News Item: (CAN) Former mob enforcer is on the run from old enemies — and social media
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Wednesday 17 June 2015 - 17:30:36

Cecil Kirby thinks he’ll eventually be tracked down and killed as social media chips away at the places he can hide from the former crime associates he testified against.

Former GTA mob enforcer Cecil Kirby feels the net is closing in on him.
More precisely, the Internet.
“It’s a small world, believe me,” Kirby said in a telephone interview from an undisclosed location.
“I’m still waiting for a bullet in the back of the head,” he said. “I’m just waiting for it. It’s going to happen.”
Kirby has plenty of enemies, and some of them are killers like him.
He has been in hiding since the early 1980s, when he disappeared into a witness protection program after undercover work that sent several top-level GTA mobsters to prison.
At the time, police said there was a $100,000 bounty on his head.
Since then, the once-cocky enforcer has had an ugly split with his RCMP handlers. Now, he says, he’s on his own — and worried.
Born in Weston in 1950, Kirby was kicked out of two elementary schools before he reached his teens and never made it into high school.
He eventually joined the Satan’s Choice Motorcycle Club and supported himself with a variety of crimes, including breaking into houses and businesses.
After he left the Satan’s Choice, he said he was recruited by one of the GTA’s pre-eminent mob clans to beat, bomb and kill for money.
Perhaps his most notorious crime was when he blew up the Wah Kew Chop Suey House in downtown Toronto in a dispute over protection money. The explosion killed a cook, Chong Yin Quan, and injured three others.
Things unraveled when he was then contracted to murder two mobsters and a woman who wanted to marry into the family. He worried his mob bosses were about to kill him to save money and guarantee his silence.
Kirby didn’t carry out the three hits. Instead, he became a paid police agent and wore a hidden recording device.
After that, for a time, he enjoyed life on the lam. He would occasionally slip back into the GTA for visits and once joked to the Star that he was learning to skydive. During those visits, he wore a gaudy cowboy belt buckle that opened up into a knife.
Then along came the Internet.
Now, the once physically imposing former biker regards anyone with a cell-phone camera and a Facebook account as a potentially lethal threat. In the era of social media, instant messaging and photo sharing, he lives in fear that his cover could be broken by virtually anyone — even inadvertently — in seconds.
He was startled recently when a woman he didn’t know snapped a photo of him.
“I flipped on her,” he said.
He said he demanded that she immediately delete the shot and she balked.
The man she was with could see he was serious and the photo was deleted, Kirby said.
Kirby is unapologetic, saying it was unnerving to have a stranger pointing a camera at him.
“All of a sudden, I heard this click,” he said. “I said, ‘You’re invading my privacy.’ ”
He said he knows how to use a computer but is extremely cautious and immediately looks for a mounted camera before signing on.
“I put a piece of paper over (the lens), just in case,” Kirby said. “You never know. You gotta always be careful.”
He said he also avoids social media interactions with strangers.
“I don’t do any of that (expletive),” he said. “I don’t get involved with Facebook, chat rooms or anything.”
That said, Kirby said the RCMP should be helping him hide out and adjust to the straight life. Witnesses should be helped to upgrade their educations, he said.
The RCMP declined to comment on Kirby.
“Section 11 of the Witness Protection Program Act 1996 . . . prevents us from providing any information publicly with respect to the WPP,” Sgt. Harold Pfleiderer said in an email. “Therefore, we cannot comment on this matter.”
But for his part, Kirby has lots to say about the RCMP and the challenges of hiding out in cyberspace.
“I wish I would have taken a bullet in the head instead of cooperating with those bastards,” he said.
Kirby believes things would be better for high-profile witnesses if their security was taken out of the hands of police and turned over to a separate agency, like the Americans do with the U.S. Marshals Service.
“The RCMP should not handle this,” Kirby said. “It should be in the hands of an independent force.”
He said police have a natural bias against witnesses who are drawn from the ranks of the underworld like himself.
“It should be taken right out of their hands,” Kirby said. “Don’t forget, they’re cops. I’m a criminal. A past criminal.”
American biker cop Steve Cook says the U.S. Marshals Service has challenges of its own with underworld informants in the digital era.
Witnesses routinely jeopardize their own safety after they’re moved far from their homes and told to cut all old ties, Cook said.
Sometimes, they hook up on Facebook and on dating sites, with unpleasant results.
“That’s a good way to get set up. For somebody to take you out (shoot you),” said Cook, a Kansas City-area police officer who has worked undercover in gangs affiliated with the Bandidos Motorcycle Club.
“Talk to the wrong person and the next thing they know (who you are),” Cook said.
Gaming apps that require personal information are also often problematic, Cook said. That’s because witnesses routinely ignore warnings from the U.S. Marshals about the need for social media caution. “You can tell them all day,” he said.
Part of the problem is ego, as witnesses move from being a high-profile criminal to a fugitive.
“They end up taking whatever job they can find, which usually sucks and they end up getting bored,” Cook said. “For a lot of these guys, they’re going from having status to being a nobody.”
Ironically, cyber-savvy young criminals often have the know-how to hurt informers, but lack the motivation.
Young criminals who grew up in the digital age often don’t want the inconvenience or risk of executing someone who has informed against their group, Cook said.
He notes that many outlaw bikers know where to find a mid-West informant but they don’t bother to hurt him.
“Everybody knows he co-operated and they haven’t done anything,” Cook said. “He still lives in the same house.”
He said younger bikers have selfish, not altruistic reasons, for sparing this known informant.
He said the younger bikers ask themselves: “What do I gain by doing something to this guy?”
That’s small comfort for Kirby. Although he remains cautious on the Internet, he said he expects things to spin out of control soon.
“I’ve got a bad feeling about it,” he said. “Something should have happened by now.”

This news item is from White Trash Networks
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