Morbid Curiosity


Quadeville, Ontario: Caponeville – Local legend has it that members of the Al Capone Chicago Mob used to hide out in a cabin on a hill just outside this secluded community, about 150 kilometres west of Ottawa.

The cars that pulled up to the cabin in the 1940s were particularly fancy in a hamlet where a pickup truck was considered just fine. Visitors to the cabin often wore smart suits instead of the standard garb of plaid shirts and jeans.

The well-dressed men in the cabin kept to themselves, and one day in 1952, they were suddenly gone, leaving behind a bill for lumber at Quadeville’s only store. A local merchant drove to Toledo, Ohio, where he had heard that one of the former cabin resident had relatives.

When he got there, a state trooper advised him to forget about collecting the money he was owed, and to get out of town quickly instead. “That guy is a gangster, and if you hang around, you might as well consider yourself dead,” the police officer warned.

If there had been gangsters hiding out in the cabin in the early 1950s, it certainly wasn’t Capone, who died in 1947 of a heart attack brought on by syphilis. Back in Quadeville, local kids explored the abandoned cabin, and reported finding an underground tunnel, located behind a bogus fireplace.

See also: Moose Jaw Capone Tunnels, Rocco Perri, Sainte-Pierre and Miquelon .

Quesnel, Serge: Sold Out Angels – In 1989, when he was nineteen, he requested that he be allowed to serve a two-year theft charge in a federal institution rather than a provincial facility. A big reason for his decision was education, which Quesnel craved. Quesnel wanted access to the “teachers” in the Donnaconna Penitentiary outside Quebec City – big-time criminals who could speed up his progress in the underworld.

Quesnel, who had teardrops tattooed under his eyes, ingratiated himself with the Hells Angels while behind bars, and when he was released, he killed five people for les hells in Quebec, although he liked to note that all of his victims were involved in the underworld. He then sold out the Angels for a payment of $500 a week for fifteen years, tax-free.

Le Soleil newspaper shocked its readers in 1995 with provocative photos of his stripper girlfriend visiting him in a police station after he turned informer. The Canadian Press wire service gasped, “A police station has turned into a pleasure palace for a key witness in a Hells Angels trial who has taken drugs and had sex with his girlfriend while under police protection.”

See also: L’Association des témoins spéciaux du Québec, Hells Angels, Nomads, Richard “Rick” Vallée .

Al Capone’s suspected cabin, Quadeville, Ontario

Interior of the cabin at Quadeville

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