On the morning of April 8, 2006, residents of the hamlet of Shedden, Ontario, woke up to the news that the bloodied bodies of eight bikers from the Bandidos gang had been found dead on a local farm. The massacre made headlines around the world, and the shocking news brought a grim light to an otherwise quiet corner of the province. Six Bandidos would eventually be convicted of the first-degree murder of their biker brothers.
Like other outlaw bikers, Bandidos portray themselves as motorcycle enthusiasts who are systematically misunderstood and abused by the police, as well as feared by the public. We now know the Bandidos were anything but simple motorcycle enthusiasts. However, unlike such biker gangs as the Hell's Angels, who run sophisticated operations, the Bandidos were highly disorganized, prone to petty infighting and even engaged in sabotaging fellow members. This is the story of how the Bandidos self-destructed over one dark night.
As gripping as any crime novel, The Bandido Massacre takes us inside a crumbling brotherhood bent on betrayal and self-obliteration.
Peter Edwards, crime reporter for the Toronto Star, is the author of ten books, including the highly praised works One Dead Indian: The Premier, the Police and the Ipperwash Crisis and A Mother's Story: The Fight to Free My Son David (with Joyce Milgaard). Edwards has been nominated four times for the Arthur Ellis Award and has been interviewed about organized crime for the Mob Stories series for History Television. He works in Toronto.
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Published January 1, 2010
by Harper Collins Publishers.
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