Ion Croitoru may best be remembered as "Johnny K-9", a WWF jobber who wrestled for the promotion for several years in the late 1980's. In independent promotions he wrestled as "Bruiser Bedlam" where he had more success, winning a few heavyweight championships in the ICW and Smoky Mountain Wrestling.
But Ion is much more infamous for what he did outside of the ring, than inside of one.
Ion was the president of the "Satan's Choice" biker gang in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, and was arrested in the early 1990's for trafficking cocaine and sentenced to ten months. Right after that, he was arrested again for assault and sentenced to seven months in prison.
Then on December 15th, 1996, Croitoru and his gang blew up a police station in Sudbury, Ontario. I repeat: blew up a police station.
Inexplicably, he was only sentenced to 33 months in prison. Seriously, he blew up a police station and that's all they gave him. An officer got hurt in the bombing, as well. Even more astounding is that he was given bail while awaiting trail for blowing up a police station. And while out, he got arrested for assault, extortion and carrying a concealed weapon. (Shock!)
I'm pressed to believe that Ion had some friends in law enforcement, because he allegedly had a hand in the November 16th, 1998 murders of Fred and Lynn Gilbank, who were both shotgunned to death, execution style. But the police didn't bring charges against Croitoru and his accomplice Andre Gravelle until January 6th, 2005.
The murders were believed to be retaliation for the Gilbanks helping to get two informants into the witness protection program who were going to help the authorities bring down the Gravelle Crime Family, a Canadian mob. They even unearthed that Ion was given a contract to kill a police inspector who was investigating the family.
Though charged with two counts of murder and conspiracy to commit murder, the prosecution failed to build up a strong enough case, even though they took over six years to build it. It was thrown out and Ion actually sued the the prosecutors for $15,000,000 for wrongful imprisonment. The case is still in court.
But wait, there's more...
On May 15th, 2009, Croitoru was arrested along with seven other members of the "United Nations Gang", a multi-ethnic, criminal syndicate that operates out of Vancouver, British Columbia. They were charged with conspiracy to commit murder after planning to kill multiple members of a rival gang.
Then again, on January 24th of this year, this guy, (who probably has given every single wrestler that had ever even looked at him funny, nightmares about sudden murderous reprisals), was charged again with first degree murder for the execution of a man named Johnathan Barber in 2008 in Vancouver.
The results of these charges in court have yet to be decided. But, if history is any indication, they will probably let him off with six months probation, a million dollars and a formal apology for inconveniencing him with the trifles of jail.
The moral of the story?
Criminals, if you want to go on a crime spree?
Go to Canada.
Citizens, if you want to be safe?
You should probably try Afghanistan or Mexico first.