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Showdown: How the Outlaws, Hells Angels and Cops Fought for Control of the Streets

Jerry Langton

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ISBN 10: 0470677635 / ISBN 13: 9780470677636
Published by Wiley October 2010, 2010
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Title: Showdown: How the Outlaws, Hells Angels and ...

Publisher: Wiley October 2010

Publication Date: 2010

Binding: Trade Paperback

Book Condition:Used

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The inside story of the street war between Canada's most violent biker gangs-the Outlaws and the Hell's Angels

Once bikers who road together, Mario Parente and Walter Stadnick, are now mortal enemies, chiefs, respectively, of the Outlaws and Hell's Angels, embroiled in a bloody turf war over control of the lucrative drug, prostitution, and vice markets in Ontario's Golden Horseshoe. Written with the cooperation of Mario Parente, Showdown describes the biker gang equivalent of the Godfather, the violent power shifts as Satan's Choice, a rival gang falls into disarray, and as Parente gears up to protect Southwest Ontario from Stadnick's vision of making the Hell's Angels the largest criminal biker gang in Canada.

  • A gang's-eye look at the 2006 Shedden Massacre, where eight men were slaughtered
  • An account that lets Mario Parente go on the record with his story of the biker wars

With frightening and compelling detail, Showdown lets readers experience firsthand the personalities and day-to-day workings behind the brutal and deadly rivalries that mark one piece of Canada's criminal underworld.

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Control of Ontario's underworld wasn't decided in a day, a year, or any single event. It was a series of skirmishes, bloodbaths and blunders.

When the old-school Mafia in Hamilton fell apart following the death of Johnny "Pops" Papalia, a frenzy ensued for who would supply, sell and control Ontario's drug and vice traffic. Vestiges of the old Italian outfits maintained a loose hand in drug trafficking until a series of murders and screw-ups did what no other organization had been able to do - unseated the Mafia from the hub of Ontario's vice pipeline. The leader of the Hells Angels, Walter Stadnick, had had his eye on Canada's most lucrative drug market for years, but had been kept out largely due to the mafia syndicate that only reluctantly employed bikers of any stripe for their dirty work, and Papalia's refusal to work the Hells Angels.

A war to fill the power vacuum in Hamilton, and Ontario, was to begin, and would hinge on the broadly supported Hells Angels under the leadership of Stadnick, a handful of smaller clubs too proud or too useless to join them, and Mario "The Wop" Parente's Outlaws, the top motorcycle club in Ontario since the 70s and the main barrier to the Hells Angels' takeover. Other challengers would emerge from the ever-shifting allegiances of the biker world, including the Bandidos from south of the border, whose presence in the province would end in a bloodbath now known as the Shedden Massacre.

Against all of these competing interests stood the various law enforcement agencies responsible for keeping the general peace and shutting down as much of their operations as they could. By building on interviews with Parente, members of the police and a variety of sources and informants in the underworld, Jerry Langton weaves together the violent tapestry that connects them all, laying open the world of organized crime in Ontario as never before.

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