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Jerry Langton

Author, Editor

Jerry Langton grew up in Hamilton, Ont., and spent most of his adult life in Toronto and New York City. He is the author of the bestsellers Gangland: The Rise of the Mexican Cartels from El Paso to Vancouver; Showdown: How the Outlaws, Hells Angels and Cops Fought for Control of the Streets; and Fallen Angel: The Unlikely Rise of Walter Stadnick in the Canadian Hells Angels.

Why Are Toronto's Beaches So Ridiculously Cold?

Toronto beaches are cold. And often they are not even you'll-get-used-to-it cold, but too cold to swim in comfortably, no matter how hot it is above water. There are some reasons for that, and it's not likely to change soon.
07/23/2013 08:30 EDT

The Notorious Bacon Brothers: Inside Gang Warfare on Vancouver Streets

Jamie Bacon didn't even see the two guys on the street in front of the Surrey house at about one in the morning on April 13. But as he drove his Corvette into the driveway, the two men sent a cascade of .45-caliber shells at him. Five shells hit the car, seven penetrated the garage door. Jamie instinctively leapt from the car, which continued to roll until it hit the house. As the two assailants ran away, Jamie pulled out a Glock handgun and fired four shots at them.
03/10/2013 03:08 EDT

Canada Murders, Greek Arrest In Complex Organized Crime

It was an arrest this week in Greece this week that put Canada's gang violence into perspective. To understand how it all fits together, it pays to revisit two murders in Toronto and Kelowna, B.C. -- 10 months and more than 4,000 kilometres apart -- to understand how organized crime is fomenting violence in Canada.
03/05/2013 12:36 EST

Jonathan Bacon Gang Slaying Won't Be The Last

Of course, selling drugs is a dangerous game. With so much money involved, friction between rival gangs often emerges, and disagreements over territory frequently erupt into violence. Because of this, gangs form alliances for mutual protection. In B.C., as with the rest of Canada, those alliances fall into two groups -- those aligned with the Hells Angels and those against them.
03/01/2013 04:00 EST