Reno Trevor Hogg could "talk his way into anything," according to Wayne, the man who likely knew him best in Chilliwack.
For Wayne (who has asked that his last name not be used), it's hard to know if Allgood was trying to put his past behind him or if he was a con artist. Or maybe a sociopath.
Hogg, whose real name is George Mitchell Allgood, was convicted of a 1983 murder in Baltimore, Md., and will now go to trial in the new year for the first degree murder of his ex-girlfriend, Susan Reinhardt, and the attempted murder of her boyfriend.
"If he did come to Canada illegally, if he served his time and did what he did, OK, not a big deal," Wayne said. "But here's a guy that had the opportunity to really make something of himself and to turn around and go out to Saskatchewan and allegedly kill the mother of your son and just calmly come back and feel you can begin life again. So strange."
THE BROTHER THAT WAS NO BROTHER
Barry (who also asked that his last name not be used) recalls that he met Allgood in 2004 when Allgood wanted to become a Freemason.
Barry, who is also black, was a member of the Prince Hall Freemasons at a lodge based in Vancouver. Since Barry lived in Abbotsford at the time, he was the closest member to Allgood and was asked to be his mentor.
Barry said he often asked the man he knew as Trevor who he really was and where he was from.
"He always said 'It doesn't matter,'" Barry told the Times.
Barry said Allgood wasn't very diligent in the required work to become a Freemason. Stil, he eventually got his first degree at the lodge, after which he considered himself a full-fledged Freemason, something Barry said wasn't accurate.
Because of the Freemasons and because the use of the term "brother" is not uncommon among some black men, Barry didn't think it unusual when Allgood called him brother.
But at the same time Allgood was telling Wayne and others that Barry was indeed his blood brother.
"He put on that Barry was his older brother and Barry didn't know about it," Wayne said. "One day we met and Trevor said, 'This is my brother Barry.' Barry came by the day after that and said, 'I just want you to know I am not Trevor's brother.'"
Barry had an on-and-off connection with Allgood, but looking back and he says he never trusted him.
"I'm telling you he is a snake," he said. "I knew he was a snake but I couldn't figure out how bad a snake he was. . . . George Allgood, as he is, was a very keen man. I'd call him a sociopath."
Mike Weightman met Allgood in about 2002 or 2003. Weightman, who is the regional road safety co-ordinator for ICBC, contacted the Sto:lo Nation to create a DVD. The liaison he was put in touch with was Allgood.
Weightman called the man a chameleon. Weightman was a former RCMP officer and said that of all the people he had met over the years, he never would have thought Allgood could be capable of murder.
"It's interesting how they paint him to be this monster and I wouldn't have thought he was capable of that," he said. "After coffees and get-togethers, I never would suspect he would have a violent bone in his body."
CHARGED WITH FIRST DEGREE MURDER
Things seemed to unravel for Allgood when Reinhardt took their son to Saskatoon.
He told both Barry and Wayne that he wanted to follow her to Saskatoon to get access to his son. Both men told him that was a bad idea and that he should try to facilitate visitation rights through the courts.
"He said things like, 'I gotta get my kid out of that situation,'" Wayne said. "He was pissed off."
In early summer 2006, Allgood told Wayne that he quit his job at Sto:lo Nation. He then packed up his stuff and went to Saskatoon. But a staff member at Sto:lo Nation who worked in an office near Allgood said he didn't quit; he was fired.
Allgood called Barry from Saskatoon and said he was making demands to see his boy.
"So I said to him, 'You can't just do that. You have to do it through the courts,'" Barry said.
On July 15, 2006, at 1:15 a.m., the mother of Allgood's child, Susan Reinhardt was killed in bed by the blast from a shotgun. The man with her, David Ristow, survived. Three children were asleep in the residence at the time and were not injured.
After a four-day preliminary hearing that concluded last week, a judge concluded there was enough evidence against Allgood for the charges of first-degree murder and attempted murder to proceed to trial.
BACK TO CHILLIWACK
When Allgood went to Saskatchewan, Wayne didn't hear from him for a couple of years. In the spring of 2009, the RCMP asked Wayne to come in and answer some questions about Allgood.
"At that point they didn't know where he was," he said. "They lost track of him."
In 2009, Allgood had gone to Mexico. He called Wayne when he got back to Saskatoon. He told Wayne he was thinking of coming back to Chilliwack and asked if he could stay with him.
"Flags started going off," Wayne said. "He wants to stay with me? What's true and what's not true?"
Wayne contacted the police to ask if Allgood was a suspect in the murder.
"I talked to the detective and I said, 'I have Trevor coming out, is there any cause for concern having him at our place?' They said 'No, not at all.'"
So Allgood came out in the summer of 2009 and moved in with Wayne and his wife and two teenaged children. One week turned into two, then three and then months began to pass. Wayne said Allgood wasn't doing anything other than smoking pot, drinking and playing video games.
Finally he put his foot down in October 2009 and told Allgood his welcome had expired. That was the one and only glimpse Wayne got into the darkness that lurked beneath Allgood's charismatic exterior.
"He walked right up to my face and said, 'You disappoint me Wayne.' Just the way he did it . . . it was like the devil looking at you."
MR. BIG STING BEGINS
Allgood moved into the house next door to Wayne with a woman who needed a roommate. Because he was next door, the connection continued.
One day a young woman in a van pulled up and asked Allgood directions. He gave them and when he did, she suggested he knew Chilliwack pretty well and maybe he should talk to her boss as they needed delivery drivers.
The "job" was actually the police snaring Allgood in a so-called Mr. Big operation.
The last time Wayne or Weightman ever saw Allgood was in a downtown Starbucks.
"He came over and chatted with us and had the world by the tail, living life large," Weightman said. "He had landed a great job. But that was all part of the Mr. Big thing just before his arrest."
In December, Wayne went to Australia for a couple months. Then on Jan. 8 of this year, Saskatoon Police arrested Allgood in North Battleford. On Jan. 11 he was formally charged with first degree murder and attempted murder.
On Jan. 16, Wayne returned from Australia and immediately heard from Allgood who was in custody.
"When we got back from holidays I got a call, it was Trevor," Wayne said. "He said 'I'm in Saskatoon. That shit they are trying to pin on me--they arrested me for it.'"
Allgood kept calling Wayne over and over, always asking him for help. But Wayne said no.
At first Wayne was shocked. Then he was angry, at least partly at the police for not warning him about Allgood.
"This came to me as a big shock," he said. "I was in shock for about two days. I can't believe I had this fellow in my house. They put me in jeopardy."
He even called up the detective in charge to complain that they knew Allgood was at his house and they didn't warn him.
"The detective said 'No, no we never would have put you in danger.' I said 'You don't know that.'"
George Mitchell Allgood carried on for quite a few years as Reno Trevor Hogg with tenuous connections to different people in Chilliwack.
Like a pyramid scheme of lies, the fiction couldn't last. But how it all began is a great mystery to some of those most closely connected to Allgood while he was here.
"Here's a guy that murdered, was convicted and now is alleged [to have murdered], how is he able to get into Canada and get an identity to get a social insurance number and get unemployment and work and move into a community?" Wayne said. "He lived here for 10 years under an assumed name and nobody knows the difference."
Barry agreed: "Our system sucks to allow a man to get out of prison for murder and just walk across the border."
Wayne was told by the Crown prosecutor in Saskatoon that Allgood now claims to be a Muslim who is being persecuted. At his last court appearance, he wore a Muslim cap and was clutching a red-bound book.
Weightman is surprised that someone who seemed "as harmless as a fly" could have done what he has been convicted of once and is now charged with again.
In Chilliwack, maybe Allgood was putting his terrible past behind him, trying to create a new life for himself. But things went sideways.
"When you look at it, thousands of people are released from prison and how do they create a new life for themselves?" Weightman said. "Everybody can't be suspicious of everybody."
See here for part one of this story
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