Paul Derry's first book, Treacherous: "How the RCMP allowed a Hells Angel to Kill" is an inside look at his life as an undercover RCMP agent whose dangerous life landed him in the middle of a murder plot. Currently being featured on History Channel's Outlaw Bikers, Treacherous is a book constructed with facts and inside knowledge of the RCMP.
Treacherous - How The RCMP Allowed A Hells Angel To Kill
8.48 × 5.64 × 0.5 in
Published:May 1, 2009
ISBN - 10:0981240801
ISBN - 13:9780981240800
Paul Derry paints a scary, scathing picture of the seamy world of organized crime, murder, snitches and betrayal as only an insider can tell it. It is his version, told from the heart. You don’t have to believe every word he writes or agree with everything he says to shudder and shake your head in fear and amazement. A dark tale of the dark underbelly of our society.
Julian Sher, co-author of Angels of Death and The Road to Hell
"A very good read for anyone wanting to find out what it is like to go from a normal childhood to a life of crime, become an informant for the police and then get involved in the ultimate crime. I was involved in this investigation, but once I started to read this book, I had to read on. It grabbed my attention, and I had to see where it was going."
Det. Shane Halliday (retired), Halifax Regional Police, Major Crime Unit
"This book, Derry's first, can stand as a manual of sorts and should be read by all police officers who handle agents if not for its style, then for its brief tour inside the former agent's mind and for what it reveals about the relationship between the Mounties and an agent."
Gary Dimmock, Journalist on Ottawa Citizen
As we pulled up to the apartment complex, time seemed to slow down. A minute felt as though it were an hour, the quiet between heartbeats was deafening, and the shallow breathing of the four of us was all I could notice, even through the eerily calm conversation in the car. Who would shoot him? Which way would we run? Where would we meet after? This entire dialogue between the front and back seats was muffled by the questions going around in my own head. How could I stop this? Would they ask me to be the shooter? Were we going to get away from here alive? Were we really going to kill Sean for such a stupid reason? We were.
When Sean answered the door and saw his friends, he welcomed them in and reached out to hug them. It was Dino who had been chosen to do the shooting. Acting as if he were opening his arms to engage in the embrace, Dino pulled out the .32 revolver and shot Sean in the chest. Dino later said that fear gripped him at that point and his adrenalin began to pump. Mine would have too. After all, he had just shot a good friend. Dino’s friend just happened to be an associate of the former president of the Hells Angels but the sworn enemy of the acting president.
Sean was a big man, a boxer and a longshoreman; it took two more bullets to bring him down, another in the chest and one in the head. It then took him nine hours to die.
I remember driving away from the scene feeling numb. We had just carried out a contract killing for a Hells Angel. It’s not that I was surprised that Neil Smith had had Sean Simmons killed, but I was shocked that I had played such a huge part in it. After all, I had thought that I was one of the good guys.
Since I am going to share intimate details of my life with you, I guess I should start off by telling you who I am and why I am writing this book.
My name is Paul Joseph Derry. Well, that’s what it was before I ended up in Canada’s Witness Protection Program, and it is the name I will use in this book.
Who is Paul Joseph Derry? Now, that is a question with a complex answer, one that I have sought for many years. Perhaps I should start by telling you who he was to others.
To his family, he was a rebellious son, who could be both cold and caring, depending on the day of the week and the amount of alcohol in his system. To Sean Simmons’s wife, he was one of the animals who killed Sean. To the RCMP, he was a valuable source of information and a skilled police agent. To members of organized crime, he was a rat, a traitor and a man with a contract on his life and the lives of his family members. To his friends, he was someone who was a little off in the head.
Why am I sharing this story? There are a number of reasons, but there are three main ones:
I want to shine the light of truth on a world that is shrouded in darkness, secrecy and deceit.
I want to give a true account of the circumstances surrounding the Simmons murder.
Last but not least, I want to give hope where it seems there could never be any.
Paul Derry is a former drug dealer, convict and RCMP informant, now an author and entrepreneur trying to make a positive impact on the world.
He and his (ex) wife were entered into the Canadian Witness Protection Program. RCMP documents refer to Paul Derry as J-1028, O.3561, H885 and RVM82. Derry was first used as a source for the RCMP when he was under the age of eighteen. He was coded officially in 1988 and worked as a source until the year 2000. Derry walked the thin line between a criminal and a police agent for many years, with much success. He has seen the good, the bad and the ugly of both sides of the law. Derry’s career ended October 3, 2000 after an attempted operation went horribly wrong, resulting in the death of Sean Simmons. After the Halifax Regional Police Department arrested him for the murder, he was required to bargain his way out of the murder charge. As a consequence, Derry and the members of his immediate family were placed on the Hells Angels hit list, and in May 2001 they were placed in the Witness Protection Program in order to ensure their survival. Since leaving the world of crime behind, Derry has made some drastic changes in his life: He has spent time as a director for a non-profit organization that works with victims of violent crime. He has worked as a consultant regarding many areas of the criminal justice system. He work in a Christian ministry with a focus of preventing youth from entering gangs and helping those involved in gang life to escape its grasp.