The Dark North

Each season of The Dark North will tell a true crime story in a different Canadian city. Season 1 examines the struggle for control of Montreal's underworld, produced by the Montreal Gazette and hosted by Paul Cherry.

True Crime
Introducing She's Gone
She's Gone is a new podcast that tells the story of four women's lives, deaths and the criminal cases that followed, hosted by Bre McAdam Saskatoon Star Phoenix criminal justice reporter. Subscribe now for free on or wherever you get your podcasts.
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Gangs of Montreal: Who controls the underworld?
On the morning of October 9, 2015, five full-patch Hells Angels members filed into a heavy-security courtroom at a specially-built courthouse in north-end Montreal. They were among 100 Quebec Hells Angels arrested in sweeping raids in 2009 and accused...
36 min
Gangs of Montreal: Taking down the Rizzutos
The morning of Nov. 22, 2006 was cold and overcast. Cars were pulling up to the back entrance of the Montreal headquarters of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police in Westmount, just west of downtown. Inside the cars were some of the most powerful men in...
31 min
Gangs of Montreal: Vito Rizzuto, Global Superboss
In this episode we take a closer look at Vito Rizzuto, the man who ran the Montreal mafia for decades. While the New York crime families are more famous, the Montreal mob under Rizzuto had an international reach. Besides drug smuggling, it ran...
26 min
Gangs of Montreal: The biker war
It was summer vacation, and a group of boys was playing in front of the Saint-Nom-de-Jésus school in Montreal's east-end neighbourhood of Hochelaga-Maisonneuve. At 12:40 p.m. on Aug. 9, 1995, a man got into his Jeep parked across the tree-lined...
38 min
Gangs of Montreal: Rise of the street gangs
Montreal's street gangs have grown from groups of teenagers banding together in the 1980s for protection to, at one point, being the Montreal police department’s top crime-fighting priority. They work with other criminal gangs to traffic drugs,...
24 min
Gangs of Montreal: The West End Gang and the ro...
It was snowing in Montreal on the night of Nov. 13, 1984. West End Gang leader Frank Ryan, better known by his nickname, "Dunie", was at one of his usual hangouts, Nittolo's Garden Inn, a seedy restaurant and motel in west-end Notre-Dame-de-Grâce....
22 min
Gangs of Montreal: Kings of coke
Montreal's underworld has gotten rich — very rich — from sneaking cocaine into the city by car, by air, by boat, and inside people, packages and shipping containers. In this episode we go back to the 1980s, when cocaine really took off in...
20 min
Gangs of Montreal: How it all began
It was pure coincidence but the Hells Angels opened their first Canadian chapter in Quebec just seven weeks before Nicolo Rizzuto took control of the Montreal Mafia.  Those events in 1977-78 kickstarted a violent decades-long struggle to control...
21 min
Coming soon: The Dark North
The Dark North is a new podcast about crime in Canada. Each season will focus on a different city. Season 1 examines the struggle for control of Montreal's underworld, hosted by Montreal Gazette crime reporter Paul Cherry.
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