to see what eventually happened to them. As an addendum, a good documentary you can watch online that will get you up to speed is 'Walk the Line' on the CBC Fifth Estate website.

May 05, 2012

The history of the rise of motorcycle gangs in Canada. After reading this book one can only wonder why we bother criminalizing drugs. Multi-million dollar investigations result in 2 year sentences for the conspiracy leaders. No one cares so why do we spend so much trying to combat it. You don't see Coke and Pepsi distributors shooting it up in the streets for market share. The inertia against change is discomfiting..

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