Bandidos Verdict And Books

November 2, 2009

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After a seven month trial, six members and associates of the Bandidos Motorcycle Club’s probationary chapter in Winnipeg, Canada were found guilty of 44 counts of first-degree murder and four counts of manslaughter last Friday.

And today, Monday, November 2nd, the first two books about the case have hit store shelves. Copies of The Fat Mexican: The Bloody Rise of the Bandidos Motorcycle Club, by self proclaimed professional informant Alex Caine and The Bandidos Massacre: A True Story of Bikers, Brotherhood and Betrayal by Toronto Star reporter Peter Edwards both rolled off the presses over the weekend.

Edwards has described his book as, “kind of like Cain and Abel on Harleys.” Caine alleges in his book that one of the principal prosecution witnesses in the case was secretly working for the Hells Angels Motorcycle Club.


Wayne Kellestine, 60, Dwight Mushey, 41 and Michael Sandham, 39 were each convicted of eights count of murder. Marcelo Aravena, 33 and Frank Mather, 35 were each convicted of seven counts of murder and one count of manslaughter. Brett Gardiner, 25, was convicted of six counts of murder and two counts of manslaughter.

The defendants were convicted of killing George Jessome, 52, George Kriarakis, 28, John Muscedere, 48, Luis Raposo, 41, Frank Salerno, 43, Paul Sinopoli, 30, Jamie Flanz, 37, and Michael Trotta, 31. The victims were killed in one massacre. The eight men’s bodies were discovered in abandoned cars parked at the side of a country road. All eight victims were members of the Bandidos Toronto chapter.

Of all the defendants, Aravena seemed most disappointed by the verdict. As it was read he stood and yelled at the jury, “You guys are fucking goofs! Pieces of fucking shit!” Then he told his lawyer, “Fuck you, Tony!”


The prosecution tried to portray the murders as the climax of a patch pulling party after the Bandidos Toronto chapter became estranged from the Bandidos Mother Chapter. In December 2005, the Toronto Bandidos were told that their patches were being pulled for not maintaining contact with their club brothers in the United States. The Toronto Bandidos complained that the heightened border security that came with the War on Terror made it impossible for them to get into the United States.

On January 6th, 2006 American Bandido Bill Sartelle emailed Toronto chapter President Frank Salerno that members from both sides of the border needed to sit down and talk in person. “There are many conversations that need to take place…in person,” Sartelle wrote.

The Long Goodbye

“What are we to do,” Salerno wrote an American Bandido named Pervert ten days later. “Since the 9/11 tragedy our borders have tightened and anyone with a criminal record is undesirable.”

Salerno complained that not even Canadian Bandidos President John “Boxer” Muscedere could get into the States. “There must be another place in this world to meet,” Salerno wrote. “We have no problem getting into Mexico, Europe…. You know getting to the U.S. is virtually impossible.” Three months later, Salerno, Muscadere and most of the Toronto chapter were dead.

The prosecution called a total of 70 witnesses. The key witness in the case was a former Bandido known only as M.H. who claimed to have seen but not participated in the killings. M.H. was given immunity and a new identity in exchange for his testimony. M.H. is the informant Alex Caine now claims is secretly a member of the Hells Angels.

The convicted men will all probably be sentenced to life imprisonment. Sales figures on the two books are not yet available.

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12 Responses to “Bandidos Verdict And Books”

  1. sled tramp Says:

    BY: Shannon Kari,

    Canada – TORONTO – Five of the six defendants convicted in the massacre of eight of their fellow Bandido bikers have moved quickly to file appeals of the verdicts.
    The necessary documents were filed over the past week with the Ontario Court of Appeal, just days after the six men were convicted of a total of 44 counts of first-degree murder and four counts of manslaughter by a jury in London, Ont.

    Brett Gardiner became the fifth person to give notice he is appealing his conviction and sentence, filing the necessary document on Wednesday.

    The only defendant who has not yet filed a notice of appeal is Wayne Kellestine – the mastermind of the plan to kill eight members of the Toronto Bandidos at his southwestern Ontario farm in April 2006.

    Kellestine has until the end of November to file a notice of appeal.

    The initial document is only two pages in length and a procedural requirement for anyone seeking to appeal a conviction in Ontario. It is clear the instructions given to the jury by Superior Court Justice Thomas Heeney will figure prominently at the eventual appeal hearing, as well the deliberations of the jury itself.

    The judge is alleged to have made numerous legal errors in the appeal documents filed by Marcelo Aravena and Michael Sandham.

    Aravena, who was not alleged to have killed anyone directly but helped in the confinement of the Toronto Bandidos before they were killed, testified at the trial he feared he would be the next victim.

    He argued Heeney took away a defence of “duress” in his instructions to the jury.

    Former Winnipeg-area police officer turned biker Michael Sandham, maintains in his appeal document it was self-defence.

    He admitted during the trial to fatally shooting Luis “Chopper” Raposo, but said it was after the Toronto biker fired first during a Bandidos “meeting” in the barn on the Kellestine property on April 7, 2006.

    “The 48 verdicts were perverse and made no sense,” writes Sandham.

    The conclusions of the jury are also criticized by Gardiner, who was inside the residence of Kellestine, “manning the (police) scanners,” most of the night while the Toronto bikers were being executed. “The verdict was unreasonable and contrary to the evidence,” writes Gardiner.

    All six defendants were sentenced to life in prison with no chance of parole for at least 25 years. Their appeals are unlikely to be heard until late 2011 or early in 2012.

  2. YYZ Skinhead Says:

    Not Surprised,

    Props for all the info. That was essentially what I meant, though more specifically I hope to marry a Canadian man (I am a girl) and live in Vancouver (go Nucks go). I had no idea how anal the American feds were about Americans applying for dual citizenship. Sheesh. They allow anyone and anything into this country, from MS-13 to kudzu to terrorists to meth to Chinese mitten crabs, but heaven forfend a damn Yankee try to become a citizen of another country.

    YYZ Skinhead

  3. Not Surprised Says:

    YYZ, Canada does not consider minor drug crimes a barrier if they are over four years old. Felonies are different.

    If a person has had prison time, parole for felonies, it goes to a hearing on a case-by-case basis unless it falls into certain categories like Murder.

    Unless you have a birth parent who is a Canadian citizen, you would have to live in Canada three years without renouncing US citizenship, then you could apply for Canadian citizenship

    The US apparently has no big issue with foreign nationals applying for dual citizenship, but they most definetley DO frown on US Citizens applying for dual citizenship in a foreign country.

    So, bottom line:

    Three years residency in Canada (unless you have a birth tie), THEN you have to battle the US to allow you to keep your US rights. You can marry a Canadian national, and obtain dual passports, but this is not the same as dual citizenship.

    Eventually the US will require you to renounce citizenship if you apply for Canadian citizenship.

    But if I understand correctly, you want to move to Canada and still retain US citizenship. You would apply for a work visa, what we in this country call “a green card”, and you would have to have the equivalent of a Canadian social security number and pay taxes if you work in Canada.

    No need for dual citizenship. Both countries recognize each others laws, etc. Tons and tons of US citizens used to live near Detroit, but work in the auto industry in Canada. Is that sort of what you mean?

  4. Not Surprised Says:


    It was front page news all over Canada for months. Still is. In the US it may have had a headline for a day or so.

  5. YYZ Skinhead Says:

    Not Surprised:

    Does either country bar entry based on minor crap like pot smoking? I am not being facetious. I want to move to Canada (I am American despite my screenname and have never been to any other country) and try to get dual citizenship. TIA.

    YYZ Skinhead

  6. Jarhed Says:

    I had read about these murders years ago and wondered what ever became of it.At first I couldnt believe that that many men had died at the scene of a one crime and not much was made of it(media exposure that is).8 men shot and killed while sitting in their cars? WTF?

    Makes me wonder if the media didnt care because the 8 men murdered were scooter tramps. Poor bastards…RIP.

    thanks for the update Rebel.

  7. JAMES Says:

    Have a BRO, who came from CANADA lived here 20yrs., no trouble at all.He got into a fight was found guilty of ASS. & BATT, after about 3 months he was picked up and deported, reason for that was his CLUB AFFILIATION.Had he been some citizen he would have gotten to stay.

  8. Not Surprised Says:

    P.S.- Alex Fucking Caine–LOL

  9. Not Surprised Says:


    Since the Nixon and Johnson administration took a very hard and very public line against Canada for allowing US war dissenters during the Viet Nam era to seek asylaum in that country, Canada will not allow commercial truck drivers with unpaid traffic citations to enter.

    Reason being that, once on Candian soil, any person can apply for refugee status. It might take months for the case to be heard, but until that time, Canadian law dictates that if a Solictor files, the plaintiff is thus given every benefit of due process afforded a Canadian citizen.

    In addition, while in this temporary “refugee status”, food, housing, medical care and legal counsel are provided free of charge. The Candian courts are fairly liberal in such cases. Recently a US mother who kidnapped her child from Social Services because the kid was being forced to take Ritalin, won permanent asylum, Stuff like that.

    The Candian Border Authorities act on the working hypothesis that EVERY human being who crosses the border has the potential to seek asylum. A great deal of “personal discretion” is granted to the Border Authority because unless and until a person enters, they do not fall under the full protection of Immigrant and Refugee Law.

    It was not until the late 1970’s that President Carter signed a General Amnesty against Viet Nam draft dodgers that any of them were able to return to the US.

    I am not syaing I agree or disagree with either issue, only that I have had personal experience with this, many times.

    Homeland Security really only comes into play when people attempt to corss into our borders. They don’t fucking play around either. We had a guy at work who was a Mexican national. I don’t know all the details except I know he had been in the US 8 years and from what I understand, his paperwork was enough that he got hired by my company, which is a very ethical company.

    One day two big ass cars pull up. Four suits walked in, talked to the Manager and the next we know this guy is in the old Atlanta Federal Pen, which had been converted into a staging area for potential deportees. His wife and kids weren’t touched, and we all took up a collection.

    Turns out he had a side business mowing grass or something and used a fake Tax ID #-some stupid shit like that, and on that basis alone, he was held 8 days.

  10. sled tramp Says:

    During 9/11,I found myself on the other side of the Canadian border coming via ferry into Port Angeles,WA.The Canadians were unfailingly polite.The U.S. guys were throwing people across their hoods,screaming and literally tearing up interiors.According to my wife, I strongly resemble Sean Connery in the early parts of “The Rock”. The Border patrol kept looking at me with a “You look familiar” expression,looked again,checking pics….it went on and on while we stood there in the rain.LOTSA giggles.Thank gawd I was on my sled,not much to search.Everything I had was strewn out for inspection.Down to the sparkplugs.I thought the Border Patrol was gonna fuckin’ SHOOT the interracial couple ahead of us.Pure unbridled rage,and we were the AMERICANS…

  11. doc Says:

    Dear Rebel


  12. troyez Says:

    The (semi-closed) border thing is true; an old friend of mine (an ex 1%er from Nashville) tried to go to the Canadian side of Niagara Falls a few years ago on vacation, and was turned back because of (discharged) felonies he had from back in the 60s.
    Kinda messed up, isn’t it?
    Check this scenario: an individual of Arab descent with no (U.S.) record can jump across the border all day, but an old scooter tramp with priors is a dangerous threat?! Bullshit! I know a bunch of old timers who served this country in a number of wars who can’t cross the northern border because of past indiscretions; oh yeah, the gov’t (U.S.) says that veterans are terrorist threats now. I guess I’m a terrorist now, too!

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