The easiest stories for reporters to tell are the ones readers already know. That is probably more true for biker stories than, say political stories. George Christie, for example, is now trying to get rich and famous by presenting himself as Forrest Gump.
And news consumers in Kansas City are currently riveted by the tale of the stupid boy who sold the family cow for a handful of worthless, magic beans and then learned a terrible lesson, only with an outlaw biker twist. America is rotten with tales of stupid boys who squander a family asset and then learn a terrible lesson about ogres – like the story of Jack and his beanstalk.
What makes the Kansas City story newsworthy is that bikers play the familiar role of the ogres. Most news outlets report that the ogres are members of the Galloping Goose. Television station KMBC insists the ogres are members of the Accused Motorcycle Club, which suggests a drunken reporter misinterpreting stereotypical cop-speak. The ogres may not actually belong to any motorcycle club. They may just be guys. But asserting their membership in a motorcycle club is what makes the story interesting. If the story wasn’t about motorcycle outlaws it would just be another sad tale of the dying heartland.
One ogre, KMBC informs, is “Randal G. Holmes, 52” who “should be considered armed and dangerous” and who is “the president of the Accused Motorcycle Club.” The second ogre is Randal Holmes’ son, 24-year-old Gerald Holmes. “Action News KSHB” describes both father and son as “members of the Galloping Goose Motorcycle Club.” Action News KSHB reports the two ogres “used tactics often seen by the group” to “viciously” assault a man. The third ogre, according to the Kansas City Star, is 74-year-old Richard M. “Snake” Phoenix who is the only ogre identified so far who has a colorful nickname.
Jack, the stupid boy who sold the family cow for a handful of beans is now being portrayed by a 22-year-old Independence man named Coty Hollaman who is widely described as a victim of the three ogres.
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According to a consensus of news reports, the victim was given a car and $16,000 in cash and assigned the mission of buying “drugs” in Colorado. The victim decided to drive to Las Vegas instead – apparently with the intention of turning $16,000 into a more substantial sum in the blink of an eye, a turn of the wheel, a roll of dice or a few hands of cards. What could possibly go wrong?
Also apparently, when he did not return from Colorado with “drugs” or $16,000 and a car, the three ogres became very annoyed. Many journalists report that the police say the victim was kidnapped from a home in Independence, Missouri at gun point and taken to another home in Kansas City where he was beaten unconscious.
The Star reports, “the victim later told investigators that twice he was beaten unconscious but was given methamphetamine to wake him up so he could be beaten again. His abductors beat him with a ball peen hammer and threatened to cut off his fingers and toes.”
Then the biker ogres inexplicably and cruelly drove the victim to a house in Benton County, Missouri where he was beaten some more. The victim told police that the ogres talked about fishing in the victim’s presence. Reportedly one villain said to the other, “You bring the cinder block and I’ll bring the rope.”
While in the house in Benton County, the victim is reported to have called his father. Police traced the call and the victim was saved. The biker ogres all face 20 years in jail.