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October 29, 1988 | Associated Press
A federal jury on Friday found the national leader of the Hells Angels Motorcycle Club guilty of conspiracy to violate federal firearms and explosives laws in plots to kill members of a rival gang. National leader Ralph (Sonny) Barger Jr. was one of 10 Hells Angels from Alaska and California accused of plotting attacks in Louisville and elsewhere against members of the Outlaws. Barger and Michael Vincent O'Farrell, both of Oakland, were convicted in U.S.
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April 21, 2002 | HERBERT GOLD, Herbert Gold's nonfiction books, "Haiti: Best Nightmare on Earth" and "The Magic Will: Stories and Essays of a Decade" have been reissued with new material.
Sonny Barger, founder of the Hells Angels, along with his collaborators, Keith and Kent Zimmerman, authors of last year's memoir, "Hell's Angel," begin this scrappy sequel--a collection of tales both true and possibly partly true--with a story about Richard Charles "Gypsy" Anderson, R.I.P., and of what "put the zap in his head." The zap was put there by the Marlon Brando motorcycle movie, "The Wild One," back in 1954.
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April 21, 2002 | HERBERT GOLD, Herbert Gold's nonfiction books, "Haiti: Best Nightmare on Earth" and "The Magic Will: Stories and Essays of a Decade" have been reissued with new material.
Sonny Barger, founder of the Hells Angels, along with his collaborators, Keith and Kent Zimmerman, authors of last year's memoir, "Hell's Angel," begin this scrappy sequel--a collection of tales both true and possibly partly true--with a story about Richard Charles "Gypsy" Anderson, R.I.P., and of what "put the zap in his head." The zap was put there by the Marlon Brando motorcycle movie, "The Wild One," back in 1954.
NEWS
October 29, 1988 | Associated Press
A federal jury on Friday found the national leader of the Hells Angels Motorcycle Club guilty of conspiracy to violate federal firearms and explosives laws in plots to kill members of a rival gang. National leader Ralph (Sonny) Barger Jr. was one of 10 Hells Angels from Alaska and California accused of plotting attacks in Louisville and elsewhere against members of the Outlaws. Barger and Michael Vincent O'Farrell, both of Oakland, were convicted in U.S.
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June 11, 1989 | From Associated Press
Michael (Irish) O'Farrell, a Hells Angels leader, received the club's traditional funeral honors Saturday as bikers wearing jackets emblazoned with a winged skull escorted his body to a cemetery. O'Farrell, believed by law enforcement officials to be second in the Hells Angels hierarchy only to the motorcycle club's spiritual leader, Ralph (Sonny) Barger Jr., died during a bloody bar brawl on Tuesday. O'Farrell, 40, who along with Barger was awaiting sentencing on federal explosives convictions, was stabbed in the neck, chest and back, as well as being shot four times from behind, according to the Alameda County coroner's office.
NEWS
November 12, 1987
Thirty-eight Hells Angels were arrested in five states on suspicion of conspiracy to commit murder and the use of explosives, drugs and weapons in what officials called an attempt to shut down the motorcycle gang's drug network. State Atty. Gen. John K. Van de Kamp charged at a San Francisco news conference that the gang has used violence to control the manufacture and distribution of methamphetamine, or "speed," in the region.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 27, 2001 | DARYL KELLEY and MARGARET TALEV, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
A Superior Court judge refused Monday to lower the $1-million bail of Hells Angels leader George Christie Jr., who faces drug and racketeering charges. Christie, 53, his estranged wife and their two adult children are among 25 suspects arrested since a grand jury indicted them Friday for allegedly participating in a criminal gang whose activities included selling drugs to high school students in Ventura and Ojai. Christie's estranged wife, Cheryl, 53, surrendered to authorities Monday.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 20, 2001 | JOSE CARDENAS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The jailed son of Hells Angels leader George Christie Jr. can receive a holiday visit from his mother, a judge ruled Wednesday. George Christie III, 25, is awaiting trial in a broad drug and racketeering case involving his father; his mother, Cheryl Christie; and several Hells Angels members and associates. In all, 28 defendants were charged by the grand jury earlier this year in eight indictments in connection with the case.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 27, 2001 | DARYL KELLEY and MARGARET TALEV, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
A Superior Court judge refused to lower the $1-million bail of national Hells Angels leader George Christie Jr. on Monday, and Christie's estranged wife surrendered to authorities after being named a principal suspect in a broad drug-and-racketeering case.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 13, 2002 | MIGUEL BUSTILLO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
David Nunley is no easy rider; he's a retired surgeon from Chico with a wife and three kids. But when he hits the highway on his Harley-Davidson motorcycle, Nunley wants to feel the wind in his hair and hear the engine rumble--without the constraints of a helmet, as state law requires. And he hasn't seen a single statistic to convince him that headgear makes riding any safer--certainly not one to justify the loss of personal freedom that he feels he has experienced.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 16, 2000 | STEVE HOCHMAN
Quick. Name the guy who sang "Bittersweet Symphony." You can hear the strings riff, pounded into your head from its use in a shoe commercial and the song's 1998 radio omnipresence. You remember the group, the Verve, and maybe can picture the singer--his face was even on the cover of Calendar! But his name? That's the problem facing Virgin Records with the summer release of the solo debut of Richard Ashcroft. (Right! That's the guy.) The fact is that even many of the 1.1 million U.S.
NEWS
December 14, 1994 | BOB SIPCHEN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Draped above the door of Ralph (Sonny) Barger's little brown house on Golf Links Road is a cheerful cardboard banner with wreaths and holly and the words "Merry Christmas." A nearby window sports a foot-high, stained-glass, winged death's skull. Such are the contrasts in a Hell's Angel's life these days.
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