Railroaded – The Cast of Characters

True Crime Exclusive: The guide to who’s who

Avignone, Giuseppe (Pino)

Domenic and Anthony Musitano’s nephew. He was believed to have been at the scene the night of Domenic Racco’s murder. He was one of four people originally charged with Racco’s murder, but he pleaded guilty to a lesser charge.

Coughlin, Mike

Assigned by the OPP as the chief investigator to look into Justice Stephen Glithero’s findings about the behaviour of the Halton and Hamilton police forces in the case of Dennis Monaghan and Graham Court.

Court, Graham

One of Domenic Musitano’s low-level associates. He was convicted of murdering Domenic Racco in 1991. The conviction was overturned on appeal and the charge was stayed in 1997. He was deported to England in February 1998, where he remains.

Dennison, Maureen

Clerk at Rent-A-Wreck. She told police she overheard a conversation involving a person believed to be Jimmy Dixon talking about how he and others had rented a Rent-A-Wreck vehicle that had been involved in a shooting in December 1983. Her statement was not disclosed to Graham Court and Dennis Monaghan.

Dixon, Jimmy

An original suspect in the Domenic Racco murder, interviewed four times by police. His alibi on the night of Racco’s murder was proven false. None of this information was disclosed to Court and Monaghan. Dixon was found dead in a Binbrook field in October 1987, shot four times in the head and once in the chest in an execution-style killing over a drug debt.

Duguid, Kirk

One of the OPP investigators assigned to look into the Halton and Hamilton police forces in 1997.

Glithero, Stephen

Ontario justice who stayed the charges against Graham Court and Dennis Monaghan and highlighted a number of abuses committed by the police and the Crown. He is still a sitting judge in Kitchener.

Gold, Alan

Past president (1997-2001) of Ontario’s Criminal Lawyers’ Association, responsible for initiating the fight to obtain the OPP report. He is still practising.

Graham, Les

Halton police officer who supervised the original Racco murder investigation in 1983. He was later convicted of attempting to obstruct justice in connection with a separate case in Halton. He is retired.

Gregory, Keith

Halton police officer involved in the original Racco murder investigation in 1983 and interviewed by the OPP.

Harris, William

Hamilton police officer in charge of the William Rutledge murder. He assisted in the Racco murder investigation involving Court and Monaghan. He is retired.

Levy, Earl

Lawyer who represented Dennis Monaghan at his Racco murder trial. He is still practising.

Lippai, Frank

Person who first spotted Domenic Racco’s body in Milton and contacted police.

Majeste, Peter

Billy Rankin’s friend. He was believed by police to have been one of the two people who walked Domenic Racco along the railroad tracks to his execution. He lives in Winnipeg.

Mallet, John

While in prison together, Jimmy Dixon told Mallet he had been at the scene of Domenic Racco’s murder and named those who were also there that night. Mallet made two statements to police in 1984. His statements were not disclosed to Graham Court and Dennis Monaghan.

Marriott, Geoff

One of two RCMP officers who overheard a restaurant conversation between Domenic Musitano, Graham Court and Dennis Monaghan in January 1984. Details about what was overheard were misleadingly edited and, even then, not produced until after Court and Monaghan’s 1991 trial.

McCoy, William (Buck)

Hamilton police officer responsible for overseeing the collection of wiretap evidence and recordings associated with informant Aldon Schlosser in 1989.

McMillan, Doug

Halton police officer involved in the original 1983 Racco murder investigation and in charge of the reopened investigation in 1989.

Monaghan, Dennis

One of Domenic Musitano’s low-level associates through Graham Court. He was convicted of murdering Domenic Racco in 1991. The conviction was overturned on appeal and the charge was stayed in 1997.

Montour, Peter

Owner of the Aquarium restaurant on Barton Street East and one of the founders of Grand River Enterprises, a cigarette manufacturer at Six Nations. He had convictions for drug and cigarette smuggling. He died in 2012.

Moore, Wayne

Hamilton police officer involved in the Rutledge murder investigation. He was informant Aldon Schlosser’s police “handler.”

Morrison, Edgar

Lived in the same apartment building as Domenic Racco at 1333 Bloor St. in Mississauga. He told police he had seen Billy Rankin and Giuseppe Avignone in a vehicle parked in the apartment’s lot on the night of Racco’s murder. Rankin later admitted to police he was there that night.

Musitano, Anthony

Domenic Musitano’s brother. He was one of four people originally charged with murdering Domenic Racco, but he pleaded guilty to a lesser charge.

Musitano, Domenic

Head of a prominent Hamilton organized crime family. He was one of four people originally charged with murdering Domenic Racco, but he pleaded guilty to a lesser charge. He died of natural causes in 1995.

Paquette, Dean

Hamilton Crown attorney who prosecuted the original Domenic Racco murder case. Later, he became a defence lawyer. Paquette made the offer to Hamilton police for Schlosser and Montour to act as informants in the Rutledge murder investigation. He is still practising.

Pearson, Robert

Now-retired Hamilton police officer formerly in charge of the intelligence unit. He supervised officers Harris, Moore and McCoy.

Pemberton, Mark

Confessed to murdering Domenic Racco (later recanted). His confession was not disclosed to Court and Monaghan’s lawyers.

Perreault, Terry

One of two RCMP officers who overheard a restaurant conversation between Domenic Musitano, Graham Court and Dennis Monaghan in January 1984. Details about what was overheard were misleadingly edited and, even then, not produced until after Court and Monaghan’s 1991 trial.

Racco, Domenic

Michele Racco’s son. He was being groomed to take over as head of the Toronto Mafia. He reportedly owed a large amount of money to the Musitano family. His bullet-riddled body was found on a railroad track in Milton on Dec. 10, 1983.

RACCO, Michele

(Mike the Baker)

Bakery owner and head of a Toronto Mafia family. He was the father of Domenic Racco. He died of cancer in 1980.

Rankin, William (Billy)

Believed by police to have shot Domenic Racco. He was one of four people originally charged with Racco’s murder, but he pleaded guilty to a lesser charge.

Rutledge, William (Alec)

Barton Street East shopkeeper. He was beaten to death in the back of his store on Oct. 6, 1984 during a botched robbery.

Schlosser, Aldon (Skippy)

Peter Montour’s friend. He became a police informant in 1989 to escape the serious drug charges he was facing. He agreed to allow police to collect wiretap evidence from his car, his telephone and an abandoned doughnut shop he owned on Barton Street East. He died in 2011.

Scott, Bob

One of the OPP investigators assigned to look into the Halton and Hamilton police forces in 1997.

Stunt, Paul

Crown attorney who prosecuted Dennis Monaghan and Graham Court for the murder of Domenic Racco. He now works for a private practice in Oakville.

Taylor, Jackson

Told police in 1984 he had overheard a conversation at Millhaven Institution in late 1983 in which Billy Rankin agreed to carry out a contract killing of Domenic Racco for $10,000. The information was not disclosed to Court and Monaghan.

Vechter, Laurie

Assistant Crown attorney who helped prosecute Graham Court and Dennis Monaghan for Domenic Racco’s murder.

Vivian, Clyde

One of the OPP investigators assigned to look into the Halton and Hamilton police forces in 1997.

Zomparelli, Sabastino

Manager of a Downsview travel agency. He drove Domenic Racco to the Oakville Holiday Inn earlier on the night of his murder to meet with Domenic Musitano. Zomparelli told police Racco was very nervous on the ride home to Toronto. His statement was not disclosed to Court and Monaghan.