Don't let 'em pick fights and drive them old choppers
Make 'em be doctors and lawyers and such
Mamas don't let your babies grow up to be bikers
They'll never stay home and they're always in gangs
Not to mention, often in jail ....
Not to generalize or anything, but this chilling news item from the BBC about biker wars in Ontario reminds us that before street gangs became la cause du jour, bikers were the outlaws you avoided as in-laws.
Who knew that it was basically a labour/management problem that went terribly, terribly wrong?
Six members of a Canadian motorcycle gang have been jailed for life for murdering eight fellow bikers found shot to death in deepest Ontario. What lay behind the massacre? ...
The motive for the bloodshed lay in a deep schism that had developed within the Bandidos' Canadian chapters.
The victims were members of the Toronto chapter, who were sponsored by the gang's Scandinavian wing but were not recognised by the Bandidos' head office in Texas.
Peter Edwards, a journalist with the Toronto Star and expert on the case, explained: "There was a chapter based in Winnipeg, Manitoba, who came under the auspices of Toronto. "But Winnipeg were not granted full patches by Toronto. They
effectively had no job security and they grew really frustrated."