When ReflectionsCabaret opened and for some time after, people speculated that it was run by organized crime.
In 1997, the manager (and the article says, owner) at the time, Paul Albert Wilson, was accused of two Hell's Angel's killings:
- Robert MacFarlane, manager of the Spy Shop in the Bayer's Lake Business Park, was gunned down in February 1997 and found dead behind a dumpster.
- William St Clair Wendelborg died of a forced cocaine overdose after being badly beaten, in October 1998. He was found in woods in Harrietsfield.
In October 2000, RCMP charged Mr Wilson with two counts of first-degree murder; he was subsequently deported from Grenada where he was serving a three-year sentence on drug charges, to Nova Scotia. He had eluded police since June 1999.
On April 7th, 2004, Wilson, represented by Anne Derrick, after pleading guilty to the two murders, received a life sentence. He received a concurrent 12-year sentence after pleading guilty to 14 drug trafficking and proceeds-of-crime charges. He can apply for parole in 2008.
Three potential witnesses died during the trial:
- William Marriott, 38, hanged himself in his jail cell in August 2000 while awaiting trial for Wendelborg's death.
- Dany Kane, biker-turned-informer and his male lover, Aime Simard, both from Quebec, were charged with killing MacFarlane. Kane died in his car of carbon monoxide poisoning also in August 2000. Police called the circumstances "curious."
- Simard himself, after pleading guilty to second-degree murder of MacFarlane and later testifying against Kane, was stabbed to death in his prison cell in July 2003.
Julian Sher's book The Road To Hell: How The Biker Gangs Are Conquering Canada, (reference below) co-authored by William Marsden, details the story of biker hit man-turned-informant Dany "Danny Boy" Kane. His story touches on Paul Albert Wilson's involvement in several murders and with the Hells Angels. Released in 2003, the book was pulled from Nova Scotia store shelves because the authors feared its contents would jeopardize Mr. Wilson's trial. Included in the book is a reproduction of a signed confession by Mr. Kane, dated March 2000, that says Mr. Wilson paid him $25,000 for the contract hit on Mr. MacFarlane.
- August 20, 2009 ChronicleHerald story, Jailed biker misses mother’s funeral A Hells Angels associate serving time for the murder of a man who once threatened his mother didn’t get to go to her funeral. Paul Albert Wilson remained in a West Coast prison Wednesday while a funeral mass was held in Halifax for his mother, BeverleyWilson.
- June 24, 2010 ChronicleHerald story, Witness loses his protecton about PaulJosephDerry? (who now goes by another name) after 13 alleged breaches to his witness protection agreement, including interviews with reporters and radio shows, and a book, Treacherous: How the RCMP Allowed A Hells Angel To Kill. Derry drove the getaway car in Sean Eamonn Simmons' gangster murder on October 3, 2000. Derry and his wife have since become Christians.
- January 29, 2011 ChronicleHerald story, Alleged biker hitman dies in cell. Jeffrey Albert Lynds, the man police believe killed the Randy Mersereau, co-founder of the Halifax Hells Angels, apparently committed suicide. Lynds was named in court documents as Mersereau’s killer but was never charged. Lynds was 43 and was being held while on trial for a double murder in Quebec in 2010.
- A comprehensive article about the entire history of the Melvilles vs. Marriotts: The Melvins vs. the Marriotts: The Bizarre, Violent Story of Nova Scotia's Real-Life Trailer Park Boys Vice website, November 17, 2015
- Hell's Witness by Daniel Sanger, 304 pages, ISBN 0143015451 (alternate, search), 17 Apr 2005, Viking Canada, about Dany Kane,
- The Road to Hell: How the Biker Gangs Are Conquering Canada - Julian Sher, William Marsden Vintage Canada, June 2004, ISBN 0676975992 (alternate, search) about this and other biker gangs in Halifax
- Treacherous: How the RCMP Allowed A Hells Angel To Kill ISBN 0981240801 20 (alternate, search)2p, 2009, Coastal West Publishing, Vancouver, by Paul Joseph Derry about being a police informant.
Please note: the Herald article being discussed is covering incidents from 1997 when the Hells Angels were involved to some extent. No one is saying that this situation still exists, considering that ownership changed in 1998. What is being discussed was the history of the place and its owners/management at the time.
May 6 2004: Someone writes: If people want to know who is involved in the business just go to www.gov.ns.ca and search REFLECTIONS CABARET on the Registry of Joint Stock Companies list of registered businesses and the shareholders involved, which as of May 6 2004 is: 3085902 NOVA SCOTIA LIMITED, PETER L. COULTHARD, Recognized Agent 200-56 PORTLAND STREET, DARTMOUTH NS B2Y 1H2, SUSAN SCHMID Director (& PRESIDENT/SECRETARY) 206 DONEGAL DRIVE, DARTMOUTH NS B2V 2N3.
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