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With the war over in 1945, thousands of veterans drifted back home trying
to take up their lives. However, many missed the excitement of the war. One
of the ways to look for the type of excitement they searched for was riding
a high-powered Harley Davidson or Indian motorcycle. Hollywood has also
multiplied the effect of motorcycle gangs. Movies like "Easy
Rider", "Hell's Angels on Wheels" and "The Wild
One" have a large following.
Bike gangs which started in the 50's as loosely knit rowdy groups, began to
gain popularity and status in the 60's and are now reorganized as a
dangerous organized criminal group. According to the American Motorcycle
Assn. (A.M.A.) these outlaw bikers represent about 1% of the nation's
The outlaw bikers are involved in murder, rape, assault, burglary,
narcotics, theft, prostitution, weapons offenses and intimidation of the
public and witnesses. They pose a threat to society in general and law
enforcement because of their possession of and expertise in sophisticated
weapons and their intricate intelligence network.
Not all outlaw gangs are sophisticated criminal organizations. Only four
appear to have a large national impact which would warrant an investigation
for violation of the Title 18 United States Code 1962, the Federal
"Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations" (RICO) stature.
They are: The Hell's Angels, Outlaws, Pagans and Bandidos. They are often
referred to as the "Big Four". All four motorcycle clubs have
chapters in several states. The Hell's Angels have chapters in Canada,
throughout Europe, Australia and New Zealand. The Pagan's have a chapter in
The Hollister, California, Incident: On July 4th weekend in 1946 the
American Motorcycle Assn. (A.M.A.) was sponsoring the Annual Motorcycle Dirt
Hill Climb Races. It was held in the small town of Hollister,
California. Hollister had a police force of seven.
The town filled with bikers. Two of the larger motorcycle groups to attend
were the "Pissed Off Bastards of Bloomington" (P.O.B.O.B.) and the
"Market Street Commandoes". During the evenings drag races and bar
and street fights were common. One member of the P.O.B.O.B. was arrested and
jailed. A large mob gathered and demanded his release. When local
authorities refused, the estimated mob of 750 literally tore the small
The Hollister incident contributed three very important biker traditions
that survive to this day: the 4th of July run, the one per center image, and
calling anyone not part of the sub-cult, "Citizen". After
Hollister, the P.O.B.O.B.'s membership started increasing and the new blood
came in with new ideas. After much consideration one idea was a name change.
The new identity they chose was "Hell's Angels.
Organization Structure of the
Outlaw Motorcycle Gang
There are numerous motorcycle gangs
that have chapters in various cities and states around the nation. Some have
chapters in several countries.
Many times the founder of the club.
He will usually be located at or near the national headquarters. He will be
surrounded by bodyguards and organizational enforcers.
Territorial or Regional
In some cases called the national
vice president in charge of a specific region or state.
National Secretary / Treasurer
He is responsible for the club's
money and collecting dues from local chapters. He also records any by-law
changes and record any minutes.
This person answers directly to the
national president. He acts as a body guard and gives out punishment for
club violations. He has also been known to locate former members and
retrieve colors or remove the club's tattoo from them.
This person has either claimed the
position or has been voted in. He has final authority over all chapter
business and members.
Chapter Vice President
This person is second in command.
He presides over club affairs in the absence of the president. Normally, he
is hand picked by the chapter president.
Chapter Secretary / Treasurer
This is usually the member with the
best writing skills and probably the most education. He will maintain the
chapter roster and maintain a crude accounting system. He is also
responsible for collecting dues, keeping minutes and paying for any bills
the chapter accumulates.
Chapter Sergeant at Arms
This person is in charge of
maintaining order at club meetings. Because of the violent nature of outlaw
gangs this person is normally the strongest member physically and is loyal
to the chapter president. He may administer beatings to fellow members for
violations of club rules. He is the club enforcer.
This person fulfills the role of a
logistician and security chief for club sponsored runs or outings. The Road
Captain maps out routes to be taken during runs, arranges the refueling,
food and maintenance stops. He will carry the club's money and use it for
bail if necessary.
The rank and file, fully accepted
and dues paying members of the gang. They are the individuals who carry out
the president's orders and have sworn to live by the club's by-laws
Probate or prospective Member
These are the club's hopefuls who
spend from one month to one year in a probationary status. They must prove
during that time if they are worthy of becoming members. Some clubs have the
probate commit a felony with fellow members observing in an effort to weed
out the weak and stop infiltration by law enforcement. Probates must be
nominated by a regular member and receive a unanimous vote for acceptance.
They are known to carry weapons for other club members and stand guard at
club functions. The probate wears no colors and has no voting rights.
Associates or Honorary Members
An individual who has proved his
value or usefulness to the gang. These individuals may be professional
people who have in some manner helped the club. Some of the more noted are
attorneys, bail bondsmen, motorcycle chop owners and auto wrecking yard
owners. These people are allowed to party with the gang, either in town or
on their runs; however, they do not have a voting status or wear colors.
All outlaw motorcycle clubs have by-laws or a constitution
that sets an acceptable standard of conduct and administrative
procedures for the club. The by-laws cover matters such as membership
requirement, penalties for misconduct, and acceptable behavior during runs
or meetings. While by-laws differ from club to club the following are
examples of common by- laws.
All members must be male and
at least 18 years of age. All prospective new members much be
sponsored by a current member. All prospective new members must
complete a probation period. All members pay monthly dues and all
new members will pay initiation fees to the national
headquarters. No member shall transfer from one chapter to
another without the permission of both presidents and will pay a
transfer fee to the national treasure. When a member is in
another jurisdiction, he will abide by their by-laws and
Any member caught using the needle will lose his colors and
everything that goes with them. Members may only ride Harley
Davidson or Indian motorcycles
Women and the Outlaw
Mama or Sheep
Outlaw motorcycle gangs are male dominated and highly
chauvinistic. Women are treated as playthings and property. Women are
generally victimized by forcing them into prostitution or street level drug
traffickers, and quite often physically and sexually abused. In the outlaw
biker's society women are bought, sold, traded or given away within the
Selling drugs in the mid 1960's teaches the outlaw biker the basics of
supply and demand. When they learn men pay to rent the empty space between a
woman's leg, they put their women to work. In the violent, profit-oriented
society inhabited by the outlaw biker, that's all a woman is - a hole, a
piece of property to rent or trade.
Women take up with outlaw bikers for different reasons: some are hungry,
some need a warm place to stay, and others feel safe in a crowd. While
outlaw bikers abduct and rape many women, most attach themselves voluntarily
to the club and everything it stands for - drugs, alcohol, parties, fast
bikes and cars, cheap thrills and sex. Horny women want endless sex every
way it comes, the club becomes their outlet. Rebellious teenagers who strike
back at their parents numb their minds with drugs and screw their brains out
on the clubhouse floor. Bored business women take a walk on the wild side
with macho men who lead dangerous, exiting lives. Women without education
become somebody when they attach themselves to respected and feared outlaw
bikers. Shiftless girls like the freedom from responsibility. The unloved
and homeless confuse sex with affection and cherish the arms that hold them.
A woman's main value to an outlaw biker, aside from sexual
gratification is daily income. She must give all her money to her old man.
Bikers put their women to work in massage parlors, topless bars, cocktail
lounges and strip clubs. Most are covers for prostitution. Prostitution is
the bikers' most lucrative source of income after drugs.
Another area where the women are used effectively is intelligence gathering.
They will go into the community and take jobs at city, county and state
offices where they have access to blank birth certificates, drivers licenses
and other useful documentations. Other areas of employment the women will
seek is that of police records clerk, telephone operators, employees in
welfare offices and position within prison institutions. They will even
sleep with cops to compromise them or gather intelligence. Women of
motorcycle gangs mainly fall into three categories:
A mama is the sexual equivalent of a
public well. Anyone can dip into her, at any time, as often as he wants.
These are woman who belong to the club at large. They belong to every member
and are expected to consent to the sexual desires of anyone at anytime. They
perform menial task around the clubhouse, however do not attend club
meetings. Some clubs permit these women to wear .. colors" with the
inscription "Property of (club name)", embroidered on the back.
These are the wives or steady
girlfriends of club members. An old lady is the property of one biker and
can't be used or abused by other club members. An old lady is not a club
member and like sheep are not permitted to attend club meetings. They also
will in some clubs wear "Property of" colors; however, with the
name of the biker she belongs to on the bottom rocker.
A female who's sole use is being
used as a sexual object. This would be similar to the way most men view one
night stands. A common method of bikers is to pick up a female hitchhiker,
gang rapes her and then toss her aside.
Women are always helping the outlaw biker to get ahead. An example - several
Hell's Angels have their old ladies turn tricks in topless bars in North and
South Carolina. The bars are near military bases and the old ladies get all
the weapons the club needs. The Cleveland Chapter got three light antitank
weapons (LAW) rockets through their old ladies. Other chapters have gotten
.45 caliber pistols and hand grenades from their women
The Big Four
The Big Four outlaw gangs claim to be the one percent of
motorcyclists who won't conform to society's laws and morals ethics. They
are the Hell's Angels, the Outlaws, the Pagans and the Bandidos. All of them
are U.S. based and have international chapters with the exception of the
The Big Four are guided by their own code of terror. They strive to maintain
their reputation as outlaws by instilling in people a fear they interpret as
respect. The gangs keep members in line and eliminate the opposition with
squads of killers: the Hell's Angels Filthy Few, the Outlaws' SS, the
Pagans' Black T- shirt squad, and the Bandidos' Nomad Chapter.
The Big Four earn most of their money making and selling drugs. They control
75% of the North American Methamphetamine market. Prostitution, extortion,
theft, arson, robbery, bombings and contact murders are among the crimes
that bring in millions more. The Big Four are paramilitary operations fueled
by greed and run on fear. Members are armed with the latest in military
technology and protected by the best lawyers.
Two of the Big Four motorcycles are locked in a death battle since 1974. The
Hell's Angels and Outlaws kill each other's members at every opportunity.
They also encourage smaller clubs to expand their territory and bolster
their strength. Gangs that resist takeovers don't last long; their drug
supplies dry up or they are destroyed.
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