Friday, April 17, 2015

Bandidos Nation in The News in Albuquerque and Ontario

"Bandidos are in town recruiting and collecting debts. Fact. Even in Rio Rancho," said a local Albuquerque rider on Facebook. - March 2015.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -A member of the Bandidos shot a member of the local Wheels of Soul motorcycle club in a shootout at the end of March at an Applebee's restaurnaunt on the northeast side of town. One restaurant employee said guns were pulled by several members of the rival clubs and at least 7 shots were fired, with one man falling to the floor.

Police did not release the name of the man they took to the hospital, and two weeks later, no arrests have been made. No one is talking. Even witnesses are unwilling to identify the shooter. "I'd give you his name but I don't want to die," one 911 caller said.

Police found three handguns and a lot of bullet casings at the restaurant.

Ontario, Canada - Thursday, April 16, 2015, Ontario's highest court upheld the first-degree murder convictions of five members of the Bandido Nation in the 2006 "Shedden Massacre." 

Eight members of the Toronto Bandidos motorcycle club were shot execution style on April 8, 2006 at a farm property, the result of an internal gang dispute involving the Winnipeg and American branches. Their bodies were found stuffed in trunks of vehicles on the property near London, Ont.

The jury convicted six men of first-degree murder but only five appealed on various grounds, among them the trial judge's instructions to the jury.

The killings took place at Wayne Kellestine's farm, and he argued that branding him a psychopath at trial and other character evidence was "massively prejudicial" to his case.The other men, Brett Gardiner, Frank Mather and Dwight Mushey, were portrayed at trial as power-hungry schemers or wannabes gunning for status in the outlaw club. The appeal was dismissed.

The men killed that night were George Jessome, 52, George Kriarakis, 28, John Muscedere, 48, Luis Raposo, 41, Frank Salerno, 43, Paul Sinopoli, 30, Jamie Flanz, 37 and Michael Trotta, 31.

Outlaw Motorcycle Clubs & Outlaw Bikers

In 2011 - there was violence between the Hell's Angels and the Mongols on main street during the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, followed by a shootout during the Reno Street Vibrations rally. 

Insiders say the Vagos Motorcyle Club - also called 'The Green Nation' - is on a mission to replace the Hells Angels as the "Baddest" outlaw biker gang. 

August 7, 2013 - a member of the Vagos Motorcycle Club was found guilty of killing the president of the San Jose, California chapter of the Hells Angels in the 2011 casino shootout during the Street Vibrations rally in Reno. 

The shooter was the ex-president of the Nicaraguan chapter of Vagos Motorcycle Club, who had relocated to San Jose, California. Read More.

Outlaw club colors were banned and no violence was reported at the 2013 Reno Rally

The Bandidos Motorcycle Club: AKA the Bandido Nation, is a an organised crime syndicate with a worldwide membership. The club was created in 1966 by Don Chambers in Texas. The motto still stands today as "We are the people our parents warned us about." It is estimated to have 2,400 members in 210 chapters, located in 22 countries. The FBI and the Criminal Intelligence Service Canada have named the Bandidos as an "outlaw motorcycle gang." The chapters are divided around the world, with over 90 in the US, 90 in Europe, 17 in Australia, 1 in NZ and 1 in South-east Asia:
  • North America: The club is concentrated in Texas but extends out into over 15 other states. In Canada, the Rock Machine Motorcycle club in Montreal merged with the Bandidos in 2000. There was another chapter in Ontario but the Shedden Massacre was a dramatic internal conflict that led to their deaths.
  • Oceania: The chapters are widely spread across Australia and some have even taken part in bloodletting. The club attempted to spread to NZ by merging with former members of the Highway 61 members. 
  • Europe: The European chapters have expanded across France, Scandinavia, Germany, Spain, Italy, Luxembourg and surrounding countries. As of March 15th 2014 a "Probationary Chapter" was also set up in Sittard, Netherlands. The club also hopes to expand to Russia and Eastern Europe.