Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Hitman Gérald Gallant - Canada's most prolific killer

Gérald GallantGerald Gallant stands five-foot-eight with a thin frame and a soft, stuttering voice. The Saguenay native was responsible for some of the most cold-blooded murders in Canada.

The unassuming hit man turned rat admitted to killing 29, including at least one bystander, between 1978 and 2003, making him the most prolific assassin in Canadian history. His hallmark was to kill with several shots to the head, neck and chest.
A young Gallant worked under the wing of West-End Gang kingpin Raymond Desfosses, who gave him his first contract in 1980. Gallant killed often through the ’80s and into the ’90s, with Desfosses paying him $10k to $12k per hit. He didn’t hesitate to gun down anyone, but he had standards. Desfosses hired him to kill Gilles Cote in 1985. "I saw that he had a little kid next him," Gallant said. "(My partner) got ready to shoot. I told him ‘whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa! He has a little kid, you understand me? We never do that! We’ll come back tomorrow!’"
Gallant was true to his word and Cote was riddled with 33 bullets the next day.
Work was plentiful by 1997, as the biker war pitted the Hells Angels against the Rock Machine. His deadliest year was in 1998 when he eliminated five, including Paul Cotroni Jr., son of deposed mob boss Frank Cotroni.

The 2000 murder of Bob Savard, right-hand man to HA boss Maurice "Mom" Boucher, was the first sign that Gallant’s steely nerve was cracking. His associate and two bystanders were injured in the hail of gunfire. Gallant killed two more between 2000 and 2003, and hatched a failed plot to kill Boucher. Gallant killed the wrong man during a hit in Ste-Adele in 2001 and left behind DNA evidence. It was finally the end. He confessed and offered to name names. Police used Gallant’s admissions and 11 gangsters were put away.
In 2008, Gallant received 48 life sentences for murder and attempted murder. He won’t be eligible for parole until 2033, by which time he will be 83 years old.