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Johnny K-9 held in double slaying


Croitoru as Bruiser Bedlam

Former WWF jobber Johnny K-9 was arrested yesterday in Hamilton, charged with the 1998 double murder of a criminal lawyer and her husband.

K-9 was a familiar sight on WWF Maple Leaf Wrestling telecasts, bellowing at the top of his lungs and dropping to his knees and crossing his arms before inevitably going down in the match to some superstar.

He also worked in Jim Cornette's Smokey Mountain Wrestling as Bruiser Bedlam.

But away from the ring, Ion (John) William Croitoru had led a troubled life of drugs and he ran with the Satan's Choice Motorcycle Club. Police say that Croitoru was the president of the Club.

Lynn and Fred Gilbank of Ancaster, Ont., were shot to death in their home in the pre-dawn hours on Nov. 16, 1998. At the time, police believed that one of Hamilton's organized crime groups was involved, and that the killings were related to Lynn Gilbank's work as a criminal laywer.


Croitoru has been charged with two counts of first-degree murder and two counts of conspiracy to commit murder.

"I cannot understate how proud I am of all the officers who have worked on this case for the past six years," Hamilton Police Chief Brian Mullan said a press conference Thursday. "These deaths deeply affected not only their family and friends but the whole city." Mullan said that he expects more arrests to be made in the slayings.

Croitoru is expected to appear in Ontario Court on Friday.

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  • Johnny K-9 bio and story archive

    -- SLAM! Wrestling, with files from Canoe wire services