Hells Angels: Motorcycle Riders Beyond the Road

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Hells Angels: Motorcycle Riders Beyond the Road The criminal behavior of the Hells Angels is largely unknown by law enforcement even though it is not a hidden knowledge. The origins of The Hells Angels Motorcycle Club date back to 1948 in San Bernardino, California. Extra income from military service made possible the purchase of motorcycles for many retired and inactive ex-American military. Otto Friedli, who was among those retired from the military, is known to be the initiator of the Hells Angels. This organization was born under the name of “The Pissed off Bastards of Bloomington” (POBOB). This first group of veterans was involved in criminal activities such as “fighting, public disorder, vandalism, traffic violations and murder” (Barker, 2005 as qtd in Mallory, 2012, pp. 180-181). Later some members of the POBOB founded the Hells Angels. However, the name Hells Angels is even older. This name has its origin in World War I and its continuity during World War II. The Hells Angels were an air bomber unit in World Wars I and II. After the World War II, the Hells Angels members stayed in California until 1961 when the first chapter was established in Auckland, New Zealand. With time the club multiplied to all the United States as well as internationally moved by a peculiar image of criminality (James, 2009, para. 2). Today, the Hells Angels is the most popular motorcycle club in the United States. It has a bureaucratic business like structure. However, law enforcement agencies have developed techniques to stop their criminal activities. During the 1970s, the Hell Angels reached more territory thanks in part to the media and some other political situations of those years such as the Vietnam War. After the war, some veterans, many of them unemployed, were recruited by the Hells Angels. Today it is believed that

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