June 26, 2015

Boston Mafia bosses hit the streets – War looming?


By David Amoruso - Gangsters Inc.

Never a dull moment in the Boston underworld. After barely surviving an internecine war and the beatings Whitey Bulger and the FBI dished out, the New England La Cosa Nostra family has been working hard to rebuild. This year, several top mobsters will hit the streets, raising the ever-pertinent question: Who’s the boss?

The most senior mobster on the list of possible candidates is 87-year-old Luigi “Baby Shacks” Manocchio, who was released from a federal prison in North Carolina last month and sent to a halfway house to prepare for his release.



Manocchio (right) led the New England Patriarca Family until he was arrested in January of 2011 in a nationwide bust together with 127 other mobsters from crime families in New York and New Jersey. In 2012, he pleaded guilty to shaking down Rhode Island strip clubs for protection money and was sentenced to over 5 years in prison. His sentence will officially end in November.

Despite his old age, Manocchio can hold his own and remains a capable wiseguy. Boston mobster-turned-author Mark Silverman tells Gangsters Inc. that “he keeps his mind and body sharp. He's still in great shape, physically and mentally.” Adding, “Rarely will he see anybody other than his trusted friends, guys that have been around since the Angiulo brothers’ days.”
However, despite his cautious manner, he had even retired to Florida at one point, the Feds snagged him in 2011. That is partly why Silverman is certain Manocchio will say farewell to the mob life. “I’m sure he’s retired. He's paid his dues and deserves a little freedom for the rest of his golden years.”

With Manocchio out of the picture, for now – you can never count out an aging mobster – we focus on another Patriarca Family powerhouse. Carmen “The Cheese Man” DiNunzio (57) became a free man on February 19 of this year and has been at the peak of the New England Mafia’s hierarchy for around a decade. When Manocchio’s successor, Peter Limone, was sent to prison on bookmaking charges, DiNunzio stepped up to fill the position of boss.

Together with his younger brother Anthony DiNunzio (56), Carmen ran a tight ship. Author Scott Burnstein describes DiNunzio as “a wiseguy peacemaker, someone who favors mediation over violence unless totally necessary.” A retired FBI agent familiar with DiNunzio told Gangster Report, “Carmen’s more a racketeer than a gangster, he doesn’t get off on the blood and guts like a lot of guys that rise as high as he has.”

He did, however, run with plenty of gangsters who did get off on violence and intimidation. When he had a falling out with Jerry Angiulo, the family’s underboss at that time, after he allegedly shook down an Angiulo underling named Vincent “Dee Dee” Gioacchini, DiNunzio and his brother fled to the west coast where they worked with Chicago mobsters. One of the men they worked for was notorious hit man Anthony “The Ant” Spilotro. Portrayed by actor Joe Pesci in the movie Casino, Spilotro was beaten to death with baseball bats and buried in a shallow grave by Chicago mobsters in 1986.



While, according to most sources, Spilotro’s violent streak did not rub off on “The Cheese Man”, it did, apparently, rub off on his brother Anthony. Caught on wiretaps Anthony DiNunzio (right) is heard issuing many threats. During a meeting with an associate at My Cousin Vinny’s restaurant in Malden in June of 2011, he made clear what would happen if anyone disobeyed him. “I get to watch you die in the ground,” he said (un)knowingly conjuring up images of Spilotro’s gory demise. “I stay there ten fuckin’ hours until you’re dead. And I’ll dig you back up and make sure you are dead.”

With the DiNunzio brothers on top, the Patriarca crime family was rumored to be able to put behind many of the beefs that originated during the internecine war that took place in the 1990s. Despite their success both men did not enjoy a long run.

In November of 2008, Operation Mobbed Up in Rhode Island took down 25 mob guys and associates out of Providence. Carmen DiNunzio was charged with extortion, gambling offenses, and charged with bribing an FBI agent. In the fall of 2009, he was sentenced to 6 years in prison.
Upon his brother Carmen’s imprisonment, Anthony took over as leader until he too went down in 2012 when the Feds charged him with racketeering and extortion. He is due to be released in February of 2018.

While both DiNunzios were behind bars, Anthony “Spucky” Spagnolo took over. It was the first time in the history of the Patriarca family that the boss was from East Boston. The Boston faction’s center of power was always based in the North End of Boston.

Interestingly, Spagnolo was at the center of one of the more recent disputes within the family. One of the men he had a beef with, Vincent “Dee Dee” Gioacchini, was the same man Carmen DiNunzio had shaken down back in the 1980s. Mark Silverman was in close contact with many Patriarca mobsters at that time and tells Gangsters Inc. what happened in Boston during the early to mid-2000s.
“A street beef between Anthony Spagnolo and the East Boston mafia street duo of Frederick “Freddy the Neighbor” Simone and Vincent “Dee Dee” Gioacchini had reached its boiling point,” he says. “The two East Boston gangsters had served lengthy prison terms and wanted their old territory back. Spagnolo, who had since been promoted to capo of the Day Square Crew, was not about to let that happen. In traditional mafia style, the two gangsters reached out to Manocchio to settle the dispute. Fearing another all-out mob war, Manocchio dispatched his Rhode Island lieutenant, Matthew Guglielmetti (below), to Boston for a sit down. State Police wiretaps placed in the kitchen of Simone picked up some very damaging conversations alluding to the fact that Guglielmetti would be killed if the peace could not be brokered. Guglielmetti tried to convince Simone and Gioacchini that Spagnolo would back off and allow them to earn in his territory. It sounded good, but the duo did not believe him.”



At that point, Silverman explains, they only had one option left: contact New York. That meant they sought help from the Genovese crime family. The Patriarca family had remained in frequent contact with the New York family for several decades. As authors Gerard O’Neill and Dick Lehr write in their book Underboss: The Rise and Fall of a Mafia Family, “[…] with New England divided along the Connecticut River. The Genovese family controlled such major cities as Hartford, Springfield, and Albany, while Patriarca had most of Worcester and exclusive control in Boston, Revere, and Maine.”

But despite the alleged advice from the Genovese family’s crew in Springfield, Silverman says, the beef continued. It wasn’t until State and Federal authorities arrested Simone and Gioacchini on extortion charges that it finally came to an end.

Spagnolo himself, meanwhile, was arrested in October of 2014 and charged with extorting $50,000 in protection payments from a video poker machine company located in Revere for the past seven years. (Read more about that bust in New England Mafia bust emphasizes mob’s decline)



That means 400-pound Carmen DiNunzio (left) is the person out on the streets right now who is most eligible to be boss. With Manocchio presumably retired and 81-year-old Peter Limone semi-retired moving around behind the scenes, DiNunzio does not face much opposition.

Unless Manocchio’s trusted lieutenant, 65-year-old Matthew Guglielmetti, decides he wants to play a bigger role. Gugliemetti was released from prison last year after doing 11 years in prison on drug trafficking charges. Investigators alleged Guglielmetti pledged to protect a shipment of cocaine as it moved through Rhode Island.

Will there be a power struggle? Mark Silverman thinks not. The Patriarca family has learned from the war it fought in the 1990s: It’s bad for business and the freedom of its members. Still, you never know. “As of today, there has been some jockeying for position, but no clear cut leader has emerged,” Silverman says. “The once coveted position of boss now comes with price. According to Jeffrey Sallet, special agent in charge of organized crime in New England, the FBI will aggressively pursue their attack on leadership positions in New England organized crime.”

With the indictment of seven consecutive bosses the FBI has sent a clear warning indeed to anyone who might be interest in taking the crown. Besides, even if one becomes king is there still a kingdom to rule over? Are there enough knights to execute orders?
“I believe the mob is just as dangerous as it ever was,” Silverman says with confidence. “Today’s wiseguys have learned how to keep things quiet. The guys out there making noise are just gonna bring heat so they won't last long. People believe the cliché - there's strength in numbers - and that is true to a certain extent. In the mob it's more about talent. Guys who've been around know how to stay around and the guys that are a constant headache get dealt with one way or another. Naturally there is a power vacuum, but every high level guy knows that's just bait. I don't think you'll see another all-out fight for power. You may see some guys go down to prevent a repeat of the Salemme/Carozza war. The feds don't wanna clean up another mess like that - internally and on the streets.”

June 24, 2015

Hells Angels beholder «FESTNINGEN»

FÅR BEHOLDE «FESTNINGEN»:  Hells Angels klubblokaler i Oslo blir ikke inndratt til fordel for statskassa. Foto Harald Klungtveit / Dagbladet
FÅR BEHOLDE «FESTNINGEN»: Hells Angels klubblokaler i Oslo blir ikke inndratt til fordel for statskassa. Foto Harald Klungtveit / Dagbladet



I januar 2011 slo politiet til mot Hells Angels hovedkvarter i Oslo - også kjent som «festningen» i Strømsveien.

Det ble funnet flere skytevåpen som ikke kunne knyttes til enkeltmedlemmer av Hells Angels. Statsadvokaten i Oslo tok seinere ut tiltale mot to selskaper som knyttes direkte til Hells Angels - Capitol Eiendom og Hamcon.

«HA-festning»

Men i Oslo tingrett ble Hells Angels selskapene delvis frikjent. Strømsveien 222 - Hells Angels «festningen» ble ikke inndratt til fordel for statskassa. Skytevåpnene og ammunisjonen som ble funnet ble inndratt og Capitol Eiendom ble ilagt en bot på 750.000 kroner.

Dommen ble anket, og i Borgarting lagmannsrett la statsadvokaten ned påstand om en bot på 1.000.000 kroner for Capitol Eiendom, en bot på 1.000.000 kroner til Hamcon og inndragelse av Hells Angels «festningen» (klubblokalet i Strømsveien 222).

Nå har Borgarting lagmannsrett dømt til Capitol Eiendom til en bot på 100.000 kroner. Hells Angels får beholde «festningen». Våpnene og ammunisjonen er inndratt, utover det er Hells Angels frikjent.

- Ikke kriminell organisasjon
Advokat John Christian Elden som førte saken for Hells Angels sammen med advokat Astri Aas-Hansen er fornøyd med resultat.

- Våre klienter er glade for utfallet av saken og at den boten tingretten ga er nedsatt. Men viktigst for dem er selvsagt at også lagmannsretten avviste kravet om inndragning av klubbhuset, sier advokat John Christian Elden til Dagbladet.

- Lagmannsretten har i likhet med Oslo tingrett fastslått at Hells Angels ikke er en kriminell organisasjon eller at klubben står bak kriminalitet. Vi får nå håpe at politiet lar Mc-klubbene i fred og konsentrere seg om å bekjempe den kriminalitet som måtte bli begått, sier advokat John Christian Elden.

Vurderer anke

Statsadvokat Carl Graff Hartmann førte straffesaken mot Hells Angels på vegne av påtalemyndigheten.

- Hells Angels Oslo ble dømt og har fått en bot. Det er korrekt at vi ikke fikk medhold i at klubblokalet kunne inndras, sier statsadvokaten. Jeg vil nå lese dommen grundig før jeg tar stilling til om vi skal anke til Høyesterett.

- Advokat Elden viser til at retten har fastslått at Hells Angels ikke er en kriminell organisasjon?

- Jeg vet ikke hva advokat Elden mener med det. Det er et faktum at Hells Angels Oslo ble dømt både i tingretten og lagmannsretten, sier statsadvokat Carl Graff Hartmann.

Det brutale rocker-liv: Magt-fordelingen, tøjet og reglerne

Hells Angels er den største rockerklub i Europa. (Arkivfoto: Jens Dresling)
 
e står bag brutal kriminalitet og blodige konflikter. I den mest magtfulde gruppering er kvinder og sorte ikke velkomne. Og det koster tusindvis af kroner at blive medlem.
 
Alligevel bliver der flere og flere af dem - grupper af rockere - og det bekymrer Europol, det europæiske politisamarbejde.
 
Men hvad er det, der venter unge mennesker, som drages ind i det brutale rocker-miljø? Hvilke regler bliver de underlagt? Hvorfor er rygmærket så vigtigt for dem? Og hvad betyder det overhovedet?
Dét har EKSTRA tidligere skrevet en række artikler om - og herunder bringer vi dem, for overblikkets skyld, samlet.
 

Magtfordelingen

Antallet af internationale rockerklubber, der slår sig ned og åbner afdelinger i Europa, er stadig stigende og ifølge politiet bekymrende. 
 
Selv om Hells Angels med afdelinger – såkaldte chapters – i 27 europæiske lande fortsat er Europas største klub, må englene i dag dele territorier med endnu flere grupper end tidligere. 
 
Bandidos og Outlaws har begge afdelinger i 12 europæiske lande, mens de i dansk sammenhæng nyere klubber Satudarah og Gremium har åbnet chapters i henholdsvis otte og ni lande. 
 
Rockergrupperne skyder således frem på tværs af Europa i et tempo, som Europol – det europæiske politisamarbejde – har beskrevet som 'bekymrende'.
 
 
 
Blodige konflikter
Flere rockergrupper medfører ifølge Europol pr. automatik de værste former for kriminalitet, og risikoen for nye, blodige konflikter stiger proportionalt med antallet af grupper.
 
Det siger pressemedarbejder Søren Pedersen fra Europol, der blandt andet har til opgave at holde øje med og styr på udviklingen i forhold til organiserede kriminelle.
– I slutningen af 2012 advarede vi mod udviklingen, fordi vi oplevede en kraftig tilvækst af nye chapters. Næsten to år efter er situationen mere eller mindre den samme. Vi ser en masse nye chapters skyde op rundt om i Europa, siger Søren Pedersen.
 
Ifølge Europols tal er antallet af europæiske chapters alene i grupperne Hells Angels, Bandidos og Outlaws steget fra 299 til 561 på blot ni år.

Nyeste klub i Danmark: United Tribuns Forever

Som den nyeste klub i Danmark har den tyske rockergruppe United Tribuns Forever i januar åbnet en afdeling i Aabenraa i Sønderjylland. United Tribuns Forever har flere afdelinger i Tyskland, hvor de flere gange har været i konflikt med blandt andet Hells Angels.

Ifølge Michael Ask, chef for Rigspolitiets Nationale Efterforskningscenter (NEC), betragter man United Tribuns Forever som en gruppe på lige fod med de andre rockergrupperinger i Danmark.
– United Tribuns Forever er en forholdsvis ny gruppering, som minder om Satudarah og Gremium.

De er forankret i det sønderjyske område, og man må formode, at de primært vil sætte sig på den geografiske del af Danmark, siger han.

På Facebook-siden ’United Tribuns Denmark’ afviser den nye gruppe, at de skulle være en kriminel gruppering. Gruppen kalder sig i stedet et broderskab, der har stor fokus på kampsport og bodybuilding.

Svært at skelne
Michael Ask fortæller, at det efterhånden er blevet svært at skelne mellem bander og rockergrupper. Derfor er politiets indsats mod rockere og bander beskrevet i en samlet rapport fra Rigspolitiet.
– Flere bander er begyndt at tillægge sig nogle af de ting, som man kender fra rockerne, herunder veste og andre symboler, som viser, hvilken gruppe man hører til, siger Michael Ask.

Hells Angels var efter 1980’ernes blodige opgør med Amager-gruppen Bullshit alene i det danske rockerlandskab. Og da Bandidos etablerede sig i 90’erne førte konflikter imellem de to grupper til det, der omtales som den store nordiske rockerkrig.
 
I 1997 indgik HA og Bandidos en fredsaftale, som blandt andet indebar, at der ikke måtte være andre såkaldte en-procent-grupper i Danmark end dem selv. Tilstrømningen af nye grupper i Danmark kan dermed opfattes som et brud på fredsaftalen. 
 
Ifølge Christian Klement, der er ansat ved Justitsministeriets Forskningskontor og forsker i rockere og deres kriminalitet ved Københavns Universitet, kan man ikke udelukke, at de nye grupper fører til nye konflikter.
– Når man ser på fredsaftalen, er det nærliggende at tro, at hverken Hells Angels eller Bandidos er interesserede i at se nye grupper i Danmark, i hvert fald officielt. Når der så kommer nye grupper, udfordrer det dem selvfølgelig. Lige nu ser det ikke ud, som om at der kommer en stor konflikt, men man kan ikke udelukke det på længere sigt, siger han til Ekstra Bladet.
 
Accept frem for konflikt
Ifølge Michael Ask, chef for Rigspolitiets Nationale Efterforskningscenter (NEC), har Hells Angels og Bandidos accepteret, at der er kommet nye grupper til landet.
– Der er vores indtryk, at de veletablerede rockergrupper ikke synes, at de nye grupper er en fantastisk god ting, men de har accepteret det. Alternativet er en stor konflikt, og de ved, at det kun vil skade dem selv, fortæller han. 
 
Ved tidligere lejligheder har det vist sig, at der ikke skal meget til, før låget ryger af tønden hos klubberne. Sidste vinter udkæmpede Hells Angels og Satudarah en seks dage lang konflikt, hvor medlemmerne af de to klubber jagtede og overfaldt hinanden. 
 
Indtil 2013 var det kun Hells Angels og Bandidos, som opererede i Danmark. Men siden da er der gået inflation i rygmærkerne. 
 
I november 2014 åbnede den hollandske rockergruppe Satudarah MC et klubhus i Bagsværd og senere en ny afdeling i Glostrup på den københavnske Vestegn. I februar i år åbnede tyske Gremium MC, der i hjemlandet sættes i forbindelse med våben, narko, prostitution og andre former for kriminalitet, en afdeling i Haslev.
 
Senest har den tyske rockergruppe United Tribuns Forever i januar åbnet en afdeling i Aabenraa. 
Ifølge Michael Ask fra NEC er de nye rockergrupper ikke ensbetydende med mere kriminalitet i Danmark. 
– Markedet for organiseret kriminalitet er nogenlunde det samme, som det har været i mange år. Til gengæld er det blevet spredt mere imellem de enkelte klubber, fortæller han.
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Europas fem største rocker-grupper

Hells Angels MC
(Arkivfoto: Polfoto) 
 
Hells Angels er med 230 chapters fortsat den største rockerklub i Europa. Klubben blev stiftet i Californien i 1948, men kom først til Danmark - som det blot femte europæiske land - i 1980.
Hells Angels udgøres stort set udelukkende af hvide mænd - kvinder og sorte er ikke velkomne. Klubben har beviseligt gjort sig i stort set alle typer af alvorlig kriminalitet.
 
Bandidos MC
(Arkivfoto: Polfoto) 
 
Bandidos har udviklet sig til at være den næststørste rockerklub i Europa. Bandidos havde også sit udspring i USA - nærmere bestemt Texas i 1966.
 
Gruppens motto er 'we are the people our parents warned us about', hvilket de ifølge Europol lever op til med tung, organiseret kriminalitet.
 
I Danmark blev Bandidos for alvor kendt, da de stødte sammen i 'den store nordiske rockerkrig', der kostede adskillige mennesker livet, og som gjorde gader og stræder i Skandinavien usikre i flere år.
 
Outlaws MC
 
(Arkivfoto: Polfoto) 
 
Under navnet American Outlaws Association blev gruppen dannet helt tilbage i 1935 i Illinois. Hells Angels er ærkefjenden, hvilket understreges af det populære Outlaws-udtryk ADIOS (Angels Die in Outlaw States, red.).
 
Med 133 chapters i Europa er klubben blandt de allerstørste, selv om de stadigvæk ikke er til stede i Danmark.
 
Gremium MC
(Arkivfoto: Polfoto) 
 
Klubben, der for nylig har slået en biks op i Danmark, hører til blandt de største kriminelle rockergrupper i Europa med sine 111 chapters.
 
I modsætning til de andre, store grupper er Gremium stiftet i Tyskland - i Mannheim tilbage i 1972.
Og det er fortsat i Tyskland, at gruppen er størst repræsenteret.
 
Halvdelen af klubbens chapters ligger således fortsat i Tyskland, men på det seneste har gruppen ekspanderet - blandt andet i Skandinavien.
 
Satudarah Maluku MC
(Arkivfoto: Polfoto) 
 
Den hollandske rockerklub har 60 chapters i Europa - heraf ligger 34 i moderlandet. Gruppen er til stede i Danmark med to chapters - Satudarah MC Northside i Bagsværd og Satudarah MC i Glostrup.
Gruppen blev dannet i Moordrecht i 1990 - primært af indvandrere eller deres efterkommere fra den tidligere hollandske besiddelse Molukkerne, der nu tilhører Indonesien.
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Tøjet

Mærkerne på vesten er sindssygt vigtige. Du må aldrig tabe dine mærker.
Sådan siger Tony Thompson, der er engelsk journalist og forfatter, og som har undersøgt bandekultur i Vesten i de sidste 20 år. Han fortæller at de broderede budskaber på motorcyklisters lædertøj har en enorm intern betydning.
 
- Der var en skudepisode i Storbritannien i 2007, hvor et medlem af Hells Angels lå døende på motorvejen, og inden politiet nåede at komme, ræsede andre HA’ere dertil og tog hans mærker for at være sikre på, at de ikke blev snuppet af nogle andre, siger Tony Thompson.
Ekstra Bladet har været i kontakt med medlemmer af de store danske klubber Bandidos og Hells Angels. De giver på samme måde udtryk for, at lædervestens mærker er uhyre vigtige signaler, som binder medlemmerne sammen i et broderskab.
 
OvervågetTony Thompson forklarer, at mærkerne, der ofte skal virke intimiderende, bliver nøje overvåget. Motorcykel-klubberne udgør nemlig en subkultur, der har øjne overalt.
- Hvis du starter en klub med dine venner, og I bruger det klassiske design - en overbue, en underbue og et logo - så vil du i løbet af få timer blive stoppet af MC-klubmedlemmer, der fortæller dig, hvis det ikke er okay, det du har gang i, siger Tony Thompson.
 
For eksempel skal man passe meget på med at kopiere eller efterligne rygmærker, som allerede er taget. Tony Thompson fortæller, at den strenge kontrol betyder, at du nogle steder i verden kan komme grueligt galt af sted, hvis du træder allerede eksisterende bander over tæerne.
- Jeg kender en amerikansk præst, der designede et rygmærke til sin jakke. Der var et kors i midten med hans navn over og bynavn under. I løbet af et par dage blev han angrebet, tæsket og havde brækket adskillige knogler, fordi han ikke havde spurgt om lov fra den lokale klub, siger Tony Thompson.
 
SejrstrofæerSelv om de farverige rygmærker ikke altid giver mening for omverdenen, har de stærke betydninger i biker-miljøet.
- I slåskamp vil bandemedlemmer ofte stjæle mærker fra rivalen og hænge dem på hovedet i klubhuset for at markere en sejr. Og det er altså en meget stor vanære for den ydmygede klub, siger Tony Thompson.
 
Ud over det klassiske rygmærke i tre dele har MC-medlemmer også forskellige firkantede mærker på forsiden af lædervesten, der kan have varierende betydninger, men som du heller ikke skal sløse med.
- Hvis du mister dine mærker, er du i meget store problemer, du bliver måske endda smidt ud af klubben. Du skal virkelig have kæmpet imod med dit liv for at have en undskyldning, der duer, siger Tony Thompson.
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Fra gardiner og hynder til rygmærker og læderveste

Annette Villumsen synes, at HA'ernes rygmærke er flot - men det betyder ikke, at hun er enig med dem. (Foto: Jonas Olufson) 
 Annette Villumsen synes, at HA'ernes rygmærke er flot - men det betyder ikke, at hun er enig med dem. (Foto: Jonas Olufson)
 
Annette Villumsen lever af at brodere. I en systue i Fuglebjerg, en lille sjællandsk by, forbinder hun hver dag step-, satin- og outline-sting. Men hendes sortiment er ikke just juleduge og vægtæpper; hun er nemlig leverandør af læderveste, rygmærker og frontflashes til MC-klubber i hele landet.
- Det er kun i de sidste par år, jeg har været så målrettet. Jeg synes, det er superfedt. Hver dag. Og man hvis man virkelig vil det, så bliver man jo god. Se nu denne her. Den er skideflot, siger Annette Villumsen, der er 52 og bor med et af sine tre børn på etagen over systuen.
 
Hun hiver en spritny lædervest ned fra en pyntet bøjlestang bag sig. Den er i skinnende sort læder med indlagte stykker af krokodilleskind langs siderne og et flettet læderbånd i bunden. Annette Villumsen stryger sin nyeste kreation med en bestemt hånd.
- Jeg har en mening om det, jeg laver. Det skal se ordentligt ud. Jeg synes f.eks. også, at HA’ernes rygmærke er skideflot - arbejdsmæssigt. Men det er jo ikke ensbetydende med, at jeg er enig med dem, siger Annette Villumsen.
 
Et fuldt program for design af eget rygmærke, skræddersyet lædervest og mærker koster samlet 11.000 kroner hos systuen AnnBro, hvor Annette Villumsen især får bestillings-ønsker om kranier og vikinger.
 
(Foto: Jonas Olufson) 

Uskrevne regler for lædervesten:
- Hver klub har sit regelsæt om farver, veste og brug af mærker.
- Det er ret vigtigt at ramme de rigtige farver, når et nyt medlem skal have syet rygmærke. Det er nemlig ærgerligt, hvis du fejlagtigt kopierer andre klubber, eller de nemt kan kopiere dig.
- De mærker, der sidder foran på vesten kan både have betydning for din rang i klubben, men kan også være købemærker med forskellige budskaber på.

Egentlig ikke til kranierHun har en klar mening om sit håndværk og syr i gennemsnit én vest om ugen hele året.
- Det hele skal hænge sammen. Farver, mærker og vest. Der skal være harmoni. Og jeg siger til kunden, hvis jeg ikke synes, at det ser pænt ud. Lommer udvendigt er for eksempel ikke godt. Og selv om jeg egentlig ikke er til kranier, så bliver de tit flotte alligevel, siger Annette Villumsen.
Annette Villumsen fandt sin niche for flere år siden.
- På et tidspunkt døde mine sønners far, og jeg røg på bistand. Jeg skulle finde et job, og det har jeg aldrig været god til. Men jeg var god til at sy, så jeg begyndte at lave hynder og gardiner og alt muligt. Og så har det bare udviklet sig, siger hun.
 
Rutineret MC-syerskeAnnette Villumsen kører selv motorcykel, og en dag var der en der spurgte hende, om hun ikke kunne lave et mærke.
- Så lavede jeg sådan nogle små nogle, de kørte med dengang. De blev pissegrimme, men det var egentlig meget sjovt, og så tog vi til Skagen til et kæmpe MC-træf. Så stod vi der og syede små mærker og navne på læderveste og drak en masse bajere. Det var skide-hyggeligt, siger Annette Villumsen.
 
Hun blev fanget af at sy læderveste med det hele og er langsomt blevet en rutineret MC-syerske. Hun tager ikke længere til træf for at reklamere, for det behøver hun ikke. Hun har rigeligt at lave og et godt rygte hos MC-klubber over hele landet.
- Der er vanvittigt mange klubber, også de små med ti mænd, der synes, at det er skidesjovt, at de bor i samme område og kører motorcykler og har samme interesser. Så laver jeg vestene til dem, siger Annette Villumsen.
 
For nylig kørte Annette selv i pigeklubben Naughty Sisters. Men hun synes ikke, at lædervesten klædte hende.
- Tænker du nogensinde over, at du måske broderer til folk, der muligvis er kriminelle?
- Næh. Jeg er syerske, og jeg er glad for det, jeg laver. Det er ikke mig, der gør mennesker kriminelle. De må selv om, hvad de gør og signalerer, siger Annette Villumsen.
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Reglerne

Normalt er livet inden for murene i rockerklubben Hells Angels særdeles ukendt for offentligheden.
Men den tyske eks-rocker Kassra Z. løfter dog nu lidt af sløret for, hvordan tingene foregår i de mange klubhuse verden over – ikke mindst i forbindelse med de håbefulde ’prospects’, oftest unge opkomlinge, der gerne vil være fuldgyldige medlemmer af klubben.
 
Detaljerne om nogle af de mange, hemmelige regler er faldet i et interview med tyske Bild, og hverken over for politiet eller over for magasinet er der sparet på noget.
 
Ingen sorte Indledningsvist er der således ifølge den 26-årige eks-rocker et par krav, som man skal leve op til for overhovedet at kunne komme i betragtning til de tyske afdelinger.
 
For det første skal man være en mand, og for det andet skal man helst ikke være alt for mørk i huden. Sorte mennesker kan således ifølge reglerne aldrig blive andet end såkaldte ’supportere’.
I tillæg til dette skal medlemmerne af Hells Angels være fyldt 21 år, skal have kørekort til motorcykel og kunne tale og forstå engelsk
 
Hvis ovenstående krav ikke er et problem, og man har mindst et par nuværende medlemmer, der siger god for en, er der et helt specielt forløb, som alle potentielle medlemmer skal gennemgå.
Hangaround Til at begynde med skal den interesserede kandidat igennem en mindst tre måneder lang periode som såkaldt ’hangaround’. Perioden giver det potentielle medlem mulighed for at bevise sit værd over for de fuldgyldige medlemmer – blandt andet ved at gøre klubhuset rent, løbe ærinder, hente mad og fylde brændstof på motorcyklerne.
’Hangarounden’ skal desuden betale 110 euro om måneden (omkring 820 kroner, red.) i kontingent og anskaffe sig en motorcykel – nærmere bestemt en Harley Davidson.
I denne periode må de potentielle medlemmer ikke deltage i møder, og de er heller ikke velkomne på de officielle klubfotos. Ligeledes må de heller ikke bære emblemer eller udstyr, der indeholder Hells Angels’ logo.
 
Prospect Går den første prøveperiode godt, skal rockerlærlingen derefter i mindst et år være såkaldt ’prospect’ – en titel, der også skal fremgå af beklædningen – dog stadig ikke med officielle Hells Angels-logo.
I denne periode skal prøvemedlemmerne besøge de forskellige afdelinger og hilse på de andre medlemmer. Ligeledes skal man vise sine 'brødre' respekt i fængslet.
 
Det potentielle medlem skal desuden betale et engangsbeløb på 720 euro (omkring 5400 kroner, red.) for at blive ’prospect’ – og endnu et engangsbeløb på 1500 euro (omkring 11.200 kroner, red.), hvis man har ’held’ til at blive fuldgyldigt medlem. I så fald skal samtlige afdelinger have besked på mail.
 
Bus og tog er forbudt Foruden ovenstående regler for kommende rockere gælder, at det er forbudt for alle medlemmer og kommende medlemmer af den tyske del af Hells Angels at køre i bus eller tog. Ligeledes er det ifølge de nedskrevne regler noget nær forbudt at drikke alkohol – dog med undtagelse af lukkede arrangementer som årsfester.
 
Det er desuden forbudt at bruge moderne smartphones, kun gamle telefoner kan benyttes, da de er langt sværere for politiet at aflytte. Samtidig er det forbudt at tale om klub-relaterede ting over telefonen, og andre medlemmers navne må ikke tages i anvendelse, når man bruger telefonen.
 
For alle medlemmer gælder også, at det er strengt forbudt at tale med politi eller retsvæsen – også selv om det enkelte medlem har været offer for en forbrydelse.
 
Høje bøder Hvis medlemmer eller ’prospects’ forbryder sig mod disse regler, kan de blive suspenderet og dermed skal de betale en bøde på 500 euro (omkring 3700 kroner, red.). I givet fald skal medlemmet aflevere vesten, T-shirts og alle andre rocker-relaterede objekter.
 
Overtrædelsen af reglerne bliver desuden meddelt til alle klubber i verden på mail. Hvis man er suspenderet i længere tid end et år, bliver man smidt helt ud.
 
Endnu værre er det dog, hvis man eksempelvis bliver taget med fingrene i klubkassen eller skifter til en anden klub. Af reglerne fremgår det således, at man med det samme skal smides ud i såkaldt ’bad standing’. Det betyder, at ens billede skal sendes til samtlige klubbers medlemmer. Det står så frit for dem at gøre præcis, hvad de vil, hvis de løber ind i dem.
 
Eks-rockeren Kassra Z. anses id ag for at være i overhængende livsfare, og derfor befinder han sig nu i et vidnebeskyttelsesprogram et hemmeligt sted i Tyskland. Hans afsløringer har været med til at opklare adskillige forbrydelser.
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Politi: Samme regler i Danmark

Selv om oplysningerne om det strenge kodeks i Hells Angels kommer fra den tyske del af rockergruppen, så kan det fint overføres til de danske afdelinger.
 
Det forklarer Michael Ask, politiinspektør hos Rigspolitiets Nationale Efterforskningscenter (NEC), der især beskæftiger sig med rocker-bandekriminalitet.
- Oplysninger stemmer meget godt overens med det, vi ved. Men reglerne i Hells Angels bliver også udstukket internationalt, så i den forstand er reglerne de samme i hele verden, forklarer han til Ekstra Bladet.
 
Selv om nogle af reglerne kan virke en smule firkantede, så holder man stadig mange af dem strengt i hævd, forklarer Michael Ask videre.
- De fleste af reglerne bliver i høj grad stadig taget seriøst – specielt optagelsesritualerne. Andre regler er man lidt mere large med. For eksempel ser man nu medlemmer, der skifter fra Hells Angels til Bandidos og omvendt, og det at være i bad standing er ikke lige så problematisk, som man tidligere har set.
 
Ifølge Michael Ask hænger opblødningen af noget af regelsættet sammen med den udvikling, Hells Angels har gennemgået de senere år.
- Det er nok ikke helt skævt at sige, at det mest er de ældre medlemmer, der holder fast i mange af disse regler og traditioner. De unge er ikke helt lige så optagede af dem. Derudover giver det også sig selv, at det store flow af medlemmer, der kommer og går – eksempelvis fra støttegrupper som AK81 – gør det svært at holde fast i reglerne.
Michael Ask understreger dog, at enkelte af beløbene for at blive medlem kan være en smule mindre i Danmark.

June 22, 2015

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June 20, 2015

Canadian Hells Angels arrested for vicious assault in Greece



From one extreme to the other. From an inspiring heart wrenching image of a place where blind men see to a dark place no one wants to see - Finian's Inferno so to speak. The Huffingting Post is reporting that Police have arrested three Hells Angels members from Alberta following a vicious assault on the Greek island of Corfu. Global is reporting all three are from Alberta. It was a near fatal attack on a 41 year old male who is currently on life support. There isn't really anything proud or noble about a brutal three on one attack. Nobody likes bullies.

Kim Bolan implied that Greece hasn't released the names of the members charged due to privacy laws. That is somewhat absurd. We don't have those kind of laws in Canada. If someone is charged with a brutal assault like this, the public has a right to know who has been charged knowing that people are innocent until proven guilty by law. In Canada privacy laws mean the government can't spy on you without a warrant. Those laws are being trampled as we speak.

I have the names of two of the three Canadians from both Edmonton chapters charged and I have quite a few pictures of one proudly posing with members of the Whiteboy posse who are drug dealers that sell drugs for the Edmonton Hells Angels and decapitated Bob Roth for a drug debt. It is a dark inferno of greed and extortion. There are two reasons I'm not going to post them.

First it's because Gangsters out is going through a metamorphosis. Gangsters out is no longer for outting gangsters. It is for helping gang members get out of the life by supporting TBM Fresh Start. It is also to continue to raise public awareness about drug related violence to help us develop the political will to one day embrace the New York Model.

The other reason is because it really doesn't matter which members it was because it clearly reflects on all of them since it was at an international convention. The plausible deniability argument fails here. The Hells Angels are pretty passionate about banning people from misusing their trademark. They are more than capable of discouraging this kind of behavior at public events. What do you think is going to happen the next time they want to host a convention in a City? The residents will oppose it just like they did the Devil's Rejects clubhouse in Langford.



Update: OK my sources claim it was Nick Dragich and Dusty Swanson (on the right) a prospect for Westridge, formally from the Dirty flu. Nick has confirmed he was in Greece at the time:



Weren't the German "brothers" the ones who were charged with human trafficking in Spain

The Blackfriars Massacre


By Thom L. Jones - Gangsters Inc.

Boston, Massachusetts, has long had a reputation as a corrupt and base city. Not so much a Mob town as a Mob's town. It has been plagued by criminal gangs over the years-The Winter Hill, the McLaughlins, the Mullens, the Barbozas, Roxbury, Killeens, the Gustings and the Campbells, and of course, its own little Mafia cartel, which controlled The North End. Over the years, gangsters and hoodlums fought to control their own turf, often leaving the bodies of their victims scattered at random across street corner, or floating in the Charles River, or stinking in some locked and fetid car trunk.

The city has seen its share of gangland killings: hundreds, more likely thousands, murdered over the last 100 years, but nothing quite like the Summer Street murders, or as they came to be immortalized in the media-The Blackfriars Massacre.

On June 29th, 1978, Bostonians opened their daily newspapers, or turned on their TVs and radios to discover that on the night of June 27th into 28th, five people had been shot dead in a place called The Blackfriars, a bar located at 105-111 Summer Street, at ground-level in a five-story office building, at the intersection with Bedford Street in Downtown Crossing, a shopping district to the east of Boston Common. An Irish-themed public house come restaurant, named after Blackfriars, a London theatre dating back to the 16th century. A little bit of culture on the mean streets of Beantown.



The bar (photo above) had been open since 1971, or earlier, or later, depending on the source of reference consulted. It ran a disco early in the evenings for those desperate enough at the end of their daily grind, served the food and drinks late, and let stuff happen. Stuff like people organizing drug dealing, extortion, and hijacking over their beers and Bushmills. The place was well known to the cops as a dallying stop for the criminal fraternity of the city.

The bar was owned by Vincent E. Solmonte, who was 35 and lived in an apartment in Quincy, and had another two hospitality spots in Boston, one a trendy bar called “Vincent's” on the waterfront, and according to the police, was a known cocaine trafficker. And allegedly, heavily in debt. He had been in partnership on Blackfriars up until 1975 with Dennis Mullins, who pulled out when Vinny decided he wanted to upgrade from a simple bar to a restaurant with disco on the side.

Solmonte was also under investigation by both the FBI since 1976 as part of a bankruptcy fraud case and the IRS. He had traveled to Switzerland in April and had been arrested for using a stolen credit card. What is known in the vernacular of mob speak as a “Shady Character.”

On the morning of the 28th, Jerry Robinson, the cleaner, arrived at 4:00 am to start his day. He worked through the early hours, unaware that downstairs, in the small basement office, was a nightmare of a scene waiting to be discovered. At 8:00 am, he made his way down there, bucket and mop in hand and stepped into something so bad, it would no doubt have embedded itself into his brain and retina, and squeezed his memory cells until they cried out for mercy.

In the small, cramped basement office, dead bodies lay, seemingly everywhere. One sprawled on a chair, the rest crumpled and twisted on the floor around a desk. Blood filled the room, seeping across the floor, splattered in discursive and random Rorschach blots and streamers across the walls in the dingy room. It was a charnel house out of a painting by Hieronymus Bosch or Francisco Goya. Except this was real. Some of the dead were so badly mutilated they had to be identified by fingerprint matching. One had tried to shield himself from shotgun blasts by using his hands.
At eight o’clock Wednesday morning, the Boston police radio band began to crackle.
“How many you got there?” asked the police dispatcher.
“Five,” came the response.
“How many ambulances will you need?”
“Never mind the ambulances; they’re all gone.”
When the police arrived they found five indeed dead. All had been shot by .25 caliber semi-automatic pistol, then, just to make sure, finished off by multiple blasts from two sawn-off shotguns. Some of the corpses were minus their heads or scalps. The crime scene experts determined the men had been playing backgammon around the table when they were surprised and killed. The victims were identified as:

Vincent Solmonte aged 35, the owner.
John A. Kelly aged 34, the night manager.
Peter Meroth, aged 34. He managed Shepherd’s Pub, the other place owned by Solmonte.
Freddy R. Delavega aged 34
Charles G. Margarian, 36. He worked in the insurance business and was, allegedly, a world-class backgammon player.

Investigators concluded that the murders took place around 2:00am. Searching the premises, the police found a cache of firearms, a small stash of cocaine and marijuana, and $15,000 in cash in an unlocked safe. Everyone killed worked at the Blackfriars according to some sources. According to other sources, apart from Solmonte and Kelly, none of the them worked at the club. Meroth may have double-dipped between the two places he was connected to. However, everyone killed was known to the police.

A bunch of guys enjoying a game of chance when they were surprised by the worse possible chance, and brutally killed.

"The massacre of five men at the Blackfriar's has all the earmarks of a gangland execution. In all my years as district attorney, I've never witnessed a more shocking crime," Suffolk County District Attorney Garrett Byrne said.

Police Commissioner Joseph Jordan said, “It was a real wicked, vicious type of crime. It was a professional job. It was the biggest mass murder in the history of Boston, in my memory at least. ”
Up to that time, it was.

The hurried press conference outside The Blackfriars confirmed this was going be a big one.
According to the Boston Herald, the killers only expected to find three men on the premises: Meroth, Delavega and Solmonte. Just how they knew this was never confirmed.
The police, however, knew their city and their customer base. It wasn't too long before detective work unearthed a short list of potential perps:



James J. "Whitey" Bulger (above), alleged leader of the Winter Hill Gang, an Irish-American crime family operating out of Sommerville, a Boston suburb. Bulger was also a top-echelon informant for the Federal Bureau of Investigation, joining Club America sometime in 1975. At his trial in 2013, the prosecutor described him, “as one of the most vicious and violent criminals ever in Boston.



Stephen "The Rifleman" Flemmi, of Roxbury, a former member of the Winter Hill Gang and also top-echelon informant for the FBI since Valentine’s Day, 1967.

Nicholas Femia, East Boston, a member of the Patriarca Mafia crime family, the Barboza, and the Winter Hill Gangs, who was involved in extortion and armed robbery.

James Martorano, killer and member of the Winter Hill Gang and later the Patriarca crime family, who was a friend of Kelly.

Robert Italiano, East Boston, Massachusetts.
William N.“Bad Billy” Ierardi, Lynn, Massachusetts, a drug dealer.



Louis Litif (left). A Lebanese-American bookmaker from South Boston and an associate of Bulger, mainly used for the heavy stuff. In April 1980, he would end up trunk music after Bulger stabbed and shot him dead in a bar in South Boston.

The more they dug, the more the police were coming to believe that this was an organized crime hit, not some random, impulse killing. It was about money and drugs. But then isn't almost all OC crime about this?

Mullins didn't believe a word of it. Sure Vinny snorted the odd line and Jack enjoyed a spiff now and then. But that was it. He said.

Jack Kelly may or may not have been an important part of the massacre.
He had been hired by WNAC-TV in January 1974 as an investigative reporter and quickly made his name as both a field man and a newsroom anchor.

Tall, bearded and tousled haired, he was seen frequently in bars and restaurants with known criminals. Like any good reporter, he needed to develop sources. His philosophy was:
“If you want a story on a gangster, go to a cop. If you want a story on a cop, go to a gangster.”



Kelly (right) often drank and socialized at “Vincent’s” a trendy bar on the Boston waterfront. It was here, he met and became friends with the owner, Vincent Solmonte, and made contacts in the underworld through people like Jimmy Martorano, Frankie Salemme, and various other gangsters and hoodlums, some of whom were linked into the murky world of James Bulger and Stephen Flemmi, two of Boston's most prolific criminals. He spent so much time in the company of crooks that he had himself become a suspect, and the BPD had opened a file on him.

In November 1976, following a series of major confrontations and controversial allegations involving the mayor, the police commissioner, and the liquor licensing authority, Kelly was sacked by the station management. He had to give up his South End apartment, which he shared with Solmonte and move back to live pertinently in Framingham with his wife and four children.

In September 1977, Kelly filed a $390,000 damage suit against WNAC, claiming the station had damaged his reputation as a reporter

Sometime in 1977, desperate for a job, he was hired by Solmonte to be the night manager at Blackfriars. Ironically, three weeks after his murder, he was due to start work as a freelance producer at WLVI-TV Channel 56. His first pilot program was slated for July 14th.

His violent death vindicated the many comments made by his friends and associates over the previous three years on how his unhealthy relationship with criminals would one day come to haunt him.
Less than a month after the killings, on July 12th., the police arrested two men and charged them with the murders at Blackfriars. Italiano and Ierardi were arraigned on multiple homicide indictments by a grand jury. Although a major suspect, Nicholas Femia was never charged. The fourth man assumed to be involved in the crime was never officially identified.

It was alleged by the police, that three pounds of cocaine with a street value of $300,000 was taken from the club on the night of the shooting, and was being offered for sale six hours later. Taped by an informant, Italiano (below) was heard saying he was going after the stuff (drugs) and claiming he didn't see the first shooting, “but after that, everyone had to go.”



The trial of the two, which lasted twenty-seven days, ended on April 9th, 1979, and after a seven-hour adjournment, the jury came back with a not guilty verdict for both men.

Then things got really interesting. Information, which has a habit of finding its way to its greatest source of disclosure, started seeping out of the media, on the radio programs, in newspaper articles, and endlessly percolating around the bars and clubs of inner and outer city Boston. Some of it was in progress before, during and after the trial. Some hovered around for months, even years, but eventually surfaced. Most all of it clung to Bulger and Flemmi like a spoiled child pestering a parent.
As Louis L'Amour once said, “There're times when you believe everything is finished. That will be the beginning.”

Following the mass murder at Summer Street, Bulger contacted his corrupted FBI handler, John Connolly and asked him to get copies of the BPD crime scene photographs taken at Blackfriars. He knew a real estate developer called Ted Bereson who had borrowed $60,000 from Solmonte. Bulger paid the man a visit and told him he had carried out the massacre and demanded that Bereson pay him the money he had owed Solmonte. When Bereson started to hesitate, Bulger laid out the images on the man's desk. The terrified man promptly paid up.



Suspect William N. Ierardi (right) would name James J. Bulger and Stephen Flemmi as two of the three triggermen in the massacre. Retired corrupt FBI Special Agent Michael J. Buckley said in court that he told FBI Special Agent John Connolly in 1993 that Ierardi later admitted that he had fabricated the involvement of Bulger and Flemmi in the unsolved massacre.

Kelly had hired Marilyn Di Silva, the girlfriend of Flemmi to work as a waitress at the bar. The twenty-six year old single mother of three girls, met Flemmi early in 1974, when working as a waitress at Chandlers, a local bar in the South End that was a mob hangout, partly owned by Howie Winter who had taken over the leadership of the Winter Hill Gang on the death of its leader, James McLean, who had created it back in the 1950s. Di Silva's best friend, Alexis, was dating a friend of Flemmi's, a hulking, brute of a man called Nick Femia. They would often finish up, late in the evening, drinking at The Blackfriars.

One night in June 1978, she told Flemmi she was going to the bar to see Solomonte and Jack Kelly. "Don't go tonight," Flemmi told her, and something in his voice told her to listen. The next morning, she learned that Solomonte, Kelly, and three other men had been murdered, gunned down during an apparent drug money robbery in the restaurant's basement. Flemmi insisted to her later, that he had no idea what was going to happen that night, that it had only been a fortuitous premonition. Yet his associate Nick Femia was always a prime suspect in the multiple murders, almost from day one.
Nicolas Femia, 38, was a massive, 240 pounds, overweight hulk, with a cocaine addiction, and a penchant for sawn-off shotguns which he wielded at times when carrying out extortion or disciplining exercises, and for wearing flashy, flamboyant clothing. He had a troubled relationship with James Bulger, with whom he had become associated through the Winter Hill Gang in 1976. Femia had started his criminal career working with Joseph Barboza, one of Boston's most unpredictable and violent thugs.

Read more about Barboza in Joe Barboza: Boston Barbarian
Years later, when Di Silva was visiting Flemmi in prison, he confirmed that Femia had been part of the hit squad that night in The Blackfriars.



After Femia (right) joined Winter Hill, Bulger informed Connolly that he was not to be considered a suspect in the Blackfriars case. Bulger did this in order to avoid any law enforcement surveillance and police interference in his activities. When Bulger and Femia fell out over Bulger's distaste for Femia's lifestyle and eating habits, Bulger reported back to Connolly that Femia had, in fact, been one of the killers. Femia would then remain under police surveillance as a suspect in a number of crimes until he was shot dead during a failed shakedown on a body shop in Condor Street, East Boston, in 1983. Femia still remains one of the suspects in the massacre, but his involvement has never, legally, been proven.

After the killings, Flemmi contacted FBI Agent Connolly and advised him that he believed Femia and two of his gang associates, Italiano and Ierardi had committed the murders. Flemmi confirmed that at some time previously, several members of the Winter Hill Gang had ambushed and badly beaten Italiano who was suspected of robbing a Winter Hill connected bookmaker of $12,000.
Marilyn Di Silva would hang out with Flemmi at Marshall's Motors in a garage in Marshall Street, Somerville. This was the headquarters of the Winter Hill Gang from the 1970s until Bulger cut and ran in 1994. He had no doubt read the comments of Mafioso Sonny Mercurio after he was indicted following the famous swearing in ceremony in Medford, in 1989:

“Power of the lam means you get a lesser sentence. I advocate everyone run away.”
The Winter Hill Gang was a loose confederation of Boston area organized crime figures, predominantly Irish-American, with a small Italian-American faction. The gang's primary rackets included extortion of legitimate businesses, extortion of bookmakers, drug dealers, gambling dens and shylocks, gambling, bookmaking, loansharking, arms trafficking, money laundering, and narcotics trafficking; they were also known for their violent and numerous murders, as well as working endlessly at corrupting the Boston office of the FBI.

According to former mob associates, Bulger sent many of his fellow Winter Hill associates to jail via his FBI connection. Through his many tips, corrupt federal agents allegedly protected him from arrest and prosecution. This, according to court documents, allowed him to traffic in drugs, carry out multiple murders and crimes of extortion, with impunity. He fed the Feds what they were looking for, and they turned a blind eye to his multiple acts of criminality. He would murder thugs like Brian Halloran for being an informant, and then arrange to meet one of his FBI handlers to pass on his own brand of information to help them in their campaign to bring down the Mafia in Boston. In particular, the Angiulo brothers who ran the city under a franchise arrangement with Raymond Patriarca who was based down in Rhode Island.

Even though Blackfriars was never officially solved, it has been documented as being linked into organized crime. With more suspects than an Agatha Christie mystery, thirty-seven years after the bloodbath in the basement, we are no closer to the truth. It was a crime probably based on greed rather than revenge; opportunity in place of syllogism. It's shocking and egregious violence triggered as much by circumstance as any pathological jeremiad. At end of day, it's almost safe to assume, that somewhere, in a polemic about the Blackfriars Massacre, the name Bulger will surface as a signpost leading us to a possible truth. Jean-Jacques Rousseau claimed our greatest evil flows from ourselves. In the case of Bulger, it was more a torrent than a flood.

Boston is no stranger to the violence of mass murder.
Two years after Blackfriars, in September 1980, four workers at Sammy White's bowling alley in Brighton were murdered during a robbery that netted the killer less than $5,000.
Early January 1991, five men were killed in a social club in Boston's Chinatown.

A father and son walked into a Dorchester 99 chain restaurant in November 1995 and shot dead four men sitting in a booth. December 7th, 2000, 7 employees at Edgewater Technology in Wakefield were shot dead by a disgruntled worker.

December 2005. Four men were shot dead in a Dorchester Centre basement.
Over a twelve year period from 2000 to 2012, murders in Boston per 100,000 population were consistently higher than the U.S. average. In some years, it is double, close to triple the country average. It is also higher for rapes, robberies, assaults, car thefts, and general thefts.
Boston is a tough place to have to live in. And relatively easy to die violently in.

The Blackfriars Pub is long gone. The revitalized office building now houses at street level, a Weight Watchers Store and next to it a GNC shop with the ironic message above the entrance “Live Well.” This is approximately where the bar was located. At the end of the block is a Dunkin Donuts. Whoever leased these spaces obviously had a weird sense of humor.

Herman Melville, the American author, claimed our lives are connected by a thousand invisible threads, and along these sympathetic fibers, our actions run as causes and return to us as results.
The events that culminated in the Blackfriars that night in June 1978 would have had those strings twanging like a ukulele played by Jake Shimabukuro.

June 19, 2015

31-åring tiltalt for drapsforsøk mot to brødre

I mai i fjor ble to brødre beskutt på Jordal i Oslo. Storebroren i begynnelsen av 30-årene ble truffet i overarmen, mens lillebroren unnslapp skuddene. En 31 år gammel mann fra Oslo er nå tiltalt for drapsforsøk.

- Han erkjenner ikke straffskyld etter tiltalen, men erkjenner å ha skutt mot den fornærmede, sier tiltaltes forsvarer Trygve Staff til Dagbladet.

Etter det Dagbladet erfarer prøvde den tiltalte kun å skyte mot offeret, som ble truffet av et skudd i overamen. I tiltalen står det imidlertid at lillebroren også ble forsøkt drept, men at skuddene ikke traff.

Gjengmedlem

Offeret som ble beskutt skal tidligere være dømt for ran og grove voldsepisoder. Men etter det Dagbladet forstår skal ikke fjorårets hendelse dreie seg om et gjengopprør.

Brødrenes bistandsadvokat Hilde Marie Ims forteller at hennes klienter krever erstatning.

- Den ene klienten min har fortsatt betydelige fysiske mén og har muligens fått en nerveskade. De kommer til å begjære erstatning når saken kommer opp i tingretten.

Begge brødrene har til politiet oppgitt motivforklaringer om hendelsesforløpet, men Ims ønsker ikke å gå inn på detaljer rundt dette.

Skal ha bedt kamerat om ta på seg skylden

Noen timer etter skytingen anmodet den tiltalte en kamerat om å påta seg skylden for å ha avfyrt skuddene, ifølge tiltalen. Kameraten meldte seg frivillig til politiet og oppga at det var han som sto bak.

Det antatte våpenet ble senere funnet på et bildekk ikke langt unna åstedet, men den tiltalte ble ikke pågrepet før nesten en måned etterpå.

June 18, 2015

David Giles' voir dire continues



I checked the court registry in Vancouver while I was filing court documents today. Turns out that David Giles' voir dire is still on. That's a trial before a trial to determine what evidence will be admissible. That means I can't report what I saw and heard yet but I sure would like to. I'd sure like to be able to tell you all who was on the stand and who I saw the witness hanging out with during the break. I can't report on that until the whole thing is over with. All I can say is holy Manuel Noriega batman, sh*t is gonna hit the fan.

Skellator is not looking well and I'm not going to mock him any more because I understand he isn't well. I don't know if that's just another bullsh*t story or if it's real but I don't wish that on anyone. Not even my enemies. I attended the court in the afternoon session. Skelletor made a point of turning right around and looking me in the eye before turning around to face the front again. I was the only spectator in the court room. I guess it was only fitting for him to see my face in this life so he'll know what to look for when I testify against him in the life hereafter.

The key thing to remember is that he needs a fair trial. If he was guilty of this drug trafficking offense then he needs to be convicted of it not the trickle down scape goat. According to Neil Hall, who sat in on the EPandora trial, Giles was implicated in the Western Wind bust. That was huge - 2 1/2 tons of cocaine. Not pressing charges in that case was a judicial tragedy.

We need to convict Giles not the trickle down scape goat so we can add that to Lester Jones' conviction to solidify the seizure of the Kelowna clubhouse. Give the others back I don't care. Just as long as they seize the Kelowna clubhouse and don't build one in Surrey.

I must admit, since Giles is one of the only ones who hasn't made bail, he doesn't look quite as smug now as he did when he was standing beside Mom Boucher grabbing his balls telling the media to suck it after Boucher got off on a technicality. How the arrogant have fallen.

Vehicle forfeiture documents reveal new details about deadly biker shootout

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Texas State police survey the Twin Peaks restaurant following a shootout between rival biker gangs and police May 17 at Waco’s Twin Peaks restaurant that left nine dead and 20 injured.


Documents supporting the seizure of 27 vehicles from those reportedly involved in the May 17 Twin Peaks shootout reveal new details of the escalating turf war between rival biker gangs and their support groups that clashed with deadly results after a motorcycle association meeting was moved from Austin to Waco.


Prosecutors filed notices Tuesday of their intent to seize and forfeit 17 motorcycles, eight pickup trucks and two SUVs, alleging the vehicles are contraband used during the commission of the noon-hour incident that left nine bikers dead, 20 wounded and 177 jailed on engaging in organized criminal activity charges.
 

Of those arrested, 131 have been released from jail and many were able to get their motorcycles and vehicles back from impound after posting reduced bonds.
According to affidavits filed by prosecutors and Waco police in the civil forfeiture cases, tensions between the Bandidos and Cossacks had been increasing since the Cossacks began wearing a bottom rocker, or patch, with Texas on it rather than specific counties or towns.
According to police intelligence reports, groups wanting to wear Texas rockers must get permission from the Bandidos.
The affidavits list six incidents dating to November 2013 that foreshadowed the collision course on which the Cossacks and Bandidos motorcycle clubs, which law enforcement identify as criminal street gangs, and their support groups were traveling.
The documents detail an incident in 2013 in Abilene outside a Logan’s Roadhouse restaurant in which several Bandidos and Cossacks fought after the Bandidos damaged some Cossacks’ bikes in the parking lot. One of the Cossacks stabbed was Timothy Shane Satterwhite, 47, who was among those arrested in Waco after the Twin Peaks incident.
Two others Cossacks involved in the Abilene incident, including another who was stabbed, also were in Waco that day.
On March 22, several members of a Bandidos support group attacked a lone Cossack who was getting gas in Palo Pinto County. The Bandidos support members demanded he remove the bottom rocker patch on his jacket. When he refused, the others beat him with a hammer and took his jacket, according to the affidavits.
That same day, about seven Cossacks blocked in a Bandido riding in heavy traffic on Interstate 35 in Lorena and beat him, causing blunt-force trauma to his head, the documents show.
A week later, a Waco police gang-intelligence officer got word that there were Bandidos at the Flying J Truck Stop and a large number of Cossacks at the nearby Legends Cycles on the I-35 access road.
A Waco police commander talked to Legends owner John Wilson, the president of the local Cossacks chapter, and saw an assault rifle inside the business.
“Wilson stated that they knew trouble was possible between the two groups and that they (Cossacks) were prepared,” the document states.
Wilson and his son, Jake, the local Cossacks sergeant-at-arms, both were arrested at Twin Peaks on May 17.
On April 16, Twin Peaks hosted a Bike Night attended by 55 Cossacks and members of the Los Caballeros, a Bandidos support group. Nothing happened that night, but there was a large police presence there from at least five agencies.
The following week, a Cossacks member was arrested in a parking lot near Twin Peaks with a gun, a knife and a bandana with a padlock tied to it and said he was waiting for other Cossacks to arrive. The same man was arrested after the May 17 incident at Twin Peaks, the affidavits say.
Meeting moved
The incident erupted in Waco, according to the documents, after the meeting of the Region 1 Confederation of Clubs and Independents was moved from Austin to the Twin Peaks in Waco. Nearly all of the recent Region 1 COC&I meetings had been held in Austin, and it is not common for members of any of the other 11 COC&I regions in Texas to attend a regional meeting of another area of the Texas COC&I, the affidavits say. Many of the 177 bikers arrested in the Twin Peaks shootout were from outside Region 1.
The Cossacks are not members of the local COC&I and the Bandidos are. However, the Cossacks consider Waco “their territory and made the decision to take a stand and attend the meeting uninvited,” according to the court documents.
“Cossacks threatened that Waco was a ‘Cossacks town’ and nobody else could ride there,” the records state. “The large number of Bandidos and their supporters showed up to the Region 1 COC&I meeting because the Bandidos wanted to have a show of force and make a statement that Waco was not the Cossacks’ town.”
On May 17, several members of the Cossacks and their support groups, the Bogatyrs and Scimitars, arrived an hour or more before the scheduled 1 p.m. meeting. They took over the patio area, which had been reserved for the COC&I meeting.
They also had members inside the restaurant and along the perimeter of the parking lot, the affidavits say, adding that members appeared to be posted as sentries.
Viewing videos from Twin Peaks and Don Carlos, police say they were able to see several Cossacks reach under their vests and appear to adjust their weapons or check their weapons. They had handguns and knives as they walked around the patio, and officers said they also could see Bandidos, Machateros and Caballeros members standing along the perimeter of the parking lot.
As another group of Bandidos arrived in the Twin Peaks parking lot, several Cossacks, Bogatyrs and Scimitars climbed over the patio railing and went toward the Bandidos.
“Several of the Cossacks pulled their weapons, including handguns, as they stood on the patio and exited the patio,” the affidavits say.
Scimitars moved to the front entrance of the patio, appearing to take a “rear guard” position for the Cossacks, the documents allege.
A Bandido nearly struck a Cossack with his motorcycle in the parking lot. Members of both groups converged and a Bandido punched a Cossack in the face.
“Several Bandidos and Cossacks pulled out guns and knives, and shot and stabbed each other,” the records show.
The court documents say 20 were hospitalized after the fight, two more than initially reported by police. More than 488 weapons were recovered from the crime scene, including 151 firearms. Of the 239 people who were detained after the shootout, 177 were ultimately arrested.
The 27 forfeiture petitions include the following bikers and their vehicles:
 
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David Martinez

David Martinez

2015 Harley-Davidson motorcycle
Martinez, of Terrell, listed as the Dallas County Bandidos president, was one of only three jailed to post a $1 million bond before prosecutors and attorneys for bikers began negotiating reduced bonds.
Waco police dash cam video shows Martinez shooting a handgun while standing behind a brown SUV, according to court documents. Officers found a .32-caliber pistol in the hatchback area of the vehicle. During the video, Martinez is seen shooting and the hatchback glass is shot out. Martinez is then seen on video placing an object inside the vehicle, records state.
Martinez’s Harley had Bandidos logos on it, including stickers that said, “1%er” and “BFFB.” Police found a .40-caliber pistol, a box of ammunition and a knife on his motorcycle, the documents state.
 
Michael Thomas
Michael Thomas

Michael Thomas

2006 Harley-Davidson motorcycle
Thomas, of Mesquite, is identified as the vice preident of the Kaufman County Vaqueros, a Bandidos support group. His bike had stickers that read, “Support The Fat Mexican” and “Support Your Local Bandidos MC.”
When he was arrested, he was wearing an empty black gun holster and an empty knife case, according to the court documents.
Thomas’ criminal history includes convictions for robbery, four counts of aggravated robbery and carrying a prohibited weapon. He has arrests for dangerous drugs, narcotic equipment possession and possession of marijuana.
He was released from jail on $125,000 bond.
 
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Diego Obledo

Diego Obledo

2009 Toyota Venza
Obledo, of San Antonio, told police he is a “hang around” for the Valerosos Motorcycle Club, a Bandidos support group.
Police found a 9mm pistol, a red Valerosos T-shirt and camo body armor with a bulletproof plate in his Toyota, according to court records.
He has been previously arrested for resisting arrest and was freed after posting $100,000 bond for the engaging in organized criminal activity charge.
 
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John Guerrero

John Guerrero

2006 Chevrolet Avalanche
Guerrero, of San Antonio, is identified as a member of the Bandidos and was wearing a T-shirt with a Bandidos insignia that said “Bandido Big George.” Guerrero was photographed after the incident with scratches on his left elbow, according to court documents.
Policle found a 9mm pistol in the Avalanche glove box along with two Bandidos vests, a Bandidos shirt marked “1%” and other Bandidos clothing.
Guerrero has a conviction for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and arrests for assault, auto theft, manufacturing and delivery of a controlled substance and DWI, court records show.
He was freed on $250,000 bond.
 
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Tommy Jennings

Tommy Jennings

2003 GMC Sierra
Jennings, of North Richland Hills, is identified as a member of the Bandidos. Police found three loaded pistols, Bandidos vests and patches in the truck. When he was arrested, he was carrying a 9mm pistol and a folding knife, police said.
His criminal history includes convictions for four thefts, two DWIs and two driving with invalid license. He has been arrested for sexual assault of a child, harboring a runaway child and two thefts.
He was released on $30,000 bond.
 
Reginald Weathers
Reginald Weathers

Reginald Weathers

2004 Midway motorcycle
Weathers, of Forney, was arrested at the hospital after being treated. He is a member of the Bandidos and his motorcycle was found parked in the middle of the driving lane of the Twin Peaks parking lot with other Bandidos bikes. That area is where the confrontation started and where at least three of the Bandidos who were shot, or were seen on video shooting a gun, had parked their motorcycles, police said.
Weathers was freed on $250,000 bond.
 
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Josh Martin

Joshua Martin

2008 Chevrolet Silverado
Martin is a vice president of the Cossacks’ Titus County chapter from Pittsburg.
When he was arrested, he was wearing a black Cossacks vest with a vice president patch and patches that said, “Living on Cossack Time” and “CFFC,” which police said stands for “Cossacks Forever, Forever Cossacks.”
Police found a BB gun, a knife, two bats and a sledgehammer handle in his truck.
Martin was freed on $40,000 bond.
 
James Stallings
James Stallings

James Stallings

2009 Harley-Davidson motorcycle
Stallings is a member of the Bandidos and lives in Corsicana and had a “Bandidos Forever” sticker on his helmet, according to court documents.
He has an arrest for dangerous drugs and a “1%er” tattoo on his left forearm, the documents state.
He was freed on $50,000 bond.
 
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John Wilson

John Wilson

2013 Harley-Davidson motorcycle
Wilson, president of the McLennan County Cossacks chapter, owns Legends Cycles in Waco.
He told police he and his son, Jacob, both were carrying pistols that day but left the pistols in the saddlebags of their motorcycles because they don’t have permits to carry them.
Police said Wilson knew there could be trouble between the Cossacks and Bandidos that day and that the Cossacks “were prepared for it,” court records show.
He was freed after posting $100,000 bond.
 
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Jacob Wilson

Jacob Wilson

2012 Harley-Davidson motorcycle
John Wilson said he appointed his son sergeant-at-arms of the six-member McLennan County Cossacks chapter. A patch on his vest also identified him as a “2nd Generation” Cossack.
Jacob Wilson, of Hewitt, was wearing a black T-shirt that said, “Legends Cycles” and a black cap that read “CFFC” on it.
He remains jailed under a $1 million bond.
 

Ray A. Nelson Jr.

2005 Harley-Davidson motorcycle
Documents supporting the seizure of Ray A. Nelson Jr.’s 2005 Harley Davidson tell this Cossack’s version of how the bloody battle at Twin Peaks began. Nelson was shot in the incident and was not arrested.
According to the documents, officers went to speak to Nelson in the hospital to explain that he would not be detained and Nelson told them what he saw.
Nelson told the officers he was standing on the front patio of Twin Peaks while a prospect was standing in the parking lot watching over the motorcycles. Nelson told officers he saw two Bandidos drive into the parking lot, intentionally steering too close to the parked bikes. The first Bandido drove over the foot of the prospect, knocking him to the ground, according to the document.
Nelson told officers he left the patio area to check on his prospect and got into a verbal argument with the Bandidos. One punched Nelson in the eye. At that moment, he saw another Bandido walk up and pull out a gun, the document states. The Bandido shot Nelson in the neck and the bullet exited his shoulder.
On a subsequent phone call with officers, Nelson told them when things got heated, he went to his bike and retrieved a handgun. He said he never fired the gun but tossed it in the parking lot after he was shot.
The records supporting the seizure of his bike state that Twin Peaks security video shows Nelson “with a pistol in his hand on the patio.” The gun was given to Nelson by another Cossack on the patio, but Nelson left the pistol on the patio.
 
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Greg Corrales

Gregory Corrales

2003 Chevrolet Silverado 1500
Documents supporting the seizure of Gregory Corrales’ 2003 Chevy pickup indicate that Corrales is a member of the Valerosos Motorcycle Club, identified as a Bandidos support group.
Corrales drove from his home in San Antonio, which is in Region 7 of the Texas COC&I, to attend the Region 1 meeting on May 17.
“It is not common for members of one COC&I region to attend a regional meeting of another area of the Texas COC&I,” the documents state.
The truck had “very identifiable markings on the vehicle showing support for the Bandidos,” according to the documents.
Corrales has previous arrests for assault causing physical injury and theft of a vehicle, the records state.
He was freed on $25,000 bond.
 
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Christopher Carrizal

Christopher Carrizal Sr.

2003 Harley-Davidson motorcycle
Documents supporting the seizure of a 2003 Harley-Davidson motorcycle ridden by Christopher Carrizal Sr., of Garland, indicate the bike had markings that read “1%,” “Bandido Property,” and “I Do Gang Things.”
The bike is registered to Eustolia Carrizal, who is his mother and who lives at his same address in Garland, according to court records.
The documents also note Carrizal Sr. is a Bandido who has previous arrests for possession of marijuana and driving under the influence.
He was freed after posting a $200,000 bond.
 
Ricky Wycough
Ricky Wycough

Ricky Wycough

2011 Harley-Davidson motorcycle
Ricky Wycough, 56, of Richardson is president of Dallas County chapter of the Vaqueros, a Bandido support group, according to court documents.
The documents note that Wycough’s chapter belongs to Texas COC&I Region 2, but he and others traveled to the Region 1 meeting that day at Twin Peaks.
His bike bears identifiable markings showing membership in the Dallas County chapter of Vaqueros and support for the Bandidos. His motorcycle sports a sticker in the Bandido colors of red and yellow that says, “We are not charming,” the documents state.
He remains free on $50,000 bond.
 
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Richard Benavides

Richard Benavides

2003 Mazda MPV
According to documents filed to seize San Antonio resident Benavides’ 2003 Mazda MPV, Benavides told officers he is a 37-year member of the Bandidos.
Inside the Mazda, officials found an SOG-brand ax and “Support Your Local Bandidos” stickers.
Benavides told officers he brought another person up from Region 7 of the COC&I for the Region 1 meeting, but he claims he only knew the man as Joseph and didn’t know his full name.
Benavides has prior convictions for driving while intoxicated and driving under the influence, and has been arrested on previous charges of theft, marijuana possession, resisting arrest, carrying a prohibited weapon.
He was freed on $300,000 bond.
 
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Billy McRee

Billy McRee

2008 Harley-Davidson motorcycle
Documents to support the seizure of McRee’s 2008 Harley-Davidson state that McRee told a Department of Public Safety officer that he had a Glock .40-caliber pistol drawn during the melee and was using it as a way of covering other wounded Cossacks on the ground.
McRee said he did not fire the weapon. A review of Twin Peaks video shows McRee on the patio with a weapon drawn, the documents state.
McRee, of Seagoville, is secretary/treasurer of the Mid Cities Cossacks in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. The seizure documents state he drove the Harley with identifiable markings as belonging to a Cossack to the Waco meeting of the COC&I “even though the Cossacks are not members of Region 1 or any region of the COC&I.”
He was freed on a $150,000 bond.
 
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Michael Moore

Michael Moore

1999 GMC 3500 pickup truck
Documents supporting the seizure of a 1999 GMC 3500 pickup truck belonging to Michael Moore, a member of the Scimitars from Richland Hills, say that he and the president of the Parker County chapter of the Scimitars rode together to Twin Peaks on May 17. The Scimitars are a support group of the Cossacks.
The documents do not detail Moore’s involvement in the Twin Peaks melee other than to say that Moore told an officer during an interview that he had a Sig Sauer .380-caliber handgun unloaded in his left vest pocket and a loaded magazine in the right vest pocket, but dropped the gun and magazine in the restaurant’s “bread room.”
Moore was freed after posting $25,000 bond.
 
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Timothy Satterwhite

Timothy Satterwhite

2003 Harley-Davidson motorcycle
Satterwhite, 47, of Mingus, is a Cossack whose involvement in the Bandido-Cossack altercations goes all the way back to November 2013, when he was stabbed during a fight with Bandidos at a Logan’s Roadhouse restaurant in Abilene.
In documents supporting the seizure of Satterwhite’s 2003 Harley-Davidson, Satterwhite told a Waco police detective during an interview the night of the May 17 melee that a Cossack who went by the name of “Rattlecan” had come to Satterwhite a week before and said they needed to attend the COC&I meeting in Waco.
“Rattlecan also told Satterwhite to bring as many of their guys to go just in case things went bad,” the documents state.
Satterwhite, president of the Mingus chapter of the Cossacks, rode his bike to Waco along with eight other members to be at the COC&I meeting that “he knew would be attended by Bandidos and Bandido support clubs even after being stabbed by a Bandido” in 2013, the documents state.
“Rattlecan” was killed during the shootout. The court documents do not list Rattlecan’s real name.
Satterwhite remains jailed under $1 million bond.
 
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Jason Moreno

Jason Moreno

2008 Chevrolet pickup
Moreno, is a vice president of the Central San Antonio chapter of the Valerosos Motorcycle Club, which are identified by the Texas Department of Public Safety as an organized street gang and a Bandidos support club.
Moreno drove his Chevrolet Silverado to the Region 1 COC&I meeting, though he lives in Region 7 of the COC&I. Court documents state that “it is not common for members of one COC&I region to attend a regional meeting of another area of the Texas COC&I.”
When police searched Moreno’s truck, they found a Glock .45-caliber handgun and an Armscor .45-caliber handgun. An ATF gun trace found that Moreno purchased at least one of the guns, according to court documents.
Prosecutors are looking to seize Moreno’s truck because it was used to “transport himself . . . and/or transport weapons from San Antonio, TX to the Twin Peaks Restaurant in Waco, TX to participate as a member of the Valerosos criminal street gang” in the events of May 17.
He remains free on $100,000 bond.
 
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Clayton Reed

Clayton Reed

2009 Harley-Davidson motorcycle
Reed, a member of the Burleson chapter of the Bandidos Motorcycle Club, was wearing Bandido clothing and had a black knife sheath without a knife when he was arrested at Twin Peaks.
Court documents do not specify Reed’s involvement in the Twin Peaks shootout, other than to say that he rode to the restaurant with Bandidos nicknamed “Snapshot,” “Double Tap,” Rudy,” “Fat Boy,” “James,” and “Radar.” Reed brought with him weapons “to participate as a member of the Bandidos criminal street gang at the Twin Peaks Restaurant,” the documents state.
He remains free on $150,000 bond.
 
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Kristoffer Rhyne

Kristoffer Rhyne

2009 Harley-Davidson motorcycle
Rhyne, a road captain of the Bell County chapter of the Cossacks Motorcycle Club, rode to Twin Peaks with Bell County Cossacks President John Craft.
Court documents state that his motorcycle was found after the shootout with a bullet hole in the front flaring. The documents also say that Rhyne was arrested in Bellmead in October on an aggravated assault with a deadly weapon charge, and was arrested in December in Robinson on a possession of marijuana charge.
Specifics of Rhyne’s alleged involvement in the Twin Peaks melee were not detailed in the documents, other than to state that he rode to Waco from Temple “to participate as a member of the Cossacks criminal street gang.”
Rhyne remains free on $125,000 bond.
 
James Ensey
James Ensey

James Ensey

2004 Harley-Davidson motorcycle
Ensey, of Fort Worth, is a member of the Cossacks Motorcycle Club. Court documents state that he was arrested at Twin Peaks wearing his Cossacks vest with patches reading “Hitman,” and “Talk S--- Get hit,” among others.
Ensey had a brown leather gun holster and several Cossacks items when he was arrested. The documents refer to prior arrests for unlawfully carrying a weapon, possession of marijuana, and driving while intoxicated, but don’t mention specific acts he allegedly engaged in at the Twin Peaks shootout.
Ensey remains jailed under $100,000 bond.
 
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Ronald Atterbury

Ronald Atterbury

2003 Harley-Davidson motorcycle
Atterbury, who lives in Gatesville, is a member of the Coryell County chapter of the Cossacks Motorcycle Club.
When Atterbury was arrested at Twin Peaks, he was wearing Cossacks clothing, and his motorcycle had paintings and stickers which read “God Forgives, Cossacks Don’t,” among other things, and his helmet read “Eat S---,” according to court documents.
Atterbury’s specific involvement in the May 17 melee was not detailed in the documents other than to state that Atterbury used his motorcycle to “transport himself . . . and/or weapons described above from Gatesville” to Twin Peaks “to participate as a member of the Cossacks criminal street gang.”
Atterbury remains jailed under $1 million bond.
 

Jeffrey Veillon

2000 Ford F-250 pickup
Veillon, who was wearing a Cossacks vest at the Twin Peaks shootout, was shot in the arm during the melee and treated at Baylor Scott & White Hillcrest Medical Center, according to court documents.
Veillon drove his pickup to Twin Peaks and was seen on video talking with other Cossacks on the patio prior to the shootout. When the Bandidos arrived, Veillon put his hand in a vest pocket and went out the front patio gate toward the parking lot, the documents state.
Veillon was shot, but continued to fight with Bandidos. He is seen on video picking something up off the ground and hitting a Bandido with it, according to the documents.
After the shootout ended, Veillon walked over to police officers “holding his left arm across his chest,” the documents state.
A later search of Veillon’s truck uncovered two Glock .45-caliber handguns, a .12-gauge sawed-off shotgun, a Cobra .45-caliber pistol and various Cossacks gear.
There are no records that Veillon was arrested.
 
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Jeff Battey

Jeff Battey

2004 Harley-Davidson motorcycle
Battey, of Ponder, which is in Region 2 of the Texas COC&I, was arrested on May 18 at Baylor Scott & White Hillcrest Medical Center, according to court documents. Markings on his motorcycle identify him as a member of the Bandidos Motorcycle Club, and bore stickers that read “1%er,” and “Bandidos Forever.”
The documents state that when officers approached Twin Peaks during the shootout, a Waco police officer saw Battey and Ray Allen standing behind the restaurant “in a triangulated position” to Mathew Smith, who was lying on the ground about five yards away and was “gasping for air.” Both Battey and Allen were wearing Bandidos vests.
The officer noticed that Allen had a silver handgun in his hand and said it looked like Battey had been shot in his upper right shoulder, according to the documents.
Battey was arrested upon his release from the hospital the next day. He was the first of the 177 arrested bikers to be released after he posted the full $1 million bond.
 
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Anthony Palmer

Anthony Shane Palmer

2002 Ford F-250 pickup
Palmer, of Longview, which is in Region 9 of the COC&I, is identified in court documents as a secretary-treasurer of the Bandidos. He rode to Twin Peaks with three other Bandidos, according to the documents.
When Palmer’s truck was searched, officers found “Zap-950 K5 Tazing Knuckles,” and several Bandidos-related items, the documents state.
Palmer’s specific involvement in the May 17 shootout is not detailed in the documents. He was released from jail after posting $110,000 bond.
 
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John Craft

John Franklin Craft

2006 Harley-Davidson motorcycle
Craft, of Temple, is identified in court documents as the president of the Bell County chapter of the Cossacks Motorcycle Club. He rode to Twin Peaks on May 17 from Temple with Rhyne and two other men, according to the documents.
Craft has previous arrests for carrying a prohibited weapon in Andrews County, driving while intoxicated in Bell County, and unlawfully carrying a weapon in Bruceville- Eddy.
The documents do not specify Craft’s alleged involvement in the Twin Peaks shootout, other than to state that he rode his motorcycle to Twin Peaks “to participate as a member of the Cossacks criminal street gang.”
He was freed after posting $75,000 bond.

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