Waco Coverup Unraveling

November 3, 2015

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Waco Coverup Unraveling

According to a usually informed source, both CNN and The Associated Press are in possession of previously unreleased evidence related to the Twin Peaks Massacre last May.

The evidence has been presented to a grand jury currently convened in McLennan County and includes materials that have not yet been discovered to defense attorneys in the case. The evidence includes an affidavit by a Waco police detective who testified that a Texas Department of Public Safety “covert camera” recorded a member of the Cossacks Motorcycle Club “executing” a member of the Bandidos Motorcycle Club.

At a bond reduction hearing on June 5, Assistant District Attorney Michael Jarrett referred to the covert camera video and said it showed “Bandidos executing Cossacks and Cossacks executing Bandidos, some at point-blank range.” Jarrett described the video in detail at that hearing. He said it showed Cossacks arriving and occupying the patio of the Twin Peaks then “spreading out across the patio in sentry positions.” Jarrett is leading the grand jury that will decide which of 177 defendants will be indicted for murder, criminal conspiracy and other charges. The covert camera video has not yet been released to defense attorneys in the case.

The usually informed source did not speculate who leaked the evidence but volunteered that although the major news sources have “all of this evidence, they are not reporting anything positive for the Bandidos.”


Ann O’Neill, Ed Lavandera and Jason Morris of CNN have reported that “FBI agents in San Antonio and El Paso picked up intelligence that the Bandidos were planning to go to war with the Cossacks.”

The three CNN reporters also allege that “The Bandidos made a crucial decision on March 27 of this year, moving the regular meeting of the Confederation of Clubs and Independents from Austin to the Twin Peaks restaurant in Waco,” and that “Waco police feared, with good cause as it turned out, that the May 17 meeting would trigger violence.”

Coverage of the incident has been so largely dominated by police and Cossack accounts that it is impossible not to suspect an interconnection.

The day after the deadly confrontation, a Cossack named Scott “Scoot” Keon told the Palestine, Texas City Council that his club was law-abiding and the Bandidos were not. “On our side, we are not a gang,” Keon said. “We are an organization that is Texas-wide. None of us are one-percenters.”

Keon blamed the Bandidos for the massacre. “There are things that they (the Bandidos) are involved in that we have no interest in,” he said. “We are businessmen, family men, and veterans and are in no way affiliated with them. We won’t be pressured into paying them dues, and that’s where their anger is coming from. Just because other clubs have given in, doesn’t mean we are going to.”

Published Accounts

All published first hand accounts of the massacre in which nine men died and 18 more were hospitalized have relied on statements made by Cossacks.

On May 23, The Washington Post ran a lurid account of the confrontation titled “‘Richie died, then Diesel, then Dog’: An eyewitness to the Waco biker brawl.” The eyewitness was a Cossack who was “president of a North Texas chapter of the motorcycle gang.” According to the well known Washington daily, the single source for the story “asked not to be identified because he is now in hiding and said he fears for his life. He is a rare eye-witness speaking publicly about the Waco massacre.”

On June 20, the Houston Chronicle ran an even more lurid first hand account titled “Life and death in Waco: A biker’s story.” That feature described the Bandido “execution” of Cossack Danny “Diesel” Boyett. The principal source for that story was Boyett’s son Cody Ledbetter. The account describes an unprovoked attack by Bandidos on Cossacks who had come to the Twin Peaks that day to talk peace. The story, by Dane Schiller, states, “A law enforcement officer familiar with the clash at Twin Peaks and well-versed in motorcycle gangs said Ledbetter seems to be telling the truth.”

The recent CNN coverage of the incident has relied on statements made by John Wilson, who is described as “president of the Waco-area chapter of the Cossacks.”

Wilson, not surprisingly, describes the Cossacks as victims of the Bandidos. According to CNN, “many Cossacks and their supporters said they were invited to the meeting and told it had been called to broker peace. Now they’re wondering if they were set up.”

Wilson has described the confrontation on camera, in detail for the cable network that describes itself as “the most trusted name in news.”

“I couldn’t even see who threw the punch. But I saw our guy’s head go back, and it looked like he was getting ready to punch back whoever did it and a shot went off.” Wilson told CNN there were “a couple more shots, some scuffling around and then, almost instantly, gunfire just erupted from all around the perimeter.”

“I promptly got down on that sidewalk trying to avoid being hit myself. At that time it was pretty horrific, there were guys getting hit, falling, and I realized that I needed to get away from where I was. I looked to the guy to my left, a good friend of mine, and said, ‘We need to get off the sidewalk or we are going to die here.’”

None of these dramatic accounts has been viewed skeptically. CNN has not questioned who fired the shots that “erupted from all around the perimeter.”

The Police

During a bond hearing, Wilson’s attorney Mike White told Judge Ralph Strother that Waco police “actually advised him to begin a dialogue to try to lower the tension that had been preceding this event (the May 17 Confederation of Clubs and Independents meeting) for numerous weeks…They suggested that he either go to this meeting or start some dialogue or start having sit-downs with opposing motorcycle clubs.”

The police “suggestion” came at least weeks after the Confederation of Clubs and Independents decided to move its meeting from the Twin Peaks in Austin to the Twin Peaks in Waco. Representatives of the Confederation have said the meeting was moved to make it easier for members from the Dallas area to attend. The only basis for the theory that the meeting was moved to Waco to send some sort of message to the Cossacks is police conjecture. If it was meant to be a show of force by the Bandidos it is likely that the Bandidos would have made the Waco event a mandatory run. The whole argument that the Bandidos instigated the confrontation only sounds reasonable to people who know nothing about the very punctilious world of motorcycle clubs..

Most Cossacks, and most members of Cossacks friendly clubs like the Scimitars and Bogatyrs learned about the Twin Peaks run long after police learned that the Confederation would be meeting in Waco.

About March 27

What happened, exactly if not in totality, according to legally obtained police reports, was that the Texas Department of Public Safety learned that the COC&I was coming to Waco on March 27. They learned this from a Lorena, Texas Police Officer named Shawn Board who got his information from confidential sources of information. “Officer Board explained that the COC is run by the Bandido OMG. Officer Board further explained that the COC is where other motorcycle clubs are required to join and pay dues to the Bandido OMG to be able to operate in Texas. Officer Board felt like the change of the meeting location was purposely done to show support for the Bandido OMG in the Waco area to the Cossacks MC.”

How officer Board learned this remains an official secret.

Waco police and DPS agents then made contact with John Wilson on April 16, a month before the Twin Peaks Massacre, and told him that he was in danger.

Let’s Have Brunch

Then, purely by coincidence, 30 – 40 Cossacks as well some number of Scimitars and Bogatyrs arrived at the Twin Peaks well before the scheduled start of the COC&I meeting and stole all the seats and most of the parking spaces. As about a dozen Bandidos and scores of Bandidos supporters rode into the Twin Peaks parking lot, a Cossacks prospect named Clifford Pearce told the pack to find somewhere else to park. Local police were well aware the pack was coming. At 10:30 that morning, Texas DPS agents observed the pack assembling at the Flying J Truck Stop in Waco. Local and state police had assembled a large and heavily armed force, including a Bearcat armored vehicle, to “gather intelligence” at the meeting.

Seconds after Pearce told the Bandidos to park somewhere else he was reinforced by additional Cossacks.

There are conflicting accounts of what happened next. One that hasn’t been reported before describes a man in a yellow full face helmet firing a stainless steel or chrome revolver. The man has never been identified although CNN does possess a photo of a yellow full face helmet sitting in the grass.

The same grand jury that a source identifies as the source of the leaked evidence has also subpoenaed virtually ever imaginable record that might be in the possession of the COC&I including: “All individual members names, club affiliations and any other persons claiming independent status with the COC&I, home addresses, billing, shipping, email and IP addresses, home and alternate telephone numbers for each member and club; a copy of the original applications filed by each past and current member;” “any and all documents relating to the organizational structure of the Texas COC&I and its relation to all other state COC&I’s and/or its relations to a national COC&I organization or US Defenders.”


From up close all of this looks like a witch hunt. But from a longer view much of this, including the recent CNN reports, looks like a smoke screen. Waco and McLennan County have been frantically searching for somebody to blame for the Twin Peaks Massacre since about an hour after it happened.

Officials have blamed this putrid cocktail of death, personal tragedy, cop speak and Bonfire of the Vanities quality journalism on a cabal of “five motorcycle gangs,” who “didn’t come to Waco to eat barbecue;” on the owners of the Twin Peaks Waco franchise; on the dead; on the Confederation of Clubs; on the witnesses; and on the Bandidos.

The stakes are high. There is considerable evidence that local, state and federal law enforcement officials knew of a conflict between the Cossacks and the Bandidos; decided that the Waco Twin Peaks was where that conflict might escalate into something RICO worthy and interesting; encouraged Cossacks to confront Bandidos at the Twin Peaks; surrounded the Twin Peaks with militarized police; set up their cameras; then watched, as in CNN’s memorable phrase, a “parking lot was turned into a raging war zone;” and have been pounding their chests ever since.

The city of Waco, McLennan County, the state of Texas and, possibly, the Department of Justice face potential liabilities of billions of dollars. The Twin Peaks Massacre has not faded from public consciousness with the passing of a few dozen news cycles. This is a big story and it is not going away. Whoever leaked all that evidence to CNN should have known that. November is a sweeps month. The most trusted name in news knows that. And CNN has obviously made the editorial decision to play its leaked documents and videos as sensationally as possible.

Whoever leaked the documents knew how CNN would play this story. Seen in the context of a brisk November day the leak looks like a masterful spinning of the facts. Seen in the context of all that has happened since last May, the leak looks more like an act of desperation.

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71 Responses to “Waco Coverup Unraveling”

  1. WJL Says:


    106 indictments handed down for engaging in organized criminal activity.

  2. tiopirata Says:

    Our murder rate is less then the police, by an order of magnitude.
    Our assault rate is less then the police, by an order of magnitude
    Our sex crime rate is less then the police, by an order of magnitude
    Our domestic assault rate…
    Our child rape rate….
    Our theft rate….
    Our (nominate any crime here) rate….
    What exactly do we deserve that you do not you fucking hypocritical pig?
    Be sure you will get yours if we ever meet, you parasitic cunt.
    Tio Pirata 1%er

  3. rojas Says:

    Transcript from Bergman examining trial up at Waco Biker Justice.


  4. Phuquehed Says:

    @Shovelhead – Well said. The pig couldn’t contain itself and had to fart in the elevator.

  5. Shovelhead Says:

    Fuck 1%
    Maybe it’s time you got what you deserve.

  6. ElleElle Says:

    I posted last night-guess it didn’t want to go through. Another lawsuit over money? To hell you say! Sturgis was a great time-some still now how to avoid and or ignore what would bring one down. The rest of this is typical-but, it does help keep these things readable, right? So glad about so many things these days. It rains on the just and the unjust-it’s just that the “just” appreciate it more.

  7. Fuck 1% Says:

    1%er’s got what they deserve

  8. T Hell Says:

    Is it not the function of the grand jury to decide if any one is to be indicted? But they have not even met to deliberate yet?

    Fear not this is another illegal press release by the Reyna criminal cabal in Waco to attempt to frighten people into making a deal before the grand jury meets. Even if you were not arrested (or shot) the day of you could still be indicted, “Oh no I better go downtown and squeal like an Iron Order pussy to save my self lest I face charges”…..

  9. Rojas Says:

    Apparent leaks about upcoming grand jury presentation.

    “According to KVUE’s sister station KCEN, court sources said between 50 and 75 bikers could be indicted Thursday and some of them may not have been ones that were arrested on May 17 after the shooting.”


  10. dogbreath Says:

    Waco is suddenly cool.

    The city is scoring more than your run-of-the-mill economic development successes.

    Fans of the Baylor Bears can anchor their boats on the Brazos River next to a new $250 million football stadium, making it one of only two college towns where “sailgating” is possible. (Knoxville is the other.)

    International award-winning Balcones whisky is being brewed in a downtown distillery.

    Waco’s mammoth fossil site was declared a national monument, a designation that ratchets up the visitors.

    And the Texas Department of Transportation decided to add cool multi-colored LED light show capabilities to its fancy Interstate 35 bridges over the Brazos River.

    Then there’s the murdering fuckers.

  11. T Hell Says:

    HEY SWANTON as you reap so shall you sow:

    By TOMMY WITHERSPOON [email protected]
    Waco police Sgt. W. Patrick Swanton became a national figure after the May 17 Twin Peaks shootout, receiving praise from national media outlets for his frequent, detailed updates following the nation’s deadliest biker battle.

    However, in the months following the brief but chaotic altercation, Waco and McLennan County officials, especially Swanton, have been the focus of a biker backlash that condemns those associated with the local criminal justice system.

    Motorcycle groups and their supporters have flooded social media sites with derisive comments, photos — known as memes — that are altered with captions meant as jokes and links to unrelated news stories — some decades-old — about other controversial matters from the McLennan County criminal justice system.

    Biker groups plan to be back in Waco on Nov. 15 for a courthouse rally they have dubbed “Sink Swanton,” a gathering designed to derail Swanton’s campaign for McLennan County sheriff.

    The rally is being organized by Mel Moss, 67, a Vietnam-era veteran from Tarrant County and co-founder and president of the Sons of Liberty Riders, a group of veterans. Moss was an aircraft inspector for a defense contractor for 25 years before owning his own motorcycle shop for 20 years.

    Besides being a motorcycle enthusiast, he describes himself as a political activist and says he has worked with legislators to draft new laws regarding biker safety.

    “He brought this on himself,” said Moss. “We already know Swanton is going to moan about the outsiders coming to town to campaign against him. That’s his fault. He has publicly slandered every motorcyclist and branded us all as criminals.

    “Bikers and clubs are now being harassed and treated as criminals, not only in Texas but across the nation, including veterans, Christian motorcycle ministries and charitable biker groups.”

    Swanton deferred comment on the rally until afterward.

    “It would not be safe for our community or the officers providing protection to the protesters to comment prior to the event,” Swanton said.

    Swanton is running in the Republican primary, where he will face Sheriff Parnell McNamara and possibly others.

    McNamara said the biker groups have contacted his office to inform officers about the rally. McNamara said his deputies and other officers have attended previous rallies to provide security and to oversee the events.

    The last rally was cut short when a worker left an ice chest on the sidewalk near the courthouse parking lot that someone reported as suspicious and potentially dangerous. It contained lunch and medicine that the man left for his friend, but it forced officials to evacuate the area.

    “I am staying completely out of it,” McNamara said. “I don’t want any part of it. I intend to run a positive campaign and I don’t want people thinking I am egging this thing on against Swanton because I am not. Their beef with Swanton is their beef and I don’t have anything to do with it.”

    McNamara said he will be at the rally along with deputies and other officers.

    “Our role is that we are protecting the courthouse parking lot and the citizens and the bikers,” he said. “They have a right to protest and we honor that and they have been very respectful in the past. We are just conservators of the peace.”

    Moss said the group, set to rally at 10:30 a.m. until noon, includes a large core of local residents, not just those coming in from other towns. He said most don’t want to give their names or speak publicly “because they absolutely fear reprisals.”

    Moss said “the effects of the venom that Sgt. Swanton spewed” have had national implications, including police in Philadelphia breaking up a motorcycle toy run last week.

    “They blocked off all the guys who were wearing patches and they could not participate,” Moss said. “They had absolutely no probable cause to do it. We have been doing these toy runs and charitable events for years and now we are being harassed because we may be wearing a patch, because we may have some tattoos, because we may have on leather. It’s just ridiculous.”

    Sergeant Swanton, you chose this path, you chose self aggrandizement over justice, you chose political correctness over truth, you chose might over right, as you reap so shall you sow, in all my days I have never known a true biker to not tell the truth, when you believe what others tell you in total disregard for what you know in your heart to be true you have failed yourself, the future has yet to be written, do you want fries with that?……

  12. Philo Says:


    Cui Bono?


  13. Gandalf Says:

    @ xplor If you can’t think of a good reason why “That guy” might use an eastern europeian web host you are obviously playing Checkers. You might want to search “Mike Smith” to get more info. ;)

  14. Gandalf Says:

    LE’s 1st statement, “these bikers were not from here.” was pre-rehearsed. It was obviously describing the Bandits. Waco LE Obviously knew the Cossacks were “from here.” My respects to ALL individual bikers who are hard and support their brothers no matter what. Both Clubs. But as for “The Club” on a whole the Bandidos are a class act in they way they handled this whole tragedy both before and after. Fact is BOTH CLUBS were “set up” by LE but 1 club was smarter. Lost less brothers and less rep. not to mention turned the tables on LE. Brilliant Chess move.

  15. xplor Says:

    You would think Mike Smith was a fashionista with all the detail he goes into.
    Just whatwe need now a fashion whore. Why the Russian webhosting?

  16. Gandalf Says:

    I also “got no dog in this fight beyond believing that MCs are getting a raw deal.” But is seems obvious the Cossacks were “picked” to win the Media battle from the start. “These bikers we not from Waco.” Except the Cossacks who were uninvited and obviously the aggressor. It’s sad to say it but even LE bullets knew who the aggressor was. I’m not sure of “That Guys” story…obviously…but it came out very fast after the Shooting and the “set up” seems obvious. Even the Cossacks screamed “set up” on the 2nd day. Why? Because they “felt it” by Instinct. I suspect that they wanted it to be a Bandido “set up” not an LE “set up” at first but are now getting that “feeling” their Leaders were either douped or bent. IMHO

  17. Tooj Says:

    Hey Mike? I got no dog in this fight beyond believing that MCs are getting a raw deal. Now, this “fiction” makes some pretty outlandish claims and thinly veils them. You’ve been posting that all over the site…how come?

  18. Mike Smith Says:

    Read The Waco Texas Biker Massacre here fro FREE: https://yadi.sk/i/201mzK3KkBdqU

  19. bcnasty Says:

    amen to that, broker a deal by rolling in and taking seats in a meeting your not invited to is too stupid to even say never mind think it is truth.
    In my humble opinion if the entire world run on MC rules and bad life decisions resulted in being punched in the mouth this world would be a better place to live.

  20. SK Says:

    It is good you are still shining a light on this story Rebel. Hopefully at some point even the mainstream media might more fairly record the story but I won’t hold my breath I guess.

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