By James “Hollywood” Macecari
Ok seriously can anyone out there please explain why all the damn “Rat Parade” going on in the motorcycle club scene? First it was three former Bandidos ratting and now you have a parade of them happening in the Kingsman M/C.
Personally, the clubs really need to get back to the basics as far as recruitment if they are ever going to stem the flow of members turning against members. Here is an idea. Go back to the way things use to be. You either had to grow up around a member of a club or hang around a few years before they would even consider you for a prospect. The numbers game really isn’t playing out right now. The old saying “Quality before Quantity”. Maybe someone should really take that to heart.
I really have to give it to legit members of M/C’s right now. You brothers have to deal with a bunch of shit many never thought would ever happen. The clubs have it freaking tough now a days. Not only do they have to look over their backs when it comes to beefs and cops. But they have to look over their backs when it comes to their own so-called brothers.
I always use to say it was more safer and profitable staying away from the heavy shit. If a couple of guys in a club wanted to go out and make some money; run an escort service or auto/bike shop. The heavy shit brings nothing more than huge expenses for lawyers in the end. So if you actually sit down and think about it. The heavy shit costs you way more in the end than you gained.
With that said. I cannot stand when the media goes out there and blankets the entire M/C. I know this don’t fit the narrative they like putting out. Motorcycle Clubs especially the big 1%er clubs, don’t sanction this kind of stuff. It’s the rouge element that goes out there doing this . Most of the 1%er clubs already know they are under the microscope; Why in the hell would they even risk bringing heat down on themselves? So to bring up that an entire club is criminal – not only slanders the rest of a clubs membership, but it strips them of Due Process as American Citizens.
All this playing out with the Kingsman M/C is something sad to watch. They are very old and well known motorcycle club that has done alot of good for the biker scene and the community in general. Hopefully when this all clears up they will come back stronger, smarter, and have a better vision for the future. Right now, tough times are ahead for them.
I can’t count that high,’ Kingsman says of members’ cocaine use
Source: Buffalo News
To hear David Masse talk, cocaine was the Kingsmen drug of choice.
He used it and, within the confines of Kingsmen clubhouses in Buffalo, North Tonawanda and elsewhere, so did dozens of other motorcycle club members, he told a federal court jury last week.
Drug use was so prevalent that everyone knew it was part of the biker culture, said the former club member, who’s been in the public eye before.
“A hundred percent,” he said when asked how many Kingsmen Motorcycle Club members knew about the widespread use of cocaine, methaphetamine and other drugs.
Over the course of three days last week, Masse – also known as “Weirdo” – sat on the witness stand and looked at photos of his former “brothers” and, one by one, identified them as drug dealers or users, sometimes both.
Often, his testimony was filled with accounts of how many times he and other Kingsmen shared cocaine at a clubhouse in New York, Pennsylvania or Florida.
“I can’t count that high,” Masse, who is currently awaiting sentencing for lying to a grand jury, said at one point.
During his time on the stand, the 49-year-old would occasionally find himself faced with questions about a Kingsmen– in his eyes, the exception, not the rule – who didn’t use drugs.
Chief among them was defendant David Pirk, the former national president accused of orchestrating the killings of two Kingsmen outside the North Tonawanda clubhouse in 2014. At the core of the trial is the allegation that Pirk saw the murders as a message to rivals upset about the club’s transition to a criminal organization, or “one-percent” club.
“Have you ever known Mr. Pirk to use drugs,” Assistant U.S. Attorney Joseph M. Tripi asked.
“No,” said Masse.
During his time on the stand, Masse also testified about a confrontation in August of 2014 that pitted a group of local Kingsmen against Pirk and Timothy Enix, a former regional club president from Florida who also is on trial.
He said the Kingsmen confronting Pirk and Enix outside the South Buffalo clubhouse included Paul Maue and Daniel “DJ” Szymanski, the two Kingsmen killed a few weeks later.
Masse said the local group suspected Pirk was holding “secret meetings” with other New York chapters and wanted to confront him face to face. They came armed with a gun and a baseball bat.
“He looked pretty scared,” Masse said of Pirk. “We thought there was going to be a shootout at the OK corral.”
Nothing happened that night but, a few weeks later, 14 Kingsmen decided to “jump patch” and join the Nickel City Nomads, a rival biker club with ties to the Outlaws, a well-known one-percent club, he told the jury.
Masse, who joined the Kingsmen even though he didn’t know how to ride a motorcycle, was never accepted into the Nomads and after his arrest for lying to the grand jury, became a government informant.
On Friday, he talked about the consequences of being a “snitch.”
“I have feared for my life since Paulie’s and DJ’s murders, and yes, I fear for my life now,” he told the jury.
Masse, who says he is currently in recovery, is awaiting sentencing on a charge of obstruction of justice and faces a recommended sentence of up to 21 months in prison.
Defense lawyers attacked Masse’s credibility and pointed to the numerous lies he told a federal grand jury four years ago to suggest he might still be lying.
They also referred to his more than 30 years of drug use and wondered aloud if it had taken a toll on his memory.
“Nine times, after putting your hand on the Bible and swearing to tell the truth, you looked at those grand jurors and lied,” defense lawyer Cheryl Meyers Buth told him Friday.
The defense also questioned his testimony about drug use within the Kingsmen and, at one point, asked for a mistrial. U.S. District Judge Elizabeth A. Wolford denied the motion.
“There’s no way he can know what went on in 100 percent of the Kingsmen’s minds,” defense lawyer Terrence M. Connors told Wolford.
This is not Masse’s first time in the public spotlight. In 2002, he was at the center of a political battle between then-Erie County Democratic Party Chairman G. Steven Pigeon and then-County Clerk David Swarts.
Masse, a former employee in the clerk’s office, said it was common for workers to be forced to make political contributions to Swarts or do political work on his behalf.
Pigeon, who battled Swarts over control of the party, used an affidavit by Masse to request an investigation by the Erie County district attorney.
Frank J. Clark, the DA at the time. called it a “he said, she said” case and declined to investigate.
Four years earlier, Masse, a student at Erie Community College, found himself at the center of another controversy.
He was a student representative on the ECC Board of Trustees and complained about patronage hiring, most notably the hiring of an Erie County legislator’s daughter for an important workforce-development job.
In the end, the board hired her.
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