29 October 2009

Bandidos Murder Trial: The "White Nationalist" Connection.

Today, three men were convicted in the Bandido murder trial. Wayne Kellestine, Michael Sandham, and Dwight Mushey were all found guilty on eight counts of first degree murder. Two other men, Frank Mather and Marcelo Aravena were found guilty of one count each of manslaughter and seven counts of first-degree murder each. The final suspect, Brett Gardiner, was found guilty of two counts of manslaughter and six counts of first-degree murder.

The 2006 massacre is considered to be the largest mass murder in Ontario history.

We at the ARC Collective have been following this case since before there was an ARC Collective because of the links to the Canadian, "White Nationalist" movement. The first link became apparent to us when the father of one Bandito associate was interviewed in April 2006 by the media ("Winnipeg Sun") soon after the murders took place:

LONDON, Ont. -- A local Bandidos associate who recently moved to Winnipeg should "disappear" for a while following last week's massacre, his worried, white-supremacist father says.

David Weiche, described by one London biker as "the right-hand man" of Bandidos massacre murder suspect Wayne Kellestine, should keep a low profile, his father Martin Weiche, a well-known London neo-Nazi, warned.

"If I was David ... I'd go and hide," Martin Weiche told Sun Media, adding his son moved to Winnipeg about three months ago.

"I would quickly disappear for a few weeks. The murderers are still out there."

Martin Weiche's history in the Canadian racist movement goes back for decades. Born in Germany, Martin Weiche was a member of the Hitler Youth and fought for Germany during World War II. In 1968, he ran for for Parliament as a "National Socialist." He was an early associate of John Beattie, the founder of the Canadian Nazi Party. In 1981, Weiche was implicated in a failed coup called, "Operation Red Dog" which included Stormfront owner Don Black and the founder of the Heritage Front, the late Wolfgang Droege. Weiche is also believed to have been an early funder of Paul Fromm before some sort of falling out occurred between the two men.

Another more direct, and very interesting, link to the Canadian, "White Nationalist" movement occurred on July 10, 2005. On that day, the Canadian hate group the Northern Alliance was protesting, as they had done in the past and would do so in the future, the Gay Pride Parade in London, Ontario. Many of the regulars, including Fromm, participated in the protest:

Jason Ouwendyk, the then leader of the Northern Alliance (along with Tara Dribnenki in the white shorts).

Tomasz Winnicki.

Nathan Touchette, a former roommate of Kyle McKee of the Aryan Guard.

And David Ruud ("For Honour" on Stormfront).

There was also another group that showed up:

Dave Ruud was the first over to welcome the bikers, and ran quickly to them to shake hands as they were giving sieg heil (nazi) salutes.

Included among the bikers was Wayne Kellestine (right photo) who would later go on to face eight charges of first-degree murder in the shooting deaths of eight men on April 8, 2006. Kellestine, also known as "Wiener," once served as the leader of both the Annihilators and St. Thomas Loners, two biker gangs that are now defunct.

According to the Toronto Star, Kellestine loved to pose for photographs in front of his collection of Nazi memorabilia at his London-area farmhouse.

And, of course today Kellestine and six others were convicted of several counts of murder and manslaughter.

At the time of the gay pride parade protest, the bikers were viewed differently:

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