Donald Eugene Chambers

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Donald "Don" Eugene Chambers (born November 23, 1930 , † July 18, 1999 in El Paso , Texas ; nickname: Mother ) was an American rocker and the founder of the Bandidos motorcycle club . After returning from the Vietnam War , he founded the club in San Leon , Texas in 1966 . He was later convicted of the murder of two drug dealers and served a life sentence until he was released in 1983.


Chambers served as a Marine in the Vietnam War. When he returned to Texas after the war, he became a member of several motorcycle clubs, which, however, were too harmless for his taste. Chambers therefore founded his own club, the Bandidos, in San Leon in March 1966. He chose the colors red and gold as a reminder of his membership in the Marine Corps. Two years later he founded the second chapter in Corpus Christi, Texas .

In 1972, Chambers, along with Jesse "Deal" Fain and Ray Vincente, kidnapped the two drug dealers Marley Leon and Preston LeRay Tarve in El Paso, Texas. The two had sold the Bandidos sodium carbonate instead of methamphetamine . They drove the two dealers into the desert north of El Paso and forced them to dig their own grave. They then shot the two men with shotguns and set their bodies on fire. Chambers, Deal and Vincente were charged with the murder and all three were identified as perpetrators by testimony. All three men received life imprisonment.

After Chambers went to jail, Ronald Jerome Hodge, also an ex-Marine, was named national president of the Bandidos. Hodge was previously known as " Mr. Prospect " because he had only become a full member a month earlier. Based on Chambers' nickname "Mother" (dt. 'Mother') he was called after the appointment "Stepmother" (dt. 'Stepmother').

In 1983 Chambers was released from prison and left the club. He settled in El Paso, where he died on July 18, 1999.


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  • Alex Caine: The Fat Mexican: The Bloody Rise of the Bandidos Motorcycle Club . Allen & Unwin, 2010, ISBN 978-1-74237-382-9 .

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