The Milperra Massacre


MILPERRA MASSACRE, FATHERS DAY AT THE VIKING TAVERN SEPTEMBER 2 1984

UPDATE JAN 22 2014 These  pics recently fell into my hands and as I get so many requests about any recent images of Jock this is the best you are every going to get!

William 'Jock' Ross - Founder and Supreme Commander of the Comancheros Motorcycle Club (circa 1965 to 1984) click to enlarge

William ‘Jock’ Ross – Founder and Supreme Commander of the Comancheros Motorcycle Club (circa 1965 to 1984) click to enlarge

JOCK ROSS AND HIS MISSUS VANESSA “NESS” ROSS Visit the COMANCHERO MEMORIAL UP THE COAST AT Palmdale Memorial Park and Crematorium. To protect some younger family members I have altered them out of the picture. Click the image for a larger view

jock-ross memorial visit

JOCK ROSS AND HIS MISSUS VANESSA “NESS” ROSS Visit the COMANCHERO MEMORIAL UP THE COAST AT Palmdale Memorial Park and Crematorium. To protect some younger family members I have altered them out of the picture

WAY DOWN THE BOTTOM AFTER THE PHOTO OF LEANNE  WALTERS, THE 14YR OLD GIRL WHO WAS ALSO KILLED THAT DAY, ARE GRAPHIC IMAGES OF THE COMANCHEROS AND BANDIDOS BIKIES KILLED THAT DAY…

CONSIDER YOURSELF WARNED…

IF SOME OF THESE WANNA BE “NIKE BIKIES” SAW THESE PHOTOS MAYBE THEY WOULD THINK TWICE ABOUT INKING UP AND CARRYING WEAPONS THINKING THEY ARE MOVIE STARS

UPDATE 18/06/12

I have been swamped with searches and queries on current day pics of the main players since the TV show has been aired. Not surprisingly the ones who are still alive, are living their lives in a much different way to how the did 30 years ago. The main ones I get and for Jock Ross and Snoddy Spencer. If anybody has links to other pics let me know via the comments or an email and I will post them. Same goes for any video footage on youtube or elsewhere…

Some new ones I came across via and reader.cheers

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Here is one I have been sent in the last few days,of Snoddy, who killed himself in jail following the massacre. 

Snoddy Spencer back in the day

The aftermath was devastating for all

The Milperra Massacre was a firearm battle between rival motorcycle gang members on September 2 (Father’s Day) 1984, in Milperra, a south-western suburb of Sydney. Seven people were killed: six motorcycle gang members and a fourteen year old female bystander.

The massacre

The massacre had its beginnings after a group of Comancheros broke away and formed the first Bandidos Motorcycle Club chapter in Australia. This resulted in intense rivalry between the two chapters.

An advertised “British motorcycle swap meet” was placed in a few local press releases, at the Viking Tavern, with a scheduled start at 10 a.m. on Sunday, September 2, 1984.

On Sunday September 2, 1984 around 1 pm, a heavily armed group of Comancheros entered the carpark of the Viking Tavern during the motorcycle part swap meet with 30 similarly armed Bandidos arriving soon after with a back-up van carrying weapons following close behind. Both sides proceeded to line up at opposite ends of the car park. William George “Jock” Ross, who had founded the Comancheros in 1968, signalled by waving a machete in the air and the two clubs charged at each other.

Police responded after receiving reports that “a man” had gone berserk with a rifle at the Viking Tavern in Milperra and “a few shots” had been fired. The first of more than 200 police began arriving but the fighting continued for another 10 minutes before they were able to stop it. Four Comancheros died from shotgun wounds, two Bandidos died after being shot with a Rossi .357 magnum rifle and a 14-year-old bystander, Leanne Walters, also died after being hit in the face by a stray .357 bullet. A further 28 people were wounded with 20 requiring hospitalisation.

Mark Pennington, one of the first policemen on the scene, was later awarded $380,000 compensation for psychological damage.

6 BIKIE CLUB MEMBERS WERE KILLED THAT DAY…4 FROM THE COMANCHEROS, 2 FROM THE BANDIDOS AND ONE MEMBER OF THE PUBLIC, TEENAGER LEANNE WALTERS

COMANCHEROS

  • Andy:  Andrew Thomas
  • Blowave: John Bodt
  • Bones: Scott Dive
  • Chewy: Rick Lorenz
  • Dog: Tony McCoy “Dog” was shot with two blasts to his upper right chest and face. He was hit with such force it was estimated he was dead before he hit the ground.
  • Foghorn; Foggy: Robert Lane “Foggy” was shot in the centre of the chest with a .357 magnum “Rossi” rifle. He remained where he fell and died almost instantly.
  • Glen: Glen Eaves
  • JJ: Robert Heeney
  • Jock: William Ross
  • Kraut: Kevork Tomasian
  • Leroy: Phillip Jeschke “Leroy” Was the Comanchero’s “Sergeant At Arms” and was a “hit” target. He was shot with the .357 magnum “Rossi” rifle and died instantly. Entry and exit wound indicate “Leroy” was crouching over and was shot in the back.
  • Littlejohn: John Hennessey
  • Morts: James Morton
  • Pee Wee: Garry Annakin
  • Snow: Ian White
  • Sparrow, Sparra: Ivan Romcek “Sparrow” was shot with one round of a shotgun and was shot at such close range that the cartridge wadding can be clearly seen embedded in his right ear. He died instantly with a baseball bat under his body
  • Sunshine: Raymond Kucler
  • Terry: Terrence Parker
  • Tonka: Michael O’keefe

BANDIDIOS

  • Bear: Stephen Roberts
  • Bernie: Bernard Podgorski
  • Big Tony: Tony Cain
  • Bull: Phillip Campbell
  • Caesar: Colin Campbell
  • Charlie: Charlie Sciberras
  • Chopper: Mario Cianter “Chopper” was shot with two blasts of a shotgun to his chest and died instantly.
  • Davo: William Littlewood
  • Dukes: Greg McEiwaine
  • Gloves: Mark McElwaine
  • Hookie: Steve Owens
  • Junior. Mark Shorthall
  • Kid Rotten: Lance Purdie
  • Knuckles: Phillip McEiwaine
  • Lance: Lance Wellington
  • Lard: Tony Melville
  • Lout: Rick Harris
  • Lovie: lewis Cooper
  • Opey: Stephen Cowan
  • Peter: Peter Melvine
  • Pig: Grant Everest
  • Ray: Ray Denholm
  • Roach: James Posar
  • Roo: Rua Rophia
  • Shadow: Gregory Campbell “Shadow” was shot in the throat by a shotgun and died instantly. Ironically, because of the number of charges this man’s own brother was charged with the murder.
  • Snake: Geoff Campbell
  • Snodgrass, Snoddy: Anthony Mark Spencer
  • Sparksy: Gerard Parkes
  • Steve: Steve Hails
  • Tiny: Graeme Wilkinson
  • Tom: Tom Denholm
  • Val: Vlado Grahovac
  • Whack: John Campbell
  • Zorba: George Kouratoras

Aftermath

As a result of the massacre, the New South Wales Firearms and Dangerous Weapons Act 1973 was subsequently amended. The court case following the “Milperra Massacre” was at the time one of the largest in Australian history. In total forty-three people were charged with seven counts of murder. Christopher Murphy, Solicitor, acted for the Banditos’ members charged as a result of the incident. Greg James QC, as he then was, represented all but one of the Banditos’ members during their trial, that being Colin Campbell. Greg James QC was Juniored by a number of Junior including John Korn, Andrew Martin, and Philip Young. Mr. Campbell was represented by Mr Greg Woods QC, as he then was.

During the longest joint criminal trial in NSW history, armed members of the Tactical Operations Unit were stationed in the courtroom and witnesses required armed guards from the Witness Security Unit to escort them home. More than two years later, on June 12, 1987, the jury delivered 63 murder convictions, 147 manslaughter convictions and 31 of affray. The judge in the case named the instigator of the violence as William “Jock” Ross, the “supreme commander” of the Comancheros, saying “Ross was primarily responsible for the decision that members of his club go to Milperra in force and armed”. Ross received a life sentence for his role in the violence.

Eight other members of the Comancheros gang received life sentences and 16 Bandidos received sentences of seven years for manslaughter. Interestingly, as the Bandidos arrested were charged in regards to all the deaths, this resulted in one being found guilty of the manslaughter of his own brother. Commonwealth Games gold medallist boxer Philip McElwaine was the only motorcycle club member to be acquitted at trial of the manslaughter and murder charges that were brought against him.

2007

In a repeat of the circumstances that led to the Milperra massacre, in early 2007 more than 60 members of the Parramatta and Granville chapters of the Nomads, previously affiliated with the Comancheros, defected to the Bandidos. The defection resulted in a new eruption of violence between the Comancheros and Bandidos involving fire-bombings and drive-by shootings. New South Wales Police set up Operation Ranmore to stop the violence escalating, which has resulted in 340 people arrested on 883 charges as of January 2008.

Movie plans

In 2002, Australian film maker Martin Brown produced a documentary titled 1% One Percenters Search For A Screenplay in an effort to raise interest for a big budget movie of the massacre. The documentary, first aired on 2 February 2003, follows Brown as he looks for screenwriters, funds and a director for his movie. It includes interviews with the police investigating officer, ex superintendent Ron Stephenson, Comanchero president “Jock” Ross, Bandido vice president “Bullets” and several other Milperra survivors.

Book

“Brothers in Arms” is a book by Lindsay Simpson and Sandra Harvey.

Television mini-series

A television mini-series Bikie Wars: Brothers in Arms based on the book will screen on Network Ten in 2012. The screenplay was written by Greg Haddrick, Roger Simpson and Jo Martino. It is directed by Peter Andrikidis. It stars Callan Mulvey, Matthew Nable, Susie Porter, Maeve Dermody, Anthony Hayes, Todd Lasance, Luke Ford, Jeremy Lindsay Taylor, Damian Walshe-Howling, Nathaniel Dean and Luke Hemsworth.

A GALLERY OF IMAGES FROM THAT DAY…I HAVE OTHER VERY GRAPHIC PHOTOS OF THE DECEASED TAKE BY POLICE AT THE VERY BOTTOM OF THIS POST…

PLEASE DO NOT LOOK IF YOU ARE OFFENDED BY DEAD BODIES AND BLOOD

Massacre At Milperra

Monday 3rd September 1984

Seven people are dead and 20 injured after a motorcycle enthusiasts’ picnic went horribly wrong in Sydney’s south-west yesterday. The recreation day, organised by the British Motorcycle Riders Club at the Viking Tavern in Milperra, broke out into a wild brawl just before 2.00pm. More than 30 men were arrested and police have already questioned over 500 witnesses in what is being described as ‘the Milperra massacre’. Although no charges have been laid, many are expected in the immediate future.

The Tavern’s car-park exploded into violence when two bikie gangs, the Comancheros and the Bandidos, arrived there at around 2.00pm The previously peaceful meeting turned into chaos as two shots rang out.

The crowd, including families with young children,scattered. ‘People took off in all directions. As I ran I was worried I was going to get a bullet in the back.’ said one of the British Motorcycle Association members.

The event had been organised to coincide with Father’s Day and was widely advertised. It was a regular motorcyclists’ function–a swap meet– where enthusiasts gather to exchange motorcycle parts and socialise. The organisers had planned a barbecue and hired a band to provide entertainment. The day had a family atmosphere.

Trapped witnesses say the shoot-out lasted 15 minutes

An estimated 30 shots were fired in the first 10 minutes and people hid wherever they could to avoid the crossfire.

Witnesses say the shootout lasted 15 minutes and the gangs trapped 40 bystanders inside one of the tavern bars as they fought it out.

One of the dead was a 14-year-old girl–all others slain were men. Fourteen ambulances attended the scene and armed security guards have been placed on hospital wards.

Mr Wes Graham, 23, who was on the hotel porch when the bloodbath began, saw one man shot in the head. ‘I saw another guy shoot someone in the guts, and he just keeled over and then the girl was shot. She wasn’t even doing anything.’ he said.

The police response was quick and decisive. One hundred officers were at the scene, including members of the crack Tactical response Group and the Special Weapons and Operations Team. The police could not stop the killings which had happened so quickly but were there to diffuse violent outbreaks during the afternoon as people were detained for questioning.

Members of the bikie fraternity believe that yesterday’s massacre was planned. The two gangs, the Comancheros and the Bandidos, split up 18 months ago and had been feuding ever since. ‘Reports so far suggest that these blokes had decided beforehand to sort themselves out at Milperra,’ said Mr Ross Goodman, President of the NSW Motorcycle Riders’ Association.

Brothers in Arms

Brothers in Arms

By Sandra Harvey

Format: Paperback, 288 pages

Other Information: 16PP b&w PHOTOS

Published In: Australia, 01 April 1989

Father’s Day 1984: seven people die in a blaze of gunfire on a sunny afternoon in a hotel car park.Among the dead, a fifteen year old girl caught in the crossfire when two heavily-armed bikie gangs, the Comancheros and the Bandidos, clash. Brothers in Arms tells the extraordinary story of this murderous outbreak, from its vicious beginnings in the closed world of Sydney’s motorcycle gangs to its inevitable end in death and imprisonment.

 

Wrecking Crew

Wrecking Crew

Caesar Campbell, Donna

Macmillan Publishers Aus., 01/09/2011 – 288 pages

Wrecking Crew’ takes you into the heart of the Bandidos, and the outlaw biker world, through the eyes, fists and boots of Caesar Campbell, founding member of the Bandidos in Australia and the club’s first sergeant at arms and legendary enforcer. Jailed for seven years after the bloody ambush at Milperra that saw two of his brothers killed, Caesar led and protected the other imprisoned members of his club inside some of Australia’s toughest jails. But when he was finally released Caesar found that the world of the outlaw motorcycle gangs was changing, and that his particular values of courage, brutal force and utter loyalty to your club were making him more enemies than friends. And with Caesar Campbell you’d rather be a friend than an enemy…

THE critics are already calling Brothers in Arms “Underbelly on wheels” but the real Milperra massacre was more like hell on wheels.

By the time Glen McNamara and other detectives screamed into the Viking Tavern carpark on that Father’s Day 28 years ago, bullets were still flying and bodies piling up.

McNamara and his colleagues were dressed in jeans and T-shirts and armed with service revolvers — hardly the safest combination for perhaps the biggest gunfight on Australian soil since the Kelly Gang’s last stand or even the Eureka Stockade.

“Bikes were overturned and cars were parked everywhere and bikies were down, injured,” recalls McNamara.

Gunsmoke hung in air that reeked of cordite and blood.

McNamara and his mates crouched between cars and advanced across the carpark motorcycle swap-meet that had turned into a battleground.

He immediately tripped over a warm, bleeding body.

Comancheros enforcer Mario Cianter had just been cut down with a shotgun blast.

“His chest was blown away and still smoking, like a burnt sausage cut open,” says McNamara.

Five other bikies were dead — and 28 injured, 20 badly.

But the worst thing about Milperra was that a 14-year-old girl, Leanne Walters, was shot dead while selling raffle tickets. She was hit in the face with a .357 round from a handgun.

Milperra produced the longest-running and one of the biggest criminal trials in our history: 42 Bandidos and Comancheros went down on 63 murder and 147 manslaughter charges.

Only one, former Commonwealth Games gold medal boxer Phil “Knuckles” McElwaine, was able to beat the homicide rap.

Television drama being what it is, unlike the book it’s based on, the depiction of this outrage on Channel 10 over the next few weeks will bear only a passing acquaintance with reality.

That’s taking nothing away from the makers, just a fact of show business life.

The truth is, of course, that like the main players in Melbourne’s underworld wars, underneath the gang “patches” the “outlaws” on their iron horses were no more than drug dealers and their hired muscle fighting over a hugely profitable trade. Still are.

The drug trade is global and so is the bloodshed it breeds.

The recent outbreak of shootings among outlaw biker gangs here mimics “wars” in North America, Scandinavia and Germany.

In each case, it’s about “new” gangs taking on old ones, mostly over drug money.

Meanwhile, in Melbourne, police are still looking for the guns used to shoot Bandido heavy Toby Mitchell last November. Another episode in a never-ending and bloody story.

Father pleads ‘Don’t turn my little girl into bikie moll’

April 01, 2012

THE father of the 14-year-old girl shot dead in the Milperra bikie massacre is terrified his daughter will be portrayed as a “bikie moll” in a new television series about the tragedy.

Rex Walters at his home in Ingleburn. His daughter Leanne was shot and killed during the bikie Milperra massacre.

Rex Walters, 68, says he feels Channel Ten should have consulted him before making the adaptation of the book Brothers In Arms, which documents the deadly shoot-out between bikie gangs The Bandidos and The Comancheros, on Father’s Day 1984.

His daughter Leanne was caught in the crossfire and was the only non-bikie among the seven killed.

Speaking to The Sunday Telegraph about his concerns, Mr Walters said: “I really wish they had spoken to me. There have been bad things written about her in the past which aren’t true. What sort of clothes will they have her in? I still have the outfit she wore when she died – it was a lovely jumper, a belt and jeans – they weren’t the clothes of a bikie. I just want my daughter to be remembered properly.”

In the book, Leanne is described as a girl from a broken home, who got involved with the bikies because she didn’t have a family support network.

Mr Walters, from Ingleburn, admits Leanne was living away from her parents but said: “We had a good relationship — the last conversation I had with her was that she was coming to see me on Father’s Day.”

He also said stories about why she was at the Viking Tavern were untrue.

“She was there with a friend of mine. She loved his bike and wanted to go to the bike swap meet. It wasn’t because she was involved with a bikie.”

A Ten spokesman said the series focuses on the relationships between the key members of the motorcycle clubs.

BELOW AFTER THE PHOTO OF LEANNE  WALTERS WHO WAS ALSO KILLED THAT DAY ARE GRAPHIC IMAGES OF THE COMANCHEROS AND BANDIDOS BIKIES KILLED THAT DAY…CONSIDER YOURSELF WARNED…

IF SOME OF THESE WANNA BE NIKE BIKIES SAW THESE PHOTOS MAYBE THEY WOULD THINK TWICE ABOUT INKING UP AND CARRYING WEAPONS…

Leanne Walters was shot and killed during the bikie Milperra massacre.

Comanchero shot dead where he stood and died instantly

Comanchero “Sparrow” was shot with one round of a shotgun and was shot at such close range that the cartridge wadding can be clearly seen embedded in his right ear. He died instantly with a baseball bat under his body

Comanchero “Leroy” Was the Comanchero’s “Sergeant At Arms” and was a “hit” target. He was shot with the .357 magnum “Rossi” rifle and died instantly. Entry and exit wound indicate “Leroy” was crouching over and was shot in the back.

Comanchero “Foggy” was shot in the centre of the chest with a .357 magnum “Rossi” rifle. He remained where he fell and died almost instantly.

Comanchero “Dog” was shot with two blasts to his upper right chest and face. He was hit with such force it was estimated he was dead before he hit the ground.

Bandido “Chopper” was shot with two blasts of a shotgun to his chest and died instantly.

Bandido “Shadow” was shot in the throat by a shotgun and died instantly. Ironically, because of the number of charges this man’s own brother was charged with the murder.

Caesar Campbell – OLD bikies never die. They don’t mellow, either.

Paul Kent

The Daily Telegraph

August 28, 2010

OLD bikies never die. They don’t mellow, either.

Caesar Campbell, the biggest and baddest of all, took three shots at the Milperra Massacre.

Between the second and third shots – a shotgun followed by a .38 – he reached over to tear the throat out of Comanchero Ivan “Sparra” Romcek, who died right there. He was 38 then. Caesar, not Sparra.

He is 64 now, sitting in the lounge-room of his home in the Snowy Mountains region, with pictures of his brothers on the wall as clean-cut young men. Then there is the other photograph, the brothers photoshopped together with their bushy bikie beards.

Here are the two sides of the man called Caesar.

Moments earlier, his son walked into the lounge room and grabbed his father by the hand and leaned over to kiss him on the forehead.

“Hey Dad,” he said.

“Son,” said Caesar.

Amid all the Bandidos paraphernalia decorating the room, sitting on the coffee table is a single sheet of paper – a hospital report from January this year. It details the two scars across Caesar’s forearm, the scar across the shoulder that bisects a tattoo and the pale scar that runs across his cheek.

“I told the cops I had a run in with sheet metal,” Caesar said, explaining the scars.

Four pieces of sheet metal, to be exact.

“I was walking a bit behind the woman,” he said, indicating his wife Donna, “and one of them decided he was going to put his hand on her shoulder. So I stepped on the four bits of sheet metal and one of them had a jagged edge and happened to get me.

“But,” he said, “the jagged edge had a piece of metal go up here,” and he pokes the soft skin under his jaw, “and it come out here.”

He points to where the steel came out through the tongue.

The obvious hazards of scrap metal are not all the dangers ex-bikies face.

Caesar has been shot more times since he left jail than he was at Milperra, when along with his brothers Shadow, Bull, Wack, Snake and Chop he took on the Comanchero in the most famous bikie brawl in Australia.

In the new book Enforcer, which Donna wrote with the help of her friend Liz – out on Monday and described by Donna as “97 per cent fact and 3 per cent fiction” – Caesar details how the war started, not because the Comanchero had split over issues of power, as was pushed in court, but because the Campbell brothers had caught Comanchero president Jock Ross having an affair with a club member.

Ross soon split the club so he didn’t have to answer charges, and the city chapter eventually patched over to become Bandidos.

Guerrilla attacks escalated until the two gangs ran into each other at the Viking Tavern on Father’s Day 1984, when seven eventually died.

Caesar was the second man shot after his brother Snake, two blasts of a shotgun putting him down next to Sparra before a Comanchero named Robert “JJ” Heeney – or maybe it was his Ol’ Lady, Caesar always thought she had more balls – shot him with the .38 that lodged under the skin in his forehead.

He can’t remember a lot of what happened next. The .22s, he said, sting, while shotgun blasts are more like being thumped with a baseball bat.

The last time he was shot was several years back when he was watering his lawn and a car rolled past, with the windows coming down. He dropped the hose and opened his arms when – crack, crack – two .22s hit him in the guts.

“Is that the best youse can f … ing do?” he yelled at the fleeing car.

It never stops for old bikies. Just two weeks ago he was having a drink at his local when it started again.

“A bunch of Lebs sitting in two cars,” he said, “and the ‘big, bad bikie’ thing came out. They got out of the cars. They were about 23, 24, and there was seven of them. I decked three and the other four didn’t want nothing to do with it.”

At a rough count Caesar, an underground fighter and the Bandidos’ sergeant-at-arms, has had about 800 fights.

That works out to be about a fight every three weeks since he had his first at 14, when his father put him in a boxing tent.

In all that time nobody has ever dropped him to as much as a knee. He used to worry about losing. In his 40s he was sure it was near and in his 50s he was certain. But it still hasn’t happened and he is content now, at 64, that if it does happen it will be because of his age and not because the other bloke is better.

“Unless, of course, it’s another bloke in his 60s.”

The fascinating part is that it keeps happening. Might it be because, nowadays, he looks more like an old bloke trying to look like a bikie, rather than the 24-carat real deal?

“They look and they see a 60-year-old bloke and they think he’s not going to be much trouble,” Caesar said. “And normally a 60-year-old bloke, to a 20 and 30-year-old, isn’t going to be any trouble.

“But I’ve been hit with baseball bats, bricks, shot, stabbed, hit with a car …

“I can take a thump and it doesn’t affect me so much.”

Years back he was in a pub toilet when a rival bikie told him some blokes in the carpark were loading his bike onto the back of their ute.

“Put the bike back down,” he said when he found them. Soon after, two were unconscious and the third was groaning. Caesar then took

a boning knife he kept on his belt and sliced the little finger off each of them, then wrapped them in a handkerchief. When he got home he tossed the small package to Donna.

“Not more fingers,” she said. He already had another 20 or so kept in a jar.

Not that he is always looking for a fight. Some years back he was in a pub when a bloke started in on him.

“You’re built like a brick shithouse,” he kept saying. “How big are you?”

It got to the point where Caesar stood up and walked to the pub next door. Shortly after the bloke was there, too.

“How big are you?” He got up again and began to walk out through the toilets, when the bloke grabbed him on his colours. “I thought, ‘F … why’d you have to do that?”

Milperra – the spark that started the bikie violence

By Paul Kent

The Daily Telegraph

April 11, 2009

IT begins with an open window. Everything today, the escalation in violence, the historical hate between the Bandidos and Comanchero, begins with that window.

As secrets go, Colin “Caesar” Campbell has been hanging on to the secret of that window for 26 years.

Like his brothers Bull (Phillip), Snake (Geoff), Wack (John), Chop (Mario) and Shadow (Gregory), Caesar was once a Comanchero.

They were the Wrecking Crew and together with the McElwaine brothers – Knuckles (Phil), Gloves (Mark) and Dukes (Greg) – the unofficial muscle of the gang.

“They could walk into a room of a hundred men and clear the room,” said Bear Campbell, an adopted brother. They broke away in 1983 because of the window.

Not even the Comanchero that remained, the ones that stayed loyal to then-president William “Jock” Ross when the gang split in 1983, knew about the window.

They still don’t.

“You’re just the ninth person to know this,” Bear said yesterday. “And four are dead.”

Bear is Caesar’s adopted brother, and we are talking about Caesar’s secret. Caesar is 62, the last surviving original Bandidos office-bearer, and despite a recent stay in hospital he can still clear a room if he must.

From retirement Caesar watches the latest escalation of bikie violence, filthy at the attacks on homes where children sleep, adamant this was never what it was about.

Those naive to their war might point to Milperra, but Caesar insists back then they had honour. Indeed, Milperra was all about honour.

Police still believe the war began over turf, or drugs, or a combination of both. They alleged it in court in 1984, some seven weeks after the violence in the carpark of Milperra’s Viking Tavern, when six bikies were shot dead, as well as 14-year-old Leanne Walters.

Now, for the first time, Caesar Campbell has let go of the secret that cost him two brothers – Shadow and Chop – at Milperra, and which would see Wack die three years later from illness caused by the massacre.

“One of the Campbell brothers and another member went to another member’s house and saw Jock Ross’ vehicle out the front,” he said.

“They went to the front door and looked through the window and saw Jock and the other member’s wife in a compromising position in the lounge room.

“They knocked on the door, they answered the door, and both members looked at Jock and turned around and came straight to me and told me about it.

“It was then that it was decided that Jock would be brought up on charges of committing one of the greatest offences that you can make in a motorcycle club – apart from selling heroin and making a police statement – by making love to a member’s wife.”

Ross had broken one of the 10 club rules he drew up himself, namely Club Rule 4: “Any member found guilty of screwing another member’s Ol’ Lady, or taking advantage of a rift between them for future conning up, will be thrown out.”

The Campbells and McElwaines, their bond born in battle, were filthy.

Caesar won’t reveal the member’s identity now out of respect to his children but as sergeant-at-arms he ordered Ross to the next club meeting to face charges.

He failed to show.

He failed to show at the next meeting, too, but walked into the third, announced he was splitting the Comanchero into two separate chapters, and walked out.

The Wrecking Crew went to the city, opening their clubhouse at 150 Louisa Rd, Birchgrove. Ross’s clubhouse remained at 65 Harris St, Harris Park, in western Sydney.

Relations remained strained but workable until the club’s annual run. It broke down amid fights and threats, and the city chapter returned and voted to break away.

Police believe the breakaway occurred shortly after Christmas 1983, when Anthony “Snotty” Spencer and Charlie Scibberas flew to America to seek permission to form an Australian Bandidos chapter.

What actually happened was “Snotty” and Charlie had gone to America two years earlier to buy Harley-Davidson parts, met Charles “Ha Ha Chuck” Gillies, president of the Bandidos’ Albuquerque chapter, and now Snotty and Shadow called Ha Ha Chuck. “Within a week it was granted,” Caesar said.

A set of colours were made and taken to Caesar for approval.

More colours were ordered, but for 10 days Caesar was the only man in colours. For 10 days he was president, vice-president, sergeant-at-arms, treasurer and secretary.

Bashing and clubhouse attacks took place until August 1984, when Snotty and Jock officially declared war in a phone call.

Caesar declared homes and places of work off limits. Everywhere else was fair game.

It was unlike today’s bikie war, where homes are now a target of choice, and small attacks continued until Father’s Day 1984.

Among the dead and bloodied at Milperra, Caesar was shot six times.

He was thrown into a car and dropped off at Bankstown Hospital. Some weeks later Caesar gripped the back of his chair while his Ol’ Lady Donna pulled four remaning shotgun pellets from his back with tweezers and a buck knife and no anaesthetic.

Much of what the gangs believed they stood for then is now lost.

Caesar does not see the honour he once stood for, and still stands for.

Some time before Milperra the American Bandidos visited Australia and noticed the Australian patch, the fat Mexican brandishing a pistol, was wrong. The American Bandido has a white beard. The Australian version was black. They ordered the patches back so they could be burned and replaced with the correct patch.

No, said Caesar.

On his jacket was the blood of his dead brothers. He wasn’t giving it up. The Americans insisted, saying the club stood above all else.

Caesar knew in that patch was the blood of everything he stood for, so he looked at the Americans and said, “If you want it, come and get it”.

Caesar, the original Bandido, is the only man in Australia to still have that patch.

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  1. Jock used to live about 1.5hrs northwest of Sydney & drive a water tanker – really badly on narrow windy roads. He was a miserable old fucker but his boys, the Commos, we’re nice guys. Invited me & my gal pal back to the clubhouse one NYE – they said “we’ll protect yas’ …we didn’t go. I don’t think he was the pres anymore – that was in 2000.

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  2. Oh, and I did have some friends in a band that did a gig at the Commos annual get together – a party in a paddock basically. After the gig the Commos just decided to pay them about 50% of the agreed amount – what are you gonna do? They didn’t fancy a fight with those guys. And there were heaps of kids there – little boys about 9yrs old sitting on the side of the stage while the strippers were on…

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    • Load of s… I was there the band was meant to sing rock and roll and they had voices like chip Munks sounded like the boy band Hanson

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  3. Oh, and I’ve totally got the hots for tv bikies. Thank you Callan Mulvey, for all the work you did on those guns…thank you from the bottom of my heart.

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  4. Ive read caesar’s book and found that alot of the facts on this page are different to his storey and this page some of the details contractdict them selves, i think Robbo needs to do a little more rescearch about the whole storey before he writes about it

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  5. Dundee mentioned a documentary by Martin Brown, it was called – One Percenters Search For A Screenplay. You can buy it, if anyone is interested I can send the email on I got from an inquiry.

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  6. I lived on Beaconsfield St and remember that day, I was playing outside (I was 7 at the time) when a large groups of bikes went by (they were definately wearing helmets) hahaha I waved at them as at the time my Mum was involved with Bikers and I thought they were her friends !! (fyi they were not) . moments later I was excited by the sounds of what I thought were fireworks !!! once it was on the news my Pop drove me up to the Viking (stupid of him I know) and I saw the a man lying over a body covered by a white sheet and obviously police, ambulances etc everywhere we were quickly moved on by police but that image has haunted me forever, I am 36 now and am fascinated by all stories of Milperra Massacre….. after all it was in my home town and the Viking was a regular place where our family would have lunch together just glad we were not there that day.

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  7. Hi folks, a helpful member has passed on some info for anyone wishing to obtain a rare video that was made early in the piece…Here is the info direct from the Distributor

    IF YOU DO GET A COPY BE SURE TO GIVE US ALL A REVIEW FOLKS…CHEERS ROBBO

    Thank you for your interest in the documentary One Percenters: Search for a Screenplay.

    The doco DVD is $40 plus $5 handling and postage. This is a little more than usual DVDs because the company duplicates in low numbers.

    There are three ways you can pay:

    1. By sending a cheque (which will need to clear) or money order plus address details to

    Lightscape Distribution Pty Ltd
    C/- Doc,
    Advanced Group,
    Level 3,
    8-24 Kippax Street
    Surry Hills, NSW 2010.

    2. If you are in the area, you can pick up from there and pay $40 cash.

    3. If you prefer internet banking you can EFT the funds ($45) to

    Lightscape Distribution

    Westpac

    BSB 032-024

    Account No. 34-6213

    Please email the EFT receipt when you transfer the funds, and be sure to include in your email the postal address for delivery. Please cc my colleague Doc who is cc’d above.

    Once payment is received the DVD will be dispatched promptly to you.

    Kind regards

    Tim Benjamin

    Lightscape Distribution

    Tel: +61 (0)2 8267 7373
    Fax: +61 (0)2 9264 5303

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  8. I used to live next to Jock when I was 16 in Katoomba in 1992/93, he had they MC Comanchero sign nailed to the house for everyone to see.

    They would ask me to come over and have a bong but always declined, used the old excuse had to go out sorry. Anyway after about 2 weeks of no Bikes and no sound, a mate and I decide to go over and look through a window and nothing, empty. We go downstairs, under the house, you can’t see in so we opened the door and there was stuff in there we thought they had left behind so we decided to help ourselves (stupid), I was now the owner of Poker machine and bag with some speakers and some shotgun bullets.

    2 weeks passes and I am nursing a big hangover (lived in Katoomba remember) Dad comes telling me they are back and I need to go and speak to them. After lots of arguments I go and tell Jock that I have taken a poker machine from downstairs and I really sorry as I thought he moved out. He tells me in his Scottish voice and looks like nothing in the TV show, to keep the Poker machine (great got out of that one!!). Another half an hour passes and there is Jock on the other side of the fence with a couple of other members and asks if I have seen a bag with some speakers. I said yes, so he comes over to get it. Then 4 other members start to follow and one of them says “what else has this F@!*ing Sh#t taken” luckily for me Jock shuts him right up, I think this was out of respect because this time my dad was there.

    I do wonder what this bag meant to him because the speakers were certainly nothing special but something tells me the two shotgun bullets had some meaning because he was really glad to have the bag back considering how much crap was down there.

    So another 2 hours goes by and again Jock calls me over, this time by himself and asks if I have seen to pots with some young seedlings (have a guess) I said yes he asks for them back and says I didn’t want to say anything if front of your dad before, which is the reason I didn’t bring it up to Jock and I said thanks. He then offers me his Pool table and a few other things which I happily agree to take.

    So I Ripped of the Commos (by accident, sort of) they find out, I get a poker Machine & pool table …..HOW GOOD!! And I was certainly at an age where a good punch should have been given to me to put me in line if not worse but I think he knows I was scared shitless and very regretful.

    Besides the odd LOUD party with the broken bottles and the odd Arrow in our back yard, they were pretty good neighbours.

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  9. Does anyone know anything about the bikie house that used to be at the bottom of Old Ferry Rd (used to be called Old Illawarra Rd) in Illawong in the 1980s? Used to always be lots of bikies there. Would like to get any info on it.

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  11. These “bikies” are pathetic. What was the actual point of all this. If it was to prove they were absolute idiots, well they made their point…..

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  12. Hi folks. Just to add to the massacre. When, or as the firing was going on, one of the bikies hid a rolled up leather tool bag in the spare wheel compartment of a HQ Holden.

    In the bag was Gelignite sticks, Detonators and practice hangrenades. Not long after the massacre, Sydney endured record heat waves soring over 40degreses, which when the bag was discovered by detectives in this car, found the Gelegite to be ‘weeping’ (or, unstable).

    One good hard pothole could have easily sent this package (and the car with it’s occupents) sky high – lucky they got it first.

    Great artical.

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  13. anyone got pics of snoddy’s missus? they got a hotty to play her in the show, cant seem to find much on her??

    am asking this with the utmost respect by the way!

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  14. Wow! you know the best thing, the fun part…is watching bikie scum die!! what a laugh, what a bunch of losers!!! The only ones I feel sorry for and show respect to are the innocents caught up in their pathetic “war” Not one bit of sympathy for any “bikie” that was there. All my sympathy and respect to Leanne and the other innocent victims.

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      • Bikers are people, too. The Bandidos that survived the massacre clearly regretted that an innocent girl was killed in the midst of the fight. Jock Ross was the idiot who caused this whole mess to begin with. Snoddy tried to talk it out with Jock and he wouldn’t have it. He’s the reason this whole mess began because he couldn’t keep his dick in his pants.

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        • Quit romanticizing one percenter gangs. Sure, bikers have families too.. and they still chose to go with weapons to an altercation that they knew could result with serious injury or death to bystanders. Both gangs were culpable for what happened – they both had various opportunities to back off from any confrontations in public places. What was stopping them from taking their petty, childish pissing contest to a private, agreed upon location to brawl it out, so that innocent bystanders weren’t risked? Some of these bikers had wives and children of their own, how screwed up was their mentalities to believe that it was acceptable to bring guns to a place where families were? How honorable is it to start a gunfight with women and children present?

          Leanne Walters was the only true victim of this crime , a young woman who was simply looking to have a fun day. The longest sentence for her murder was 5 years tops (served by Ross) – that’s not an adequate punishment for her homicide, it’s a slap on the wrist. Big deal that some of these bikers might feel regret – that’s what society should expect of these murderers at the very least. They were all reunited with their families within a few years. Does being regretful or “I’m sorry,” somehow going to bring Leanne Walters back to her family?

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  15. i grew up in balmain/birchy and as kids we had two dare houses, 1 was haunted and the other was occupied by the bandidos, both equally scary. i was dared to sneak up to look through the front window and ran as fast as i could when i saw blood smeared over walls. just read caesers book, enjoyable read, but can easy tell alot left out to make himself look good. but thats ok

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      • I hope Junior is alive and well I miss him and he is always in my heart and thoughts I last seen him nine 9yrs ago, he used to date my mum and was one of her best friends before she past away and he was a great support to me and my siblings he will always have a special place in my heart.

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    • Not sure what happened to Mark but I know he started doing sketches and art work that was brilliant. I have a sketch he did from a photo of my Harley whilst he was in Berrima gaol.

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  16. there is a man named in the book:Brothers in arms his name is Harry ollerenshaw.Im not sure how he was involved in all that.My name is sherri-ann ollerenshaw stone.he knew my mother sharyn stone and im trying to find info on him.if anyone knows him or has photos of him i would appresiate it. thank you and is also looking for the original brothers in arms book published in australia 1st april 1989

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  17. ive followed the massacre and are still fascinated by it have meet men that were there it capture my heart I think of it every day the lead up to the start of the day and what the men were thinking and the moments just before the shooting started truly an incredible moment that touched my life

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  18. I was a mate of billy littlewood when he moved north after he got out of gaol,well when I click on his photo it says dead bandito can anyone tell me what happened to my mate?

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  19. I actually met a few of the guys before the Split it was the early 80″s, They came to visit my family in Triabunna Tasmania… Opey is actually my step sisters sons father… They were the nicest blokes anyone could have known… It’s such a shame that it all lead to this terrible day in 1984..

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