Well, with all that is happening in Australia with biker clubs and all the new biker laws (anti-biker laws), other news has been pushed to the background. There is a lot going on back East with the Pagans, and now the Bandidos of Canada are in the news.
In London, Ontario, six members of the Bandidos were found guilty yesterday of murdering eight associates in what is the worst mass slayings in Ontario history.
The jury began deliberations earlier this week after hearing from more than 70 witnesses over six months. Wayne Kellestine, Dwight Mushey, Michael Sandham, Marcelo Aravena, Frank Mather, and Brett Gardiner were found guilty of 44 counts of murder and four manslaughter convictions.
The prosecution said the murders were the result of rising tensions between the men who were killed and the Bandidos chapter in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Kellestine, a member of the Toronto chapter, had become increasingly alienated from his Toronto members and allied with the Winnipeg men. According to the prosocution, he had received orders from U.S. Bandidos officials to strip the Toronto men of their gang affiliation and start a new Canadian chapter, but there is no evidence that anyone ever received orders of murder.
Bandido Associates: George Jessome, 52, George Kriarakis, 28, John Muscedere, 48, Luis Raposo, 41, Frank Salerno, 43, Paul Sinopoli, 30, Jamie Flanz, 37, and Michael Trotta, 31, were found on April 8, 2006. The men were stuffed into four vehicles abandoned in a farmer’s field a few miles from a farmhouse belonging to Kellestine.
A timeline of the Bandidos massacre can be found here.
Lots going on during Sturgis week and here is the second installment of the news that you may have missed and might be interested to know.
Hells Angels and Outlaws too close for police comfort. Cops in Wisconsin were on high alert as the Outlaws were in town for a weekend rally while the Angels were having their own shindig just over the state line in Carlton, Minnesota. No trouble between the two clubs arose, but the cops sure had a field day handing out tickets. Good news is that the bikers were not the ones getting citations… both clubs escaped their weekend fairly unscathed. That being said, even business owners in Carlton are complaining about the way local authorities handled the Angels.
Bandidos spend the weekend in Colorado. Law-enforcement officers expected between 400 and 1,100 members of the Bandidos motorcycle club at a rally west of Pueblo. Local police and the Pueblo County Sheriff’s Office said they didn’t expect trouble but were preparing. So far, no news is good news…
North Carolina police braces themselves for arrival of about 600 Hells Angels to pay respect to fallen Brother, Winston-Salem Chapter President Dwight Sluder, found shot to death in his Baux Mountain Road home. Law enforcement was on high alert because they had yet to gain many details in the case and wanted to err on the side of “community” safety. The funeral proceeded without incident.
Deadwood’s Sturgis Legends Ride benefitting the Black Hills Children’s Home Society and the Sturgis Motorcycle Museum & Hall of Fame led 250 bikes on a beautiful ride. The $150/head entrance fee went straight to the charities and a load of people had a really great ride led by famous folks like Steven Tyler, John Paul DeJoria, Lorenzo Lamas, and a huge slew of famous bike builder who were in Sturgis to show off their wares.
The Hamsters Motorcycle Club shattered their own record this year in raising funds for Children’s Care of Rapid City. The club is a formidable Who’s Who of big time bike builders and affluent custom bike riders (you don’t have to be rich to be a member, but you do have to RIDE a custom sled… not trailer, but ride). $285,000 was raised and much of that came from the auction of an Arlen Ness bike that was donated to the cause. Ness had built the bike for a member of the Hamsters, Craig Betz, who passed away after a battle with cancer. Betz’s sister made sure the bike went back to the club to raise money for their favorite charity. Thanks Cecily!
Came across this article about the original Australian Bandido. A good read lets you know a little about the split between the Comancheros and Bandidos. Thought I would share and I welcome any response.
Love, Respect, and Ride Safe,
Many secrets … Colin “Caesar” Campbell
By Paul Kent
April 11, 2009 12:00am
IT begins with an open window. Everything today, the escalation in violence, the historical hate between the Bandidos and Comanchero, begins with that window.
As secrets go, Colin “Caesar” Campbell has been hanging on to the secret of that window for 26 years.
Like his brothers Bull (Phillip), Snake (Geoff), Wack (John), Chop (Mario) and Shadow (Gregory), Caesar was once a Comanchero.
They were the Wrecking Crew and together with the McElwaine brothers – Knuckles (Phil), Gloves (Mark) and Dukes (Greg) – the unofficial muscle of the gang.
“They could walk into a room of a hundred men and clear the room,” said Bear Campbell, an adopted brother. They broke away in 1983 because of the window.
Not even the Comanchero that remained, the ones that stayed loyal to then-president William “Jock” Ross when the gang split in 1983, knew about the window.
They still don’t.
Special section: Inside the bikie violence
“You’re just the ninth person to know this,” Bear said yesterday. “And four are dead.”
Bear is Caesar’s adopted brother, and we are talking about Caesar’s secret. Caesar is 62, the last surviving original Bandidos office-bearer, and despite a recent stay in hospital he can still clear a room if he must.
From retirement Caesar watches the latest escalation of bikie violence, filthy at the attacks on homes where children sleep, adamant this was never what it was about.
Gallery: Sydney’s bikie gang war
Those naive to their war might point to Milperra, but Caesar insists back then they had honour. Indeed, Milperra was all about honour.
Police still believe the war began over turf, or drugs, or a combination of both. They alleged it in court in 1984, some seven weeks after the violence in the carpark of Milperra’s Viking Tavern, when six bikies were shot dead, as well as 14-year-old Leanne Walters.
Now, for the first time, Caesar Campbell has let go of the secret that cost him two brothers – Shadow and Chop – at Milperra, and which would see Wack die three years later from illness caused by the massacre.
“One of the Campbell brothers and another member went to another member’s house and saw Jock Ross’ vehicle out the front,” he said.
“They went to the front door and looked through the window and saw Jock and the other member’s wife in a compromising position in the lounge room.
“They knocked on the door, they answered the door, and both members looked at Jock and turned around and came straight to me and told me about it.
“It was then that it was decided that Jock would be brought up on charges of committing one of the greatest offences that you can make in a motorcycle club – apart from selling heroin and making a police statement – by making love to a member’s wife.”
Ross had broken one of the 10 club rules he drew up himself, namely Club Rule 4: “Any member found guilty of screwing another member’s Ol’ Lady, or taking advantage of a rift between them for future conning up, will be thrown out.”
The Campbells and McElwaines, their bond born in battle, were filthy.
Caesar won’t reveal the member’s identity now out of respect to his children but as sergeant-at-arms he ordered Ross to the next club meeting to face charges.
He failed to show.
He failed to show at the next meeting, too, but walked into the third, announced he was splitting the Comanchero into two separate chapters, and walked out.
The Wrecking Crew went to the city, opening their clubhouse at 150 Louisa Rd, Birchgrove. Ross’s clubhouse remained at 65 Harris St, Harris Park, in western Sydney.
Relations remained strained but workable until the club’s annual run. It broke down amid fights and threats, and the city chapter returned and voted to break away.
Police believe the breakaway occurred shortly after Christmas 1983, when Anthony “Snotty” Spencer and Charlie Scibberas flew to America to seek permission to form an Australian Bandidos chapter.
What actually happened was “Snotty” and Charlie had gone to America two years earlier to buy Harley-Davidson parts, met Charles “Ha Ha Chuck” Gillies, president of the Bandidos’ Albuquerque chapter, and now Snotty and Shadow called Ha Ha Chuck. “Within a week it was granted,” Caesar said.
A set of colours were made and taken to Caesar for approval.
More colours were ordered, but for 10 days Caesar was the only man in colours. For 10 days he was president, vice-president, sergeant-at-arms, treasurer and secretary.
Bashing and clubhouse attacks took place until August 1984, when Snotty and Jock officially declared war in a phone call.
Caesar declared homes and places of work off limits. Everywhere else was fair game.
It was unlike today’s bikie war, where homes are now a target of choice, and small attacks continued until Father’s Day 1984.
Among the dead and bloodied at Milperra, Caesar was shot six times.
He was thrown into a car and dropped off at Bankstown Hospital. Some weeks later Caesar gripped the back of his chair while his Ol’ Lady Donna pulled four remaning shotgun pellets from his back with tweezers and a buck knife and no anaesthetic.
Much of what the gangs believed they stood for then is now lost.
Caesar does not see the honour he once stood for, and still stands for.
Some time before Milperra the American Bandidos visited Australia and noticed the Australian patch, the fat Mexican brandishing a pistol, was wrong. The American Bandido has a white beard. The Australian version was black. They ordered the patches back so they could be burned and replaced with the correct patch.
No, said Caesar.
On his jacket was the blood of his dead brothers. He wasn’t giving it up. The Americans insisted, saying the club stood above all else.
Caesar knew in that patch was the blood of everything he stood for, so he looked at the Americans and said, “If you want it, come and get it”.
Caesar, the original Bandido, is the only man in Australia to still have that patch.
William Dulaney, assistant professor and director of oral communication from Western Carolina University, who is a much-sought-after expert on outlaw motorcycle clubs’, will be featured in two upcoming programs on the National Geographic Channel’s “Outlaw Biker” series.
Dulaney rode his vintage 1953 Harley Davidson motorcycle for nearly 10 years as an outlaw biker in preparation for his doctoral degree dissertation, which focused on organizational identity and culture within the outlaw motorcycle community.
Dulaney also appeared last year as an analyst on a History Channel program, “The Outlaws Motorcycle Club,” and on the Biography Channel show “The Hell’s Angels.”