August is the dog days of news and Sons of Anarchy won’t be back on the air for another 13 days. So it is not exactly shocking that a British national newspaper called The Daily Mail ran a story today headlined “Real-life Breaking Bad: The incredible story of how a ‘cool cat’ science professor led a double-life as a gun-toting, Harley-riding, biker gang meth dealer called Skinz.”
What grumpy editors call “the news in the story” hardly lives up to the headline. The news is that the Devils Professor case is still unresolved. The Daily Mail also reports that something called “Operation Devil’s Professor” “was launched in 2011 when a separate probe of another biker gang – the Mongols – stumbled upon the name ‘Skinz’.”
The Devils Professor
The tale of Stephen Kinzey, who was both the President of the Mountain Chapter of the Devils Diciples Motorcycle Club and an Associate Professor of Kinesiology at California State University San Bernardino, has always been too good not to blare over and over. The real surprise would be if somehow this case doesn’t become a big time book and a major motion picture.
Kinzey’s suburban home was raided three years ago yesterday, on August 26, 2011. Police allegedly recovered a pound of methamphetamine cut into one ounce packets and many colorful trophies including two Devils Diciples cuts, an Old Lady’s cut, two sets of brass knuckles, a derringer, a bullet proof vest, two rifles, a shotgun, a police club and a machine pistol lookalike called an AP-9. Police artfully arranged the dope and the trophies on a table covered with a black banner featuring the twin lightening bolts insignia of the Nazi Schutzstaffel.
Police advised reporters that Kinzey, who has a doctorate, was “smarter than the average dealer.”
Police also accused Kinzey of being a fugitive. A detective named Jason Rosenbaum proclaimed that the professor did, “have the ability to flee the country because there are (Devils Diciples) chapters in other countries. He also has family out of state,” Rosenbaum added. It turned out Kinzey was only on vacation.
Kinzey’s contract with Cal State San Bernardino was not renewed after it expired in August 2012. He is now charged with possession of a controlled substance for sale, receiving stolen property, conspiracy to distribute illegal narcotics, being in possession of a controlled substance while armed with a loaded firearm, and participating in a criminal street gang. Kinzey, Jeremy Disney who police have accused of being Kinzey’s drug supplier and Holly Vandergrift Robinson who was living with Kinzey at the time of the arrests all remain free on bail.
The Daily Mail’s 1500 word story, which you can read here, also reports that Kinzey once sent a coded text message that read “Bring whatever cabbage u got for my soup cuz ingredients are low,” and that a pretrial, evidentiary hearing scheduled for today has been postponed.