According to the Feds’ latest threat assessment, there are as many as 520 outlaw motorcycle gangs (OMGs) operating in the U.S. But only five are menacing enough to get called out by name in the report’s appendix—the usual suspects (e.g. Hell’s Angels, Bandidos), plus a more obscure group known as the Sons of Silence.
Uncle Sam says the club’s 250-275 American members are involved in “murder, assault, drug trafficking, intimidation, extortion, prostitution operations, money laundering, weapons trafficking, and motorcycle and motorcycle parts theft.” (What, no gambling?) The Sons of Silence, however, beg to differ. According to the club’s website, their only crime is copyright infringement (since it’s highly doubtful they received permission to use the Anheuser-Busch logo). Who to believe? And how did Coke, Conehead, and Skinny shed their mortal coils?
Oh, and here’s a primer on what OMGs mean when they invoke the term “1%”.
(Photo from the Sons of Silence German branch.)