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1 Outlaw Motorcycle Gangs

2 The Big Four Pagans Outlaws Bandidos Hell’s Angels

3 Pagans Headquarters in Delaware County, PA 350-400 members
Produce and smuggle drugs Most of their violence directed at the Hell’s Angels

4 Outlaws American Outlaws Association Worldwide organization
Mottos— “God Forgives, Outlaws Don’t” ADIOS (Angels Die in Outlaw States)

5 Bandidos Formed in 1966; 2,400 members
Worldwide, but primarily in South/Mid West in U.S. Motto– “We are the people our parents warned us about.”

6 Hell’s Angels Founded 1948; 2,000-3,000 members in 27 countries
Motto– “When we do right, nobody remembers. When we do wrong, nobody forgets.”

7 Hell’s Angels Membership: Begin as a “hang-around”
Excludes child molesters, and those who applied to be police or prison officers Begin as a “hang-around” Asked to become an “associate” (year or two) Become a “prospect” Initiated as a “Full-Patch” member


9 Hell’s Angels Members carry out violent crimes, drug dealing, trafficking of stolen goods, extortion, and are involved in prostitution Famous Violent Events: Altamont Free Concert—Security for the Rolling Stones; Killed 1 person during riot River Run Riot—Stormed a casino in Nevada and attacked a group of Mongols

10 Outlaw Motorcycle Gangs
The US Department of Justice defines Outlaw Motorcycle Gangs as, “organizations whose members use their motorcycle clubs as ‘conduits for criminal enterprises’” The Big Four can be prosecuted under RICO legislation

11 Chapter Hierarchy President Sergeant at Arms Club Member Prospect
Hang Around Intel Officer Road Captain Vice President

12 Differences from the Mafia
Members operate as individuals rather than “top-down” like the Mob Allows them to claim that only some members are committing crimes Priority #1 is crime and violence Use money made from this to continue living “The Life”

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