An Unknown Fact About Paddy Mitchell from the Stopwatch Gang


Another story from Kevin Mitchell, son of Paddy Mitchell leader of the Stopwatch Gang.


Surveillance footage of Paddy Mitchell from a 1991 robbery. Photo: Courtesy of Kevin Mitchell and McMasters University


In 1976 there was a rash of breakouts, riots and demonstrations at the Ottawa Carleton Regional Detention Centre. In January of that same year there was a serious hostage taking and things went from bad to worse. During one of the riots prisoners took over the institution and guards were held at knife point. The inmates threatened there would be a slaughter if their demands were not met.

paddy3.png Photo: Courtesy of Kevin Mitchell



Stopwatch Gang leader Paddy Mitchell who was a ‘patron’ in the detention centre at the time was called in to negotiate a truce between prisoners and guards. Within hours the riot was disbanded thus saving many lives thanks to Paddy. To this day nothing has ever been written in the press, but that was one reason Paddy had a lot of respect throughout his “questionable years” with some of the law enforcement.

“I can’t say I admire what they did, because it’s illegal,” one FBI agent who pursued the gang for years told me. “But I understood it. You have respect for the good ones, and the good ones treat you with respect.”

Mitchell is survived by his son Kevin from Carleton Place, his son in the Philippines, and two grandsons: Joey and Jacob.

Paddy always said, “There have been many stories told and written, but nobody’s got the story right yet.” This Bank Robber’s Life is Paddy’s version of one incredible story. It’ll have you laughing, crying and always on the edge of your seat. There is also another book  you will want to buy for your collection that Paddy wrote called: The Great Plane Robbery that you can buy on the same site.

Order his books here

Paddy Mitchell’s site

Kindle version available here


Local Man’s Dad Was Leader of The Stopwatch Gang


About lindaseccaspina

Linda Knight Seccaspina was born in Cowansville, Quebec about the same time as the wheel was invented and the first time she realized she could tell a tale was when she got caught passing her smutty stories around in Grade 7 at CHS by Mrs. Blinn. When Derek "Wheels" Wheeler from Degrassi Jr. High died in 2010, Linda wrote her own obituary. Some people said she should think about a career in writing obituaries. Before she laid her fingers to a keyboard, Linda owned the eclectic store Flash Cadilac and Savannah Devilles in Ottawa from 1976-1996. After writing for years about things that she cared about or pissed her off she finally found her calling. Is it sex drugs and rock n' roll you might ask? No, it is history. Seeing that her very first boyfriend in Grade 5 (who she won a Twist contest with in the 60s) is the head of the Brome Misissiquoi Historical Society and also specializes in local history back in Quebec, she finds that quite funny. She writes every single day and is also a columnist for Hometown News and Screamin's Mamas. She is a volunteer for the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum, an admin for the Lanark County Genealogical Society Facebook page, and a local guest speaker. She has been now labelled an historian by the locals which in her mind is wrong. You see she will never be like the iconic local Lanark County historian Howard Morton Brown, nor like famed local writer Mary Cook. She proudly calls herself The National Enquirer Historical writer of Lanark County, and that she can live with. Linda has been called the most stubborn woman in Lanark County, and has requested her ashes to be distributed in any Casino parking lot as close to any Wheel of Fortune machine as you can get. But since she wrote her obituary, most people assume she's already dead. Linda has published six books, "Menopausal Woman From the Corn," "Cowansville High Misremembered," "Naked Yoga, Twinkies and Celebrities," "Cancer Calls Collect," "The Tilted Kilt-Vintage Whispers of Carleton Place," and "Flashbacks of Little Miss Flash Cadilac." All are available at Amazon in paperback and Kindle. Linda's books are for sale on Amazon or at Wisteria · 62 Bridge Street · Carleton Place, Ottawa, Canada, and at the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum · 267 Edmund Street · Carleton Place, Ottawa, Canada--Appleton Museum-Mississippi Textile Mill and Mill Street Books and Heritage House Museum and The Artists Loft in Smith Falls.

2 responses »

  1. The professionalism of this man.Although drugs and alcohol are a hazard in this profession and well that’s the way it goes.There is always more to it then what is written.Im retired….


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