Biker Gangs and Organized Crime

Biker Gangs and Organized Crime, 1st Edition

Biker Gangs and Organized Crime, 1st Edition,Thomas Barker,ISBN9781593454067



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  • Text enhanced with numerous photos and figures.


This book examines the reported criminal behavior of the entire spectrum of 1% biker clubs and members. It identifies the clubs whose members have been involved in criminal behavior and classifies their behaviors as individual, group, or club- sponsored/condoned behavior. While other books examine the criminal exploits of one or more of what are called the "Big Five" biker clubs because of their size and sophistication, or the sensational crimes of lesser known 1% biker clubs or club members, this book pays attention to the criminal activities of individuals, groups and chapters of other clubs as well. The book is based on journalistic accounts and autobiographies of former and present members of biker clubs, academic/scholarly works, law enforcement/government reports, articles from newspapers and biker web sites, and a content analysis of federal and state court cases regarding bikers and motorcycle clubs.

Thomas Barker

Dr. Thomas Barker, a national and international expert on Outlaw Motorcycle Gangs, is Emeritus Professor of Criminal Justice at Eastern Kentucky University. A former police officer, police academy instructor, professor at four universities, and Dean of the College of Criminal Justice at Jacksonville State University, Barker has been conducting research and writing on biker gangs for the last 15 years. He is past president of the Southern Criminal Justice Association and the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences, and the author or co-author of 17 books and numerous articles.

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Eastern Kentucky University, USA

Biker Gangs and Organized Crime, 1st Edition

1 Introduction

2 Conventional and Deviant Clubs

3 One Percent Clubs: The Outsiders

4 Becoming a Member: Righteous Biker to Patch Holder

5 Deviant Clubs: Big Five, Major Independents, and Others

6 Evolution from Clubs to Gangs: Outlaw Motorcycle Gangs

7 Biker Gangs as Organized Crime

8 Criminals Without Borders: Exporting American Organized Crime

9 The Hells are No Angels: Organized Crime, Death, and Mayhem In Canada

10 Biker Gangs Now and in the Future

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