PHOTOS: The infamous Hells Angels motorcycle club turns 70 years old

(44 image photo gallery)---Founded in 1948, the Hells Angels motorcycle club has been a pop-culture mainstay for decades. Books, television and movies have mythologized them endlessly.

The story began on March 17, 1948, in San Bernardino, California, and the name is most-commonly attributed to the Howard Hughes movie of the same name, about World War II bombers. But that is where the military connection ends.

The Hells Angels website refutes the commonly held story that the group was founded by ex-military misfits and outcasts. Of course, later on, members from various branches of the military would join HAMC but it was not a military club to begin with.


Hells Angel fires lawyer in BC Supreme Court in Chilliwack Monday

Neil ‘Nitro’ Cantrill charged with two others with extortion, kidnapping for alleged incident in Hope

The trial of an Edmonton Hells Angel and two associates scheduled for April will be delayed as the three fired their lawyer in BC Supreme Court in Chilliwack on Monday.

Neil Patrick Cantrill – who goes by “Nitro” in a Nomads Chapter of the Alberta Hells Angels – is charged with aggravated assault, kidnapping without the use of a firearm, unlawful confinement or imprisonment, extortion, attempting to choke to overcome resistance, and possession of non-firearm knowing unauthorized.

Charged alongside Cantrill in the alleged incident from Hope in August 2016 is Stephen Cantrill and Robert Lowry.



Man pleads guilty in bar brawl linked to Hells Angels gathering

A barroom brawl in Kenosee Lake said to have links to a Hells Angels Motorcycle Club gathering led to a guilty plea from one participant on Thursday.

Richard Jerome Bandet, 44, pleaded guilty to assault with a weapon during an appearance at Regina Provincial Court. The Crown stayed a second charge alleging assault causing bodily harm.

After hearing brief submissions, Judge Anna Crugnale-Reid agreed to impose the six-month suspended sentence jointly requested by Crown and defence counsel. The sentence involves a probation order containing a number of conditions, including that Bandet not contact the person he assaulted.

Crown prosecutor Steve Robertson told the court a large fight broke out amongst a number of people — more than a dozen, court heard — in the early morning hours of May 20 last year.


Police raid Hells Angels clubhouses

Police raided the clubhouses of the Hells Angels motorbike club in Lanaken and Genk in Limburg on Tuesday night seizing an array of weapons. The searches formed part of a massive police operation and an investigation by federal prosecutors across Belgium and the Netherlands.

In all, sixteen premises were raided across the country, with a 12 people detained. A total of fifty weapons were seized including a rocket launcher, eight firearms and 800 rounds of ammunition. Bullet proof vests with Belgian police logos were also impounded.

A series of violent incidents involving extortion, drugs, arms trafficking and organised crime triggered the investigation. The investigation is also linked to a drugs enquiry that started last December and involved nine home search warrants for in Belgium, the Netherlands and Germany.


Hells Angels convictions should be part of forfeiture case, government says

The B.C. director of civil forfeiture wants criminal convictions against several Hells Angels admitted as evidence in an upcoming civil trial over the seizure of three biker clubhouses.

Lawyer Brent Olthuis, representing the government agency, argued in B.C. Supreme Court on Tuesday that admitting the biker convictions and related court rulings would be appropriate in the civil case.

Olthuis told Justice Barry Davies that the convictions are relevant to show the reputation of the Hells Angels, who he referred to as the HAMC.

“We are wanting to introduce these convictions … against the HAMC members primarily in aid of the allegations … as to the main purposes and activities of the HAMC and the members of that club and their awareness of the club’s public reputation,” Olthuis said. “These convictions are clearly probative.”


Alleged Hells Angel pleads guilty to drug, gun charges

An alleged member of the Hells Angels motorcycle gang pleaded guilty Tuesday to drug and gun charges stemming from a police raid on his Cole Harbour home last summer.

David James Bishop, 35, was one of three people arrested Aug. 3, when police executed a search warrant at his house on Pernix Court and allegedly seized a large quantity of drugs, drug and outlaw motorcycle gang paraphernalia, two guns and ammunition.

One of the weapons, a .38-calibre handgun, was loaded.

Bishop and his live-in girlfriend, Jacquelyne Anna Brophy, 34, were supposed to go on trial Tuesday in Dartmouth court on a slew of charges.

But after last-minute negotiations, lawyers for both accused reached plea bargains with the Crown attorneys.


Parole conditions loosened for Hells Angel Walter Stadnick

Newly-released parole records for Stadnick, 65, say he has been progressing well on parole since his conviction in Montreal in September 2004 for an assortment of organized crime offences, including conspiracy to commit murder, conspiracy to traffic drugs and involvement in gang activities.

Former Hells Angel kingpin Walter Stadnick can now legally drink a beer but he still can’t legally enter a bar or rub shoulders with anyone who looks like a criminal.

Newly-released parole records for Stadnick, 65, say he has been progressing well on parole since his conviction in Montreal in September 2004 for an assortment of organized crime offences, including conspiracy to commit murder, conspiracy to traffic drugs and involvement in gang activities.

Stadnick, who was born and raised in Hamilton, was then sentenced to 20 years in prison, which was reduced for pre-trial time served to 14 years, seven months.


Cops hit bikie 'charity ride' in NSW north

Anti-bikie cops have targeted 150 riders on a Hells Angels run in NSW's north but members say their bikes were defected over a "harmless charity ride".

Multiple police strike forces conducted a mass vehicle stop in the rural village of Woodenbong on the NSW, Qld border, conducting 70 breath tests, 30 drug tests and 69 vehicle and person searches.

A prohibited weapon was seized while 21 defect notices and 50 traffic infringements were issued.

A 40-year-old man was given a court notice for offensive language.

One member of the ride, in a post on Facebook, said police "gave the Hells Angels fellas heaps" and over 20 bikes were headed back on tow trucks.

"Massive resources wasted on a charity ride," he said.

"Awesome ride yesterday boys," another said.

"Unfortunately got stuck in Woodenbong because my factory Harley handlebars are illegal good run nevertheless see yous (sic) next year."


Surf Coast town tries, but fails to lock out Hells Angels bikies

Residents, businesses and police in the popular Great Ocean Road town of Lorne have been engaged in a game of cat and mouse with the Hells Angels motorcycle gang.

The Age understands about 60 of the motorcycle gang’s members, plus their families, have booked accommodation at a hotel in Lorne for the upcoming St Patrick’s Day weekend.

It is understood the hotel accepted the booking after police advised them not too. A number of other hotels in the town accepted bookings but then cancelled the gang’s reservation on the instruction of police.


The popular Great Ocean Road town of Lorne will play host to 60 Hells Angels members and their families on St Patrick's Day weekend.

Photo: Drew Ryan

The Grand Pacific hotel, where the gang and their families are booked, has facilities to cater for functions or conferences of up to 200 guests.


Top Hells Angels member behind Outaouais syrup enterprise

'Red and White' maple syrup produced at sugar bush owned by influential gang member

An influential member of the Hells Angels is running a maple syrup business in the Outaouais that sells bottles of the sweet condiment decorated with the gang's colours, sources tell Radio-Canada.

The "Support Red & White Maple Syrup" label may seem like patriotic branding, but those are also the notorious criminal organization's official colours.

What's more, the syrup comes from a farm in Saint-André-Avellin, Que., run by Michel Langlois, an influential member of the gang.

Sûreté du Québec investigators searched the farm near Montebello in late January as part of a drug investigation. They made no arrests.

The farm's owners didn't return calls from Radio-Canada.