In an extreme case of breaking protocol, Steve Tausan, 52, a Hells Angels biker, was shot to death at the funeral of Jeffrey “Jethro” Pettigrew, the head of the club’s San Jose chapter of the Hells Angels. Pettigrew was allegedly killed by Ernesto Manuel Gonzalez, a member of the rival Vagos motorcycle gang during a fight between the two factions inside a Reno, Nevada casino on September 23. Tausan, a bail bondman who was nicknamed “Mr 187,” had recently told the the San Jose Mercury News that he had received death threats after the murder of Pettigrew.
No one was arrested for the murder of Tausan, and the police said at the present time they have no suspects.
What was so unusual about Tausan’s murder, is that the crowd at Pettigrew’s funeral was teeming with police officers, looking for possible retributions for Pettigrew’s murder. Still Tausan’s murder was still accomplished with the police being none the wiser.
How could that possibly happen?
Where police officers in attendance at the funeral under the supervision of Inspector Clouseau? Or maybe Mister Magoo?
Mourners at Pettigrew’s funeral were dumbfounded that a murder could take place at his funeral. Valerie Hoffman told the local NBC affiliate, “I’ve known Hells Angels and all the other groups for years and years and years, and there is a code of ethics. You never do anything at a funeral. I mean that is just completely abominable.”
Be that as it may, as I predicted in a previous blog, groups like the Hells Angels never rat to the cops. They handle matters, like the death of Pettigrew, in house. And usually with great finality.
My guess is that we have not seen the end of this situation.
And it could get uglier by the minute.
The article below can be seen at:
Hells Angels member, Steve Tausan, murdered while attending funeral of slain Hells Angels leader
BY Philip Caulfield
DAILY NEWS STAFF WRITER
Sunday, October 16th 2011, 2:46 PM
A member of the Santa Cruz chapter of the Hells Angels was shot and killed while he was attending a funeral for one of the biker gang’s slain bosses on Saturday.
A California Hells Angels gang member was shot and killed while attending a funeral for one of the fearsome biker crew’s leaders, who was slain in a casino shootout last month, police said.
Steve Tausan, 52, was gunned down at a San Jose cemetery at around 1 p.m. on Saturday as he and thousands of other Hells Angels members were grieving the death of Jeffrey “Jethro” Pettigrew, the head of the club’s San Jose chapter, the San Francisco Chronicle reported.
He died later at a hospital, police said.
Pettigrew was shot and killed by an alleged member of the rival Vagos motorcycle gang during a brawl between the two crews inside a Reno, Nev., casino on Sept. 23.
Vagos member Ernesto Manuel Gonzalez was charged with Pettigrew’s murder, according to local reports.
Tausan, a bail bondsman who was nicknamed “Mr. 187,” the California penal code for murder, had told the San Jose Mercury News that he had received death threats following Pettigrew’s killing, that newspaper said.
No one was arrested in the shooting and police said they have no suspects.
Witnesses said they were shocked by the murder because Pettigrew’s funeral was crawling with cops.
“I’ve known Hells Angels and all the other groups for years and years and years, and there is a code of ethics,” witness Valerie Hoffman told the local NBC affiliate.
“You never do anything at a funeral. I mean that is just completely abominable.”
In 1999, Tausan was tried for murder in the savage beating death of a customer at a west San Jose strip club two years earlier, according to local reports.
He and the club’s manager were acquitted after a jury found they acted in self defense.