Monday, April 10, 2006

Canada Crimes in Ontario and Quebec

What is going on in Canada as of late? I think that the Winter Hibernation of organized crime has come to life all of a sudden, or for the fact that no one has reported on it as of late. But the killings in Ontario are BIG NEWS. It is being discussed on our local CTV news here in Montreal and on the National CTV news reports latenight. So here are a few reports of "strange crimes."

Body found in cement block, the news report HERE

Click the Hyperlink Here for the Direct web page at CTV News for the Ontario report.

A former member of the Bandidos motorcycle gang says the eight men found murdered in a rural area of southwestern Ontario belonged to the club. Edward Winterhalder says he has talked to current members in the area who recognized the vehicles from the media coverage.
Winterhalder, who left the gang in 2003, has written a book about his time as a Bandido, entitled "Out in Bad Standings.'' He said, "I can tell you that it's Bandidos that got killed.''
Winterhalder said the killings could have ramifications in biker gang battles across North America. Winterhalder spoke from his home in Oklahoma, but refused to disclose his specific location because of death threats resulting from his book. Police have descended on a rural farmhouse in southwestern Ontario that neighbours say is the home of biker gang member Wayne Kellestine.

Winterhalder said Kellestine is affiliated with the Bandidos. The house is just a short drive away from where the eight bodies were discovered yesterday morning in four vehicles near the village of Shedden.

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Police marched 4 people out of biker's rural home Sunday night: witness

GREGORY BONNELL 1 hour, 42 minutes ago
from the Canadian Press

SHEDDEN, Ont. (CP) - Police marched four people, their hands in the air, out of the home of a reputed biker-gang leader not far from where the bodies of eight men were found over the weekend, a witness said Monday.

The resident, who asked not to be identified, said the people were seen walking out of the home of Wayne Kellestine at around 7 p.m. Sunday evening.

Kellestine, who lives in a remote farmhouse near London, Ont., about 10 kilometres west of where the bodies were dumped, is a former leader of the now-defunct St. Thomas Loners with links to the notorious Bandidos.

"I could see some people going out to the road with their hands up," said the neighbour.

"It took a long time to get them out."

Police would not confirm Monday if anyone is in custody, but were expected to provide more details in the slayings - described as the worst-ever mass killing in provincial history - at a news conference in London at 3 p.m.

A neighbour who lives two doors away from Kellestine said Monday that he was unaware of anyone having been led from the house.

Paul Pelletier said he has never spoken to Kellestine and although he has seen motorcycles travel the road that leads to his house, he has never experienced any problems.

"I really don't know the man, to be honest with you," Pelletier said.

"I've never seen a problem, ever. . .I've seen motorcycles go up and down the road, that's about it."

Police were seen Monday morning at the Kellestine residence, a modest, white two-storey farmhouse with an attached garage and a number of vehicles parked outside.

Officers were walking three abreast as they scanned the ground for possible evidence.

Two police vehicles remained outside Kellestine's house, said Pelletier, who said he's hoping the investigation wraps up soon.

"It's sad - it's two doors down from me," he said.

Not far away, a few kilometres from where the eight bodies were found stuffed inside four abandoned vehicles on the outskirts of a farmer's field, six officers spent the morning combing a ditch for clues.

Police have not provided a motive for the killings, but have not ruled out the possible involvement of some element of organized crime. Some reports have characterized the deaths as the hallmarks of a biker-gang war.

Elgin County, west of London, has a history of violent confrontation betwen rival motorcycle clubs. Several organizations, including the Loners, the Bandidos and the Hells Angels, have been known to populate the area.

In separate incidents in 1994 and 1998, the bodies of a man and a woman were found dumped in county field. Both had been beaten to death, and neither of the murders were ever solved.

In October 1999, Kellestine himself was wounded in a shootout near Highway 401, apparently the result of a rift inside one of the gangs.

In a statement on their website, the Hells denied having had anything to do with the killings.

Police have not identifed the victims, although they said they were all adult males from the Toronto area and were all known to one another.

The bodies, still ensconced in the vehicles they were found in, were transported Saturday under cloak of darkness to the coroner's office in Toronto, where they were expected to undergo autopsies Monday.

Given the number of bodies involved in the case, it was unclear if the cause of deaths would be released the same day.

Police have refused to confirm or deny reports over the weekend that the men had been shot to death.

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