Let’s just start with the basics. The murder of Troy McKinnon known on the street as “Dax”, was a gang murder.
Troy McKinnon was a known associate of the Independent Soldiers. However, he was in Nanaimo and if you are non-biker affiliated in Nanaimo you answer to the Red Scorpions. You don’t do your business in another gang’s territory if you value your life. McKinnon knew this and made a decision to take the risk anyhow.
Troy McKinnon was bored by small town life
He had been released on parole to family members up island, but did not like the laid back atmosphere of the small, quiet town. McKinnon was from Vancouver. So, he was accustomed to the big city and the big city ways.
Therefore, McKinnon requested and had his residence transferred to Nanaimo. In Nanaimo, he was back in his element. He was surrounded by Nanaimo’s gangsters, drugs and dangers from the rival, Red Scorpions.
Why run this risk? For two reasons, greed and danger. Greed is an addiction, and never forget that danger is also an addiction.
There are few highs as exciting as risking ones life. But as with the base jumpers and extreme sports practitioners, their addictions often kill them. Troy McKinnon od’d on his addiction as surely as those to whom he sold drugs sometimes od’d and died. Perhaps there is a slice of justice in those facts.
As expected, Troy McKinnon had an extensive criminal record
In checking Troy McKinnon’s criminal charges, he had 20+ weapons and assault charges. This is exactly the type of profile you might expect from a gangster.
With a record such as Troy McKinnon had it is apparent that he was in compliance with his conditions at the time of his murder. I say this because his conditional release status had not been terminated.
Take my word for it. As a high risk individual, he would have been under heavy surveillance. Accordingly, had he violated any conditions he would have been arrested. Thus, his freedom indicates his compliance.
Among his conditions, Troy McKinnon wore an ankle monitor
This is a device with built-in GPS which alerts the police if the wearer goes outside of a given geographic area. Therefore, McKinnon obviously had geographic restrictions as well as curfews.
These facts might be the reason it was a daylight hit/murder. Living in Red Scorpion territory, Troy McKinnon had probably set up some sort of intrusion warning system in his residence. Additionally, there was a likelihood of multiple surveillance cameras.
These hitmen were professionals
Don’t kid yourself about that fact for even a minute. Proving this, I have it from a good source that every bullet they fired found its mark.
Accordingly, this hit squad would have anticipated alarms and cameras. Because of that they might well have chosen a daylight hit as the most likely to be successful. It would have kept their faces off of his video. As well, it would have avoided him being alerted.
There were three of them. They used silenced, automatic weapons and two stolen cars. There are no reports of the recovery of those stolen vehicles. However, common sense tells you that if not already found, when found, there will be no fingerprints.
My guess though is that the cars have already been found and were recovered not far from the murder scene. [No, the police do not tell you everything.] In my opinion, this case, like the Lindsay Buziak murder, will probably never be solved.
Do you remember the violent home invasion the next day in the 600 block of Howard Street?
According to the nanaimobulletin.com, the police said, “the home invasion incident resulted from an ongoing dispute between a group of young men and was not connected to the fatal shooting of a man in Harewood [McKinnon’s murder] on Saturday, nor is the dispute connected to drugs or organized crime in Nanaimo or elsewhere…“
With all due respect to the police, I’m not sure I buy that. My street sources tell me that they were connected.
I’m told that Troy McKinnon controlled the supply of drugs to that house. Accordingly, after McKinnon was murdered, a message was delivered by the Red Scorpions. That’s what the home invasion was. It said, “We are taking over as your drug supplier.”
With consideration of the police statement, I have to ask a few questions:
- 1st – How often do police issue extensive releases telling us what did not happen?
- 2nd – If there were no ties to drugs, why were men of such diverse ages gathered together? How is a 47 year old victim considered part of a group of “young men“?
- 3rd – What kind of ongoing dispute was it?
- 4th – Why tell us what it wasn’t instead of telling us what it was?
- 5th – What could it have been to cause several men to do the home invasion, instead of just one?
- 6th – Obviously, there was an expected violent resistance. Why would one expect such resistance from non-criminals?
I believe the police released their information as they did for two reasons. One, they did not want to cause alarm in the community. Two, they did not want to further a potential gang war.
I warned over a year ago that Nanaimo was turning into a Vancouver Island version of Surrey
Additionally, my blogs also explained how the courts must shoulder a large part of the blame for Nanaimo’s catastrophic rise in crime. Moreover, I even warned about the proliferation of crimes involving weapons. Finally, I warned about lazy crown prosecutors.
The entire justice system, except for the police was in shambles. There were no deterrents coming from the courts. So, it was only a matter of time before gangsters like Troy McKinnon were gunned down in broad daylight by other gangs like the Red Scorpions.
The one bright spot I saw was the police
Sadly, employees/politicians of questionable backgrounds or standards of behaviour have decimated the Nanaimo RCMP. I am specifically referring to Victor Mema, Chief Financial Officer (CFO) and Tracy Samra, Chief Administrative Officer (CAO).
The City of Nanaimo used to have provisions for the hiring of police. They knew that they needed to accommodate for growth. However, with these two at the helm those funds are no longer available.
The police are disheartened and who can blame them?
With under-funding came under-staffing. Add that to an impotent and lazy crown. Then mix in the judges who know the criminals they release will be living next door to you, and not to them, and the city has been lost.
How would you like to be a cop?
First, you go out there and risk your life to catch these scumbags. Then some junior crown in a cheap Sears suit doesn’t take the time to build a case. Instead, crown accepts a plea agreement.
Next, it’s time for the arrogant judge. He/she doesn’t have a clue that gang oaths and drug habits carry more weight with criminals than any respect they could ever have for the court. So, he/she releases them back to the street. Finally, you arrest them again. Then the same broken system makes the same idiot decisions and they are again your dangerous problem with which to deal.
No wonder somebody like Troy McKinnon was free to roam the streets and to set up business again
Do you want to know about this guy? He was on parole after having kidnapped and tortured a North Vancouver drug dealer by the name of Eric Low.
Low wouldn’t answer any questions. Instead, he just sat there screaming in pain from the torture. It was as though Low didn’t hear the questions.
So, Troy McKinnon grabbed a knife and cut off Low’s ear. McKinnon then yelled into the ear that he was holding in his hand, “Can you hear me now?”
UPDATE: A reader tells me it was not Eric Low who had his ear cut off, but another individual. I thank him/her for that. The reader also has some other insights. You may read the four comments by this obviously well informed reader following this post. I strongly recommend you do so. The comments give you a deeper understanding of the gang life.
Who lost their ear is unimportant. The story here is that this is the type of individual our who crown counsel are too lazy to prosecute to the max and who our judges think will show their court respect.
Is there any wonder why Nanaimo is overrun with crime?
Well judge, I have a question,
“Can you finally hear us now that a 15 year old boy in Vancouver has paid for your arrogance with his life?”
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