Sixty-seven years after the Hollister “Riot,” motorcycle outlaws have evolved from being merely interesting news to becoming an historical necessity. Men simply cannot submit their bodies and their souls to the Panopticon that has become the new and improved first world. Some people still hold that it is self-evident that men must be free. It is not realistic at all to expect everybody to be law-abiding in his heart – particularly when most of the laws are written by corporations. Hence the popularity of dreams like the Sons of Anarchy, the Sinister Mob Syndicate, and the Warlocks who played Warlocks on TV.
Life would be worthless for many men without the real and pretend motorcycle outlaws who live fearless lives for them. By the same token, very many, high paying, law enforcement careers would be lost without the biker menace.
Outlaw bikers are the show and every once in a while they live up to their reputation. So all the make believe bad boys and Delta Force wannabes can breathe a little easier today. All is right with the world. Three guys who are alleged to be Hells Angels flagged down a green helicopter Saturday night, the way other men flag down a yellow cab, and used it to break out of the Orsainville Detention Center in suburban Quebec City.
A Sûreté du Québec spokeswoman named Ann Mathieu told the French news channel RDI that “the helicopter landed in a courtyard at the detention centre.” She added, “It certainly seems like it was well-planned.” Yes, Sergeant Mathieu, it certainly seems to have been competently executed. As opposed to, say the last fifteen years of American foreign and domestic policy.
The three escapees were last seen heading in the general direction of Montreal. Despite the involvement of the Canadian military and air traffic control system they were still at large as of Monday afternoon.
Their names are Yves Denis, Denis Lefebvre and Serge Pomerleau. Lefebvre is a former helicopter pilot. Run Yves! Run Denis! Run Serge!
Denis, Lefebvre and Pomerleau were among 51 people, including two judges, arrested as a result of a police investigation called Opération Écrevisse, which translates into English as Operation Crawfish. The operation yielded “several kilos” of cocaine, about $1 million in cash and numerous personal possessions including 41 vehicles, a plane and a helicopter.
Police accused the three of being “key players” in an extensive drug-trafficking ring in the Abitibi region of Quebec. Police accused the men of being “tied” to the Hells Angels in Canada. The exact nature of those ties has never been made public. But the allegation that the three are Hells Angels does sex up the escape story.
The men were accused of killing three “rival” drug dealers and were scheduled for trial next January.
This wasn’t the first time prisoners have used a helicopter to escape. An American millionaire named Joel David Kaplan used a helicopter to break out of a Mexican prison in 1971. That escape was celebrated in the 1975 film Breakout starring Charles Bronson.
Sixteen months ago two convicts broke out of the jail in Saint-Jérôme, Quebec by climbing a rope ladder dropped from a helicopter.
A prison union official named Mathieu Lavoie criticized the government for failing to install metal cables over prison yards to make helicopter landings impossible.