Politicians with shady dealings make for an interesting news cycle, so it’s no surprise that when the former mayor of Toronto Rob Ford was caught taking pictures with members of the Hells Angels at a Buffalo Bills game, people began getting suspicious. The mayor later denied knowing that the men he was posing with were Hells Angels.
Before the picture was taken, however, Ford was caught on video smoking crack and making racist comments. Therefore, when photographs of him and the club members came to light, people were extremely skeptical, despite his denials.
A Fallen Angel
Gerry Tobin nicknamed “Gentleman Gerry,” was a well-known and well-liked Hells Angels member from the London charter. He was shot dead in 2008 by members of a rival gang called the Outlaws. Tobin was on his way back from the Bulldog Bash biker festival when he was gunned down.
Over 1,000 Hells Angels from all over the world took part in the funeral procession. They followed Tobin’s casket on their bikes for 13 miles. The Outlaws who took part in the killing were sentenced to life in prison. All the statements and image overhauls over the years have not been able to convince the public or law enforcement that the Hells Angels are just a motorcycle club.
More Than A Club
Despite many attempts to try and prove once and for all that the Hells Angels are just a motorcycle club and nothing else, something always comes up to cast them in a suspicious light once more. It makes more sense that a gang would be connected with the drugs and sex trade than a club.
According to TheRichest: “This biker gang is responsible for about 90% of both the drugs and the sex trade in Canada.” That sounds a lot less like a motorcycle riding club and more like a criminal enterprise.
George Christie Opens Up
As you already know, George Christie Jr. was the longest sitting president in Hells Angels history. He talked openly about the club in a television special titled Outlaw Chronicles: Hells Angels. Christie exposed many of the club’s secrets and insisted repeatedly that they are not a biker gang.
Christie explained the position, he holds and that the Hells Angels is not a criminal organization. He will not deny that there are criminals within the organization however, just like in all things and all areas of life.
His Unique Perspective
Christie decided that it was time to set the record straight because he was tired of the Hells Angels being mistaken for a criminal organization. He also felt that it was right for him to tell the story and not someone who was never in the club.
“I figured it was the appropriate time to tell the story from my perspective and my words,” Christie says. “It’s interesting because it’s not really from a law enforcement perspective. That’s usually the way these stories are told. It’s very unique.”