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They are an army of bikers. Highly organised. And sometimes extremely violent. But who are the Hell’s Angels? And how dangerous are they really? America’s Book of Secrets s2e12: Hell’s Angels, H2 2014
More than 300 outlaw motorcycle gangs operating in America ... 20,000 full patched members. No biker gang has been more feared than the Hell’s Angels’ Motorcycle Club. ibid.
‘They’re on every continent except Antarctica.’ ibid. Donald C Davis
74,021. Monterey California: rape of two teenage girls ... The Lynch Report: ‘Hoodlum Activities’ ... Lynch Report ... got a lot of people worked up. Although the rape charges were dropped The New York Times etc. picked up on the accusations. ibid.
The Rolling Stones hired them to provide security ... in 1969 ... ‘Four Deaths Mar Concert’. ibid. newspaper article
The world’s largest and most powerful motorcycle club. ibid.
Cynthia Garcia grows up in Arizona in a big Mexican-American family. When she's just a teenager Cynthia decides to strike out on her own. She moves to California and marries a man who promises her the world. Together they start a family. Killer Clans: Highway to Hell, ID 2014
Their clubhouse is just a few blocks from their home. ibid.
She has no idea the Angels are expecting more from her. ibid.
The party suddenly stops. The Bikers aren’t laughing any more. ibid.
The woman has been stabbed twenty-seven times, and almost completely decapitated. ibid.
‘No-one deserves to die like that. No-one.’ ibid. Angela Ruiz, daughter
The three decide to get rid of her for good. ibid.
ATF officers stormed Hell’s Angel’s clubhouses across Arizona and gathered crucial evidence for many crimes. ibid.
Hell’s Angels are impossible to infiltrate, sharing a security system that is as effective as the Chinese triads. Misha Glenny, McMafia
A riot in a casino, a body found near a desert highway, drug busts, weapons, murder, mayhem: the world of the Hell’s Angels. Violence is the tool they use to hold power. Gangland s1e4: Behind Enemy Lines, History 2007
They call it TCB: Take Care of Business. ibid.
America’s biggest motorcycle club. ibid.
Rolling Stones: Hell’s Angels hired as security for the band began fighting with concert-goers. ibid.
Major distributor of methamphetamine. ibid.
It’s a war with no end in sight. Being fought between two of the most dangerous gangs in America. At stake control of northern California, pride and domination. The Hell’s Angels and the Mongols are locked in a battle to the death. Gangland s4e12: Biker Wars II
Making money by dealing drugs and defending their turf by any means necessary. ibid.
The Mongols began expanding their territory in California. ibid.
The Mongols who are outnumbered by the Angels five-to-one began recruiting from a brutal gang – the Sureňos. ibid.
One motorcycle gang rules the US/Canadian border with an iron fist. Their reign is fuelled by sheer terror. The Hell’s Angels will do anything to eliminate their competition. They’ll stop at nothing to control the flow of drugs into the US. Gangland s5e7: The Death Head, History 2009
Empire has spread to nearly every part of north America ... 124 active chapters and 1,300 members. Their expansion has created a lucrative drug market. ibid.
Seattle, Washington: Seattle is also a favourite among bikers of all kinds … The Hell’s Angels, or HAs, are running a criminal enterprise. Brute force is the gang’s calling card. With more than 25 HA chapters up and down the west coast, backup is always nearby. That kind of power demands respect. Gangland s7e9: The Filthy Few, History 2010
They have been called the Underside of the American dream. An American nightmare. They’re the original Wild Ones. In Search of History s4e8: Hell’s Angels, History 1999
A new breed of inexpensive American-made bikes. ibid.
Throughout the 1950s and into the 1960s the Hell’s Angels grow into a small network of 6 west-coast chapters with about 450 members. ibid.
The Hell’s Angels are portrayed as degenerates who storm through small California towns doing exactly as they please. ibid.
[Hunter S] Thompson accepts the assignment … his book about the Hell’s Angels. ibid.
A midsummer’s day in Shakespeare’s country in the heart of England. On a major motorway two bitter rivals collide. An execution style killing in the fast lane. Real Crime with Mark Austin: Fallen Angel
August 12th 2007 and the M-40 ... is heavy with traffic ... A man had been shot on the motorway. When police arrived minutes later they found a biker dead on the road ... a Hell’s Angel Gerry Tobin. ibid.
From the Angels came a wall of silence. ibid.
Tobin had been riding home after one of the biggest events in the Hell’s Angels calendar – the Bulldog Bash. A three-day jamboree. ibid.
The Hell’s Angels were formed in America in the 1950s ... But they are only one of the outlawed biker groups operating in the UK today. Others include the Devil’s Disciples, the Barbarians and the Patriots. In all there are believed to be around 25 active clubs with as many as 1,500 members, the biggest of which are the Outlaws. ibid.
To become a fully patched member you have to endure two years of probation. ibid.
They’d found the murderer’s car ... This vital information gave the police a name: Sean Creighton ... The undercover police surveillance focused on the Warwickshire Outlaws. ibid.
European News: Car-bomb killing in suburbia rekindles Denmark’s bitter biker-gang violence. ibid. newspaper article
In Norway a Scandinavian biker war broke out between the Hell’s Angels and the Bandidos. ibid.
All seven defendants were found guilty. ibid.
For what? A patch on his clothing. ibid.