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Montreal's Irish Mafia: The True Story of the Infamous West End Gang

Montreal's Irish Mafia: The True Story of the Infamous West End Gang

by D'Arcy O'Connor

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From the early days as hired muscle for the Italian and Jewish mafias, tunnelling into bank vaults in the '50s and '60s, to the legendary truck heists and bank stick-ups in the '70s, Montreal's Irish mafia-otherwise known as the West End Gang-has managed to pull off some of the most daring and complicated robberies and smuggling operations in Canadian history.

Criminals of every stripe inhabit these pages, from violent stick-up men and drug dealers such as the MacAllister Brothers, to "King of the Port" Gerry Matticks and his highly complex importation schemes, as well as the charismatic "King of Coke" Dunie Ryan, his assassin, Paul April, and his successor, Alan "The Weasel" Ross. Through research and interviews with police investigators, convicted gang associates and others, journalist and author D'Arcy O'Connor narrates the genesis and rise to power of one of Montreal's most colourful and violent gangs: Montreal's Irish mafia.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781443427388
Publisher: HarperCollins Canada
Publication date: 09/10/2013
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 369,733
File size: 3 MB

About the Author

D'Arcy O'Connor is a veteran journalist, script writer, documentary producer, book author and teacher. He contributed to The Wall Street Journal, the Montreal Gazette, People magazine, National Geographic, and as far abroad as Sydney, Australia's Daily Telegraph. Among his books credits are The Money Pit, The Big Dig, and The Secret Treasure of Oak Island. Among his producer credits are a segment on Oak Island for ABC, The CBC/NFB's Valour and the Horror, winner of three Gemini awards, and CBC/NFB's The War at Sea, a docudrama of Canada's role in the North Atlantic in WWII. He teaches journalism at Montreal's Dawson College.

Table of Contents



1 The Irish Invasion.

The First Fighting Irish.

Booze and Corruption.

2 "Most of His Children Turned Out To Be Thieves".


The Point.

3 Calabrians and Sicilians.

"Vic the Egg".

"Le Gros".

"Frankie" Cotroni.

Paolo Violi.

The Ascension of the Rizzutos.

4 Montreal's Jewish Mafia.

Drugs and Death.

The Rackets and the Payoff.

The End of an Era.

5 The Emergence of theWest End Gang.


Rotten at the Top.

6 The Murderous Decades.

7 Bank Robbery Capital of North America.

The Red Hood Gang.

"Machine Gun Molly".

8 Digging for Treasure.

The Trans-Island Tunnel Affair.

The Brockville Heist.

Easier Pickings.

9 The Crime of the Century.

"Is This What You Wanted?".

10 The Rubber Duck Squad.

Warning Shots.

11 Follow the Money.

A Break in the Case.

"It's the Big Fish We Want".

12 An Uncommon Thief.

Helicopter Heist.

13 The King of Coke.

"Mother" Ryan.

Cocaine Cooperative.

14 The Death of Dunie Ryan and Its Fallout.

Special Delivery.

A Dead Man Tells No Tales.

15 The Emperor of Coke.

Colombian Cocaine.

The Dragnet Closes.

16 The MacAllister Family.

Burned by Burns.

The Fallout.

Westlake's Last Bust.

17 Gerald Matticks: King of the Port.

18 The Bloody Biker War.

The Hells Angels in Quebec.

The Bandidos in Ontario.

The Rock Machine in Quebec.

Operation Springtime 2001.

Operation Amigo.

Operation SharQc.

19 The RCMP's Largest Drug Seizure.

22.5 Tons of Hash.

Operation Cabernet.

20 The Gelding of Montreal’s Italian Mafia.

A Marked Family.

The Fall of the Rizzutos.

21 Tobacco: The Mob's Latest Addiction.

22 Montreal's Modern Street Gangs.

The Crack Down Posse.

Ducarme Joseph and Tony Magi.

Gangland: a New Take.




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