On March 17th, 1948, the Hell’s Angels was founded, and upon its entry into the world, motorcycle gangs throughout the United States were put on notice. T
he motorcycle outfit originally began in California but has since become a worldwide powerhouse. The gang is one of the most recognizable symbols of outlaw behavior, and incidents throughout the club’s history have been well documented by historians and the media alike. They bring with them an intensity and a history that are nearly unrivaled by any motorcycle gang in U.S. history.
But despite the image they try to portray to the media by participating in philanthropic endeavors, the Hell’s Angels will forever be remembered as a beacon of criminal activity.
Being a one-percenter motorcycle club carries a certain number of preconceived notions with it, and the history of the Hell’s Angels is littered with bloodshed and illegal activity. Because of the dark history that’s associated with the club, the Hell’s Angels has had a number of incidents that its members wish could’ve been kept under wraps.
On our list, we’ll be talking about 15 secrets that the Hell’s Angels outfit wishes would’ve remained private.
Despite its members’ attempts at using charity and volunteering efforts to help their reputation, such activities have gone virtually unnoticed, and they’re still considered a feared club in the eyes of the public.
After the rise of the series Sons of Anarchy, motorcycle outfits are as popular as ever, though few boast the rich history and the criminal activity of the Hell’s Angels.
15. The Attempted Assassination Of Mick Jagger
Those of you who are familiar with the most famous incident in the history of the Hells Angels are aware of the impact that it had on the music community.
For a quick refresher, the Rolling Stones were set to play a concert at the Altamont in Northern California and decided to hire the Hells Angels for security. While the Stones thought it was a good idea to have this rough gang of outlaws provide security for their show, things turned violent shortly after the Stones took the stage, and a fan ended up losing his life that day.
It remains one of the darkest moments in Rock and Roll history, and it’s one of the main reasons that the Hells Angels is considered such a deadly gang to this very day.
What most people don’t know is that the incident caused a huge rift between the Rolling Stones and the Hells Angels, prompting the motorcycle outfit to attempt an assassination on singer Mick Jagger.
The group was unsuccessful at blowing up a yacht that Jagger was supposed to be on. Imagine a world where Mick Jagger died in the 1960s.
14. The River Run Riot
Because Las Vegas and Reno are located in Nevada, the state has a long-standing history with criminal behavior, and it should come as no surprise that one of the most infamous moments in the history of the Hells Angels occurred south of Las Vegas.
The Laughlin River Run is one of the most attended motorcycle runs on the West Coast, and attendance has reached as high as 70,000 bikers. Because a number of different outfits who are in conflict with each other show up, incidents are bound to break out, though none are as infamous as the River Run Riot.
The incident began when the Hells Angels wandered into Harrah’s Casino, the traditional hub of the Mongols during the rally.
After several words were exchanged, the two gangs came to blows, giving way to the use of knives and guns. By the time the situation had finally cooled off, 3 people had lost their lives and 16 were taken to the emergency ward. There were a number of gang members on each side who were charged for their crimes that evening, and many of them spent time in prison.
13. The Beatles Helped Start The London Chapter
When it comes to the history and the expansion of the Hells Angels, very few would think that the most famous band of all time would have a hand in them arriving in a new country. Rock stars may boast a reputation of being degenerates, but few of them are truly tough enough to associate with a notorious motorcycle club.
Though he may have been considered the quiet Beatle, guitarist George Harrison is, in part, responsible for bringing the Hells Angels out to London, effectively giving way to a new chapter of the notorious gang.
As the story goes, George Harrison had invited several members of the Hells Angels out to London, and when they arrived, the members who showed up saw a high number of Impostors wearing Hells Angels patches.
This didn’t sit well with them, and after much discussion, they made their way across the pond to start two new chapters. After several years, the two chapters united to become one, and thus, the London chapter of the Hells Angels was officially born.
12. They Exist In Over 50 Countries Around The World
Few people outside of researchers truly know the impact that the Hells Angels — despite its being started in California and eventually making its way out to London — has had on the world.
Their California chapter became so infamous that imposters were bound to pop up in various locations, and because the Hells Angels was always looking to make itself bigger and stronger, it seized every opportunity that it could to expand its club.
It makes sense that it spread throughout the United States because it’s a lot easier to travel to and from as well as keep tabs on what’s going on with other chapters. But the group boasts an international impact that’s truly impressive, considering the club is less than 70 years old.
Whether you’re in North America, Europe, or even Australia, you can rest assured that the Hells Angels will be found. As it currently stands, there are over 400 chapters of the Hells Angels, spanning over 50 countries on 5 continents.
Many gangs are notorious for pumping fear into their newest members, letting them know that the only way out is in a body bag. Joining an outfit like the Hells Angels is intended to be a lifetime commitment, and it’s your responsibility as a member of the club to show nothing but the utmost loyalty to your brothers.
This doesn’t prevent tension from arising between members; nor does it stop those who are in the company of the Hells Angels from doing unfavorable things that get them in hot water with other members. Though Canadians are known for being incredibly nice people, their Hells Angels chapters are just as ruthless as the ones found in California, and they’re responsible for slaughtering several of their own members.
Before they became the powerhouse that they are now, there was a point in time when the gang was fractured at best. When debts arose, lives were lost, and this infamous slaughter led to a more organized chapter in Canada.
10. They’re A Legitimate Corporation
Organized criminal activity has long been something that societies have dealt with, and despite the attempts of these gangs to appear legitimate, they always seem to falter at the most crucial of moments.
Though they’re one of the most notorious motorcycle gangs to ever walk the planet, the Hells Angels has worked incredibly hard at becoming an organized outfit despite being on five separate continents and over 50 countries.
In order to pull off this type of legitimacy, the Hells Angels went a lot further than ensuring that peace is kept between members and that things are reported accurately from their chapters. In the United States and Canada, the Hells Angels are a legitimate corporation, and they haven’t hesitated one bit to battle things out in court should they feel offended or infringed upon.
Their most notorious moment in court came when they successfully sued Disney over the movie Wild Hogs. The group’s legal battle showed that they were something other than what they were perceived to be.
Instead of handling the situation with violence, they chose to do things in a professional manner, but this did little to help their reputation given their lifetime of criminal activity.
9. Baptized With Urine
Associations like sororities and fraternities have a long-standing tradition of hazing prospective members looking to join their ranks.
We’ve seen this parodied in countless films, and the internet has given way to bringing these horror stories to light. Should you suffer through these ridiculous traditions with a smile on your face, you’ll be accepted into your new group of peers.
Some of the most common forms of hazing have come by way of paddling and public humiliation, but they hardly cross a toxic line that the Hells Angels are alleged to have crossed.
It’s said that people looking to get into the Hells Angels will have to spend up to several years looking to get their patches. While you’re on this probationary-type period, you’ll be tasked with doing the group’s dirty work on a day-to-day basis.
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