Monday, August 31, 2015

Massachusetts graves tell history of HAMC

LOWELL, Mass. Every spring, the two dozen or so members of the Lowell Hells Angels Motorcycle Club, all wearing leather jackets adorned with club-logo patches or "colors," roar into Westview Cemetery on Harley Davidson motorcycles to pay homage to six fallen comrades. The bikers place a flower wreath at a massive black headstone.

The headstone has the inscription: "Hells Angels M.C. Lowell. The Earth is Hell and on it there are Hells Angels. They lived the life they loved and they loved the life they lived. Yea Hells Angels."
Hells Angels members were murdered in a 1974 gang-style execution in Florida by Outlaw motorcycle gang members. The murdered men were shot in the back of the head and their bodies dumped. Officials speculated they were in Florida to buy drugs. Dave Brow, a now-retired photographer for The Sun, recalls covering a funeral at the McDonough Funeral Home for a Lowell Hells Angel member in the 1970s. Brow said was shocked when he was allowed inside the funeral parlor, where bikers poured beer into the casket as part of a ritual to pay homage to the fallen member.

Three co-defendants, Marc Eliason, 37, of Lynn; Robert DeFronzo, 47, of Saugus; and Brian Weymouth, 42, of Danvers, pleaded guilty to similar charges.
On Feb 5 Sean Barr, 50, leader of the Salem Chapter of the Hells Angels Motorcycle Club, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Nathaniel M. Gorton to conspiring to commit violent crimes in aid of racketeering, maiming in aid of racketeering, assault with a dangerous weapon in aid of racketeering, and assault resulting serious bodily injury in aid of racketeering.

Marc Eliason

Robert Defronzo
Barr, Eliason, DeFronzo and Weymouth were involved in luring the victim, who was targeted for failing to follow orders issued by the Salem Hells Angels, and assaulting the victim. The victim was targeted because he failed to assault a former member of the Salem Hells Angels, who had been “put out bad” from the Hells Angels.

At the Byfield clubhouse, the victim was surrounded by the defendants and beaten. During the assault, Barr used a ballpeen hammer, a favored weapon of the Hells Angels, to maim the victim by breaking a number of bones in the victim’s hand. Eliason and Weymouth then stole the victim’s motorcycle.

Nikolas Avelis, 54, said to be the president of the Red Devils
Pursuant to their respective plea agreements with the government, Barr and Eliason have each agreed to sentences of 97 months in prison, and DeFronzo and Weymouth have each agreed to sentences of 57 months in prison.

Saturday, August 29, 2015

The Great Nordic Biker War

The Great Nordic Biker War refers to the violent gang war that began in 1994 and continued until 1997, mainly involving Hells Angels and Bandidos but also involving support clubs.

The cities mainly affected by the war were Copenhagen in Denmark, Helsinki in Finland, Oslo in Norway, and Helsingborg and Malmö in Sweden.
On New Years Eve 1980, Denmark got its first Hell's Angels chapter in Copenhagen. In the early 90's there was a break in Denmark between HA and Morticians, a club who had been on good terms with HA. Morticians MC changed their name to Undertakers and in 1993 became Bandidos Denmark. Denmark now had two international motorcycle clubs. At a time when clubs in Scandinavia were on their way to join HA, suddenly there was an alternative.

Car bomb explosion at Bandidos club house in Drammen, Norway.
The war started in Sweden, when HA Sweden tried to prevent Morbids from joining the Bandidos. From there it spread. In Denmark, Sweden and Finland the war is between HA and Bandidos, but in Norway the Outlaws are also involved.

By the end of the war, 11 murders and 74 attempted murders had been committed and 96 people were wounded. Both clubs signed a treaty saying that no more chapters would be opened up in Scandinavia, but both sides had broken the treaty by the end of the 1990s.

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

The Lennoxville massacre

This event divided rival OMGs in Quebec causing the formation of the Rock Machine MC.
The Lennoxville massacre was a mass murder which took place at the Hells Angels clubhouse in Lennoxville, Quebec on March 24, 1985. Five members of the Hells Angels North Chapter, founded by Laurent "L'Anglais" Viau and Yves "Apache" Trudeau, were shot dead.
Other Hells Angels felt that the North Chapter bikers were too wild and uncontrollable. They often used drugs they were supposed to sell and were suspected of skimming drug profits that were meant for other Hells Angels chapters.

When the five North Chapter members arrived, they were ambushed and murdered. Two months later, at the bottom of the St. Lawrence River, divers located the decomposing bodies of the victims wrapped in sleeping bags and tied to weightlifting plates.
Laurent Viau, 33, was executed with a shot to the head. Jean-Guy (Brutus) Geoffrion, Jean-Pierre Mattieu and Michel Mayrand were efficiently killed as well. Another Laval biker, Guy-Louis Adam, 31, fought his way outdoors before he was felled after taking seven shots fired from three different guns. A sixth who missed the meeting, Claude Roy, was later tracked down and killed. The victims were stripped of their club colors, zipped into weighted sleeping bags and dumped into the St. Lawrence River.

Hells Angels emissaries stripped bare the Laval clubhouse and the homes of each dead man.
Luc Michaud, Jacques Pelletier and Rejean Lessard were convicted. A fourth club member, Robert (Snake) Tremblay, was convicted of murder in a separate trial. The four served prison terms ranging from 17 to 22 years, and a number of other Hells Angels were convicted of lesser crimes for their roles, including disposing of the bodies.

The Lennoxville massacre escalated a deadly Quebec biker war. Prosecutors say that as many as 150 people have been killed in the Quebec war since the early 1990s. Hundreds of bikers have been convicted and imprisoned.

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Kelowna Hells Angel associate drops appeal

Daniel McRae
May 6, 2015. KELOWNA - Daniel McRae, one of the three Hells Angels associates convicted of beating to death a Kelowna father in front of his sons in 2011, is not going to appeal his sentence.

McRae, who was 19 at the time, was given 42 months in jail for initiating a fatal attack on Dain Phillips, 51, after a disagreement with Phillips' son. McRae's older brother Matthew along with Anson Schell were also convicted and received sentences of three and a half years and three years respectively. Both have appeals scheduled for this fall.

Dain Phillips, beaten to death in 2011

Killer Norm Cocks, Hells Angels, Kelowna

Daniel and Matthew McRae were both sentenced in the beating death of Dain Philips.

Killer Robert Leonard Thomas. Hells Angels.

Anson Schell
Two full patch members of the biker gang, Norman Cox and Robert Thomas, who wielded the bat and hammer that killed Phillips, pleaded guilty to manslaughter and were sentenced to 15 years in jail.

Kelowna HA clubhouse at 837 Ellis Street was valued at $503,000 in 2012.

Killer Norm Cocks, left, and his dad, Robert Cocks

David Giles, vice president of the Hells Angels' Kelowna chapter, in 2008
The Kelowna clubhouse was raided in August 2012 in connection with an undercover investigation. So far, several men – including Kelowna vice-president Giles and full-patch member Bryan Oldham — have been charged with trafficking and conspiracy and committing offences on behalf of a criminal organization.

Both Bryan Oldham and David Giles are listed as defendants in the civil forfeiture case.

Brian Cantera holds up a photo of Brian Oldham of the Kelowna Hells Angels

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Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Bikie gangs outlawed in South Australia

Bikie gangs are shutting up shop in South Australia as new laws declaring them criminal organisations come into force. Ten gangs have been outlawed - the Bandidos, Comancheros, Descendants, Finks, Gypsy Jokers, Hells Angels, Mongols, Nomads, Rebels and Red Devils - and Attorney-General John Rau says the public should see an immediate reduction in their activities.

They will be prevented from engaging in organised rides, displaying gang colours or gathering in groups of more than two.
Police Commissioner Grant Stevens says two bikie clubrooms in Adelaide operated by the Comancheros and the Rebels have already been vacated in response to the new laws and others are in the process of shutting down.
"This is a significant step forward in our ability to dismantle and disrupt organised crime groups, the public face of that organised crime cohort being outlaw motorcycle gangs," Mr Stevens said on Thursday.