The prolific legal journalist of the “Journal de Montreal” Michel Auger died at the age of 76, his grandson confirmed Sunday afternoon.
This specialist in the underworld and organized crime who worked for a long time in the “Journal de Montréal” had become famous in September 2000 when he survived an attempted murder ordered by former Hells Angels leader Maurice “Mom” Boucher.
Mr. Auger had also confided in this attack, 20 years later, during an interview with the “Journal” last September.
“Twenty years ! It’s passing quickly. There are years when the same day, I don’t even think about it, “he exclaimed, humbly telling his story.
The journalist, who had been shot six times in the back, even joked that he had indirectly saved the life of “Mom” Boucher. Indeed, the hitman Gerald Gallant, then on the heels of the leader of the Hells, had decided to keep a low profile in front of the media attention generated by the attempted murder committed in the parking lot of the “Journal de Montréal”.
The attack committed in the midst of the “biker war” scandalized the journalistic community, the political class and a good number of Quebecers.
Born in Shawinigan in 1944, Michel Auger cut his teeth in journalism in the Mauricie media, before making appearances at “Montréal-Matin”, “La Presse” and at CBC. He joined the “Journal de Montréal” team in 1984, where he spent more than twenty years following legal news before putting his pen away.