Archive for Monday, April 10, 2006

8 slain reportedly gang members

April 10, 2006


— Canadian police investigating the deaths of eight men found stuffed inside abandoned vehicles in a wooded field descended on a farmhouse a few miles down the road on Sunday.

Police refused to discuss what was happening beyond the roadblock they had set up around the farmhouse, about three miles from where the bodies were found Saturday morning inside four vehicles deserted in a farmer's field. The farm in Shedden, Ontario, is about 90 miles northeast of Detroit.

A former member of the Bandidos motorcycle gang said he had talked to current members in the area who recognized the vehicles from media coverage.

"I can tell you that it's Bandidos that got killed," said Edward Winterhalder, who left the gang in 2003 and wrote "Out in Bad Standings," a book on his time inside the gang.

The owner of the farmhouse where police descended also was affiliated with the Bandidos, Winterhalder said.

The eight victims knew each other and were all from the Toronto area, said police, who characterized the deaths as homicides but declined to release further details.

"We're in the middle of an active investigation right now," said Ontario police Constable Dennis Harwood.

Police found the bodies after a call from the property owner, who is not considered a suspect.

An aerial view late Saturday showed the vehicles parked within 200 yards of each other, with the bodies still inside. A minivan was discovered in a field about 20 yards off a dirt road. About 100 yards away a tow truck was found parked on the shoulder with a small silver vehicle hooked to the back. The fourth car, its hatch open, was parked in a clearing about 100 yards along the dirt road.

The area has been home to several motorcycle clubs, including the Loners, the Bandidos and the Hells Angels. It has witnessed several violent incidents, including the discoveries of two bodies dumped in county fields in separate incidents in 1994 and 1998.

Both were beaten to death. Neither murder has been solved.


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