Man Whose Family Has Ties to Mob Shot Dead in Hamilton


“I think there’s an unfair stigmatization that because he has the last name, because there’s the bloodlines, there’s an assumption everybody makes that they’re all involved, but that’s not always completely accurate at all.”

Stephen METELSKY, an organized crime expert and former Halton regional police officer who now teaches at Mohawk College.

Story by Nicole Thompson, Canadian Press, Feb 2, 2019: https://www.nationalnewswatch.com/2019/02/01/man-whose-family-has-ties-to-mob-shot-dead-in-hamilton-police-say/#.XIU4uHdFzIV

Mob, Murder & the Hamilton Connection

Story by Hamilton Spectator Crime Reporter: Nicole O’Reilly

November 16, 2018

“There is a lot of heavyweight organized crime (in Hamilton)…a lot of big fish in a small pond.”

Stephen Metelsky, the Hamilton Spectatorย 

In November 2018 I spoke to Hamilton Spectator Crime Reporter Nicole O’Reilly to offer my opinion as an Organized Crime expert.ย 

Link to the story: Mob, Murder & the Hamilton Connection:https://www.thespec.com/news-story/9037101-mob-murder-and-the-hamilton-connection/?fbclid=iwar0l7hktatqsj9qxxml6ldjbqlgxp8ogjatmdcmwh3q5mi6eyfa6ktuch0u

CURBING GUN VIOLENCE: Taking a look back at the California Sandwiches shooting & its ripple effects

“I just walked in and they opened fire. Bullets shattered the glass.” 

Louise Russo 

It was just a regular day on April 21st, 2004. A mother of three parked her car and walked into a local sandwich shop. She would never walk again. Louise Russo, the innocent bystander, had been caught in the middle of a botched underworld hit involving the Mafia and the Hells Angels. 

Story by Stephen G. Metelsky

Pictured: Louise Russo with lead Toronto Police detectives Bryan Bott and Hunter Smith (photo: courtesy of Louise Russo) 

My exclusive story and interviews with Louise Russo and the two lead detectives who worked the California Sandwiches Shooting case appeared in the December 2018 issue of Canada’s Blue Line magazine. 

Link to the article “CURBING GUN VIOLENCE”: https://www.blueline.ca/news-stories/features/curbing-gun-violence-6015

 

About the Author:

Stephen G. Metelsky, M.A. is a College Professor, Criminologist and Freelance Crime Writer/Journalist who has over 20 years experience as a Police (ret.) Sergeant.

Stephen is an Organized Crime Expert & Media Consultant on True & Organized Crime (CBC, the Hamilton Spectator, Canadian Press, Global News, Blue Line magazine, Global News Radio, Charles Adler Tonight, Niagara Falls Review, St Catharines Standard, AM680, 980News & 900 CHML).

Stephen is a contributing columnist with Blue Line magazine and has covered true crime stories for various newspapers affiliated with Metroland Media Group & Postmedia Network Inc.ย 

Stephen teaches at Mohawk College in the school of Community, Justice & Liberal Studies Program & is the Chair of the Program Advisory Committee for all Justice related programs.

For more information:

Follow on Twitter: https://twitter.com/StephenGm_Jr

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Email: StephenGMetelsky@outlook.com 

Whacked in Waterdown: the Murder of Angelo Musitano

In October 2017 I wrote about the murder of Hamilton mobster Angelo Musitano. The article: Whacked in Waterdown: the Murder of Angelo Musitano” appeared in the Niagara Falls Review, the St. Catharines Standard & the Welland Tribune. The link to that article is below:

Whacked in Waterdown: the Murder of Angelo Musitano

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Pictured: Pasquale “Pat” Musitano. Photo courtesy of Underworldstories.com

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

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Stephen Metelsky, M.A.

Stephen G. Metelsky, M.A. is a freelance crime writer/journalist, criminologist, organized crime expert (CBC, the Hamilton Spectator, Niagara Falls Review, St. Catharines Standard, Global News, AM 680, 980 News, 900 CHML, Newstalk 1010 & Blue Line magazine) & college professor, with over 20 years as a police (ret.) sergeant. Stephen is a contributing columnist with Blue Line magazine and has covered true crime stories for various newspapers affiliated with Metroland Media Group & Postmedia Network Inc.

For more information, visit Stephen G. Metelsky on: 

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No Mystery To This Murdock: the Murder of Hamilton Mobster Johnny “Pops” Papalia

“CRIME FLASHBACK” – The Murder of Johnny “Pops” PAPALIA

Written by: Stephen G. Metelsky (under pseudonym: Stephen G. Boyle)

Originally Published in recurring column “CRIME FLASHBACK” – Niagara This Week (2011)

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Pictured: Johnny “Pops” PAPALIA; photo courtesy of: UnderworldStories.com

It was the balmy summer of 1997. An area of Niagara Falls known for its quaintness was to be no longer. In an instant a man lay dead at the foot of his doorstep as the smell of gun powder permeated the air. The rapid spontaneous fire erupting from the .38 caliber gun was no accident. The shooter was on a distinct mission to kill this night. As Carmen Barillaro lay dead, his killer, reputed Mafia hit man Kenneth Murdock stood above him, reveling in the last piece of contract work that had been successfully completed on behalf of the Musitano crime family. This murder was not an accident. It was a sanctioned hit from the criminal underworld of traditional organized crime, emanating from Hamilton.

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CRIME FLASHBACK: “No Mystery To This Murdock” – photo courtesy of Niagara This Week

A couple months earlier, May 31, 1997 to be exact, the man Barillaro reported to, Johnny “Pops” Papalia was gunned down in broad daylight on the streets of Hamilton. This mafia style execution represented a shift in power in the Canadian underworld as Ontario’s reputed top mobster was now eliminated. On this fateful day Papalia had ventured from his Railway Street offices to have a discussion with Kenneth Murdock, a ‘walk and talk’ in mob parlance, a tactic to avoid a conversation being recorded by a surveillance device. Murdock momentarily lagged behind Papalia as he brandished the .38 caliber gun firmly in his hand. With a stroke of the trigger Papalia lay mortally wounded on the streets of Hamilton. Getting shot in the back of the head at close range represents an atypical modus operandi for the mafia, to ensure the intended target has been eliminated. Murdock had successfully completed his piece of contract work as he fled into the midst of anonymity, but not for long.

Murdock became a cooperating witness against the Musitano brothers, the catalyst being the issuance of a sanctioned contract to now eliminate the hit man. Murdock subsequently confessed to the two murders along with a third murder from 1985. This murder was also committed at the behest of the Musitano family. An outstanding debt owed to the family led to this contract hit.

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Pictured: Pasquale “Pat” MUSITANO; photo courtesy of: UnderworldStories.com

The Musitano brothers were each freed from jail in 2007 after having served close to seven years of a ten-year sentence after they pled guilty to conspiring to murder Barillaro. Murdock is currently in a halfway house in British Columbia. He has served 10 years of a life sentence for the three-mafia execution-style murders and will be eligible for full parole in December 2011.

ORIGINAL STORY from: 2011 by Stephen G. Metelsky (pseudonym: Stephen G. Boyle)

Photographs/Files courtesy of: UnderworldStories.com

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

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Stephen Metelsky, M.A.

Stephen G. Metelsky, M.A. is a freelance crime writer/journalist, criminologist, organized crime expert (CBC, the Hamilton Spectator, Niagara Falls Review, St. Catharines Standard, Global News, AM 680, 980 News, 900 CHML & Blue Line magazine) & college professor, with over 20 years experience as a police (ret.) sergeant. Stephen is a contributing columnist with Blue Line magazine and has covered true crime stories for various newspapers affiliated with Metroland Media Group & Postmedia Network Inc.

For more information, visit Stephen G. Metelsky on:

Twitter: @StephenGm_Jr

LinkedIn: StephenGMetelsky

Hamilton police announce arrest in fatal shootings of Angelo Musitano, woman in Vaughan

On September 21, 2018 Hamilton Police announced charges stemming from Project SCOPA resulting in three accused being charged in the deaths of Hamilton Mobster Angelo MUSITANO, Mila BARBIERI and the attempted murder of her boyfriend, Savario SERRANO, son of mobster Diego SERRANO.

Global News crime reporter Catherine MCDONALD interviewed me regarding my expert opinion in organized crime & the current turmoil in Southern Ontarioโ€™s underworld on a segment that aired on Global News. The video link is below:

Global News @5:30pm

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ABOUT:

BIO Pic - Oct2018
Stephen Metelsky, M.A.

Stephen G. Metelsky, M.A. is a freelance crime writer/journalist, criminologist, organized crime expert (CBC, Global News, AM 680, 980 News & 900 CHML) & college professor, with over 20 years experience as a police (ret.) sergeant. Stephen is a contributing columnist with Blue Line magazine and has covered true crime stories for various newspapers affiliated with Metroland Media Group & Postmedia Network Inc.

For more information, visit Stephen G. Metelsky on:

Twitter: @StephenGm_Jr
LinkedIn: StephenGMetelsky