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Hudson crime writer Trevor Ferguson’s take on Vaudreuil-Dorion double murder


PHOTO COURTESY TREVOR FERGUSON (A.K.A. JOHN FARROW)

Hudson crime novelist Trevor Ferguson, who writes under the pen name John Farrow, is in the early stages of writing a new Émile Cinq-Mars novel about biker gangs, particularly the Hells Angels. He says while he wasn't surprised about recent criminal violence nearby in Vaudreuil-Dorion, a double murder was still shocking and unexpected.

Hudson resident Trevor Ferguson uses the pseudonym John Farrow for his crime novels featuring Sergeant-Detective Émile Cinq-Mars and draws praise for his depictions of the turf war between the Hells Angels and the Rock Machine biker gangs.

“I’ve had RCMP higher-ups for my book City of Ice, for instance, say ‘that’s how it is if you want to know what it’s like with the gangs, it’s pretty accurate’,” said Ferguson. “It’s part of what I do. But it’s not like I’m writing non-fiction where I’m trying to get all the facts lined up and using those people. I’m fictionalizing what is the background story.”

With news that one of the two men fatally shot last week in a field behind a home on Montée d’Alstonvale in Vaudreuil-Dorion was identified as Joseph Fluet, a reported member of the Rock Machine biker gang, what does Ferguson think?

“It doesn’t surprise me that stuff goes on out here that does in the city,” he said. “We’ve known that the whole area, like Vaudreuil-Dorion, has certainly had their share of grow-ops and that sort of thing so it’s not a surprise that the biker gangs operate at least a little bit out here.

“It’s always a shock when there’s a double murder, certainly, and that’s unexpected for a community like this,” Ferguson said.

He doesn’t want to speculate on the motive for the double murder and has no idea if it has anything to do with a biker gang turf war. “In terms of where it is, they’ve arrested two people, they have a kind of criminal background; the people who are dead have a criminal background. Once again, it’s a case of criminals killing criminals. We don’t know what’s behind that but it’s just an ongoing story. It does influence my book writing the way that these battles continue and I can continue to explore it in fiction.”

As for the Rock Machine and Hells Angels, Ferguson predicts, “there’s probably going to be quite a bit of violence in the coming year or so.

“The Rock Machine is coming back,” he said. “The Hells Angels, their term is up in prison and so they’re both coming back at the same time. The Rock Machine was sort of folded into another group called The Bandidos but the there was a big murder of eight people in Ontario and about five or six years ago people started wearing the Rock Machine patch again so it’s coming back as an entity.”

Ferguson said police were surprised when they started seeing the Rock Machine patch again. “It means they’re regrouping, reforming and that’s always dangerous of course.

“Nobody wants it (criminal violence) anywhere but I am writing,” he said of a new Cinq-Mars book he’s working on about the Hells Angels. “The book I’m doing now is once again about the gangs. It reinforces that it’s an ongoing problem, for sure.”

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