Outlaw Motorcycle Gangs

Outlaw Motorcycle Gangs, a display located in the area of the Museum dedicated to current events in organized crime and law enforcement, explores the small percentage of motorcycle clubs that engage in drug trafficking, firearms trafficking, theft, extortion and other forms of organized crime. The display examines the global reach of the gangs, the histories and current practices of some of the largest groups such as the Hells Angels, the Bandidos and the Outlaws as well as some of the infamous motorcycle gang battles, including the 2015 shootout in a restaurant parking lot in Waco, Texas.

Items on view include:

  • An outlaw motorcycle gang jacket, jewelry and accessories worn by Jay Dobyns, author of No Angel: My Harrowing Undercover Journey into the Inner Circle of the Hells Angels. Dobyns spent more than 25 years in the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and infiltrated the Hells Angels gang.
  • Photos and documents detailing the story of bikers who are members of gangs such as the Hells Angels, the Bandidos, the Pagans, the Outlaws and the Sons of Silence.
  • An original five-minute-long video featuring interviews with Dobyns and Thomas Barker, national and international expert on outlaw motorcycle gangs. Barker is Emeritus Professor of Criminal Justice at Eastern Kentucky University in Richmond, Kentucky, a former police officer and police academy instructor and researcher and writer on the topic of biker gangs. His books include Biker Gangs and Transnational Organized Crime and North American Criminal Gangs: Street, Prison, Outlaw Motorcycle and Drug Trafficking Organizations.

The display  is on view in the same space previously occupied by exhibits related to the FIFA corruption scandal and El Chapo’s infamous prison escape.