March 30, 2017 update at 06:03 EDM: Well, I was up early again, still struggling to recover from an exceptionally vicious bout of flu, and noticed there’d been a run of views on this page, which generally means the Bandidos have been in the news. The March 2017 news about the Texas Bandidos is the surprising and dismaying fallout from the Waco massacre in 2015, dismaying no matter how you view the bikers. The prosecutor in the Waco shootings, District Attorney Abelino Raya, is being sued in at least two cases with respect to the Waco killings, and the statements of claim don’t speak to a fair judicial process in my opinion (and I’m no friend of outlaw bikers by any means). One plaintiff is a woman, Morgan English, who makes some seriously concerning claims not only about violations of her constitutional rights but about repeated acts of what would be perjury by the police officers involved and defamatory statements from Abelino Raya, concerning herself and other people arrested: http://www.chron.com/news/houston-texas/houston/article/Investigators-lied-in-court-about-Waco-shootout-10987766.php#photo-12515256 An article from May 2016, also by the Houston Chronicle, asks excellent questions about the Waco shoot-out and provides a great deal of information as regards the people who were subsequently arrested: http://www.chron.com/news/houston-texas/narco-confidential/article/12-Unanswered-Questions-in-Waco-Twin-Peaks-Biker-7467475.php#photo-9108565
Morgan English is not the first to file a lawsuit against District Attorney Abellino Raya with respect to the Waco shootings arrests. Almost as soon as he posted bond after his arrest, Scimitars MC member Matt Clendennen filed a lawsuit against the city of Waco, McLennan County, the cops involved in his arrest, and Raya, saying in his lawsuit that: “Reyna needs to be held responsible for his efforts to destroy the United States Constitution in Waco, Texas, and for his reckless comments in the news media made to promote his office at the expense of innocent persons…” http://countercurrentnews.com/2015/06/arrested-texas-biker-sues-waco-police-and-prosecutor/ In the same article, the critical point is made that “Clendennen and others say that many of the bikers brought their families to the BBQ joint. They argue they would never have brought their families somewhere where they thought there would be violence.”
Skip Hollandsworth of the Texas Monthly has done an informative background on both the Bandidos and the prosecutor in the Waco shootings: http://www.texasmonthly.com/news/the-wild-bunch/
The fact remains that at least some of the Texas Bandidos were evidently willing to kill to guard what they perceived to be their turf. Four of them were arrested earlier this month for the 2006 murder of Anthony Benesh, who had tried to start a Hells Angels chapter in Austin, Texas. The British newspaper, the Daily Mail, put out the most informative article that is also free to read on those arrests: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4284704/Four-members-Bandidos-motorcycle-gang-arrested.html The Toronto Sun gives a summary background on Benesh’s biker ambitions and his murder, for those who missed it the first time around: http://www.torontosun.com/2017/03/06/bandidos-busted-in-brazen-hells-angel-hit And that case, the murder of Benesh, has apparently gravely impacted the efforts of defense attorneys in the Waco shootings to get justice for their clients, according to the attorney for Matt Clendennen: http://www.wacotrib.com/news/twin-peaks-biker-shooting/feds-decline-to-share-evidence-in-bandidos-cases-related-to/article_ef2f3ca8-7416-5fb1-8af1-f14ee6fcfb35.html
The lawsuits by English and Clendennen raise gravely concerning questions with respect to procedural fairness not only for their own cases but also for the federal case.
September 16, 2016 update at 10:29 AM EDM: A grand jury in McClennan County, Texas, has just declined to indict any of the officers involved in the 2015 Waco biker shoot-out: http://www.star-telegram.com/news/state/texas/article101864182.html And here are some comments from Bandidos President Jeff Pike, regarding the federal charges that he is still facing in connection with the Waco shootings: http://www.chron.com/news/houston-texas/narco-confidential/article/Bandidos-leader-Jeff-Pike-speaks-out-amid-federal-7212661.php
November 28, 2013 note: Oh looky who just stopped by, Anita Arvast:
Esau. Painting by the circle of Matthias Stomer, courtesy wikipedia.org, public domain
1. Bandidos. It’s not about the wind in your hair: From an expert police witness, [certified as such four times before Canadian courts, for example, here]: http://www.canlii.org/en/on/onsc/doc/2009/2009canlii59150/2009canlii59150.pdf
on how things are done in the Bandidos MC:
Starting on page 16: “Anything that you can make money at. The motorcycle gang lifestyle is inherently violent, so any of your violent offences are always part and parcel of the motorcycle gang lifestyle, up to and including murder. Witness intimidation, extortion, thefts, prostitution, drugs.” “And how are these crimes, like the drugs, the stolen motorcycle parts, how are all these crimes planned?” “I’m not sure that I can tell you exactly how they’re –” “Is it like, do they vote on what they’re going to do or are they told what to do?” “Basically planned either by one to several members to the whole chapter, depending on whatever enterprise they’re about to embark on. It’s my understanding that a percentage of money that’s made through crime is supposed to be paid back into the club. Again, you have the power of the patch, it’s called. You have the backing of the whole Bandidos and so you’re supposed to pay back into that. And then things to be arranged from — anywhere from pulling somebody’s patch to pulling another gang’s patches, that involves going over to wherever they are, physically taking their clothing off them. It’s almost always a beating accompanies that, followed by the theft of all their property. So you would have forcible confinement, assault, and that would be something that’s under-taken by the chapter, if they were to pull one of their member’s patches or if there was to be a gang within their area that was to be closed down. That’s just an example of how something would be organized and perpetrated by the chapter.” “Okay. So then do certain crimes have to be pre-approved by the president or national president?” “Anything that’s going to affect the Bandidos as a whole. If you were to — violence on a member needs to be approved. If a member was to do something and the president decided that he had to be punished, he would then pass it to the sergeant at-arms, making sure that’s done. If the sergeant-at-arms needed help, it now has the approval of the president and that act would then be followed through with.”
– And, furthermore, on page 22, the same expert witness says:
“I’m saying that the [Bandidos MC] organization as a whole exists to perpetuate crime.” Later, on page 32,the counsel for the Minister of Immigration says:“Okay, also of note is the decision from the Superior Court of Quebec, in R v De Guay2008 CanLII 87292 (IRB1 (phonetic), specifically at paragraph 24 which is page 5. There the Bandidos reputation as a one-percenter outlaw motorcycle club was confirmed. It was a sentencing in Quebec of full patch and prospect members of the Bandidos Motorcycle Club. It is no-ted that at the trial, which included weapon and drug offences in addition to attempted murder charges, the jury found that the Bandidos Motorcycle Club constitutes a criminal organization as defined by the Criminal Code.”
** The Texas Justice Dept says the Bandidos are organized in a “paramilitary structure:”
Texas Gang Threat Assessment 2011, page 37: “Total Strength: The Bandidos OMG is one of the two largest outlaw motorcycle gangs operating in the United States, with approximately 900 members belonging to 93 chapters.
Organizational Effectiveness: The Bandidos OMG are organized in a paramilitary structure. The gang’s rigid hierarchy is due to many of its members being former military. This structure allows the Bandidos to conduct their criminal activities proficiently and effectively.”
And for a legal definition of ‘paramilitary structure as it applies to OMG’s in general, including the Bandidos:
on page 32: “Above that, on paragraph 29, states: In many ways, all outlaw clubs are pre-adapted as vehicles of organized crime. Paramilitary organization lies at the core of their tight-knit secret society. This is a society capable of enforcing internal discipline, including an iron-clad code of silence which ensures that information about the club operations never goes beyond the walls of the clubhouse. Uncompromising commit-ments of brotherhood generate cohesion, mutual dependence and a sense of a shared common fate.”
And then, there’s Bandidos El Presidente Jeff Pike: “Apparently, now ex-Bandido [August 23, 2003] Steve had immediately called El Vice Presidente Jeffrey “Jeff” pike, and whined to Bandido Jeff about what had happened. El Vice Presidente Jeff was livid, and through an email from El Secretario William “Bill” Sartelle, ordered Bandido Lee to immediately return to Steve the Bandidos club colors that had been taken from him, or suffer the consequences. We were all in a state of shock when El vice Presidente Jeff stuck his nose in the middle of our chapter business, for it was standard policy that no one in the National chapter except El Presidente George [Wegers] had any authority to get involved with any chapter’s business.” – Edward Winterhalder, ‘Out in Bad Standings,’ page 365 [hardcover]
“Only George [Wegers, then el Presidente of the Bandidos] can give orders to a chapter president…” – from an email sent by Bandido Tulsa, Oklahoma chapter President Lee to Bandido Bill Sartelle, August 24, 2003 – cited by Edward Winterhalder, ‘Out in Bad Standings,’ page 365
The [successful] interference of Jeff Pike in the Oklahoma chapter’s business was the “straw that broke the camel’s back” for Edward Winterhalder, resulting in his decision to leave the club in September, 2003. – Edward Winterhalder, ‘Out in Bad Standings,’ page 374
“All afternoon my phone rang over and over again, as people heard the news [that Winterhalder had quit the Bandidos]. Many of my close Oklahoma chapter brothers called to inform me of what was going on at [the] Pawhuska [Biker Rally]. Apparently El Vice Presidente Jeff had already decided to replace Bandido Lee as President of the Tulsa chapter as soon as he arrived, when he ordered all members to “talk to him one at a time before he made a decision” about what was going to happen. The funny part was that Bandido Smurf was telling anyone who would listen, that he was going to be the new President of the Tulsa chapter after the Oklahoma chapter was split in two. Two Bandi-dos actually overheard the conversation between Bandido Smurf and El Presidente Jeff during which Bandido Jeff told Smurf that he would be the new Tulsa chapter President. That conversation actually occurred before the El Vice Presidente announced to every-one that they had to “talk to him one on one, before [he] made a decision.” Apparently the El Vice Presidente was becoming as much a liar as El Presidente George, even though lying to a Bandido was a patch-pulling offense.” – Edward Winterhalder, ‘Out in Bad Standings,’ page 375
In a terse email to the Canadians in June 2006, the world’s top Bandido El Presidente Jeff Pike of Texas wrote: “Bandidos don’t vote, they do what the (expletive) they’re told.” http://www.thecrimereport.org/news/inside-criminal-justice/bikers-inc
2. It’s about the Drugs, man: “There were later attempts from within the club to reduce the use of meth (or “speed”), both as a recreational drug and as a source of revenue; but the truth is that the Bandidos built their club on drug revenue, and still depend on it. In that regards, the Bandidos have not changed at all since their early days, particularly in the southern U.S., where the old-school, traditionalist faction of the club is strongest. Their fierce reputation and the relative ease of drug dealing made it a natural choice for them then, as it does now. The fact that they were so close to Mexico, a major source for illegal drugs, certainly didn’t hurt either.” – Alex Caine, ‘The Fat Mexican,’ page 16
“Sprocket Lang (Hodge’s successor as president) was arrested and convicted on drug charges; the same thing happened to the next national president, Craig Johnson. In 1998, my old benefactor within the club, George Wegers of the Bellingham, Washington, chapter, was given the el presidente patch.
“Wegers embarked on a program of reform. He banned certain practices… Wegers also had plans to reduce the role of methamphetamine in the club. He wanted to shift the Bandidos in the direction the Hells Angels had taken, becoming more organized and business-like. This new approach did not sit well with much of the membership, who saw this shift as a move away from the traditional values of the club, like partying and general hellraising – and selling drugs. Jeff Pike, a Texas Bandido who had been in the club for more than twenty-five years and who was now national vice president, was part of this traditionalist faction. The resulting internal dissension led to an ongoing power struggle that would handicap the gang’s effort to claim an important new piece of territory, one the Angles would battle viciously to protect as their own. [Canada, the eighties biker wars in Quebec] – Alex Caine, ‘The Fat Mexican,’ page 43
“There was a price to be paid for all the stupidity that by now was rampant in the [Bandi-dos] organization, and a heavier price to be paid for allowing methamphetamine to be used and sold by so many Bandidos members. I knew that someday it would be acknow-ledged that methamphetamine was the biggest and strongest enemy the Bandidos M0-torcycle Club had ever faced since the club had been founded in the spring of 1966. I just did not know how long it would be before the majority of the Bandidos would wake up and smell the roses, and how many lives would be destroyed before the club recognized that the situation had to be rectified.
“In Oklahoma, by the summer of 2005, most of the members of the North Tulsa chapter of the Bandidos were running wild, fuelled by an endless supply of methamphetamine distributed by themselves and their associates.” – Edward Winterhalder, ‘Out in Bad Standings,’ page 397
– . “The Outlaws, Bandidos, and Mongols are united by their intense hatred of the Angels, but Mongol–Bandido access to high-quality methamphetamine produced in Mexico probably also plays a role.” – Quinn & Forsyth, ‘Leathers and Rolexs,’ page 260
Leathers and Rolexes: the symbolism and values of the motorcycle club http://www.ciroc.nl/presentaties/Quinn_&_Forsyth_Deviant_behavior_2009.pdf
And further, from http://www.canlii.org/en/ca/irb/doc/2008/2008canlii87292/2008canlii87292.pdf on page 15:
“Q Do you know the reason for someone joining Bandidos? Why would someone join 2 this outlaw motorcycle gang?” “A In the criminal underworld, the motorcycle gangs have become what I would call 5 the top echelon. Once you’re a full patch gang member, your credibility in the criminal underworld is without question. You’ve been tried, tested and proven. You’ve done your time and you’re a full patch member. There’s also you have the backing of the entire club on whatever — for whatever you do. Once you’re a member, it’s never you, yourself facing someone or something. You have the backing of your entire club. And anywhere in the world they go, they have the same backing in respect of their fellow members. So in keeping with the full patch member and your status in the criminal underworld, once you’re a full patch member you’re also able to put deals together. You’ve given — you’ll be given better rates on things than if you were what they would call a citizen or non-member trying to purchase or deal in the same commodities.” “Q What commodities are you referring to?” “A The most lucrative that I’m aware they deal in is obviously drugs. The Bandidos25 have also been known, since almost their inception, to deal in stolen motorcycle26 parts, but far and above the most lucrative commodity with all the motorcycle27 gangs is drugs.”
3. The Bandidos are a corrupting force in society. Some serious news about Bandidos, the Bandidos Nomads, corrupt law enforcement and drug dealing in West Texas, from The U.S. Department of Justice’s Federal Bureau of Investigation Dallas Field Office on July 29, 2009:
“Twenty-eight defendants, including sheriff deputies and members of a motorcycle gang that is a support club of the Bandidos Outlaw Motorcycle Gang (OMG), are charged in a 110-count federal indictment, returned earlier this week in Lubbock, Texas, for allegedly operating a major methamphetamine trafficking organization since January 2003 in west Texas, Arizona, and in the Modesto, California, area, announced James T. Jacks, Acting U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Texas. Today, federal, state and local law enforcement arrested 23 of those defendants. In addition, in the course of executing several search warrants, narcotics, drug trafficking paraphernalia, firearms, U.S. cur-rency, financial records, and vehicles were seized. One defendant, Jamie Paul Nickell, appeared before the U.S. Magistrate Judge in Midland, Texas, on his charges. Gary Hegwood, Dennis Hegwood, David Russell were taken before a U.S. Magistrate Judge in Fresno, California. Gordon Clark Bohannon appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Nancy M. Koenig today in Lubbock. The remaining arrested defendants will appear before Judge Koenig, on Monday, July 13, for their initial appearance….”
The law enforcement investigation that led to those indictments began in October, 2007, and on December 16, 2009, “Bobby Duwayne Froman, of Levelland, Texas, the leader of a motorcycle gang that is a support club of the Bandidos Outlaw Motorcycle Gang (OMG), pleaded guilty this morning to his role as the leader and organizer of a large-scale methamphetamine trafficking organization that obtained large quantities of methamphetamine from California and distributed that methamphetamine throughout West Texas…” http://www.highbeam.com/doc/1P3-1922667941.html
“In Lubbock, Texas, two Hockley County sheriff’s deputies were arrested last Friday [July 2009] as part of a 110-count federal indictment aimed at the Aces and Eights outlaw motorcycle gang for a methamphetamine trafficking conspiracy. Deputies Gordon Bohannon and Jose Quintanilla are accused of providing gang members with information that hurt efforts to shut down the conspiracy. They and the other 28 defendants are all charged with conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute 500 grams or more of meth, which carries a mandatory minimum 10 year prison sentence. Other defendants face additional charges.”
“A federal judge on Friday sentenced the Levelland leader of a motorcycle gang and two others for their involvement in a multistate methamphetamine ring.
U.S. District Judge Sam R. Cummings sentenced 54-year-old Bobby Duwayne Froman, the founder of the Aces and Eights Outlaw Motorcycle Gang, to 240 months in federal prison.
Former Hockley County sheriff’s deputy Jose Jesus Quintanilla received a 36-month federal prison sentence.
Froman and Quintanilla were arrested last July and charged with multiple counts of conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute 500 grams or more of methamphetamine.
In January, Froman agreed to a 20-year sentence after pleading guilty a month earlier for transporting methamphetamine from California to West Texas for distribution in the South Plains.
Kimberly Hull of Levelland and Perry Dean Roberson from Lubbock were also sentenced on Wednesday to one year in federal prison by Magistrate Judge Nancy M. Koenig.
Another co-conspirator, Bradley Gene Gore of Levelland, had his sentencing moved to March 5.”
Oh wait, the (former) Sheriff of Hockley County was involved, too:
Here’s those Sheriff’s deputies in Hockley County, identified:
amounting to clear tie between the Bandidos, New Mexico and Lubbock…. and according to the comments on this post:
those sheriffs were tied to the Aces and Eights, a Bandidos puppet club. http://www.kens5.com/home/Wolfgang-Kuhn-sentenced-to-12-years-120725004.html [April 2011, former Bandidos VP, San Antonio] http://www.mysanantonio.com/news/local_news/article/Drug-raiders-target-Bandidos-1031020.php
4. The heart of the Bandidos MC is in and around Lubbock, Texas. From the ‘Encyclopedia of Organized Crime’ by Carlo DeVito page 16: Bandido Nomads “gravitate to Lubbock.”
“By [April of 1985] the Nomads had become the ruling clique within the club; the chapter was exclusively made up of seasoned members, all with long histories as Bandidos. “Nomads” chapters are the enforcer chapters of the big clubs, usually made up of the toughest and meanest members. Each club has these chapters; there are Bandidos Nomads, Hells Angels Nomads and so on. Unlike other chapters of an outlaw club, they are not restricted to a specific territory but can travel and do business anywhere in the country without needing the permission of the locals; this is why they are known as Nomads. They answer only to the national officers of their club, and often provide bodyguard and security services to these men, who together form the club’s national chapter.” – Alex Caine, ‘The Fat Mexican,’ page 23
“Mr. Pike – -who at age 50 has carried the Bandidos patch for 27 years – echoed the oft-repeated refrain that his biker gang was not engaged in any illegal activity.
“We don’t condone it and we damn sure don’t require it,” he said. “What a member does for himself is his own business. Asked about the Bandidos’ reputation for law-breaking, Mr. Pike replied: “We get speeding tickets all the time.” From: http://www.juliansher.com/books/angels/articles/globepike.htm
5. The Shedden Massacre in April 2006: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shedden_massacre “With [George] Wegers’ arrest in 2005, veteran Bandido Jeff Pike took over as president of the Bandidos, and the club’s headquarters moved back to his native Texas, where many members believed it belonged. Pike was the man in charge of the Bandidos at the time of the Shedden Massacre, and is still president in 2009.” – Alex Caine, ‘The Fat Mexican,’ page 158
– The cop’s “confidential informant MH” was Maurice Hudson: http://canlii.ca/t/1vmg9
– The email from Bill Sartelle [North Houston, aka “Pterodactyl” chapter], stating the Canadian charter was being pulled, courtesy of ‘The London Free Press’ [that would be London, Ontario, btw]:
“Bill Sartelle’s email to Bandido “Nation:” 12/28/2005 To whom it may concern: For the past year or more, we, BMC USA, have attempted to make communications with Canada. We have directed face to face visits from whoever is in charge up there. Up till now there has been no visit from the proper person. It has been decided that due to lack of parti-cipation, Canada’s Charter is being pulled. Effective immediately: Return all Bandido patches and property to the following address: Bill Sartelle 511 Gleneagles dr. Friendswood, Tx. 77546 In approximately 30 days we will make notification to all that we no longer have a Chapter in Canada and that any person wearing our Patch, in Canada, is not sanctioned. Bill 1%er” According to the same document by the London Free Press, the present U.S. Bandidos president, Jeffrey Pike, “Bandido Jeff,” became both U.S. Bandidos el presidente and also international el president.”
“A Texas biker known as “El Presidente” kicked all Toronto members of the Bandidos out of the motorcycle club with an email message, three months before their bullet-riddled bodies were found by a farmer’s field, a mass murder trial heard today. The Toronto Bandidos received an email message on Dec. 28, 2005, that notified them they were no longer in the club — “effective immediately.””That decision was made by El Presidente?,” defence lawyer Gord Cudmore asked OPP biker expert Craig Pulfrey. “He has the final say,” Pulfrey replied. Cudmore represents one of the six accused mass murderers, Dwight Mushey, 41, of Winnipeg. At the time they were kicked out of the Bandidos, the club’s international “El Presidente” was Jeff Pike of Texas, Pulfrey said. Court earlier heard that the Bandidos were founded in the mid-1960s by former military men, who believed in a strict military chain of command. “It’s expected that the order be followed?” Cudmore continued. “Yes,” Pulfrey replied.” http://www.thestar.com/news/crime/2009/05/19/bandidos_kicked_out_before_slayings_court_hears.html
E mail written by Michael “Taz” Sandham [arguably a Bandido from Winnipeg and one of the Shedden killers] on January 4, 2006, to Bandido “Pervert,” [Carlton Bare, “Pervert,” then-National Secretary of the U.S. Bandidos, North Houston chapter aka ‘Pterodactyl’ chapter] courtesy of London Free Press:
“Good day brothers, Probationary Bandido Taz here from Manitoba Canada. I am just hearing about a problem with Toronto. I hope that this not [sic] reflect on us we have worked very hard out here for almost a year and a half. We are in the middle of the othersides [sic] exclusive area and have had to earn our status here in Manitoba. We have developed a support club and are growing here. The day I became part of this family was a great honour for me and my crew. I hope that we can work together to remedy this situation. If you wish to contact me my number is 1-204-226-2191 Also Bandido Wayne “W” would like someone thier [sic]to call him. He is in London, Ontario 1-519-702-1641.Much LOVE, LOYALTY, and RESPECT!”
“See Email Brief (Exhibit 34) at TAB 9 (Found in Kriarakis’s computer) To: HawaiianKen@aol.comDate: Thu, 5 Jan 2006 09:53:55 -0500 From: “bandidos” firstname.lastname@example.orgSubject: Re: Love Loyalty and Respect Forever Cc: reason my brother ken you will always be my brother there is no reason too take something the canadian brothers value more than there own lives when a brother is down you reach out your hand too help him up not kick them i feel like a knife has been driven in my heart would you beleave it my own brother has done what my enemys could never do without my death love loyalty respect bandidoboxer cut one we all bleed i have been slashed.THE NO SURRENDER CREW WILL NEVER SURRENDER INTHE END BANDIDOS CANADA IS STILL A BROTHERHOOD UNTAINTED BYGREED AND EGOS WE STAND BESIDE EACH OTHER AS BROTHERS UNITEDAS ALWAYS SHOWING TRUE BROTHERHOOD AFTER ALL ISNT THAT WHATITS ABOUT BROTHERHOOD” On Jan 5 , HawaiianKen@aol.com wrote: “You and I will always be brothers. I have no idea what is happening, but there mustbe a reason. I’m ok, just keeping a low profile here in the northwest My number is1-360-220-6542. I will get in touch with you as soon as I can.Love Loyalty andRespectBandido Hawaiian Ken 1%er” [“Hawaiian Ken = Keinard Post in Bandido in Washington State, started Oahu chapter”] http://www.scribd.com/doc/21811155/Pulfrey-Part-III-2009-07-06-for-Trial
“Scary Larry” = Larry Leuthy, Texas Bandido; Mongo = Peter Price, then-National Sergeant at Arms in U.S.A
“Our club is worth our lives” Boxer, early 2006: http://pbdba.lfpress.com/cgi-bin/publish.cgi?p=263273&s=bandidos_trial
“Based on phone call records, “Of interest were the calls surrounding a trip to Vancouver made by Sandham and Kellestine, where the Crown alleges they were made promises, provided Kellestine “pulled the patches,” kicking out the Toronto chapter. The timeline showed many calls between phones assigned to Sandham, Bandido David (Concrete Dave) Weiche, who was based in British Columbia, and Keinard (Hawaiian Ken) Post in Belling-ham, Wash. Sandham and the other Winnipeg members travelled to Ontario in March 2006, because, the jury has heard, they were to help Kellestine kick them men out of the club. The timeline traced that trip and calls made back to Winnipeg along the Ontario route by Sandham — at Dryden, Ignace, Thunder Bay, Kapuskasing, Englehart, New Liskeard, Temagami, Toronto, and finally London — at the end of March 2006. Post’s phone records showed several calls to Weiche and Texas, the home of the Bandidos governing international chapter, throughout March 2006.” http://pbdba.lfpress.com/cgi-bin/publish.cgi?p=272955&s=bandidos_trial
“About a month [after the Shedden massacre], in early May, Taz went to Houston to meet with the Americans. Pike later claimed the meeting never took place, saying he had discovered that Taz was a former cop and so would not have anything to do with him. Taz spent three full days there, however, and later describes being taken to a barn and searched for recording devices before the meeting began. Furthermore, an e-mail later sent from Texas refers to the police showing up to question the American Bandidos hours after their meeting with Taz ended. The e-mail also states that it was these cops, OPP and local Texas officers, who had told the Americans that Taz was an ex-cop.” – Alex Caine, ‘The Fat Mexican,’ page 141. On page 205, Caine cites his sources: “The details of Michael “Taz” Sandham’s trip to Texas to meet with top Bandidos are drawn from testimony and from emails between various Bandidos in Winnipeg and Texas.”
“They wanted to get things going in Canada, you know,” Pike told CBC News by telephone from Houston. “I’m sure he wanted to be president of Canada. Why else would he come down here? Because everybody else was dead.” Pike said he refused to meet face-to-face with Sandham because the Bandidos learned he was a former police officer, and the outlaw gang has had bad experiences in the past with members who were police officers…. “I sent an e-mail — this was December or the beginning of January — and I cancelled all the charters in Canada,” [Pike] said. “It was the only way I could get their attention. And I said, ‘Well, if you guys don’t want to be part of the club, if you don’t want to communicate with the United States, then the hell with you and you go do something else.'” Pike said he eventually patched things up with the members in Ontario. “We pretty much settled every-thing … and everything was cool for about a month or so, and then I didn’t hear from them anymore, and then the next thing I know, they’re all dead,” he said http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/story/2006/06/21/to-bandidos20060621.html
But here, Pike is quoted as having said that he did in fact meet with Sand-ham: “He has his big plans, and obviously he made the effort to come down here. We met him in a bar, but then we found out about his background as a police officer,” said Pike.” http://www.highbeam.com/doc/1P3-1064451211.html
The judge who committed the Shedden defendants to trial believed “ ….There may not have been a complete plan with all the details from the start. There certainly was a plan to pull the patches from the start and further details seemed to develop as they went along. http://canlii.ca/t/1s2xq http://www.canlii.org/en/on/oncj/doc/2007/2007oncj295/2007oncj295.pdf
“After Jeff Pike sent the email that notified the Bandidos in Canada that they were no longer in the club on December 28, 2005, the Bandidos in Canada ignored the order. There was nothing that the American Bandidos could do about this, for US federal trademark law did not apply to anyone in Canada, and all American Bandidos were no longer allowed to enter Canada legally by Immigration Canada. The only Bandidos from outside Canada that could enter Canada legally, were some Europeans that had dual citizenship (they had been born in Canada). The Canadian Bandidos appealed Jeff’s decision to the Bandidos in Australia and Europe, who were the Bandidos that had originally given Canada their probationary patches. The Australian and European Bandi-dos totally supported the Canadian Bandidos (throughout all of 2006 and most of 2007), and argued with Jeff Pike constantly about it throughout the spring of 2006, with Jeff continuing his position that the Canadians were “out of the club” and the Europeans and Australians continuing their position that the Canadians were “still in the club”. By March of 2006, when the meeting between US Bandidos and Canadian Bandidos occurred at Peace Arch park (which in its own way, set the stage for what occurred at Shedden in April of 2006), Jeff Pike was buckling to the pressure from the European and Australian Bandidos – the meeting at Peace Arch Park was Jeff’s final attempt to rectify the Canadian situation.” – personal communication from a former Bandido to Marnie Tunay on February 06, 2013
April 04, 2006: Phone call interception between Wayne Kellestine and Cameron Acorn: “He goes on to tell Acorn that there are tensions brewing in the United States that he cannot control, and that, “People in the States are super, super, super (expletive) choked.” http://www.thestar.com/news/crime/2009/04/03/accused_said_bandidos_would_lose_members_trial_told.html
The massacre, what happened, as told to the jury: http://www.thestar.com/news/ontario/2009/10/30/bandidos_murder_victims_families_tell_of_lives_shattered.html
Email May 26, 2006 from then-accused Sandham (Taz) to email@example.com: “Hello my Brother, Bandido Taz here from Manitoba Canada. Bandido Pervert gave me your email address. First and foremost, how are you my Broth-er? Hope things are well with you and all the Brothers down their [sic]. Sorry to here [sic] about your loss down [sic] my Brother. It has been hard for the Nation everywhere lately. I here [sic] that Carlito has been contacting you, we don’t know what he has been saying to you, but we know what he has been saying to the states; he has been misrepresenting both himself and the rest of us. We are the only existing chapter with 13 guys for which I am the president, as well as a 35 member support club. Basically we are all of Canada right now. Well take care my Brother, hope to here [sic] from you soon. LOVE, LOYALTY, and RESPECT MY BROTHER Bandido Taz 1%erBandidos MC Canada” courtesy of London Free Press: http://www.scribd.com/doc/21810747/Pulfrey-Part-I-2009-04-30-for-Trial
May 30, 2006: Taz is at the border headed to Houston: http://pbdba.lfpress.com/cgi-bin/publish.cgi?p=267724&s=bandidos_trial
From a June 22, 2006 article in the Winnipeg Free Press, http://www.highbeam.com/doc/1P3-1064451211.html written by Mike McIntyre: “A former Manitoba police officer went to Texas to share his “big plans” for the expansion of the Bandidos in Canada just days before he was arrested for his alleged role in an Ontario biker massacre, the gang’s international president said yesterday. Michael Sandham, 36, had requested a meeting with U.S. members of the biker gang but was ultimately rejected when they learned about his background in law enforcement during the meeting, believed to have occurred on June 6. “As far as I was concerned, our conversation was over,” Jeff Pike, the head of the Texas-based outlaw gang, told the Free Press yesterday in a telephone interview from his Houston-area home. “That made him automatically not a member of my club.””
However, it doesn’t appear that Bandidos President learned from ol Taz during “that meeting” that the latter had been a cop:
http://www.thestar.com/news/crime/2009/04/28/bandido_suspected_of_being_police_officer_trial_hears.html “In one email introduced in court, Sandham pretends to be Mushey when he emails Bandido Pierre (Carlitto) Aragon of Oakville. “Hey Carlitto,” Sandham emails Aragon on June 7, 2006. “it’s (sic) D here. Things are really (expletive) up. For one thing, Taz is not a cop nor has he ever been one.” Police officers and former police officers are barred from membership in the biker club. In the email, in which Sandham pretends to be Mushey, Sandham gave a glowing reference for himself. “Two of us have known him since he was in the Army a total of 16 years,” Sandham emails Aragon. “… We back him 100% and have good reasons too. He doesn’t keep anything from us.””
Former Bandido Edward Winterhalder is quoted as saying “I can tell you it’s Bandidos that got killed:” http://www.highbeam.com/doc/1P2-10730518.html
6. Post-Sheddon EPILOGUE Post-Shedden-massacre comments from a former Bandido: “PS: This [2006 – 2007] fracture [regarding “the Canadian situation”] between Jeff Pike and the Austral-ian/European Bandidos got worse in the following years, and eventually led to the Am-erican Bandidos severing all ties to the Australian/European/Asian factions, which today are a lot stronger than the American Bandidos, who are predominately between the ages of fifty and seventy. The American Bandidos altered the Fat Mexican center patch in a major way, to distinguish themselves from the rest of the Bandido world in August of 2011.” – personal communication from a former Bandido, who asked not to be identified, to Marnie Tunay on February 06, 2013
http://www.tributes.com/show/Doyne-Leroy-Thuston-84188091 Wow, one of the main players, a Bandido for 38 years, and a Nomads member, suddenly kicks the bucket at the fairly young age of 64, and a year before the drug trial in Lubbock begins….
– Oh wait here’s another one who met with an unfortunate end just months after being sentenced to a “lengthy sentence” for meth trafficking; the “retired” head of the Bandidos national Nomads chapter, Thomas “Hammer” Lloyd Gerry:
“Thomas Lloyd “Hammer” Gerry Obituary Notice – Legacy.comwww.legacy.com/…/obituary-preview.aspx?…thomas-lloyd-gerry-ha…Oct 21, 2010 – First 25 of 133 words: Thomas Lloyd “Hammer” Gerry, 62, went to be with his Lord and Savior on Friday, Oct. 15, 2010. Graveside service: …” See Alex Caine’s description of ol’ Hammer here: ‘Befriend and Betray,’ page 112
From the 2010 Montgomery, Texas ‘Gang Threat Assessment, on page 38:” http://montgomerytx.countymonitor.com/files/2010/10/TxGngThrtAssessment2010.pdf : “Bandidos Outlaw Motorcycle Gang Tier 2 The Bandidos OMG conduct their illegal activities as covertly as possible and avoid high profile activities such as drive by shootings that many street gangs are prone to commit. They seek to turn public senti-ment in their favor by organizing frequent charity runs. These efforts could contribute to less scrutiny by local law enforcement. The Bandidos OMG are likely to continue boosting recruitment efforts to combat a possible Hells Angels incursion. This includes bolstering their numbers within the gang itself as well as in their support clubs. The Bandidos are likely to focus on recruiting new members with no criminal history. These members will allow greater access to weapons and infiltration of government agencies that possess valuable personal information in addition to law enforcement intelligence.
“Relationship with Cartels: Past and present intelligence reporting suggests that members of the Bandidos have a business-type trafficking and distribution relationship with Mexican drug trafficking organizations, though the gang does not have an exclusive relationship with any particular cartel. The gang has the capability to traffic wholesale quantities of drugs obtained from traffickers in Mexico into the United States.
“Contribution to Violence in Border Communities: Although the Bandidos have a business relationship with Mexican drug cartels, the Bandidos are not a direct contrib-utor to the violence on the border. The Bandidos OMG seek to keep a low profile; therefore, members try to avoid using public or excessive acts of violence.
“Transnational Criminal Activity: Based on intelligence gathered from multiple sources, members of the Bandidos engage in trafficking drugs and weapons across the border. Many members travel internationally to conduct business.
“Level of Criminal Activity: The Bandidos OMG is a criminal organization known to be involved in a diverse mixture of criminal enterprises, including but not limited to theft, extortion, prostitution, drug trafficking, and murder. While methamphetamines remain popular among members, cocaine and marijuana are also widely used and dis-tributed. With chapters throughout the U.S. and the world, the Bandidos have a distribu-tion network that allows them to traffic drugs, weapons, and stolen motorcycles.
“Level of Violence: Although Bandidos attempt to maintain a low profile to avoid scrutiny by law enforcement, the gang will resort to violence to defend its territory and drug routes against any intrusion. In the past, members have not been dissuaded from starting violent confrontations in public places such as bars or rallies with individuals believed to be disrespecting the gang.
“Prevalence Throughout State: Bandidos have chapters across the state. The fastest growing and largest concentration is in North Texas.
“Relationship with Other Gangs: Bandidos do not have a formal alliance with any other street gang. Bandidos will work with any criminal organization that will result in monetary gain.
“Total Strength: The Bandidos Motorcycle Gang has an estimated membership of 2,000 to 2,500 persons in the United States and in 13 other countries. Law enforcement sources estimate that the Bandidos OMG is one of the two largest outlaw motorcycle gangs operating in the United States, with approximately 900 members belonging to 93 chapters.
“Organizational Effectiveness: The Bandidos OMG are organized in a paramilitary structure. The gang’s rigid hierarchy is due to a large number of its members being former military. This structure allows the Bandidos to conduct their criminal activities proficiently and effectively.”
“Federal Probation Officer Charged with Drug Trafficking and Bribery Crime BlotterJuly 20, 2009 MCALLEN, TX—A United States Probation Officer has been arrested and charged with drug trafficking and bribery, United States Attorney Tim Johnson announced today.” http://www.americanchronicle.com/articles/view/110807
Shedden epilogue: http://www.scribd.com/doc/21811001/Pulfrey-Part-II-2009-04-30-for-Trial
“The old biker in the crew, Ripper Fullager who had started riding with The Wild Ones in the 60s before patching with the Black Diamond Riders and the Loners, only missed church that Friday night because he was too sick to attend. He died a few days after the murders. No Bandidos attended his funeral. Out of respect for him and who he was and who he had been, two Canadian Hells Angels paid their respects.” http://www.agingrebel.com/2903 http://img102.fansshare.com/pic134/w/non-celebrity/1200/23742_bandidos_pietro_barilla_and_ripper_fullager_when_they_were_both_members_of_the_loners.jpg?rnd=9527
7. Did the Texas Bandidos order a hit on the Canadian Bandidos in Toronto? Marnie Tunay’s Comments on Shedden, Jeff Pike and the Texas Bandidos MC: Of the three people who are very familiar with the Bandidos and their current El Presidente, Jeff Pike, one, Alex Caine, clearly thinks he could have, at the least, approved of the Shedden killings. The other two, former Bandido Edward Winterhalder and Det. Gary Georgia of the Albuquerque Police Special Investigations department, who “has been tracking the Bandidos since 1985,” http://www.juliansher.com/books/angels/articles/globepike.htm don’t agree.
I have no doubts as to the sincerity of Caine’s belief. However, I do think his stated history of surviving an attempt by the Texas Bandidos to kill him, back in the eighties, might be coloring his point of view just a little bit about Shedden. He gives sources for his claims about that the Shedden massacre was triggered by Ontario Bandidos stealing the Hells Angels’ cocaine, which caused the Bandidos to ‘sacrifice’ their Toronto chapter in expiation. However, in my respectful opinion, a look at the patterns of biker wars simply doesn’t bear out Caine’s assumption that, IF Toronto Bandidos stole the Angels’ cocaine, then, that theft would have, of a certainty, led to a resumption of international hostilities – if the Bandidos didn’t punish their own beforehand. That just simply hasn’t been the case, ever. The Quebec/Ontario biker war didn’t spill over to the U.S.A, and neither did the Nordic biker wars. The Canadian Angels would have dealt with the theft of Their cocaine themselves, in my opinion, based on all of the readings I’ve done. Moreover, there was nothing the Angels Could have done that would have been worse than what the Canadian Bandidos actually did to themselves anyway, vis a vis Shedden.
Caine says that Michael “Taz” Sandham, one of the Shedden killers, spent three days in Houston with the Texas Bandidos, about a month after the Shedden massacre, and that the result was that the Winnipeg Bandidos got their charter from the Americans. From this, he leaps to the conclusion that Jeff Pike probably – at the least – approved of the Shedden murders. I don’t agree. I think it’s more reasonable to draw the following surmise about the June meeting in Houston: The Texas Bandidos made an effort to learn from Taz what had happened in Shedden. Although perhaps unsuccessful in getting the whole truth out of him, they nevertheless most probably felt that something was wrong. A man who’s just bushwhacked six people is gonna have a Vibe about him; and outlaw bikers make it their business to read men. I very much doubt the Texans came away happy from that meeting with Sandham, but, without evidence, they lacked an excuse to unload him and his Winnipeg minions. At that point the law enforcement down in Texas, never far behind the Bandidos, surmised what was up, and, using their own contacts, quietly put the Houston Bandidos wise about Taz’s previous law-enforcement history – After Taz had left the area – thereby giving the Texans the excuse they needed to distance themselves from ol’ Taz. This is a Reasonable surmise as to what happened, which adequately explains what is actually Known about the meeting in Houston. In fact, contrary to what Alex Caine believes, Jeff Pike’s history, as stated by former Bandido Edward Winterhalder, in con-nection with the killing of ex-prizefighter Robert Quiroga by Bandido Richard Steven Merla, makes it more likely that, if anything, the Texas Bandidos ‘assisted’ the Canadian cops in their investigation, already underway by that point, into Michael Sandham and the Shedden killings.
This version of events would also explain Det. Gary Georgia’s post-Shedden remark about Jeff Pike: “Sometimes he’s a straight shooter.” Translation: MOST of the time, Jeff Pike Lies like a rug…
Aside from Shedden, what is Clear about the Texas Bandidos is that they’re dealers in death, purveyors of hard-drug use and addiction, methamphet-amine, cocaine and heroin. Herein I have only included a small sampling of the arrests of Texas Bandidos in recent years on drug and corruption charges. But it doesn’t take a genius to figure out even from those alone that the Texas Bandidos recent expansion into Central America isn’t for their health, or where it’s headed…
And not just them – all of them: the so-called Big Four outlaw biker gangs, the Hells Angels, the Bandidos, the Outlaws and the Pagans: “CONCLUSION It should not be inferred that illegal business operations are the central function of any 1% M.C. Devotion to Harley-Davidson motorcycles and a powerful sense of camaraderie are the central motivations to subcultural participation for all currently active club bikers. Indeed, most 1% clubs are led by conservatives who avoid serious criminality and seek only to be left alone to ride and party with their ‘‘brothers.’’ However, radicals lead the Big Four clubs and many of their members are deeply involved in drugs, prostitution, racketeering, stolen goods, extortion, and violence. It is the development of these organizations that has been the focus of this sketch of the subculture’s evolution.” – James Quinn, ‘‘angels, bandidos, outlaws, and pagans: the evolution of organized crime among the big four 1% motorcycle clubs,’ page 395
Quinn’s definition of ‘radicals:’ “One percenters, however, are not a homogeneous group: ‘‘radicals’’ are deeply involved in criminal enterprise while ‘‘conservatives’’ seek only the freedom of the lifestyle and the camaraderie of their ‘‘brothers’’ (Wolf 1991:102–103,272).” – James Quinn, ‘angels, bandidos, outlaws, and pagans: the evolution of organized crime among the big four 1% motorcycle clubs,’ page 330
There’s little doubt that the Consumption of cocaine, if not theft of it, played a role as Catalyst for the Shedden killings. And that’s what cocaine, heroin and meth inevitably do over time: they destroy, step by step, the spiritual faculties in human beings, otherwise known as Conscience; that is to say, our ability to respond to something higher than our most savage impulses.
In Kerrville, Texas, October 2008, the Texas Bandidos sergeant-at-arms was found guilty of attempted murder and sentenced to 25 years. Since the victim was never found after that, I’m guessing the jury had a pretty fair idea the Bandidos caught up with him and finished the job. From an October 11, 2008 article in the Kerrville Daily Times: http://www.highbeam.com/doc/1G1-186806456.html
“BRIEF: Bandido member sentenced to 25 years. Kerrville Daily Times (Kerrville, TX) October 11, 2008 Oct. 11–After a four-day trial, a Kerr County juror sentenced a Bandido gang member to 25 years in prison for attempted murder. Antonio Marquez, 39, was convicted for a February 2007 shooting incident at the Bandido’s former clubhouse on Water Street. Marquez fired a gun at a man, who fled the scene and was never located. Marquez was the vice president and sergeant at arms of the gang and currently is awaiting trial on charges of possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver — a first-degree felony. To see more of the Kerrville Daily Times or to subscribe to the newspaper, go to http://www.dailytimes.com/. Copyright (c) 2008, Kerrville Daily Times, Texas”
“The club quickly found easier and more entertaining methods of making money: sex and drugs… San Leon offered a plentiful supply of attractive young women. They loved to ride on the backs of the Bandidos’ Harley-Davidsons and to attend their wild parties. Drugs were plentiful at these gatherings, and getting these girls addicted would not have been difficult. Once hooked, they would be put to work for the club as strippers, escorts and prostitutes.” Alex Caine, ‘The Fat Mexican,’ page 13
Drug trafficking ultimately feeds and houses people like Osama bin Laden:
“”Bro’s before bitches” is a common biker slogan. Part of the rationale for this social ranking structure is based on the violence of interclub rivalries that makes one’s brothers the only people that can be depended upon to guarantee day-to-day survival in saloon society. The “us or them” mentality of warfare with the suspension of basic norms it implies, combine with the threats posed by a criminal lifestyle to create a chronic state of near-paranoia in many bikers. Use of methamphetamine and similar drugs can further aggravate such tendencies. In the homo-social world of the 1%er, women are often seen as little more than expendable sources of pleasure, money, in-formation and convenience.” – James Quinn, ‘The Mammoth Book of Bikers,’ p. 302
“The Outlaws M.C. is widely reported (circa 1973) to own a forced brothel near Meridian, Mississippi. It is said that the women there were forced into prostitution after becoming associated with members of the Outlaws. Ol’ ladies from the Outlaws M.C. consider being sent there a severe punishment. Other clubs are reputed to engage in forcible prostitution as well.” – James Quinn, ‘The Mammoth Book of Bikers,’ p. 301
“During [the early 1970s], I was getting busted a lot and having huge scrapes with the law. My cocaine mood swings got me into a lot of deep criminal shit and would ultim-ately land me in Folsom Prison.” – Sonny Barger, ‘The Mammoth Book of Bikers,’ page 262
“The Bandidos, like every other outlaw club, claimed from their inception on that they were only about motorcycles, partying and the open road. The facts tell a different story. In 1972, Bandidos Donald Chambers, Jesse Fain “Injun” Deal and “Crazy” Ray Vincente abducted two drug dealers from El Paso, Texas. The dealers – brothers named Marley Leon and Preston LeRay Tarver – had made the mistake of selling the Bandidos some baking soda, claiming it was methamphetamine. The Bandidos first tortured these two for a couple of days, with help from their old ladies, then drove them into the desert north of the city. There, the dealers, who were seventeen and twenty-two years old, were forced to dig their own graves. The bikers then blasted them with shotguns and set fire to their bodies. Clearly, the club had now moved well beyond just partying and riding their motorcycles. Chambers, Deal and Vincente were all convicted of these murders; an informant was an eyewitness to the events. Chambers was sentenced to life in prison. The bikers were represented in court by Joe and Lee Chagra, brothers of Jimmy Chagra, whom we’ll meet later.” Alex Caine, ‘The Fat Mexican,’ page 16
The Welsh poet Ieuan Gethin wrote: “We see death coming into our midst like black smoke, a plague which cuts off the young, a rootless phantom which has no mercy for fair countenance…”
P.S. Dear ‘Texas Monthly:’