Into The Abyss:
A Personal Journey into the World of Street Gangs

by Mike Carlie, Ph.D.        
Michael K. Carlie
Continually updated.

~ Table of Contents ~
Home | Foreword | Preface | Orientation

What I Learned | Conclusions
End Note |
| Appendix
Site Map / Contents
| New Research

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Hell's Angels
Permission to post the information below was graciously given by the 
Southeastern Connecticut Gang Activities Group

Please note: The information below was taken from the website of the Southeastern Connecticut Gang Activities Group. I know very little about motorcycle/biker gangs, so I am relying upon that group to provide accurate information. I can not testify to the accuracy of the material myself. If you know of an Internet site that provides more accurate information, please let me know about it.

They consider themselves the original bad boys. In 1957 Ralph Hubert "Sonny" Barger Jr. formed the third chapter of the Hell's Angels. By 1958 he was Chapter President. The AMA had characterized ninety-nine percent of the country's motorcyclists as clean living folks enjoying pure sports. But it condemned the other one percent as antisocial barbarians. The Angels, rather than being insulted, decided to exploit the glowing tribute. The Angels produce a one per center patch as a supplement to regular colors.

Using Barger's military background gives the club a military structure. The club grows and gains media attention. In 1967 a movie starring Jack Nicholson called, "Hell's Angels on Wheels", and a book by Hunter Thompson called, "Hell's Angel, the Strange and Terrible Saga of the Outlaw Motorcycle Gang" hit the public.

The Hell's Angel Motorcycle Club is the prototype for every outlaw motorcycle gang in the world. The Angels are what they claim to be: the meanest, baddest, and greatest gang of white trash on wheels. And they love it. The Hell's Angels are guided by a simple philosophy: "Fuck the World". An Angel does what he wants, regardless of the consequences.

Have no doubts, the Hell's Angels are a business. They produce methamphetamine (crank/meth), phencyclidine (PCP), and lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD). They grow marijuana by the truck loads. They have prostitution and white slavery world wide. Cocaine is smuggled in via diplomats from other countries. Cars and motorcycles are stolen. The VIN is changed or they are stripped for parts. Parts are then sold or traded at swap meets.

In 1966 the Hell's Angels Motorcycle Club-incorporates in California to curb imitators. The articles of incorporation describe the Angels as a club dedicated to the promotion and advancement of motorcycle driving, motorcycle clubs, and all aspects of motorcycling and motorcycle driving.

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