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August 3, 2012

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The racketeering case against members and associates of the Hells Angels charter in Rock Hill, South Carolina encompasses a score of defendants and one love story.

The full list of defendants in what appears to be a spurious and malicious prosecution include: Mark William Baker, David Channing Oiler, Bruce James Long, Richard Thrower, David Allen Pryor, James Frederick Keach, Jr., Frank Enriquez, Jr., Donald Boersma, Johanna Looper, Kerry Chitwood, Carlos Hernandez, Ronald Dean Byrum, Jr., Trent Allen Brown, James Rhodus, Bruce Ranson Wilson, Thomas McManus Plyler, Jamie Hobbs Long and Somying Anderson.

The Love Story

But the love story involves only two of the alleged desperadoes. They are the lead defendant Daniel Eugene “Diamond Dan” Bifield and his wife Lisa Ellen Bifield. Their story is reminiscent of Longfellow’s Evangeline except with Nazi or Stalinist overtones. You know? Henry Wadsworth Longfellow? That dead white guy?

A couple of generations ago Truman Capote would already be in town – lisping, inviting himself to dinners, annoying the police and taking meticulous notes. As recently as the Reagan Administration this would already be at least a movie of the week. But this is post-literate America and our natural resources are becoming ever scarcer. Hard choices must be made in the publishing game. So American arts and letters must ask the question, if someone wasted paper on these tragic lovers where would we ever find the sheets we need to publish Kerrie Droban’s brilliant and indispensible books on the outlaw biker menace? Let alone Jay Dobyns eagerly anticipated Still Raising Hell.

Consequently, the only sketches and cartoons of this little, romantic tragedy appear here, on this page with its antique view of journalism. Baker, Oiler, Long, Thrower, Pryor, Keach, Enriquez, Boersma, Looper, Chitwood, Hernandez, Byrum, Brown, Rhodus, Wilson, Plyler, the other Long and Anderson matter as much as the Bifields’ but their tragedies are not the timeless, Aristotelian tragedy of the Bifields. And, in the end, their fates may depend on how much people come to care about the Bifields because everybody everywhere always cares about love. Everybody has been in love. Not everybody has ever had to stare down a RICO charge. People who couldn’t care less about the Hells Angels care about love.

Lisa Testifies

Last month Lisa Bifield was subpoenaed to testify in the murder trial of a man named Joseph Ard. Ard is accused of murdering a girl on the cusp of womanhood. Her name was Madeline Coffey. She was eight months pregnant when she died in 1993. You can read a slightly more comprehensive account of Mrs. Bifield’s testimony here.

Some number of busybodies who have actually heard of the federal case have criticized Lisa Bifield for her testimony. The general implication is that Lisa Bifield was rehearsing for the time when she would testify against the other defendants in the racketeering prosecution.

On July 30, Dan Bifield asked for a chance to respond to his wife’s critics. This is what he had to say.

Bifield Speaks

“I am fully aware of what Lisa did and I back her 100 percent in what she had to do.

“I do know that about 19 years ago my wife’s best friend, Madeline Coffey, was shot in the forehead and killed by her piece of shit boyfriend. She was also eight months pregnant! What kind of man kills a 17-year-old girl and her baby? This man beat this young woman, threatened to kill her and threatened to kill Lisa.

I was not with my wife nor did I know her then but if I had I would have taken care of it myself – especially since he threatened to kill Lisa. What I mean is that I would have stopped him from doing what he did and I would have tried to protect my wife.

Lisa is a good and strong woman. Madeline was her best friend. Lisa loved her and, of course, the unborn baby. Lisa did what she had to do and what she felt was right. I am proud of her for standing up for what she believed was right. I may not agree with everything but I was not around then.

As a Hells Angel – and any other motorcycle club that hangs around us – we do not call the police, make statements or testify. I, myself, never have and never will. But I do understand that if women, children or old people need to be protected or helped they may call the police and use them as they need to.

Lisa has always had my back and we are sticking together and fighting our case! She is a stand up woman and will fight for what she loves and believes in.

I won’t allow anyone to dog her or say bad things about her. She’s my wife and I love her. I will always be there for her like she has been for me.

Don’t be so fast to judge somebody by their actions. The prosecutors told her she had no choice except to testify because if she didn’t they would charge her with contempt of court and give her jail time. She has suffered enough from all that the federal government is doing and trying to do to her. What kind of man would I be if I didn’t support and back her? Especially in a situation like that? Think how you would feel if it was your wife, girlfriend, daughter, mother or sister.

I love you Lisa Bifield and I got your back!

Diamond Dan



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38 Responses to “Dan Bifield Comments”

  1. Junior Says:

    Lisa did the right thing.

    But you all should remember prosecutors cant dispense jail time and you can never be held in contempt if you answer “I cant recall at this time”. -Junior

  2. Junior Says:

    p.s. never refuse to testify if in a situation such lisa’s, show up, take the stand, and answer “I cant recall at this time” to questions that you dont want to answer. -Junior

  3. Not Surprised Says:

    There will be those who, no matter what, will continue to denegrate Lisa Bifiled. For me the issue is settled. it was in fact settled 19 years ago until this guy won a new trial which is something no one could predict.

    I personally don’t see hwo it is possible to say “I don’t recall” when your former court recorded word for word testimony is in the hands of all concerned. Do I think Lisa tesitifed either time to save her own ass? No, I do not. I think she did so in honor of her best friend and I think she did so in hopes of seeking justice for that friend.

    My *opinion* is that if this were a brand new case with Lisa being who she is now, things might be different. What loyalty does she owe this fuck who murdered a young girl who was carrying his child?

    But each his own. I sure won’t judge her, not on this…..

  4. Caretaker Says:

    I agree with dan,and i’m on their side. This was her friend,and given the circumstances,it’s the right thing to do. Don’t get me wrong,i don’t call cops or testify EVER. But in this case it’s the best way to keep that dirtbag off the streets,short of something that requires a shovel. Dan,i back you and lisa 110% no matter what.



    Caretaker 1%er

  5. Bipolar&Proud Says:

    Unfotunately, that dirtbag is now a free man. The judge gave him timed served and he is now out. Talk about Justice

  6. Bill Says:

    Bipolar&Proud: Don’t worry, if someone has a conscience, he can never be free of such a thing. If he has lost his conscience, he has no freedom at all. His will is that of Another. As for Dan, he’s more than just a man. Life is often cruel, and all too short. He’s someone who should’ve had a larger, longer role in this world. Hopefully, before the end, things will be good again.

  7. Junior Says:

    Not Surprised, you are right, i forgot this was the retrial.She had no choice but to repeat what was already in the record. -Junior

  8. Fumes Says:

    No Shelley or Wilde?

  9. Uncle Don Says:

    After 19 years I don’t see why you couldn’t answer “I don’t recall at this time” to quite a few of the questions. Hell I don’t remember what happened day before yesterday. But I am not going to say that she was wrong to testify.

    Used to post here as ruffrider
    Much respect

  10. Glenn S. Says:

    Diamond Dan said: “…I do understand that if women, children or old people need to be protected or helped they may call the police and use them as they need to.”

    Realistically, I have to agree. But instances abound where law enforcement, called to protect women and children, fail to limit themselves to protecting women and children and instead use that as a pretext to get into everybody’s business. I have heard the words: “if I had known what the cops were gonna do, I would never have called them” more than once. Can’t remember a time that I’ve heard: “Sure glad I called those cops! They knew just what to do and did it just right! And then they went away, leaving everybody to their own business!”

    At any rate, its a shame that the man we are supporting here has felt compelled to intervene personally in this discussion, from a jail cell, to defend his wife.

    This situation falls on the acceptable side of the line, IMHO, especially given the fact that the man best positioned to know all of the details gives it the nod. It also occurs to me that, because the prosecution called Ms. Bifield to testify, a prosecutor/law enforcement agency has, in effect, stated that she is, by nature, truthful. If and when Ms. Bifield testifies for the defense in the case at hand, she will be hard to impeach as a witness. The circuit solicitor in the Ard case might be subpoenaed to testify that he believes her to be truthful on the witness stand (otherwise, he would be admitting that he called someone he considered a liar and a criminal to testify).

    I have to say that I’ve backed away from this discussion on the other related threads because of the bickering. I’ll bet the feds are laughing their asses off. IMHO, there is only one entity that can actually speak for Diamond Dan, and that is his MC. The rest of us can offer support, and I believe there are some here that know him personally and go above and beyond. But the bickering only distracts from the cause at hand. If some of y’all disagree with one another, South Carolina is a small town and I’m sure you can ask around, and arrainge to meet face to face and coordinate efforts or settle differences out of public view. Let’s all try to speak with one voice here.

    The t-shirt bidding was a nice way to bring people together. Goddamn shame it ended up being a cause for disagreement.

    Okay, sorry for the rant and I’m gonna get off my soapbox and on my bike. Love and Respect for damn near everybody here.

  11. Austin Says:

    Glenn makes two MOST EXCELLENT points

    1)”It also occurs to me that, because the prosecution called Ms. Bifield to testify, a prosecutor/law enforcement agency has, in effect, stated that she is, by nature, truthful”

    2) “I’m gonna get off my soapbox and on my bike”

    Happy Saturday everyone – be safe out there

  12. myaikenbak Says:

    Glenn S.
    I feel the need to apologize to you for my being the cause of the t-shirt bidding “ending up being a cause for disagreement” I guess because your posts are some of the best here. If you don’t write you should- I think you would do well at it. Ride on.

  13. Chip Says:

    “Wise men talk because they have something to say; fools, because they have to say something”. – Plato

    I tend to become too emotionally invested in things at times to be of much good. That’s my problem and if it has become anyone else’s because they have had to endure what I have written then I honestly regret that. Prior to yet another attempt at a comment, please accept my sincere apology for any of those I have made which may have been less than productive. I’m not at all sure which part of Plato’s statement this one will fit into, probably the later but nevertheless, here goes.

    I knew Dan was sending this letter about Lisa to this forum from letters and conversation I’ve had with the man lately. The most important thing I can comment about it is to thank Rebel for printing it and everything else he has seen fit to do regarding this rather tragic set of circumstances. We who care are truly fortunate that we have such an avenue with which to not only stay informed but add our small bits of additional information and of course opinions. Whether or not it keeps the Feds entertained is of little consequence to me. All of my life long experiences with them have been disappointing at best and shocking at worse. We’ve long lived in a rather obvious Police State that seems to grow larger and thus more intrusive but that’s not news to anybody I’m sure.

    As I’m sure most of you know, I was at Lisa’s first Bond hearing and my Wife and I attempted to offer a property we own outright as security against flight risk. Oddly enough, the case before her’s which involved a man accused of a drive by shooting was granted Bond on a 20K bank check. Our offer was well over twice that much for someone not accused of shooting anybody. The prior case was granted Bond, Lisa was not. The Judge stated that his hands were tied because a Congressional Law forbid him from granting Bond to anyone accused of a gun crime. How a drive by shooting isn’t that is beyond me but I’m no lawyer or Constitutional expert, just another of my short comings unfortunately. This also all happened before her appearance in the Ard case and yes, Ard recently walked with “time served”. Ard is a free man, the drive by guy is out on Bond and Lisa remains incarcerated.

    What was in question was the State’s take on it all which I understood to be an audition of sorts for the upcoming Bifield trial. I understood wrong and was brought up to speed by Dan and others. My origional statement on it all was cautionary if memory serves. If it was taken otherwise please know that I in no way was convinced that I or anyone had enough information to make any sort of judgement. It would also seem clear that we now do as Dan’s most recent letter clearly shows.

    From the start I have used the name everybody knows me by on the street. Guess I’m just not savy enough to come up with a screen name and probably should have given the rather unfortunate turn the conversation took. Although it always takes two to fight please allow me to take full responsibility for whatever friction was created thus allowing all those also involved to either accept my apology or not. I do agree that it is unproductive for any of us who care to be at odds so “my bad, I’m sorry” or whatever term best applies here.

    I’m still receiving telephone calls and letters from Dan, none today thus far so nothing new to offer. Last I knew he was going through 300 pages of Discovery 20 pages at a time because an Attorney has to be present and he hasn’t yet decided to defend himself and I have no indication that he is leaning that way. My upcoming visit has as of yet to be approved but soon should be and so maybe I’ll have something better to offer when that happens.

    Once again, Thanks Rebel for keeping the spot light on all this and doing what nobody else can or will do. Your name ranks right up there with all those others in my book.

    L&R All Ya’ll


  14. Rebel Says:

    Dear Fumes,

    I’ll work Shelley into another post. Not a big fan of Wilde.


  15. RVN69 Says:

    It seems to me that since Diamond Dan is OK with Lisa testifying, then no one else’s opinion really matters.

    “Sometimes the majority just means all the fools are on the same side.”

  16. Not Surprised Says:


    Go to see you back

    As stated it would be impossible I think, to say “I don’t recall” when your previous sworn testimony has been reduced to print form and is in the hands of all involved.

  17. Not Surprised Says:

    myaikenbak Says:

    Glenn S.
    I feel the need to apologize to you for my being the cause of the t-shirt bidding “ending up being a cause for disagreement”.

    myaikenbak, Nothing you did or did not do had anything at all to contribute to anything negative.

  18. Glenn S. Says:

    I don’t think anybody owes me an apology. Only the rest of you know whether or not one is owed to someone else here.

  19. Not Surprised Says:

    I think the apology thing has been well handled from all sides

  20. Uncle Don Says:

    @Not Surprised

    You can testify “I don’t recall” even if you have previously testified. This happened in the trial of the son of a bitch that killed my son in law on his bike. Everything the guy testified to originally he couldnt remember a year and a half later so they read it to him and he still said he could not recall. It still gets put in front of the jury or judge or who the hell ever is supposed to be listening. Hope this makes sence. The sob killed a good man and only got 10 years but only had to do 5. He’ll be out in a year.

  21. Muck 1%er Says:

    Good to see you back Uncle Don. Sorry to hear about your son in law. The fuckin drunk that hit my son and left the passenger permanently handicapped after being in a coma for wks, only got something like 10 days on the work program. That was after being charged with driving on a suspended, with priors, hit and run with great bodily injury and felony dui. There is no justice. Yet they wonder why we don’t call the cops. I would much rather deal with it myself, but of course that would be illegal, so sometimes we just have to deal with the injustices and hope that karma happens sooner than later.

  22. Not Surprised Says:

    Uncle Don, it does make sense and I am sorry for your loss.

  23. Not Surprised Says:

    Muck 1%, I cannot imagine that and I am sorry for the tragedy.

  24. JIM666 Says:

    One I could never concieve : about 8 yrs ago a brother of mine and his step daughter were riding home from a baby shower or something to that effect and a van w/ two drunk illeagles turned left infront of them , killed them both on impact the bike exploded, never heared a thing about the driver as far as what he was sentenced to or even if he ever was, altho the paper reported the driver of the van was drunk at the time,
    Uncle Don and Muck, this kinda shit happens all the time

  25. Glenn S. Says:

    My condolances to Muck 1%er and Uncle Don.

    I think we all have stories about someone we know being fucked by the system they turned to for help. And these situations probably have a lot to do with the fact that most of us have given up on the system as a solution to problems. Sometimes I wish they’d just carve off a piece of the country, designate it “the badlands”, and agree that laws do not apply there, there is no government, enter at your own risk. Previous generations had frontiers where they could get away from so-called civilization but that’s gone now, replaced with prisons.

    I think I might not have made myself clear in yesterday’s post. MyAikenBack (I assume from Aiken, SC, a little city rich in history) I was not thinking of you when I made that post. Chip, you have my sincere respect for the lengths you have gone to support a man you obviously care deeply about. Friends like you are few and far between. Not Surprised, you too have my respect, and I thought the t-shirt auction was a great idea. Those who obviously post just to stir up discontent, either to settle a personal grudge or for attention or under the auspices of law enforcement are just garden-variety assholes and best treated as assholes as they generally are here. They are not even worthy distractions and challenge nobody’s intellect or ideals or values. They serve well as the butt of jokes for comic relief. But when men with the same purpose argue publicly, the casual undecided observer might question the validity of that purpose.

    I think its a pretty reasonable assumption that most people here are here because we share Rebel’s core values and have found society’s restraints to be too confining, and its methods for enforcing its rules morally bankrupt. I think most of us here have found riding a big bad motorcycle and seeking the company of kindred spirits to be the best outlet available in today’s world. I know it works for me. And I think a certain segment of society hates us for the fact that we even have such an outlet, and would deprive us of that. I also believe that patchholders, especially members of major clubs, have become the targets of that segment of society’s anger, envy, and fear, and they have set their dogs on them especially, with the unspoken understanding that those dogs can use any means they wish. And I feel strongly that those of us who enjoy the measure of freedom we have owe a debt of public unity to those who have had that freedom taken away. And I speak from the position of experience of someone who has had my freedom taken away.

    Again, off my soapbox and on my bike. I probably shouldn’t have said anything about the subject, but it disturbs me when like minded people argue openly, rather than focus on solutions. Fucking weather is perfect today (got wet yesterday). Respect to all who have posted on this thread, so far.

  26. Tooj Says:

    Nothing is ever entirely black or white. And doing the right thing isn’t always doing the legal thing, but in this case the law already had Ard.

    Lisa performed a kindness in keeping this sack of crap off the street for a while rather than getting what he truly deserves. (Time will tell.) Anyone who can show up and do the right thing while being railroaded gets the OK in my book.

  27. Uncle Don Says:

    Yep Muck, I remember your sons (I don’t know what to call it cause it sure wasnt an accident) well. It looked like he was ran down on purpose but I guess the guy was a drunk fuckup. Mostly I think there should be more US in just-us but your right, that would be illegal.
    Good to be back.

  28. Junior Says:

    Gleen S:
    There is an area in this country where no state statutes apply, a “no mans land” indeed.
    It is on the east coast and not far from where we live in the carolinas. About 100 families inhabit this area currently. If anyone is truly interested in knowing where this is, contact me thru Rebel and I’ll be glad to share it with any “regular” rebel poster.

    There is also an area of South Carolina which no bordering county will claim, its at the “apex” of a watershed and no county wants the responsibilities or liabilities that come with claiming this area. -Junior

  29. lynn Says:

    Lisa is my sister and did what she had to do…I’m glad Dan let it be known that he stands behind her..Now maybe ppl will stop badmouthiing lisa…She does have a family that loves her very much.

  30. Derelict Says:

    “But I do understand that if women, children or old people need to be protected or helped they may call the police and use them as they need to.”

    Like the words “use them” in that sentence. It sets a tone.

    Now I live in SoCal but I have kids all over the place, including SF. One of my boys up there is quite the hyperactive little hellraiser. At age 8, when he and his Mom had been napping, he woke up, drug a chair to the door, unhinged the safety latch and decided he was gonna go walking around San Francisco all on his own.

    The ex of course woke up in horror. Having the FTP mantra driven into her for years by yours truly she apparently decided to organize a search party of friends and such.

    A little while later she got a call from the police. The boy had walked into a thrift store and the staff there, seeing the little dude on his own, called the police.

    They brought him home, detained the ex, got CPS involved, basically intimidated the shit out of her. Now I never looked into the validity of this but apparently CPS told her that it is considered criminally negligent for a parent to forego calling the police immediately once the child is understood to be missing and that is why they detained her. They let her go with the caveat that next time, if the cops weren’t called immediately the kids would be going into foster care and the ex would be brought up on charges.

    Just goes to show ya that context is everything.

  31. Charlie Says:

    Hey rebel. Thought ya’d get a kick out of this dealing with the media as ya do. A Biiker is riding by the zoo in Washington, DC, when he sees a little girl leaning into the lion’s cage.
    Suddenly, the lion grabs her by the cuff of her jacket and tries to pull her inside to slaughter her, under the eyes of her screaming parents.
    The biker jumps off his Harley, runs to the cage and hits the lion square on the nose with a powerful punch. Whimpering from the pain the lion jumps back letting go of the girl, and the biker brings her to her terrified parents, who thank him
    A reporter has watched the whole event. The reporter addressing the Harley rider says, ‘Sir, this was the most gallant and brave thing
    I’ve seen a man do in my whole life.’
    The Harley rider replies, ‘Why, it was nothing, really, the lion was behind bars. I just saw this little kid in danger and acted as I felt right.’
    The reporter says, ‘Well, I’ll make sure this won’t go,unnoticed. I’m a journalist, and tomorrow’s paper will have this
    story on the front page…
    So, what do you do for a living and what political affiliation do you have? The biker replies, ‘I’m a U.S. Marine and a Republican.’
    The following morning the biker buys the paper to see news of his actions, and reads, on the front page:
    Cheers from DAGO

  32. Rebel Says:

    Dear Charlie,

    So true.


  33. Caretaker Says:


    Sounds about right.


  34. Junior Says:

    Not Surprised:
    You mentioned previously that Dan had a paid attorney working for him. This is incorrect, Dan still has a public defender and is unpleased with the public defenders performance…FYI. -Junior

  35. Not Suprised Says:

    Yeah Junior, I got that

  36. CrazyTrain Says:

    All this crap makes me sick. The Justice Deptartment is the spitome of “organized crime” & for them to point the finger at anyone else is hypocrasy in the highest! RICO ACT has become the gov legal way of stealing (forfeiture) hard working people stuff! Bullshit!

  37. CrazyTrain Says:

    A couple of things that might help the boys I found after doing some research. 1) Attorneys have only 30 days after the date of disclosure to file a motion rebuking the dates on the indictment. If the prosecution can not provide accurate dates (a couple paragraphs say on or about 2008…come on!) if they cant give an accurate date then the whole paragraph has to struck from the indictment. I would be doing that A.S.A.P.
    2) Find out the date the first warrant was issued giving permission to survilliance Dan and others.If prosecution has ANY info that they could have only got prior to the date of the warrant, then NONE of the evidence gathered can be admitted by fruit of the poision tree rule. Another motion to be working on ASAP.
    3)I’d like to know who’s decision it was and what “probable cause” started this whole thing? Second, I’d like to know WHY only WHITE biker clubs are being targeted!
    4) I’d like to know why this indictment seems to be open ended, with more arrest and more evidence coming. If you didn’t have a case, then you shouldn’t have went to the grand jury. I’d be damnee if I’d sit around while you gather up ammunition and gain a foothold. No, I going to kick you while your down to teach you not to mess with me.

  38. Dana Says:

    Dan Is one of the most stand-up men I’ve ever met..He is being railroaded by our legal system…Along with his wife Lisa… Chip,keep up the good work..Like I told you before..Be careful..

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