This is part one of the hardcover book, and it contains approximately 99,000 words and 80 color photos.
"OUT IN BAD STANDINGS" is a slang term for banishment which is used by all 1%er outlaw motorcycle clubs when a member leaves the club of his own volition or is expelled, and the remaining members are not happy with the actual reason that the member left the club. In the Bandidos Motorcycle Club, the term "OUT IN BAD STANDINGS" is their version of being banished to motorcycle club member hell, for an ex-member that has been deemed "OUT IN BAD STANDINGS" is no longer allowed to associate with any member of the Bandidos nor attend any Bandido function.
In this expose of his life as a member of the Bandidos Motorcycle Club, Edward "Connecticut Ed" Winterhalder allows the reader a rare look into how major decisions were made by Bandido leaders all over the world, how the Bandidos expanded into the worldwide dynasty they are today, and how the Bandido machine operates on a day-to-day basis.
While a member of the largest 1%er motorcycle club in the world, Connecticut Ed was privy to much information about the inside workings of the club and what the future held for it. Regularly assigned projects by the club's international leader, he was responsible for defusing the war between the Hells Angels and Rock Machine in Canada, establishing new Bandido and support club chapters worldwide, organizing the club into a well-oiled machine, and mediating internal power struggles between club members.
As founder, President and Secretary of the Bandidos' Oklahoma chapter, for the first time in history, Connecticut Ed is your personal guide as you learn what it takes to establish a new Bandidos chapter and keep it running for the first few years of its life. In his thirty years of riding and/or associating with various 1%er outlaw motorcycle clubs, he gives the reader a unique inside look into the world of today's 1%er motorcycle clubs.
In his last few years with the Bandidos, Connecticut Ed realized that the club's ideology was changing due to the fact that methamphetamine use was now becoming an accepted part of everyday club life. After failing to alter the destructive course the club was on, he left the Bandidos Oklahoma chapter in September 2003 "OUT IN GOOD STANDINGS". But because of the wealth of information he possessed about the inner workings of the club, Connecticut Ed's "out" status was changed to "OUT IN BAD STANDINGS" by the world President of the Bandidos just before Thanksgiving 2003. Was he that much of a threat to the worldwide leadership of the Bandidos? Find out for yourself by reading this book……