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May 20, 2015  |  Vote 0    0

Texas biker shootout expected to shed light on Ontario slaughter

Top U.S. biker cop thinks Waco shootout probe will shed light on 2006 Ontario massacre

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Faced with the choice between a potential death penalty and freedom, some Texas members of the Bandidos biker club charged in last weekend’s deadly shootout can be expected to start talking with investigators, police say.

And that could shed fresh light on the role top American bikers may have played in the slaughter of eight Toronto-area bikers in 2006.

“A lot of these guys are going to roll (co-operate with police),” said Steve Cook, a Kansas City, Mo.-area police detective with the Midwest Outlaw Motorcycle Investigators Assn., who has worked undercover against a gang affiliated to the Bandidos.

The Texas Bandidos were involved in a shootout with the rival Cossacks club shortly after noon on Sunday in a suburban mall in Waco, Texas that left nine men dead, 18 injured and 170 arrested.

The arrested bikers are being held on $1-million bond.

Somewhere in that group of jailed bikers are men who know more about the role top American Bandidos played in the systematic murders of the eight Toronto-area Bandidos in 2006 in a southwestern Ontario barn owned by Bandido Wayne (Weiner) Kellestine, Cook said.

“I would think if they have any knowledge of Ontario, that would be the trump card to play,” Cook said. “I’d be playing that trump card immediately.”

Cook said he has long believed that some Americans Bandidos officers should have been charged for the 2006 murders.

Six Canadians connected to the Bandidos were convicted of first degree murder for the systematic executions.

“I can’t imagine Kellestine and those guys just making a decision on how they’re going to wipe out an entire chapter on their own, and not worry about the repercussions from America,” Cook said.

“I don’t think Kellestine is that sort of free and independent thinker that he’d come up with that idea all by himself.”

Cook noted that one of the convicted Canadian killers, Michael (Taz) Sandham of Winnipeg, rode down to Texas to meet with the top level of the Bandidos weeks before the Shedden killing.

Sandham and Kellestine met with Peter (Mongo) Price, the national sergeant at arms at Peace Arch Park, which straddles B.C. and Washington State, weeks before the murders.

Cook dismissed the suggestion that Price was more than a messenger.

“He’s not a significant enough player to be anything more than a delivery man,” Cook said.

Several of the men convicted in the Shedden killings were connected to the former Winnipeg probationary chapter of the Bandidos.

Cook also said that the Winnipeg chapter had been relatively unassuming before the meetings with the top American Bandidos.

“They were always relatively quiet,” Cook said.

The Bandidos have roughly 2,400 members worldwide, with their headquarters, or “Mother Chapter,” in Texas.

Cook said that he believes that top Bandidos in Australia and Europe were upset with the Texas Mother chapter because they believed it played a role in the Shedden slaughter.

Cook said that he believes members of the Cossacks club involved in Sunday’s shooting were emboldened by recent meetings with the Hells Angels in nearby states.

He said he has a hard time believing reports that members of the Cossacks and Bandidos have orders to shoot police officers on sight in Texas.

“I just don’t see them being that stupid,” Cook said. “That would be a guaranteed extinction of the organization.’’

Toronto Star

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