Inside the Bandidos Motorcycle Club, The Largest Biker Gang in the World

October 09, 2006   Entertainment News


Tulsa, OK – October 9, 2006 – Gleaming motorcycles, grizzly men with long hair and tattoos, bar room brawls, and lots of sex, drugs, and violence. Hollywood has long stereotyped bikers in the following role, but is it accurate? The term biker brings forth a vision of men ready to take on the world without the rules society has set forth for them. Within the world of bikers is a smaller more intimate group knows as hard core biker gangs. The inner workings of motorcycle clubs such as the Bandidos, the Hells Angels, the Outlaws, the Pagans, the Sons of Silence, and the Mongols have until now been a closely guarded secret.

“Out In Bad Standings: Inside The Bandidos Motorcycle Club – The Making Of A Worldwide Dynasty” is the first book ever written on the world’s second largest international biker gang. Author Edward “Connecticut Ed” Winterhalder was one of the highest ranking Bandidos in the world at the end of the twentieth century. Detailing the establishment and recent growth of the Bandidos organization in Canada, Europe and Oklahoma, this historical expose of the Bandidos Motorcycle Club gives the reader a rare look into the secret world of today’s 1%er motorcycle clubs, allowing the reader a unique opportunity to ride along as the Bandidos become the dominant international force they are today.

The Bandidos are no strangers to the media’s presence recently. In March of 2006, Anthony Benesh III of Austin Texas was gunned down in front of his family. Police suspect members of the Bandidos Motorcycle Club after Benesh had told friends and family that he had been threatened by the club in the past over the fact he was a Hells Angel supporter. In April of 2006, eight members of the Canadian Bandidos chapter were murdered by another Bandidos member from the same chapter.

In June of 2005 Mr. George Wegers, current International President of the Bandidos, was indicted by a federal grand jury in Washington State on Racketeering, Violent Crimes In Aid Of Racketeering, Possessing Stolen Motorcycle Parts, Conspiracy To Murder and Intimidation Of Witness charges. Arrested with more than twenty other Bandidos members (including two chapter Presidents, two National Enforcers, and one National Vice President), Mr. Wegers’ plead guilty to a Conspiracy To Commit Racketeering charge and was sentenced on October 6, 2006, to 20 months in federal prison.

Published by Blockhead City Press ($29.95 – ISBN 0977174700), this top quality 448 page hardcover book contains more than 170,000 words and 150 color photographs, and is a must read for every Harley rider on the planet. “Out In Bad Standings” is now available through Barnes & Noble, Borders, B. Dalton or Baker & Taylor (in the United States); or (worldwide); Chapters, Coles or WhiteHots (in Canada); and can be ordered through most other bookstores in North America.

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