Five of the six men convicted of the loony and tragic Shedden Massacre in Ontario in April 2006 have filed appeals to have their convictions overturned. The men were found guilty of eight murders on October 29, 2009. Mass media in North America have frequently called the murders “The Bandidos Massacre.”
The five convicted men are named Wayne Kellestine, Frank Mather, Brett Gardiner, Dwight Mushey and Marcello Aravena. A sixth man, Michael Sandham filed an appeal shortly after his conviction but has since dropped it.
The men were part of the only Bandidos Motorcycle Club chapter in Canada. They called themselves the No Surrender Crew. The chapter began when about a dozen members of the Loners Motorcycle Club in Ontario patched over to the Bandidos. About the same time, most Loners in Canada patched over to the Hells Angels Motorcycle Club.
Worst Chapter Ever
The Canadian Bandidos never appeared to integrate themselves into the big club and were often unresponsive to correspondence from national club officers. They were also dysfunctional as a chapter. Some of them did not own motorcycles. They just all really liked the idea of being Bandidos. One of the victims of the massacre was a former prize fighter named Giovanni “John” “Boxer” Muscedere, who eventually became Canadian National Presidente. One of the killers was a truly deranged piece of work named Wayne “Weiner” Kellestine.
On his own, Muscadere decided to start a chapter in Winnipeg and the big club’s national officers seemed to be the last to know. The big club threatened to expel the No Surrender Crew. In 2005, Bill Sartelle, the Secretario of Bandidos World, wrote to the chapter, “Well there is no easy way to put this, but I have been instructed to contact someone in Canada and find out why we have been getting no contact. Canada has not been meeting the requirements of belonging to this club, under the United States. I want to know how this can be remedied immediately. If I am wrong then explain. There are many criteria involved with Club Membership. One is monthly contact and mail sent to USA National Chapter.”
Two months later Muscedere sent Sartelle a Christmas card. Sartelle replied, “For the past year or more we, BMC USA, have attempted to make connections with Canada…. Up until now there has been no visit from the proper person. It has been decided that due to lack of participation, Canada’s Charter is being pulled. Effective immediately: Return all Bandido patches and property….”
One theory of the crime is that Kellestine tried to save the chapter’s charter by killing Muscedere and the members loyal to him.
The eight men were killed over a lingering five hours at a Friday night club meeting at Kellestine’s barn in the country outside Shedden, Ontario.
There have been three books written about the Shedden Massacre. The worst is The Fat Mexican: The Bloody Rise of the Bandidos Motorcycle Club written by the reptilian, professional informant Alex Caine. Toronto Star reporter Peter Edward’ 474 page The Bandidos Massacre: A True Story of Bikers, Brotherhood and Betrayal appeared the day aftert the men were convicted and is the most exhaustively researched. By far the most compassionate and insightful book about the murders is Bloody Justice by a Professor of Literature and Cultural Studies at Georgian College in Ontario named Anita Arvast.