Print and electronic media throughout New York state have been pounding the drums the last two days about a month-old double murder in suburban Buffalo. And, considering the officials who are publically identified with the case it is not hard to connect the dots.
About three in the morning on September 6, two members of the Kingsmen Motorcycle Club named Daniel “DJ” Szymanski, and Paul Maue were shot outside the Kingsmen’s North Tonawanda chapter clubhouse. Reporters crawled all over the crime scene the next dawn so some details of the murder and the events that may have led to them made it into the public record.
A woman named Jessica Willard who lives next door to the clubhouse told WIVB, “I was outside when I heard the shots and I come out front and I seen a bunch of people run.”
“There was arguing,” she said. “There was extremely loud arguing and then right after the arguing there was the two gunshots and then it didn’t take the police long to get here.”
The Buffalo News reported two days ago that a month before he died Szymanski told friends, “We had some problems down in Jamestown. Another club was trying to take over our Jamestown clubhouse.” The News also reported that Szymanski was the third ranking member of the Kingsmen in New York. Police have said the two men were both shot in the back of their heads “execution style” while sitting in the front seat of a car.
Police have also speculated semi-publically that the men may have been killed as part of a territorial dispute between two factions within the Kingsmen or as the result of a territorial dispute with some other club. Steve Cook, who describes himself as an “Outlaw Motorcycle Gang Expert and Documentary Television Personality,” thinks another club may be trying to patch over Kingsmen and the murder may have something to do with that.
So far police are officially stumped which explains the press blitz. The headline in the Houston Chronicle read “Cops: No cooperation in slayings of 2 bikers.” The Buffalo News screamed “Kingsmen Won’t Help,” and the New York Daily News said “Upstate bikers remain tight-lipped.”
William J. Hochul, Jr., who is the United States Attorney for the Western District of New York, told WGRZ that the ATF and the FBI were both investigating the murders. “We are working with our law enforcement partners to try and assist the local police department in identifying those who killed those two members of the Kingsmen,” Hochul told the television station. “The case is being investigated right now by North Tonawanda police, but certainly the FBI and ATF have resources and experience in these kinds of cases.”
It seems unlikely that the authorities won’t eventually find somebody to blame.
This isn’t the first time Hochul (photo above) has tried to slap a Buffalo motorcycle club with a federal indictment. In March 2009 he brought a racketeering indictment against the Chosen Few Motorcycle Club which has had a strained relationship with the Kingsmen since at least 1997. That indictment was dismissed in December 2011.