The Lennoxville massacre escalated a deadly Quebec biker war. Prosecutors say that as many as 150 people have been killed in the Quebec war since the early 1990s. Hundreds of bikers have been convicted and imprisoned.
This event divided rival outlaw motorcycle gangs in Quebec causing the formation of the Rock Machine club.
|The Lennoxville massacre, or Lennoxville purge, was a mass murder which took place at the Hells Angels clubhouse in Lennoxville, Quebec on March 24, 1985. Five members of the Hells Angels North Chapter, founded by Laurent "L'Anglais" Viau and Yves "Apache" Trudeau, were shot dead.|
| Other Hells Angels felt that the North Chapter bikers were too wild and uncontrollable. They often used drugs they were supposed to sell and were suspected of skimming drug profits that were meant for other Hells Angels chapters.|
When the five North Chapter members arrived, they were ambushed and murdered. Two months later, at the bottom of the St. Lawrence River, divers located the decomposing bodies of the victims wrapped in sleeping bags and tied to weightlifting plates.
The victims were defrocked of their motorcycle club colors, zipped into weighted sleeping bags and dumped into the St. Lawrence River.
Hells Angels emissaries stripped bare the Laval clubhouse and the homes of each dead man.