April 1, 2006: Mafia don Pat Musitano of the Musitano
crime family, was recently approved by a judge to be
transferred from his medium-security custody at Warkworth
to a minimum security facility at Beaver Creek Institution
in Gravenhurst. While it is something Musitano has been
fighting to get for the past few years, he won't stay
long at Beaver Creek, with his statutory release date
set at October 5.
In 2000, Mustiano was convicted of conspiring to murder
rival crime boss Carmen Barillaro. A joint report by
the RCMP, Hamilton Police, Halton Police, OPP, and Niagra
Police released that same year confirmed that Musitano
was kingpin of the Musitano crime family. The hit on
Barillaro was considered a key achievement in the attempt
by the Musitano family to gain control over Hamilton's
illegal gambling and drug market. (The Hamilton Spectator,
1 April 2006)
6 Dec 2005: Ken Cripps, a representative of the 180
Warkworth guards under the Union of Canadian Correctional
Officers, stated that officers at Warkworth are "outnumbered"
and are unable to protect themselves from inmate weapons.
Weapons he mentioned included knives, clubs, and other
homemade pieces. He also mentioned an incident the previous
week in which a gang member had to be talked out of
giving up his homemade, 18 cm-long blade. Cripps pressed
for arming guards with pepper spray, batons, and stab-proof
vests, which, although available, require permission
from the supervisor.
27 April 2005: Warkworth went into lockdown mode after
a 32 year-old inmate was stabbed. The victim was rushed
to hospital and sustained non life-threatening injuries.
An OPP Forensic Identification Team began an investigation
the following day to collect evidence (Broadcast News).
8 April 2004: Warkworth was locked-down after a officials
discovered at 8 a.m. a prison letter detailing a bomb-threat,
including the placement of several explosives around
the prison. An OPP bomb squad began conducting a search.
18 February 2003: Two inmates took a fellow inmate
hostage for 15 hours before being overpowered by an
emergency response team, releasing the hostage unharmed.
Warkworth went into lockdown after the inmates barricaded
themselves into a cell with the hostage inmate at 11
p.m. Monday. They attempted unsuccessfully to negotiate
with the response team until they swept in and took
control of the situation. The hostage takers were sent
to maximum-security Millhaven Institution (The Canadian
November 2002: 58 year-old Inmate David Boyd dies in
custody, stimulating an inquest and a recommendation
that all inmates who make health complaints must have
their medical file reviewed before medical advice is
given (Broadcast News, 25 Feb 2004).
20 September 2001: A Warkworth staff member, 41 year-old
Terrence Buffett, was suspended and charged with attempting
to smuggle six vials of hashish oil into the prison.
He was charged by the OPP with possession of a controlled
substance for the purpose of trafficking (The Canadian
24 November 2000: 25 year-old David Russell Norris
escaped from Warkworth Institution and went on to attack,
bite, and sexually molest a 2 year-old toddler. Norris
was sent back to Warkworth for six more years. Interestingly,
the child's 25 year-old mother was also charged, with
criminal negligence causing bodily harm.
20 September 2000: 23 year-old Junior Spencer, awaiting
trial at the West Detention Centre, and Christopher
Higginbottom, a convicted pedophile, were both charged
in conducting a child porn manufacturing and distrubtion
operation from inside the walls at Warkworth. In prison,
the two men were members of "The Family,"
an approximate 25-member group that encourages sex with
children, and that was believed to be exchanging and
distributing thousands of email messages and images
of young children across the internet, with the help
of non-incarcerated people on the outside. Indeed, shortly
after Toronto police seized thousands of these messages
and images from homes across Toronto. Images included
depictions of children nude and in "sexually explicit
positions." Police believed that the children had
been "lured" by members of "The Family"
into participating in the operation using various unidentified
children's community associations and incentives such
as gifts. The inmates and the "Family" had
been profiting from the distribution ring, but police
would not disclose precise figures (The Toronto Star).
9 August 2000: William Frederick Challis was found
hanging in his segregation unit cell by several torn
bedsheets. An inquest was later scheduled for the following
month. 21 year-old Challis, who was serving four years
for asssault, theft, and weapon possession, had been
transferred to segregation after trying to escape with
another inmate (The Canadian Press).
19 August 1985: two inmates, both considered dangerous
but unarmed, escaped from Warkworth by stealing an institution
pickup truck and ramming through the prison gates at
9 p.m. They later abandoned the truck and ran away on
foot. One of the inmates, 25 year-old Frederick Wilkinson,
was serving a life sentence for murder, while the other
was due for release that November after serving a sentence
for break-and-enter and theft (The Globe and Mail).