Fourth Reich


The term "Fourth Reich" is an allusion to Hitler's Third Reich and to the goal of establishing a society ruled by National Socialist ideology. A California-based neo-Nazi skinhead gang active in the early 1990s adopted the name "Fourth Reich Skins," but appears to have largely disbanded after leaders in the gang were arrested and convicted in 1993 for conspiring to commit bombings and murders. In more recent years, a white prison gang called Fourth Reich has been active in Utah prisons. Gang members or affiliates may sport tattoos with the words "Fourth Reich" or the symbol representing the words. In addition, non-associated white supremacists may sometimes use "Fourth Reich" symbology as well.

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Highwaymen Motorcycle Club

Highwaymen MC

The Highwaymen Motorcycle Club is a "one-percenter" motorcycle gang that was formed in Detroit, Michigan in 1954. The club has over a hundred members in Michigan alone and there are now chapters in Florida, Indiana, Kentucky and Tennessee, as well as in Norway. Their insignia is a winged skeleton wearing a motorcycle cap and leather jacket, and their colors are black and silver. The club's mottos are "Yea, though we ride the highways in the shadows of death, we fear no evil, for we are the most evil motherfuckers on the highway" and "Highwaymen forever, forever Highwaymen" ("H.F.F.H.").

Although the Highwaymen are the largest motorcycle club in the city, they are excluded from the Detroit Federation of Motorcycle Clubs as they have a reputation as a criminal organization. The club has undergone a number of large-scale police and FBI investigations, most notably in 1973, 1987 and 2007.

Criminal activities

On May 5, 2007, the Federal Bureau of Investigation arrested forty members and associates of the Detroit chapter of the Highwaymen on a number of charges including racketeering, murder for hire, assault, police corruption, cocaine trafficking, vehicle theft, and mortgage and insurance fraud. Twenty-nine illegal firearms, including assault rifles, shotguns and handguns, were also found when FBI agents raided homes and the chapter's clubhouse. The investigation in to the club lasted two years and involved wiretaps and two informants, one of which was eventually murdered.

High-ranking Highwaymen member Randell Lee McDaniel was arrested for running a chop shop in Lansing, Michigan on June 13, 2007. The investigation by the Monroe County Auto Theft Enforcement began in October 2006 and served several search warrants on properties owned by McDaniel. He was charged with conducting a criminal enterprise, operating a chop shop, motor vehicle theft and possessing a controlled substance.

Four police officers and a member of the Highwaymen were indicted on March 12, 2008 by a federal grand jury in Detroit on charges stemming from the 2007 investigation into drug trafficking. Highwaymen member Sean Donovan, who was already incarcerated on stolen property charges, was charged with possession with intent to distribute marijuana and Vicodin. The four police officers were also jailed for corruption.

A Highwaymen-run methamphetamine lab in Eaton Rapids, Michigan was raided by the Tri-County Metro Narcotics Squad and Michigan State Police Emergency Response Team on February 14, 2009. Forty pounds of anhydrous ammonia and a variety of chemicals and equipment that are used to manufacture the drug were found on the scene, as well as methamphetamine itself. One man was arrested at the scene and several others were later apprehended.

Highwaymen MC

Founded: 1954 in Detroit, Michigan, United States
Years active: 1954-present
Territory: Midwestern and Southern United States
Ethnicity: Predominantly White
Membership: 200+
Criminal activities: Drug trafficking, arms dealing, assault, auto theft, contract killing, chop shop, prostitution, extortion, money laundering, mortgage fraud, insurance fraud, police corruption, and Racketeering
Allies: Sons of Silence
Rivals: Black Pistons and Outlaws

See also: Biker Gangs


Brother Speed Motorcycle Club

Brother Speed MC

The Brother Speed Motorcycle Club is a "one-percenter" motorcycle gang that was formed in Boise, Idaho in 1969, but now has its mother chapter in Portland, Oregon. Brother Speed was established by a group of high school friends who rode motorcycles together. The friends noticed an increase in motorcycles in the area and decided to run a newspaper ad looking for anyone interested in riding together and starting a motorcycle club. A meeting was organized with approximately 20 people attending the first meeting. A few weeks after the first meeting, the group came up with the name, "Brother Speed". The club's insignia is a winged skull with sunglasses and its "colors" are black and gold. There are around 150 Brother Speed members and there are eight chapters spread across Oregon, Idaho, Washington and Utah. It is one of the "big five" motorcycle clubs in Oregon, alongside the Vagos, Free Souls, Gypsy Jokers and the Outsiders. Members must be male, at least 21 years of age and own an American-made motorcycle.

Criminal activities

On October 21, 2008, a Brother Speed member was charged with concealing a dangerous weapon after his car was pulled over by police in Eugene, Oregon. Police found a box of ammunition and two hand guns in the car. An Outsiders member and a Gypsy Joker were also riding in the vehicle at the time.

Brother Speed MC

Established: May 1969 in Boise, Idaho, United States
Years active: 1969-present
Territory: Northwestern United States
Ethnicity: White
Membership: 150 full-patch members
Criminal activities: Drug trafficking, arms dealing, extortion and money laundering
Allies: Free Souls, Gypsy Jokers and Outsiders
Rivals: Mongols and Vagos

See also: Biker Gangs

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September 18, 2009 - Brother Speed MC has a 26-bike crash in Oregon

State of Oregon: Oregon State Police ###FLASHALERT###
Fri 9/18/09 4:13 PM

Oregon State Police: One lane northbound is now open following a multi-vehicle crash involving 26 motorcycles and two passenger vehicles northbound Interstate 5 near the Baldock Rest Area south of Wilsonville. Two motorcyclists taken by LifeFlight with critical injuries and eight others transported by ground ambulance to area hospitals.

Preliminary information indicates on September 18, 2009 at approximately 2:45 p.m. a group of at least 26 motorcyclists were northbound in the left lane on Interstate 5 near milepost 22 following a passenger vehicle when traffic ahead began slowing. The car and motorcyclists all tried to slow but collided with one another. A vehicle in the middle northbound lane was reportedly struck by one of the motorcycles.

All northbound lanes were closed until about 4:00 p.m. Traffic is reported slow but getting through in one lane. Southbound lanes are open but also very slow.


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Members of the Brother Speed outlaw motorcycle club rolled into a bloody 26-bike crash on Interstate 5 north Friday afternoon, south of Wilsonville

"When we arrived on scene, it was ordered mayhem," said Lt. Mike Towner of Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue. "There were ... two dozen motorcycles scattered across the freeway."

Two bikers with critical injuries were flown by LifeFlight helicopter to Legacy Emanuel Hospital & Health Center and OHSU Hospital in Portland. Seven other crash victims with less serious injuries were taken by ambulance.

Northbound lanes at Milepost 282, near the Baldock Rest Area, were shut down at 2:45 p.m., then remained closed for more than an hour, backing up traffic for more than seven miles. Southbound traffic also experienced delays.

The bikers were heading north to take part in the Portland chapter's annual birthday bash and a weekend demolition derby, according to one law enforcement official.

Lt. Gregg Hastings, Oregon State Police spokesman, said 26 motorcycles were traveling north in the left lane, following a car, when traffic ahead began slowing. The car and the bikers all tried to slow down, but collided, piling up on the road. A vehicle in the middle northbound lane was reportedly struck by one of the motorcycles, Hastings said.

State troopers rushed to the crash scene, along with crews from the Oregon Department of Transportation, Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue, American Medical Response and fire departments from Canby, Aurora and St. Paul.

Karen Eubanks, TVF&R spokeswoman, said seven crash victims were treated for shoulder and hip injuries and broken bones. Two others were treated but refused to go to a hospital.

Police estimate membership of the Brother Speed Motorcycle Club at more than 100 in Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Montana and Utah. The club, founded in 1969, is one of six in Oregon identified by the state Department of Justice as an outlaw biker gang.

Members of the club wear black and gold colors that depict a grinning, winged skull wearing a helmet and motorcycle goggles. The bulk of the club's Oregon membership meets at clubhouses in Portland and Hillsboro, according to law enforcement sources.

"BROTHER SPEED M/C is a club that is serious about brotherhood, respect, riding fast and building choppers," the club writes on its Oregon Web site.

The Breed Motorcycle Club

The Breed Motorcycle Club is a "one-percenter" motorcycle gang that was formed in Jersey City, New Jersey during the late-1960s. It is one of the most powerful biker gangs in the Northeastern United States, with a number of chapters in New Jersey and Pennsylvania. Although The Breed were founded in the 1960s, the gang did not start to expand rapidly until the early 1980s when members of the Aces and Eights Motorcycle Club, based in Riverside, New Jersey, patched over in 1983. In 1986, the Branded Motorcycle Club and Bandana Motorcycle Club were both absorbed into The Breed.

Criminal activities

The club is said to specialize in producing, transporting and distributing methamphetamine. Three members of The Breed were arrested in July 2003 for beating up a former member of the club and various other charges. On October 5, 2002, Sanford Gorzelsky, Scott Lear and Frederick DeCapua attacked Arne "Ole" Olsen at the My Way Cafe in Long Branch, New Jersey in retaliation for his testimony in a court case involving other Breed members.

On July 21, 2006, fifteen members of The Breed were arrested for running a large scale crystal methamphetamine ring after a year-long investigation by the Attorney General's Bureau of Narcotics Investigation and the Philadelphia Police Department, known as "Operation Breed on a Wire". Among the accused were two chapter presidents. The drug ring operated in Pennsylvania and New Jersey, and distributed over 120 pounds of crystal methamphetamine from May 2005 through June 2006, which has an estimated street value of more than $11.25 million. Police also seized more than 22 pounds of crystal meth, nearly $500,000 in cash and bank deposits, 44 firearms, including one submachine gun, 10 improvised explosive devices, various vehicles and 24 motorcycles during a series of raids. Authorities now maintain that the gang no longer exists.


The Breed MC

Founded: 1968 in Jersey City, New Jersey, United States
Years active: 1968-present
Territory: Northeastern United States
Ethnicity: White
Membership: 50-100 full-patch members
Criminal activities: Drug trafficking, arms dealing, extortion, prostitution and money laundering
Rivals: Hells Angels, Outlaws, Pagans and Warlocks

See also: Biker Gangs

Diablos Motorcycle Club


The Diablos Motorcycle Club is a "one-percenter" outlaw motorcycle gang in the United States with chapters in several cities.

On September 24, 1998, Diablo club member Raymond "Stoney" Stone and seven other members were charged with various crimes (including Stone's confession in his involvement in the 1992 murder of rival gang member Mike D'Amato of Wallingford, Connecticut's James Gang MC for which he would be sentenced to 20 years imprisonment).

Keith Gallagher, the vice president of the Diablos' national chapter, was indicted on charges of cocaine trafficking on January 24, 2006.

Diablos member Jerry Louis Fantauzzi was arrested on December 7, 2005, following a long-term investigation into the Diablos in Waterbury and Meriden, Connecticut. On November 20, 2006, he was sentenced to ten years imprisonment on charges of drug dealing.

Diablos MC

Established: 1960's in Meriden, Connecticut, United States
Years active: 1960's-present
Territory: Chapters throughout the Northeast United States
Ethnicity: White
Membership: 100
Criminal activities: Drug trafficking, arms dealing, extortion, prostitution

See also: Biker Gangs

Warlocks Motorcycle Club

Florida Warlocks MC

The Warlocks Motorcycle Club is the name used by a number of motorcycle clubs in the United States and other countries. The two most notable clubs which use the name were both founded in 1967, one in Florida and one in Pennsylvania.

The Florida Warlocks MC, or Warlock Nation, is a "one-percenter" motorcycle gang with chapters in various parts of the United States, England and Germany. The club was established by Tom "Grub" Freeland, an ex-US Navy sailor, on the outskirts of Orlando, Florida in 1967 and the Mother Chapter is still based there. They have over nine chapters in Florida, five in South Carolina, three in Virginia, two in West Virginia, one in New York, two in Lincolnshire, England and one in Germany. There are also several Nomads who live and work in states that don't have Warlocks chapters. The club's insignia is a Phoenix sandwiched between the top and bottom rockers, and their colors are black, red and yellow. Their mottos include "To find us... you must be good, to catch us... you must be fast, to beat us... you must be kidding" and "Warlocks forever, forever Warlocks" ("W.F.F.W.").

Established: Summer 1967 in Orlando, Florida, United States
Founder: Tom "Grub" Freeland
Years active: 1967-present
Territory: East Coast of the United States. Also chapters in England and Germany.
Ethnicity: White
Membership: 500+
Criminal activities: Drug trafficking, extortion, money laundering, prostitution and arms dealing
Allies: Hells Angels, Sons of Silence and Vagos
Rivals: Outlaws and Pagans

The Warlocks were investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives in 1991, after Steve Martin, an undercover agent, infiltrated the club, and several members were arrested and convicted of drug trafficking, gun running, murder and a number of other charges. Again, in 2003 the ATF investigated the Warlocks, and convicted several members of drug and weapon charges once more.

There is one non-affiliated Warlocks club in central Johannesburg in South Africa. It is essentially a split from the Satan's Saints (which was a split from the Hells Angels some years ago).



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Pennsylvania Warlocks MC

The Pennsylvania Warlocks MC is "one-percenter" motorcycle gang that was formed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1967. It was the first official outlaw motorcycle club founded in Pennsylvania. and there are now chapters throughout the Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Massachusetts and Ohio areas. They bear "colors" that are unique to the other Warlocks organizations and are the first of the known Warlocks to possess the 1%er diamond patch, worn on their "colors" over their hearts.

The club's insignia is a Harpy, a legendary winged creature in Greek mythology, and their colors are red and white. The club expanded rapidly at the end of the Vietnam War when thousands of ex-soldiers returned to the United States, many to Pennsylvania, feeling outcast from society. Members of the club must be White males.

Established: February 1967 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Years active: 1967-present
Territory: Northeastern United States
Ethnicity: White
Membership: 100+
Criminal activities: Assault, Drug trafficking, extortion, money laundering, murder, and arms dealing
Allies: Pittsburgh and Philadelphia crime families
Rivals: Outlaws, Hells Angels, Pagans and The Breed

They have been associated with gang violence and organized crime and have allegedly participated in drug trafficking, extortion, and various other illegal acts, sometimes for higher criminal organizations. A number of their members have been convicted of crimes including murder, assault and drug trafficking. They are especially known for their violent conflicts with members of other motorcycle clubs, including the Pagans and the Breed.

In 2008, Tommy Zaroff, 34, a former President of the Bucks County chapter of the Warlocks was arrested on suspicion of possessing ten pounds of methamphetamine and on February 4, 2009, Daniel "Dirty Dick" McElheney, 64, was arrested after his home was raided by police. Police seized six rifles, ten handguns and various illegal drugs.

In October 2008, four Warlocks members were arrested and charged with producing, transporting and distributing methamphetamine throughout Berks and Montgomery Counties. They sold over 500 pounds of methamphetamine, worth around $9 million.

Outlaws Motorcycle Club

Outlaws MC


The Outlaws Motorcycle Club (Outlaws) have more than 1,700 members who belong to 176 chapters in the U.S. and in 12 foreign countries. U.S. law enforcement authorities estimate that the Outlaws have more than 86 chapters in 20 states with over 700 members. The Outlaws also identify themselves as the A.O.A. (American Outlaws Association) and the Outlaws Nation. The Outlaws are the dominant OMG in the Great Lakes region. The Outlaws are involved in the production, transportation and distribution of methamphetamine, the transportation and distribution of cocaine, marijuana and, to a lesser extent, ecstasy. The Outlaws engage in various criminal activities including arson, assault, explosives, extortion, fraud, homicide, intimidation, kidnapping, money laundering, prostitution, robbery, theft and weapons violations. The Outlaws compete with the Hells Angels for both members and territory.


Membership in the Outlaws is limited to men who own American-made motorcycles of a particular size, although in Europe motorcycles from any country are allowed so long as they are in the chopper style. Their main rivals are the Hells Angels, giving rise to an acronym used by Outlaws members, "ADIOS" (Angels Die In Outlaw States).


History

The Outlaws Motorcycle Club was established out of Matilda's Bar on old Route 66 in McCook, Illinois a southwestern suburb of Chicago in 1935. The club stayed together during World War II, but like most organizations at that time, their activities were limited. In May 1946, the Outlaws attended the first major post-war motorcycle event in the midwest, which was held at Soldier Field, Chicago.

By 1950, the Outlaws had expanded rapidly and most of their members were now from the Chicago area. The club re-established itself in Chicago and changed their logo; a small skull replaced a winged motorcycle and Old English-style letters were adopted. This design was embroidered on a black shirt and hand painted on leather jackets. In 1954, the Crossed Pistons were added to the original small skull. This design was embroidered on a black western-style shirt with white piping. The movie The Wild One with Marlon Brando influenced this backpatch. The Skull and Crossed Pistons were redesigned in 1959, making them much larger with more detail. The A.O.A. Logo was adopted as an answer to the A.M.A. logo.

In 1960, the American Motorcycle Association, an organization which supervises all official races in the United States, banned the word "Outlaws" from all race clothing. Therefore all racing club members wore the sign O.M.C.(Outlaw Motorcycle Club) on their outfits until 1963. The Outlaws became an official member of the 1%er Brotherhood of Clubs in 1963, making it the first official 1%er club east of the Mississippi River. On July 4, 1964, the Cult MC from Voorheesville were patched-over by the Outlaws. During the Springfield Motor Races in August of the same year, they became associates of the Gypsy Outlaws from Louisville, Kentucky. A Milwaukee chapter was then established and the "Outlaw Nation" was founded with Chicago as Mother Chapter. On January 1, 1965, the American Outlaws Association (A.O.A.) was founded. The insignia of the club, a skull and crossed pistons, is named "Charlie". In July 1967, the Outlaws National President and a number of other members travelled south from Chicago and sanctioned the club's first chapter in Florida. "God Forgives, Outlaws Don't" ("G.F.O.D.") became the club's motto in 1969.


In 1977, the Outlaws patched-over Satan's Choice MC in Canada, to found its first foreign chapter. The club's first Iowa chapter was founded in 1978 when Diablo Knights MC became an Outlaws associate. A member not belonging to the Mother Chapter in Chicago became the club's National President for the first time in 1984 and in 1989, the abbreviation "MC" (Motorcycle Club) was added to the backpatch. The Outlaws' first European chapter was established in France in 1993 and the following year, an Australian chapter was founded. MC 44 of France also became a chapter. In 1995, the club's Chicago chapter was split into three groups: Mother Chapter (Southside), Westside and Northside. A second European chapter was also opened in Norway. In 1999, the Belgian Outlaws MC, which already existed independently for 25 years, became a member of the AOA. The 2000s saw the Outlaws expand rapidly in Europe. The English and Welsh Outlaws MC, until then independent MCs, joined the AOA in 2000. Ghost Riders MC of Germany joined the AOA and chapters were opened in Sweden and Thailand in 2001. In 2002, the Outlaws' first support club, the Black Pistons, was founded in Germany. There are now Black Pistons chapters in the United States, Canada, England, Poland and Norway. Poland, along with Italy, also opened its first Outlaws chapter that year. By 2003, the Outlaws were represented in 19 US states. In late 2004, the first Outlaws chapter was opened in Russia and in 2005, the club celebrated the 70th Anniversary as a Motorcycle Club and the 40th Anniversary of the AOA. A Japanese chapter was opened in 2006 and in 2007, the club opened a chapter in the Philippines. The Black Pistons also started its first chapter in Australia.

Famous and infamous members

The FBI's Ten Most Wanted Fugitive #453, Harry Joseph Bowman, known World Leader of the AOA, in prison since 1999 for three murders, was the international president of the Outlaws Motorcycle Club. During the time that Bowman was a fugitive in 1998, it had chapters in more than 30 cities in the United States and some 20 chapters in at least four other countries. David Allan Coe was a member of the Outlaws Motorcycle Club.


Outlaws MC

Established: 1935 in McCook, Illinois, United States
Years active: 1935-present
Territory: Chapters in Australia, Belgium, Canada, England, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, New Zealand, Northern Ireland, Norway, the Philippines, Poland, the Republic of Ireland, Russia, Spain, Sweden, Thailand, the United States and Wales
Ethnicity: White and Hispanic
Membership: 1,700 full-patch members, many more prospects and hang-arounds
Criminal activities: Drug dealing, arms dealing, bombings, extortion, prostitution, trafficking in stolen goods
Allies: Bandidos, Black Pistons, and Mongols
Rivals: Hells Angels, Highwaymen, Pagans, Sons of Silence

See also: Harry Bowman, Operation Ice Breaker, Biker Gangs

Black Pistons Motorcycle Club


Black Pistons MC

The Black Pistons Motorcycle Club (Black Pistons) is the official support club for the Outlaws Motorcycle Club (Outlaws). Established in 2002 with the backing of the Outlaws, the Black Pistons have expanded rapidly throughout the U.S., Canada and Europe. The Black Pistons have an estimated 70 domestic chapters in 20 states and an unknown number of foreign chapters in Belgium, Canada, Germany, Great Britain, Norway and Poland. The exact number of Black Pistons members is unknown but the figure is estimated to be more than 200 in the U.S. The Outlaws use the Black Pistons chapters as a recruitment source for prospective Outlaws members. The Outlaws also use the Black Pistons chapters to conduct criminal activity, especially for the transportation and distribution of drugs. Members of the Black Pistons are also known to engage in assault, extortion, fraud, intimidation and theft.

Black Pistons MC

Established: 2002 in Germany
Years active: 2002-present
Territory: U.S., Canada, Belgium, Canada, Germany, Great Britain, Norway and Poland
Ethnicity: Predominantly white
Membership: Unknown (an estimated 200+ in the U.S)
Criminal activities: Drug dealing, assault, extortion, fraud, intimidation, and theft
Allies: Outlaws, Bandidos, and Mongols
Rivals: Hells Angels, Highwaymen, Pagans, Sons of Silence

See also: Biker Gangs

Bandidos Motorcycle Club

Bandidos MC

The Bandidos Motorcycle Club (Bandidos), also known as the Bandido Nation, is a "one-percenter" motorcycle gang with a membership of 2,000 to 2,500 persons in the U.S. and in 13 other countries. The Bandidos constitute a growing criminal threat to the U.S. Law enforcement authorities estimate that the Bandidos are one of the two largest OMGs operating in the U.S., with approximately 900 members belonging to 93 chapters. The Bandidos are involved in transporting and distributing cocaine and marijuana and are involved in the production, transportation and distribution of methamphetamine. The Bandidos are most active in the Pacific, Southeastern, Southwestern and the West Central regions of the U.S. The Bandidos are expanding in each of these regions by forming additional chapters and allowing members of supporting clubs, known as “puppet” or “duck” club members who have sworn allegiance to another club but who support and do the “dirty work” of a mother club–to form new or join existing Bandidos chapters.

History

The club was formed in 1966 in San Leon, Texas by Donald Eugene Chambers. Many people think Chambers named his club the Bandidos after seeing a TV commercial with the Frito Bandito raising hell to sell Fritos corn chips. This is not true, as the cartoon came out in 1968 (although he did adopt an obese machete- and pistol-wielding Mexican Bandido as the center patch for the club's colors). Don Chambers, having served in Vietnam as a Marine, modeled the clubs colors after the scarlet and gold motif of the United States Marine Corps. After Chambers' presidency ended due to his conviction for murder in El Paso, Texas, Ronnie Hodge was elevated to president.

Organization

The Bandidos has over 90 chapters in the United States, 90 chapters in Europe, and another 17 in Australia and Southeast Asia. In the United States, the club is concentrated in Texas, but extends into Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Arkansas, New Mexico, Colorado, Montana, Wyoming, South Dakota, Utah, Idaho, Nevada, Washington State, Oklahoma, Nebraska, and several other states. The Rock Machine Motorcycle club in Canada merged with the Bandidos in 2000, and there is a chapter in Toronto, Ontario. The Bandidos are also found in Australia; aside from the non-locale-specific Nomads chapter, the chapters are located in Adelaide, Ballarat, Brisbane City, Cairns, Sydney Downtown, Geelong, Gold Coast, Hunter Valley, Ipswich City, Mid North Coast, Mid State, Northside, Noosa, North Victoria, Sunshine Coast, Sydney, and Toowoomba, and were acquired with much bloodletting. In recent years the club has also expanded heavily into Germany, Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Finland, Belgium, Italy, Luxembourg, France and the Channel Islands. Additionally, it is looking into setting up shop in Russia and Eastern Europe and also in Singapore, Malaysia and Thailand. The Bandidos are organized by local chapters, with state and regional officers, as well as a national chapter made up of four regional vice presidents and a national president.

Like the Hell's Angels, the Bandidos also have a number of puppet, or so-called "support," clubs, who are used as proxies for both legal and illegal activities. These groups usually wear reverse colors (gold border with red background rather than the Bandidos' red-border–and–gold background). They also commonly wear a unique patch consisting of a round patch in Bandidos colors on the front upper left of the colors (vest), as worn by the member. Most of these clubs are regional.

Bandidos MC

Established: 1966 in San Leon, Texas, United States
Founder: Donald Eugene Chambers
Years active: 1966-present
Territory: Chapters in Australia, Belgium, Canada, Costa Rica, Denmark, England, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Norway, Singapore, Sweden, Thailand and the United States
Ethnicity: White and Hispanic
Membership: 2,000-2,500 full-patch members
Criminal activities: Drug dealing, arms dealing, extortion, murder, money laundering
Allies: Mongols, Outlaws and Vagos
Rivals: Comancheros, Hells Angels, and Sons of Silence


Members’ Involvement with Crime

United States

In November, 2006, Glenn Merritt of the Bellingham, Washington chapter was sentenced to four years in prison for drug possession and trafficking in stolen property. A total of 32 members were indicted in the associated investigation, on charges including conspiracy, witness tampering, and various drug and gun violations. Eighteen of those plead guilty. In October, 2006, George Wegers, then Bandidos' international president, plead guilty and received a two-year sentence for conspiracy to engage in racketeering.

On 16 August 2004, a passer-by on Interstate 10 flagged down an officer after finding Robert Quiroga, International Boxing Federation Super flyweight champion from 1990 to 1993, lying next to his car. Quiroga had been stabbed multiple times. Richard Merla, a member of the Bandidos, was arrested in 2006 for the killing, pleaded no contest to murdering Quiroga in 2007, and was sentenced to 40 years in prison. "I don't regret it. I don't have no remorse. I don't feel sorry for him and his family. I don't and I mean that," Merla admits. In regards to the senseless murder of Robert Quiroga, the Bandidos Motorcycle Club denounced any involvement in the crime, stating that Merla's actions were his own, and not those of the Club. Merla was removed from the Club due to his actions.

In March 2006 police in Austin, Texas announced that the Bandidos were the prime suspects in the March 18, 2006 slaying of a 44-year-old local motorcyclist named Anthony Benesh. Benesh, who had been trying to start an Austin chapter of the Hells Angels, was shot in the head by an unseen sniper, as he was leaving a North Austin restaurant with his girlfriend and two children. Police said that Benesh was flanked by other people and the shooter used only one bullet, fired at a distance from a high-powered rifle. The murder occurred on the same weekend as the annual Bandidos MC "Birthday Party" in Southeast Texas, marking the 40th anniversary of the club's 1966 founding. According to police, in the days before his murder, Benesh had been receiving telephone calls from Bandidos telling him to stop wearing a vest that displayed Hells Angels patches.

Scandinavia

A turf and drug war between the Hells Angels and the Bandidos, known as the "Great Nordic Biker War" raged from 1994 until 1997. It resulted in 11 murders, 74 attempted murders, and 96 wounded members of the involved biker clubs. In Denmark a law was passed in response to the biker war that banned biker clubs from owning or renting property for their club activities. The law was later repealed on constitutional grounds.

On January 14, 2009, the Bandidos Sweden President, Mehdi Seyyed, was sentenced to nine years in prison for two counts of attempted murder. He bombed two cars in Gothenburg, in September 2006, with hand grenades, in acts of revenge as the victims had previously testified against him. Four other Bandidos members received shorter sentences for their involvement in the attacks.

Australia

The Bandidos are known in Australia for their involvement in the Milperra Bikie Massacre, a shoot-out with the rival Comanchero Motorcycle Club that killed 7 people.

More recently, five Bandidos are accused of starting a blaze which destroyed the Rebels clubhouse at Albion, a suburb of Brisbane, Australia on March 27. All five faced Brisbane Magistrates Court again on June 4, 2007.

On 22 October 2008, Bandido member Ross Brand, 51 and an acquaintance were shot while walking outside the gang's Geelong clubhouse. Mr. Brand was struck in the head and died. Police have speculated that rival Rebels motorcycle gang may be responsible.

On March 24th, 2009 the Sgt. of Arms of the Bandidos Auburn chapter Mahmoud Dib was arrested and charged with firearms offences by police investigating a string of drive-by shootings in Sydney. Police found a.45 calibre semi-automatic pistol which was loaded with seven bullets. Previously Dib's residency was shot by rival bike-gang Notorious in what is believed to be an ongoing feud with the latter Parramatta based bike group and the Bandidos.

Canada

On April 8, 2006, four vehicles containing the bodies of eight murdered men were discovered in a farmer's field outside of the hamlet of Shedden, Ontario, Canada. Six of the men killed in what became known as the Shedden Massacre were believed to have been full members of the Bandidos, including the alleged president of the organization in Canada. Three of the suspects in the case are also believed to have been full members, and one a prospective member. Police described this incident as an internal cleansing of the Bandidos organization NSCC (No Surrender Crew Canada).

Germany

On June 11, 2008, two Bandidos members were convicted and sentenced to life imprisonment for the murder of a Hells Angels member in Ibbenb├╝ren, Germany. Reports say they drove to his Harley-Davidson shop and shot him there on May 23, 2007. After the first day of a related lawsuit on December 17, 2007, riots between the two gangs and the police had been reported.

See also: Biker Gangs

WHITE PRISON GANGS


Operation Black Biscuit (retro sting flashback)

The man's body lay crumpled in a ditch, face down, unidentifiable except for a blood-soaked leather jacket bearing the Mongols Motorcycle Club insignia.

Burly, tattooed bikers stood around admiring their work, taking digital photographs under a blazing sun. Among them was Jay "Jaybird" Dobyns, who had told Arizona Hells Angels associates in advance that he and a companion were going to Mexico to kill a rival Mongols gang member. ...[read]




WHITE GANGS BEHIND BARS

The findings are summarized from a 2004 survey which asked the prison respondent to identify the name of a white prison gang. Table 1 presents the top ten white prison gangs in America today. The ranking system here is based on the extent of the problem across jurisdictions. For example, it should come as no surprise to anyone familiar with this problem that the Aryan Brotherhood gang is listed as the number one gang on this national list. The Aryan Brotherhood or AB’s have been documented in all 50 states, and this dates back over a decade. The book entitled The Hot House by Pete Earley is based on interviews from AB’s in the federal prison system and is a very accurate portrayal of the gang’s sophistication and its violent potential.

In the racially charged tension of the prison system in America, most white gangs are in a constant “state of war” with black and hispanic gangs. But, it should be stated that not all white gangs are racist. Perhaps we should say that even if they are racist, or have lots of racist members, such “non-racist” gangs may also have an alliance with black or hispanic gangs.


Table 1
Top 10 white prison gangs ranked by the level of their representation in the national gang problem behind bars

1. Aryan Brotherhood
2. Aryan Nations
3. Skinheads
4. Ku Klux Klan
5. Peckerwoods
6. Aryan Circle
7. White Aryan Resistance (WAR)
8. Neo-nazis
9. Dirty White Boys
10. United Aryan Brotherhood


Table 2
Top 50 white prison gangs in the USA (unranked)

1. Aryan Brotherhood - Nationwide
2. Aryan Brotherhood of Texas
3. Aryan Circle - South
4. Aryan Family
5. Aryan Nations
6. Brothers of White Strength - Connecticut
7. Christian Identity
8. Dirty White Boys - South, Midwest
9. Irish Mob - New York
10. Hammerskins - Nationwide, International
11. Ku Klux Klan
12. NLR - Nazi Lowriders - California, West, South
13. Neo-nazis
14. Northsiders - Illinois, Midwest
15. Outlaw Mafia
16. Oklahoma Aryan Brotherhood - Oklahoma
17. Pagans MC - Northeast
18. Peckerwoods - West, South
19. Simon City Royals - Midwest, South
20. Skinheads - Nationwide, International
21. Southern Brotherhood - Alabama
22. United Aryan Brotherhood
23. White Aryan Resistance (WAR)
24. World Church of the Creator
25. White Pride
26. Aryan Knights - Idaho
27. Aryan Warriors - Nevada
28. Blood and Honour
29. Caucasian Cartel - Ohio
30. Cincinnati Caucasian Cartel - Ohio
31. DOTAR (Defenders of the Aryan Race)
32. European Kindred - Oregon, West
33. Freight Train Riders Association (FTRA)
34. Hell’s Angels MC - Nationwide, International
35. Insane Gangster Disciples - Midwest, South
36. Iron Eagle Skinheads
37. National Alliance
38. Posse Comitatus
39. Saxon Knights - Indiana, Midwest
40. SAW - Silent Aryan Warriors - Utah, West
41. SAC - Soldiers of Aryan Culture - Utah, West
42. Sons of Silence MC - Midwest, South, Germany
43. Texas Mafia
44. White Pride World Wide
45. National Socialist Movement
46. White Knights
47. United Brotherhood Kindred - Michigan
48. Universal Aryan Brotherhood
49. Stone Mercenaries
50. Fourth Reich - Utah

* Dead Man Inc - Northeast, South
* PENI - Public Enemy Number One - California, West
* Krieger Verwandt - Utah
* Brotherhood of Aryan Alliance
* Chicago Gaylords - Illinois, Midwest
* 211 Crew - Colorado
* Wood Pile Gang - Colorado
* Hard Ass Crackers - Alabama

Regional Divisions (Northeast, Midwest, South, West)



THE TOP WHITE RACIST “RELIGIOUS” FRONT GROUPS

One of the open-ended questions on the survey asked “what are the largest white racist “religious” front groups that are proselytizing to the inmates in your facility?”

Top 10 white racist “religious” front groups in American prisons today (ranked by frequency cited nationally)

1. World Church of the Creator (Creativity Movement)
2. Aryan Brotherhood (not a religion)
3. Aryan Nations
4. Ku Klux Klan
5. Asatru (Norse paganism)
6. Odinism (Germanic paganism)
7. Christian Identity
8. Skinheads (not a religion)
9. Church of Jesus Christ Christian
10. Wotansvolk Wotanism (David Lane's brand of Odinism)

WHITE PRISON GANGS


55 members of the Pagans MC indicted in West Virginia bust

October 06, 2009

An indictment charging 55 members of the Pagans motorcycle gang with violent crimes ranging from robbery and extortion to conspiracy to commit murder was unsealed today by federal officials.... [read]




Hells Angels MC is labeled a Street Gang
September 23, 2009

According to a jury and Maricopa County Attorney Andrew Thomas, the Hells Angels Motorcycle Club are officially a "street gang." ....Nathaniel Sample [pictured above] hit a man in the head with a beer bottle for bumping into him at a bar....[read]




Brother Speed MC has a 26-bike crash on Interstate 5 in Oregon

September 18, 2009

"When we arrived on scene, it was ordered mayhem," said Lt. Mike Towner of Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue. "There were two dozen motorcycles scattered across the freeway." ....[read]




Ex-con gang leader pleads guilty to federal gun crime
August 10, 2009

David Patrick Kennedy [founding member of the European Kindred prison gang], 41, and Christina Marie Allen, 30, face up to 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000....[read]




Hate Rock music is now a major recruitment tool and source of funding for hate groups. Many hate group members, especially neo-Nazi skinheads, have been drawn to white supremacy by listening to hate rock on the Internet, on CDs, and at concerts, often promoted and coordinated online, where crowds violently slamdance to the music of bands such as Angry Aryans, Blue Eyed Devils, and H8Machine.



WHITE GANGS BEHIND BARS (National Survey)

The findings are summarized from a 2004 survey which asked the prison respondent to identify the name of a white prison gang. Table 1 presents the top ten white prison gangs in America today. The ranking system here is based on the extent of the problem across jurisdictions. For example, it should come as no surprise to anyone familiar with this problem that the Aryan Brotherhood gang is listed as the number one gang on this national list. The Aryan Brotherhood or AB’s have been documented in all 50 states, and this dates back over a decade. The book entitled The Hot House by Pete Earley is based on interviews from AB’s in the federal prison system and is a very accurate portrayal of the gang’s sophistication and its violent potential.

In the racially charged tension of the prison system in America, most white gangs are in a constant “state of war” with black and hispanic gangs. But, it should be stated that not all white gangs are racist. Perhaps we should say that even if they are racist, or have lots of racist members, such “non-racist” gangs may also have an alliance with black or hispanic gangs.


Table 1
Top 10 white prison gangs ranked by the level of their representation in the national gang problem behind bars

1. Aryan Brotherhood
2. Aryan Nations
3. Skinheads
4. Ku Klux Klan
5. Peckerwoods
6. Aryan Circle
7. White Aryan Resistance (WAR)
8. Neo-nazis
9. Dirty White Boys
10. United Aryan Brotherhood


Table 2
Top 50 white prison gangs in the USA (unranked)

1. Aryan Brotherhood - Nationwide
2. Aryan Brotherhood of Texas
3. Aryan Circle - South
4. Aryan Family
5. Aryan Nations
6. Brothers of White Strength - Connecticut
7. Christian Identity
8. Dirty White Boys - South, Midwest
9. Irish Mob - New York
10. Hammerskins - Nationwide, International
11. Ku Klux Klan
12. NLR - Nazi Lowriders - California, West, South
13. Neo-nazis
14. Northsiders - Illinois, Midwest
15. Outlaw Mafia
16. Oklahoma Aryan Brotherhood - Oklahoma
17. Pagans MC - Northeast
18. Peckerwoods - West, South
19. Simon City Royals - Midwest, South
20. Skinheads - Nationwide, International
21. Southern Brotherhood - Alabama
22. United Aryan Brotherhood
23. White Aryan Resistance (WAR)
24. World Church of the Creator
25. White Pride
26. Aryan Knights - Idaho
27. Aryan Warriors - Nevada
28. Blood and Honour
29. Caucasian Cartel - Ohio
30. Cincinnati Caucasian Cartel - Ohio
31. DOTAR (Defenders of the Aryan Race)
32. European Kindred - Oregon, West
33. Freight Train Riders Association (FTRA)
34. Hell’s Angels MC - Nationwide, International
35. Insane Gangster Disciples - Midwest, South
36. Iron Eagle Skinheads
37. National Alliance
38. Posse Comitatus
39. Saxon Knights - Indiana, Midwest
40. SAW - Silent Aryan Warriors - Utah, West
41. SAC - Soldiers of Aryan Culture - Utah, West
42. Sons of Silence MC - Midwest, South, Germany
43. Texas Mafia
44. White Pride World Wide
45. National Socialist Movement
46. White Knights
47. United Brotherhood Kindred - Michigan
48. Universal Aryan Brotherhood
49. Stone Mercenaries
50. Fourth Reich - Utah

* Dead Man Inc - Northeast, South
* PENI - Public Enemy Number One - California, West
* Krieger Verwandt - Utah
* Brotherhood of Aryan Alliance
* Chicago Gaylords - Illinois, Midwest
* 211 Crew - Colorado
* Wood Pile Gang - Colorado
* Hard Ass Crackers - Alabama

Regional Divisions (Northeast, Midwest, South, West)



THE TOP WHITE RACIST “RELIGIOUS” FRONT GROUPS

One of the open-ended questions on the survey asked “what are the largest white racist “religious” front groups that are proselytizing to the inmates in your facility?”

Top 10 white racist “religious” front groups in American prisons today (ranked by frequency cited nationally)

1. World Church of the Creator (Creativity Movement)
2. Aryan Brotherhood (not a religion)
3. Aryan Nations
4. Ku Klux Klan
5. Asatru (Norse paganism)
6. Odinism (Germanic paganism)
7. Christian Identity
8. Skinheads (not a religion)
9. Church of Jesus Christ Christian
10. Wotansvolk Wotanism (David Lane's brand of Odinism)



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