Dan “Chopper Dan” Schild, the former Bandidos Motorcycle Club National Chapter member who started the Kinfolk Motorcycle Club, will testify for the prosecution in the trial of former Bandidos president Jeffrey Pike and former vice-president John Portillo.
The trial starts tomorrow.
The Aging Rebel believes Schild became a government asset in January 2016, shortly after the arrests or Pike, Portillo and former national sergeant at arms Justin Forster. Schild started the Kinfolk within six weeks of agreeing to help the Department of Justice make its case against the top Bandidos.
The FBI, which putatively led an investigation of the Bandidos may have originally expected that Schild would become the club’s national president. He was a candidate. But Bill “Big Deal” Sartelle became interim club president instead. Schild seemed to use Sartelle’s appointment as an excuse to go his own way.
The FBI investigation was underway at the time of the Twin Peaks Mass Murder seven months before Pike, Portillo and Forster were arrested,
Former Cops Welcome
Among the precepts of the Kinfolk is, “We do not discriminate against former police officers.”
By the beginning of 2017, the Kinfolk had about 170 members in Texas, Louisiana, New Mexico and Florida. Schild is no longer a member of the Kinfolk.
For most of its existence so far, the Kinfolk seems to have existed as a tethered goat. It existed to infuriate and provoke attacks by Bandidos and the government was taking notes. Last Kune, federal prosecutors wrote: “In February 2017, a Bandidos OMO (that means Outlaw Motorcycle Organization) member was arrested in Wills Point, Texas after discharging a firearm during a confrontation with a member of the Kinfolk, an emerging motorcycle organization attempting to challenge the Bandidos’ power in Texas. Tensions between the Bandidos and the Kinfolk have been on the rise for the past several months. In March 2017, a Bandidos OMO local Sergeant at Arms was arrested in Abilene, Texas for the murder of a member of the Kinfolk. In April 2017, a member of the Kinfolk and a Kinfolk support-club member were shot in Saginaw, Texas, though no arrests have been made. Also in April 2017, a Bandidos OMO local Chapter President was arrested in San Antonio, Texas for almost one kilogram of crystal methamphetamine. And… a Bandidos OMO support-club member was arrested in Westlake, Louisiana for shooting two members of the Kinfolk.”
Last July 30 in East El Paso, two Kinfolk members were arrested for the murder a Bandidos chapter president named Juan Martinez and for shooting three other men in a bar called Mulligan’s Chopped Hog.