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 of conspiring to murder more than 150 people during Quebec's biker war in the 1990s. The five men in court in October 2015 had been charged with first-degree murder and conspiracy to commit murder. But in a stunning move, Superior Court Justice James Brunton ordered a stay of proceedings and ruled that the five men should be set free. The last episode of our podcast, The Dark North: Gangs of Montreal, looks at that court case and the fate of the Hells Angels since 2015.
Montreal's underworld looks very different today than it did in 1977, where our story began.