Known as "the Mad Bumper" and "Apache", Yves Trudeau didn't look like the typical biker type, but he was the Quebec Hells Angels most prolific hitman. During his many years as a full patch member he is suspected in the deaths of 43 people, most of whom were killed during the Hells Angel/Outlaws Biker War. He would go on to survive the infamous Lennoxville Massacre, which claimed the lives of five of his fellow Angels and resulted in Apache becoming a police informer.
Trudeau was born in 1946 and from an early age he had a fascination with bikers and military weapons such as guns and bombs. When he was a teenager he worked for Canadian Industries Limited, where he learned how to handle explosives. He later became an expert at building bombs and would use this knowledge to eliminate numerous people on behalf of the Hells Angels. During the 1960's Quebec experienced sweeping liberal changes known as the Quiet Revolution, and many young men rebelled against the former ultra-conservative period by joining outlaw biker clubs as a form of defiance and a way to express their freedom. Yves Trudeau was one such young man and subsequently joined the Popeyes Motorcycle Club in 1968 which was led by Yves Buteau. Yves Trudeau was one such young man and subsequently joined the Popeyes Motorcycle Club in 1968 which was led by Yves Buteau.
Many future Hells Angels would begin their criminal careers as members of the Popeyes, such as Michel Langlois, Buteau's right hand man and Robert "Tiny" Richard. The Popeyes soon became involved in a Biker War against their rivals, the Devil's Disciples which led to several confrontations between the two gangs. On 01 June 1968 a fight broke out between the two biker groups, who fought using baseball bats and chains. The incident resulted in over 100 people becoming involved and several people were injured, including four who were taken to hospital.
Later that month on 17 June a group of 10 Popeyes blocked Fabre Street in Jacques Cartier as 8 members of the Devil's were riding towards them. A fight ensued and the bikers began using knives to attack each other and eventually five people were arrested. One of the Devil's Disciple members, 18-year-old Jean-Yves Picquet later died from stab wounds. The police were unable to identify his killer. Both gangs continued to clash with casualties on both sides. on 26 May 1969 Popeyes member Pierre Boucher was stabbed a total of 58 times and left for dead by three members of the Devils, including Andre Bureau.
Trudeau was heavily involved in these confrontations with the Devil's Disciples and got his first chance to prove his worth to the club when in 1970, Jean-Marie Viel stole a motorcycle from the club. Trudeau was sent to kill Viel and shot him to death in Trois-Rivières. The bikers were also attracting the attention of the police, when on 8 July 1970 they were called after a shootout between the Popeyes and another club. Their Montreal Clubhouse was raided where three shotguns and a machete were found, whilst 13 members were questioned in relation to the shootout.
The Popeyes were fast becoming notorious and attracted the attention of the Dubois Brothers, who were the most prominent Crime Family in Montreal. The Dubois' consisted of nine brothers who controlled the flow of drugs in the region. The brothers wished to displace the Devil's Disciple biker gang because they operated a highly profitable drug trafficking business in the Saint-Louis Square in downtown Montreal. Claude Dubois considered this a threat to his family's interests and in order to maintain control they used the Popeyes as hired muscle and supported the bikers in their turf war against their mutual enemies.
The alliance also gave the Popeyes a foothold into the lucrative drug business which would also enable the Dubois Brothers to strengthen their distribution network. Between 1974 and 1976 fifteen members of the Devil's Disciples were killed and eventually run out of town by the Dubois Brothers who succeeded in taking over their territory. On 14 August 1975 a large group of 50 Popeyes were involved in trashing a hotel in Saint-Andre-Avellion which resulted in several members being arrested, including the club President Yves Buteau.
The Dubois Brothers would eventually be targeted by the Candadian Police during a series of operations which began 17 November 1975. The organisation was dealt a blow when the brothers most trusted hitman, Donald Lavoie turned informant and after a failed hit decided to testify against his former bosses. By early 1977 four of the brother we facing charges ranging from assault to perjury and the Popeyes were gaining the attention of another powerful criminal group.
Throughout the 1970's the Popeyes were considered the most violent biker gang in Quebec and their criminal reputation was soon attracting the attention of the Hells Angels. The Angels were one of the most infamous of the 1% biker gangs. They referred to themselves as 1% due to a comment by the American Motorcyclist Association (AMA) who stated that 99% of motorcyclists were law-abiding citizens, which implied the last one percent were outlaws. The Angels showed great interest in the Popeyes but were planning on patching over the Devil's Disciples, until the Popeyes eliminated them.
And so on 5 December 1977 35 Popeyes members were patched over and became the first Hells Angels MC Canadian chapter. The remaining Popeyes were either believed to be uninterested in joining or were not up to the standard required. Another group which was patched over to the Angels was the Missiles biker gang, and included Angels members Luc "Sam" Michaud and Robert "Snake" Tremblay. Yves "Le Boss" Buteau became the new chapter president and established their clubhouse at Sorel, Quebec. As a result, Yves Trudeau became a founding member of the Hells Angels in Quebec and was one of the first to gain the "Filthy Few" patch, which was given to members who killed for the gang. By joining the Hells Angels, Buteau and the rest of the former Popeyes now became embroiled in the bitter rivalry between the Angels and the Outlaws.
Filthy Few Patch
One of Trudeau's first murders for the biker gang was committed on 17 February 1978. The incident occured at a bar known as the Brasserie Joey, which was often frequented by the Hells Angels, when two Outlaw bikers were ejected. Not long after they were removed from the bar, Outlaw Robert Côté and his associate were standing outside, cursing the Angels. A car suddenly appeared and briefly stopped, then the driver opened fire, killing Côté and wounding the other man. Trudeau was the driver and killer of Robert Côté, for which he was awarded his "Filthy Few" patch.
The next month in March 1978 the President of the Montreal Outlaws, Gilles Cadorette, went for a ride in his customised Camaro along with associate Donald McLean. Cadorette drove his car within Angels territory and Trudeau placed a bomb under it, which exploded, killing Cadorette and badly injuring McLean. This act precipitated a violent conflict between the Angels and Outlaws, and resulted in many deaths on both sides. Yves Trudeau would be responsible for 18 of the estimated 23 Outlaws killed during the biker war.
The subsequent war with the Outlaws was intensified on 12 October 1978 when Trudeau tracked down the former Outlaws President Brian Powers. When he knocked on Powers door, he shot him nine times in the head with a .45 pistol. That same day the Outlaws hit back, when a group including Roland Dutemple attacked and killed a Hells Angels member and wounded another two at the Tourbillon Café on Beaubien Street.
The Angels had been recruiting members of the Wild Ones biker gang, and two of their members were killed during the attack. Chapter president Buteau and Wild Ones member Walter Stadnick narrowly missing being killed. Stadnick would later go on to join the Angels, becoming an influential member. Several innocent people were also killed during the war, such as William Weichold who was mistaken for Outlaws biker Dutemple and killed by Trudeau on 8 December 1978.
The Angels were able to finally catch up with Roland Dutemple for his involvement in the murder of the Angels on 12 October the previous year and Trudeau was sent to eliminate him. On 29 March 1979 he placed a bomb under Dutemple car which killed him instantly. Trudeau was fast becoming the Hells Angels most proficient hitman and they began calling him the "Mad Bumper", because of his expertise in bumping off their enemies.
Although Trudeau had absolutely no conscience at all and was a cold-blooded killer, he soon developed a growing cocaine habit, which helped him to better develop his murderous impulses. Often before a contract killing, he would take drugs to make the job that much easier to accomplish. The war against Outlaws continued and Trudeau was called upon to more and more often to wipe out their rivals.
On 3 April 1979 he went to the Laval home of Outlaws member Robert Labelle and killed him. The following month, Trudeau along with chapter president Yves Buteau and Jean-Pierre Mathieu attached a bomb to the motorcycle of Donald McLean. McLean was an Outlaws member who was visiting the town of Verdun with his girlfriend Carmen Piche. As they left, the bomb exploded and killed both McLean and Piche.
The Mad Bumper
Because the Hells Angels continued to expand they decide to establish another chapter and by September 1979, Trudeau and several other members decided to break away from the Sorel Chapter and form the North Chapter based in Laval. The Laval Chapter, as it became known, was led by Laurent "L'Anglais" Viau and included former Popeye member Robert "Tiny" Richard and Luc "Sam" Michaud. Trudeau continued to be the Hells Angels most ruthless killer and earned the nickname "Apache" after he scalped a rival before killing him. Andre Desjardins was a former Hells Angels member who had displeased the gang.
On 11 February 1980, Trudeau travelled to Desjardins mother's house and proceeded to beat Jeanne to death for attempting to help her son. He then found Andre Desjardins and his girlfriend, Berthe Desjardins and murdered them, disposing of their bodies in the Saint Lawrence River. The northern part of the Saint Lawrence River would be unofficially become known as the "Hells Angels Graveyard", because of the number of bodies which were dumped over the years.
During early 1980's the Hells Angels became associated with Frank "Dunie" Ryan, leader of the Irish West End Gang who dominated the sale of drugs in Montreal. Ryan began employing the services of the Angels to dispose of his rivals in the underworld. Apache Trudeau was often called upon to carry out contract killings for the West End Gang. On 14 March 1981 he placed a bomb under the car of Robert Morin, killing him instantly. Two months later, on 9 May he killed Donat Lemieux and his girlfriend, Lucie Vallières, at their home in Rosemont. Ryan was defrauded by another West End gangster known as Hugh McCurnagan and ordered the Angels to kill him. Trudeau placed a bomb under McCurnagan Mercedes Benz on 27 October 1981, which exploded once he turned the ignition.
In late 1981 several Hells Angels conspired in a plot to kidnap Ryan's children for several thousand dollars. Angels members Denis "Le Cure" Kennedy and Charlie Hachez of the North Chapter were behind the alleged conspiracy. Hachez was a heavy drug user who owed $150,000 to Ryan and hoped to wipe his debts with Ryan's own money. The plot was uncovered and Ryan swore revenge, telling the Angels they either eliminate those responsible or he would cut off their cocaine supplies. His favoured hitman, Trudeau was called upon to kill his fellow Angels. In January 1982 Charlie Hachez was summoned to a meeting and killed by Trudeau, who dumped his body in the St. Lawrence River. Kennedy was a close friend to Trudeau, a fellow "Filthy Few" patch recipient and former Popeyes biker. Trudeau invited him out for a drink and killed him.
It would be Ryan's buried fortune that also resulted in his children being kidnapped and would eventually lead to his own downfall. He was killed on 13 November 1984 in an apartment at the Garden Motel by his associates Paul April and Robert Lelièvre. They attempted to restrain Ryan and when he resisted they killed him with a shotgun. The remaining West Eng Gangster discovered who was responsible and Allan "The Weasel" Ross, who inherited Ryans business, put out a hit on April and Lelièvre and offered Trudeau $200,000.
On 24 November 1984, Trudeau and Michael Ross disguised themselves as delivery men and delivered a television, VCR and a copy of "Hells Angels Forever" to apartment 917 at 1645 de Maisonneuve Boulevard West where April and Lelievre were now operating. They placed a time-delayed bomb inside the television set which exploded, killing Dunie Ryan's murderers, Paul April and Robert Lelièvre, as well as Louis Charles Paquette and Gilles Paquette, who were also inside the building at the time of the explosion.
During this time the Laval Chapter were gaining a reputation for their excessive partying and drug use and were considered by the Sorel Chapter as being wild and uncontrollable. Because most of the members were former Popeyes, the discipline was much less enforced than it was under Yves Buteau. In 1983, Réjean "Zig-Zag" Lessard, Luc "Sam" Michaud and Robert "Tiny" Richard defected from Laval to the Sorel Chapter. Lessard would soon be appointed as chapter President to replace Buteau who was appointed as National President. Lessard considered the Laval members were a menace to the existence of the Angels in Quebec.
When Trudeau approached Allan Ross for the contract money he was told to get it from the Hells Angels Halifax Chapter. The leader of the Halifax Chapter, David "Wolf" Carroll then paid Trudeau $98,000 dollars for the killings but later learned the Sorel Chapter was entitled to one-quarter of the money. Caroll went to Lessard, the Sorel chapter President who had earlier defected from Laval and told him about the situation.
Lessard told him the money paid to Trudeau would be used to support to Trudeau's drug habit and it was considered an insult because the Halifax chapter was considered to be less powerful and thus had less finances than the Laval chapter. Carroll demanded Lessard take action and they convened a meeting with Georges "Bo-Boy" Beaulieu, the president of the Angels' Sherbrooke chapter. At the meeting, all three chapter president's agreed the Laval chapter must be dealt with.
The Laval Chapter
On 24 March 1985, the sergeant-at-arms of the Sorel chapter, Robert "Tiny" Richard, announced that a party was to held at the clubhouse of the Sherbrooke chapter on Saturday, March 23, 1985. It was to be attended by members of the Sorel, Laval, Halifax and Sherbrooke chapters. Several members of the Laval chapter were invited to the Sherbrooke Clubhouse for the party where five were then murdered and their bodies dumped into the Saint Lawrence River. Trudeau was to be at the meeting but was enrolled onto detoxification for his drug habit two weeks before.
A member of the Montreal chapter visited him and told him the news of the massacre. When Trudeau was released from the detox center he found out the Hells Angels had taken control of the Laval Clubhouse and now took possession of his motorcycle and $46,000 in cash that belonged to him. He was told if he committed several murders on behalf of the Sorel chapter, they would return the bike. He was instructed to kill Jean-Marc "La Grande Maw" Deniger, a drug dealer who was an associate of the Hells Angels North Chapter. Trudeau murdered Deniger on 1 May 1985 and stuffed his body in the trunk of his car.
Although the Angels then returned his motorcycle, Trudeau knew he would soon be killed by his former brothers. Instructed to kill another associate, Trudeau was arrested on 7 July 1985 whilst carrying illegal weapons. He was sentenced to one year in prison and soon learned the Hells Angels had placed a $50,000 contract on his head and then decided to become a police informant. In 1986 he made a deal to plead guilty to 43 counts of voluntary manslaughter, for which he was sentenced to life in prison, with a non-parole period of 7 years and in return he gave information which resulted in 13 members of the Hells Angels being convicted of various crimes.
Many of his former friends were sentenced to prison terms and in 1994 he received early release under a new identity, going by the name of Denis Côté. Upon his release he being work in a series of jobs, however in 2000 he was out of work and living off of welfare and unemployment insurance payments. He then began taking drugs again and on 17 March 2004 Trudeau was arrested and charged with sexually assaulting a young boy.
It was later determined Trudeau had been sexually assaulting the young boy from September 2000 until February 2004 and he pleaded guilty to six counts of sexual exploitation, sexual interference, and invitation to sexual touching of a male victim under the age of 14 and was sentenced to four years in prison. In 2006 he was diagnosed with bone-marrow cancer and was granted an early parole two years later and released to an outside medical facility. Yves "Apache" Trudeau died there in 2008, aged 62. The sister of one of Trudeau's victims commented to the Journal of Montreal, "A guy like that doesn't have a soul, that cancer is justice".
Written by Nucleus
Written by Nucleus