Mr. Benesh, 44, had been sporting the Hells Angels insignia and was planning to set up a local chapter in the heart of Bandidos country, according to an Austin police search warrant. He had been warned by members of the Bandidos in cellphone and text messages that he was playing with fire.

So after eight Ontario Bandidos and associates were found shot dead in an Elgin County farmer's field, one of the theories to surface was that a wholesale "patch over" to Canada's Hells Angels was in the works and that Bandidos headquarters in Texas ordered the killings to prevent it.

When Texas biker Anthony Benesh was shot dead in an ambush outside an Austin pizza restaurant last month, suspicion immediately fell on the Bandidos outlaw motorcycle gang and its long time rivalry with the Hells Angels.

A carefully planned mass slaying? Or an angry confrontation that spiralled into a bloodbath? As police probe last weekend's unprecedented slaughter in Southwestern Ontario, signs point toward the latter.

As to the scope of the massacre, it may be that some of the victims were killed simply because they were witnesses to violence that began on a much smaller scale.

So what might have led to the mass murder, which police believe did not directly involve the Hells Angels or any other non Bandidos bikers?

But so far there is no evidence the clumsy mass killings near St. Thomas, with bodies and vehicles abandoned in plain view, were orchestrated from Bandidos headquarters in Galveston.

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"If you want to kill someone, you don't invite them to your place," said biker expert and former RCMP officer Guy Ouellette.

Police sources on both sides of the border, however, believe neither of those scenarios is plausible.

Alternatively, but less likely, it could be that for all his animosity toward the Hells Angels, Mr. Kellestine had intended to switch sides, like London Hells Angels chapter president Billy Miller, a former Bandido.

"Having so many Bandidos at the same place, it was probably for a party or a church [membership]meeting."

Mr. Kellestine hated the Hells Angels, not least because two of their associates once tried to kill him.

Investigators continued their search for clues yesterday, both at the rural home of Bandido Wayne (Wiener) Kellestine, 56 one of five people arrested Sunday and charged with first degree murder in connection with the killings and along a stretch of Ontario's Highway 401.

Or, perhaps, the violence stemmed from something as uncomplicated as a drug theft.

With just one 12 member chapter in Toronto and a smaller, junior chapter in Winnipeg, the Canadian Bandidos were being steadily steamrollered by the Hells Angels, which now boasts more than 30 chapters nationwide and a combined 500 members and associates. parent organization and were murdered in retribution.

The consensus among well placed police sources and biker experts seems to be that, given Mr. Kellestine's track record Canada Goose Women Ireland Online of erratic, violent behaviour, and his documented love of weapons, and given that the killings occurred so close to his home, the massacre last Friday and Saturday was not ordered by anyone.

Instead, a confrontation perhaps fuelled by drugs and sparked by a shift of allegiance toward the Hells Angels, by far the most dominant outlaw biker gang in Ontario and the rest of Canada may have simply got wildly out of hand.

Forensic detectives in white suits picked their way around Mr. Kellestine's property while colleagues combed the median and ditches along the busy highway.

And conceivably, some of the dead men may have told him they were planning to defect, as many other Bandidos have done.

Gangland murders are as familiar as outlaw biker organizations themselves.

"Did six say we're going [to the Hells Angels] six say we're not, and there was a gunfight? It could be," said a police source who has spent years tracking outlaw bikers.

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