That insult, hurled by killer biker Marcelo Aravena (inset) at the jury that convicted him today of seven counts of first-degree murder, was no small slight. It’s one of the most offensive slurs among rounders – regulars in the criminal subculture. Aravena was one of six men convicted in one of Ontario’s worst mass murders, the April 8, 2006 slaughter of eight members of the Bandidos motorcycle gang on a farm near London. The victims, who had been shot, were found stuffed into several vehicles.
Aravena’s barb, apparently the first words from his mouth after his conviction in the Bandidos mass murder case, according to the Star, is akin to saying: ‘You’re a worthless, no good, scum-sucking piece of shit who should be killed.’ Jurors likely need not take it as a threat though, since in this context Aravena is simply trying to demonstrate his extreme displeasure in the vernacular of his peers. In the right context, disparaging someone with an accusation of ‘goof’ is a threat and a challenge. There have been at least two murders in Kingston, Ontario, Canada’s penitentiary capital, in which that loaded word was a factor.
On March 23, 1991, ex-convict Raymond Bruce, then 44, heavily intoxicated at the time, shot to death Douglas Cranston, 38, inside the Plaza Hotel, what is today Kingston’s only strip club. Cranston also had a criminal record. A judge was told that the two men got into a “brutal exchange” in which Cranston called Bruce a “goof” at least twice. After the second insult, Bruce pulled out a handgun and started firing. Bruce pleaded guilty to manslaughter and was sentenced to five years in prison.
On October 26, 1990, Paul David Murphy, then 45, stabbed to death “one of his best friends,” Douglas Albert Carroll, 31, during a feud that capped a week-long binge of drug and alcohol taking. Murphy was on early release from prison at the time. He had reportedly been called a “goof” by Carroll. Carroll pleaded guilty to manslaughter and was sentenced to six and a half years in prison.
If you’re visiting Kingston, be careful of who’s within earshot if you plan to say ‘goof’ out loud.
Aravena was convicted in the Bandidos massacre along with:
- Wayne Kellestine, 59, of Dutton-Dunwich Township
- Frank Mather, 35, of Dutton-Dunwich Township
- Brett Gardiner, 24, of no fixed address
- Michael Sandham, 39, of Winnipeg
- Dwight Mushey, 41, of Winnipeg
None will be eligible for faint hope – the provision that allows a person sentenced to 25 years to seek a hearing after 15 years to have their parole ineligibility reduced. Multiple killers don’t qualify for faint hope. The Tory government wants to repeal the faint hope clause.
The victims were:
Luis Raposo, 41, George Jessome, 52, and George Kriarakis, 28, all of Toronto; Frank Salerno, 43, of Oakville; Paul Sinopoli, 30, of Jackson’s Point; John Muscedere, 48, of Chatham, Michael Trotta, 31, of Mississauga and Flanz, 38, of Keswick. They were slaughtered as part of an internal club cleansing that grew out of a feud between two chapters, in Toronto and Winnipeg.