Main Causes of the Shedden Massacre

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The three points should be about the Bandidos haste in expansion to have a presence in the Canadian market, Muscedere and his followers getting kicked out of the Bandidos, and ‘Taz’ Sandham’s manipulation to get a higher position.

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The Shedden Massacre is one of the most notorious and gruesome biker gang slayings in Canadian history. On April 8, 2006, eight members of the Bandidos Motorcycle Club were found dead in a field in Shedden, Ontario. The events leading up to the massacre, who was responsible, and why it happened have been the subject of much debate and speculation. The reasons for the massacre still remain a mystery to this day. The Bandidos haste in expansion, Muscedere and his followers still wearing the Bandidos patch despite being kicked out, and Sandhams manipulation to get a higher position were all key factors in this tragedy and pointing towards the main cause of the Shedden Massacre being a power struggle within the Bandidos Motorcycle Club.

The First Point Paragraph:

Explain how the Bandidos haste in expansion was a cause of/factor to the Shedden Massacre, including their lack of recruitment protocols and their eagerness to have a presence in the Canadian market. Such as the conflict between the different chapters and the power struggle between the members. Mention how the Hells Angels came into Canada and the Bandidos felt threatened which started their haste to recruit and become bigger. Explain how the Bandidos haste in expansion created a power struggle within the gang, leading to the Shedden Massacre. Lack of recruitment protocols and their eagerness to have a presence in the Canadian market. This led to a conflict between the members and created a power struggle within the gang. Felt threatened by the Hells Angels when they arrived in Canada. The Bandidos skipped the probationary period and started accepting anyone. The people they accepted were bad and below normal Motorcycle club standards. People who got captured easily, insane individuals, and people who arent as loyal as they should be to the Bandidos. Because of sudden expansion, gangs started to become more loose and sloppy. More members were always high on drugs, not thinking for themselves, killing unnecessarily, and around half of the Bandidos members in Canada didnt own a motorcycle and didnt know how to drive one.

Second Point Paragraph:

Explain why Muscedere and his followers still wearing the Bandidos patch despite being kicked out was a cause of the Shedden Massacre, including their refusal to accept their removal from the gang and their determination to get revenge. Created a power struggle that led to the Shedden Massacre. Was a key factor in the power struggle leading to the Shedden Massacre.

Muscedere and his gang refused to accept their removal from the Bandidos and they were determined to never surrender. Since they wore their patch they got respect, acknowledgement, and reputation that they are using from the Bandidos which no longer belong to them. This created a power struggle. Muscedere and his followers still wore the Bandidos patch despite being kicked out. Muscedere and followers kicked out of Bandidos disobeying the Bandidos headquarters decisions. Muscedere didn’t listen to the Bandidos headquarters and opened a new chapter in Winnipeg Headquarters asked for patches of Muscedere, he refused. Renamed the Toronto chapter to the No Surrender Crew. Kellestine took advantage of what Muscedere did and took charge of the Winnipeg chapter Musceder and followers were from the Toronto Chapter, theres a power struggle. On 28 December 2005, the American leadership of the Bandidos, who had grown increasingly unhappy with Muscedere’s leadership, expelled him and his followers, charging that they were failing to make money, not paying their monthly membership dues because they did not have the money, and were going about business in a “sloppy” manner, leaving them wide open to prosecution. They refused the orders from Houston to surrender their patches, saying they were going to stay on as Bandidos despite Pike’s decision to expel them. Outlaw bikers attach enormous symbolic importance to their patches, which show which club they belong to and what their position is. The patches belong to the club, not to the men wearing them, and must be returned at once if a member is expelled or resigns. It is considered extremely offensive for someone to wear the patch of a club that they do not belong to, which often results in violence against anyone who does so. Multiple times in which other people thought they were part of Bandidos and gave them more power and respect than what a new motorcycle club would get.

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The Bandidos had been experiencing internal strife for some time, with some members wanting to take a more aggressive stance against rival gangs and others wanting to maintain a more peaceful stance. This led to a split in the club, with one faction led by John Muscedere and another led by Wayne Kellestine. Muscedere and his followers were eventually kicked out of the club, but they still wore the Bandidos patch despite being expelled. Another factor that contributed to the Shedden Massacre was Wayne Sandham’s manipulation of the situation. Sandham had been trying to gain a higher position within the Bandidos for some time, and he saw Muscedere’s expulsion as an opportunity to do so. He used his influence within the club to convince other members that Muscedere and his followers were a threat, leading them to take action against them. Multiple gang members have reported later that Sandham

Poor communication between members of the club, Without proper communication, members were not aware of what was happening within their own organization and this allowed for tensions to escalate without any resolution being reached. Another factor that contributed to the massacre was a culture of violence within the Bandidos Motorcycle Club. This culture of violence meant that members were more likely to resort to violence when disputes arose, rather than attempting to resolve them through dialogue or negotiation. This culture of violence also meant that members were more likely to take extreme measures when they felt threatened or disrespected by other members. There were also legal issues that contributed to the massacre. The Bandidos Motorcycle Club had been involved in numerous legal disputes over the years and this had led to a number of members being arrested or charged with various crimes. This legal trouble had created an atmosphere where members felt they needed to take extreme measures in order to protect themselves and their organization from further legal action. All of these factors combined created an environment where violence was more likely to occur.

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Also, I’ve listed some sources I used below so that you know where I got my information from.

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The Bandidos massacre: An execution assembly line wiped out the Toronto biker gang 10 years ago
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Timeline of the Bandidos massacre | CBC News
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