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Outlaw Motorcycle Gangs And Capone's Gun Featured At The Mob Museum

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The Mob Museum

The revolver, once owned by Chicago Mob boss Al Capone, is a Smith & Wesson .38-caliber with a distinctive pearl grip.

A display currently at the Mob Museum here in Las Vegas gives us a closer look at the world of outlaw motorcycle gangs.

The display features motorcycle gang-related artifacts and a movie featuring Jay Dobyns, author of "No Angel: My Harrowing Undercover Journey To The Inner Circle Of The Hells Angels." 

Dobyns told KNPR's State of Nevada that when he rode with the Solo Angeles, which is a support club of the Hells Angels, he saw crimes ranging from assault to gun running to rape and murder.

He said motorcycle gangs want people to believe the old idea that they're just guys who all like to ride motorcycles.

“They want the public to believe they’re this mischievous rascals who have a common love of motorcycles,” Dobyns said, "They are full-blown organized crime involved in every type of scheme to make illegal money and legal money for that part." 

Geoff Schumacher with the Mob Museum said that is exactly why they wanted a display about motorcycle gangs.  

“For us, it is a form of organized crime," he said, "We try to explore all different kinds of organized crime.”

According to the display, these are the big six of outlaw motorcycle gangs: The Bandidos, Outlaws, Mongols, Pagans, Sons of Silence, and the Hells Angels. 

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Schumacher said the gangs are very territorial. 

In 2002, Nevada became well aware of how territorial they could be when The Mongols and the Hells Angels got into a fight at Harrah's Laughlin during the Laughlin River Run motorcycle rally. Three people were killed. 

"What made that unique was that it was on a casino floor filmed by hundreds of security cameras," Dobyns said.

 

This leather vest was worn by Jay Dobyns when he was a member of the Solo Angeles motorcycle club based in Tijuana, a support club for Hells Angels. Dobyns spent more than 25 years in the ATF (Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives) and infiltrated the Hells Angels motorcycle gang.

 

 

The buckle, also worn by Dobyns, is associated with the Hells Angels motorcycle gang. Other biker gangs include the Bandidos, the Pagans, the Outlaws and the Sons of Silence.

Also on display at The Mob Museum beginning this week is one of Al Capone's revolvers. It's a Smith & Wesson .38-caliber revolver, which was confiscated when Capone was arrested in Miami in 1928. The U.S. Internal Revenue Service owns the gun, and it's on-loan to The Mob Museum for two years.

"In the business of mob artifacts, the top of the heap is something that you can link to Al Capone," Schumacher said, "He’s the most famous and infamous mobster of all time.”

 

 

Guests

Geoff Schumacher, Director of Content at The Mob Museum; Jay Dobyns, author (with Nils Johnson-Shelton) of "No Angel: My Harrowing Undercover Journey To The Inner Cihrcle of The Hells Angels" (2009).

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