The Mob Museum in Las Vegas continues to shine a spotlight on gritty criminal elements in the United States and abroad. Having prominently detailed the history of everyone from bootleggers and mobsters to Mexican drug lord El Chapo’s prison break, starting September 2, the museum will have a special display on outlaw motorcycle gangs.
Though there is still a discussion about whether or not outlaw motorcycle clubs are gangs or in fact criminal, the Mob Museum decided to go ahead and label the bikers as they see fit: Gangsters.
Originating from the United States of America, outlaw biker clubs like the Hells Angels, Bandidos, and Mongols are now active in 41 countries on six continents and, according to the Mob Museum, “These gangs engage in drug and firearms trafficking, theft, extortion and other forms of organized crime.”
The museum emphasizes the deadly actions by bikers by referring to the 2015 shooting in Waco, Texas, where nine people were killed and eighteen wounded when members of rival motorcycle gangs battled it out at Twin Peaks restaurant.
The display is located in the International Organized Crime Exhibit on the first floor and features:
- Outlaw motorcycle gang jacket, jewelry and accessories worn by Jay Dobyns, who spent more than 25 years in the ATF (Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives) and infiltrated the Hells Angels motorcycle gang.
- Photos and documents detailing the story of these bikers who are members of gangs such as the Hells Angels, the Bandidos, the Pagans, the Outlaws and the Sons of Silence.
Video that includes interviews with:
- Jay Dobyns, author of “No Angel: My Harrowing Undercover Journey into the Inner Circle of the Hells Angels.” Dobyns shares compelling stories about infiltrating vicious street and prison gangs, gun-running groups, drug-trafficking organizations, bomb makers and home invasions crews.
- Thomas Barker, national and international expert on outlaw motorcycle gangs. He is Emeritus Professor of Criminal Justice at Eastern Kentucky University. A former police officer and police academy instructor, Barker has been conducting research and writing on biker gangs for the last 15 years. He is the author of “Biker Gangs and Transnational Organized Crime” and “North American Criminal Gangs: Street, Prison, Outlaw Motorcycle and Drug Trafficking Organizations.”
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