Sunday, 2 June 2013

Maurice "Mom" Boucher

Maurice "Mom" Boucher rose to become one of the powerfulest Hells Angels in Canada in the nineties but ultimately lost his freedom to a very long prison sentence for arranging the murder of two prison guards, one a woman.  He led the war against the rival Rock Machine MCC, that became known as the Quebec Biker War, that saw many murders, maimimgs, shootings and the death of an innocent bystander, a young boy.

    Boucher was born in June 1953 in Caucaspal in Quebec.  His family moved to Montreal in the mid-50`s, where he dropped out of school at around 14 or 15 years of age.  He quickly moved into petty crime to support a drug habit, that saw him caught and sent to prison in 1974.  A year later he was arrested for armed robbery and jailed for three and a half years.  In 1987, Salvatore Cazzetta had his own bike club, The SS ,but this club dissolvedand he formed the Rock Machine.  Joining him was his brother who quit the Outlaws MCC.  Boucher was said to have wanted to join the Hells Angels with Cazzetta, but Cazzetta was disgusted by the actions of the Angels, who slaughtered five fellow Angels and dumped their bodies in the St. Lawrence River.  Boucher joined the Montreal Hells Angels and quickly rose through the ranks, eventually becoming Chapter President.  His power grew as he fought against the Rock Machine for control of their drug territories, and ultimately, control of the entire Montreal drug market.  He foiled assassination attempts, Police investigations into him fell apart, and whilst President of Montreal Angels, he helped form a Nomads Chapter, that had no clubhouse or fixed base, making them ideal to wander about and carry out actions against rival gangs.

    His downfall came when he ordered the murder of two prison guards, chosen at random, in an attempt to cause fear and disruption to the Prison Service in Quebec.  His original trial saw his acquittal but the Court of Appeal ordered a new trial and he was convicted, receiving a minimum term of twenty five years.  He is held in the only Super Max Prison in Quebec.