| Harold Pelletier, born in the late 1950s, would be described as an underworld “hitman for hire” by the media. With his brother Sylvain as the group’s leader, the Pelletier Clan gained notoriety through out the 1980s, as they committed profitable armed robberies and seized control of much of the drug market in Montreal’s east end.
On August 7, 1983, Harold Pelletier met with Michel Beaulieu, also a member of the Pelletier Clan, and they drank in a bar. Later on, as Beaulieu lay in his bed, Pelletier broke into his apartment and fired three shots into the sleeping man’s body. Beaulieu had supposedly racked up large debts and the order that he had to go allegedly came from Harold’s brother Sylvain.
| In 1994, the Hells Angels made a move to seize control of Montreal’s drug market. In order to fend off the larger gang, the Rock Machine and several independent groups, including the Pelletier Clan, joined forces. If the Big Red Machine wanted a fight, that’s what they’d get.
On October 28, 1994, Sylvain Pelletier left his apartment on Notre-Dame Street in Repentigny and entered his Jeep Cherokee. Within seconds, a bomb planted under the vehicle, tearing the man apart.
The killing came shortly after Hells Angels associate Maurice Lavoie was gunned down as he exited his car at his Repentigny home. An associate of the Pelletier Clan would be charged in Lavoie’s death and sentenced to 25 years.
With his brother dead, Harold Pelletier became the leader of the gang. But in October, 1995, tormented by his brother’s murder, he approached authorities for protection. He was brought to a secret location, where he spilled his guts and gave police information on a large number of crimes that occurred around Montreal, as well as a better understanding of the biker war.
He also admitted, according to news reports, to participating in 21 killings and planting a bomb under the vehicle of prosecutor Jacques Pothier, who was trying to prosecute the Pelletier Clan for crimes on the city’s south shore.
On June 27, 1996, Pelletier pleaded guilty to the 1983 murder of Michel Beaulieu. A week later, he was sentenced to life in prison, without the possibility of parole before 10 years.