Timeline of the Bandidos massacre

A timeline of one of Canada's worst mass killings. The bodies of eight men were found stuffed into cars abandoned in a farmer's field near Shedden, Ont., in 2006.

  • Jamie Flanz, 37
  • George Jessome, 52
  • George Kriarakis, 28
  • John Muscedere, 48
  • Luis Raposo, 41
  • Frank Salerno, 43
  • Paul Sinopoli, 30
  • Michael Trotta, 31

In the third day of testimony, a former Bandido turned informant tells a London, Ont., courtroom that the shooting ambush of the eight biker gang members and associates "sounded like popcorn."

M.H. said one of the accused, Wayne Kellestine, told others: "If we kill one, we kill them all." He also described the bloody scene he encountered when entering Kellestine's barn.

March 31, 2009

The murder trial for the six accused begins in London. Ontario Superior Court Justice Thomas Heeney, who will preside over the trial, tells the court it was a "monumental task" to find the six men and six women who make up the jury. The trial is expected to last six months.

Dec. 7, 2007

Court documents reveal that Eric Niessen, one of the two people charged with being accessories after the fact, has pleaded guilty to obstruction of justice and been sentenced to two years in prison.

An agreed statement of fact states Niessen didn't witness the deaths and doesn't know who killed the men. He and his common-law wife Kerry Morris visited one of the accused, Wayne Kellestine, on April 8, 2006.
Police investigate the area where eight men were found dead inside four vehicles near Shedden, Ont. on Saturday April 8, 2006. ((Steve Martin/Canadian Press))

In the statement Niessen admits to lying to police and helping Kellestine with a false alibi. He also said he was aware people in the house were destroying physical evidence that he knew might be linked to the killings.

June 21, 2007

The preliminary hearing for the eight people accused in the case ends. Six men charged with first-degree murder and two others charged with being accessories after the fact, Niessen and Morris, will stand trial.

Jan. 9, 2007

The preliminary hearing begins for eight people charged in the Bandidos massacre.

One defendant, Wayne Kellestine, gives reporters the finger, sticks out his tongue and mouths a profanity at a courtroom artist.

June 16, 2006

Police in Winnipeg arrest three men in connection with the killings, bringing the total charged in the case to eight. CBC News learns one suspect, Michael Sandham, is a former police officer who held positions of authority in several Manitoba communities.

May 6, 2006

Police drop first-degree murder charges against two of five people charged in the deaths. Kerry Morris and Eric Niessen, both of Monkton, Ont., are instead charged with eight counts of accessory after the fact. Morris was the only woman charged.

Thursday, April 13, 2006

Four of the five people charged in the biker gang slayings made brief court appearances in St. Thomas by video link. The three men and one woman are charged with first-degree murder.

Monday, April 10, 2006

3 p.m.

Ontario Provincial Police Det. Supt. Ross Bingley confirms that all eight of the men found dead on Saturday were associated with the Bandidos biker gang. All eight suffered gunshot wounds.

OPP Det.-Supt. Ross Bingley updates the media at a news conference near the crime scene on April 9. ((Adrian Wyld/Canadian Press))

Bingley also announces that five people from Ontario have been arrested and charged with first-degree murder:

  • Wayne Kellestine, of Dutton-Dunwich Township, full-patch Bandidos member.
  • Eric Niessen, of Monkton.
  • Kerry Morris, of Monkton.
  • Frank Mather, of Dutton-Dunwich Township.
  • Brett Gardiner, of no fixed address.


The eight bodies are sent to Toronto to undergo autopsies.

Sunday, April 9, 2006


The Hells Angels issue a statement on their website denying any involvement in the murders.

Police lead four people, their hands in the air, out of the home of Wayne Kellestine, a neighbour says. Kellestine is the former leader of two biker gangs, the St. Thomas Annihilators and the now-defunct St. Thomas Loners.


Ontario Provincial Police investigators raid a farmhouse about 22 kilometres west of where the bodies were found. The house belongs to Wayne Kellestine. Police won't comment on the reasons for their raid on the house, and won't confirm whether Kellestine's home was the focus of their activity.

10 a.m.

OPP Det. Supt. Ross Bingley tells reporters the victims have not been identified, but confirms that they all knew each other and were from the Greater Toronto Area. Police refuse to discuss any possible link to organized crime. Several motorcycle clubs have been known to be in the area, including the Loners, Bandidos and Hells Angels.

"The Hells are present in Ontario; everybody knows that. But as far as me discussing the Hells or anybody else, we're working on this murder case and we're not talking about the Hells," says Bingley.

Early morning

Overnight, the four vehicles, with the bodies still inside, are removed from the scene and taken by covered transport truck to London. From there, they would be taken to OPP headquarters in Orillia, north of Toronto.

Saturday, April 8, 2006

Police vehicles block off an area under investigation near Shedden, Ont. on April 8. ((Steve Martin/Canadian Press))


Aerial photos of the crime scene show the body of a heavy-set man dressed in grey in the trunk of one of the cars. The photo would later appear on the front pages of many Sunday newspapers in Canada and on some news websites, including

4:20 p.m.

At a news conference, police say all the dead are adult males, but offer few other details. "We're not in a position to reveal how they were murdered," says OPP Sgt. Dave Rektor. "I won't confirm at this point what the persons were killed by."

Early afternoon

The first news reports of the discovery say "numerous casualties" were found inside vehicles. Later updates said eight bodies were found inside the vehicles.

8:30 a.m.

Russ Steele and his wife find three cars and a tow truck abandoned near their farm. They try to look inside one of the vehicles but can't see anything because of a blanket covering the window. They write down the licence-plate numbers and rush home to call police.