No other biker gang has the numbers, the influence — or the criminal reach — of the world's most famous motorcycle club.
But there was a time when another club — a Canadian biker club — challenged the Hell's Angels' size, if not its influence. Its name was The Satan's Choice Motorcycle Club, and its undisputed leader was Bernie Guindon.
"They were scruffy kids who hung around hamburger stands and scowled," long-time crime crime reporter Peter Edwards tells The Current's guest host Laura Lynch.
"They were scowly kids who chewed their hamburgers in an angry way."
Guindon's pride and joy was a custom bike he christened "Wild Thing." Edwards says he used to ride it around his hometown of Oshawa like a "conquering hero."
But Guindon was a biker with a code. He valued loyalty above all else. He despised "connivers" and "rats." Edwards says Guindon always prided himself on being old school.
As Satan's Choice grew in size, it began to attract more unsavoury members, and the former rebels evolved into criminals. Guindon was never interested in gun crimes, but he was hardly a saint. He served roughly 15 years in prison, first for an indecent assault on a minor, and again for drug trafficking.
Edwards explains the first conviction came out of a sex party with several bikers and one woman. Guindon — 23-years old at the time — swore the sex was consensual. The woman claimed otherwise in court. She was 15-years-old at the time. Guindon told Edwards he thought she was 18 or 19.
'If I was at war, Bernie's the guy I'd want sitting next to me.'- Peter Edwards on motorcycle club leader Bernie GuindonGuindon's prison stints scuttled a promising amateur boxing career. He won bronze at the 1971 Pan Am games and likely would have been on Canada's Olympic team in the 70s had he not ended up in prison. Former champ George Chuvalo said Guindon would have had a great pro career.
"He knew what he had to do to be a good fighter. He had the stuff," Chuvalo told Edwards for the book.
He was also a pro in womanizing. Guindon has been married four times, and lost count of how many children he's had —somewhere between 11 and 16 — all but two from different women. He's tried at various points in his life to connect with his many children, with mostly mixed results.
Guindon was only actively involved in raising one — a son he named Harley Davidson Guindon.
Harley followed his father's example into a life in crime, although Edwards says that wasn't at his father's urging. Harley Guindon has done several stints behind bars. Father and son both did time separately in Millhaven Institution, a maximum-security prison.
"I think [Bernie] is a complex man," Edwards tells Lynch.
"He's a very human person. And if I was at war, Bernie's the guy I'd want sitting next to me."
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Bernie is a Legend in Oshawa even delivered the oshawa times back in the day. When he lived just west of harmony above the 401. Had a hearst sitting in the driveway .LOL . NOT SURE WHAT HAPPEND . Friends of mine grew up in the house after Bernie. I have great respect for Bernie and the CHOICE.ReplyDelete
Oh what about him playing with his bag in public ehhhh?Delete
I only new him for a short time by members of him club. Yes would rather have him on your side than against youReplyDelete
Bernie "IS" and always be the best of the best. A true "Canadian Hero". I had the honour of meeting and talking to him on quite a few occasions. No one can ever fill Bernie's shoes.ReplyDelete
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He don't wipeReplyDelete
One bad ass mofo I tell u what I have had the pleasure of doing time with both father and son... Bernie now sits high on the 1% committee and Harley well he is a jewel besides his proclaimed fight record of 40-0 (one tuff son of a) but all said and done Harley still in the 81 family he raises money for the less fortunate in Oshawa aswell as donating laptops to kids for school and providing electric wheelchairs for the disabled..... He has a successful clothing line with 3 shops HG's the clothing lineReplyDelete
Harley works hard and gives back to the community as well. Bernie never did me wrong eitherReplyDelete
Both Bernie & Harley have given more to their community then any Durham foundation out there .. If you were born and / or raised here You know you’d rather them in a crisis then anyone else. We all have good vs evil in us ,, not all get published the worst parts , Their Club have more Heart & Loyalty to their brothers , friends, family & community Then ever stated. You left all the good out of this article! But the ‘Shwa We know! And love each & every one of them!ReplyDelete