Blue Line magazine: "Odds are…gambling is behind recent wave of underworld violence"

Blue Line magazine caption: Project Sindacato focused on tracking money being generated and then locally laundered by the mafia in both government-owned Ontario casinos and on an international level. The takedown happened in July 2019. Photo courtesy of: York Regional Police Service.

“In southern Ontario, history has shown that the Hells Angels and Traditional organized crime are working together in the illegal gaming industry.”

D/Sgt Len Isnor (ret.) – former O.P.P. Outlaw Motorcycle Gang expert

My January 2020 cover story for Blue Line magazine. Link to article: https://www.blueline.ca/odds-are-gambling-is-behind-recent-wave-of-underworld-violence/

Blue Line Magazine: #OrganizedCrime PODCAST

January 2020 edition of Blue Line Magazine

“With the amount of money these groups [#OrganizedCrime] are bringing in, that creates a power struggle within the underworld, so everyone wants a piece of it.”

Insp. Carl Mattinen – Project #SINDACATO Commander, York Regional Police

In support of my January 2020 cover story “Odds are….Gambling behind recent wave of Underworld violence” I was a guest on the #BlueLineMagazine podcast to discuss the article & the topics of #ColdCases #OrganizedCrime #Mob et al. Link to the podcast: https://www.blueline.ca/blue-line-the-podcast-stephen-metelsky-organized-crime-specialist/

Cold Case Chronicles: John HORVATH

Photo: Courtesy of Niagara This Week

He interrupted a break & enter in his own home & tragically paid the ultimate price – with his life. In 1999 John Horvath was a retiree in his mid-70’s & had been beaten to death in his Welland, Ontario home. Twenty years later this case is still unsolved. The link to my full #ColdCaseChronicles story in #NiagaraThisWeek https://www.niagarathisweek.com/opinion-story/9552931-cold-case-chronicles-john-horvath/

Cold Case Chronicles: Nadine GURCZENSKI

Victoria Avenue, also known as Regional Road #24, stretches through the epicentre of Niagara region, starting from the north shore of Lake Ontario, including through Vineland and spread among endless views of surrounding farms and fields.

Suspect composite sketch from 1999 courtesy of: Niagara Regional Police Service

An area known for its quaintness and peaceful country like tranquility, it can quickly transform into a dimly lit stretch of highway at night, amid a minimal local population.

“The investigation into the unsolved homicide of Nadine Gurczenski remains open & the Niagara Regional Police Service is committed to continuing this investigation in order to identify the person or persons responsible.”

Detective Sergeant Jackie MOORE – Niagara Police Cold Case Unit

On Saturday May 9, 1999, a woman’s body was found along this very stretch of road in Vineland, in a ditch beside Regional Road # 24, just near 8th Avenue.

“May 8th, 2019 will mark the 20th anniversary of this homicide. This composite drawing was created 20 years ago and an individuals physical descriptors change during a 20 year time span.”

D/Sgt J. MOORE, NRPS Cold Case Unit

To read my full COLD CASE CHRONICLES story in Niagara This Week from April 2019 click the link: https://www.niagarathisweek.com/opinion-story/9297580-cold-case-chronicles-nadine-gurczenski/

Cold Case Chronicles: Frank PERRY

Courtesy of: Niagara This Week

It was a regular summer day on August 27, 1992, in a normally quiet, serene area of Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada.

At 9:08am that fateful day, a friend stopped by the Perry residence, finding Frank Perry deceased in his bed. Foul play was immediately suspected. Police were called, and a criminal investigation ensued.

“The investigation into the unsolved homicide of Mr. Frank Perry remains open & the Niagara Regional Police Service is committed to continuing this investigation in order to identify the person or people responsible.”

Staff Sergeant Luigi GRECO, NRPS Major Crime Unit

In March 2019 I began writing a monthly COLD CASE CHRONICLES column for Metroland Media Group Limited that appears in Niagara This Week. To read more about the unsolved homicide of Frank PERRY in Niagara This Week, click : https://www.niagarathisweek.com/news-story/9218077-cold-case-chronicles-frank-perry/